Susie Iventosch

Not so fast food for Auburn guitar guru

“American Pie,” ”Strawberry Fields Forever,” and maybe even “Peaches,” but no “Fast Food Song” for this rocker! Mark Miner maybe an electric guitarist, but he is de ...

Halibut’s savory goodness has health benefits, too

Halibut season just opened March 10, so you may be seeing fresh wild halibut in the markets soon. But, you will also notice a significantly higher price tag than last year’s harv ...

Rev up the menu with a tiramisu finale

Despite its growing popularity on dessert menus, tiramisu was never part of my dessert repertoire until one day I saw the most darling tiramisu ever, sitting in the case of a Raley ...

A day to celebrate traditions

Thanksgiving is a time for family — and extended family — to gather around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and an array of other holiday foods. Area resi ...

Pumpkins and pomegranates make this salad a tasty autumn classic

Pomegranates and pumpkins are coming in season, and this salad is a delicious and healthy way to take advantage of both the beautiful fall colors and flavors of these two crops! ...

A tale of two salads creates easy summer eating

Farmers’ markets are in full summer swing and these two salads are hearty enough to enjoy as a main course, but also chock-full of fresh seasonal fruits or veggies. The variety ...

New cookbook whisks together recipes and taxes

A local writer’s new cookbook is about more than creating delicious meals. It’s also food for thought. Columnist Susie Iventosch’s “Tax Bites & Tasty Morsels – Who’s B ...

Kitchen gadgeteering unearths fun finds

It is always great fun to peruse your favorite kitchen shops for the latest in cooking gadgets. There are so many wonderful new innovations for doing this and that in the kitchen. ...

Crab season flavors bisque classic

You may notice a sign indicating fresh crab as you pass by Ikeda’s in Auburn. That is because the Dungeness crab catch is off to a very good start this year — great news for cr ...

Food gurus dish on favorite kitchen ‘friends’

If you like to cook, chances are you have a favorite kitchen gadget or utensil. Often it is something that saves time or simplifies cleanup. Or it is something that evokes pleasant ...

Polenta dish is perfect showcase for porcini mushrooms

It’s porcini season and if you look really hard, you can find these tasty mushrooms — fresh — in local markets from now through the middle of July. While dried porcini are us ...

Tasty Morsels: Savory stew strikes warming chord through the rain

This recipe comes from one of my favorite business owners in the area, a man who learned the dry cleaning trade from his French grandmother. While living with her in his late teens ...

Tasty Morsels: Kiwi sparks ideas for marinade, salad dressing

About two weeks ago I was on a mission to find something fresh and perhaps a bit unusual for a sauce to go with steak. Not after anything in particular, I drove down to Newcastle P ...

Tasty Morsels: This cake is an oldie but a goodie

The advent of canned pineapple in the early 1900s paved the way for pineapple upside-down cake. But American settlers, and Europeans before that, made a similar kind of dessert, co ...

Tasty Morsels: Sandwich puts new light on eggs

I was in the Bay Area having an early dinner with a friend before my daughter’s show one evening in December and it was cold and blustery outside. To feel cozier, we sat near the ...