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Edible Marin & Wine Country

Edible Marin & Wine Country

I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream and Sorbetto and Gelato

July 29, 2017


Getting Juiced at Sebastopol’s Free Apple Press

June 1, 2015

BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL • PHOTOS BY K AREN PREUSS Come one, come all. Come press your apples at the Community Apple Press at the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol this apple season. For free! Have a backyard full of apples? Someone else’s backyard full? Or a real deal on a bushel’s [...]

Marin French Cheese Turns 150

April 13, 2015

Oldest Continuously Operating Cheese Factory in the Country BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL • PHOTOS BY STACY VENTURA Why would you ride barefoot in a wagon train from Illinois to California? Or would you? Jefferson Thompson did just that in the late 1850s, leaving his cheesemaking family in Illinois and traveling for eight months to the [...]

Sonoma Raceway’s Organic Garden

September 13, 2014

Thinking Outside the Oval BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL PHOTO: COURTESY OF SONOMA RACEWAY When Steve Page became president of what had been the old Sears Point Raceway, he found a dustbowl of brown hills, gas-guzzling and exhaust-spewing race cars, traffic jams, drag racers, racy car fans, neighbors who opposed any expansion of the raceway or [...]

Eggs first, or is it the chickens

May 6, 2014

Here’s a link to my story in Edible Marin & Wine Country. http://ediblemarinandwinecountry.com/uncategorized/eggs-first-or-is-it-the-chickens/ Enjoy! Kathleen

Eggs or Chickens First?

April 6, 2014

Check out very independent egg producers in Marin and Sonoma counties here: http://onlinedigeditions.com/publication/?i=197868 Thanks, Kathleen

April 24, 2013

IG VELLA THE BIG CHEESE BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL What was that weird crackling noise? It got louder and louder, and scarier and scarier. Was it an invasion of crickets into St. Francis Solano Church? Crickets in Sonoma? The noise happened at the funeral mass for Ignazio (Ig) August Vella, the face and grand master [...]

Women of Simi Winery

December 6, 2012

History In A Wine Glass By Edible Marin and Wine Country on August 23, 2012 in Fall 2012 – Issue 15 A century of courage and pluck produced Simi Winery BY KATHLEEN THOMPSON HILL Photos: Courtesy of Simi Winery What would you do as an 18-year-old woman who inherits a winery in 1904? Expand the [...]

Goat cheese

August 10, 2011

            Goat milk cheese is one of the oldest dairy products in the world and Laura Chenel’s Chèvre is one of the oldest goat milk cheeses in the United States. Now Sonoma County enjoys several artisinal goat cheese producers, with a few springing forth in Marin and Napa as well.             At the risk of [...]

Three Mexican American Families Strike Gold in the Wine Country

October 1, 2010

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This story begins in remote villages in Mexico. It ends in the Sonoma and Napa valleys of California. During the Great Depression, up to a million people of Mexican descent were forced to leave the United States during what was called “Mexican repatriation.” This is a misnomer as many of those forced or “encouraged” to [...]

Got Goat’s Milk Cheese?

June 1, 2010

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Goat’s milk cheese is one of the oldest dairy products in the world. Legends have it that Bacchus, Dionysus and the Romans all ate goat cheese. The Moors brought goats to France’s Loire Valley from the Eastern Mediterranean around 8 A.D., along with their milking and cheesemaking methods. Apparently the Moors didn’t cross the Loire [...]

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