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Five Dot Ranch Braising Kits are Perfect for Winter

Five Dot Ranch has braising kits* available that include winter vegetables and cubed stew meat that is slow cooker ready. In addition, here’s a recipe and cooking instructions:

Ingredients
2 lbs. cubed Five Dot Ranch top round*
2 oz. diced celery*
2 oz. diced onion*
2 oz. diced carrot*
3 cloves garlic*
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 Tbs grapeseed oil (Salute Sante recommended)
3 pints Five Dot Ranch beef stock (available at Five Dot)
¼ C. red wine
salt and pepper

*included in braising kit

Directions
In a soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat until the oil blooms.Season meat with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the soup pot and cook until the meat is browned on all sides. Add carrot, onion, garlic, and celery to pot. Mix the meat and veggies thoroughly and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until veggies start to soften. Add all three pints of beef broth and he wine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook uncovered for 1 hour or until vegetables and meat are tender.

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Hog Island Oysters are the Perfect Choice for a Healthy New Year

Happy New Year! If eating healthy was one of your New Year resolutions (after the holidays it’s at the top of ours!) Hog Island oysters have you covered, naturally. Loaded with minerals, vitamins and organic compounds, oysters are an extremely healthy food that can boost your body’s overall function and health. They are one of the highest natural forms of zinc (immune booster!) and are loaded with vitamins D, B-12 and C, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium and calcium. And they are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. A single serving of raw oysters (6 oysters) has only 43 calories, 5 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbohydrates. So enjoy a dozen – to your health!

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Tokaji Dessert Wines from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has in stock a fine and rare collection of fine Tokaji dessert wines from the historic region of Tokaj, Hungary. Many Americans reflexively dismiss dessert wines out of hand, in the mistaken notion that admitting they enjoy them somehow brands them as unsophisticated. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as some of the world’s most collectible, age-worthy and treasured wines are sweet. Tokaj has centuries of fame and was a favorite of the 18th Century French kings, the Hapsburg Court, and the Russian Tsars – so much so that it has come to be known as “the wine of kings and the king of wines.” These delicious wines can be served with simple fruit-based desserts such as poached pears or an elegant tart. Oxbow Cheese & Wine also suggests a lovely blue cheese with some fresh fruit and roasted nuts — a particularly nice way to end a winter meal.

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Sushi Beer at Fieldwork Brewing Company Pairs Perfectly with Seafood from Eiko’s

Visitors to Oxbow Public Market know well that tasty food abounds. There are so many options that pair well with all of the fantastic wine produced in Napa, although the folks at Fieldwork are biased and know how well delicious food pairs with a variety of beers.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with the aptly named “Sushi Beer,” which is an perfect accompaniment to the fresh, innovative, and delicious seafood offered at Eiko’s. Guests can peruse the fresh seafood, choose their favorite preparation and then order it to bring back with them to the taproom just down the aisle to try the pairing for themselves.

The tasting notes written by Fieldwork’s Head Brewer/Owner, Alex Tweet, really express the inspiration behind this beer and why it pairs so well with it’s namesake: “Few beer styles are more perfectly paired with food than Japanese rice lagers and sushi. Unfortunately for us pescaphiles, rice lagers have less variation and innovation than notebook paper; hence Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager. A rice heavy grain-bill makes this Lager appear lighter and less malty on the palate combines with a pinch of specialty grain providing that trademark Rice Lager profile. Uncommon in the style traditionally, we dry hopped with a heap of Citra hops; providing a bombardment of orange zest, tangerine juice, mango, and slight ganja notes. A light bitterness keeps this beer respectful of your palate’s needs, not beating it up or shredding tastebuds; resulting in a beer that can complement the most delicate Ahi in the world without detracting from it like most any other craft beer would. We dream of one day putting back a pint of Sushi Beer Citra Rice Lager in Tsukiji with some fresh sashimi, but in the meantime we’ll gladly drink pint after pint at our favorite sushi joints in our great home of Northern California.”

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Holiday cheese & charcuterie platters from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Looking for something delicious and easy to bring to that holiday party or dinner, or perhaps you are in need of a last-minute gift? Look no further, because the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has got you covered. Have the folks at the cheese counter whip you up an amazing cheese and charcuterie platter for your holiday party hors d’oeuvres. Call 707-257-5000 to place an order with a staff member, or stop by the shop in person and pick out what exactly you would like with one of the knowledgeable and helpful cheesemongers. It’s a perfect way to impress guests, family and friends, without adding to the stress and hecticness of a busy holiday season. Just make sure you place your order with staff at least 24 hours in advance!

If you are still searching for a nice gift for a loved one, pop in the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab a bottle of bubbles or a load up a gift card for whatever amount you like. This is one simple and easy way to complete your holiday shopping list. Stop by the wine retail shop and have a staff member help you pick out some quality wines, sign up for the monthly wine club or just grab a gift card and let them decide for themselves! Whatever your holiday needs may be, don’t forget the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant can help you out during this busy season.

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Ritual Coffee Roasters Holiday Gift Pop-Up Open through December.

Ritual Coffee Roasters is thrilled to present a holiday gift pop-up at Oxbow Public Market during the month of December! Grab a coffee at the main cafe and then come around the corner to check out the curated collection of coffee related merchandise. For example, Ritual has just published a new book, The Brew Book, written by the company’s expert baristas, which aims to demystify all things coffee brewing. It’s called The Brew Book. It’s beautiful, portable, and highly giftable at only $14.95! There are also other exclusive holiday items for guests to peruse, such as nifty enamel pins, sweatshirts, limited edition klean kanteens, gift sets (complete with gift packaging so they’re ready to give!), and much more! Stop by and let one of Ritual’s friendly elves provide a knowledgeable and personalized experience, and come away with something perfect for that coffee lover in your life (even if that’s you!)

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Have the people on your list been naughty or nice?

Either way, Napa Valley Distillery has the perfect gift set for them! If they’ve been naughty, we recommend the “For the Naughty” set which includes the Cherry Brandy, The Manhattan Cocktail and the Brandy Cordial! It’s sure to please the naughtiest person on your list! On the off chance that they’ve been nice all year, reward them with the “For the Nice” set, made up of Napa Valley Distillery’s Pear Brandy, Old Hollywood Ginn, and the Meyer Lemon Variety. These flavors should only the nicest people on your list, as the naughty surely don’t deserve them!

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Stocking Stuffers from Five Dot Ranch

Looking for great gift or stocking stuffer ideas? Let Five Dot Ranch help! Have you tried the Five Dot Ranch beef jerky? These nitrite-free steak strips are 100 percent Five Dot Ranch beef and come in three flavors: traditional, Cajun and cracked pepper, and come in 1 oz. and 2 oz. packages. Jerky will fit nicely in any stocking and would look great amongst other local Napa products in a gift basket. Additionally, Five Dot Ranch gift cards are excellent for the meat-lovers in your life. Gift card funds can be used for any retail items, a meal at the Cookhouse or beef cuts out of the case. This versatile gift allows your loved ones to treat themselves in more ways than one.

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Pair Beer with Your Thanksgiving Dinner

According to the ship logs from The Mayflower, the Pilgrims chose to land early because they were running out of beer. Fortunately for modern day folk, the situation is not as dire, and good beer abounds. This coming Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget that beer and food go beautifully together and be sure to stop by the Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom to stock up on fresh, delicious beer to pair with all of your Thanksgiving favorites! Below is our guide to some suggested pairings with traditional dishes.

Begin by warming up your palate with something light and flavorful, such as the Outdoor Hoppy Pilsner. This classic style is turned on its head with a bright and grassy hop aroma, while still leaving your taste buds in peak condition to enjoy the flavors to come. Perfect with appetizers and snacks.

Moving into your first courses, salads, vegetable dishes and the like, a light and flavorful saison, such as Farmhouse Wheat pairs quite well. Notes of white pepper and lemon compliment the bright flavors of Autumn produce. If roasted turkey, sage and pecan stuffing, and pan-dripping rich gravy are your style of main courses, try a medium-bodied Belgian ale. Hannah in the Wild, Brett Biere de Garde is a more malt forward style with hints of dark fruit, cinnamon, and banana chips. It was finished with the wild yeast strain brettanomyces, which exhibits dry, hay-like characteristics, making this a versatile and, of course, food friendly style to please many palates.

To finish the meal, a rich, dark ale is recommended to compliment a wide assortment of pies and desserts. Minoterie, Brett Belgian stout has all of the complex aromas of dark chocolate, charred oak, and raisins, while still being extremely smooth and drinkable.

Stop by the taproom soon, try a flight, and take some beer home in 64 ounce growlers, 32 ounce growlers, or 32 ounce Crowlers. The tap list is constantly changing so be sure to ask your bartenders for recommended pairings.

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Keep Cozy this Thanksgiving!

Stay indoors this Thanksgiving and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! This Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) gift set includes their Ginn, brandy cordial, and cherry brandy.

Brandy Cordial

Their Brandy Cordial is a true California original. Made from premium baby bourbon barrel-aged brandy, it is bursting with aromas of butterscotch pudding, chamomile toffee and treacle pie which evolve into silky pecan pie, dried apricot and subtle sweet floral notes on the long and elegant finish.

Old Hollywood Ginn ~ A Scandalous Blend of Botanicals in Brandy.

A recipe that’s LA Confidential and so very “Hush Hush,” Old Hollywood Ginn is a speakeasy style spirit infused with 9 rare botanicals plus a touch of oak for a flavor that’s sure to take you back to late suppers at the Brown Derby!

It’s a Hollywood original worthy of the lead role in many classic cocktails or a “Close-Up” with a splash of tonic.

Cherry Brandy

Aged 2 years in used bourbon barrels, this brandy is deep, heady, and dapper. The smooth herbal qualities mature into deep oak and stewed cherry notes framed by a subtle yet firm floral character that are reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

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Spiced Apple Cider from Whole Spice

Whole Spice has all the spices you need to warm up your house for these chilly nights! Make yourself this spiced apple cider recipe and cozy up to the fire or serve to friends and family. Whole Spice apple cider spice is sold in bulk or jars, and better check out the mulling spices while you’re there!

Also, Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount the last three days of the month, November 28-29.

Spiced Apple Cider
A simple, spiked cider to warm you inside and out. (serves 4)

Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider or apple juice
4 Tbsp. brandy
2 tsp. Whole Spice Apple Cider Spice
Half of an apple, sliced thinly
Cinnamon sticks

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine cider or juice, brandy and apple cider spice. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add a slice of apple and cinnamon stick for garnish before serving. Enjoy!

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Model Bakery English Muffins Named One of Oprah’s Favorite Things

“I love this time of year because I love to celebrate giving and receiving and I hope my favorite things will be some of yours, too!” Oprah   One item on her 2016 “Favorite Things” list: The Model Bakery’s English muffins. She  calls them “scrumptious all over” and suggests pairing them with preserves from Clif Family. The English muffins & preserve set is available on Amazon, but of course, you can get your English muffins at Oxbow Public Market. “I don’t have to tell you all how much I love bread. These English muffins are my current carb of choice: crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and scrumptious all over—especially when slathered with the amazing Clif Family preserves that are included. Full disclosure: I took a few bags home from the shoot!” – Oprah

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Sparkling Wine Club

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant (OCWM) now has a sparkling wine club in addition to its other very popular monthly and quarterly wine clubs. They have always cherished bubbly for its elegant and captivating qualities, its celebratory nature and incredibly arduous production, and encourage everyone to explore the world of bubbly in and beyond Champagne. For approximately $75 each month, Sparkling Wine Club members will receive one bottle of champagne and one bottle of sparkling wine that the wine team considers of the highest quality, and worthy of being partnered with a true champagne. From pear-scented Proseccos from Italy to zesty Cavas from Spain and delicious, champagne-style sparklers from all over the globe, the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant looks forward to sharing some of their favorite bubbles with you! Just in time for the upcoming holidays, the Sparkling Wine Club would make an excellent gift for a loved one and can be gifted for a 6 month period, or any specified time frame. Cheers to drinking more bubbly, and don’t forget to sign up today! Inquire at the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant.

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Nothing Screams Halloween like a Spooky Cocktail!

Visit Napa Valley Distillery for all of the ingredients for their newest concoction! Just in time for Halloween, The creative “Booze Crew” at Napa Valley Distillery has created a fun and unique cocktail for your next costume party!

Appropriately named “First Bite,” this festive cocktail is made with Napa Valley Distillery’s Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Lime Juice, and a small bit of Raspberry Gum Syrup by Small Hands. Add a bit of lusciously thick syrup from a jar of Luxardo Cherries, and you’ll be in great shape to please any guest.

In the shaker: 1 ounce of NVD Old Hollywood Ginn, 1 ounce of NVD Brandy Cordial, a half ounce of Small Hands Raspberry Syrup, and a quarter ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice over ice. Shake well!

Prep your glass by adding a small amount of syrup from a jar of Luxardo Cherries to the rim so that is slowly drips into the glass. After the glass is prepped, pour the cocktail from the shaker and you’ll be ready to go!

Visit Napa Valley Distillery’s shop  for all of these ingredients and more!

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Mustard a la Vierra Recipe

Whole Spice shares this recipe for homemade mustard from customer George Vierra.

Ingredients
7 cups ground yellow mustard (1 1/2 lb.)
1⁄2 cup brown mustard seed (3 oz.)
1⁄2 cup 1-1/2 cups  yellow mustard seed (2 1/3 oz.)
8 cups white vinegar (prefer Vilux French Champagne Vinegar (6% acidity*) orBeaufort Reims Champagne Vinegar or Poni White Wine Vinegar, Note: Don’t use higher acidity vinegar as it will make the mustard too tart
8 cups white wine (1 bottle of sweet Moscato di Canelliand and 1 1/2bottles of Chardonnay are recommended.
25 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly molested
2 medium sized onions, peeled and chopped
17 bay leaves
65 whole allspice
16 tsp. salt
16 tsp. sugar
16 tsp. dried tarragon

Directions
Mix the first three ingredients well together in an 8-quart pan, and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients to a pot and bring to boil. Boil until reduced to half volume. Note…this is very pungent! Open windows, turn on fans, etc. Pour the reduced liquid through a strainer. Discard solids. Pour the strained liquid into the mustard pan. Put this pan over low heat and stir constantly for 10 or 15 minutes, until thick.

Pack in sterilized jars. Store in icebox. Fills ten 8-0z. (1 cup) jars.  Can keep refrigerated for up to 3 years. Ages and changes nicely. Can change heat level by varying portions of powder and seeds. Seeds are hotter than ground mustard and brown seeds hotter than yellow.

– George Vierra Mustard July 13, 2015

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Bishop’s Peak Cheese from Paso Robles

During October, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is featuring a brand new cheese, Bishop’s Peak, from the Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles. Owner, operator and cheesemaker Reggie Jones began his career in cheese doing product development and quality control, and dreamed of one day creating his own small-batch artisan cheeses. Jones and his wife now specialize in making aged cow, goat and sheep’s milk cheeses, produced from local, hormone-free milk. Jones believes in the rich potential of high quality milk, and has a mission to introduce the American palate to flavors found in the best cheeses of Europe. Named for a popular Central Coast landmark, Bishop’s Peak is Jones’ take on the famed traditional cheeses of the European Alps. It is made strictly from the milk of cows at the Cuyama Dairy, which has been in business for over 60 years and is the last dairy in Santa Barbara County. The cow’s grass and high carrot diet gives the cheese a distinct yellow paste, and flavors that range from sweet to earthy. Its sweet, caramel flavors and creamy mouthfeel make this cheese an instant crowd pleaser. Try melted on a hot sandwich or grilled cheese, or just out on a cheese board for hors d’oeuvres. Stop by the cheese counter and ask a staff member for a taste! While you’re there don’t forget to look at some of Central Coast Creamery’s other great cheeses like Holey Cow and Seascape.

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The Brandy Manhattan: A Classic Cocktail, Perfect For Father’s Day

A great cocktail is transcendent. It is a timeless testament to its creator and a benchmark from which all alcoholic beverages can be judged. The Manhattan is a rye or bourbon lover’s dream and embodies the spirit of America. A perfect blend of spirits, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan has a striking aroma, which fans of the drink recognize immediately. As the first drink to make use of vermouth as a component, the Manhattan truly is the Grandfather of American Cocktails.

The history of the Manhattan has a fairly convincing story behind it, only because it is so often repeated. As the story goes, the drink was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother at the Manhattan Club in the 1870’s where it was thoroughly enjoyed and became quite popular. However, the story has been picked apart and it seems it may not be true. The reality is that the Manhattan was probably one of the five borough cocktails (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queen’s and the Staten Island cocktail) made to represent the neighborhoods of New York City.

So you might be wondering why Napa Valley Distillery chose to alter the recipe of a classic American cocktail. They have a few good reasons. First, many Pre-Prohibition cocktails that now feature rye or bourbon once featured brandy. Secondly, brandy is one of their favorite things in this wide world. Lastly, as Americans they love to innovate, improve and try new things, so they thought, “What the hell, let’s give it a whirl!” They think you’ll love it as much as they do. Don’t forget the cherry!

Simply want to swing by and pick up the perfect Manhattan gift set? NVD has you covered!

The Manhattan Gift Set
Let’s hear it for New York! The timeless Americana cocktail that has been perfected with the traditional maraschino cherry. Send the gift of age-perfected drink that takes less than a New York minute to make. Don your best top hat, plop a cherry, pour the drink, and settle in your lounge chair by the fire before the frost can nip your nose. You’ll be king of the hill when you give the gift with the namesake of the world’s most famous island. Each gift set includes one bottle of NVD’s Brandy Manhattan Cocktail, and a 12oz jar of Luxardo Premium Maraschino Cherries.

Also available to order online.

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Custom Cheese & Charcuterie Platters at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Memorial weekend is upon us! How time does fly. Memorial weekend heralds the start of summer time, and that means the gathering of friends and family to enjoy some well deserved sunshine and fantastic weather. Whether you’re bbq’ing, or just looking for some delicious hor d’oeuvres and tasty refreshing beverages to bring with you for that Memorial day party, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has just what you need!

Call in advance or ask the staff behind the cheese counter to put together a custom cheese and charcuterie platter for you (24-hour notice is required when placing orders for cheese and charcuterie platters).

Don’t forget about the drinks! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is after all, a wine merchant too! Many delicious rosés have recently been brought in by the Merchant’s superb wine buyers, and there’s nothing better in this season than a nice dry, crisp and refreshing pink wine to go along with all those lovely snacks. Try the new “Eugenia, the Motley,” a rosé predominantly of Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Quite dry, crisp and appealing with well balanced notes of young fruit such as strawberries and red cherries. This is just one of the many rosés, and amazing refreshing, zesty white wines that the Cheese & WIne Merchant is carrying right now.

Stop by the shop and peruse the cheese and wine retail counters to find something just for you, and don’t hesitate to ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff if you have any questions or need suggestions. Cheers!

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CHILE-CRUSTED ENCHILADA SPECIAL AT C CASA

This month’s C CASA special enchilada combines their succulent, chile-crusted rotisserie chicken with 4 cheese blend wrapped in one of their house made corn tortillas. With C CASA, it is all about the toppings and sides! Topped with mixed greens, pico de gallo and poblano crema, the enchilada is accompanied by a spinach corn edamame salad, and a carrot cake snack muffin provides a sweet finish. Special plate price: $13.50.

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Freshly Milled Citrus Olive Oils from The Olive Press

The Olive Press’ beautiful, freshly milled citrus olive oils are now available for purchase and ready for tasting! There are a variety of stunning spring-inspired flavors to choose from such as lime, clementine, blood orange and lemon. These sweet, tangy and zesty citrus fruits are milled with Mission extra virgin olive oil. This oil is buttery and delicate in nature, which allows the bright flavors of the citrus to truly stand out! Be sure to stop by The Olive Press and taste all of these gorgeous citrus oils that are sure to make it feel like springtime!

Dress Your Table for Spring at Napastak

Spring in the air: warmer weather, sunshine, blooming flowers and green grass. There is nothing like a picnic outside to enjoy this beautiful season. Colorful placemats, serving trays and table runners are available at Napastak for you to dress your table. Pick up some delicious spreads to pair with your favorite cheese and try their new delicious pasta sauces and locally grown pickles. The Napastak team will help you to find everything you need for your special dishes.

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Blackstone Cheese from Bellwether Farms

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is now carrying “Blackstone,” a new cheese brought to us by the folks at Bellwether Farms in Petaluma, CA. Blackstone is a blend of cow and sheep’s milk. Its paste is scattered with black peppercorns, giving it a mild boost of spice, and its rind is rubbed with ground pepper, rosemary and vegetable ash. The paste offers the characteristic tang of sheep’s milk, while the cow’s milk offers a caramel sweetness with a rich mouth feel. Blackstone is another great addition to the numerous other local cheeses the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is carrying right now. Next time you are in the Cheese & Wine Merchant ask someone at the cheese counter to direct you to some new local favorites!

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MARCH MADNESS & ABSINTHE GO HAND-IN-HAND AT CATE & CO.

Cate & Co.’s new salami from Zoe’s Meats just happens to be Absinthe Salami. Madness was one of the rumored side effects of drinking absinthe at the turn of the 20th century, so what better snack to munch on during March Madness! Pork salami gets a kick of spice from New Mexican hatch chili peppers, and is infused with absinthe liqueur. Enjoy at your own risk, it can be dangerously addicting! We suggest making skewers of salami, cheese, olives and toasted bread, and you’re all set for snacking during March Madness.

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Cooking Fatted Calf Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day

Fatted Calf corned beef is ready just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t need the luck of the Irish to nab one of these succulent beauties. Just reserve one for pick up by emailing or order by phone at (707) 256.3684.

Cooking Fatted Calf Corned Beef
Corned beef is the dish that keeps on giving. At The Fatted Calf, they always cook a corned beef twice as big as they think they might reasonably need in hopes that the next day there will be a hot corned beef sandwich heaped with sauerkraut and caramelized onions and possibly enough shredded end bits for a hearty red flannel hash.

Choose a pot that is wide and deeper than your hunk of beef is tall (or possibly a deep roasting pan). Into your cooking vessel toss a leek, roughly chopped, a couple of carrots peeled but left whole, a clove or three of garlic, a stalk of celery and sprigs of thyme and parsley. Situate the corned beef brisket atop this aromatic bed and cover with cold water and perhaps a generous splash of beer. Bring to a simmer then place all of this in a low oven, about 300°F (150°C) for three to four hours.

Prod the brisket with a meat fork to be sure it is tender and yielding before calling it quits. Let the meat rest in its cooking liquor for twenty or thirty minutes then transfer it to a carving board and slice it against its grain. Seldom sticklers for tradition The Fatted Calf prefers to cook the requisite cabbage and potatoes on the side. Cabbage sautéed with a bit of Fatted Calf bacon until just tender and finished with a ladleful of the braising liquor is far tastier than the long boiled stuff. A steaming bowl of new potatoes with just a bit of butter and parsley will more than do or try a rustic root vegetable mash. A dollup of creamy horseradish sauce and a pot of strong mustard round out this fine Irish-American feast, a meal so good you may need to ration a bit for the next day’s sandwiches.

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Exciting New Desserts from Ca’ Momi Enoteca

Ca’ Momi Enoteca is bounding into spring with some exciting new desserts: housemade Cannoli Siciliani stuffed with fresh ricotta, and luscious Babà al Rum-rich, eggy pastry infused with a delectably boozy citrus syrup. Swing by anytime for an impulsive treat to go, or order ahead for a memorable Easter brunch finale! The Enoteca also offers charming cookie jars filled with Italian classics like Brutti ma Buoni and Cantucci di Prato ($8 each or three for $20) for kids of all ages.

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Chocolate Cake drizzled with Urfa Chili Chocolate Cream

Try this decadent Whole Spice recipe for chocolate cake drizzled with Urfa chili chocolate cream. Urfa’s heat level of 3-4 on the Scoville scale of 1 to 10, combined with a high essential oil content, makes it accessible to most palates.

Chocolate Cake
Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
9 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup flour
4 Tbs. Whole Spice Cocoa Powder

Directions:
Melt the butter and add dark chocolate, gently folding until it is all melted. Set aside.

Beat eggs and sugar together until thickened. Add the melted chocolate and continue beating.

Add flour and cocoa powder, mixing just until combined — do not overbeat.

Transfer to a round baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Urfa Chili Chocolate Cream
Ingredients:
4/5 cup whipping cream
7 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
3/4 tsp Whole Spice Urfa Chili Flakes

Directions:
Heat up whipping cream, add dark chocolate and stir until melted Add Urfa chili and mix. Drizzle atop the chocolate cake.

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New Oils Available at The Olive Press

The Olive Press is in the midst of releasing all of its new oils for 2016. Stop by and learn about olive oil in all of its glory, and be sure to taste the oils that are brand new to The Olive Press, along with the prized oils they are welcoming back! Experience the flavorful and beautifully fresh oils they have to sample, learn about the exceptional health benefits olive oil has to offer, and of course don’t forget to ask about the process of milling!

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Moscofilero Greek Wine Available at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

The Oxbow Cheese & WIne Merchant has just released its February Wine Club wines. With this month’s selections they are highlighting a wonderful new Greek wine, a Moscofilero. The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant’s sister store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, has collaborated with renowned Greek winemaker George Skouras to bring this special cuvée of Moscofilero for the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant private label. Moscofilero is a highly aromatic white wine varietal of Greek origin, grown primarily in Peloponnese, and is most akin to the Muscat grape and shows similar characteristics of perfumed aromatics and high acidity. It has a cornucopia of aromas from fresh cut roses and white flowers like night jasmine, to green apple, white peach, and lemon lime zest. Fresh, vibrant and elegantly cool, this wine can be enjoyed on its own but will pair beautifully with apple-fennel chicken salad. Stop by the Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab yourself a bottle, or take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass! While you are there ask a staff member about joining their amazing wine club and enjoy these special wines every month. As a member you will get the benefits of wine discounts at both store locations, as well as discounts on all the cheeses at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant!

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Calling all Cookie Monsters!

Calling all cookie monsters! Ca’ Momi Enoteca‘s rolling out a new twist on an old tradition later this month: organic, authentic and heartcrafted Italian cookie jars ($8 each, or 3 for $20). Choose from elegant Italian palmiers, ladyfingers, meringues, almond-anise cantucci di Prato, chocolate-hazelnut Baci di Dama sandwich cookies, cornmeal-raisin specialties from the Veneto, or the infamous brutti ma buoni, which literally means “ugly but good.” (“Good” in this context means “crazy delicious.”) And, of course, every week at Locals’ Night you can score your pizza of choice with a glass of house wine for $4 off the normal price of the pizza. Salute!

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Celebrate Your Employees at The Model Bakery

Did you know that Employee Appreciation Day is coming up on March 4? You know you’d be lost without your dedicated staff, so show them you appreciate them every day, not just employee appreciation day, by treating them to lunch from The Model Bakery. With an amazing selection of yummy sandwiches, fresh, pre-packaged salads, and of course, their legendary enormous pizza by the slice, The Model Bakery is a fast, easy and terrific way to show your employees how much you care. Stop by and pick up lunch for the team…and don’t forget the sweet treats for dessert…they will love you for it!