I'd only been to Guerneville, CA once long ago for the Reggae on the River festival. I'm not sure where my memory went, but Guerneville isn't what I remembered. It's a lovely town with a charming, old Main Street only a couple blocks long, but with a beach at the river just a couple blocks away.
I met up with my dear friend of 30 years Kalyanee Mam at Pocket Creek Farm, the home of the non-profit organization Pangea's Promise. Pocket Creek Farm is run by a lovely couple, Pam and Steve. We spent the day setting up the Pocket Creek Farmstand, thinning out the sage and thyme in the herb garden, then going to Kalyanee's "treehouse"—a cottage nestled high in the boughs of ancient redwoods—to cook a farm-to-table, vegetarian Chinese lunch. Afterwards, Kalyanee and I went downtown for some of the best ice cream I've ever had at Guerneville Bank Club and little stroll to the beach. Yes, there's a beach in Guerneville!
I love to cook easy, homestyle recipes for family and friends. In this blog, you'll find stories and recipes I've learned from families in China and other parts of the world.