Susie Iventosch

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 ...

Tasty Morsels: Pulled pork treat is worth the wait

I had such a fun morning on Monday. It started by taking all the holiday trash to the Meadow Vista Auburn Placer Disposal transfer station. It’s such a great feeling to clean out ...

Tasty Morsels: These green beans will have you toasting the roasting

You may think I have green beans on the mind lately, and it’s true — I do! One reason is because they are really pretty easy to prepare (you just need a willing pair of hands t ...

Tasty Morsels: Breakfast casserole is easy holiday fix

You know how you get those newsy letters from real estate agents and chambers of commerce? Well, I always like to give them the once-over, because often they have some nugget of in ...

Green bean dish is season’s greeting

This is a festive dish for the holidays and an easy way to get the veggies on the plate. The colors couldn’t be more perfect for Christmas dinner. The green beans look like holid ...

Sweet talking in the kitchen

Auburn’s Darlene Kotey is a candy maker from way back. For more than 50 years, she’s honed her toffee and peanut brittle skills and has always enjoyed giving candy to friends a ...