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Written by Sarah Parks
We all love those kitchens on the HGTV network, with the old farm table, vintage wood signs, and beautiful hanging lights.
Well, with a Reno DIY franchise expanding into Sparks, you don’t have to watch in envy anymore. Now you can stylize your own kitchen and bar over a glass of wine with custom-made signs. From farmhouse classic to vintage and timeless pieces, cultivate your inner DIY skills at a hands-on wood sign workshop!
Dust Off Your DIY skills
Board & Brush is a custom wood sign workshop, helping creatives from all over Reno-Tahoe roll up their sleeves and put their imaginations to use. With a fully stocked bar serving beer, wine, or your favorite drink, Board & Brush allows guests to choose from many different sign designs for a variety of occasions and create them on the spot.
“There are more than 200 wood sign projects alone,” says Ashly Sloan-Brinkley, owner of Board & Brush in Northern Nevada. “We have porch welcome signs, baby signs, holiday and seasonal signs, USA-themed signs … And we release new designs every month, so there are always new things.”
If you’ve never held a hammer or power tool, Sloan-Brinkley says, you don’t need to worry. Each workshop teaches you the skills and techniques you need to build a beautifully made, custom piece.
“When you come into the studio, you get to choose your stain colors, paint colors, finishes … so the whole look is designed by you in the workshop,” Sloan-Brinkley says.
Board & Brush provides a variety of experiences, from private workshops to gatherings for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, corporate events, and birthday parties.
Following the Signs
What started out as a girls’ night out with wine and crafts in the company founder’s Wisconsin basement soon developed into a business idea where people could come together and make something beautiful, all while enjoying some drinks with friends.
With more than 250 locations across the U.S., Board & Brush’s newest studio is opening right here in Northern Nevada. When the South Reno location opened two years ago, Sloan-Brinkley had not anticipated the amazing response.
“We actually had a lot of people coming in saying they were traveling from Sparks, Fernley, Fallon, and Spanish Springs. So I figured if people were willing to travel that far to come to the Reno location, it would make sense to open one up farther north.”
The Sparks location opened June 23 with a grand opening celebration. Sloan-Brinkley encourages everyone to come on down to check out the new location and book an event.
“It’s a super fun night out with friends. It’s a very social activity, and you also get to do something that maybe you’ve never done before,” she says. “Then you get to go home with a piece of artwork that you’ll actually hang on your wall, put on your front porch, or give as a gift.”
Board & Brush Sparks
2868 Vista Blvd. #108, Sparks
775-432-9007 • Boardandbrush.com/sparks
Board & Brush Reno
775-384-2466 • Boardandbrush.com/reno
Snag a deal! Through the end of June, use coupon code BOGOSUMMER for a buy-one, get-one discount.
Sarah Parks has always loved crafting. From going to crafting shows with her mom as a kid, to DIY’ing most of her own wedding, you’ll be able to catch her making custom signs at Board & Brush.
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Reno-Tahoe’s dishing up limited spring crops (Hello, asparagus!).
Written by Claire McArthur
Late spring is marked by a number of things in the Reno-Tahoe region: idyllic warm days intermixed with surprise snow storms, new seasonal menus at your favorite haunts, and for those locavores following the grow cycle, the short-lived asparagus season.
As someone who finds ways to put five times the recommended amount of vegetables in every dish, it is no small thing for me to say that asparagus is my favorite veggie. I love it shaved, tossed in olive oil and placed atop a white pizza à la Smitten Kitchen. It’s the perfect potluck snack when wrapped in prosciutto and baked until crispy. And when blanched and puréed with butter, cream, chicken broth, and a dash of lemon into the classic French soup, crème d'asperges, it is nothing short of divine.
It’s an especially impressive vegetable when you consider that a crop will continue to produce yearly from its underground crown for upwards of 20 years.
Two years ago I attended a University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe course devoted to growing asparagus in the Sierra Nevada. I was lucky enough to receive a half dozen crowns that are known to do well in mountainous terrains. As directed by the gardening gurus, I’m allowing my crop to establish itself for a couple of years before taking a harvest. It is by no means a crop for those who crave instant gratification.
So while the asparagus stock is available, make sure to pick up a bunch, along with other limited but lovely in-season crops we have hitting stores and farm stands across the region.
NeuDay Farm in Winnemucca is just one of the many farms across the region producing beautiful radishes right now. Photo courtesy of NeuDay Farm
Lattin Farms (Fallon)
- Asparagus (limited)
- Green garlic
NeuDay Farm (Winnemucca)
- Lettuce greens
Rhubarb is a harbinger of spring for farmers and home gardeners alike. Photo courtesy of NeuDay Farm
Ready to use that fresh bunch of asparagus? Try this recipe.
Curried Cream of Asparagus Soup
(courtesy of Jane Cudahy; adapted from “Beyond Parsley” (1984) by the Kansas City Junior League. Serves 6 to 8)
2 pounds fresh asparagus, peeled and cut into pieces
3 cups chicken broth
2 shallots, finely chopped
¼ cup butter
5 tablespoons flour
3 cups half and half
1 teaspoon curry powder, or more to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons sherry or lemon juice (optional)
In large saucepan, cook asparagus pieces, broth, and shallots until tender. Put in food processor and blend until smooth (strain if necessary to achieve desired texture). In the same saucepan, melt butter and add flour, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. Next, add asparagus purée and half and half. Stir to combine. Add seasonings and optional sherry or lemon juice. Simmer 15 minutes. For garnish, make homemade croutons coated in butter and crisped up in the oven.
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Delicious event returns to the Nugget this Memorial Day weekend.
May 25-26, 2019
The second-annual NuggetCuisine, Corks & Crafts Festival will be the taste of the town this Memorial Day Weekend. The two-day event returns to the Nugget’s expansive Convention Center May 25-26 and promises to be packed with all things culinary.
Here’s what you’ll find…
CELEBRITY CHEF SHOWCASE
Chef, restauranteur, author, winemaker, and TV personality Fabio Viviani will headline the entertainment lineup with his Pasta Perfecto! Performance, including a post-show Q & A session, along with a book and bottle signing. A limited supply of Fabio Viviani Wines and his book, Fabio’s 30-minute Italian Cookbook, will be available for purchase during the event.
Best known as a fan favorite on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Viviani also is a pioneer in fast-casual Italian dining. His presentations are infused with warmth and humor. Check out a few Fabio's Kitchen episodes for a taste of what you might expect.
Lara Ritchie, esteemed local chef, owner, and culinary director of Reno’s Nothing To It! Culinary Center, will open the Chef Showcase with her Small Bites, Big Taste program. Chef Lara promises to show you that there is Nothing To It when it comes to creating great appetizers! Be sure to check out Lara’s Nothing to It! booth at the Vendor Expo for the latest in cooking gadgets.
BATTLE BORN BEST CHEF COMPETITION & BRUNCH
Local chefs participate in a fun-filled event hosted by master chef and culinary storyteller Clint Jolly. Come cheer on your favorite chef while you stroll past tasting booths and enjoy an exquisite Sunday brunch prepared by the Nugget culinary team. Last year’s champion, Darrin McKillip from US Foods, will lead this year’s panel of judges. The competitors will each receive custom handcrafted cutlery from the official Battle Born Best Chef Competition Sponsor, Town Cutler.
WINE & SPIRITS WALKS
Savor the flavor of an array of wine, spirits, craft beers, and foods while you explore themed tasting booths presented by Southern Wine and Spirits, Morrey Distributing, US Foods, and other local partners. You may even enjoy a sampling from Anthony’s Chophouse menu, an all-new steakhouse coming to the Nugget this summer.
FREE CULINARY & CRAFTS VENDOR EXPO
Visit a variety of vendor booths presenting an array of crafts and culinary products and engage in free stage demos with experts offering tips and how-to’s, 2 – 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday.
Enjoy the exotic sounds of Spanish guitarist and DJ Milton Merlos.
Saturday, May 25
- 2 - 9 p.m. FREE Culinary & Crafts Vendor Expo (Sierra Ballrooms)
- 4 - 9 p.m. Celebrity Chef Showcase(Grand Ballroom - Festival Pass required)
Pasta Perfecto! – Chef Fabio Viviani
Small Bites, Big Taste – Chef Lara Ritchie
Wine & Spirits Walk (themed tasting booths)
Live entertainment with Milton Merlos
Sunday, May 26
- 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Culinary & Crafts Vendor Expo (Sierra Ballrooms)
- 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.Battle Born Best Chefs Competition & Brunch (Grand Ballroom – Festival Pass required)
Culinary competition hosted by chef Clint Jolly
Sunday brunch buffet
Wine & Spirits Walk (themed tasting booths)
Live entertainment with flamenco guitarist Milton Merlos
TICKETS ON SALE NOW at NuggetCasinoResort.com.
1-Day Pass $45 (plus tax/fees) includes admission for all Saturday or Sunday events/tastings
2-Day Pass $80 (plus tax/fees) includes admission for both Saturday and Sunday events/tastings
* Vendor expo admission is FREE. Festival ticket required for these events.
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Truckee non-profit praises community support as they reach the historic milestones.
Written by Tamsin Edwards
Photos by Erskine Photography
The community of Truckee was graciously thanked by the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association (TDMA) this week, ahead of the association’s 50th-anniversary celebrations next month.
Since 1969, TDMA has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically with the local merchant community to support and sustain a vibrant and vital downtown for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. The longstanding non-profit has dedicated itself to understanding the evolving needs of the community, ensuring economic success of businesses, providing sustainable and necessary maintenance of the infrastructure of the area, and, most of all, preserving the historic beauty and cultural heart of this small mountain town. Its members are passionately driven to cultivate community and connection, and this is evident in the number of events they have established, supported, and helped coordinate over the years.
Truckee is a foodie’s haven. After a long day on the slopes in winter, or an afternoon spent lakeside in summer, historic Downtown Truckee provides a multitude of delicious options for the hungry visitor. Nestled among historic archways and saloons, and with the backdrop of a whistling train or live music, it offers everything from world-class culinary dishes to rustic and charming cafés, with many a hip brewery or old-fashioned milkshake thrown in for good measure.
Culture, art, and an extensive history permeate the relaxing streets in many different guises throughout the year, and TDMA has been at the forefront of establishing many of them. Events such as Festive Fridays, summer’s famous Truckee Thursdays, the Fourth of July parade, and the Trick or Treat on Downtown Streets and Halloween Parade but a few of the cultural highlights of downtown that draw crowds and much-needed business to the area.
Communication and collaboration with multiple Truckee-based supporting organizations — such as the Town of Truckee, Sierra Business Council, Truckee Arts Alliance, and the Truckee Chamber of Commerce — has been vital to the continued growth of TDMA and enabled it to provide a much-needed link for the merchants on the street and the decision-making boards, proving to be a winning formula over the many years that the TDMA has been in operation.
“By working together as one voice, we are more productive,” says Mike Preaseau, vice president, TDMA.
Cassie Hebel, TDMA’s executive director, echoes his sentiments on the importance of working as one for the benefit of all.
“TDMA is about community,” Hebel says. “We work to ensure economic vitality, historical preservation, and beautification of the heart and soul of Truckee for a viable, sustainable, and livable Truckee we call home!”
An evening of celebration will be held on May 16th at 6 p.m. at the Community Arts Center. For more details on TDMA, visit Historictruckee.com
Tamsin Edwards is a South Lake Tahoe resident who frequently escapes to Truckee for a dose of much-needed culture, history, and art. You’ll find her most weeks of the summer at any one of the drool-worthy food stands during Truckee Thursday celebrations.
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Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival Returns to Tahoe City
Stretch Your Mind Around These Types of Yoga
The ancient practice of yoga is thought to have started in the Indus Valley in India as early as 3000 BC. Yoga began as a practice to marry the soul, body, and heart to achieve divine enlightenment. Whether you believe in enlightenment or the spiritual aspirations of yoga or not, it is unarguably a wonderful way to unite the mind and body to build strength and awareness.
Today, there are many types of yoga, all offering holistic approaches to well-being. Here is just a handful of the many types of yoga that exist — including some unique modalities that you may not have practiced before.
You may be surprised to see massage on here, but don’t be fooled. Thai massage incorporates massage principles into an assisted yoga practice. This modality dates back 2,500 years and is said to be a method practiced by Buddha’s physician, Shivago Kormapaj. No oils or lotions are used. Instead, Thai massage uses acupressure and deep stretching to relax and reinvigorate muscles.
Mandalas on the Mat
Mandalas are geometric figures whose center represents the universe. All designs moving from that center represent the expansion of the universe. Like a color-therapy book, creating a mandala through yoga is relaxing and creative. Once the design has been laid, the flow of linking breath with movement will color the experience and leave practitioners feeling inspired, calm, and centered.
Kundalini yoga blends bhakti (devotional chanting), raja (meditation), and shakti (the practice of power and energy) yogas. These modalities combine to create a form of yoga that is empowering, invigorating, and builds strong bonds between the people who practice it. It is a highly expressive form of yoga, which embraces imagination and creative expression through mantras, breath, and dance. It would be difficult to attend a Kundalini class and not leave feeling buoyant and invigorated.
Yoga medicine is a practice of fluidity, connection, and inspiration. It creates a lifelong practice of incorporating postures, breath, and meditation. Movement therapy is an intuitive approach to each individual that invites practitioners to explore their mental and physical needs and to respond in kind. This practice encapsulates foundation and strength while allowing the body to move in its most inherent, rhythmic way. It is designed to slowly build upon basic foundations, achieving balance and awareness in the body and mind over time.
Hatha yoga is a form of yoga that we might consider “traditional” today. It focuses on asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) to engage the muscles and the mind through a flowing practice. Hatha translates from Sanskrit to “a union through discipline of force” and provides the means to build strength, promote relaxation, and to focus the mind.
Iyengar yoga focuses on precision. Postures are held for longer periods of time, and props are often used. This allows for practitioners of Iyengar to sink more deeply into poses and to perform adjustments that generate awareness of the practice on the body and mind. It was founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, a yogi who is largely credited with helping to popularize yoga in both the Western and Eastern hemispheres. Today, Iyengar is recognized as a deeply restorative practice, with a slower pace that allows for more dynamic movement and greater relaxation.
Do you want to grow your yoga practice, or learn a new modality? The third annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival in Tahoe City brings together Tahoe-based instructors and healers for three days of exploration, inspiration, and camaraderie. The yoga practices above will be featured, as well as nature hikes, meditation, and a wide range of other wellness modalities. All workshops and meals are included in the $299 weekend pass, and lodging is available on site for discounted rates. You can view the full schedule of events here.
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New event space, parties, product line, and menu at The Depot.
Written by Annie Flanzraich
Photos courtesy of The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery
Hold on to your hats (feathered or not). The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery in Reno is racing into its fifth year with singular parties, a new event space, and a way to bring the flavors of its kitchen, distillery, and brewery home.
Fête by fête
The Depot’s parties celebrating Derby Day, Oktoberfest, and New Year’s Eve always have been a bit extra — in the best of ways. Now that the Fourth Street restaurant, craft brewery, and distillery has a new 9,000-square-foot event space (more on that in a bit), expect those shindigs to be even more extra.
On May 4, The Depot will host the 5th Annual Derby in that new event space — also known as Rick House. Tickets to the event, which are $35 and must be purchased in advance (get them here), include unlimited mimosas, Ranch Hand American Ale, mint juleps, hot brown sandwiches, and more. Fellow Fourth Street neighbor Nevada Sunset Winery will offer a private tasting of some of its wines at the event, says Brandon Wright, The Depot’s co-founder, brewmaster, and distiller.
Attendees will be able to watch the “most exciting three minutes in sports,” as Wright calls it, thanks to 16-foot video projection on one of the interior walls. For the other four hours and 57 minutes of the event, participants can peruse wares from local vendors, such as the Biggest Little Fashion Truck. Derby wear is encouraged, so, sport that seersucker. In need of a hat? Wright suggests participating in a Derby Day hat making class The Nest will host on May 1 in preparation for the event.
“It’s a good day to get out, enjoy the weather, and watch the race, and it’s a great excuse to day drink,” Wright says, adding, “But please, drink responsibly.”
The Depot has other events on tap for the year, including a new block party called Art On 4th that will take place during Artown on July 18. Presented by the Brewery District, of which The Depot is a part, the event will include a walking tour, live art, beer, food, music, and more. The Depot will be serving ballpark fare before the Reno Aces play the El Paso Chihuahuas at nearby Greater Nevada Field that night.
“Come have a dog and eat a beer with us and check out our longstanding neighbors or one of our cool new friends on the block,” Wright says.
As we move into fall and winter, The Depot also has plans for an Oktoberfest event and, of course, its annual New Year’s Eve affair.
“We like to party,” Wright says. “That’s why we’re in this business. We enjoy throwing these big events, and they’re just as much fun for us as they are for everybody else.”
Space to socialize
The Depot’s new event space — located to the west of its flagship, historic, three-story brick building — opened in December. It houses slumbering, 23-gallon barrels of whiskey and can accommodate about 200 revelers, yogis, or corporate warriors.
“We had people inquire as we were giving tours of the facility if they could have their retirement party or gathering, business lunch, whatever it may be,” says Nick Strowmatt, executive chef and general manager. “And we made it happen.”
The space’s two separate areas allow for multiple configurations or event opportunities, including corporate events, private whiskey tastings, yoga classes, and wedding receptions.
“It allows us to be super flexible and really create a unique experience every time we do one of those banquets,” Strowmatt says. “We can really tailor it to what the guest wants, and I think that we’re able to do that in a way that nobody else does.”
Inside, the space’s unadorned walls, high rafters dotted with bistro lights, and muted color palette make it a space that’s easy to transform with decor.
“It’s kind of a blank slate,” Strowmatt says. “We can do whatever we want in there.”
Provisions for all
Also implemented, in part due to popular demand, is Depot Provisions, a product line that allows gourmands to bring the restaurant’s artisanal flavors to their own kitchens.
“Our mission from day one has been to try and make as many things as we can, both to control the quality and the process,” Wright says. “For example, we wanted a house bloody mary mix that would complement our spirits, particularly our vodka.”
Now, The Depot Craft Provisions’ Bold and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix is available on its own for $8 or paired with The Depot’s East Slope Vodka for $40. Find it at The Depot and other local retailers such as Raley’s.
Wright and Strowmatt also are collaborating with Hub Coffee Roasters to release barrel-aged beans.
“It’s kind of a perfect fit,” Wright says. “As our barrels run their course and reach the end of their lives for whiskey, we use them for aging coffee. Then, the Hub takes the beans and roasts them.”
Hub Coffee Roasters in Reno uses bourbon barrels from The Depot to age coffee beans before roasting them
The coffee beans are honey-processed and sourced from Colombia’s Finca Santa Elena. Then they’re left unroasted to age in barrels, which formerly housed The Depot’s award-winning Biggest Little Bourbon. Beans aged in The Depot’s Rye Whiskey barrels are coming this summer.
“We’re really looking forward to that,” Wright says. “We use chocolate malted rye in our whiskey, and it brings this awesome kind of bittersweet chocolate note into the spirit, and it should impart that in the coffee as well.”
The rye-rested coffee should be available at The Depot and Hub locations in the next six to eight weeks, he says.
The Depot’s popular Viking Blonde Barleywine is aged in Bourbon barrels
Canned, not bottled
Beginning this summer, The Depot will be offering canned versions of its beers for the first time, thanks to a new 35-foot-long canning system. The line outputs 65 cans per minute, which allows The Depot to can 900 gallons of beer in about six hours.
“We’ve been bottling some of our specialty ales and lagers since we opened, but because of the nature of the way we do it, and the scale at which we do it, it prohibits us from putting out some of our more seasonal beers,” Wright says. “We’re really looking forward to getting out into the market with new varieties and our IPA.”
The facility also will produce Battle Born Beer, Wright says. “We’ve been working with the owners in the Battle Born brand for about two years.”
Warmer weather also will bring new items to The Depot’s menu — but don’t worry, the shishito peppers, mac and cheese bites, and burgers aren’t going anywhere.
“We’re going to start a rotating special,” Strowmatt says. “We’ll have six entrées that’ll change week to week and allow the chefs to play and get some new and exciting flavors out there.”
The rotating items will be inspired by seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible, keeping the menu fresh.
“We’re going to take a little bit more license with our creativity and move in that direction,” Strowmatt says.
Annie Flanzraich is a freelance writer and editor whose birthday is July 18. So she knows where she’ll be celebrating.
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What’s in Season April 2019
Reno-Tahoe farmers prepare for spring planting.
Written by Claire McArthur
Photos by Charles Schembre, Desert Farming Initiative
It may be spring according to the calendar, but in the Reno-Tahoe region, it’s that time of year that I, with a tinge of irritation, refer to as “sprinter.” It only takes one look up at the snowy mountains to know what I’m talking about.
Some farmers are beginning to plant outside the hoop houses and tunnels, as the weather allows, but the produce is still aplenty from inside the protected grow houses.
It’s a tough balancing act for farmers each year to decide when to start planting and what to grow. The soil must be in the right temperature range and have the right moisture content. Cold, wet soil can invite rot or disease and is often more compact, which could impact the root growth. Overly drenched fields also have the potential for equipment to get stuck.
Though most of our regional farmers’ markets are still a couple of months off, that doesn’t mean you need to skip the local produce. Reno’s year-round market, Riverside Farmers’ Market, is held every Saturday through May from 9 a.m. to noon at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center (925 Riverside Drive) in Reno. In June, the market switches to Thursday evenings at the other side of the building.
Our beloved regional food hubs, Great Basin Community Food Co-op and Fallon Food Hub, also are great places to see what our farmers are growing this time of year.
And let’s not forget about the exciting opportunity to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with your local farmer.
Many farmers have green mixes available for purchase at this time of year
So whether your tastes lean toward the spring side of “sprinter” — colorful salads and bright veggie dishes — or still dwell in winter — hearty stews and roasts — make sure to incorporate as much local, seasonal produce into your meals as possible. It’s good for your body, it’s good for your farmer, and it’s good for our communities.
Here’s what’s currently in season in the Reno-Tahoe area:
Desert Farming Initiative (Reno):
Hoop houses and other indoor grows allow farmers to produce certain vegetables, like this butterhead lettuce, year round
- Kale (green curly and Tuscan/dino)
- Rainbow carrots
- Romaine and butterhead lettuce
- Spring green mix
- Spicy greens
- Plant starts (tomatoes, peppers, kale, lettuce, and basil)
Desert Farming Initiative has Siberian kale available to purchase right now
Just because we’re not at the peak of produce season doesn’t mean you can’t keep your meals colorful and local. Desert Farming Initiative is producing this gorgeous little gem lettuce right now
Dayton Valley Aquaponics (Dayton):
- Cherry tomatoes
- Slicer tomatoes
- Sweet baby bell peppers
- Hot chiles
- Persian cucumbers
- Mixed microgreens
- Sierra blue tilapia
Prema Farms (Reno):
Radishes are a great vegetable to add some crunch and spice to your salads, but they are also delicious sautéed in butter or roasted in the oven.
- Sugar snap peas
- Japanese hakurei turnips
- Winter baby arugula
- Mixed salad greens
- French breakfast radishes
- Bacchus radishes
- Bok choy
- Swiss chard
Looking for an idea for how to use ripe spring produce? Try this delicious side dish.
Spiced Roasted Rainbow Carrots
(courtesy of Claire McArthur, freelance writer and home cook. Serves 4)
Rainbow carrots are a beautiful vegetable to roast this spring (and chock full of nutrients, to boot)
1 pound rainbow carrots
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 fresh lemon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel carrots and remove tops (save to use later in a stock or to make this delicious carrot-top pesto recipe). Depending on the size of your carrots, you can leave them whole or cut into slender sticks. On a baking sheet, drizzle the carrots with olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with cumin, cinnamon, and a few healthy grinds of salt and pepper, then toss again. Roast carrots in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes until tender. Spritz with the fresh lemon and enjoy!
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Story and photos by Asa Gilmore
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have had pickled eggs, and those who have not.
Of those who have had pickled eggs, most have had them in a proper bar—at least that’s where I was introduced to them. The kind where the bartender knows your name. The kind where having an American lager and a pickled egg is a pretty normal occurrence.
But what most people don’t know is that pickled eggs are a gourmet dishes.
There are varying levels of pickled eggs. The ones you buy in the store ... well, they taste like vinegar. They are to pickled eggs what “yellow cheese” is to Gruyère—they have the basics, but they’re not exactly the same thing.
Pickled eggs have an incredible amount of variety. Onions, garlic, all kinds of peppers, beets, and even asparagus and cauliflower can be included. But at a basic level, truly excellent pickled eggs should have a good brine, a hint of spice, and enough beets to give them color and flavor. And that’s what we’re going to discuss today.
Step-by-step guide to making perfect pickled eggs:
The first step, of course, is making hardboiled eggs. This is actually a somewhat complex task, as anyone who has hard boiled 75-plus eggs at once (as I have) will tell you. There are several schools of thought on this. If you’d like to explore them all, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats provides a thorough manual on how to do this. However, in my own personal experience, this method from The Pioneer Woman blog has been most reliable.
Once you have the eggs peeled and ready, you can move on to the true artistry of the pickled egg. All of the following may be modified according to your own taste. As an example, I made the most amazing batch of scorpion pepper pickled quail eggs just recently. And it was based on this same brine and recipe.
First of all, the brine. In a ratio of 1:1:1, mix distilled water, sugar, and white vinegar (apple cider vinegar or balsamic can certainly be used, but I would recommend starting with the basics until you know what flavor you’re going for). Simmer it until the sugar has dissolved.
While that is happening, slice some fresh beets and layer them in the bottom of a sterilized mason jar. Season to taste. I suggest adding some whole peppercorns, red chili flakes, and long slices of white onions (onions absorb flavor, white onions especially). I also add yellow banana peppers and jalapeño, according to your taste. You can add other vegetables if you want—cauliflower also will absorb the beet juice, as will asparagus and others. The peppercorns and beets are the main flavor enhancers.
Once the bottom layer is in place, add some eggs and another layer of beets and spices. Repeat this process until the jar is full, pour in the brine, seal, and put it in the refrigerator.
Do not touch it for at least a week. Two weeks is better. In my opinion, they begin to peak about three to four weeks in.
When they’re done, the eggs will be both colorful and flavorful, soaked through to the yolk with the red from the beets. The longer you leave it in the brine, the more flavors it will absorb. If you like your eggs spicy, expect it to take longer.
Like I said, there are two kinds of people in the world. Pickled eggs are delicious.
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Get growing: Spring plant and seedling sales around Northern Nevada
Written by Sarah Parks
photos courtesy of Great Basin Community Food Co-op
Herbs, vegetables, flowers, tomatoes, and succulents — spice up your garden this summer with all of these and more at plant and seedling sales throughout the Reno-Tahoe region in April and May.
Buying local herbs, vegetables, and other seedlings and plants from local farmers provides the healthiest start for your home garden. By buying locally sourced food, you are able to vet your food choices and guarantee quality, answering questions such as:
- Where was the food grown?
- Where did the seed come from?
- Were the crops grown organically?
- Were any pesticides — organic or chemical — used to produce them?
“It’s important for a locally owned company to offer higher quality, affordable plants grown specifically for the high desert extremes, to help our customers improve our local environment, health, and property values,” says Scott Gescheider, CEO of Moana Nursery in Reno-Sparks.
When browsing the sales, be sure to keep an eye out for cool-season veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and kale, along with flowers and trees to liven up your yard and provide attractants for pollinators. Here are some of the sales going on in Northern Nevada.
Moana Nursery has been growing high desert trees, shrubs, and perennials for Northern Nevadans for the last 40 years. More than 500,000 trees grown on its farm have been planted throughout our region. Moana Nursery is offering 40 percent savings on all vegetables and herbs and 30 percent savings on all fruit trees for Moana Rewards Members.
When: Throughout the entire month of April
Where: Moana Lane Garden Center, 1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno
For details: Call 775-825-0600 or visit Moananursery.com.
photos courtesy of Great Basin Community Food Co-op
Loping Coyote Farms Annual Spring Plant Sale
Find potted plants and bare-root plants ready to go into the ground immediately. Pick out your favorite berries, rootstocks, herbs, flowers, and veggies from Loping Coyote Farms’ annual plant sale.
When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., April 27
Where: Too Soul Tea Company, 542½ Plumas St., Reno
The Greenhouse Project’s Early Spring Plant Sale
The Greenhouse Project plant sales feature a full selection of premium plants, flowers, and products for your spring and summer planting needs. The sale features cold-hardy varieties for an early vegetable garden as well as great flowers that will beautify your yard.
When: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat., April 13
*See May dates for this sale below.
Where: 1111 Saliman Road, Carson City
Plant diagnostician Wendy Hanson Mazet (left) and master gardener coordinator Leilani Konyshev prepare red raspberry plants for the berry plant sale. Photo by Tiffany Kozsan, UNCE
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners Berry Plant Sale
The UNCE’s master gardeners are selling berry plants that were started in the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station’s greenhouses. At least 1,500 plants will be available, including three strawberry varieties, two red raspberry varieties, two blackberry varieties, and one black raspberry variety. Proceeds from the sale help to update equipment used in species identification and community outreach.
*The Greenhouse Project’s Early Spring Plant Sale
Find premium plants, flowers, and products for your spring and summer planting needs.
When: 2:30 – 5 p.m. Fri., May 10 and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat., May 11
Where: 1111 Saliman Road, Carson City
Fallon Food Hub Seedling Sale
Find plant starts from Churchill County farmers, local produce, arts and crafts from local artisans, live music and more.
When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat., May 11
Where: Parking lot of Twisted Branch restaurant, 111 S. Taylor St., Fallon
City of Reno Plant Sale
Buy locally grown, pesticide-free plants, such as tomatoes, geraniums, peppers, lobelia, and assorted annual flowers and vegetables at the annual City of Reno plant sale.
When: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fri., May 10 and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat., May 11
Where: 190 Telegraph Road, Reno
May Arboretum Society Annual Spring Plant Sale
Boasting 20 percent more plants than last year, this annual sale features more than 4,000 plants, including perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables, drought/heat tolerant plants, grasses, and succulents. Also, enjoy presentations and demonstrations from horticulturalists and master gardeners! NOTE: May Arboretum Society members receive a 10 percent discount.
When: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat., May 11 and Sun., May 12
Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 1595 North Sierra St., Reno
Great Basin Community Food Co-op Annual Seedling Sale
Join the Great Basin Community Food Co-op at its 12th annual seedling sale featuring local farmers selling climate-adapted vegetable and fruit seedlings, to help you get prepared for your summer garden. You’ll also find a few non-seedling vendors selling arts, crafts, and homemade goods, or grab a snack at the Food Shed Café.
When: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sat., May 18
Where: 240 Court St., Reno
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Mayberry Park Prepares to Host First Truckee Meadows Earth Day Celebration
Written by Kyle Young
Images provided by Rebekah Stetson
Global Earth Day this year will occur on April 22. Residents of Reno, Sparks, and the surrounding areas may have heard that the 2019 Reno Earth Day celebration at Idlewild Park was cancelled. But locals needn’t lament! A different group of organizers has stepped up. The new organizers, unaffiliated with the Idlewild Park group, are hard at work planning an outstanding Truckee Meadows Earth Day celebration at Mayberry Park in west Reno to occur on Sunday, April 28.
Truckee Meadows Earth Day (TMED) at Washoe County’s Mayberry Park is free to the public and volunteer-run. Organizers of TMED rose to the challenge with less than 70 days to fund and coordinate this massive event.
The Food, Feels, and Fun Planned for TMED
Organizers chose a theme of Protect Our Pollinators for the event. Not sure what pollinators are or how they affect your life? Be sure to check out the Pollinator Planting and Education area as well as the Ecology Demonstration area at the event. TMED will host a variety of food trucks serving local, organic foods. Note that the event will be alcohol-free and dog-free. A myriad of opportunities will be available to learn about the good work our community is currently doing to conserve and protect our natural resources. Locals also will find a great many ways to learn how to take even better care of our planet. Rebekah Stetson, a collaborator with TMED, shares what she is looking forward to at the celebration.
“I am most excited about this being a multicultural celebration of the earth that helps to create community among ourselves and with nature,” Stetson says. “I am also really excited for the Pow Wow Club Dancers; live music; live screen printing by Laika Press, with our logo on second-hand items that participants bring; and coming together as a community to have fun and learn.” Other attractions scheduled for the event include farm tours, yoga by the river, fly-fishing demonstrations, the Ecstatic Dancing Sustainability Tour, the Kids’ Fun Zone, sound healing, upcycled art, cultural performances, arborist-led tree walks, bird walks, a drum circle, and much more. Raffle tickets will be given to those who arrive on bike and those who bring reusable water bottles, plates, bowls, and utensils. You read that right: Bringing your own containers and forks will not only reduce the waste at the event, but it also will grant you the opportunity to win an awesome prize! Event organizers are aiming to recycle and reuse 100 percent of the waste generated at the event. Reno Bike Project is leading a ride from Idlewild Park to Truckee Meadows Earth Day at Mayberry Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Stash your bike with the Rain Gardens Bike Valet. Whether you’re a well-seasoned econaut, someone looking to learn more about green practices, or just looking to enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family, we hope you’ll join edible Reno-Tahoe as we celebrate our beautiful home at Truckee Meadows Earth Day. Kyle Young is a freelance writer born and raised in Sparks. He writes articles about food, events, and the oddities native to Nevada. He is a proud econaut and fierce animal advocate.
For details, visit the website and social media platforms below.
Event: Truckee Meadows Earth Day
Location: Mayberry Park;
101 Woodland Ave,