Morning Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes…they are everywhere:  at your local markets, farmer’s markets, bakeries, dessert bars, weddings, cupcake stores, and cupcake trucks.  My go-to cupcake is the under-appreciated MUFFIN.  I have one at least once a week and have 3 choice recipes I make and freeze. Aside from the ever so popular Blueberry, I finally have a muffin recipe for […]

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Cheese Please! Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma

Creamy, fresh fromage blanc; tangy silken chévre; bracing blues, each fascinatingly different from its brothers; tastebud-waking, complex aged triple-crèmes…are you hungry yet?  I am almost always hungry – for cheese. Last weekend, I was among the fortunate attendees at California’s 7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, one of the hubs of California’s booming cheese industry. The festival is a […]

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Highwire Coffee …Bean Me Up!

Highwire Roastery

Several months back, Slow Food organization coordinated a cupping and roasting demonstration at the Highwire Coffee Roasters’ facilities in the Oakland area.  Rich Avella, Robert Myers, and Eric Hashimoto, the proprietors of Highwire, walked us through the step by step process from seed to cup. Think of cupping as similar to wine tasting. A Short Video Story click HERE.

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