Monthly Archives: August 2014

We love the rustic Cotogna

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Cotogna has remained among among our favorite San Francisco restaurants ever since we discovered it. Great seasonal foods and consistency are the qualities I value most when dining in fine restaurants such as this one. At Cotogna the rustic simplicity…

Oregogne

So many fine Pinot Noirs are produced in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and here is yet another one. I must say the label surprised me, and Dan and I laughed about it. Mouton Noir “Oregogne” 2011 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley “Garage-d’…

We love the wood fired foods at Ember

In celebration of my husband Dan’s birthday on Saturday, August 23, we drove right over to Ember and had this outstanding meal. Although the August menu is behind us now, we can’t wait to see what’s new for the month…

#WineWednesday

The birthday boy’s choice for #WineWednesday, St. Innocent 2011 Pinot Noir Zenith Vyd. From the Willamette Valley, of course, for this Oregon State alumnus!

Grenache rules!

This super red Rhone Grenache is killer whether you enjoy it on its own, or enjoy it with food. The best of them are darkly colored, boldly flavored with ripe black fruit characters and high notes of raspberry liqueur, spice,…

The Shattered Chef

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An autobiography inspired by my mother who hoped it would land me on Oprah! After 18-years of writing a newspaper column that alternated between food and wine reviews every week, people still frequently ask: “How did you get so lucky…

My New York steak recipe

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Steak Night at Chez Hardesty I found the easiest marinade for beef steaks somewhere online and it has been my go to recipe for grilling steaks ever since. I’ve long forgotten where I found it but since I changed it,…

Zorro’s gets it right!

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A wonderful surprise at the local Zorro’s Mexican Restaurant My good friend Steve Watson recently texted me to say that he had just finished the best fish and chips he had ever eaten in his life. Really, I thought, because…

Puglia feast at Guiseppes

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Chef Giuseppe DiFronzo devoted this feast to the best of Puglia Dan and I enjoyed an excellent dinner among friends at Guiseppe’s Italian Cucina in Pismo Beach on Monday night, that was created in collaboration with Tastes of the Valleys Pismo…

Chef Evan Treadwell’s glazed ham recipe

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Easter Treats Even the Easter Bunny Would Love I love calling on my favorite local chefs for holiday recipes and they’re happy to comply. I can’t think of a better way to dish out a few Easter treats for our…