Jerry James Stone

Car and technology writer for Discovery Channel and the producer and main recipe developer for TreeHugger's Green Wine Guide. I also contribute regularly to MAKE magazine. You can also find my work at The Atlantic, and Fodor's Travel Guides. I studied Computer Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During my time there I was a DJ at the campus radio station KCPR and I also wrote for the campus paper, Mustang Daily. I am currently launching a social media startup called Follow me on Twitter @jerryjamesstone and Facebook.
Fig popsicle

Fig, Vanilla and Sour Cream Popsicles

Popsicles are quite possibly my new favorite thing to make. I simply love how creative you can be with them. Seriously, there are no limits. I've used tea, cake, booze, you name it...and I have made a popsicle with it. I had planned for these figs be soaked in bourbon but they were so fresh and bursting with flavor, that it broke my heart just to freeze them. I didn't want anything else to alter their taste. So I refrained and I am glad I did. These pops are scrumptious!

The girl & the fig Closing Sister Restaurant ESTATE

The rustic Italian restaurant is located at 400 West Spain Street in Sonoma, just a short walk from the heart of Sonoma Square (and the girl and the fig). They are closing their doors because Darius Anderson, owner of Ramekins Culinary School and Event Center next door to ESTATE, purchased the building and will be taking over the property October 1st. There are no current plans to relocate the restaurant.

Braised Baby Artichokes

The girl & the fig’s Braised Baby Artichokes

If you enjoyed the Crispy Artichoke Chip recipe I posted earlier this week, then I am about to blow your mind. While that recipe can very well stand on its own, it was really meant as a garnish for this one. Seriously, this is the dish for the artichoke connoisseur. By braising the artichokes, Chef John Toulze really showcases the earthy and sweet flavors found in baby artichokes. And somewhat surprisingly, the artichoke chips are just as flavorful but also very light and airy.

The girl & the fig’s Crispy Artichoke Chips

I made this heavenly snack with Sondra Bernstein and her business partner Chef John Toulze when we hung out for the day back in May. I had been touring California, and both John and Sondra were generous enough to spend some time with me. Not only did I get to tour their biodynamic farm, but I also got to cook with John, partake in some of their signature cocktails like this Lavender Mojito all while charging my borrowed Chevy Volt!

Alexander Valley Bar Photo by Joe Fletcher

Medlock Ames: Century-Old Biker Bar Turns Eco-Friendly Tasting Room

In the heart of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, nestled between grapevines and the area's rolling foothills, is the modern yet rustic Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Alexander Valley Bar. The tasting room is the only place in town where you can enjoy all of the lovely wines made by Medlock Ames just up the road at their Bell Mountain ranch. And just as it's making its last call, the bar next door starts serving up fresh, garden-inspired cocktails using ingredients grown at that very location.

Chilled Asparagus Soup

Madrona Manor’s Organic Kitchen Garden

Tucked away along the hillside of Dry Creek Valley, in the sleepy little town of Healdsburg, is a century-old mansion called Madrona Manor. Built in 1881, this nationally-registered Victorian estate was once just a weekend getaway for a very well-to-do banker. Today, it's an inn with a one star Michelin-rated restaurant. The grounds at Madrona Manor--as one would expect--are immaculate. It is a mansion after all. Tulips, roses, annuals and perennials, leave the eight-acre estate billowing with floral delights. But my favorite part is the property's organic kitchen garden.

Lavender Mojito

The girl & the fig’s Lavender Mojito

A culinary staple of Sonoma County is Sondra Bernstein's the girl & the fig, which is why it was my pleasure to spend the day farming, cooking and eating with the self-proclaimed "fig girl" herself. This lovely and fresh Lavender Mojito is just one of the many cocktails we made using biodynamically farmed ingredients from their plot at Imagery Estate Winery, located in Glen Ellen.

Lavender Splash Cocktail

Lavender Splash Cocktail, Fresh from the Medlock Ames’ Garden

Located in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley is one of my favorite California wineries, Medlock Ames. They make some of the best wines you'll ever taste. But what makes them really special is their commitment to quality and sustainability which extends beyond the production of great wine. This Lavender Splash Cocktail is just one example of that commitment. It's made with lavender organically grown at the Medlock Ames Tasting Room.

Candied Grapefruit Peels

Candied Grapefruit Peels

I love fresh squeezed juice. It's one of Sunday's little pleasures. But every time I make it, I am a bit annoyed by all the left over peels. In fact, I feel this way anytime I eat or use citrus fruit in a recipe. And while I haven't gone full-on freegan (or even tried it), candying citrus peels seems like a reasonable compromise. Right?