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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

With the New Year come resolutions of all types, and if yours is to eat healthier Cate & Co. is a good place to start. Stock your larder with seeded crackers for power snacking, or cheese laces for a little indulgent crunch to have with your salads or soups. Cate’s Crunch is a G-Free granola that will get your day off to a healthy start with a dollop of Greek yogurt. Eat healthy in the New Year—no problem!

Say “Happy Holidays” with Kara’s Cupcakes holiday cookies! These festive treats make stocking stuffers, holiday and hostess gifts too! Christmas mitts, holiday tree and sparkle snowflake cookies are available for your holiday bash. Available in bakery and large orders too. Call 707-258-2253 to place your order today.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays around The Fatted Calf. The kitchen is in full swing preparing all of of their favorite seasonal delights from creamy boudin blanc with chestnuts to decadent foie gras terrines with Sauternes. 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. The 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!

Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount to all Oxbow Newsletter readers the last three days of December! Also, Whole Spice has added Calabrian Peppers to its extensive chili collection! These pepper pods have a spicy, mildly fruity taste and aroma — not unlike habaneros, but a little bit milder and authentically Italian. Try them in this delicious Whole Spice recipe:

Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Garlic, Anchovies and Calabrian Pepper
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:
250 grams spaghetti
5 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
1 50-gram can anchovies
7 Calabrian pepper pods, chopped fine
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 bunch fresh parsley, chopped fine

Directions:
Cook spaghetti according to box instructions. Heat up olive oil over medium-low heat. Add sliced garlic and stir. Add chopped Calabrian peppers. Sauté on low to medium heat, to prevent the garlic from burning. Add anchovies and olive oil, breaking the anchovy fillets into the oil while making sure not to burn them. Immediately add cooked pasta and fresh parsley, and mix. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Don’t forget to include Five Dot Ranch beef on your holiday menu! They are still taking orders for prime rib roasts, dry-aged bone-in striploins and dry-aged Porterhouse steaks. Orders can be placed over phone or in person at the butcher shop.  The Cookhouse will also have a special New Year’s Day brunch menu from 10 am to 4 pm featuring smoked brisket and sweet potato hash, pumpkin waffles, the original Five Dot Ranch burger, oxtail chili and much more! In addition to stopping in to look at the meat case or enjoying a delicious meal from the Cookhouse, consider getting some Five Dot Ranch gift cards to give to all of your meat loving friends and family. Happy Holidays from your local Five Dot Ranch Family!

Christmas is only ten days away… Give the gift of the most highly awarded olive oil in the nation! Shop the diverse olive oil and balsamic gift pack selection, as well as pantry, bath and tabletop items that The Olive Press has to offer. They grow it, they mill it, they bottle it, and they’ll send it! Small batch, Sonoma grown and pressed olive oil, infused with unique flavors for all to enjoy! The Olive Press wishes its customers a Happy Holiday season!

If you’re looking for a casual, fun and lively place to meet up with friends over the holidays, stop by C CASA’s heated outdoor terrace. Their menu offers an array of shareable appetizers and unique tacos ideal for a casual afternoon or evening of festivities with friends. A select list of wine and beer perfectly complements the delicious and addictive “C Cuisine.” Call some friends and let the party begin!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, open houses, neighborhood gatherings — the list goes on! Fret not, Cate & Co. can help with their appetizer offerings! Choose from fig kalamata tapenade that is divine with goat cheese on crostini, or green olive tapenade that is bright and tasty spread on crackers, or a colorful curried pumpkin hummus that is lovely with pita chips or fresh vegetables. If bubbles are on your menu, you can’t go wrong with the house made Kennebec potato chips or the decadent white truffle version — sour cream and caviar are optional.

Beat the holiday countdown with Ca’Momi’s all-denomination Gift Certificates, sparkling Ca’Rosa and Ca’ Secco wines, and those irresistible bignès. These heartcrafted Italian treasures were born to be shared, and make perfect hostess or holiday gifts for Italophiles, and anyone with a sweet tooth. While you’re stocking up, grab a quick piadina or pizza lunch and put your order in for organic Holiday Tiramisù … luscious layers of espresso-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone and chocolate that are sure to pick you up.

Yep it’s back! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant got its first batch of Rush Creek Reserve in this week. This decadent, luscious cheese is produced by Uplands Cheese Co., an artisan farmstead cheese producer in Wisconsin. Rush Creek Reserve is inspired by the French Vacherin Mont d’Or, and is bound in spruce bark, which gives shape to the soft round and imparts a sweet, woodsy flavor to the cheese. Combined with the savory flavors born from the rind, this gives the custard-soft paste a deep but delicate richness, reminiscent of beef broth or finely cured meat. Perfect for any holiday party, this cheese will certainly be the the star. Only available in small quantities and for a limited time, get a wheel while you can! Also, talk to any staff member at the cheese counter to have a custom cheese platter put together for your special party or event you may have this holiday season.

Let the Model Bakery make your Christmas celebration that much easier with fresh home-baked treats for your holiday table! Choose from a variety of freshly baked breakfast pastries, breads, and incredible desserts — all to help make your holiday feast easy and yummy. Pastries include panettone, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin loaf, and, of course, the famous Model Bakery English muffins. Bread for the table? That’s easy with their signature pain au levain boule, cranberry walnut levin batard, dinner rolls, ciabatta and focaccia, and plenty of other options. And don’t forget dessert…iced cookies, Buche de Noel, peppermint cake, pies of all sorts and more! Orders must be placed by 12 noon on Monday, December 21 to pick up on Thursday, December 24 between 6:30 am to 4 pm. Call 707-259-1128, or email to place your Christmas order today!

2015 Christmas Specials

Breakfast Pastries
Panettone (with golden raisins, dried cranberries, candied orange and lemon peel) –  $25
Cinnamon Roll/Sticky Bun Ring (5) – $18
Danish Braid (Serves 8-10) – $30
Morning Pastries – $3-$4
English Muffins (6) – $14
Pumpkin loaf maple glaze (Serves 8) – $25
Gingerbread Loaf or Cranberry Orange Nut Loaf – $8

Organic Artisan Breads
4# Signature Pain au Levain Boule (Organic European style country sourdough) – $9
Cranberry Walnut Levain Batard (sm/lg) – $3.50/$6.25
Walnut Sage Batard (sm/lg) – $3.25/$5.95
Pain de Mie Dinner Rolls (12) – $8
French or Sourdough Rolls (12) – $8
Ciabatta or Focaccia Rolls (12) – $8

Cookies
Iced Christmas Sugar Cookies – $2-$3
Christmas Trees, Snowmen, Snowflakes, Mittens, Stockings, Stars 
Gingerbread Cookies – $1.75-$3
Men, Houses, Bears
Small Assorted Cookies – $1.75-$2
Apricot Rugelach, Raspberry Linzer, Chocolate Krinkles, and Coconut Macarons
Cookie Platter (Baker’s Dozen) – $35
Wrapped with cellophane and Christmas Ribbon

Model Bakery Cookbook & Cookie Platter – $60

For the coffee lover on your list, be sure and stop by Ritual Coffee Roasters for a really nice selection of holiday gift sets, complete with free gift packaging to boot! Get a cup of coffee, fuel up, and get your shopping done — all in one go! Ritual’s making it easy this season.

Let Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) take you on a journey of gift sets, premium craft spirits, and bottled cocktails where you are sure to find the perfect treat for that special someone (or yourself!). They have the perfect solutions to make your holiday shopping quick, easy, merry, and bright. Can’t decide? NVD Gift Certificates are always a great option, it’s the gift that lets them choose.

Perfect Holiday Gift ideas:

A 1 Year Distinguished Bar Club Membership

This is truly the gift that keeps giving the whole year. Every quarter (March, June, September, December) get all the newest, best and most unique that Napa Valley Distillery has to offer. Whether it’s limited release brandies, seasonal spirits, bottled cocktails, fabulous bitters, or expertly crafted syrups, gums and mixers – each shipment will contain only the best we make and have to offer!

Choose from a selection of preselected gift sets or create your own.

Here are just some of the gift sets available from Napa Valley Distillery:

Best of the Holidays

For the person who likes the best of the best! Our “Best of the Holidays” are three of our favorite spirits all in one convenient gift set. Each Best of the Holidays gift set contains one bottle each of our award-winning Napa Valley Neutral Brandy, Old Hollywood Ginn and the product that started it all… our Meyer Lemon Variety- like we said, simply the best!

NVD Start (or finish) Your Collection

Collect them All! Want to introduce anyone to NVD’s classics, best of the best, the cr?me de la cr?me? Do you know any enthusiast of fine crafted spirits? Then this is the gift pack for you! Get one bottle each of the finest NVD had to offer in this premium gift set! Each gift set contains one bottle each of: Old Hollywood Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Neutral Brandy (Vodka), Meyer Lemon Varity, and Manhattan Cocktail.

Warm and Cozy Gift Set

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this cocktail is so delightful. Let it snow! Stay indoors and snuggle in deeper to your slippers and enjoy these warm and cozy spirits! Or! Share the cozy experience with someone you love. Each gift set includes one bottle each of: Old Hollywood Ginn, Brandy Cordial, Cherry Brandy.

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.

Click here for additional gift sets and ideas.

Celebrate a sweet and joyful Hanukkah and Christmas season with cupcakes and cakes from Kara’s Cupcakes! Kara’s also caters beautiful events and delivers too!  Don’t forget to pre-order your Hanukkah celebration cake — a seasonal holiday favorite creating sweet celebratory moments. To place your order, stop by the bakery, call 1-866.554-CAKE (2253), or order online.

There is nothing as enticing as the smell of a pie baking. New this year: frozen Cate & Co pies — they make and you bake! Enjoy the heartwarming smell of a delectable g-free pie baking in your kitchen. Pies include old fashioned pumpkin, pink lady apple and maple walnut pecan. Each pie comes with instructions for baking, and no one needs to know you didn’t make it yourself!

December is a busy month, and we all look for quick and delicious meal solutions—our choice is the C CASA December enchilada plate special! The plate includes a pork enchilada with four cheeses, topped with mixed greens, pico de gallo and horseradish crema accompanied by a Caesar salad, and a chocolate bite with peppermint cinnamon glaze. For just $13, you’ll feel well fed and ready to take on the next task on your “to-do list.”

Do you know anybody whose birth year is 1931? Or who simply wants to do a little vinous time travel? Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has gotten its hands on a few bottles of 1931 Chateau Mossé Rivesaltes. This an extraordinary “Vin Doux Naturel” from the Roussillon region of France, only bottled in 2013. It is sweet but in no way cloying, with incredible length and complexity. A “vin de meditation” as the French would say, a wine to savor and contemplate, as words simply can’t do it justice. $173 a bottle, or have a taste at the Wine Bar, $26.

The Olive Press has the prefect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season! They grow it, they mill it, they’ll wrap it, and they’ll send it! Give the gift of small batch, Sonoma-grown and pressed olive oil…the most highly awarded in the nation! Explore their gift packs with an array of unique varietals and combinations of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Or, let your loved ones choose with a gift card from The Olive Press.

Ca’ Momi Enoteca is making the shopping season sweeter with  organic holiday tiramisu — a heartcrafted, show-stopping, family-sized dessert for $35. Ca’ Momi’s desserts, bite-sized bigne included, are made to order, so please give 24-48 hours’ advance notice. Add some Neapolitan pizza and salad, and you’ve got a full family dinner ready to go. Gift certificates in any amount are also available.

Looking for new ideas for entertaining family and friends this holiday season? Try this recipe for salt-roasted whole salmon with wasabi mayo and chile salsa from Eiko’s Executive Chef Jake Rand.

Ingredients: 
1 whole salmon (10-12lbs), gutted, gills removed, scales left on
3 lemons,  quartered
1 lemon, finely sliced
2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
½ bunch of fresh-flat leaf parsley
½ bunch of sage
½ bunch of fresh chives
18 cups rock salt
2 large eggs

For the wasabi mayo:
1 tube Kewpie Mayo
1 tin dried wasabi powder

For the chilli salsa:
1 fresh red chilli , deseeded
½ bunch fresh mint, leaves picked, stems discarded
1 1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Wash the salmon well both inside and out, then pat dry with kitchen paper (leaving the scales on helps to keep in the moisture as it cooks). Finely slice 1 lemon into rounds and stuff into the salmon cavity with the sliced fennel, parsley, marjoram and chives.

Combine the rock salt, eggs and one cup of water in a large bowl, then evenly spread one-third of the salt mixture over a large baking tray (large enough for entire fish to lay flat), making a slight hollow in the middle to hold the salmon snugly. Lay the salmon diagonally into the tray, then spoon over the remaining salt mixture, heaping it around and onto the salmon so that it’s evenly covered – you should have a layer of salt, roughly 2cm thick, all over the salmon.

Place the tray in the hot oven for around 40 minutes, or until cooked through. To test if the salmon is ready, push a skewer through the salt into the thickest part of the fish – if it comes out warm after 5 seconds, it’s done.

Meanwhile, make the wasabi mayo. Mix wasabi powder with warm water until a paste forms. Whisk wasbi into mayo 1 tablespoon at a time until desired astringency is reached.

To make the salsa, finely chop the chilli and mint leaves (discard stems), then place into a bowl with 1½ tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside.

Once cooked, remove the salmon from the oven and allow to cool for around 20 minutes, then with the tip of a knife, carefully slice into the salt, cutting all the way along the salmon spine, being careful not to slice into the fish at this point. Gently lift the salt casing off the salmon, then spoon away and discard the remaining salt, brushing away any excess from the top of the salmon. Transfer the fish to a large platter, then score the skin along the spine, across the tail and under the gill and peel back the skin. Divide up the salmon and serve with the wasbi mayo, chilli salsa and lemon wedges on the side.

The Holidays are officially here and it’s time to order your Thanksgiving table treats from the Model Bakery. Choose from a variety of freshly baked breads and pastries, incredible side dishes including cranberry sauce, Model Bakery bread stuffing, heirloom butternut squash gratin, and more — all to help make your holiday feast easy and yummy. And, don’t forget the dessert…iced cookies, tarts, cakes, and of course, pies of all sorts! Orders must be placed by 12 noon on Monday, November 23 to  pick up on Wednesday, November 25 between 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Call 707-259-1128, or email The Model Bakery to place your Thanksgiving order today.

The Model Bakery Thanksgiving Specials 2015

Breakfast  
• Cinnamon Roll/Sticky Bun Ring (5) – $18
• Danish Braid (Serves 8-10) – $30
• Morning Pastries (croissants, muffins, scones) – $3-$4
• English Muffins (6) – $14
• Pumpkin Bread Loaf with Maple Glaze (Serves 8) – $25
• Cranberry Orange Nut Loaf (Serves 3-4) – $8
• Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf (Serves 3-4) – $8

Organic Artisan Breads
• 2# Pain au Levain Boule – $5.50
• Walnut Sage Levain Batard – $5.95
• Pain de Mie Dinner Rolls (12) – $8
• French or Sourdough Rolls (12) – $8
• Ciabatta or Focaccia Rolls (12) – $8

Sides
• Cranberry Orange Sauce – $10 ea
• Model Bakery Bread Stuffing (walnut sage bread, celery, onions, mushrooms, leeks) – $10/qt
• Sweet Potato Casserole (with pecans, coconut and brown sugar topping – serves 6-8) – $20 ea
• Heirloom Butternut Squash Gratin (with gruyere cheese, cream and sage – serves 6-8) – $20 ea
• French Green Bean Casserole (with porcini-shallot béchamel and fried shallots – serves 6-8) – $20 ea
• Triple Cream Brie with Dried Fruits and Nuts (with cranberries, apricots, walnuts, pecans and spiced apricot Chutney – for baking) – $15 ea 

Treat yourself or someone special to the Bath & Spa Collection handcrafted in California, delicately scented, soft, and velvety, all made with fabulous extra virgin olive oil! The Olive Press featured oil and vinegar of the Month: ascolano olive oil and cranberry balsamic vinegar. In time for the holidays, start enjoying or sharing this flavorful and colorful pair!

Give thanks for our fresh, local bounty from the sea. Hog Island oysters make a welcome addition to your holiday feasts. Serve as a light yet savory appetizer, raw on the half shell with Hog Wash, Baked Hog Island Oysters Fungi, or try a classic herbed oyster stuffing. Any way you shuck them, fresh local oysters are always a treat. Call 707-251-8113 or stop by Hog Island Oyster Bar to place your orders by Tuesday, November 24 by 5 pm, and pick up on Wednesday, November 25 before 5 pm.  All oysters and shellfish are sold live, in the shell.

Napastak has an extensive selection of baked goods and bakeware, to help you make delicious bread, pies and cookies. Here’s a simple but delicious recipe for muffins, using Haulin’ Oats and pumpkin spice emulsion, both available at Napastak.

“Yes, I Am The Muffin Man” Recipe

Ingredients:
1 sm. can (15oz.) pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4- 2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin spice emulsion or 2 1/2 pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 16 oz. mason jar of Haulin’ Oats, Chai a Little Tenderness, or Cinnamon Girl

Directions:
Heat oven to 350. Grease bottom only of muffin pan. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Pour into muffin cups and bake until muffins are slightly puffed and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Makes approximately 10-12 muffins, depending on tin size.