Spring potato salad Columns Food & Drink 

Lured by Spring: Picnic Potato Salad

By Alison Steele Spring can’t help but lure one out with its flowers and trees loaded with blossoms and birds. Finding an adventure in nature has been essential for relaxation now more than ever. With summer just around the corner, a picnic is the perfect way to extend your day outside relaxing in the sun. Whether you’re heading to the… Read More
Santa Cruz Mountains wineries Food & Drink Local News 

Sipping the Santa Cruz Mountains

By Julie Horner Hallcrest Vineyards Felton There’s a feeling you get when you pull into Hallcrest Vineyards in Felton. The sun is warmer here, the light more healing and soft. Tucked into a mountainside neighborhood of Victorian farm houses, roses and oaks and rolling meadow, the sound of the Roaring Camp steam train whistle echoes high and lonesome and you… Read More
Nettles Song Soup by Alison Steele Columns Food & Drink 

Nettles’ Song Soup

Recipes from a Mountain Garden By Alison Steele Coming into Spring, the hiking paths are lined with nettles, miner’s lettuce, wild garlic, and  plantain. It’s fun to forage for wild greens, adding nutrients to our bodies when we need it most! Mother Earth knows how to grow mineral rich food even if our gardens are still too shady to grow our… Read More
irish stout mountain fermenter Columns Food & Drink 

A Toast to the Irish Stout! Sláinte!

Catching up with Emily Thomas of Santa Cruz Mountains Brewing By Greg Roe and Mike Desmidt March is brimming with reasons to celebrate: Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day! Ireland also celebrates the legend of Saint Brigid the Patron Saint of Beer and Brewing. The stories say she was working at a leper colony, and to… Read More
Alison Steele Recipes from a Mountain Garden Columns Food & Drink 

Alison Steele: Recipes from a Mountain Garden

New columnist alert! Alison Steele is on deck bringing us delicious home cooking inspired by her Boulder Creek organic garden. A Virginia transplant from 2003, Alison lives with her husband, two children, and cat in downtown Boulder Creek where she raises quail, chickens, fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. On the weekends she teaches reskilling workshops in her garden including knitting,… Read More