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Make an impact at Thanksgiving with Jalapeno-Lime Cranberry Sauce
Since you still have a day or two before Thanksgiving, there's plenty of time to make homemade cranberry sauce. Cranberries are readily available in the produce section of your favorite markets this time of year, and this recipe is a breeze to make! We love to barbecue ...By Susie Iventosch



Sweet and savory side dish perfect for Thanksgiving
If you're looking for a delicious new way to serve yams with your Thanksgiving feast this year, we've got you covered. Sweet fig jam and savory Kalamata olives combine with the salty blue cheese to make a mouth-watering side dish. It was all my son's idea, and I have ...By Susie Iventosch



A warm and toasty take on a flavorful chestnut dish
As it turns out, we have several foodies in our Lamorinda Weekly family. When Sora O'Doherty was working on her article about Winters Chestnuts farm for the last issue, she sent me a quick note with the idea of collaborating on a chestnut recipe. I told Sora that I'd ...By Susie Iventosch



Comestible Fine Catering's delectable short ribs
My niece Dori (Lubliner) Jacob, grew up in Lafayette and attended Campolindo High School before heading off to Santa Cruz for college and New York University for grad school in performance studies - the theory of performance. Today, she is the casting director for San ...By Susie Iventosch



Fresh flavor from urban farmer Kevin Feinstein
Urban farming is a method of localizing the food chain in a way that even surpasses the farmers' market phenomenon. In urban agriculture, food is cultivated and distributed at a specifically local level. According to local urban farmer Kevin Feinstein, (aka Feral ...By Susie Iventosch



A perfect crust for Aunt Clara's Apple Crumb Pie
My very favorite fruit pie crust recipe is one handed down from my great Aunt Clara. She was a phenomenal cook and a brilliant baker and whenever she babysat for us, which was often, she put her skills to work in the kitchen. Her crust calls for cider vinegar, which ...By Susie Iventosch



La Finestra Ristorante shares stuffed bell pepper recipe
Our publisher, Andy Scheck, tipped me off about some amazing stuffed yellow bell peppers that were recently served as a special at La Finestra Ristorante of Moraga. Apparently there were only 20 of these delicious nuggets available, and Andy felt lucky to have one of ...By Susie Iventosch



Salmon pulls it all together for tasty taco night
Generally speaking, fish doesn't excite me all that much, ever since dining on Friday night fish sticks as a young Catholic kid. In those days, good fresh fish was really hard to come by, especially in the Midwest where I grew up. But my husband and kids all love fish ...By Susie Iventosch



A simple twist for a sumptuous weekend breakfast
This is not so much a recipe as a great idea. We recently spent a couple of nights at the Minam River Lodge in Oregon. The lodge is perched on the banks of the Minam River and located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. This is ...By Susie Iventosch



Succulent ribs and light salad perfect for outdoor summer dining
Baby back ribs simply say summer. What's better than dining on a batch of succulent ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce and a nice summer salad out on the patio? Ribs are really pretty easy to prepare, too, since they can be cooked ahead of time in the oven and then ...By Susie Iventosch



Flaky, fluffy buttermilk biscuits a perfect jam accompaniment
It's fresh fruit season, which also means it's going to be canning season soon. I have never buckled down to make a production of homemade fresh fruit jams, instead relying on my friend who always sends us a care package of her homemade jams. But I am definitely going ...By Susie Iventosch



A perfect color combination for your Fourth of July celebration
Cousin gatherings are so much fun in our family, because we are 18 first cousins in all. Once you add spouses and kids, and even grandkids, we can be a rather sizable group. This kind of gathering lends itself well to potlucks, where everyone can bring their favorite ...By Susie Iventosch



A wonderful weekend recipe: Chilaquiles with Tomatillo Salsa
We just spent a week in Mexico, and I discovered a breakfast dish that is absolutely delicious!
I am not sure why I've never seen or tried it before, because it's practically on every ...
By Susie Iventosch



Scrumptious salad offers perfect combination of sweet and savory
This is a really fun salad to serve because people love the surprise combination of fresh and dried fruits along with avocado, spiced nuts and blue cheese. Butter lettuce is a great foil for these ingredients, because it's very light and tender, while the rest of the ...By Susie Iventosch



A refreshing twist to a summertime staple
My daughter and I love this particular takeout restaurant in New York City called Ilili Box. It's located in the City Kitchen, an upstairs eatery with about eight food stalls, situated right near Times Square. Ilili Box serves the most amazing caramelized Brussels ...By Susie Iventosch



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