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It's officially fall. Kids storm through the front door after school and toss their backpacks in the hallway; you're just home from work, and there's dinner to be made and maybe soccer practice or … more
A recent local party was so loud it could be heard nearly a quarter mile away. A curious neighbor got in his car and went to investigate. He reported back that it was a very large gathering of young … more
It’s a sad day when a wine columnist has to eat his own words but it has happened to yours truly. I recently wrote about some very excellent Bordeaux sweet wines while condemning many of the … more
I spend hours every day thinking about food. I’m the director of a non-profit health outreach organization and a certified health worker tasked with sourcing and distributing food and essential … more
It’s hard nowadays to know where to get accurate, free information online. Here are two trusted, responsible places we can go. Consumer Reports: While CR would like you to subscribe to their … more
When life feels overscheduled, I try to remind myself to stop and take a breath. When I do, it's the trips I've taken and recollections of places I've been to that often come to mind. The pause gives … more
Every year, my small vegetable garden produces far more tomatoes than I can possibly use. As the season wanes, an abundance of green tomatoes forlornly hang on the vine looking for enough sun to turn … more
There’s an old saying that the best way to prepare freshly picked corn is to have a pot of water boiling in the corn patch so that you can cook it instantly. It’s best to cook fresh corn as soon … more
Most wine aficionados, wine geeks and the pinky lifting set look at sweet wines as “syrupy sweet little nonentities that should not be taken seriously and dismiss them as undrinkable … more
After talking last month about spending money to save money by purchasing more efficient heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters and appliances, my next two articles will be about going … more
Prices on so many necessary items have gone up over the past six months. Most worrisome is food. Of all the grocery store price increases, beef and veal went up the most. But they’ve all gone up: … more
Wrap up the last of summer’s harvest with colorful ribbons of orange, green, yellow and red. Abundant zucchini, summer squash and carrots can be woven together with fettuccine pasta for a tasty … more
Hurrah! We made it to September in spite of a record flood, a derecho and a pandemic. Once again, we’ve proven the human spirit is indomitable; as are the plants in our care. This month is … more
It all began with an email to me announcing that Ram’s Gate Winery was updating and upgrading their label and their website. That proved about as exciting as an email announcing national … more
HIGGINS Jesse and Leah Higgins are the parents of a boy born 2:49 a.m. July 30, 2020.  The baby, named Braxton Lee Higgins, weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces.  JOHNSON Denny and Cinthia … more
Aug. 29 is officially National Cabernet Sauvignon day. With that monumental announcement out of the way let’s look into some above the average cabs. Dotted all over northern California, there … more
Looking upward on a morning run, I was caught off guard when I spotted branches of leaves that were green, turning to yellow and orange. “Whoa,” I said between breaths, “not yet!” Knowing … more
In almost forty years of writing about wine, I have yet to encounter a producer that catered to all of my preferences as do the wines of Weed Cellars. Not only are the wines of excellent quality, … more
It’s August, and that means I’m busily trying to figure out a way to preserve the smells and flavors of my favorite vegetables. I enjoy stocking my freezer with vegetables I’ve grown or bought … more
Scammers have come up with even more ways to defraud us, this time using the coronavirus. Contact tracers are people who make calls when someone you know has tested positive for the coronavirus. … more
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