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Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

Peirano’s Lance Randolph: old school Lodi winegrower, suddenly “hip” among wine judges

The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition held earlier this month are in, and Lodi American Viticultural Area grown wines have fared better than ever!

This year wines with Lodi on the label took home a total of 201 medals:  36 of them gold medals; and out of those, 3 earning double-golds (meaning, unanimously proclaimed gold medal winners within their respective judging committees).  Compare this to last year’s SFCWC, when Lodi wines received 19 golds (including 3 double-golds); or the 2012 competition, when Lodi also took 19 golds (with 2 double-golds)... Read More

Three chicken dishes, endlessly surprising Lodi wine matches

Three chicken dishes, endlessly surprising Lodi wine matches

 

Incoming Lodi Zinfandel: classic match for etoufee style chicken

Let’s talk chicken and wine matches.  ¿Por qué?

  • Lady Gaga’s chicken statement

    Chicken is for all-time, anytime, and everywhere – on the menu of three-star restaurants, and on the menu in every home, in every pot or skillet, any night of the week.  Paul Bocuse and Julia Child have made chicken a fetish, and so have Colonel Sanders and Lady Gaga (okay – so the latter’s, more like a statement)... Read More

Quinoa burrito bowl

Quinoa burrito bowl

Shelve the rice and its empty carbs and reach for quinoa instead for a healthy bowl, just bursting with flavor!... Read More

What to Make This Week

What to Make This Week

Megan Myers

Cooking a good meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when we’ve taken all the guesswork out of meal planning for you.

Make these recipes for dinner this week!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Collard Cobb Salad

Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Spinach and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Healthy Ways to Avoid Temptation and Stick to Your Health Goals

Healthy Ways to Avoid Temptation and Stick to Your Health Goals

Jolène M. Bouchon

 

We know it. You know it. Eating healthfully is a state of mind as much as it is a journey. Each day, you make good-for-you decisions and take small steps toward your goals. Little by little, you create healthy habits that stick.

But temptation is everywhere: in your coworker’s candy bowl, on that restaurant menu and in your grocery store aisles (yes, even ours!). Unfortunately, those delicious enticements aren’t going anywhere, so how can you fortify yourself against them and keep on track? Glad you asked... Read More

Let’s Talk Portion Control

Let’s Talk Portion Control

Molly Siegler

I am an eater by trade and design. It’s pretty much what I do, so I need to pay close attention to what I eat and how I do it. But carefully measuring portions of dried pasta with funny spaghetti cups and checking the ounces per serving of dishes is not my scene and it can take the fun out of cooking and eating.

I have found that the single most important element for me is to be conscious of the speed at which I eat. I worked in kitchens for years, where I often wolfed down a meal standing up while finishing my prep list. It was tough to transition out of that mindset even after I left the restaurant world. Focusing on foods that simply take me longer to eat is my easy solution – salads and soup top the list.

How do you think movie stars get their chiseled jaws? Lettuce workouts. I’m sure of it. Here are my top five tips for healthy portion control – chiseled jawlines are a just a happy byproduct... Read More

Five Things to Add to Your Smoothies in 2014

Five Things to Add to Your Smoothies in 2014

Elizabeth Beal

If your blender gets a daily workout, bravo! Smoothies are an easy way to get fruit and veggie goodness into your diet during the winter. And they’re particularly good for those eating dairy-free – the satisfying creaminess of a well-blended smoothie can’t be beat!

Looking to shake things up? Experiment with these add-ins and fall in love with the slurp all over again.

Citrus

Seasonal winter citrus adds brightness and zing to all kinds of smoothies. Try clementines, navel oranges, red grapefruit – these are all at their peak of flavor this time of year. You don’t have to remove all the membranes – just a good peel and chop should do it.

Citrus is especially good paired with vanilla almondmilk or soymilk. This Sunny Citrus Smoothie recipe will get you started. Just sub non-dairy yogurt to make it dairy free... Read More