The Joy of Persimmons 

The Joy of Persimmons 

With savory pork and a sweet cake roll

(January 11, 2018) In China, when my grandpa would come back from the market, he'd bring a little brown cloth filled with dried Hachiya persimmons — sweet and chewy, they were our...

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Champagne for my Real Friends

(January 4, 2018) Ah, the dawn of a new year. For many, that means a renewed vigor for temperance, or at least moderation. Others see a long road to hoe until spring, so...

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Pumpkin Lamb Stew

The taste of home for a rainy day

(December 28, 2017) It's uncanny how smells bring you back. I hadn't planned on making my mom's pumpkin stew but it had been on my mind. For reasons I can't exactly remember, it...

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Tom and Jerry and Austin and Carl

A winter cup with Bridgeville cred

(December 21, 2017) The first Tom and Jerry that Jessie Wheeler ever sipped was at Austin Nichols' holiday party. She tips her head of curly gray hair, streaked with purple, to recall the...

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Hum Plate Round-up

Broadening your horizons

(December 14, 2017) Sea Change The stretch of Eureka's Fourth Street between T and R streets is broad-daylight sketchy. And yet two restaurants have built cult followings there: Tandoori Bites, with its lunch...

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Queen of the 9x13

Casseroles from the kitchen of Granny Love

(December 7, 2017) Merle Love might seem an old-fashioned name but back in her day, my granny was a known rebel. In fact, she was the first woman in her small town of...

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After the Feast, Congee

For leftovers and hangovers

(November 30, 2017) Maybe you're a more disciplined person than I am. Maybe after the preparations, the cooking, the gorging, the food coma and the dish washing that follow a holiday meal, you...

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Magic Pumpkin

Dinner and dessert from one kabocha

(November 23, 2017) Pumpkins are my favorite fall and winter vegetable — though technically a fruit. There are so many dishes you can make with them and you can get few meals out...

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Hum Plate Round-up

This month's hands-on/hands-down favorites

(November 16, 2017) Hotsy totsy School cafeteria lunches don't have their bad reputation for nothing. Those of a certain age remember when ketchup was declared a vegetable and meatless Fridays meant frozen fish...

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A Fish in Every Pan

Taiwanese panfish and cucumber salad

(November 9, 2017) As an avid angler and spear fisherman, I am constantly looking for new ways to prepare my wild harvests. Small, easily caught and cleaned panfish (see "Panfish Fishing"), including freshwater...

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The Gift of Rice

New Orleans chef Kevin Belton's Jambalaya

(November 2, 2017) Luscious oyster and artichoke soup, shrimp remoulade, perfectly spiced jambalaya and Creole rice custard pudding. That was celebrity chef Kevin Belton's menu at the PBS North Coast's benefit dinner in...

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