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Organic Living... it's worth it!

Organic Living... it's worth it!

Organic Living – Is there REALLY a difference between organically grown and conventionally grown foods?  What is conventionally grown food?  It seems that everyone wonders what the answers to these questions are - so you’re not alone!
 
**YES!  There’s definitely a difference between organically grown food and conventionally grown food.  Conventionally grown food is just a fancy name for the ‘regular’ food that you buy at the grocery store with no specifications on the package about it being organic.  To be legally labeled “Certified Organic,” the farms need to be free of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides for a given amount of time.  This amount of time depends on the organic classification that the farm has.  Essentially what this means is that there is nothing added to help the food grow faster, grow larger or fill your body with harmful toxins.  That’s right… harmful toxins

Toogood Winery is too good to resist

Toogood Winery is too good to resist

I found out about the Toogood Winery from someone at the station who had been talking about this place for months and because I know he has good taste in wine (and food), I had to check it out. And I wasn’t disappointed.

I went on a Monday afternoon and had the entire place to myself, which is the way I like it because then I can chat up everyone and get a really good tour of the place. And you may want to do this too, because for your $5 tasting fee, you get to taste about six different types of bottled wine, two barrel tastings and a couple of their ports – from the barrel and from the bottle. Plus you get to keep your tasting glass as a souvenir.

El Dorado's wineries celebrate International Syrah Day

El Dorado's wineries celebrate International Syrah Day
by Holly's Hill Vinyards Local El Dorado Syrah producing wineries have banded together to help celebrate International Syrah Day and you can celebrate with them for FREE.

Mountain-grown Syrah wines will be tasted at the new California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center.  Bring your mobile phone because this is a tweeting event and you are going to want to let all your friends know what they are missing.   The Taste and Tweet begins at 6:00 p.m.

Can't make it in person?

Great food and no corkage at Bocconato's on Monday

Great food and no corkage at Bocconato's on Monday

If you go to Fair Play, you must go on Monday and you must go to Bocconato's.

You see, Monday is their no menu and no corkage night, and for $20 you get two courses of incredible Italian food. Don't worry if you are a picky eater, they let you choose from a bunch of different things, but I recommend experimenting.

I had risotto with a mascarpone cheese sauce as my appetizer, followed by this scrumptious blueberry lasagna. Who would have thought blueberries would go with lasagna, but believe me, when I tell you it was excellent. In fact, I would drive all the way there again just for this Monday night meal.

But while the food was worth the drive, what makes Monday nights really special is the company. Many of the vineyard owners and wine lovers in the area show up and sit at the community table (so sit there). They each bring their own bottles of wine and the conversation begins.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Red Hawk Casino

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Red Hawk Casino

Red Hawk™ Casino will be celebrating the Chinese New Year by offering a family style dinner at Pearl Asian Cuisine.  Guests can enjoy a family style dinner for $38.88 a person including Dry Scallop with Fish Maw Soup, Braised Sea Cucumber with Tiger Prawns, Sautéed Oysters with Ginger and Scallions, Deep Fried Whole Flounder and Mixed Vegetables, served Lohan style. There is a two guest minimum and reservations are recommended. The special menu will be available now until Monday, February 28, starting at 5:00 p.m. each night.

Pearl Asian Cuisine invites guests to experience exciting authentic Chinese dishes tempered with an eclectic blend of international Asian cookery. The restaurant uses ingredients from the finest markets and purveyors around the world and regularly features fresh seasonal fish and crustaceans. Pearl Asian Cuisine offers a calm serene environment with prompt welcoming service and is conveniently located on the main casino floor.

Crockpot Wednesday: Filipino Chicken Adobo Rice

Crockpot Wednesday: Filipino Chicken Adobo Rice

I've mentioned before that I'm half Filipino but am pretty ignorant about Filipino food. My mom never learned to cook much Filipino food and so the only things I can even remember her making are lumpia, pancit, and adobo.

Filipino food is definitely its own thing. Being situated in southeast Asia and made up of over 7,000 islands, it has often been the stomping ground of invaders. Thus the influences over the centuries include Chinese, Japanese, Spaniards, Americans, and others. All of these influences mish-mash together to create unique dishes  - the true example of fusion cooking.

One notable flavor trait of Filipino cooking is their mix of salt/sour. Adobo is a perfect example. Adobo is considered the national dish of the Philippines. It is usually made with either pork or chicken. I prefer the chicken, and it's important that you use chicken thighs, not breasts. The breasts will be too dry.

POLL: Which chocolate is most popular for Valentine's Day?

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we want to know which chocolate you think is most popular for the romantic holiday?