Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Waffling in Rio Dell

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 3:42 PM

The cream cheese and blackberry jammy Blackout. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The cream cheese and blackberry jammy Blackout.

Pull up to the Root 101 Nursery (770 Wildwood Ave., Rio Dell) and instead of soil you may smell waffles. Tucked in the corner of the shop is the Wildwood Waffles counter, behind which steams a trio of busy waffle irons.

Puffed, crisp and cakey, the waffles come straight off the cast iron and are folded around a bevy of fillings you may need time to consider. The Blackout ($5) is a good start, slathered with cream cheese and blackberry jam from Mad River Farms. A flurry of powdered sugar finishes it off but the finished product is not terribly sweet and exactly as melty as you hope. For another $2, toss on bacon strips and hit all the food groups.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Toni's is Fancy Now

Posted By on Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 5:36 PM

The pastry case at Toni's is the glass shrine the pies, brownies and cupcakes deserve. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • The pastry case at Toni's is the glass shrine the pies, brownies and cupcakes deserve.
Toni's has had work done. In the weeks you spent driving past its empty parking lot, afraid the closure of the one spot in Arcata that was always open might be forever, the truck stop swapped out its humble decor for glass, stainless steel and enough barn wood to make an actual barn.

On a pre-Thanksgiving visit to Toni's 24-hour Restaurant (1901 Heindon Road), there was a bit of a pile-up at the counter, where customers in line to order and pick up heavy pans of berry cobbler backed up into folks coming in the door. Credit cards are now accepted so if cash on hand was the only thing that was holding you back from the comically long list of shake flavors, beware.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Last-minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 7:01 PM

Sweet potato pie that will make you question your loyalty to pumpkin. - PHOTO BY ANDREA JUAREZ
  • Photo by Andrea Juarez
  • Sweet potato pie that will make you question your loyalty to pumpkin.
Whether you had grand plans for the holiday meal or you're flying by the seat of your chef's pants, these Thanksgiving-ready recipes might come in handy.

Stuck for sides? Nothing could be more fitting than a soup of acorns, a traditional indigenous food staple. Stuffed acorn squash is a winner and even works as a main dish for a vegetarian table. Or give the meal some color with a persimmon-spiked salad (don't worry, it's butter lettuce, not Romaine). You could add dash to your mash with a Belgian version of the beloved mashed potatoes with carrots and leeks. If you've got vegans at the table, whip up a butternut and broccoli soup everyone will love.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Meant to Brie

Posted By on Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Brie and blueberry pancakes, where have you been all my life? - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brie and blueberry pancakes, where have you been all my life?

Artful charcuterie boards spilling over with brie and fruit are the ephemeral mandalas of the food world. Brie and berry jam show up together on fancy grilled cheese and burger menus all the time. And you can't shimmy a buckwheat crepe out of a pan without someone tossing a slab of brie onto it. So why has it taken so long for brie to show up in my pancakes? I speak here in terms of both the breadth of history and my own flapjack-consuming career, which is long and storied.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Candy House: See's Returns to Henderson Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 3:28 PM

Judy Hartman, poised to hook you up with almond clusters. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Judy Hartman, poised to hook you up with almond clusters.

Are you finally out of Halloween candy? It's going to be OK. The See's Candy once available next door to the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Henderson Center is back after a brief residency blocks away and it's got its own little candy house in the corner.

The kiosk, the exterior of which mimics a black and white See's Candy shop (and the interior of which is a 3D map of my id), is stocked with peanut brittle, assorted chocolate boxes, butterscotch lollipops and all manner of sweets. Proceeds go to the See's Community Fund and the Breast Health Project, as well as the American Cancer Society. Funds pay for patient transportation and lodging among other expenses associated with cancer treatment, right down to bras and wigs.

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