Our local bounty: Farm to you

NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES ARE home to a growing, healthy and vibrant base of local farms, rivaling the Central Valley, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo. From fruits and vegetables (Riverhill Farm and Machado Orchards, for example) to grass-fed beef (Nevada County Free Range Beef and Sinclair Family Farm) — from olive oil, jams and honey […]

Winter comfort food: Where to get it

CHEESE FONDUE FRIAR TUCKS Melted swiss gruyere & emmentaler cheeses, blended with wine and spices served with french bread, apples and mushrooms. 111 N Pine St., NC FriarTucks.com COQ AU VIN MATTEO’S PUBLIC Organic chicken breast with mushrooms in a delicate red wine sauce. Served with organic jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables. 300 Commercial St., […]

“Cooked”: Exploring culinary experiences in the Sierra Foothills

AWARD-WINNING FOOD AUTHOR Michael Pollan and Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney are receiving widespread praise for their Netflix documentary Cooked. In Cooked, Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Each episode examines one of the physical elements used throughout the ages for cooking: fire (barbecue), water (pot cooking), air (bread making), and earth […]

Fresh, local feasts

“COOKING IS AN ART. CAREFUL SHOPPING, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need,” summed up the late British celebrity cook Keith Floyd. “There is one more thing — love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things, you can be an […]

Artisan cheese in the foothills: Dedrick’s, Wheyward Girl, Shaft’s

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS A storied cheese making history. Marin’s historic Rouge & Noire cheese company, now Marin French Cheese, has roots that go back 150 years. In the 1930s Gaetano Vella started Vella Cheese Company in Sonoma at the urging of local dairymen. And in the ‘90s, longtime friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded […]

Tess’ Kitchen store now sells artisan cheese

Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley is now offering gourmet cheeses from Dedrick’s Cheese Store, a popular artisan purveyor in the foothills. Dedrick’s is stocking a display cooler at Tess’ with some of the world’s finest artisan cheeses. It will provide cheese, salami, crackers, nuts and olives, among other items, for Tess’ customers. Dedrick’s […]

New Cowgirl Creamery Cookbook celebrates artisan cheeses

Founded in 1994, Cowgirl Creamery of Point Reyes Station, CA, has fueled the popularity of artisan cheeses in Northern California. Some longer-time cheese makers in California include Vella Creamery in Sonoma (founded in 1931), whose customers have included celebrities such as actor Carey Grant. We regularly eat Vella and Cowgirl Cheeses, among others. In our […]

Artisan Cheese Soup

On a cold day, you can’t go wrong with a fresh loaf of bread and this flavorful and rich soup. Here’s a recipe submitted by Straus Family Creamery. Our favorite artisan cheese shops in the foothills and Truckee-Tahoe include Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville (and in their “satellite stores” at the Pour House in Truckee, Obexer’s […]

Artisan Foods at Farmers Markets

THE BOUNTY AT FARMERS markets includes more than seasonal fruit and veggies. Artisan food also is offered, including bread, cheese, jams, sausage, pâté, meats and fish. Some examples we enjoy from the Foothill Farmers Market (at one or more locations): cheese from Dedrick’s Cheese in Placerville; sausages from Smokey Ridge Charcuterie in Placerville; chicken, lamb, […]

Food Collaboration: how chefs, farmers, winemakers, beer makers get together

Collaboration is the name of the game in the New Year in the Sierra foothills —among chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers and craft-beer makers. Artists are joining the mix too, because wine and art also pair well together. Examples: ”GET CORKED!” Drop by the Grass Valley Wine Co. to try a few wines (or even have […]