It's so cool when you get to catch up with somebody from your youth and reconnect over shared interests and passions. This is what happened with myself and Mandy. We went to school together and, while we didn't necessarily travel in the same circles, we were always really friendly with each other. She was a kick-ass athlete while I was more of an art dabbler and time waster; preferring to spend my afternoons at the park with my stoner friends while Mandy was busy at soccer practice.Read More
I had the pleasure of visiting Molly at her home which is also known as Good Golly Farm. Good Golly Farm is an artist retreat collaborative right here in Sacramento. Members can come and let their creative juices flow while basking in the sunny garden space. The property includes open grassy areas, several fruit trees and shrubs, flower beds, a yoga space and a few outbuildings that one can reserve via AirBnB.Read More
Countless people leave their homelands in search of another life.
They fly or sail or walk miles and miles but never actually leave their homes behind. For, once they land in their new land, their traditions often reveal themselves so clearly these travelers must attend to them. One way many immigrants do this is through food.Read More
Not everyone finds a partner who fills out her life in a way that is about choice rather than necessity. Many of us move through our lives, find love and settle into a family. Often that sense of calm becomes a sense of settling with perhaps a little regret sprinkled in. We forget to take care of our relationships; we take our partners for granted; we ignore our own needs.Read More
With $2500 available on her credit card and an education and work history tasty enough to make anyone drool, Ginger Elizabeth opened her chocolate boutique in Sacramento. She’d worked in LA, New York, Chicago, but she was homesick. Instead of returning to Placerville, she settled in Sacramento, where she believed success “more tangible.” Since she’s opened Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, patrons have discovered something divine. Ginger melds her incredible work ethic and customer service with unparalleled chocolate-crafting skills, which results in a visitor experience unlike any other in Sacramento.Read More
By age 12, Jenny was a latch-key baker. She’d sit in class and dream about cookies. Once she arrived home, she’d call her mom at work and get permission to apron up and get her bake on. When Sandy came home, like the kids in those 1950’s TV shows, she could not resist the perfect, round delight. “It just smelled so good,” she admits with a trickle of shame creeping up her cheek. Sandy would kick off her heels and sit at the table while her daughter served her warm chocolate chip cookies and milk. Before dinner.Read More
Imagine a seven year-old girl and her mother standing side by side, arms busy, voices shifting from a buzz to a giggle as they fill the bowl, turn on the mixer. It’s a scene out of a 1950’s TV show, right? Perhaps. But what the viewer doesn’t see is the mother’s eyes bouncing between the recipe and her own ingredients, her brain calculating how to exchange and reduce—how to healthify. The first trade: brown sugar for apple sauce; the second: crisco for butter; the third and final crime: chocolate chips for carob.Read More
What do you get when you cross an insurance adjuster with a music major? Cheesecake. Wait, what?
Allow me to explain: As a senior, young James was required to create his own science project for presentation to the entire class. James was struck with unidea—not one, nothin’. He was, however, brave enough to approach his teacher who then suggested eggs. Eggs, you say? Yes, eggs: the only substance that “solidifies when heated.” Thus began his research through which he learned eggs unify cooked foods, which led to cheesecake. Though James isn’t certain whether he’d ever even tried cheesecake before he attempted the project.Read More
Milan is the kind of woman who, it seems, can partake in any conversation with a sense of experience; get her talking about art, cooking or writing code and you’ll see her multi-faceted personality unveiled. She thrives on bouncing creative ideas off friends and has her fingers tapped into every social media outlet available. She's an amazingly talented graphic designer with an impeccable eye for the beauty found in everyday details and a craft goddess who made all the stationary and décor for her own wedding. In addition, Milan has a natural eye for photography; her work is unfiltered and unpretentious with an organic and whimsical quality that shows the heart and beauty of the subject.Read More
Imagine, one grandmother in the Philippines mixing soy sauce, crushed garlic―bathing chicken legs, thighs, then grilling them over an open flame. She carries on a tradition some refer to as the national dish, adobo. Flash across the Pacific into another kitchen in the US; a young woman preps for a Home Ec. exam, certain she’ll be tested on the bane of her existence: pie crusts. She rolls dough over and over, just thin enough, perfecting her edge curl, determined to pass. As a result, she becomes a pie queen. Her specialty: lemon merengue.Read More
“Imagine a world in which the major decisions affecting the community are made in the kitchen, rather than in a boardroom. . .” This statement greets readers the moment they link to the Institute for the Musical Arts’ (IMA) website. Readers might expect the first phrase to be about music and empowering young women, but this opening line makes sense once they learn about IMA and its founders. In 1987, Ann Hackler and June Millington created a space that nurtures musical interest and talent in girls and young women. Hackler and Millington worked tirelessly to make IMA the success it is today, supporting many young girls and women as they learn to express themselves through music. In fact, many attendees of their Rock and Roll Camp for Girls are now working musicians, including Naia Kete, Sonya Kitchell and Kristen Ford. But we were pondering the notion of huge decisions, those that change the world, being better made in the kitchen.Read More
Sharon is a no-nonsense woman; she’s known for getting to the heart of the matter, no bullshit. Because she's extremely honest and up front without being in your face, she’s also easy to trust. Her humor coupled with her many hidden talents make every meeting an adventure full of laughter, raw humanity and amazing food.While Sharon can cook the crap out of just about anything, there’s one item in her repertoire whose story lingers in the eater’s mind as much as the flavor does on the tongue: her phenomenal apple pie. Out of the oven, its lumpy crust practically bursts with pie filling, and once the smell bubbles up, there is no escaping it; you must have a bite of Sharon’s famous apple pie.Read More