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Stories from Michele Anna Jordan

Fresh from our farmers: Plant seed balls for spring wildflowers

Although we think of our farmers markets and farm stands primarily as sources for the best and most wholesome foods, they can also surprise and delight us with unique offerings.

Pairing: Dry Creek Zin with game hens

Infusing the meat of a corn husk-wrapped game hen with the subtle flavor of corn adds a lovely accompaniment to this week's wine pick.

Seasonal Pantry: A hearty bread salad

This simple meal offers a twist on salad that is open to many variations depending on the season.

Fresh from our Farmers: Spring at Tierra Vegetables

The farm’s CSA box for the week of February 12 included kale flowers, leeks, carrots, Brussels sprouts and more.

Seasonal Pantry: Picadillo around the globe

Picadillo is seasoned minced or ground meat, typically beef, pork or a combination. Each country has its own versions, some spicy, some mild, some with sweet as well as savory ingredients.

Fresh from our Farmers: Mushrooms at the market

A beautiful array of wild mushrooms have shown up at the Sebastopol Farmers Market.

Pairings: Gewürztraminer with roasted carrot soup

A compound butter mixed with Chinese five-spice powder pairs nicely with the warm spices of our wine of the week.

Mouthful: Weekend events around Sonoma County

Upcoming events include Taco Tuesdays at the Blue Heron in Duncans Mills, and the Steelhead Festival this weekend.

Seasonal Pantry: Congee for breakfast

The Asian dish is similar to a porridge or creamy polenta, but made with rice.

Fresh from our Farmers: At the Sebastopol farmers market

It may be mid-winter, but it's been hard to tell at the Sebastopol Certified Farmers Market.

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