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 […]

Narsai’s marinade with fresh, local lamb from the Sierra Foothills

Editor’s note: Easter is a time to enjoy fresh, local lamb. Ours is from Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn or the James Ranch in Penn Valley. One of our favorite marinades comes from Narsai David, who ran a restaurant in the small East Bay community of Kensington when I was in college at UC Berkeley. […]

Crusted Top Sirloin and Roasted Garlic Potatoes with Bourbon Sauce

Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 hours Makes 6 to 8 servings Ingredients: 1 beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 2 inches thick (about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds) 1 tablespoon prepared spicy brown mustard 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Roasted Garlic Potatoes: 2 […]

Tahoe Food Hub expanding its farm-to-market program

We get all our food from fresh, local farms when we’re in Tahoe for the summer. We are regulars at the Truckee Farmers Market and Tahoe City Farmers Market, run by Foothills Farmers Market. We also get our food from the Sweet Roots’ Farm CSA delivered in Truckee. And we are members of the “Sierra […]

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, […]

Lovin’ Meat: Where to get it

OUR REGION OFFERS some of the most flavorful steaks, barbecue and burgers anywhere. There are also abundant supplies of local beef, pork and lamb. California has more certified organic beef cows than any other state. For do-it-yourself BBQ, try the organic pork ribs from Llano Seco Ranch in Chico, carried at BriarPatch Co-op. For beef, […]

2012 Food Trends: What’s hot?

LOCALLY GROWN MEATS, fruit and produce, gluten-free food and signature sandwiches will be among the hot trends this year, according to “What’s Hot,” the National Restaurant Assn. survey of 1,800 chefs. “Local sourcing—from meat and fish, to produce, to wine and beer—is a big trend,” says Joy Dubost of the Restaurant Assn. Other trends are […]

Persimmon Cookies

2 cup flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground clove 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup persimmon pulp 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 cup nuts 1 cup raisin Mix dry ingredients and put aside. Mix wet ingredients well. Add dry ingredients mixing until blended. Add nuts and raisin […]

Fresh, local feasts for the holidays

In the foothills, the possibilities abound for preparing a fresh, local feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s. Here are some suggestions for finding the ingredients and preparing it: Farmers Markets “They’re only for summer,” you might think. Not so. The Foothill Farmers Market in Auburn is open year-round on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon at […]

Sinclair Family Farm in Penryn now has pork!

Sinclair Family Farm of Penryn has added pork to its offerings of grass-fed lamb and beef, pastured poultry and cage-free pasture raised eggs. We ordered some ham, pork chops and spare ribs from Sinclair Family Farm this month, and all of them were delicious. “Our pigs are following along with our other livestock and are […]

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