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Q&A with Vegan Chef Tal Ronnen

Vegan Crab Cakes

Chef Tal’s crabless cakes


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PlumpJack Cafe teams up with Wanderlust Festival and one 
of the most celebrated vegan 
chefs Tal Ronnen for the first ever “Vegan Farm To Table Dinner” presented by Gardein. Join us on the patio Thursday July 17th at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn. Diners will experience a delectable four-course vegan dinner featuring plant-based proteins and locally sourced organic fruits and vegetables. The menu will also include a delectable assortment of artisanal nut milk-based cheeses from Kite Hill. Tal is a partner in the company, whose cheese was the first non-dairy cheese sold in Whole Foods’ esteemed cheese department, as opposed to the processed cheese or vegan cheese section, where all non-dairy cheese had lived prior to Kite Hill’s arrival. Pretty impressive! We caught up with Tal for a quick Q&A before he graces the PlumpJack patio next week. Hey, we’re not Ellen, but we are so excited to host such a renowned culinary figure and learn more about being vegan. Bon appétit!
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What’s your go-to vegan comfort food/dish?
Peanut butter and jelly.
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What are some of your pantry staples?

  • nutritional yeast flakes are great for texture and have a rich, nutty flavor. They’re good on anything from pasta to popcorn.
  • black garlic is available everywhere now and it has a great soft, sweet taste. I toss it with broccoli or make a vinaigrette with it.
  • white balsamic vinegar is light and makes nice light vinaigrettes.

What kind of advice do you have for someone who is thinking about transitioning to a vegan diet?
Take it slow – start with a day or two a week and progress from there. Check out ethnic restaurants that inherently have vegan cuisine like Indian, Thai, Chinese, or convert your favorite recipes using non-animal alternatives.
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What are your favorite seasonal ingredients?
Summer: stonefruitcranberry beans
Fall: applesbeetsartichokes
Winter: root vegetables
Spring: english peasfava beans
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Was there a defining moment when you decided to become a chef? Were you always a vegan chef?
Yes – when I crossed over to becoming a vegetarian, I was frustrated by being served the side dishes as main plates at restaurants I used to go to.
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What’s your favorite vegan-friendly travel destination?
San Francisco has a lot of wonderful restaurants. Even the non-vegan restaurants have great vegan food.
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How did you get involved with Wanderlust? Tell us about the vegan dinner you’re presenting on July 17th with PlumpJack Café?
My good friend Yves, the founder of Gardein, asked me to be a part of it.
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What do you love most about living in Los Angeles?
Sunny weather! I love waking up to sunshine.
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Tal Ronnen CookbookIncluded in Thursday’s dinner ticket price are two glasses of wine and a complimentary copy of Chef Tal’s award-winning cookbook The Conscious Cook. Busting notorious vegan myths including “You won’t get enough protein” and “It’s boring to eat vegan,” this cookbook encourages all to sample a taste of healthy, ethical, environmentally-friendly eating, without pushing an agenda. “It’s easy to be convincing when the food is delicious,” Chef Tal states, backed by his success at opening minds and menus to vegan options. “It doesn’t feel like a sacrifice—it feels like a step up.”  

Sara's Top Five Fashion for Spring

When choosing my picks, I have to think about the mountain climate of Lake Tahoe. One minute it’s sunny and beautiful and the next minute it can turn on you and bring cool

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temps and afternoon thunder. That’s why my picks are are versatile and suitable for all-weather.

  1. Reina Bootie from Frye (retail 288.00) – These boots are so easy to slip on with a great pair of skinny jeans, but also look great with a long and short skirt or dress. They are casual, but very stylish. Reina Bootie (2)
  2. Justin Sunglasses from Ray Ban (retail 115.00) – These are always in my purse as my go-to pair of shades. They are comfortable and very cool – they definitely add a bit of edge to your style.RAy Ban Justin 115 (2)
  3. Long Sleeve Raw Big Back Slant Tee from Wilt (retail $138) – A cool basic black tee that is lightweight and comfortable. Looks great with everything.
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  4. Henley Maxi from Tart (retail $200.00) – If there ever was a summer dress to add to your wardrobe, this is it. The jersey is so soft, it’s like wearing a stylish nightgown on the town. Tart_Maxi
  5. Mid-rise skinny jean in graphite from JBrand (retail $231.00) – This jean’s contoured fit is great for a night out with a pair of heels or stylish booties. I love the graphite color, too – a nice addition to my collection of “blue” jeans.

All of these styles and more are available at our boutique, PlumpJackSport at the edge of the Village at Squaw Valley, right across the street from PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Come by and ask for me and I can show you my favorites and help you find your favorites! Find your style and get out and play!

Sara DeDeo is the Director of Retail Operations for the PlumpJack Group and is in charge of both PlumpJackSport boutiques in Squaw Valley and Napa Valley. She is a Truckee local and is frequently seen on the mountain with her adorable twins.

Vegetarian Corn Pudding from Chef Wyatt

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This dish is a standout at any holiday table and also happens to be a great vegetarian option. The recipe is derived from Betty Dufresne, PlumpJack Cafe’s Chef Wyatt’s mother. Chef Wyatt looks forward to this dish every year and when he’s not back east enjoying his mother’s, he makes it himself for family and friends for the holidays. Let us know what you think!

Equipment:
Mixing bowl & two casserole dishes

Ingredients
2 eggs
3 Tbs. flour
½ cup cream (you can substitute milk)
1 cup milk
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. white pepper
1 Tbs. sugar
1½ cups fresh-scraped corn or 8oz frozen corn
1 cup

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sharp cheddar cheese, grated
¼ cup finely chopped green chilies

Step One:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step Two:
Beat the eggs and flour together to make a smooth paste, then beat in the cream, milk, salt,
pepper and sugar. Add

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the corn, cheese and chopped chilies and stir the mixture together
thoroughly.

Step Three:
Pour the mixture into a buttered medium sized casserole, and place the casserole
in a pan or larger casserole which is about ½ full of water.

Step Four:
Bake the pudding for 50 to 55 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees.

Notes:
It should be slightly puffed and golden on top. Serve hot. Add your favorite hot sauce for an added kick.

Recipe by Chef Wyatt Dufresne of PlumpJack Cafe, located at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. The recipe is derived from Wyatt’s mother, Betty Dufresne.

Conversations with Hilary: Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley

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With winter quickly approaching and ski season on the horizon, I thought it would be relevant to feature my favorite hometown Olympic Gold medalist and friend, Jonny Moseley. His home mountain, Squaw, is also my home mountain, although I don’t usually “see” him “on” the mountain. If you stay and

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play at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn this winter, chances are you may run into Jonny as he is Squaw Valley’s Chief Mountain Host.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Choosing the right partner. My wife, Malia, and I work together and not only is she a great mother but we share the same goals and keep each other on track.

If you could be anything other than what you currently are, what would it be?
An inventor/engineer

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Make the coffee

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Pick-up baseball with the neighborhood kids

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
Spending time on the mountain
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What were you passionate about when you were a kid?
As a

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kid I was passionate about competing/winning and fixing/building things.

What are you passionate about now?
The same things I was passionate about as a kid.

What’s your favorite season? Why?
You would think winter, but I love spring skiing.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
o Sunscreen
o Fishing rod
o Satellite phone so I could call for rescue

Do you have any regrets?
Regret is my worst vice. I’m trying to quit.

Define Freedom.
Being out of cell range

What are your personal core values?
honesty, respect, compassion

10 Steps to Marshmallow Recipe Perfection

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PlumpJack Marshmallows (as seen in the famous S’mores Dessert)
Yield: One sheet pan

30_PlumpJacks_Food_gp_gk__MG_1733Fear not, marshmallows are easier than you think, with a little practice they can even be fun to make. With that being said, keep your fear at arms length, roll up your sleeves, and turn up the music, it’s time to make homemade marshmallows!

Equipment:
Standing mixer with the whisk attachment.(if you don’t have a standing mixer, use a handheld mixer)
Two sauce pans
Metal mixing bowls
Candy thermometer
Cookie sheet
Rubber spatula or off set spatula
Parchment paper

Ingredients:
2 ¼ cups granulated sugar
2 Tbs corn syrup
½ cup egg whites
3 Tbs. gelatin powder (1 oz)
½ cup water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. Kosher salt
2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted, for coating the finished marshmallows.

Step One:
Have a greased cookie sheet ready to go in advance.

Step Two:
Bring two sauce pans, half full of water (for double boilers) to a simmer. Choose metal mixing bowls that will not sit completely inside the sauce pans for use as double boilers.

Step Three:
Combine the Egg whites, sugar and glucose* in a metal mixing bowl with a whisk and place over one of the sauce pans with simmering water. Stir the sugar/egg white mixture occasionally with a whisk to keep the egg whites from cooking on the edges of the bowl.

Step Four:
Pour the ½ cup of water into the second mixing bowl and whisk the water while pouring the powdered gelatin into the water. Bloom the gelatin by letting it soak into the water for a few minutes.

Step Five:
After the gelatin has soaked up the water, (you’ll know it when you see it, it will become one solid mass), melt the gelatin over the second double boiler. Ok beware, the smell of melting gelatin is barnyard, hay and all, so don’t freak out you’re still on target. Set the now melted gelatin aside in a warm spot in the kitchen so it doesn’t set up again.

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stop mixing the cooled “marshmallows to be” it really sets up fast, so move quickly and pour

Step Eight:
Pour the cooled marshmallow mixture into the sprayed sheet pan and spread evenly with a rubber spatula, it will fight you and slide and maybe even squirm, you’ll get it, just don’t give up.

Step Nine:
Take out a sheet of parchment and spray it with pan spray, place it on top of your marshmallows and press it flat with your hands, rolling pin, or whatever works for you and set it aside for at least an hour to set up.

Step Ten:
Dust your cutting board with the sifted powdered sugar and take your marshmallows out of the pan and, liberally, use the powdered sugar to coat all the sticky marshmallow surfaces. Cut them up into your favorite shapes and toss into a bowl of more powdered sugar and enjoy!

Notes:
Well wrapped marshmallows keep for several weeks.

Recipe by Pastry Chef Jon Howard of PlumpJack Cafe, located at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. The recipe is derived from their famous Chocolate Mousse S’more’s dish, served on the dessert menu in the Dining Room and Bar.

 

Fall in Tahoe: The Locals’ Secret Season

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We love Tahoe all year round, that’s why we live and work here, but take it from the locals, the best time to experience Tahoe is NOT during its peak season. Tahoe summers are great, but here are several reasons why fall in Tahoe is better:

  1. Lodging Sunday thru Thursday brings better deals and less crowded hotels, in addition to traveling during off-peak months, like September and October. Enjoy PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Fall Savings Package with up to 25% off your stay.
  2. The average temperature in September is mid to high 70s and October is high 60s. This makes for perfect weather to bike, hike, and any other form of physical activity. That’s why IRONMAN is having their event in Tahoe during the September 21st weekend (see below for details).
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  3. The spectacle of the changing seasons with a combination of aspens and cottonwoods transitioning to bright yellow and oranges create a magnificent display of autumn color starting in late September.
  4. Some of the greatest events take place in Tahoe, especially right in Squaw Valley. Check out the calendar of events below of some of our favorites. Check availability at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for reservations.

September
Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings (Friday, September 5th)
A night of epic monstrous chicken wing proportions. PlumpJack Cafe represents this year with some delish wings and a fun band. Bands and restaurants will square off against each other in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences.  Wing vs. Wing, Band vs. Band, it is a night you will not want to miss in The Village at Squaw Valley.

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival (September 5th – 7th)
Three full days of culinary bliss, featuring cooking demonstrations, competitions, tastings, and more. PlumpJack Chef Wyatt Dufresne is competing in the Blazing Pans event and participating in the Grand Tasting.

Tahoe Fat Tire Festival (Saturday & Sunday, September 13th – 15th)
The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival features five different races, a mountain bike stage race, an amazing movie, live music from JellyBread and beer from New Belgium Brewery.

IRONMAN – (Sunday, September 21st)
Lake Tahoe will be one of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit. The IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and 26.2 mile marathon run.
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Oktoberfest – (Sunday, September 27th)
One of Squaw Valley’s most celebrated events where visitors enjoy traditional Bavarian music, folk dancers, beer garten, brats & kraut and games. It’s fun times, set in a most memorable ski town.

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November

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn Pre-Season Closure (November 4th – December 5th)
The hotel and restaurant will close to prepare for winter. Our online presence at plumpjacksquawvalleyinn.com is open for business. Book your hotel room reservations and restaurant reservations online and contact our sales team to coordinate group reservations, weddings, corporate events and private dining.

A Hike Like No Other in Squaw Valley: Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake

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Cascading waterfalls on the Shirley Lake Hike

This is the time folks. The waterfalls are abundant, the trails are clear, and the weather is just right. Squaw Valley is open for business, but so many wait to venture up until after the 4th of July or those that are here seem to forget about the “ski resort” towns and head to the lake. I can’t stress enough that Squaw Valley has so much greatness to offer, including some of the best hiking in North Lake Tahoe.

Featured Hike: Shirley Canyon Trail to Shirley Lake
The waterfalls are stunningly beautiful, and after a good uphill climb, that dip in the refreshing natural pool of water is a great reward. There are some great places to picnic, whether on flat grassy spaces or warm granite rocks. And after the uphill hike and through the grotto-type forest of pines, your are welcomed by the breathtaking views of the surrounding Sierras and steep cliffs.

Dogs are welcome on the trails, and off-leash is okay.

Trail Length:
4 miles roundtrip

Difficulty:
Moderate with steep, rocky inclines in some areas

Directions:From I-80, exit Hwy 89 South (towards Tahoe City), turn right into Squaw Creek Ski Resort, continue 2.2 miles on Squaw Valley Road to the ski resort. The road will curve left into the ski resort parking lot, at the first road on the right (Squaw Peak Way, located by the concrete Aerial Tram building), turn right. And then ask a local or the front desk host at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn if you need a little more direction.

Enjoy!

Conversations with Hilary: Andy Wirth, CEO Squaw Valley

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” Winston Churchill. Mr. Churchill and I have this in common. I most certainly “married up.”

Do you have a prized possession(s)?

Two “possessions;” however, while these are material things that are “prized” to me, they’re value has nothing to do with their monetary value, as they have deep meaning, soul, sound and carry with them (both) a great number of very powerful memories.

One, I have a custom made saddle, chaps, spurs and bridle that are holdovers from my days of working with horses at my ranch back in Colorado. The saddle is a slick fork working saddle that is what I think to be the perfect saddle for working with horses and working cattle. The saddle, spur straps and bridle were made by a legendary saddle maker out of Oregon. My other prized possession is a custom made K24ce Taylor Guitar, made of Koa wood. It sounds remarkable – perfect – and is, simply put, beautiful.

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