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  • Traditional Vietnamese Dipping Sauce is Good on Everything from Spring Rolls to Omelets

    One of the things that gets us most excited about living in Sacramento is the cultural diversity. With diversity, comes a wide range of food experiences. We live close to an area of town called 'Little Saigon', that is a two mile corridor that is a cultural and culinary center of the Vietnamese community. There are more restaurants there than you could ever try. If you do want to try some local places...
  • Why Is Indian Food So Good?

    Many, many years ago I moved to New York City, right out of college. I loved everything about living in New York, especially being exposed to the world of different cultures and foods. I had an artichoke for the first time in my life my first week there. How I got to the age of 21 without ever eating an artichoke is a mystery to me now. I also had Indian Food for the first time and became obsessed...
  • Growing Olives, Meyer Lemon Infused Olive Oil and California Fires.

    This olive is so versatile, which is another reason why we love it. Try it on crostini, with ricotta, comb honey and lemon zest for a quick appetizer. It’s wonderful drizzled on ice cream, trust me, just try it. Of course it’s great on salads and grilled veggies. And Denise Andre, head of the olive oil and marketing at CV Ranches, opened up our world to baking with it...
  • Pomegranate Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Skylake Ranch, Chico California

    Pomegranates have to be one of the queen of fruits, among many members of fruit royalty, such as Cherimoya, Pitaya, or Manogsteen. Packaged in a rubbery scarlet coating streaked with peach and pink and green – at the bottom –  a perfect crown. Inside hundreds of juicy ruby seeds nestled in a pale labyrinth of flesh...
  • The bean you need! Zuni Gold from Rancho Llano Seco in Chico, California

    My first thought when it became clear the pandemic was going to keep us all locked down for weeks or months, was, oh boy, a lot of people are going to have to learn to cook! No more grabbing lunch at the food truck with coworkers, or meeting up with friends for tapas and sangria. No brunch! 
  • Disappearing Fruit, The Ark of Taste and The Good Stuff

    Blenheim Apricots used to be grown in abundance in the Santa Clara valley starting in the early 1900’s. By the 1960’s they started to decline. Blenheim’s are sweet and tart and are wonderful fresh or dried and in preserves, but they mature a little more slowly than other varieties. They also bruise easily...
  • Finca La Merced Coffee Beans from Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

    Is there a better aroma than walking into a coffee shop and getting hit with the smell of coffee beans roasting? We love that smell, and you can experience it every week by visiting one of Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters coffee shops. The expert coffee roasters at Chocolate Fish roast small batches of beans each week for their three cafes and for local restaurants...
  • Why this cookbook? The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook by Ann M. Evans

    The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook was a natural addition to our monthly boxes because it not only focuses on seasonal cooking, but it also introduces you to the farmers that grow that produce. The Davis Farmers Market is thought to be one of the best in the country. Which is no surprise...
  • A Friendly Spice Off - Espresso Spice Rub from V. Miller Meats, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters and The Allspicery

    We love the story behind this rub because it’s a collaboration among three small businesses that came together to make an awesome product. Depending on who you ask, the story varies slightly...which came first, the coffee or the rub recipe, how many rib eating tests were done (five, or six...we think six…) But in the end, none of that matters...
  • Award Winning Olive Oil From Séka Hills in Capay Valley

    Séka Hills is owned by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation People. As some of the original inhabitants of the Capay Valley they take stewardship of the land very seriously. Staying connected to their ancestors by protecting and preserving the land for future generations is their focus. 
  • What's a Shrub?

    Shrubs are not just for cocktails. In fact, the shrubs by Burly Beverages, featured in our June Box, were created to make a better tasting and healthier soda. Owner and maker Gabriel Aiello originally was looking to make a better ginger beer.
  • From Spirits to Hand Sanitizer

    In the age of Covid-19 there has been a lot of pivoting. Its pivot or survive, or pivot because you will go crazy sitting on your hands not knowing how to move forward in this age of uncertainty. For J.J. Pfister Distilling it was neither of those reasons.