Ingredients:   6 cups romaine lettuce coarsely chopped 1 cup julienne-cut beets cooked and peeled 1 cup acorn squash coarsely grated 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup Salt and pepper to taste 1/3 cup smoky blue cheese (in our Deli) crumbled 1/3 cup chopped walnuts,…
Did you know that California farmers grow more than 400 commodities and our Mediterranean climate allows them to do this year-round? California farms and ranches play a critical role in providing the goodness for our holiday meals and a continuous supply of food that feeds the Nation. Unfortunately, there is only 1 farmer under the…
Ingredients: 20 (pieces) short ribs 4 onions, ¼ inch dice 1 bunch celery, ¼ inch dice 6 carrots, ¼ inch dice 1 bunch each sage, rosemary, thyme 1 bottle red wine (750ml) 4 cups whole peeled tomatoes Beef stock   Directions: Season slabs of ribs generously with salt and pepper.   In a hot rondeau, sear…
Ingredients: 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided 1 (16- oz.) package Mann's Sweet Potato Cubes (in our Produce Dept.) 1 large onion, chopped 1 lb. Raley's boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes Freshly ground salt to taste Freshly ground pepper to taste 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar Directions: Prep: 5 minutes, Cook: 25 minutes,…
Ingredients: 30 medium-thin asparagus stalks (about 1 ½ pounds) 4 ounces peppered or herb Boursin cheese, softened ¼ pound thinly sliced prosciutto ¼ cup honey mustard (Dijon, preferably)   Directions: Trim asparagus so that spears are 5 inches long.  In a deep skillet bring 1 ½ inches salted water to a boil and cook asparagus…
Ingredients: 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, cleaned and cut in half 1 small kabocha squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp. coconut oil Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (arils) 2 tbsp. chopped parsley Directions: Prep: 15 minutes, Cook: 40 minutes, Serves: 8 1. Preheat oven…
Hap-pea Food Literacy Month! Did you know? Only 4% of kids eat their recommended vegetables, and 40% of Sacramento kids struggle with obesity. In America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, we have to do better! Intern Kevin and I visited the food literacy kids to experience the joy firsthand. With kid chefs chopping, dicing and grating, and plates…
 Ingredients: 12 pounds of boneless lamb shoulder roast from Sinclair Family Farm 4 teaspoons Greek seasoning 1/2cup thinly sliced onion (1 medium) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup light mayonnaise 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard 1 large clove garlic, minced 8x 7" flour tortillas 2 cups shredded fresh spinach 1 1/2 cups chopped cucumber (about 1 medium) 1/2 cup chopped tomato (1 medium) 1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat…
Ingredients: 4 oz. soft goat cheese (in our Deli) 1 tbsp. minced shallots 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 1 refrigerated pie crust 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced* 1-1/2 tsp. olive oil 2 tbsp. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (in our Deli) Directions: Prep: 15 minutes, Cook: 35 minutes, Serves: 4 main or 6 to 8 appetizer…
By: Delayna Fitzgerald 6 fool proof tips for picking out a watermelon Fresh juicy favorite,  watermelon, has made its official summer season return.  Eat Farm-to-Fork wants to help you do it right this time, because there is no greater disappointment than getting home and finally slicing open what turns out to be pale and tasteless watermelon.…
Ingredients: 1½ lbs. Raley's Beef tri tip, sirloin or London broil California Raised, USDA Choice 1 firm but ripe avocado, pitted and quartered 2 tbsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Mexican Seasoning 1 tsp. garlic salt 2 ears corn (we like the new Amaize corn), husked 3 tbsp. Mezzetta Roasted Pepper and Chipotle Sandwich Spread (find it…
Saint John’s Capital Campaign By: Delayna Fitzgerald Nonprofit powerhouse Saint John’s Program for Real Change is showing the Sacramento community what it means to truly make a positive impact on the lives of women and children in need. The 31 year-old nonprofit began as a typical overnight shelter offering a roof and a meal but…
Ingredients: 4 pita bread rounds, divided 1 (4.4- oz.) container Boursin Cheese (in our Deli) 6 thick slices tomato, halved 6 thin slices sweet onion Sea salt and pepper freshly ground 2 tbsp. basil snipped   Directions: Prep: 5 minutes, Cook: about 4 minutes, Serves: 4 1. Make a 3-inch slit in one edge of…
Ingredients: 3 cups cubed watermelon 1 (6-oz.) container fresh blueberries (1-1/4 cups) 1/4 cup sugar 3 tbsp. cider vinegar 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 3 lbs. Raley’s fresh chicken drumsticks or thighs   Directions: Prep: 15 minutes, Cook: about 45 minutes, Serves: 6 1. Puree watermelon and blueberries in a…
Ingredients: 1/3 cup sugar 3 tbsp. kirsch (cherry liqueur) 1½ tbsp. cornstarch 3/4 tsp. almond extract 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted 1 (14.1- oz.) box refrigerated pie crust dough Directions: Prep: 30 minutes, Cook: about 30 minutes, Makes: 14 small desserts 1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Stir…

AMADOR FOUR FIRES FESTIVAL by: Delayna Fitzgerald Four regions, five chefs, fresh food and a fiery open flame. Put a cork in your calendar for the much anticipated Amador Four Fires Festival on May 6th, because you’ll never experience wine quite like this. With nearly 200 wines from over 40 wineries ranging from your fruitier…

Ingredients: 1/4 cup mango chutney 1 tbsp. unseasoned rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 8 cups baby spinach 1 cup bean sprouts 1/4 cup diced red onion Directions: Blend together 1/4 cup mango chutney, 1 tbsp. unseasoned rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. Dijon mustard in…
Ingredients: 2 pounds beef brisket ("first cut" or "flat cut") ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided 2 medium carrots, medium dice 2 stalks celery, medium dice 1 small onion, medium dice 3 garlic cloves, minced 1½ cups beef stock 3 tablespoons red wine 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 whole bay…
By: Delayna Fitzgerald Does your diet need some spring cleaning? Well luckily for you, March 20th marked the first day of Spring! I know... finally, right?  A proper thank you is due to our dear friend, Winter. You brought us citrus, squash, and of course sweaters. However, It's about time for a change of scenery,…
Ingredients 1¾ cups all-purpose flour 1½ cups beer 1 egg 1 egg white 1 tsp. baking powder 4 cups vegetable oil 16 asparagus spears Salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper, to taste Directions Prep: 10 minutes, Cook: about 5 minutes, Serves: 6 1. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, beer, egg, egg white and baking powder.…
Ingredients 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened 1 (8- oz.) package cream cheese softened 1¼ cups sugar 2 Large eggs 1½ cups ripe bananas (about 4 medium) mashed 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2¼ cups flour 1½ tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1¼ cups finely chopped pecans 1/4 cup brown sugar packed 4 tsp.…
Ingredients 1 cup balsamic vinegar 4 tbsp. sugar, divided 2-1/3 cups Bisquick 1/2 cup milk 3 tbsp unsalted butter 1 tsp. lemon zest 1 tsp. orange zest 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh strawberries 1 cup fresh blackberries Whipped cream Directions: Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 35 minutes, Serves: 6 1.…
Ingredients: 1 cup pomegranate juice 1/2 cup honey 6 quarter-size slices fresh ginger 2 lemons, sliced 4 (6- oz.) salmon fillets Sea salt to taste freshly ground pepper to taste Arugula leaves Mache leaves (arugula substitute) Watercress leaves (arugula substitute) Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 30 minutes Serves: 4  Directions: 1. Combine pomegranate juice, honey, ginger and…

THE LUCK OF THE BLACK-EYED PEA A New Year’s tradition By: Delayna Fitzgerald I was at Sacramento’s farm tank summit eating among some of the most amazing food minds when one of the summit moderators asked me a question I had never thought of before…“What’s your childhood trigger food?” CHILDHOOD TRIGGER FOOD: The main food…

HOT APPLE CIDER: 1 gal - Apple Cider `Apple Hill Placerville` 3-4 - Apples `Apple Hill Placerville` 1 - Orange `home grown`  1/4c -Whole Cloves `Raley's` 3- 5 Cinnamon sticks`Raley's` 15- 20 Soft Caramels`Raley's` Caramel Vodka (optional) `Gold River Distillery`  Pour apple cider, cloves + orange, sliced apples, cinnamon sticks and soft caramels into a…