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Weekend Roundup

September 16, 2016


“I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in food….”

Julia Child

Hey, it’s Friday! Here is my weekend roundup. Things to cook, read, visit and enjoy this weekend.


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Make this Sunny day tomato dressing ! If you do nothing else this weekend. MAKE THIS DRESSING! Your weekend will be complete, seriously. I’m not kidding. Make a double batch.  Slather it on grilled bread- with or without burrata-add it to quinoa or pasta or eat it straight from the jar. Use slicer tomatoes, not cherry tomatoes. I’ve made it with both types, having the tomato flesh exposed to the marinade is key. And whatever you do, once you’ve eaten all the tomatoes, do not discard the marinade. Toss it into salad, into a bloody Mary or drizzle it on scrambled eggs.

Visit  Cornerstone Sonoma. In a somewhat recent collaboration with Sunset Magazine has revitalized this Wine Country gem . There is live music, an ice cream cart in the Sunset Test Kitchen and plenty of wine and food options. All ages will appreciate the gardens, download their app for a self-guided tour or book a docent lead tour. Admission is FREE!

Do Fremont for Lunch. Don’t fill up at Cornerstone. For lunch, head to The Fremont Diner. Be prepared to wait. Rather not? I suggest going for breakfast, still popular however the hipsters haven’t woken up yet.

Find a Foodie Event. From Beer to Wine, BBQ and Chocolate there’s sure to be an event to please all palates in your area.

Hit a Farmers’ Market. DUH!

Read a Good Book. Sitting by the pool?  “An Everlasting Meal” will inspire you to tackle your kitchen in new ways.

Feed Your Obsession.  I continue to obsess over heirloom tomatoes because they are plentiful at farmers’ market. This weekend I’m going to make this beautiful tomato sauce, cook some pasta, pour a glass of Italian wine and watch Big Night, such a classic!

Pick it! Round up the family and visit a you-pick farm. There are many benefits to picking your own produce.   You will support local farmers. Your food will have longevity. You’ll save money. If you have a picky eater, there is evidence to suggest that kids are more likely to eat what they cook. If they pick it themselves, chances are, it will have the same effect. This tomato maze in Vacaville, CA looks fun! This weekend you can enjoy and pick over 200 tomato varieties.

Have a great weekend!







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