There’s a key ingredient that has kept the Klassique Kafe humming along for 30 years and it’s hardly a proprietary secret. It’s such a compelling part of the restaurant that its regular customers will think nothing of putting napkins aside, clearing tables and diving into a sink full of dirty dishes.
Summer is finally upon us and my very favorite part of the warmer weather is that it means that my birthday is just around the corner! Not really: It is that our garden is bursting with an ever-increasing assortment of home-grown goodies.
Well, since I mentioned my birthday, let’s talk about celebration dinners. When I think of celebration menus, I want fresh and delicious. This year, it is seafood, fresh garden vegetables, and either pasta, quinoa or couscous as the side staple.
There are many smart choices in seafood, including one of my own favorites: scallops. When it comes to seafood, sustainability is a huge issue and scallops are almost always a safe buy. Scallops are incredibly convenient as they cook in less than 5 minutes. Yes, they are a little pricey, but this is a celebration menu, after all!
Lastly, a note when purchasing scallops. Fresh scallops should be “dry,” which means they are shucked and frozen on the boat. Wet “preserved” means they are placed in water and preservatives and then frozen. With this process, wet ones will weigh more, costing you more money.
Something Good Is Brewing In The North State
The Eighth Annual Taste Of Redding
If you haven’t treated yourself to roasted ground ginger, this will be a great recipe to get acquainted with the seasoning.
Scout Coffee - Made In The North State
“They like the ambience — it’s very homey looking, and the first thing you smell when you walk in is chocolate and nuts.” — Margo Lynes, Walnut Avenue Ranch
Warmer weather will be here soon, and with it, we will be enjoying outdoor grilling and dining. There is nothing like grilled meat, poultry or seafood, and if you are looking for an easy side to serve with your entrée, try this great salad.
A leisurely drive through back roads of Tehama County is one of the simple joys of life in the North State. Various directions wind through picturesque walnut and olive orchards or pastures dotted with cattle. Head off on Highway 36 East to Manton and you’ll end up in a quaint area of mountain wineries where the vintners themselves will pour and tell the stories behind each varietal.
Rob Hunt and Susie Bewley walk into their local pub, the Ono Store & Café, speckled with tiny, red, black-spotted ladybugs. The little critters crawl on Hunt’s sweater and become tangled in Bewley’s hair. Bewley says wryly, “They come with the trade.”