Entries by Holly Krassner Dawson

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Beer “To Go” at Fieldwork Brewing Company

Do you ever have a delicious fresh draft beer and wish to take some home to enjoy? Have you ever seen that fresh beer canned before your eyes? Stop by the new Fieldwork Brewing Company taproom and you can do both of these things. Fieldwork offers many of their fresh, innovative brews “to-go” in glass […]

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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 […]

Rancho Llano Seco pork on the menu at Kitchen Door

Kitchen Door now has Rancho Llano Seco pork on its menu — the pigs are a cross of Duroc, Yorkshire and Landrace breeds and are fed GMO-free vegetarian grains and legumes, 90 percent of which are grown on the dry-land fields within a few miles of the barns. Pigs are confinement-free, raised in deep-bedded hoop barns with continual […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Spice up your life with spice blends from Whole Spice

Zhug is a spicy blend used to on meats, fish, soups and salads. Use Whole Spice’s recipe to make fresh Zhug paste to garnish hummus or seared tuna. Also, Whole Spice will be offering 20 percent off at the end of the month so stock up on all your favorite fall spices during Oct 29-31. Fresh Zhug Paste Ingredients: […]

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Crisp Pears & Crisp Weather

Fall is officially here! That must mean it’s time to enjoy some pear brandy. Lucky for you, you can taste and purchase your very own bottle of Napa Valley Distillery’s highly anticipated pear brandy, which is now back in stock! This exclusive brandy is made entirely from Seckel pears – which are tiny pears with […]

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Breakfast at Five Dot Ranch & Cookhouse

At Five Dot, breakfast is one of the favorite meals of the day. There are lots of options like the doughnut bites with lavender sugar, the three egg omelet with asparagus, bacon, red onion, and cheddar cheese, and the breakfast wrap with beef sausage, eggs, caramelized onions, potatoes and cheddar cheese. Its hard to go […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Whole Spice Simple Yellow Rice Recipe

Whole Spice has all the herbs and spices you need to start making delicious soups and warming rice dishes this fall! One of the best spices you can start using is turmeric! Try this Whole Spice recipe for simple yellow rice to incorporate the amazing health benefits of turmeric into your diet! Whole Spice sells […]

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Warm Up With Napa Valley Brandy Cordial!

With fall just around the corner, cooler weather is sure to follow. Stay warm and cozy this season with one of Napa Valley Distillery’s most popular spirits! 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 […]

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Whole Spice Blackened Salmon Recipe

Enjoy this Whole Spice Blackened Salmon Recipe for a quick, delicious dinner! Blackened Salmon The principles are simple: A spicy buttering, a well-heated pan, a mouthwatering fillet. (Serves 2) Ingredients: 2 salmon fillets 1 tsp. Whole Spice blackened seasoning (1/2 tsp. per fillet) 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus 1 tsp. for rubbing […]

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Introducing Jose Romo at Hog Island Oyster Bar

Hog Island is pleased to announce the promotion of Jose Romo as its new kitchen manager in Napa. Come say hello and sample the new dishes he’s creating for Hog Island’s ever changing seasonal menu – like pan-roasted halibut with red quinoa, sweet peppers, and grilled peach salsa or heirloom tomato salad with burrata, jalapeño pesto and […]

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Mac ‘n Cheese at Five Dot Ranch

Have you ever tried the mac n’ cheese at Five Dot Ranch? If you have, did you know that the creamy, gooey cheese sauce has a cauliflower base? Five Dot’s Mac n’ Cheese is a favorite amongst its patrons and most are not aware that by indulging in this cheesy treat they are getting some of their […]

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Greek Cheeses at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is proud to be featuring two fantastic cheeses, both from Greece, and perfect for the end of summer season. Halloumi is one of the top export commodities of Greece. This cheese has a mozzarella consistency (almost rubbery in texture) and with its high melting point makes it the best cheese […]

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Fresh artisan breads make lunch special

It’s that time of year again, when parents all over the land shout with glee…BACK TO SCHOOL! Now that the kiddies are heading back for more brain stimulation, don’t send them off with sandwiches made with store-bought bread…because that’s a FAIL! Show them how much you love them by making their lunch with fresh artisan […]

Back-to-School Refreshers

The folks at Napa Valley Distillery provide Napa with more than just spirits. Visit their tasting room and shop to find a large selection of bitters and shrubs as well! There a few more refreshing combinations than shrubs and sparkling water. Napa Valley Distillery carries a wide selection of shrubs from Tait Farms and Inna. […]

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Fattoush Salad Recipe from Whole Spice

Whole Spice has a delicious Fattoush Salad Recipe for you to try! Get some fresh Zahtar spice blend and sumac during your next visit to the spice shop. In case you missed July’s end of the month sale, Whole Spice will be offering another 20% sale for Oxbow newsletter readers August 29-31! Mediterranean Fattoush Salad […]

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The Strength of a Vodka, with the Elegance of Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Reserve neutral brandy is Napa Valley Distillery’s version of vodka — “The UnVodka.” Napa Reserve is luxuriously smooth, round, with full character and an opulent flavor. This elegant neutral brandy has reminiscent characteristics of sweet grass, lemon, grapefruit, unripe peach, and a long subtle finish with notes of white pepper. Napa Reserve is distilled […]

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Amity Pinot Noir from Oregon at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has found a real gem: It is rare to find older American Pinots that are in great condition and showing significant bottle development. It is not that many Pinots can’t age well, but rather that most of don’t wait to find out! Amity is a small producer in Oregon founded […]

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Cool Off At Napa Valley Distillery

Nothing says summer like a nice, cold cocktail! Grab a bottle of the Old Hollywood cocktail from Napa Valley Distillery to stay cool during the warm weather. Napa Valley distillery has a collection of pre-mixed and barrel-aged cocktails that are perfect for your next party, or just as a cocktail after a long, hot day. […]

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Whole Spice Tzatziki Recipe

Here’s a refreshing recipe from Whole Spice for Tzatziki, a cool cucumber dip, to bring to your next picnic. Tzatziki (Serves 4) Ingredients: 3 Persian cucumbers, grated 1 scallion, chopped fine 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice 2 small cloves of garlic, minced 4 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped fine 2 cups Greek yogurt 3/4 tsp. salt […]

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Tomatoes on the Menu at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Summertime is in full effect now, and  is celebrating the season’s first heirloom tomatoes with two new items on its food menu. The classic and always delicious Caprese salad is made with fresh mozzarella “Fiore di Latte” from the Belfiore Cheese Co. in Berkeley, CA, a drizzle of fig balsamic and EVOO, a dash of salt and pepper and, of […]

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Beer and Wine Pair Well with Five Dot Ranch

Escape the summer heat and cool off at Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse. Their beer and wine selection pairs well with their menu; for example, try the Haechi Cellars Dream Star Sauvignon Blanc with the Beef Gyro Salad. This salad is filled with fresh produce like crisp romaine, cucumbers and tomatoes and is dressed in light housemate […]

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Stone Fruit Season is Here

Stone fruit season is in full production, and Hudson Greens & Goods is ready and has a steady supply of local organic peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines just to name a few. This season they have decided to carry only fruit from their most local suppliers. Bera Ranch of Winters (you’ll recognize them from the Napa Farmers’ Market) and Tenbrink […]

Summer Reading and Vegetables

It’s June, which means sunshine, summer reading lists and fresh, beautiful vegetables. At Oxbow, you can pack the one-two punch and pick up some veggies at our Hudson Greens & Goods, then pop over to Bookmine to pick up this amazing cookbook for kids, The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes that are Simple to […]

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Did Someone Say “Summer Cocktails?”

Grand California: A Divine Sipper, A Perfect Summer Mixer Napa Valley Distillery’s Grand California (pronounced Gran Cal-i-for-nigh-ay) – their version of Grand Marnier – is an all-natural orange flavored aged California brandy with a touch of sweetness. Upon release it rapidly became their top-selling spirit, and for good reason – it’s stellar for sipping and […]