Julie Cross

Last-minute food gifts are easy and delicious

It’s one week before Christmas, and there’s a decent chance that sometime in the next seven days you’re going to need one more present than you counted on. You could brave the stores to pick up something, or you could step into the kitchen and manufacture one of these very quick and easy gifts. You […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Here’s your guide to turkey day with dietary restrictions

Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking challenge of the year for most home cooks. It’s a tricky meal, with lots of dishes we don’t usually make, timing issues and space problems. It’s a rare year in most houses when something doesn’t go wrong: the cat gets to the turkey, the oven breaks, Auntie Em’s plane is […]

November 20, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

12 for $40: How to work vegetables into your meals

The more we learn about health, food or nutrition, the more we realize that the answer to many problems is simply “eat your vegetables.” Vegetables are high in fiber and an astonishingly wide array of nutrients, very low in calories, inexpensive, easy to grow yourself and extremely versatile in the kitchen. In a logical world, […]

October 16, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Chopped, on a budget

We’re big fans of the Food Channel show “Chopped,” in which four chefs are given random ingredients and must use them, along with pantry items, to make a dish in a limited amount of time. The show usually features professional chefs, but a recent episode had chefs from soup kitchens and poverty programs. They turned […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Try these sack-lunch recipes for grown-ups

Working in Downtown Davis means never being hungry at lunch! Sadly, that also means a big lunch bill at the end of the week — at the most modest, even a sandwich, bag of chips and drink will run you $7. Add to that the “expense” in calories, since it’s awfully easy to decide that […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

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Scallions, cherry tomatoes and couscous are ideal ingredients for grown-ups’ bagged lunches. Julie Cross/Courtesy photos

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Media Post

Twelve for Forty: Coupons add value to this week’s menu

While I don’t always mention it in this column, I work at the Davis Food Co-op and regularly write 12 for $40 menus for our shoppers there. While these menus will be delicious no matter where you buy the ingredients, they might not be quite such a bargain if you’re shopping elsewhere. That’s because our […]

July 17, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Great camping food starts with good planning, packing

We had our first camping trip of the year over Mother’s Day weekend, when, perhaps unsurprisingly, the campgrounds all had mad availability. It makes perfect sense: Not all moms think that crouching over a smoky fire scorching pancakes in an ancient battered pan is the height of luxury. Or perhaps they do not like the […]

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

The freezer is your friend when wondering what’s for dinner

Springtime in Davis — life is good and busy, and we often find ourselves at half-past dinner time loading everyone into the car for a dinner run. While dinner out can be delightful, it’s less fun when you don’t have a choice. The solution? Stock up the freezer with ingredients that let you turn nothing […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Super-easy and fast meals

Spring is in the air, the whole town is jumpin’ and everyone seems to have three different places to be every night. With all that, who has time to cook? We do, if we play our cards right. Here’s a week of super-easy dinner menus, all of them on the table in 30 minutes or […]

April 17, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: The Mediterranean diet is quite compatible with Yolo County

A Spanish medical study released in late February links the Mediterranean diet to a dramatically lower risk of strokes. That’s good medical news and great dining news, especially if you’re already a fan of eating local — the climate in Davis lends itself beautifully to the Mediterranean diet. The Davis Food Co-op will be offering […]

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: May your oven runneth over

It may feel like spring (or, by the time you read this, it may not!) but the available produce still says “winter.” No worries! We’ll take advantage of good prices on basics like chicken, beets and squash to while away these last few weeks of the winter growing season with delicious savory dishes. When you […]

February 20, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

12 for $40: Keeping those food resolutions

It’s mid-January, and the shiny has worn off the New Year’s resolutions. Now that we’ve settled into it, how are you going to keep that resolution to cook more/eat better and save money/waste less food? Planning is the key to keeping all of those resolutions. If you have a plan, you can get a healthy […]

January 16, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

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