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Novato Farm To Table with Karen Pavone

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Roger February 2, 2014 at 06:37 pm
Karen: Thanks for the great news that an exciting new editor is coming to the Novato Patch soon.Read More Long live the Patch.
Craig Belfor February 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm
Whoever it is, the new editor will need lots of help and cooperation from the community. If we wantRead More Patch to survive, we need to consider helping out. We know they will be underpaid and overworked, with only the promise of a better resume when the whole thing ends.
Karen Pavone February 3, 2014 at 08:55 am
True enough Craig!
From left: Joe Jacobsmeyer, Denise Athas, Chef Ryan Scott, Chef Nicolas Abrams
Denise Athas October 1, 2013 at 08:12 am
What a wonderful event. Thank you to Celebrity Chef Ryan Scott and my son, Exec. Sous Chef JoeRead More Jacobsmeyer, Exec. Chef Nicolas Abrams and Hilltop 1892, the Judges, my wonderful sponsors, and mostly to all the people who participated in the event and helped me with my campaign for re-election to Novato City Council I love this city and hope to go another 4 years. The word compete means "to bring the best out of" and this event did it...for all of us.
Kit August 21, 2013 at 07:22 am
God has given us an abundance of nutritional and healthy foods. But what happened? Man decided toRead More create his own version of food, resulting in obesity, diseases, and chronic illness - all for the sake of greed. Think about it. Abstain from processed foods and your entire health will improve substantially.
Karen Pavone August 21, 2013 at 11:00 am
I too am intrigued to hear about the connection this physician discovered between our food and ourRead More health. Hope to see you there Friday! Thanks for reading :>)
Haley Pavone, Project Abundance founder
J. Dietrich Stroeh August 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm
What a wonderful idea. There are so many people who will benefit from the surplus of freshlyRead More harvested food.
Karen Pavone August 6, 2013 at 01:51 pm
I couldn't agree more! Please keep this resource in mind if you know of anyone who is in need of aRead More harvest. Thanks for reading :>)
The West Marin Reuben Sandwich
J. Dietrich Stroeh June 13, 2013 at 09:52 am
Wow this sounds simply delicious. A must try. I appreciate your time to share this recipe.
Karen Pavone June 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm
My pleasure! Thanks for reading :>)
Novato Chess Club May 15, 2013 at 03:45 pm
Copy and paste---thank you
Karen Pavone May 15, 2013 at 04:31 pm
my pleasure!
J. Dietrich Stroeh June 25, 2013 at 01:03 pm
Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try this sweet treat.
Karen Pavone May 3, 2013 at 01:42 pm
No question there are less expensive ways to make raised beds, Rico. I like the M braces becauseRead More they are a quick solution, save time, and are recyclable. For me the ininitial investment will pay off over time. Thanks for reading!
Bubbasixpack May 5, 2013 at 10:54 am
Do you get a cut of the sale? You should get something for turning your blog into a sales pitch forRead More your friend.
Karen Pavone May 7, 2013 at 02:13 pm
Nope. Nothing of the sort. I do not write or do my reviews with any bias in mind and I do notRead More receive any compensation. It's a great product that stands on its own and I would still recommend it, friendship or no friendship. Thanks for reading.
Novato Chess Club April 4, 2013 at 08:55 am
Would you be interested in growing large pumpkins for the Half Moon Bay contest, my contacts inRead More Castro Valley are looking to grow a couple of pumpkins in Novato...He would need a 30x30 space, and looking to make it a project for youth to engage in....size of pumpkins would be 700lbs to 1000lbs....
Karen Pavone April 4, 2013 at 02:05 pm
Wow that sounds like fun! I personally do not have a garden space big enough to accommodate pumpkinsRead More that size. I would suggest contacting Susan Miller, founder of the Marin Garden Challenge (susan@maringardenchallenge.org) or the folks behind the Novato Community Garden Project at www.novatolivewell.org. Both are great resources based in Novato that could get that project going! Good luck and keep me posted!
Novato Chess Club April 4, 2013 at 02:09 pm
thank you....a fun project, will follow with!
Karen Pavone March 25, 2013 at 07:18 pm
Thanks for reading and weighing in Tony. Many folks will continue to watch the outcome of thisRead More lawsuit with great interest, and for different reasons.
Amy Trainer March 25, 2013 at 09:31 pm
Ms. Pavone omits critically important facts in her article. On Feb. 7, 2012 the California CoastalRead More Commission unanimously issued a Cease and Desist Order against Drakes Bay Oyster Company for over 6 years of violations of the California Coastal Act, including operating its motorboats in harbor seal protection areas, polluting the Seashore beaches with thousands of pieces of its plastic debris, promoting the spread of highly invasive non-native species, and illegal development. The DBOC was fined over $61,000 for illegal practices in December 2009 but has not paid the fine to-date. I think most common-sense residents of Marin would consider basic legal compliance to be the foundation of "sustainable" and "environmentally friendly" operations, and this company is far from it. Regardless, this is a matter of law and policy, as Interior Secretary Salazar wrote in his Nov. 29th decision memo. The company knew the deal when they signed the agreement in late 2004, and now seeks private gain at the public's expense. Time to honor the deal, time for the company to move on as long planned for.
Kevin Moore March 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm
A deal is a deal, but there was the option to extend the contract. With out that option, there wasRead More no reason for Salazar to burn all of those fossil fuels to fly out here and look at the operation, then say, "Bye." I really dislike the "one size fits all" approach. Yosemite is so commercialized it is ridiculous. But its great for tourists to see the wonders and I am sure the money generated supports the rest of the park. If you want to see the wilderness get out of Yosemite Valley. 5 miles, you have lost 95% of the crowd. 15 miles from the valley and you're almost alone. I'm sure a few of those groups that oppose the Oyster company drove to Yosemite and stayed at the Awhanee to celebrate.
Karen Pavone February 5, 2013 at 03:05 am
Great reminder about eggs Maggie! I will have to investigate the sticker codes on produce. ThanksRead More for the link! Fascinating!
Karen Pavone February 5, 2013 at 03:21 am
I empathize with your position Craig, but it remains a fact that a lot of people eat meat. I hope toRead More educate those that do, so that they choose to support ranchers who consider quality of life for their animals equally as important as their profit line.
Craig Belfor February 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm
If you really want a subject you can sink your teeth into, check out meat glue. Much of the filetRead More mignon that you buy in restaurants is glued together scraps, sold at the higher price, and if not cooked properly, can make you sick. Google "meat glue", and see how we're being cheated when we buy filet mignon.
Gabriela Shea February 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm
Hey Karen, My kids get to choose what they want me to make for their birthday dinner. Guess what myRead More 14 year old daughter chose this week. Yup, brussel sprouts. Got to love her! When I make them, I first cook up a small container of diced pancetta. Then, I remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon and I saute the brussel sprouts, that have been cut in half, face down in the remaining oil. Once they are carmelized, I turn off the heat and I add toasted pine nuts and goat cheese. No need to add any salt or pepper. It's her absolute favorite side dish.
Karen Pavone February 3, 2013 at 01:39 am
Good for her Gabriela! And bravo to you for finding another delicious way to serve them. Tonight IRead More shaved a bunch with a mandoline, tossing with olive oil and garlic. They come out browned and crunchy--kind of like kale chips. My kids scarfed them down. I will have to try your recipe next :>)
Sylvia Barry February 3, 2013 at 02:18 am
I was shopping for vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner, this man was loading up Brussels Sprouts. HeRead More said there is just not enough of those for his family party. I asked him how to cook it and he pretty much said the same thing as your receipt above. I cooked that for the dinner and everybody loved it!
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