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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around The Fatted Calf!

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around The Fatted Calf! The kitchen is in full swing preparing all of your favorite seasonal delights from creamy boudin blanc with chestnuts to decadent foie gras terrines with Madeira. Gift baskets are being filled with holiday treats: locally made jams and syrups, freshly pressed new olive oil, heirloom beans and grains, foraged wild mushroom goodies and more. Their sales staff is ready to help you choose a succulent roast for your holiday table, prepare a party perfect charcuterie platter for your celebration or find just the right gift for all of the curious cooks and meat aficionados on your list. Pop in to the The Fatted Calf today and let the holidays begin.

CLICK HERE for the full menu.

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Need A Last Minute Gift?

Make your way over to Napa Valley Distillery for some festive cocktail fixings! In addition to their ready-to-go gift sets their knowledgeable staff are excited to create custom cocktail kits for you and your loved ones. They’ve stocked up for the holidays with great products like copper bar sets and vintage glassware that’ll make any bar shine, locally made candles designed to smell like their small craft spirits, and holiday mixers that are so good they’ll be gone before the season’s end!

Yes Cocktail, a local California brand, has put out two fabulously festive cocktail mixes. The Ginger Snap Cocktail Mixer is the perfect blend of holiday spices, ginger and lime; simply mix it with NVD’s Napa Reserve for a refreshing holiday mule. Visions of sugar plums dancing through your head? Satisfy that craving with a Sugar Plum Hot Toddy using Yes Cocktail’s Sugar Plum mixer and NVD’s limited release Plum Brandy; add a little hot water or tea and that vision will be a reality!

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Olio Nuovo from Hudson Greens & Goods

The very first batch of extra virgin olive oil of the season, Olio Nuovo translates directly to “new oil.” Prized for its grassy flavors and spicy finish, it is full of very fine olive oil particles that are suspended in the oil giving it more intense flavors. Meant to be used immediately in order to capture these flavors before they dissipate, Olio Nuovo offers us a true celebration of the moment. Use it liberally & on everything but our favorite is Fettunta – garlic bread. Catch it if you can!

Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil Varieties: Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, & Pendolino

Picked & pressed: November 2017 Napa Valley, Carneros

Makes a perfect holiday gift!

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‘Tis the Season for Plum Brandy

Forget sugar plums, grab some plum brandy! This season, make sure to stop by the Napa Valley Distillery. They have just released a limited edition brandy made entirely from plums! This Plum Brandy was aged for five years, and finished in Napa Valley Port barrels for just about 13 months. The subtle sweetness drawn from the port barrels complements the fruit forward notes and warmth of the Plum Brandy. A true crowd pleaser, or great night cap for a quiet evening at home. Perfect for the holidays!

They also have a variety of “ready-to-go” gift sets for the cocktail lover in your life. Bring joy to those around you this season with customized cocktail kits for even your most picky friends and family members. Napa Valley Distillery’s Spirit experts are available to help create the perfect gift for drinkers and non drinkers alike!

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Oxbow Public Market Makes Thanksgiving Easy

Here are a few options to make your Thanksgiving a little easier…

Holiday Offerings from The Fatted Calf

Heritage turkeys will be flying out the door at The Fatted Calf this month. While turkey is definitely the talk of the town, Fatted Calf also has a host of holiday offerings beyond their big birds. Turkey brine kits make easy work of seasoning. Rich, golden turkey broth is essential for making gravy or braising turkey legs. Foie Gras makes for a decadent start to your Thanksgiving meal. Sage and onion sausage is an excellent addition to stuffing. Bourbon and honey glazed ham is ready to heat, slice and serve. Pork roasts, stuffed quail and duck are delicious and simple turkey alternatives for a smaller gathering. From platters of pâté and salami for your guests to nosh on to tubs of leaf lard for perfectly flaky piecrust, Fatted Calf has your Thanksgiving menu needs covered!

CLICK HERE to view the full Fatted Calf Thanksgiving menu.

Chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door Thanksgiving Fixin’s To-Go

Let Kitchen Door make your Thanksgiving a little easier with their Thanksgiving Fixin’s to go. Everything but the bird this year.
PRE-ORDER ONLY BY 5 p.m. MONDAY NOVEMBER 20
Contact tim@kitchendoornapa.com or alex@kitchendoornapa.com 707-226-1560
PICK UP: Wednesday November 22
Build your own Thanksgiving
Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup…………. $20 qt
Sourdough Stuffing…………….. $8 qt
Peppercorn Gravy…………….. $6 pt
Fresh Cranberry Sauce………………$6 pt
Mashed Potatoes……………. $7 qt
Roasted Root Vegetables……………… $6 qt
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes…………………. $8 ea

Thanksgiving Roasts from Five Dot Ranch

Have you ever eaten beef on Thanksgiving? If not, maybe 2017 is the year to try something new! Five Dot Ranch isn’t trying to steal the spotlight from the traditional turkey, just politely suggesting you share the spotlight. Place your orders now for Thanksgiving and Christmas roasts. There are many different aging options depending on your taste preferences, so place your order right away to allow ample time for aging. Fresh orders should be placed early as well to ensure you won’t miss out.

Call the Butcher Shop at 707-224-5550 to place your order.

Oysters for Thanksgiving

It’s time to give thanks for family, good health, and oysters! Hog Island Oysters are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving menu. Order unshucked oysters to-go from the Hog Island Oyster Bar and serve them raw or grilled, or tucked into a classic oyster stuffing. Anyway you shuck it, your Thanksgiving table is bound to be delicious! To pre-order call 707-251-8113 by 3 pm Tuesday 11/21 to pick up Wednesday 11/22 by 3pm.

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Special Locals’ Night/Costume Exchange

Oxbow Public Market remains open as a gathering place for our community. Join us for a special Locals’ Night on Tuesday, October 24, from 5-8 pm, featuring live music by LoWatters, specials from our merchants, and a costume exchange.

Be eek-o-friendly this Halloween by bringing a gently used costume to exchange for a “new to you” costume! Lots of costumes to choose from in different sizes and styles (Princesses to ghouls!) You don’t have to donate a costume to participate. Respook. Rewear. Rescare!

The fire department and the Napa Police Department will be presented to say hello, showcase a fire engine, and answer any questions you may have.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fires, and our thanks go to the first responders and all those working so hard to make sure our residents are safe.

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C CASA Cinco de Mayo Specials

Cinco (five) is the key word for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at C CASA. Start with their “Nachos Not!” — as in, not your typical nachos — at a special price of $5 for the small order. C CASA house-made tortilla chips are topped with black beans, white beans, or half and half, pico de gallo, goat cheese and chipotle aioli for a meal in itself.

Also featured at the special price of $5 per glass, Pavo Real, a white wine blend from Baja, Mexico. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are masterfully blended by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble for enjoying with lighter Mexican foods. For those who love beer with their nachos, a bottle of Corona will be available for the Cinco de Mayo price of $3.50 (there is a 5 in that one too.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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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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Fresh Truffles for the Holiday Season

The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is delighted to offer all you fungi lovers out there the opportunity to order fresh truffles throughout this holiday season! Currently the extremely rare and sought after white Alba truffles (Tuber magnatum) are available, as well as the fall Burgundy truffles (Tuber Uncinatum). They will be sold by the ounce and are a pre-order item.

You can just drop by the Cheese & WIne Merchant and place your order with a staff member, or contact Justin at 707.257.5200. Your order will need to be placed by Tuesday, or no later than noon on Wednesday, to have it ready for pick up by the following Thursday. This way of pre-ordering will ensure you receive your truffles in the freshest and highest quality possible. Prices will vary, so inquire when ordering or anytime before.

Also, around mid-December, depending when they come into season, the Cheese & Wine Merchant will also have available the black winter Perigord truffles.Let the the Truffle parties begin!

Also, for the first time this year Beecher’s handmade cheese, located at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA, has released its seasonal Flagsheep cheddar! This is a wonderfully delicious sheep’s milk version of their Flagship Reserve, a handmade cow’s milk clothbound cheddar made in the fashion of traditional English style cheddars.

You do NOT want to miss out on grabbing yourself a chunk of this amazing limited release cheddar.
Please stop by the Cheese & WIne Merchant and ask any cheesemonger behind the counter to help you to a taste of this rare gem. Once you try it we guarantee you won’t walk away empty-handed!

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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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Thanksgiving Sale at Wood Fiber Clay

These two cuties are helping to whip up something for Thanksgiving and it isn’t mashed potatoes! Wood Fiber Clay is having a 20 percent off sale from Friday, November 18 through Tuesday, November 22.

Shop the pop-up at Oxbow Public Market or their website with the code “Gratitude.” Pick up a great gift to take to the host or hostess on Thanksgiving, like a beautiful handcarved bowl from A Question of Eagles, a solid brass bottle opener from Ft. Standard, or a scented pillar candle from Le Feu d’Leau.

And, get your holiday shopping done early! Wood Fiber Clay has limited quantities of their unique collection of handcrafted items, so don’t wait. They will ship purchases over $100 free of charge and provide complimentary gift wrap.

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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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Relax with a Cocktail!

Feeling stressed out by the upcoming election? Relax and settle down with a cocktail made with Napa Valley Distillery’s small batch, hand crafted spirits! Besides, what’s more American than something aged in a Bourbon barrel? Swing by their tasting bar at the Oxbow to enjoy a sample of their Brandy Cordial and their Cherry Brandy, both of which have spent time in Bourbon barrels soaking up flavor and color!

Napa Valley Distillery’s 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. Sip after dinner or mix to create sophisticated Pre-Prohibition era cocktails. Handmade the old fashioned way by the artisans at Napa Valley Distillery.

Their Cherry 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’s reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

For a cocktail that is sure to please any cocktail enthusiast, try the Cherry Manhattan!

The Cherry Manhattan
Makes one 4 oz cocktail served up in a chilled cocktail glass

Ingredients
2 oz Napa Valley Distillery Cherry Brandy
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 dashes (12 drops)
maraschino liqueur
2 dashes (12 drops) Abbott’s Bitters or other high quality aromatic bitters
1 Luxardo Cherry for garnish

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add cherry brandy, Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, and one dash bitters. Stir, do not shake, for 20 seconds. Garnish cocktail glass with Luxardo cherry, and strain contents of shaker into glass. Float one more dash of bitters on top, and you’re done! Classic Manhattan flavor with a big cherry twist!

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Chef Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door Thanksgiving To-Go

Let Todd Humphries cook Thanksgiving dinner for you. Pre-order by 5 pm on Friday, November 18 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Four

$140 including tax

½ Turkey Breast and Leg (brined and ready to cook with instructions)
Peppercorn Gravy (pt)
Sourdough Stuffing (qt)
Fresh Cranberry Sauce (pt)
Mashed Potatoes (qt)
Roasted Root Vegetables (qt)
Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup (qt)
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes (four)

Build your own Thanksgiving

Chef Todd’s Famous Mushroom Soup…………. $20 qt
Sourdough Stuffing…………….. $8 qt
Peppercorn Gravy…………….. $6 pt
Fresh Cranberry Sauce………………$6 pt
Mashed Potatoes……………. $7 qt
Roasted Root Vegetables……………… $6 q
Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes…………………. $8 ea

Call or email Tim at 707-226-1560.

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Wood Fiber Clay pop-up shop is back through December

The Wood Fiber Clay pop-up shop is back through December with a new collection of unique handcrafted and vintage items for the home sourced from small producers locally and globally. Owners Lisa Toller and Kelley Burnett just returned from Iceland and Scandinavia after combing the flea markets of Copenhagen for mid-century Danish finds, visiting with local artists in Iceland, and buying one-of-a-kind heritage sheepskins directly from the farm in Norway. The colors of the landscape, living spaces, and art have inspired their fall/winter palette of russet, indigo and seafoam green, which are layered with their signature neutrals. Read more about their trip on their blog. The pop-up is located between Three Twins Ice Cream and the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, in front of Kitchen Door. Stop by and say hello any day between 9 am and 7 pm and until 8 pm on Tuesdays.

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CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO AT C CASA

Cinco (five) is the key word for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at C CASA. Start with their “Nachos Not!” — as in, not your typical nachos — at a special price of $5 for the small order. C CASA house made tortilla chips are topped with black beans, white beans, or half and half, pico de gallo, goat cheese and chipotle aioli for a meal in itself.

Also featured at the special price of $5 per glass, they are introducing their new white wine Pavo Real, from Baja, Mexico. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are masterfully blended by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble for enjoying with lighter Mexican foods. You might recognize Ian from the movie Somm that debuted at the Napa Film Festival in 2012.

For those who love beer with their nachos, a bottle of Corona will be available for the Cinco de Mayo price of $3.50 (note:there is a 5 in that one too!) Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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May Specials at The Model Bakery

May brings warmer weather, beautiful sunshine, and the dawn of another fantastic Napa Valley summer! Whether thinking about Mom on her special day, or just getting together with family and friends, don’t show up empty handed…bring along a yummy, fresh-baked cake from The Model Bakery! Special for May are their Lemon Cake with lemon curd and vanilla buttercream frosting, and the “Naked” Chocolate Chip Cake with chocolate fudge, chocolate pudding and chocolate chip cookie dough…mmm…CHOCOLATE-Y! Yay for May!

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Nothing Says “Thanks Mom!” Like A Well Made Cocktail

Tired of giving flowers, oven mitts, and canned sardines every Mother’s Day?

This Mother’s Day give her gift that she really wants, at a price that you cannot resist! She deserves it. After all she supports you every day, in every way. Napa Valley Distillery created this gift set exclusively for Mother’s Day 2016, and it contains all the necessary ingredients to make a unique, and much appreciated, Mother’s Day Cocktail.

The set includes: Napa Valley Distillery’s own Napa Reserve & Grand California, Napa Valley Bitters Hibiscus Rose Bitters, Liber & Co. Grenadine Syrup. They’ve also included a recipe card so that she can enjoy a Pomegranate Cosmo any time!

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Fatted Calf Is Celebrating Spring

Spring is here, Easter is just around the corner, and The Fatted Calf is ready to celebrate. Forget the peeps and chocolate bunnies! Fatted Calf has a hoFatted Calf Easter Menust of treats for your spring celebration from chive scented bockwurst to succulent stuffed quail. And don’t forget the bacon, breakfast sausage and farm fresh eggs for a holiday brunch. To place an order for pick up, please email  or call (707) 256-3684.

Marsha’s Grilled Rabbit Spiedini with Chicories, Olives and Almonds (serves four)
This recipe was handed down to The Fatted Calf from Marsha McBride, chef and proprietress of Berkeley’s Cafe Rouge. This savory grilled rabbit spiedini utilizes both the meat and organs of the rabbit, deliciously served over a salad of chicories, olives and almonds, perfect for a spring feast.

For the spiedini:
1 2 to 3 pound rabbit, boned
2 rabbit kidney
s, halved 1 rabbit liver, cut into fourths
sea salt
1 tsp. toasted and ground coriander
zest of 1/2 orange
2 Tbs. chopped parsley
2 Tbs. chopped thyme
1 Tbs. chopped garlic
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup rosé wine
4 thin slices of pancetta

For the salad:
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 finely minced shallot
sea salt
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
¾ cup olive oil
4 cups washed and trimmed arugula
4 cups wash
ed and trimmed escarole hearts 4 cups washed and trimmed frisée
¼ cup chopped picholine olives
½ cup toasted chopped almonds
freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Cube the rabbit meat into one-inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Season the meat, liver, and kidneys with the sea salt and coriander. In a large bowl mix the garlic, orange zest and herbs with the olive oil and wine. Add the seasoned rabbit. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Prepare the vinaigrette for the salad. In a medium sized mixing bowl, macerate the shallots in the red wine vinegar. Add a pinch of sea salt and the Dijon mustard. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to emulsify. Set aside.

Remove the rabbit from the marinade. Wrap the rabbit liver with the pancetta. Thread one piece of liver and one kidney onto each skewer along with ¼ of the rabbit meat, leaving ½ inch (1.25 cm) in between each piece. Grill over a medium-hot fire for about 8 to 10 minutes total, turning frequently to brown evenly on all sides.

In a large bowl, toss together the arugula, escarole and frisée with the vinaigrette. Add the olives, almonds and a few grinds of black pepper. Divide the salad amongst four plates. Place a whole skewer, still warm, over the bed of greens and serve.

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Easter Essentials from Hudson Greens and Goods

Celebrate the new growth of the spring season at Hudson Greens and Goods. You’ll find all the Easter essentials, including beautiful, organic spring onions $5.99/lb.,  asparagus $8.99/lb. and green garlic $7.59/lb.  If you find yourself looking for the perfect Easter gift, a staff favorite is the Super Choc-O-Food bar, a collaboration of Valerie’s Confections and Commune Design. It’s packed with a dried fruit, nuts and seeds all bound together with minimal chocolate, conveniently wrapped in your choice of pastel foils. It really is the best addition to any Easter basket.

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Hoppy Easter from The Model Bakery

Here comes Peter Cottontail…and that means Easter’s on its way! Be ready for friends and family this year with the help of The Model Bakery. From breakfast pastries, to artisan breads, cookies…tarts and pies…to large and individual Easter cakes, the Model Bakery has you covered. And don’t forget those hot cross buns! All orders must be placed by noon on Thursday, March 24 for pickup either Saturday, March 26 from 7a m to 6 pm, or Easter Sunday, from 7 am to 1 pm. Hoppy Easter!

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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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You had me at Pizza

Ca’ Momi Enoteca has romance ready to go with heart-shaped pizza, schiacciata, ciambellina, and ciambellona for Valentine’s weekend, plus two irresistible takeout specials featuring all-organic bignè pastries. Love On the Run ($45) includes the pizza of your choice, one dozen assorted organic bignè, and a bottle of Ca’ Momi Ca’ Rosa Sparkling Rosé. For sweethearts with sweet tooths, Bubbles & Bignè (1 dozen assorted organic bignè + 1 bottle of Ca’ Rosa) for only $28. Let your love be heartcrafted!

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Get Cheesy this Valentine’s Day

Don’t think there is a cheese that out there that is perfect for Valentine’s Day? Guess again! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant will have Coeur du Berry, a lovely, fresh goat milk cheese from the Poitou region of France on hand for your special someone. In the shape of a heart, this succulent cheese is from Fromagerie Jacquin, and its name is a nod to the neighboring commune named — most appropriately it seems — St Valentin. Add a crisp white wine or refreshing bubbly and you will be all set!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts from Hudson Greens and Goods

Warm up winter by showing someone you love that you care. Hudson Greens and Goods has a wonderful selection of Valentine cards from Ghost Academy hand-printed in the USA. A highlight for the holiday will be an exquisite selection of flowers in various size vases and bouquets from The Monkey Flower Group. Staff favorites for February include Little Apple farm shrubs to make delicious cocktails and spritzers, and Teance teas will warm anybody’s heart. Locally grown loofahs from Hudson Ranch are a complement to any luxurious bath. Be sure to also check out the primo selection of butter marshmallows handmade in British Columbia. The decadent treats are now priced to move. So stop the store and take advantage of all the ways the HG&G can help warm the hearts of the ones you love.

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XOXO Kara’s Cupcakes!

This Valentines Day, send the gift of sweetness to your special someone! Surprise them with a dozen of their favorite #karascupcakes, cakes, artisan treats, cookies and more, now available with festive heart shaped pink and red fondant. The perfect treat to send the message of “I love you.” Call 707-258-2253 or email today to place your order. Kara’s delivers throughout the Napa Valley.