Julie Cross

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 ,

Twelve for $40: This is not your grandfather’s camping trip

Car camping is meant to be an inexpensive vacation — but, by the time you’ve filled the car with gas, replaced the mysteriously missing sleeping bag, paid the campground fees and bought wood, it starts to look a little pricey! If you add in a few steaks and such, a two-day camping trip starts looking […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

12 for $40: Cooking from the edge … of the store

Nutrition has been getting a lot of press lately, which isn’t unusual during bathing suit season! In particular, reports on the increasing number of calories in the American diet, the link between processed foods and obesity and the health benefits of home prepared foods have all of us taking a good look at our menus […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged , ,

Twelve for $40: Steak on a budget

While steak may seem like an odd thing to put in a budget menu, the fact of the matter is that cooking on a budget means you have to take full advantage of flavor where you can find it. Less than $10 worth of steak, nicely grilled, will make two delicious dinners for two people. […]

May 16, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Hearty fare before the weather warms up

As unlikely as it may seem as I write this in the rain, it will be warm and sunny any minute. Before that happens, I’m longing for one more round of warm hearty fare. This menu should fill the bill, and have the added bonus of being quick to cook! Saturday night is spaghetti and […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged

Twelve for $40: Pie crust is easy as — well, you know

A lot of people are afraid of making pie crust — so much so that frozen pie shells are big business. While there’s nothing wrong with a frozen pie crust, it’s a whole lot more expensive than a homemade one. Since a quick tart makes a delicious and economical dinner, it will reward the frugal […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Twelve for $40: Keeping it simple

This week is all about simple versions of complex dishes. While you could invest more time and money to make the traditional versions of the recipes below, there’s not a thing wrong with these shortcut recipes. The fricassee, for example, uses chicken legs and a quick-cook method instead of the traditional whole bird and hours […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Resolve to eat more veggies!

Like many people in America, I made some questionable food choices over the holidays. And, like many people in America, I vowed to clean up my act as soon as the holidays were over. This year I decided to go with the simplest of “diet” plans: vegetables at every meal. As you’ve surely noticed, sugary […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

12 for forty: Healthy eating during the season of indulgence

If you’re anything like me, by the time you read this you’ll have had your fill of the overly rich, overly sweet and possibly too alcoholic fare that pervades the winter holidays. While there were very good reasons for our great-great-greats to lighten the darkest winter days with all that food, it doesn’t translate well […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Talking turkey: Diestel family knows its birds

The first thing you should know about the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch is that you can’t throw a locally grown organic sweet potato without hitting someone named Diestel. While some families might take the opportunity to relax that is offered to owners of a large and thriving business, the Diestels are the epitome of hard-working […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

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