Archive for May 4th, 2010

ginger apple sauce recipe

Here’s the delicious apple sauce recipe I promised in my article on cooking classes.  This is a superb accompaniment to some pan-fried pork chops.  This sauce will make your mouth go crazy.

Paulette Bruce’s Ginger Applesauce

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5 Pippin or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
¼ cup sugar
juice and zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons sake
1 tablespoon peeled and grated ginger
pinch of cayenne


Place the apples, sugar, lemon juice, zest, and sake in a saucepan.  Heat it not quite to the boiling point.

Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the apples are tender, about 15 minutes.

Be careful not to scorch the apples.

Stir in the ginger and cayenne.

The American River Parkway

by Guphy Gustafson photos by Jesse Vasquez

No doubt y’all are just as sick of writers scoffing at the phrase “world class city” as you are of hearing it out of the mouths of our politicians. But I can’t let it go. Sorry readers, I just cannot let it go. Every person who has picked up a “women’s” magazine knows the importance of being attractive. They also may learn that the easiest way to do this is to play up your assets. So how can we apply this advice and turn Sacramento into a World Class Lady? Read more »

Honey Spot

By Sarah Singleton Photos by Scott Duncan

Jonathon Modrow and Kimio Bazett didn’t know what they were getting into back in 2003 when they decided to open up a neighborhood bar in Sacramento. They had taken over a nineteenth-century building that once housed local hotspots Drago’s, Café Montreal and Café Paris, amongst other incarnations. Little did they know that they had purchased The Money Pit. Read more »

The WPA Rock Garden

Story and photos by Michele Hébert

Cheerful Euphorbia, Heuchera, and Erysimum flowers wave in the spring breeze, while the blue-winged Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly mingles in the air with honey bees. Rare and exotic trees like the wispy Kashmir Cypress and cartoonish Bunya-bunya tree tower over native irises and feathery yarrow plants. The WPA Rock Garden in William Land Park, built in 1940 as part of the New Deal’s Work Projects Administration, has become a haven for local fauna, a destination for gardeners and photographers, and a refuge for Sacramentans young and old. Read more »

Editor’s Letter

I like letters.

Putting together each issue of Midtown is a little bit like building a bike while riding it at the same time: you just keep moving and figure you’re doing good if the wheels don’t fall off. Read more »