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The Mau family came to the United States from Taiwan and opened several
very successful Bay Area restaurants. Then they went one step further
and built an empire based on an Asian-inspired appetizer: the dumpling.
Fat Cat Scones
What do you get when you mix flour, sugar, butter,
and milk with fresh California fruits and nuts? The answer: a tasty treat
that's changing the way people feel about scones.
Californians are proud of their role as the "breadbasket
to the world", but one northern African country has the Golden State
beat when it comes to early innovations in agriculture. Baba Ghanoush Recipe.
We believe we've found the only working camel dairy in the United States.
It's in San Diego County, and the milk from this dromedary dairy isn't
for human consumption, but for human cleanliness.
The people at Today's Tamales say their mission is to combine the nutritional
wisdom of the ancient Aztecs with the demands of the modern world. We
paid a visit to their factory in Chico to see just what makes their tamales
One of our favorite locales is the city of San Luis Obispo. Pat McConahay
hit the road to that part of the Golden State recently to go hunting.
Her mission, as she chose to accept it, was to discover the world of the
Spice Hunter. Grilled Fish with Mango Salsa Recipe.
Next up, we stay in San Diego County for another crop that is as colorful
as the Polito Family's citrus. These gorgeous flowers grow in some unique
Native American Farming
Native American hunters and gatherers found an early home in California
and discovered the state's bountiful natural resources.
Pat McConahay discovers gold in the Sierra foothills. It's the town of
Columbia, dubbed the "Gem of the Southern Mines" more than a
hundred years ago. She shows us that the town and its major hotel haven't
lost their historic flavor.
What do you get when you mix flour, sugar, butter,
and milk with fresh California fruits and nuts? The answer: a tasty treat
that's changing the way people feel about scones.
We're coming to you from the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel
one of the finest inns on the central coast, where a luxurious
spa and working vineyard combine to create a delightful destination for
body and soul. In many ways Bernardus is a microcosm of the modern day
Monterrey Peninsula where agriculture and tourism thrive in splendid harmony.
As you know we often bring you unusual stories from our generous land,
and the often unusual, extraordinary people who put food on our table.
Our menu today, not surprisingly, has some unusual features. First, Pat
McConahay is off to a coastal retreat in Monteceito with a historic celebrity
Howard Creek Ranch in Mendocino County is a working farm that doubles
as a bed and breakfast. And Pat says it's the perfect place to get lost
on a romantic weekend.
Just outside Bakersfield you'll find it, a place called Arvin Federal
Government Camp. It's this camp that became known as "Weedpatch Camp"
in John Steinbeck's famous novel the The Grapes of Wrath. Join Tim Robinson
as he takes us to the camp to meet some of the survivors of one of the
hardest times in U.S. history.
Pat traveled to San Diego County to profile a winery that, along with
its award-winning vintages, is also winning over customers with its bread
and cheese. It's the fancy version of a full meal deal.
This week we're celebrating the holidays as we kick off our show at High
Hill Ranch in Apple Hill. With a cup of hot apple cider in hand, it's
the perfect place to take in the beauty of the fall season.
After you've picked out your tree, you may also want
to pick up some holly. Pat found it's a festive, colorful decoration that
gets you in the mood for Christmas.
An article in the Wall Street Journal describes these
turkeys as "Best overall. Best value." We'll take you behind
the scenes at Willie Bird Turkey in Sonoma County to meet the man behind
so many great Thanksgiving feasts.
This edible grass used to be a gourmet treat, but now wild rice can be
enjoyed by everyone. Nutty in flavor, and full of vitamins and minerals,
it makes a great Thanksgiving Day stuffing. Allison follows wild rice
from harvest to the dinner table. Fall River Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe.
Peppermint's botanical name is "mentha piperita" and it comes
with a long, impressive history. Used by Greek, Roman and Asian physicians
to sooth everything from the common cold to an upset stomach. Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies Recipe, Mint Flavored Ice Cream Recipe.
The people at California Emergency Foodlink have for years worked tirelessly
to feed California's hungry. But we found the people behind this organization
offer more than just food; they're giving some a new lease on life. We'll
take a look at Foodlink's extraordinary job training program that's getting
full-time work to those in need.
During the holiday season families all over California celebrate and
give thanks, but another great tradition is collectively coming together
to help those who are less fortunate. We pay a new visit to the people
at Foodlink and learn some simple ways you can make a difference this
Mother Lode Orchard
Pay a visit to Mother Lode Orchards, one of Apple Hill's lesser-known
gems, a place where visitors can pick up everything from apples to pumpkins
and Christmas trees. On our trip we learned how to make a delicious butternut
squash and roasted garlic bisque. Butternut Squash & Roasted Garlic Bisque Recipe.
Did you know you could cruise the wine country? Join Pat McConahay aboard a
small ship that takes passengers to some of the finest wineries the Napa and Sonoma
regions have to offer. It's a four-day excursion offering fabulous food, amazing
scenery and of course excellent wine tasting!
Cool days and chilly nights
are what they say makes the grapes grow so well in the Carneros region. It produces
sparkling wine that is great for the holiday season.
George visits the San Antonio Winery, the last fully operational
winery in the city of Los Angeles.
You've heard of turning water
Pat McConahay shows us how something else is creating hearty grapes
that are making some of the best wines around.
Port Wine Cake
From the Central Valley to the
we explore the secrets of port wine. And we have a delicious
recipe for a port wine cake. Chocolate Port
Cake with chocolate Sauce Recipe.
For many Californians, alcoholic
beverages are off limits - maybe because of a lifestyle choice or due to pregnancy
or for religious reasons. But whatever the reason, one California winery is offering
an alternative. The answer is non-alcoholic wine and Pat tastes the fruits of
of the Land
Pat McConahay profiles a group of Southeast Asian farmers who are out to battle
An Innovative Approach
the environment means not only preserving air, water, and soil on farms and ranches,
but safeguarding forests as well. And one of the best examples of how that's done
can be found high in the mountains of Plumas County.
A Refuge for Wildlife
We'll take you to a wetlands wildlife oasis near the town
of Corning. It's a project that's restoring habitat, luring wildlife and helping
a band of Native Americas find new ways to sustain their tribe.
No matter where you are in
the world, if you're an almond-lover, chances are your almonds came from California's
Central Valley. For one valley almond farmer, living the American Dream means
growing almonds the organic way.
Pride of Ownership
We visit the Agriculture &
Land Based Training Association (ALBA) in Salinas; an organization helping mostly
immigrant farm workers realize their dreams of farm ownership. But this organization
is fighting for more than just their farmers. We'll show you how they're leading
an effort to save agriculture in the Salinas Valley.
Growing Future Farmer
African American farmers in
Fresno are planting the seeds to grow their numbers, as well as finding new ways
to sustain the land they love.
We're taking a
focused look at what we eat and the role nutrition plays in our lives.
Since most of our nutrition decisions begin at the grocery store, we'll
be kicking off our show with stop at the brand new Nugget Market in West
Childhood obesity is on the rise, leading to a number
of medical problems. Pat McConahay takes a look at this growing phenomenon,
as a well as a unique school lunch program designed to encourage healthy,
For years we've known nuts are full of healthy protein,
but walnuts offer something more. We'll show you why walnuts are being
touted as way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Allison Lund has come across one of the best salmon recipes we've tasted
yet and on top of being delicious we'll discuss its proven health
Pepper Crusted Salmon with Summer Fruit Salsa Recipe, Pacific Ocean Salmon with Fresh Vegetables Recipe.
If you keep current with news reports you've probably discovered some
mixed messages. It often seems like what's good for you this week was
bad for you last. The Heartland staff attempts to clear up part
of the controversy over what's healthy to eat.
Pork is not only versatile, but it also is becoming leaner and therefore
a healthier meat alternative. Heartland visits with a Sacramento County
pig farmer and a nutritionist to find out why eating pork no longer makes
you a "porker." Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe.
Pat spent the day at Earthbound Farm and discovered why it's the largest
organic produce farming operation in all of North America.
They may be small in size, but they're big in flavor. What are they?
Blueberries! And Allison found a farm where they've been growing these
sweet treats for over fifty years. Now that we know where to find the blueberries, why not whip up a delicious
blueberry pie? We have a recipe that's guaranteed to delight. Blueberry Pie Recipe.
Nearly five years ago California Heartland traveled
to Japan to ask, "What does the future hold for California products
in the Japanese marketplace?" Now we revisit this question to see
what has changed...and some of the newest trends may surprise you.
We'll discover what the Japanese want from California
and how those products get there. But Pat wanted to find out more about
one little, red, ripe juicy item on sale at a Tokyo supermarket.
The pace of life for people in Japan is increasing
so rapidly that there is a new demand for a style of fast food that relies
heavily on the Golden State. Pat keeps pace with this fast-moving trend.
California's climate is just right for making sake because of cool, wet
winters and warm, dry summers. Pat tours the Gekkeikan state-of-the-art
facility in Folsom to see how the sake brewing process has changed since
it was invented more than 360 years ago in Fushimi, Japan.
Pat traveled to Los Angeles to try her hand at becoming a sushi chef.
Did you know there's a school for that? There is and California Heartland
takes you there.
In the town of Marysville, one Japanese firm, Shoei Foods, is not only
feeding the body, but through its cross-cultural outreach, it's also feeding
Toscano & Bella Piazza
This week we're coming to you from a couple of Amador
County's best wineries. Pat will give you an up close look at how Villa
Toscano & Bella Piazza bring a taste of Tuscany to the Heartland.
It features 4-star food for regular folks, spectacular
California landscapes and it's all aboard a locomotive steeped in
Heartland history. We'll take you to the historic town of McCloud for
a ride on the Sunset Dinner Train.
Allison visits what's quickly becoming a favorite
ag pastime: winding your way through mazes cut out of California cornfields.
It's harder than it looks, and can even be a bit scary.
& Winter Festivals
The fall and winter months are a great time to catch some fantastic festivals
in California's Heartland. We'll show you where and when you can find
some of the state's best.
Cruz Farm Trails
George hits the road again to take us to Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
on a favorite California farm tour.
We found a couple that turned an eyesore of an old farmhouse into an
eye-opener. The transformation is so spectacular they've opened their
doors to visitors for overnight stays and hearty breakfasts.
Ikeda's is a Heartland favorite and a great place to bring your family.
San Luis Rey
Our show begins with a delightful story in San Diego County, at a California
mission that you may not know about, but you'll definitely want to visit.
Our tour guide at Mission San Luis Rey: one of the heartland's funniest
friars, unforgettable Brother Mo.
Sounds - Ivan Najera
It's our own brand of music video featuring local artists and panoramas.
This week we're pleased to present the music of Ivan Najera.
This week we're paying another visit to one of California's
greatest treasures: Catalina Island. We'll take a look at the island's
rich history and we'll check in on some of the quirky characters we've
visited in years past.
Since 1935 the Catalina Botanical Garden has been a
protected oasis for a variety of plant species including many endangered
varieties, found naturally only on Catalina Island. We'll bring you along
for a fascinating look at this incredible garden.
We've covered a number of unusual crops - banana
plantations in the southern part of the state and farmers who grow macadamia
nuts and mangoes. But at California Tropics we stumbled upon a crop that's
so new to us; we just had to put it on the show! Southwest
Cherimoya-Chicken Salad Recipe. Tropical Cherimoya Fruit Compote Recipe.
The island of Catalina is known for being quaint and just a little bit
and that just about sums up Rosie Cadman.
Allison Thompson went to sea to visit the Channel Islands off the California
Coast. We'll show you what she found there and what the Heartland has
to offer just twenty miles off the mainland.
El Rancho Escondido
One of the hidden jewels on Catalina Island is El Rancho Escondido, which
means, "lost ranch." So how did Arabian horses and North American
buffalo make their way to an island 22 miles off the California coast?
Pat McConahay will take you behind the scenes of this historic ranch.
We're coming to you from the PAWS ranch in the town
of Galt near Sacramento. "PAWS" stands for "Performing
Animal Welfare Society" and we'll take you inside their new facility
located in the Sierra Foothills.
They're cute, cuddly and utterly irresistible. More
and more people are discovering the magic of miniature donkeys. Pat McConahay
introduces you to a woman who says her herd of tiny equines has changed
With more than four thousand "kids" under
her care Terri Oyarzun might be one of the busiest moms around. We'll
show you how her business of using goats to clear overgrown brush has
truly become a family affair.
Sheep Dog School
It's a ranch that's slightly different than what you might imagine, you
might even say its gone to the dogs. "Drummond Ranch" is a mecca
for dog owners who want to unlock their pet's inner herder, and as it
happens "herding" is the country's fastest growing dog sport.
Perhaps you've seen that bumper sticker, the one that says, "My
Border Collie Is Smarter Than Your Honor Student"? As we'll show
you, the statement might not be that far from the truth.
They're probably the cutest animals you'll ever see: short and sweet
miniature horses. Find out where they come from, how they got to be so
small, and where you can see them up close.
This week we profiled animal lover, Lynne Tingle. Lynne used to spend
her days advising customers about interior design at the trendy Berkeley
store, The Gardener. But after ten years in the retail business Lynne
decided animals were her true passion and in 1994 left city life and established
the Milo Foundation, a no-kill animal sanctuary, in rural Mendocino County.
Two of America's favorite hobbies are combined into
one for double the pleasure. Pat McConahay takes you inside the small
world of model trains and their miniature landscapes.
Hans Wilgenburg grows 70-thousand boxes of cucumbers
a year, but these aren't your average field cucumbers. We'll show you
how some unique growing techniques are helping Hans craft the perfect
Quite a few years back, a businessman by the name
of Hal Simpson decided to retire from the nursery business. So what did
he do? He opened up another nursery. But as Dave found out, this wasn't
going to be any ordinary nursery, because old man Simpson knew how to
Pat McConahay introduces you to a man who traded government for the garden.
Larry Meeks creates works of art to adorn your yard.
Over the years California Heartland has visited some of the state's greatest
gardens, Filoli Gardens, the garden of the La Playa Hotel and the gardens
of Hearst Castle just to name a few. And on some of our gardening adventures,
there's a character we keep running into. Maybe you've seen him in your
home garden as well.
Junior Senior Gleaners
Zachary Marks and brothers Kyle and Dainen McDaniel are not your typical
teens. We'll show you how they started a gleaning operation that is harvesting
a lot of good will in the foothills.
Downtown Farmers Market at Cesar Chavez Park
To kickoff California Heartland's 8th season, we're
coming to you from the heart of Downtown Sacramento. Every Wednesday,
tucked in between the Sacramento's tallest buildings, you'll find one
of the best farmer's markets around.
During the eight years that California Heartland has
been on the air, we've met some extraordinary people. One of our favorites
is a Trappist monk and walnut farmer. His "joie de vivre" —
joy of living — is so infectious we thought we'd pay him another visit.
Pat McConahay brings us the story of a one-of-kind
woman who's done it all. Now she tries farming after a life in the fast
lane. And once again, what she touches turns to gold.
For 80 years there has been one main ingredient
and a single dominant
theme in Chester Aaron's life
garlic. On this edition of California
Heartland we'll take you to Occidental in Sonoma County where Chester
Aaron grows nearly a hundred different varieties of garlic. But even more
amazing than the sheer volume are the incredible life experiences he shares,
and garlic has been a part of them all.
Update: Garlic &
We first visited Chester Aaron in the fall of 2003
so what's new
with specialty garlic? Has it become more popular? Is it easier to find?
We'll answer these questions and introduce you to a Lodi farmer who has
seen his business changed forever by specialty garlic. And, he'll show
you garlic recipe that's almost too good to be true. Recipe: The Garlic & Potato Farmer's Lunch
Coopers Nut House
A Fallbrook man is capable of teaching a college course called "Macadamia
101." Tom Cooper not only sells macadamia nuts, but the entire trees
and the equipment needed to harvest them.
of the San Joaquin
There is a refrain that goes, "say it with music."
The Sons of the San Joaquin are telling the story of the heartland in their
music, carrying the message around the world. We had the pleasure of meeting
"the Sons" as they toured the Carmel Valley.