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Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

There's nothing quite as festive in the fall as walking into a home that smells of apples and spices. You could achieve this feeling by making an apple pie. Or you could do what I do and put a pot of mulling spices on the stove!

Mulling spices are quite versatile in the kitchen and around the home. And in case you don't believe me, here are 5 ways to use mulling spices to spice up your life this fall.

Market Recipe: Peach and Burrata Salad

Market Recipe: Peach and Burrata Salad
It's summer in Northern California and that means it's also stone fruit season at the farmers market (and countless roadside fruit stands)! Peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and my personal favorite, pluots (a cross between plums and apricots). And while these are great to munch on fresh as a snack, I also love incorporating them into savory meals. One of my favorite salads to make is a peach and burrata salad that was inspired by a special weekend ten years ago.

A Favorite Summer Treat: The Peach Milkshake at Whitey's Jolly Kone

A Favorite Summer Treat: The Peach Milkshake at Whitey's Jolly Kone

You know it's not officially summer until the peach milkshake makes an appearance at Whitey's Jolly Kone. The West Sacramento drive-in is apparently quite an institution (opened in the 1960s), but I'd actually never tried it until I was working in Sacramento.

And while the food is fine, what I make a trek to Whitey's Jolly Kone for is the seasonal fresh fruit milkshakes. HOLY MOLY.

Cold Brew Coffee: My Summer Staple and a Recipe for This Easy-to-Brew-at-Home Drink

Cold Brew Coffee: My Summer Staple and a Recipe for This Easy-to-Brew-at-Home Drink
If you know me well, you're probably aware of my love of coffee, and specifically Flat Whites. And while I continue to drink these on cool summer mornings, I often turn to Cold Brew coffee as my mid-day and weekend drink of choice during the hot summer days here in Northern California. There's just something about a refreshing glass of Cold Brew coffee on a warm summer morning out on the patio. Bliss!

Bonus? Cold Brew is SUPER easy to make yourself!

5 Totally Rad Father's Day Gifts

5 Totally Rad Father's Day Gifts

Shopping for dads for Father's Day is a notoriously difficult task.

And whether he's a man who loves to drink out by the pool, relax with a beer on the beach, enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in the morning, we have put together a list of gifts that are as unique as his dad jokes.

So this year skip the tie and get him one of these rad gifts from a small business that are sure to knock his socks off.

Meet the Maker: Doneice Trotter of Pure Honey

Meet the Maker: Doneice Trotter of Pure Honey
Two of my favorite Davis Farmers Market ladies grace the entrance of the covered vendors section -- Dianne Madison of Yolo Press on the left, and Doneice Trotter of Pure Honey on the right. Yolo Press has the best olive oil, fruits, jams and gorgeous flowers. Doneice over at Pure Honey has a delightful assortment of raw honey, infused honey and caramel. And her stand is ALWAYS decorated with the most beautiful flowers from other Farmers Market vendor

Spring Has Sprung (And So Have Allergies!)

Spring Has Sprung (And So Have Allergies!)
Sacramento didn't earn the nickname of "City of Trees" for nothing. In fact Sacramento has the largest tree canopy in the Unites States (and third in the world). But along with the spectacular flora of the Sacramento area also come some downsides. There are many great things about living in Northern California, but seasonal allergies is not one of them.

Meet the Maker: Heather Wong, Owner of The Allspicery

Meet the Maker: Heather Wong, Owner of The Allspicery

The Allspicery was born out of Heather Wong's passion for cooking and travelling, and a realization of the scarcity of great quality and diverse spices in the Sacramento-area.The Allspicery is "Sacramento's one-stop spice shop" and features every day spices as well as uncommon, hard-to-find ingredients. They also offer unique spice blends, spice "kits" and in-house blended loose-leaf teas.

Without her love of travel, The Allspicery as we know it probably wouldn't exist.  But Heather didn't grow up traveling. She was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively while she obtained her MBA. Even before classes began, she was off to Peru. This kick-started her passion for travel and by the time she graduated with her MBA she had traveled to the Middle East, Greece, Africa and even studied abroad in Shanghai. 

Meet the Maker: Claire Tauzer of Sola Bee Farms

Meet the Maker:  Claire Tauzer of Sola Bee Farms

Claire is 1/2 of the family behind Sola Bee Farms, which produces the high-quality, sustainable and delicious local raw Sola Bee honey.

When I met Trevor in 2011, I was confused when he said he was a beekeeper. “For fun?” I asked him playfully. “Well yes, it is fun, but it’s also my passion and the family business.”

This Week at the Farmers Market: Winter Citrus & A Bright Salad Recipe

This Week at the Farmers Market: Winter Citrus & A Bright Salad Recipe

One of the great things about the Davis Farmers Market is that it's a year round market. We're fortunate in the Sacramento Valley to have several year-round farmers markets. I feel somewhat spoiled to have access to fresh, locally-grown, seasonal produce, 52 weeks out of the year. 

Winter produce obviously looks a little different than what's available in other months. Gone are the stone fruits, watermelons and bright cheery sunflowers. But some of my favorite produce is what's seasonably available in the winter -- winter squashes, daikon, kohlrabi, and especially the citrus. 

Oranges, lemons and limes yes, but also satsumas, pomelos, grapefruits, meyer lemons, blood oranges, and buddha's hands. 

Meet the Maker: Yolo Press

Meet the Maker, Dianne Madison, Yolo Press, Olive Oil, Davis Farmers Market

If you frequent the Davis Farmers Market than you've probably noticed the woman with the brimmed hat and infectious smile that is seemingly always at the corner stall on Saturday mornings.

The Madisons started off growing bulbs and cut flowers on their 22 acre farm, about 200 types, before moving to olives. Throughout this time, they've also grown a dozen or so varieties of citrus, including clementines, oranges, bergamot, and yuzu, as well as other produce such as quince, melons, and blackberries. 

The Holiday Mule: A Festive Holiday Cocktail

The Holiday Mule: A Festive Holiday Cocktail

If you've been to the farmer's market recently, you know there are a couple prevalent fall crops here in Northern California, including persimmons, walnuts, apples and pomegranates. Now all of these ingredients go great in a salad (and I have some delicious fall salad recipes), but during this cool time of year I'm frequently in the mood for something that will warm me up a bit (and that certainly isn't salad).\

So if you're doing some holiday entertaining this year and want to serve a drink that utilizes some winter farmers market ingredients, look no further than this festive Holiday Mule.