Stories from Michele Anna Jordan

Seasonal pantry: Celebrate Mardi Gras with a feast

Indulge in a New Orlean-style feast that includes Cajun-Style Smothered Cabbage with Andouille and Bananas Foster for dessert.

Seasonal Pantry: The benefits of coconut

Crack open an aged coconut and you’ll find milk, cream and flesh that can be turned into multipurpose oil.

Pairings: Ribeye steak with Argentine malbec

Alamos 2015 Mendoza pairs well with funky flavors such as beets, blue cheese and the black chanterelle mushrooms in this dish.

Seasonal Pantry: 3 easy winter slaws

These slaw recipes made with winter vegetables are simple, delicious and full of good nutrients.

Pairings: Kale salad with sauvignon blanc

The citrus notes of sauvignon blanc is a natural pairing for the fresh flavors of this crisp salad.

Pairing: Classic Provence pizza with Geyserville ‘Christo’

Marietta Cellars’ red blend pairs well with beef of all kinds, French onion soup and Pissaladiere.

Seasonal Pantry: Dishes to bring in the New Year

With Sonoma County sausage and hog jowls, join other cultures by eating good luck foods.

Pairing: Serve spaghettini with Mumm Brut Prestige

Simple but elegant Spaghettini with Créme Fraiche & Caviar pairs well with Napa Valley bubbly.

Seasonal Pantry: Sonoma County cows make superior butter

Locally made butter is a pantry essential, not just something for the occasional indulgence.

Seasonal Pantry: Crock pot recipes for winter

Sonoma County’s rainy season is a great time to make friends with your slow cooker.

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