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Seeking out bargain reds

The calendar says we should be in the final throes of winter’s feeble clutches, but let’s be honest: we’ve been thinking spring and the renewal of life that it brings forth for quite some time.

Five Things to Know about Farm to School

Farm to School is a nationwide movement to get more fresh, locally grown food into school meals and raise awareness about local agriculture.  

A juicy wedge of California history

It’s easy to be dazzled by all the spectacular citrus in the markets this time of year: blood and Cara Cara oranges, Meyer lemons, a dozen kinds of mandarins, finger limes smaller than your pinkie and Big Wong pummelos the size of your head.
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Lake Chelan wineries build on success

The history of wine grapes along the banks of Washington’s Lake Chelan goes back to the 1880s, but that all but disappeared until the late 1990s, when a soft apple market had orchardists thinking about a new direction.
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Dress up a plain chocolate cake for Valentine’s Day

Love means never having to fuss over a Valentine’s Day dessert. It doesn’t mean ignoring the holiday’s sweet factor. Instead, take a basic chocolate cake and embellish it with pointers from a pastry pro, someone like Alice Medrich, author of “Seriously Bitter Sweet.”
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Cuban sandwich recipe: How to make the classic

A Cuban sandwich is the stuff of which food memories are made. I still remember my first — enjoyed nearly 30 years ago at a small restaurant on Key Biscayne off the Miami coast. It was savory, it was crusty, it was delicious and it hit the spot.
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Have cake, will travel

You plan to travel. You plan to travel with cake. Why not? It’s good company, and unlikely to snag the window seat.
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Forget ravioli: Gnudi is all you need now

You know how a word you’ve just learned suddenly begins popping up everywhere? Well, gnudi have been doing virtually the same lately, showing up on menus in restaurants I’ve visited and in cookbooks I’ve been reading.
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Great showing by NCW wines in Platinum Judging

North Central Washington wineries showed they can compete with the state’s largest and most prestigious wineries at the 15th Annual Platinum Judging, held by Wine Press Northwest and Great Northwest Wines in Kennewick Oct. 21-23.

Big reds for winter meals

Christmas is here, and that often means meals that are richer, more bold and more comforting — and this calls for red wines.
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Heating up the hot chocolate wars

Let us pause in our busy lives and pay homage to a great man, a man of science, a man of ideas: Sir Hans Sloane.
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Philosophy influenced Chinese cuisine

Confucius was a philosopher and teacher who lived 2,500 years ago. His teachings, and those of his disciples, have since permeated every aspect of Chinese culture, including food and wine. His culinary precepts would strike food lovers today as surprisingly of the moment: protecting the environment; eating seasonally; being wary of food spoilage; adhering to a proper way of preparing, serving and eating food; and drinking in moderation.