Entries by Holly Krassner Dawson

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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. […]