Tag: winter

Rigatoni with Salame Nostrano, Garlic Confit & Tomatoes

Rigatoni with Salame Nostrano, Garlic Confit & Tomatoes

This recipe, perfect for a cold winter’s night, is just what you want this weekend. And, you can have this delicious pasta dish made in less than 30 minutes. Pair it with a simple green salad with an easy balsamic vinaigrette and more bread to […]

When Life Gives You Meyer Lemons….

When Life Gives You Meyer Lemons….

……Rejoice! The Meyer lemon was introduced to the US from China in 1908. It is named after the agricultural explorer that gathered a clipping of what is thought to be a cross between a regular lemon and an orange tree. How are they different from […]

A Warm Winter Tartine

A Warm Winter Tartine

Just because we take some time off the ‘kitchen’ clock in the winter, doesn’t mean we still don’t want tasty snacks at home. And…, it really doesn’t get any easier, or more satisfying than this.
Follow along, thank us after.

Start with a good loaf of country style bread. Slice it thickly and toast it lightly.

Get out your favorite fruit butter. Smear a reasonable amount on the toast.

delicious emmy’s pear butter

Top the bread and butter with roasted baby onions (cleaned onions cut in half, tossed with olive oil and salt and roasted in 375f oven for 30 minutes).

lightly toasted bread, pear butter and roasted baby onions

Use a good melting cheese, nothing that will break and get oily.

good quality, whole milk mozzarella cheese

Use some nice thyme, fresh is fine but we use dried because it’s what we have the most of in winter.

english thyme from last years herb garden, dried in our warm winter kitchen

Bake that tartine in a 400f oven for 10 minutes or longer to get it good and gooey and nicely golden brown. Then top it with the thyme.

perfect and simple, a winter chef snack

If you want to share, and we know you do, cut your snack into bite size pieces and make a friend.

a perfect bite for the chef
April Flowers (are at the market and calling your name)…

April Flowers (are at the market and calling your name)…

The sun is out in Northern California and the flowers are here and happy! The same rain that wreaked havoc on coastal hillsides and bridges last Winter has now come to you in an explosion of Spring color, fragrance and beauty. They are at the […]

Please Call It Saint Patrick’s Day

Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig: the source of those mysterious, emerald double-Ds. Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella. There isn’t a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It’s as simple […]

Dinner at the Casino

Dinner at the Casino

Winter time gives us a break and the opportunity to have someone else do the cooking for a change and it’s always a treat to sneak off to the little town of Bodega for a casual dinner with the best chef in town.

The Casino Bar & Grill sits at the top of our list for local eats…

The Scene at the Casino
The Menu Written & Posted by the Chef
Radicchio, French Green Beans & Burrata Salad
Clams with Garlic, Greens & Toast
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Egg & Cheese

This time we brought family too…

Sharing a meal with Family at Table 16
Steak with Polenta & Greens

Char with Corn Bread Pudding & Black Olive Chimi

The Clean Plate Award

In our book there is no one better than culinary legend Mark Malicki.

The chef Slaying It on the Flat Top
Happy New Year from Christopher & Ciara Greenwald

Happy New Year from Christopher & Ciara Greenwald

  2016 was a crazy busy year for Bay Laurel Culinary. After months of planning and a full-scale construction project, we finally moved into our brand new customized kitchen space. From there, we started to build the foundation to expand our business,  adding to-go and delivery menu […]

Squash & Gourds!

Squash & Gourds!

Autumn’s full bounty is on display right before Thanksgiving in Western Sonoma County. Just before the weather turns really dark and nasty, Mother Earth gives us one last glimpse of our long summer growing season that usually lasts deep into November. Winter Squash by different names, […]

Vineyards!

Vineyards!

We work in them, play in them, get drink from them and marvel at their beauty! Here is a look at some of our favorite local vineyards…

Sonoma Coast
Sonoma Coast
Russian River
Russian River
Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Valley
Russian River
Russian River
Chalk Hill
Chalk Hill
Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Russian River
Russian River
Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Valley
Calistoga
Calistoga
Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley
Chef’ Day Off: Chapter One

Chef’ Day Off: Chapter One

When the chefs have a little time off, we travel. We travel to eat and to learn and we have been inspired by a wide variety of countries, cultures and cuisines around the world. None more important than Ireland. Ireland’s acute awareness of its cultural […]