Fermented butter, ripened butter Columns Columns: Tom Andersen Food & Drink 

A Better Butter

By Tom Andersen Fermented butter? Who’d have thought, but yes indeed it is. Nowadays they call it “cultured” butter and it is a premium, but in my grandma’s notebook from 1917 it is called “ripened.” Ripened as opposed to “sweet cream.” She typically cooked and baked with sweet-cream butter because it had a lighter flavor and was usually not salted,… Read More
The Red Pearl Boulder Creek Food & Drink Restaurant Reviews 

Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin

On February 10 Asian communities welcome Chinese Lunar New Year. This year’s designation is the Year of the Wood Dragon, ushering in a time brimming with growth, innovation, and a profound connection to nature. It’s a time to honor ancestors, deities, and family. The festival is rich in traditional customs and rituals, including cleaning the house to sweep away bad… Read More
Business Food & Drink Main Street SLV 

Humble Sea Tavern Reopens

Community Embraces Felton Taproom By Julie Horner Taking a breath to regroup, Humble Sea Tavern in the old Cremer House building near the corner of Graham Hill and Highway 9 in downtown Felton has reopened for weekend pours. They’re focusing on serving their award-winning craft brews, select wines, and artisanal cocktails Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and featuring a fresh food… Read More
Cherokee Trail of Tears bean soup Column Alison Steele Columns Food & Drink 

Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean Soup with Scarlet Kale & Winter Herbs

By Alison Steele I throw on a sweater and stroll along the garden path for a fresh start to the day. My former convention garden layout of rectangles and rows is transforming. Winter time is prime for garden rearranging, bed resting, thinking, and reconfiguration. Meandering paths of fruit trees and winter greens tucked amongst the purple pincushions are becoming my… Read More
Nonno's Restaurant Redwood Estates Columns Food & Drink 

Nonno’s Pizza: A Legend in Redwood Estates

Ralph DiTulli is king of the hill at this cherished Santa Cruz Mountains eatery and gathering place. By Julie Horner Pizzaiolo Ralph DiTullio offered a brief history of Nonno’s in a nutshell: “In 1995, my sales gal from Ledyard Foods in Santa Cruz came to me and said, ‘Ralph! I’ve got the perfect spot for you guys, it’s up by… Read More
Business Food & Drink 

A Call to Gathering: BaleFire Brewing Opens in Live Oak

By Julie Horner Craft beer lovers will be stoked to notice that a new brewer has come to town in the Live Oak district of Santa Cruz. Former Boulder Creek locals and KBCZ 89.3 FM Community Radio alumni, Leslie and Matt Buchanan and business partners Stephanie and Nate Murphy have signed the lease in the East Cliff Village Shopping Center… Read More