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Asparagus: The Bastion of Spring

In the spring the focus is on fresh, lighter faire representing the new growth of the season. Outside everything is fresh and green and your plate should be the same. Spinach, tender kale leaves, Swiss chard, lettuce, parsley, and of course the bastion of spring, asparagus. The fresh foods of spring need only light steaming,… Read More


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Microsurgery Program at The Commonwealth Club

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Join me on Tuesday, November 6th at The Commonwealth Club for a fascinating program on Microsurgery. What is microsurgery?   Reconstruction of the mutilated hand, for example, restoring all fingers and thumbs with toe transplantation. Breast reconstruction after mastectomy can now preformed using only abdominal or thigh tissue, without the need for an implant. Facial… Read More

Chef’s Dinner with Adobe Road Winery

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I will be the guest chef at Adobe Road Winery’s Harvest Hike and Food/Wine Tasting on October 14th at the beautiful Famighetti Vineyard in Healdsburg. Caramelized Onion Tart and Rose in the treehouse. A hike through the stunning vineyard. Charcuterie (with a lesson included as to putting one together) with more wine. Roasted beet salad with chevre,… Read More

Yours Truly as Winery Chef…Join me!

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I will be the guest chef at Adobe Road Winery’s Harvest Hike and Food/Wine Tasting on October 14th at Famighetti Vineyard in Healdsburg. . You’ll begin with an appetizer in the tree house and it keeps getting better from there! My daughter Olivia will be my sous chef for the main course and for a… Read More

Julia Ross: The Craving Cure program

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I am thrilled to chair a program by Julia Ross at The Commonwealth Club. It’s August 30th at 6:00 p.m. Here is the link to purchase your tickets: https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2018-08-30/craving-cure-winning-battle-between-health-and-bliss THE CRAVING CURE: WINNING THE BATTLE BETWEEN HEALTH AND BLISS On our nutrient-poor, narcotic-rich techno-diet, close to 50 percent of us are obese and fully 50… Read More

Your Larder

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Your Larder First of all, what is a larder? Well, it’s not a pantry. A pantry is, historically speaking, where bread was kept and where preparation of foods associated with bread was done. While we’re on a roll with vernacular, alcoholic beverages were stored in the buttery (“butts” of barrels) and cooking was done in… Read More

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