December 2007 Archives

Cranberry Cornmeal Torte

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Wine Country Recipe - Cranberry Cornmeal TorteBe adventurous and prepare a dessert outside of the usual pumpkin and sweet potato pie fare typically eaten at this time of year. Domaine Chandon recommends the Cranberry Cornmeal Torte along with any of their sparkling wines. Sparkling wine has an amazing ability to enhance a broad range of foods by refreshing and enlivening the palate. Follow this tasty recipe paired with sparkling wine and see how delicious this marriage can be.

Oxbow Market Goes Public

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By Robert Farmer


One of the best additions of any kind to San Francisco (where I reside) in recent years is definitely the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The public market, open every day and hosting an open-air farmers market three days a week, has simply revitalized the city’s waterfront. Now, I eagerly anticipate the same result in Napa, where the long-awaited Oxbow Public Market will make its debut Dec. 15.

Situated in Napa’s emerging Oxbow District the 40,000-square-foot marketplace on the riverbank will be a testament to the bounty of Wine Country. Dozens of tenants are already aboard—with more in the works—all of which represent the best in local food, wine, and artisinal craftsmanship for which the region is known and loved. Among the first-open tenants at the market are: The Olive Press, Anette’s Chocolate Factory, Tillerman Tea, and farm stands from Bera Ranch and DeSantis. The first couple weeks will bring in Folio Enoteca and Winery, Three Twins Organic Ice Cream, The Fatted Calf, Oxbow Cheese Merchant, and Five Dot Ranch, among others.

I will write much more about the Market as I get to know it better, but for now you can rejoice in the litany of mouthwatering goodness of it all.

Chef Eric C. Maczko

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Chef Eric C. Maczko:

Pine Ridge Winery Chef

From "Appellations and Appetizers" to "Creative Culinary Combinations", Pine Ridge Winery, located in the historic Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, boasts an active culinary program to compliment their award-winning wines. Led by Chef Eric Maczko, the winery's food-focused events include a variety of cooking demonstrations, cave dinners and extensive wine tastings.

Bistro Basics

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By Courtney Cochran

Accessories.  Plot lines.  Lunch.  

Like so many things in life, food is often best kept simple.  At newly Michelin-starred K & L Bistro in Sebastopol, this mantra couldn’t be truer.  

The tiny spot - sandwiched between storefronts on Main Street in the quiet western Sonoma community - has nailed French bistro fare, without the fuss.  Dishes like pâté of rillettes and wild mushroom risotto don’t look terrifically pretty, but taste like a million bucks.  Which is exactly the way it ought to be at a bistro, where the emphasis has traditionally been on making good food that doesn’t beak the bank.    

The décor follows the food in this respect:  On a recent lunch-time visit, oil paintings of postcard-worthy Paris spots lined the walls, and high ceilings and an open kitchen created a welcome sense of space and easy informality.

Which led me to reflect that with such a simple recipe, this new star has all the makings of staying power.  And there’s nothing simple about that.   

K & L Bistro * 119 South Main St., Sebastopol, CA 95472 * (707) 823-6614 * Open Mon.-Thu. 11:30am-9pm, Fri.-Sat. 11:30am-10pm