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For now, I’m working on easing into fall. I love the different colors as the produce changes at the farmers markets. My morning walks are starting a little later to accommodate the light. Harvest in the vineyards provides beautiful photos of grapes. Sunrises and sunsets seem to be more colorful. Things are changing all around us.

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What changes are you noticing? Do you make adjustments in your routine to change with the seasons? Do you take time to notice the difference? This month take some time in the morning or the evening and pay attention to what you see.

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t’s hard to think about October and November as I write this column. That means the year is flying by. Before we know it…we’ll be thinking about our fall holidays and deciding what we will be doing for Thanksgiving.




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Protect yourself: By Dr. Stephen Parodi, chief of infectious disease and the co-chair of infection prevention for Kaiser Permanente in the Napa Solano area.


t is that time of year again. The weather shifts and along with anticipating holiday gatherings, everyone needs to be vigilant about staying healthy and avoiding influenza. One of the easiest and best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated against flu.

Why get vaccinated?

What kind of flu vaccine do I need? If you are between 2 and 49 years of age and do not have chronic medical conditions, then a nasal spray can provide great protection. The nasal spray for flu is not recommended for people aged 50 and older, making the traditional flu shot the best choice for adults in this age range.

The good news is that a significant number of flurelated deaths can be prevented by immunization.

For those patients with severe egg allergies, there is a new vaccine that can be used after an evaluation by your doctor. All of these vaccines protect against strains predicted by world health experts to be causing illness this year. It takes between 2-3 weeks for the body to build up immunity to the flu, so don’t wait for friends or family to get sick before getting the shot. Right now is a good time to be vaccinated.

The flu vaccine helps prevent complications including bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

The flu vaccine is safe, won’t make you sick, and generally has few side effects. Kaiser Permanente members can call 1-800-KP-FLU-11 or visit flu for details on free flu clinics which run through December 20th.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente strongly recommend that everyone older than 6 months – and particularly adults over 50 -- get a seasonal flu vaccine.

Do I need a shot every year?

The flu is more serious than the common cold, so do everything you can to prevent it. On average, 36,000 Americans die each year of the flu. Symptoms often include fever and chills, muscle or body aches, headaches, coughing, sore throat and exhaustion.

The flu virus changes often and the protection from the vaccine only lasts for about a year. If you’re not immunized against this year’s expected virus

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strains, you and those around you are at risk for getting the flu. That’s why you should get a flu shot every year, preferably in the fall.

before returning to work, church, or other places where people gather.

There are other immunizations and screenings you should consider as well to keep you healthy and active. Talk to your physician to see what is best for you:

If you have flu-like symptoms after receiving the flu shot, it can mean your body is mounting an immune response to the vaccine itself or you were infected with the flu or one of the many other respiratory viruses circulating in the community before the vaccine had a chance to work.

 Pneumonia Get a pneumonia shot at or after age 65.  Shingles Vaccine is typically given at age 60 and older.

What else can I do to prevent the flu?

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Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially if you have sneezed or coughed. Also, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, preferably with your upper sleeve and not your hands to help prevent passing the flu along.

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years starting at age 21. Beginning at age 25, have a Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every 3 years up to age 65.

If you or young children in your care are sick, stay home rather than going to work or school. If you have a fever, wait at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine

 Cholesterol Starting at age 40, cholesterol should be

checked every 5 years, more often if the level is higher than normal.  Colorectal Cancer Starting at age 50, have a fecal

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No Challenge; No Change… It’s Never Too Late to Grow By Erin Summ


love Zumba. I go to dance, get away from my desk and socialize. I definitely don’t go to get coaching ideas, so I was shocked when I rushed home one day to write this after my instructor said “when there’s no challenge, there’s no change.”

anyway. When we’re tired, and push ourselves to do just a little more. Is it scary? Yep. Is it vulnerable? Absolutely. Does it make us stretch, grow and be more successful at our endeavors? You bet!

I loved that! It not only applies to our workouts, but our entire lives. When we stay within our comfort zone, unchallenged, are we moving towards our dreams? Making a big impact in our own lives, and for others? Probably not. We are staying safe, secure, and most of all, stagnant.

How do we know when it’s time? My friend and mentor, Caterina Rando says, “don’t wait until you’re ready, act when you’re willing.” We are rarely ready to take the leap, or put ourselves out there in a big way in order to get to where we want to be, but we have to be willing. If we wait until we are totally prepared before we launch a new program, train for a half marathon, or write a novel, our lives will pass us by and before we know it, it’s too late.

We grow when we push ourselves through our comfort zone. When we feel the fear and do it

What do we do when fear is speaking louder than our desires? The good news is, we always have choices. We can run and take cover, or we can feel the fear, step up, and do it anyway. One of the most powerful questions to ask when making a choice is “is this decision taking me towards my goals?” If your answer is “no,” ask yourself: ◗ Why am I holding back? ◗ What is my fear? ◗ What is the WORST that can happen if I take this risk? ◗ If I decide not to take myself forward towards my goals, what could I miss out on?


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You see, most people let their fears control them and abandon their dreams. A big difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is courage. A willingness to be really uncomfortable. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Being willing to fail. So I ask you, where are you holding back? Are your decisions taking you towards or away from your dreams? When you are feeling called to stretch your comfort zone, but are holding back with fear, ask yourself these questions: ◗ What’s more important-to stay “safe” within my comfort zone, or to be uncomfortable and push myself towards my vision? ◗ What do I want, and why do I want it? Make sure your vision is big enough to move you forward. ◗ Am I doing this for myself or someone else? Make sure your vision is YOURS, not someone else’s. Adding loved ones into your vision is an excellent motivator, but only if it is truly your vision.


The clearer you are on what you want and why, the easier it is to take the leap. These questions will help breakthrough your fears and put you into action. Take baby steps if you need to, just keep moving, no matter what.


I challenge you to do just ONE thing this week out of your comfort zone. When you are done, CELEBRATE! It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, celebrate the stretch. I want to celebrate with you! Post a comment on my Facebook page at so we can share the excitement.



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Projec t H P L O D RU In 2002, PFC Joseph Campbell was on a homeland security deployment and spent Christmas out in the field. The American Red Cross provided small care packages for the Soldiers, which were distributed by his chain of command. The packages contained socks, gum, a mug and a few other items, but one of the most memorable items was a letter written to “Any Service Member” by a teenager. “Nathan” wrote about how grateful he was for the service Joe was giving and his willingness to sacrifice time with his family to protect our country, especially on Christmas Day. Four years later, in 2006, Project Rudolph was created by Joe and his family to give deployed service members a bit of holiday cheer. Originally it was intended just to provide gift bags to troops transitioning through Ramstein Airport, one of the largest military airports in the world, as they wait for their next flight. According to the USO, between 100-750 military members pass through Ramstein on their way to and from the Middle East each day, including holidays. Some may be returning to their families while others just said goodbye for a year-long deployment. For many of these service members, it is yet another holiday spent away from family and friends. Currently, the goal of Project Rudolph is to provide Prime Time Living 12

gift bags for the military members transitioning through the airport on the days leading up to Christmas, as well as the active duty Air Force members who work around the clock to keep the airport running smoothly, injured troops at the hospital, injured warriors in transition barracks, deployed Naval and Marines working in Germany and our deployed troops downrange. In 2006, Project Rudolph was able to reach its goal and provided gift bags to service members spending their holiday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LMRC), the largest American hospital outside the United States. LMRC is for troops with serious injuries or illness requiring surgery and hospitalization. About 50 soldiers are hospitalized at any given time and the average stay is just under a week before being stabilized and sent on to a military hospital in the United States. Each package handed out includes six items: (1) decorated brown lunch bags; (2) hand written letters of appreciation from children and adults; (3) a non-breakable Christmas ornament; (4) a youth drawing (5) a candy cane; (6) a poem. This year, our goal requires more people to be involved. A total of 16,000 brown paper lunch bags need to be decorated, 48,000 letters need to be written, 16,000 ornaments need to be made or purchased, 16,000 candy canes need to be gathered, and many bags of candy need to be donated. The cost of shipping this much also needs to be met. Project Rudolph cannot happen without the help of our supporters from around the world. As an Airman and the wife of an Airman, we have spent holidays away from the comforts of home and our families. Receiving a letter, treat or simple note just showing support, love and appreciation goes a long way to making a holiday spent away from loved ones a little more bearable. Project Rudolph makes it possible to provide this support for many thousands of service members who will no doubt remember this act of service and love for a long time. We thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide.

*To participate by donating any of the needed items, please see guidelines on the following page. All items will need to be brought to 892 Aldridge Road, Vacaville, CA 95688

Sincerely, SSgt Matthew Bridge and Nicole Bridge

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Project Rudolph Donation Guidelines H Decorated; 5-5 1/2” x 10-11” Unbreakable Ornaments H Larger than 1” but no larger than 5” across H Sturdy and solid SHOULD NOT BE: • Made of foamies (They are cheap and easy to make, but fall apart and often stick to other things around them, ruining them) • Made of paper (Paper ornaments are easily crushed, torn or ripped and often do not make it in one piece) • Contain lots of glitter or made of pipe cleaners (They bend easily and lose their shape)
 • Made of glass
 • Easily broken (If you can drop the ornament from 4 feet and it breaks, it probably won’t make it home from a war zone with a service member)
 • Balls (These are difficult for the service member to carry in their pockets without breaking)
 H Some examples of EXCELLENT ornaments include: Fabric, wood, metal, crochet, knit, hard plastic and ornaments made out of old CDs and DVDs. Letters of Support CANNOT: H Be dated (some letters don’t arrive for months after being written)
 H Ask questions about war, injuries, killing or requesting souvenirs, etc. (Believe it or not, 10% of all letters cannot be delivered because of this)
 H Be politically motivated or mention politicians or political affiliation
 H Be type written or photocopied

H Be in a sealed envelope (All letters have to be reviewed before being handed out) CAN: H Be addressed to “Dear Soldier” or “Dear Service Member” H Express support and appreciation
 H Include a drawing (if from a child)
 H Tell about the writer’s family, likes, life, etc.
 H Share personal experiences that motivate
 H Include a return address and a name of school (no personal address for safety reasons) Candy Canes Bags of Individually Wrapped Candies Money to cover the cost of shipping


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Statistics regarding breast cancer from the American Cancer Society paint a positive picture: incidence was stable from 2005-2009 and deaths have been steadily decreasing since 1989. Still, the ACS estimates that more than 232,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and nearly 40,000 women will die from it—making it the second deadliest cancer for women (after lung cancer).

patients and their families – helping heal them as a whole. Being under one roof helps our team’s ability to communicate and be on the same page, which leads to a higher level of personalized care. We understand how anxious patients are after receiving a cancer diagnosis and take the time to ensure they understand all their options and can make thoughtful decisions about the right treatment plan for them.

No one is immune from breast cancer. Many of the risk factors—being female, advancing age, family history, early menarche and late menopause—can’t be changed. Risk factors that can be changed include obesity, use of hormone replacement therapy, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.

The treatment of breast cancer is individualized; a number of factors will determine the recommended course of action for each patient, including the size, grade, node status and stage of the tumor and whether it’s hormone receptor positive or negative. Treatment alternatives may include mastectomy, breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy), radiation, chemotherapy, hormone-blocking therapy and targeted/biologic therapy. As an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer treatment facility, the Sutter Solano Cancer Center team is well equipped to provide patients with the tools, information and resources they need to make decisions regarding their treatment.

As is true for all cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms beginning at age 40. In addition, MRI scans may be appropriate for some women who are at high risk. Solano County women diagnosed with breast cancer are fortunate to have state-of-the-art treatment available at the Sutter Solano Cancer Center in Vallejo. Our multidisciplinary team includes professionals to treat and guide patients throughout their cancer odyssey: surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and patient navigators. In addition, several support groups are available for

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Pumpkin Patch Festival Submitted By: John Parks

Returns to the Western Railway Museum October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27


ach Saturday and Sunday from October 12 - 27, the Western Railway Museum will run special Pumpkin Patch Trains. Celebrating its 16th year, this old-time harvest festival is a highlight of autumn and for many, a family tradition.

Festival is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65 and up), and $9 for children (ages 2 -14). Prices include admission to the Museum and to the Pumpkin Festival, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum’s spacious and shaded picnic grounds, and free parking. Please note that there are no advanced reservations.

The Museum opens early at 9:30am. The first express train leaves the Museum at 10am, with departures every half-hour until 4pm. The ride on a historic life-sized electrical-powered train takes visitors back in time on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life.

Join us for FAMILY FUN and to support the Western Railway Museum and local Rotary Clubs

Local Rotary Club members from Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon are rallying together to make the event a success, providing a hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games and of course, pumpkins for sale, just in time for Halloween.

All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who provide thousands of dollars to local communities and youth activities each year.

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Caring for a loved one with a dementia / Alzheimer’s disease can be very challenging and exhausting. Talking with other people that are experiencing or have experienced similar situations can be helpful and therapeutic. We have a monthly caregiver support group. People, just like you, talking about their stories, challenges and successes. Come Join us at a location convenient for you!

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...relax after work with a glass of wine and some small bites from the bar menu from 4pm to 6pm


assionate about bringing locally sourced food to Vacaville, Chef Lindsey Gilpin of Backdoor Bistro does just that. Once you eat there…you’ll understand how she feels about the farm to table movement. And, you will realize she is more than just another talented chef with amazing food. With her unique style and a menu that changes seasonally, Backdoor Bistro offers cuisine and flair found in San Francisco and Napa restaurants. Chef Lindsey shops…then fits the food into the menu. Her spring

and summer menus offer more fresh produce that she buys at local farmers markets. She strives for organic, sustainable produce, fish, and meat. Utilizing companies she knows and has a working relationship with, her fish comes from the Santa Barbara Fish Market; her lamb comes from Dixon, and her beef from the Midwest. The Chef’s Cheese Plate offers local cheeses as Chef Lindsey can find them. With a focus on local wines, Backdoor Bistro serves Vitus, Quercus, The Girl on the Hill,


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and more wines. She has a special relationship to both Vitus and Quercus as her dad is the winemaker. So once again, she knows exactly where the grapes came from and how they grew. From the Napa Valley Cooking School to an externship at Sol Bar Restaurant, Chef Lindsey has learned a variety of food preparation. She knows what farmer’s markets to shop at for her ingredients. Running her own catering business taught her the business side and what it takes to keep your clients happy. As I interviewed Chef Lindsey, she was working on getting her new site up and running. The décor, with its corrugated steel walls and concrete bar, can be described as ‘industrial chic’. It all fits. Recently she moved from Lynda’s Corner Café, where she

previously been open since October 2012 but only for a few nights a week. Now, at Backdoor Bistro’s new location you can relax after work with a glass of wine and some small bites from the bar menu from 4 pm to 6 pm. If brunch is your style, check out Saturday and Sunday for delicious brunch. Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 to 2. Dinner is Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30 Backdoor Bistro is the place to go for lunch, wine and snacks, dinner, or brunch.

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(BPT) - Each year, Medicare open enrollment brings with it changes that can affect nearly 50 million people. The limited enrollment timeframe of just 54 days - Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 - gives all Medicare beneficiaries the opportunity to change their Medicare plans for the coming year to better match their needs and potentially save on health care costs. This includes anyone using original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans. If your Medicare coverage worked well during the previous year, it may seem simple to continue with those existing Medicare plans. But there are many reasons why this annual enrollment season should grab the attention of Medicare beneficiaries, according to Paula Muschler, manager of the Allsup Medicare Advisor. This is a Medicare plan selection service offering personalized help that includes customized research and enrollment assistance. "In the broadest terms, your Medicare plans may have changed 26

what they cover, or your own needs may have changed, or both," Muschler says. "If you continue with the same plan next year, you could find your plan doesn't cover things you thought it did or that you need, leaving you holding the bill."

and possibly switch Medicare plans," Muschler says.


Your coverage changes. Plans can alter the drugs, procedures and conditions they cover. For example, your prescription drug Part D plan may no longer cover the prescription drugs you need to purchase in the coming year, or put restrictions on how and where you purchase them. "Questions about prescription drug costs are one of the top concerns our Allsup Medicare specialists encounter," Muschler explains. "This is especially critical for those who fall into the prescription drug donut hole." The donut hole is the gap of coverage in which the individual pays a greater percentage of the drug cost.

Muschler outlined the following six reasons why beneficiaries should review their Medicare plans during the annual open enrollment season.


Your health situation has changed. Perhaps you have developed a health condition in the previous 12 months that requires a new prescription drug or ongoing visits to a specialist. It's important to know whether the plan you have, or decide to purchase, covers these health needs.



Your plan premiums, co-pays or deductibles are increasing. Price changes occur year to year, so examine the prices you have been paying and what you can expect to pay in the coming year. There may be alternative plans with lower costs available in your area that an experienced Medicare specialist like Allsup can locate.

Your health care provider situation has changed. Physicians may retire or relocate, and medical facilities may change their terms. A number of developments could lead your plans to no longer include the doctors you see or the medical center you visit. "If your doctor choice is important to you, this is a good reason to study your options

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"If you continue with the same plan next year, you could find your plan doesn't cover things you thought it did..."

Your current plan no longer will be available. In these instances, beneficiaries must select a new plan, or they may default to another plan chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "Sometimes plans are eliminated because the provider offers a similar plan, but it's still important to compare that coverage to what you actually need in the coming year," Muschler says.

Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) from their current Medicare Advantage and Part D providers. "It's important you read this information," Muschler says. "Take time to review your current health care needs, and then compare this to the plan's coverage for the coming year. "Reviewing your Medicare plan options earlier rather than later will put you in a better position to make changes during the annual enrollment window," she says.

Experienced Medicare specialists such as HICAP are available to help consumers and their family members review Medicare plans and choices for the coming year. For an evaluation of Medicare options, call HICAP at 1-800-434-0222.

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Winemaker's The

Delicate Dance By Kevin Quinn

In the previous column I wrote about the steps the winemaker must take to guide the grapes in their journey to becoming wine. They are all natural processes but that doesn’t mean the winemaker can just stand back and let nature make the wine. Left to its own devices, all nature will do is to turn the grapes into rotten fruit.

It is the skins of the grape that contain the color, the tannins, and much of the flavor and complexity that characterize a red wine. Maceration is the process that brings those essential qualities out of the skins and into the wine. Aging is the next step in the development of the wine. Early in the aging process, the winemaker will inoculate the wine with a strain of bacteria that begins another natural process, called malolactic fermentation. The bacteria converts the tart malic acid that occurs naturally in the grapes to the smoother lactic acid.

We made it as far as fermentation, wherein yeast is added to the grapes in a large fermentation vat. Yeast proceeds to ferment the wine by consuming the grapes’ sugar and producing in return heat, carbon dioxide, and alcohol. As it turns out, the carbon dioxide provides protection against unwanted microbes, as does the natural acidity of the grapes. The heat generated by the fermentation process also helps keep the environment favorable for the yeast and not for other microbes. But again, these are things to be balanced. Too much carbon dioxide can hamper the yeast’s process, as can too much acidity. Too much heat can damage the wine and create off flavors. Fermentation is complete when the yeast has consumed all the sugar in the grapes and dies in its own alcoholic waste. This usually takes about a week. For red wines, the process of maceration follows. In maceration, the newly fermented juice is left in the presence of the grape material—skins, pulp, and seeds—for about a month. Even though red wine grapes are deep, dark purple in color, the juice of those grapes is clear.

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Almost all red wines and many white wines undergo malolactic fermentation in order to tame the wine’s tartness and leave it with a fuller body and mellow character. Again, maintaining appropriate temperature and acidity are critical to the progress of this step. So by now the winemaker has allowed two microbes into the wine, the one responsible for the fermentation that converted grapes’ sugar into alcohol, and the one that converted malic acid to lactic acid. And by managing the exposure to air, the temperature and the acidity of the wine, and by keeping a clean shop, with clean implements and vessels, he has, we hope,

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kept all the other hungry and insistent microbes at bay.

Another important tool in the winemaker’s kit is sulfites. These compounds, when added to the developing wine, bind up the oxygen in the wine making it unavailable to microbes, thus preserving the wine from spoilage. Sulfites are a natural result of fermentation so there is no such thing as a sulfite free wine. But there are wines with no added sulfites. However, most winemakers use added sulfites in careful measures and at critical points to make sure there are no unwanted invasions from microbes. The sulfite levels in most wines are usually far less than ■ you would find in sausage or dried fruit.

❝ Left to its own devices, all nature will do is to turn the grapes into rotten fruit.❞

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A tasty dish ideal for Oktoberfest


imilar to St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest is a celebration rooted in a particular country but celebrated across the globe. Tracing its origins to Germany, Oktoberfest has become the world’s largest fair, with more than six million people from around the globe annually trekking to Munich, Bavaria, Germany for the 16-day festival.

plays a significant role as well. Brooklyn-based restauranteurs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli recognize the role of food at Oktoberfest celebrations, offering their own modern twist on German cuisine at Prime Meats in Brooklyn, NY. Oktoberfest fans who want to host their own celebrations this year can cook up the following recipe for “Beef Sauerbraten With Red Cabbage and Pretzel Dumplings” courtesy of Castronovo and Falcinelli.

But even those who can’t make it to Germany can still celebrate Oktoberfest. Though beer will always remain the focal point of Oktoberfest, food

Beef Sauerbraten

With Red Cabbage and Pretzel Dumplings Makes 6 servings For the beef sauerbraten: 2 pounds beef brisket 2 cups dry red wine 1 cup red wine vinegar 4 juniper berries 2 teaspoons white peppercorns 1 celery stalk, cut into large dice 2 carrots, cut into large dice 1 leek, sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half 4 yellow onions, 3 cut into 1/4-inch slices, and 1 diced

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cup canola oil Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice cup golden raisins bay leaf teaspoon fresh or dried thyme cup beef or chicken stock or prepared low-sodium beef or chicken stock


For the pretzel dumplings: 1 cup whole milk 6 day-old soft pretzels, about 2 ounces each, slice 1/8-inch thick Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1 medium Spanish onion, finely diced 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 large egg, lightly beaten

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For the sweet-and-sour cabbage: 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup diced red onion 1 medium white onion, diced 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into small dice 1 large red cabbage, about 3 pounds, cored and sliced thin 2/3 cup dried cherries 11/2 cups dry red wine 2 whole cloves 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 bay leaf 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon


To make the sauerbraten, place the brisket in a deep pan or Dutch oven. Add the wine, vinegar, juniper berries, peppercorns, celery, carrots, leek, garlic and 1 of the sliced onions. The brisket should be completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 4 days. Turn the meat once each day. After 4 days, remove the meat from the marinade and pat it dry. Strain and reserve the marinade.


Preheat the oven o 275 F. Heat the oil in a large Dutch

heat. Cover the pot and transfer to the oven. Braise for 21/2 hours or until the meat is very tender, turning the meat halfway through.

4 oven over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the brisket and brown it on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove the meat, leaving the fat in the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Add the 2 remaining sliced onions. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and caramelized, about 15 minutes.


Deglaze the pan by adding the reserved marinade and scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits. Add the apples, raisins, bay leaf, and thyme and stir to combine. Return the meat to the pan with any accumulated juices and bring to a simmer over medium

Prepare the pretzel dumplings while the meat is braising. Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Place the pretzels in a large bowl and pour the warm milk over the top. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the pretzels soak for 30 minutes.


In a saute pan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Season with salt and remove the heat. Stir in the parsley, then add the seasoned onion to the dumpling mixture and, using your hands, mix to combine.

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Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Add the egg to the dumpling mixture and incorporate well. Using your hands, squeeze the mixture through your fingers to break it up. With slightly wet hands, form 3 smooth logs that

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are 2 inches across. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and twist the ends to secure them. Then wrap them in aluminum foil and secure the ends. Drop the logs into the boiling water. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from the water, open the foil and plastic wrap to allow the logs to cool.


Meanwhile, prepare the cabbage. In a Dutch oven or large skillet fitted with a lid, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and apples and saute until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the cabbage, cherries, red wine, cloves, brown sugar, and bay leaf, stirring to combine. Increase the heat to medium

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high and bring to a boil.


Cover the pan, reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the cider vinegar and lemon juice. Cook for 1 minute.


When the brisket is tender, transfer it to a cutting board. Add the stock to the Dutch oven and reduce over medium heat, until the sauce is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Slice the brisket against the grain and return to the pot with the sauce. Keep warm.


To finish the pretzel dumplings, discard the foil and plastic wrap and cut the logs into 1/2-inch thick slices. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saute pan over mediumhigh heat. Working in batches and using more butter as needed, add the sliced dumplings to the pan and saute until golden, 1 or 2 minutes. Turn and cook for 1 minute more.


To serve, place a cup of braised red cabbage on each of 6 plates and top with 3 slices of brisket. Spoon the sauce over the meat and serve with 3 pretzel dumplings on â– the side.

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