Nutrient-rich dandelion greens hark back to grandmother’s kitchen

Dandelion Greens
Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Parboil dandelion greens, or other local alternatives, before sautéing with onions.

While health food enthusiasts sing the praises of kale, transforming the plant into smoothies and chips or adding the greens to casseroles and burgers, there is one medicinal plant that deserves at least as much attention: the dandelion green. As dandelion greens grow anywhere from front lawns to parking lots, many dismiss them as pesky weeds, but in fact they are medicinal herbs that are edible from the flowers to the leaves and roots.

Eats on State Street

Ocean View Brew
Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Ocean View Brew Works co-owner Vonnie Davidson pours pints.

When the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market returned Thursday, familiar vendors reappeared, a few were missed in their absence and a few new faces debuted.

Menlo Park-based newcomer Little Sky Bakery’s reputation clearly preceded it – the enormous cookies, pull-apart challah rolls and whole-grain breads proved a sought-after prize.

Review: Medal-winning selections help California stand out at annual Great American Beer Festival

Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
San Jose-based Clandestine Brewing’s Agent Provocateur Doppelbock offers a hint of toasted bread and toffee.

While 2020 may not have been anyone’s favorite year for a host of reasons, it was a great year for California breweries at the Great American Beer Festival, with 63 of 272 medals being awarded to California breweries.

Springtime asparagus risotto, the easy way

Courtesy of Rita Held
Asparagus and lemon peel make this risotto a bright spring meal.

The cooking method for my asparagus risotto recipe is not traditional, but even without constant stirring, the result is excellent. Traditional risotto is very creamy, and the rice is firm to the bite. You’ll find the rice continues to absorb liquid as it sits after cooking.

Add zing to your spring with white wines

German wine
Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier

It is undeniably fresh and floral outside as spring breezes cross our backyards and the season awakens. I find myself wanting a glass of fresh and floral, too. Cue the world of German and Austrian white wines, which represent an exciting area of spring sipping for oenophiles not already familiar with this force in the wine world.

Craft lagers and creative ale ingredients make New Bohemia a Santa Cruz destination

New Bohemian
Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
New Bohemia’s craft lagers include a Santa Cruz take on pilsner.

New Bohemia Brewing Co. opened in Santa Cruz in 2015, and co-founder and brewmaster Dan Satterthwaite’s education (Siebel Institute) and experience (brewing at Trumer Brewery and Gordon Biersch after honing his skills at a small family-owned brewery in Germany) led him down the path of brewing craft lagers years before those styles gained the popularity they enjoy today.

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