Monday, September 24, 2012

Guest post by the one and only...

This post is presented by Danielle 'always down' Cleland. 

When most people find out that I'm a full-time cook, their response is usually something along the lines of "Don't you get tired of cooking?". Short answer: No. Long Answer: No, because I love it. As in, I don't fully know how to explain why I love my job and why I don't tire of it. The best way I think I can describe my love for cooking is to tell you what I do when I get home from a fairly exhausting eight hour day of dicing onions, frying eggs, rolling out quiche crust, blending acai and carving turkey breasts. I cook. Usually for people I love.

One thing I love about cooking at home is that I have developed some sort of ritual, perhaps to the likeness of a batter stepping up to the plate (Go Giants).

Towel over shoulder (because this is what my momma taught me), put on Paul Simon pandora (because anywhere Paul, Stevie Nicks and Elton John can hang out together, I want to cook for them), sharpen knife (because doi), have friend open a bottle of wine (because this is what Pink meant by 'get the party started').

Today's menu: Homemade ricotta gnocchi with a brown butter, sage, fresh corn and shitake mushroom sauce. Gnocchi: Super easy pasta to make from scratch, looks fancy, incredibly fun to say.

I think most people would agree that the best part of this whole process would have to be the sitting down and sharing a meal with friends. I take after my mom in that when I first sit down at the table, I love to just sit and listen to the clanking of dishes, the omnomnoms, the 'pass the ___' etc. Some times at the cafe I like to just peak out the order window and watch people eating (creeeeeppppp). It's not just that I love people enjoying the food I make (although I'm quite sure there's some pride mixed in there), but I think it's that I really enjoy being part of a shared experience. Blah blah community, blah blah relationships, blah blah connecting. But really, that's what keeps me from getting burnt out on cooking. Et viola, I finally figured out how to answer that question!

Friday, September 14, 2012

If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you, son

I've got

99 Poblanos (but an egg ain't one)

Our latest special: Local fire roasted Poblano pepper stuffed with pepper jack cheese and scrambled pasture raised organic eggs and a side of local Heirloom tomato salad drizzled with cilantro infused olive oil.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Sea In Between

We're still beaming from the fun that was had on Friday at The Sea In Between documentary and concert with Josh Garrels and Mason Jar Music.  It turned out exactly as we pictured: dusty, comfy, perfect weather, hay bales, lovely people.  What an incredible honor to be in the presence of such great and graceful musicians. 

The day started with a picnic and potluck by the creek.  

Local musicians, Johnny and Arthur, from Yohanan Music played for us. So very good!

followed by a pie contest judged by the one and only Roxanne Rosensteel(our very own baker), Gabriel and Dana Miossi (owners of the ranch), Dan Knobler of Mason Jar Music, and Josh Garrels.  It was a tough call but the winner was Vanessa Pham with her coconut pie with fresh berries.
photo by danielle cleland

The Sexton Sisters serenaded us before we loaded into the barn sitting on hay bales to watch the film.  
photo by Kyle Ahlgren
photo by PLuM JAM photography
photo by Jaymie Shearer

The concert started right after and everyone sat on quilts and rocks to enjoy the music.  They encored with "I'll Fly Away" with all 400 people in the audience wiggling their butts and clapping along.  

We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to have Mason Jar Music and Josh play in slo. 
If you missed it, you can still buy the documentary.  Every frame is pure beauty.  
You can also help Josh build a recording studio so he can use and share his gifts even more.

"I'll Fly Away" Josh Garrels, Mason Jar Music, and our very own Phil Wahl on banjo

A huge thank you goes out to all our volunteers.  You make things happen so seamlessly.  We are ever grateful for your friendship.  To our friends who shuffled chairs, sound equipment, and crackerjacks.  Thank you. We couldn't do anything without your love.  To the pie bakers.  There wasn't a bad pie in the bunch! Thanks for sharing your talents!  To the Moores.  You introduced us to Gabriel and made this all possible.  We were waiting and losing hope that we were going to find the perfect venue.  You led us to the right place.  To Gabriel and Tom, holy cow!  You are so great to work with.  We are trying to make up reasons to get back out to your property.  To Phil, our hero of the day.  Chicken strips are hardly payment enough.  To the Mason Jar crew and Josh, thanks for trusting us and being down to play on a dusty ranch in the middle of nowhere.  We appreciate you so much.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sally's little brother

Hanker, Hankerton, Hankertot, Bo-Yeee, Baby Boy, Hank the Tank, Frat Boy

It's about time we shared with you the new member of the family.  His name is Hank.
We adopted him from Fresno Bully Rescue after seeing his picture and falling for his sweet brown eyes and Yoda ears.  He is 100% Love Pig.  He burps and farts a lot.  He loves Sally so so much.  And we are smitten!

If you are interested in adopting a bully breed I definitely recommend FBR.  They are an amazing group of people with a heart for these sweet pups that are so misunderstood and mistreated.  They are great at pairing you with the right dog for your family.  We could not be more impressed with how they handled every step.  Check them out and I dare you to not fall in love with at least one of those wet noses.

Sunday, September 9, 2012


photo by Seth Lowe //      

I love breakfast.  Actually, my love for breakfast and food eaten for breakfast was one of the original reasons we opened Sally Loo's.  We wanted a place to go eat yummy food that was made with good ingredients that we could trust.  And I must confess, when I am about to eat something that I'm excited about I shamelessly take a photo with my phone and share it with my instafriends. 
Gross? Trendy? Cliche? Don't give a rat's ass. 
So needless to say, when I stumbled upon Seth Lowe's photography website the other day, I drooled over his series of breakfasts. 
For you self proclaimed and even you in the closet food photo fans, enjoy.