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Julie Cross

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 ,

A holiday gathering full of community

Share the joy What: Davis Food Co-op’s 27th annual Christmas Eve Holiday Meal, offering a full traditional and vegan meal When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Admission: Free, but donations will be accepted with gratitude It takes 150 pounds of potatoes to make 800 servings of mashed potatoes, and […]

December 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Some like it hot — especially in the winter

Back in September, I promised to write about Hot Dish when it got cold, which has finally happened. It’s perfect timing, actually, since it’s the perfect dinner solution in these last busy weeks of the year. While every Hot Dish is a casserole — mixed foods baked in a vessel — not every casserole is […]

December 19, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Holiday troubleshooting recipes

Basic Brine for Turkey The ingredients: 1 cup kosher salt ½ cup brown sugar about 40 sage leaves 4 quarts water Putting it together: Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Bring to a boil and stir until everything is dissolved. Cool. Add 16 cups of cold water. Submerge turkey in brine in a […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Thanksgiving troubleshooting: Here’s what to do if things go wrong

Thanksgiving is the most difficult holiday for cooks. There’s nothing to distract everyone from the food (unless you’re from a big football family) and the outcome of the whole holiday experience rests on your abilities. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time cooking Thanksgiving or your 31st: the pressure is on to make everyone’s […]

November 21, 2012 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

There’s an ‘app’ for that: Throw a Halloween cocktail party

Halloween really kicks off the holiday season for most of us. The classic Halloween party involves a keg, two big bags of chips, some store-bought salsa and a noise complaint. You probably don’t need my help for that. (Although I’m happy to switch to my Co-op employee hat and give you keg-ordering advice!) At the […]

October 17, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Co-op column: Go ahead and toss up a healthy dinner

For September, I had planned to write about Hot Dish, those lovely, simple and oh-so-economical casseroles that are so welcome in the cool and busy days of fall. Since we’re on day 14 of a string of 90 degree days as I write this, however, it makes far more sense to turn to another lovely, […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Buy a little, save a lot

We were happy to host New York Times reporter Patricia Leigh Brown for lunch at the Davis Food Co-op when she visited Davis to write about Tour de Cluck this Spring. She loved everything about the Tour, our town and the Co-op, but the one thing she just couldn’t get over was that you can […]

August 22, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

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