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Zester Daily contributor Tina Caputo is a wine, food and lifestyle writer based in Northern California. Her stories have also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Review Online, VisitCalifornia.com and Sonoma magazine. 

Christopher Kimball. Credit: Courtesy of "America's Test Kitchen"

If the average food magazine were a castaway on the ’60s TV show "Gilligan's Island," it would be Ginger: glamorous, worldly and somewhat unattainable.

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Turkey Joints from Nora's Candy Shop in Rome, N.Y. Credit: Tina Caputo

When November rolls around and the scent of cinnamon is in the air, you may look forward to traditional holiday treats like pumpkin pie

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A selection of holiday wine. Credit: Tina Caputo

Several years ago, while visiting my family in Michigan for the Christmas holiday, my dad told me about a mysterious collection of wines stashed

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Mushroom-pancetta risotto. Credit: Tina Caputo

When I was young and broke, one of the first dishes I learned to cook was risotto. I'd just moved into my own studio

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Sebastopol’s Gravenstein apple is facing commercial extinction. Credit: Tina Caputo

There's just something about a crisp, juicy apple at peak season that takes me back in time. When I was a kid in Michigan,

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Ketchup flavors are no longer limited to plain tomato. Credit: Tina Caputo

If you open my refrigerator door right now, you'll see four different varieties of mustard: classic yellow, Dijon, whole grain and spicy tarragon flavor.

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California Chardonnays. Credit: Tina Caputo

When you think of California Chardonnay, what sort of wine comes to mind? Oaky? Buttery? Those descriptors certainly apply to many of the state's

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Elderflowers bloom in the French Alps for only four to six weeks each spring. Credit: Cooper Spirits International

I first tasted St-Germain in 2010, while attending a wine and spirits trade show in London. There, amid hundreds of booths offering samples of

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