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Come with me on this spicy journey into the Chinese pantry

Piri-Piri-ish Chicken with Roasted Potatoes by Molly Baz in her latest, Cook This Book.

A resurgence in the timeless activity has gotten people outside and interested in mycology again.

A species of polypore mushrooms known as Conifer Mazegill, not Turkey Tails.

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Beef and sweet potato meatballs with almond yogurt sauce, dill and chili oil.

Making the best of a terrible situation, furloughed chefs are spinning up exquisite delivery pop-ups

A plate of Mount Tam cheese pierogi topped with caramelized onions and cabbage. Photos: Erica Lovelace

At Gizdich Farms in Watsonville, you pick berries and pay at the end by the pound. Masks required in the field of course and dogs are welcomed as long as they stay around the perimeter of the growing space.

Couple of helpful hints:

A view of the mountain’s peak from Panther Meadows.

A friend told me a story about getting lost and winding up at a mystical, mountain retreat. Upon arrival, a man told her that she was destined to end up there. She stayed, meditated, and drank from the mountain’s well. The mountain, she said, produced water so coveted that people would drive from all over the country to collect it for its supposed healing powers. I knew I had to go.

Campsite candid from a recent trip in July 2020 just outside of Oakhurst, CA — a gateway to Yosemite and Sierra National Parks.

This tasty treat can be paired with a salad platter or a fresh plate of bun (rice noodles) with the same nuoc mam dressing.


Erica Lovelace Cooks

Hapa Southerner living in San Francisco | North Beach. Documenting recipes, collecting cookbooks, and writing. Marketing by day.

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