• 7 food trends for 2017

    7 food trends for 2017

    By Katy Steinmetz, Time Pristine produce will have less photogenic–and also less costly–cousins in the fresh-food aisles. That’s thanks to a growing effort to reduce waste by farmers and grocers, particularly the waste of wholesome, if somewhat unsightly, fruits and vegetables. In the U.S., up to 40 percent of food goes to waste–that amounts to […]

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  • Gold Country vintners pick up where prospectors left off

    Gold Country vintners pick up where prospectors left off

    By Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee Not all the prospectors lured to the hills and hollows around John Sutter’s sawmill at Coloma in El Dorado County had as much luck finding gold as James W. Marshall. For that matter, not even Marshall made much of a fortune in digging for color. His celebrity rests largely on […]

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  • Beware the little green frog logo on sustainable food

    Beware the little green frog logo on sustainable food

    By Bernice Yeung, Reveal That little green frog logo is everywhere: sprawled across chocolate bar wrappers, stuck to the side of tea canisters, perched on banana labels. The web-toed  amphibian is the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, a signal to consumers that the product is friendly to the planet and to farmworkers. But when it comes […]

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  • K’s Kitchen: A dip good for any occasion

    K’s Kitchen: A dip good for any occasion

    By Kathryn Reed I hosted a wine tasting last month where beforehand I was given flavor profiles of foods that would pair well with the wines. Spinach and avocado were to go with the Chardonnay. Those are two of my favorite green foods. Combining them was wonderful. And because they are both in grocery stores […]

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  • New direction for indoor growers — vertical

    New direction for indoor growers — vertical

    By Ginger Hervey, High Country News Nate Storey looked out his window in China at agricultural workers laboriously threshing grain by hand. “There has to be a better way to do this,” he thought. It was 2001, and the Cheyenne, Wyo., native was working in a Chinese orphanage, trying to decide what he wanted to […]

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  • K’s Kitchen: Carrots and beets for one

    K’s Kitchen: Carrots and beets for one

    By Kathryn Reed One of the great things about cooking for myself is not having to share. Selfish, yes – but honest. With this particular dish it makes enough for two sides. I ate all of it for lunch. That’s why I was glad no else was around. I just wish I had more for […]

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  • 5 surprises in every bottle of sparkling wine

    5 surprises in every bottle of sparkling wine

    By Peg Melnik, Santa Rosa Press Democrat When you uncork a sparkler, the hiss of the cork reminds you that there’s a secret in the bottle. The frothy, free-flowing bubbly is entirely different than the wine that was originally bottled. But most people don’t have a clue about how the mystery occurs. With New Year’s […]

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  • Beer in 2016 was bigger, better than ever

    Beer in 2016 was bigger, better than ever

    By Blair Anthony Robertson, Sacramento Bee As we take stock of the year in beer, now might be a good time for a bit of context: We’re living in the Golden Age. There has never been a bigger, better or more creative, productive, socially engaging and delicious year than 2016. There are more beer bars […]

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  • K’s Kitchen: Turmeric is no ordinary spice

    K’s Kitchen: Turmeric is no ordinary spice

    By Kathryn Reed A couple years ago a friend told me about the benefits of turmeric; enhanced memory being one. The irony is that I forget to use it. Turmeric is the major ingredient in curry. It is a plant in the ginger family. For years, people in India have been cooking with it as […]

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  • K’s Kitchen: Dip will make people eat their veggies

    K’s Kitchen: Dip will make people eat their veggies

    By Kathryn Reed Sometimes I feel like a kid; I eat more veggies when there is a dip – especially an unhealthy one. It’s not that I have a problem eating enough vegetables. But they aren’t something I tend to snack on unless there is a dip. I made the recipe below for some friends. […]

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