When it gets hot in summer I usually start to crave this wonderful cold tomato soup. As the fresh garden vegetables and herbs come to market, it’s possible to gather this fresh assortment of ingredients to go in the tomato juice. I make homemade croutons cooked in...read more
I was very excited to talk to Composer Jake Heggie and Walnut Creek's Festival Opera's Zachary Gordin on the occasion of their unique and interesting collaboration bringing some beautiful songs and song cycles to the stage in fully staged versions as an operatic...read more
Halibut is my favorite fish. It has a meaty flavor and texture that makes it different than just about any fish. In this Asian-inspired preparation, I use a Filipino Spice Rub from Serious Foodie. I serve the dish with mashed potatoes and sesame-seasoned spinach...read more
Spotlight on Coffee
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. All fruit must be further processed from a raw material—the fruit and seed—into a stable, raw product; un-roasted, green coffee. To process the berries, the seed is separated from the fruit to produce green coffee. Green coffee is then roasted, a process that transforms the raw product (green coffee) into a consumable product (roasted coffee). Roasted coffee is ground into a powder and mixed with water to produce a cup of coffee.