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Celebration of salads : Pascale Beale's new book filled with more than 80 delicious recipes

Well-known locally as a food writer, teacher and passionate cook, Pascale Beale was asked once what she would like to have if she were stuck on a desert island and could have only one thing to eat. Her immediate response? "A warm goat cheese salad. I adore goat cheese. Combining it with almost any salad is one of the most perfect combinations. If it's warm, the cheese melts slightly, and that combined with fresh greens, chopped olives and a light mustardy vinaigrette is absolutely delectable," she said. More»

Taste of the futures : Consumers to sample wines before their release at Les Marchands event

Santa Barbara's newest wine event of record is being hosted by a popular newcomer that, in just a few short months, has already become a mainstay. Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant is transforming its Funk Zone parking lot into the ultimate wine tasting room this Saturday as it hosts the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting. The event will be a boon for wine consumers, More»

Grape leaves It was the first time I had worked with grape leaves in the kitchen, and what a rewarding process! Thanks to Marcie Jimenez of Jimenez Family Farm of Santa Ynez, you can now find them at the Tuesday Santa Barbara, Wednesday Solvang, Thursday Carpinteria and Saturday Santa Barbara farmers markets. They won't be around for long, as spring is the only time of year to get them this young and tender. I prepared dolmathes, More»

It's been a while since I visited Sanford, on what used to seem like the far reaches of Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rita Hills. In fact, the last time I was there, I viewed the site of the proposed new tasting room, which was later completed in 2007. A lot of changes have taken place. The tasting room, next to the winery, looks like it's been there forever. Some vineyard replanting has taken place. More»

The newest thing on the Georgia's Smokehouse to-go menu: its sauces. As part of its one-year anniversary celebration, the popular food truck enterprise just launched a line of bottled sauces — a tomato-and-vinegar-based Sweet BBQ and a Spicy BBQ, made with dried chilies. "We've been getting a lot of requests for them," admits chef/owner Brian Parks. "These are perfect for people who can't get to our trucks or who are just craving barbecue." More»

Last Sunday, a large crowd of Santa Barbara fooderati gathered on a very small back patio to celebrate "Hunt & Gather." Sama Sama, the restaurant and bar, was hosting the event to let our various artisans show their wares, from bacon relish and dark chocolate to local wines and coffees. Part of the reason for this party was the current remodel going down at Sama Sama. The old sushi bar from the previous owners will go, More»

I tend to check in with Marcie Jimenez, co-owner with husband Gustavo of Jimenez Family Farm in Santa Ynez, from time to time to inquire about new developments in their operation. With various row and orchard crops constantly in production, and an active baking business, transforming Mrs. Jimenez's wonderful fruit into delicious pies, there is always something new to discuss. Oh, and did I mention the extensive list of meat products they have available? Pork, lamb, chicken, More»

FARMERS MARKETS Camino Real Marketplace Farmers Market: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. Storke Road and Hollister Avenue, Goleta. Carpinteria Farmers Market: 3-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. 800 block of Linden Avenue. More»

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