Russian River Brewing Company

On our recent stumble through Sonoma Valley, we took a break from wine tasting and went to the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa.  The very blurry photo below shows the tasting sampler, which includes almost every beer on the menu. Russian River Brewing is home to Pliny the Elder, which is a highly […]

Sierra Nevada Brewery

We just returned from a great weekend at Lassen National Park.  On the way to the park, we stopped at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. Visiting breweries is an activity close to my heart.  I think my family toured every Budweiser brewery on the east cost when I was a child.  At least it […]

Global Grilling

We received this cookbook as a wedding gift.  I love the variety and quality of recipes. Global Grilling – Sizzling Recipes from Around the World Jay Solomon Global Grilling has been on my bookshelf for a long time.  This cookbook offers recipes for grilling all kinds of meat, fish and vegetables in a variety of […]

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

This cookbook gets a lot of use in my kitchen and it’s fun to read. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield with Nancy J. Stevens This is one of my favorite cookbooks.  It contains great recipes, a charming narrative and fun illustrations.  It’s true that I feel […]

Welcome to Farmer in the Vale!

Hi.  My name is Linda.  I live and work in Silicon Valley California. My “farm” is actually my suburban backyard.  My yard contains fruit trees and vegetable beds, but no animals (yet). In this blog I intend to share recipes, gardening tips, and cookbook reviews.  I also hope to share the occasional garden or kitchen […]