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Paradise Just A Quick Flight Away: 5 Warm Winter Getaways

With the cooling temperatures and the holidays around the corner, it’s time to think about easy escape plans and preferably at the beach or nestled in the jungle thicket. 

“Julie & Julia”… and Grandma Betty

Several years ago, I went out on a “Girl’s Night” with my 93-year-old grandmother, Betty. It was a simple plan. I’d pick her up, take her out for an early dinner, and then we’d catch the 7 p.m. showing of the movie, “Julie & Julia. 

Post-Shopping Party of One.

It’s a busy time of year, but you still need fast-paced entertainment -- and quick delicious bites and sips.

Book Club Entertaining Tips

Book clubs are a time-honored tradition that always results in fun, fellowship and, hopefully, a great talk about a great book that will stay with all the members for years to come.

So You Want to Start a Book Club?

I came up with a crazy idea late one night, while working on a secret novel manuscript after all my children were asleep and I was dying for some adult conversation – I should start a book club.

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is one of the best holidays around. Yes, I said Friendsgiving, not Thanksgiving. A day of indulging in your favorite foods and beverages with some of your favorite people.

Holiday Schedule 2017

Thank you for your understanding as we give our employees time to enjoy the season with their loved ones. Cheers and happy holidays! 

Thanksgiving Traditions: Yam Apple Dish

Looking for a new addition to your Thanksgiving table? Try this Yam Apple recipe for a flavorful dish perfect for fall.

Travel Light: 5 Great American Road Trips

From California valleys to the blue alpine lakes of Montana, the golden fall foliage of Vermont and the storied rock n’ roll roots of Tennessee, we’re constantly inspired by America’s spectacular landscapes.

Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that takes a little bit of elbow grease but is in fact insanely easy. It’s also a true crowd-pleaser and a guest-impresser!

Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey Stuffing

While the temperature is getting cold outside this time of year, the kitchen should just be heating up. It’s a busy time with Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas hams and all sorts of desserts in-between.

Home Chef

I think that we can all agree that sometimes life gets crazy and even finding the time to put dinner on the table feels overwhelming. You know the feeling - after a long day at work, hours in traffic and a half-hearted attempt at “sweating it out” at the gym, the last thing you want to worry about is figuring out what to eat.

Checking In 101: How to Arrive in Central America and Southern Italy

Planes, trains and automobiles. After the long journey, it’s all about the arrival. That feeling of finally landing at your destination, and then being ushered inside warm accommodations.

Now Booking: 5 Perfect Fall Girlfriend Getaways

Sure, everyone loves a family sojourn or a romantic getaway, but how about a road trip your best gal pals? In celebration of the crisp season, below are five stops to share a memorable fall weekend.

All-Story Magazine Fall 2017

The magazine staff is thrilled to announce the release of the Fall 2017 edition of Zoetrope: All-Story, designed by the acclaimed photographer Richard Misrach.

Counting Crows to Headline “For the Love of Sonoma” North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Concert

The Family Coppola in Partnership with BottleRock Presents and Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center will host a Fundraising Concert with Proceeds Benefiting North Bay Fire Relief Fund & Noma Gives

Za’atar Chicken Dinner

Some nights call for takeout and some nights call for a little something special. With the season change comes the daylight change. Sometimes on a chilly, dark Tuesday night, it’s nice to make something that’s warm and luscious, yet herbaceous and bright all at once. This chicken is spatchcocked, or de-backboned, for a quick cook.

In Pursuit of Passion: Amie and Jolie Sikes of the Junk Gypsy Company

For most of the year, the sleepy, rural community of Round Top, Texas is home to 90 residents, a dot on the map halfway between Houston and Austin. But during the legendary bi-annual Texas Antiques Week, 100,000 people and 2,500 vendors cram into every field, barn, and dance hall in the tiny Texas town for a raucous spree of “junk therapy.”

A Pumpkin Soup to Fall For

With no empirical evidence to back up my theory, I’d say that fall is the most beloved of all seasons. It’s magical briskness has a way of charming even the most prudent cold weather hater – it’s certainly the most romantic of the seasons.

Northern California Fires – Community Relief

Our thoughts continue to be with everyone during this exceptionally difficult time. It’s hard to believe that what started more than a week ago, in the late evening hours one Sunday night in Northern California, is still affecting us drastically. We’re so grateful for the heroic efforts of all of the first responders that have come to save our wineries, homes, businesses, vineyards and so much more.

Harvest Update: #SonomaCountyStrong

This past week has been exceptionally difficult for so many, and I truly hope this message finds you and your family well.  A natural disaster of epic proportions has hit our beloved home, and it’s hard to focus on harvest when so much is uncertain. 

An Everyday Leg of Lamb

I think that when a lot of people think of lamb, they think of celebrations, the holidays, etc. It is my opinion that lamb shouldn’t be something reserved for a special occasion. It is a marvelous meat with a grassy flavor.

A Cake for All Occasions of Indulgence

Dessert is an exceptionally important part of life. It gives you a way to indulge once in a while and this cake really does the trick. It’s a mix of two of my favorite desserts, tarte tatin and sour cream cake. Where a more traditional tarte tatin would have you caramelize your fruit and cover it with a layer of puff pastry, I’ve found that covering the fruit in this sour cream cake produces a great lemony tang to balance the ubiquitous sweetness of the fruit.

Fall Forward: Where To Welcome The Harvest

With autumn’s arrival, we welcome crisp air, golden foliage, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, salty oysters, warm apple pie and a bevy of wine and craft beer offerings. Why not plan a weekend around fall’s harvest? Below, a sampling of festivals to usher in the season.

Shakshuka: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Shakshuka is one of those meals that is so easy you can’t believe how delicious it is. It’s a perfectly simple meal for a weeknight dinner or a quick way into a warm weekend lunch. It’s filling, comforting, sweet and spicy.