SEARCH: Tri-Tip Recipe

Braised Tri-Tip with Sherry-Mushroom Gravy
by Brian and Patricia Dake

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Winter is a time for cozy meals and comfort food, a time to let the oven heat up the house while cooking a fabulous dish perfect for sharing with those we love. A tri-tip beef roast fits the criteria. Add in some sherry-mushroom gravy, and you have an ideal entrée for cold weather and stormy nights. We’ve spent years enjoying and refining this recipe, and it has become a much-requested favorite among our friends and family.

For side dishes to complement the main course, we recommend baked potatoes cooked until soft, then served with butter and sour cream. The addition of a green vegetable also makes for a pretty presentation, but since it is a time for enjoying cozy comforts, I would encourage you to choose your favorite vegetable regardless of color. Everything from old-style green beans to whole kernel corn, steamed broccoli to sweet cooked carrots will pair well with this dish. Combine with warm bread rolls to round out the meal…continue reading the Winter issue of SEARCH Magazine.

 

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Books: Five Books to Achieve Cozy

Five Books to Achieve Cozy
by Michele Roger

littleparisWinter requires a bit of self-care. Reaching the state of “cozy” is a complex process as the temperature drops. Here are five books to inspire that wonderful state of winter bliss in all of its forms.

FOR YOUR HEART

1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
If you love to read, the thought of a “book doctor” may have danced across your wish list at some point. In The Little Paris Book Shop, instead of therapy, the broken hearted of Paris flock to Monsieur Perdu and his floating barge of literary apothecaries. On the barge, he will “prescribe” a book to cure your sadness, heal your heart and help you to venture out into the realm of love once more. The big question is, can Monsieur Perdu mend his own heartbreak?

Maybe so.

“Monsieur Perdu sensed eyes brushing over him from under mascaraed lashes. If he caught, held, and returned a woman’s gaze, he would already be entangled in the ‘cabeceo’, the silent exchange of glances that was the currency of every tango negotiation, an “invitation with the eyes.”….continue reading the Winter 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Hot Cozy Drink Ideas

Hot Cozy Drink Ideas
By Dianna Kersey

Folklore LatteWhat’s better than taking time out for yourself, pouring a nice cup of yumminess, and settling down with a great book or slowing down to take in the view from your porch? We’ve put together a list of drink ideas sure to warm your heart and tantalize your taste buds all winter long.

Do you dream of making delicious, gourmet, hot beverages? Do you love all the variations of hot cocoa and apple cider, and everything else in between? Do you hate paying super-uber high prices for the gourmet delights in fancy restaurants? We’ve got the ideas here to give you the edge up on the next office party competition to show off your apron prowess. You’re assured to win accolades around the water cooler with these awesome hot drink variations to keep the cooler temps from chilling you to the bone this season… continue reading the Winter 2017 issue of SEARCH

SEARCH: Galindo House, Concord

Galindo House, Concord
By Emerian Rich

Galindo.jpgMost Concord residents never knew the Galindo house existed until a few years ago when the Concord Historical Society took charge of the estate and cleaned up the trees and greenery in front of it.

Located at 1721 Amador Avenue, Galindo House was built in 1856 for one of Concord’s founders, Don Francisco Galindo and his wife Maria Dolores Manuella Pacheco. The six-room farmhouse sat on the then seventeen-thousand acres of land granted to Galindo after the Mesoamerican War. The names Galindo and Pacheco will sound familiar to residents because many of our streets and buildings are named after the founding fathers. Don Salvio Pacheo’s Adobe at 1870 Abode Street—belonging to Maria’s father—is another notable building still standing from that time period, but Galindo House was the first wooden house built in town. …continue reading in the Winter issue for 2017.

SEARCH: New Zealand

New Zealand
by Michele Roger

Michele-Roger-New-ZealandNew Zealand, known by the native Maori people as “The Land of the Long White Cloud” is a place of astounding beauty and strength, much like those who live there.

Famous for its booming dairy and lamb industry as well its legendary “All Blacks” rugby team, New Zealand is far more than the face it shows to the world. The place is still fearless, proud, and some of the friendliest souls you will ever meet. To share a pint of beer is to make a friend for life. Travelers like myself are forever changed for the better after spending time there.

Broken up into two islands, the south has been made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies. All that cinematography wasn’t a green screen. It’s that breathtaking and untouched. Since so much focus has been on the south, I’ve decided to write about the splendor the north island has to offer. For direct flights from the United States to New Zealand, you’llread more in the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Our Food Story

Our Food Story
By Ashley Vrublevskiy

ASHLEYIn my early twenties, I ventured into the world of organic foods and slowly started making healthier choices for myself. I read book after book, loving all the information.

When I became pregnant with Zander, my first son, I vowed to only feed him organic, nutrient dense foods that nourished his body. When he got old enough to start expanding his food options beyond the mashed variety, we realized he was not on board with my food revolution ideas. I became desperate to get him to try new foods. This was the beginning of our long road of food battles. “He won’t even eat cookies! COOKIES!”

I remember saying to a friend to emphasize the severity of my then three-year-old’s eating restrictions. He truly only ate a handful of foods: pretzel sticks, squeezable baby food packs, raisins, and a few fruits, namely raspberries. My only saving grace was he absolutely loved soup. I made the most vegetable filled soups I could think of to be sure he would be getting some key nutrients in his diet. He would gag and refuse anything else. He wouldn’t touch a cookie, pizza, or pasta like most kids his age. I thought he was just picky, and if I kept trying, he would eventually eat more variety.

Around this time…read more in the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

Books: Food in Literature

Food in Literature
by Sumiko Saulson

BOOKS“She continues to cook, using the process of preparing the meal to parse her thoughts. Each act of cooking is a meditation upon her life. By the end of the meal, she decides that her abusive husband has no real power over her.”

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In Jane Eyre, food represents comfort. During childhood,Jane and her best friend Helen Burns live in an orphanage, where the kindness of adults is gauged by their generosity concerning food. Helen is sick with consumption.

Tea, bread, and butter are staples the kindly Miss Temple offers the girls. The orphanage restricts the amount of food they are allowed to have, so that the tiny pat of butter and bit of bread are barely enough for just one girl.

Miss Temple makes up for it by supplying the girls with generous slices of seedcake to supplement the toast and butter. Caraway seed cake was a popular British snack cake of the Victorian era.

2. Love by Toni Morrison
In Love, two childhood best friends, Heed and Christine, have their lives torn apart when Christine’s grandfather takes Heed as his bride, instigating a lifelong battle over inheritance. Christine’s mother is a talented cook. Christine loves food. Heed, a trophy wife, thinks about the service more than….continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Fall Celebrations

Fall Celebrations
By Camellia Rains

CAMI’ve noticed over the years that the Dia de los Muertos celebrations have changed in San Francisco. It’s still a joyful event for Latin Americans.

When I first started going years ago, it was much smaller, and it was—how can I put this?—less Anglozied than it is now. This traditional celebration is a solemn occasion, but it’s not filled with depression like we’re used to here in America. It’s still a joyful event for Latin Americans.

Years ago, a smaller amount of people came and met in the Mission District and begin a parade. They would walk to Garfield Park where altars had been set up in advance, and people walked in a procession to an altar dedicated to their deceased family member, friend, or whoever and placed flowers or food like sweet bread, etc… to honor their memory. You can still walk the parade route and go visit your family member or friend’s or even strangers’ altars. Or you may represent your departed loved one during the parade, carrying their picture and a candle without going to the altars. I did that when… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH

SEARCH: Chorizo Tamale Pie

Chorizo Tamale Pie
by Brian and Patricia Dake

TAMALE2Fall is a delightful time for entertaining. As sultry summer days give way to blustery afternoons and cooler evenings, we find ourselves heading  indoors for cozy gatherings and comfort foods. This month’s recipe features an entree ideal for dressing up in autumn colors and for autumn holidays.

FILLING

  • Cut ends from onion and cut onion in half. Set aside 1/2. Peel off outside layers of dried onion skin and dice.
  • Cut the top 1/4 inch off the pepper removing the stem. Cut peppers in half length-wise.
  • Set aside 1/2 of each pepper for another use. Cut pepper halves again length-wise, cut out stems and remove the white ribs, membrane and all seeds.
  • Dice peppers.
  • Spray fry pan with cooking spray. …continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.