Medal winning beers from Alaro Craft Brewery. Photo courtesy of Eli Margetich

Blue Ribbon Buzz

From gold medal to glass; how competition makes for better beer. For both professional and amateur brewers, there’s nothing like the buzz of beer competitions.

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Time to Plant (More) Tomatoes

Tips for healthier, hardier harvests with this craveable cover crop. Sacramento gardeners spend their summer obsessing over one favorite crop: tomatoes. “Tomatoes are hugely popular

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Auspicious Herbs

Prepare to plant: Parsley, chives, basil, and more add fragrance and flair to mealtime. Vivian Sellers knows her herbs. At her Elk Grove home, she

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Raw Organic Fennel Bulbs Ready to Cook

Learn to Love Fennel

This vegetable’s unique licorice flavor can be applied many ways. Disguised as plump celery topped with bright green feathery leaves, fennel stands out in the

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Five Sacramento area chefs, from top left: Ravin Patel, Dennis Sydnor, Chris Barnum-Dann, Brett Bohlmann and Tokiko Sawada. Photo by Debbie Cunningham

Cool-Season Comfort

What Sacramento area chefs cook for their own winter tables. The winter season inspires for many of us a sense of connection and togetherness, drawing

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Beautiful and Juicy

Tips for growing oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, and more that are delicious and resilient. From Orangevale to Citrus Heights, the call names of Sacramento neighborhoods

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Sazerac Cocktail

Serves 1 ¼ ounce absinthe, Herbsaint, or anise-flavored liqueur 1 sugar cube 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters or other herbal bitters 1½ ounces rye whiskey or

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