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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don’t expect to see McDonald’s there anytime soon.

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Happy 79th Birthday, Jacques Pépin!

Happy 79th Birthday, Jacques Pépin!

| December 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Today is the legendary chef Jacques Pépin’s 79th birthday. He just finished taping his final series Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul in October and here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the taping to add to the celebration.

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Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fluffy, supple, and feather-light, these versatile pull-apart rolls deserve a place at your next celebration.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

| December 17, 2014

“Nonna Marijuana’s Italian Feast” is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A roasted beef tenderloin with velvety, savory-sweet sauce is a thing of beauty. Find out how to cook it to perfection for your next gathering.

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Bake Homemade Cheese Crackers for Holiday Gift-Giving

Bake Homemade Cheese Crackers for Holiday Gift-Giving

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forget store-bought Cheez-Its. The best savory, cheese-filled nibbles are made at home with plenty of real cheese. Homemade crackers seem intimidating, but they’re basically just savory cookies — something anyone can make. Plus, a jar of these crackers makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. Kate Williams will show you how.

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Clove and Hoof: A New Butcher and Sandwich Shop in Oakland’s Temescal

Clove and Hoof: A New Butcher and Sandwich Shop in Oakland’s Temescal

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Temescal already has its church of cheese and pantheon to pork, so now let us take a moment to welcome its latest arrival: a brand new cathedral for the carnivorously inclined: Clove and Hoof, a butcher and sandwich shop on the corner of Broadway and 40th Street.

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Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

| December 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Everyone is talking about ramen, and there’s a ramen shop in almost every East Bay neighborhood. But what about all the other delicious Asian soups out there with the same soul-warming potential? Here are ten soups (at eight venues) you might not have thought of.

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don’t Talk About The Environment

Congress To Nutritionists: Don’t Talk About The Environment

| December 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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Sniffing Out Wine Bargains? Modern-day California Négociant Wines Can Deliver Big Tastes at Small Prices

Sniffing Out Wine Bargains? Modern-day California Négociant Wines Can Deliver Big Tastes at Small Prices

| December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

A growing number of wine lovers are discovering delicious wines at pleasing prices made by a new generation of passionate winemakers who don’t own vineyards or even their own winery. These “négociants” have found a way around the frightful startup costs of a California winery while still aiming high regarding what’s in the bottle.

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Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kale’s days as the superfood-du-jour may be numbered. Next up: Kalettes? It’s a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, and it’s one of a few bewitching hybrid vegetables that could go big in 2015.

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Vegan Deli Called ‘The Butcher’s Son’ Opening Soon on Solano in Berkeley

Vegan Deli Called ‘The Butcher’s Son’ Opening Soon on Solano in Berkeley

| December 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Butcher’s Son will offer specialty vegan cheeses and meats, sausages, salami, fresh mozzarella, salads, sides, and sandwiches. The deli will have a pizza oven, making baked thin-crust pizza and a raw deep-dish pizza will also be on the menu.

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No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

| December 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Surprise everyone on your list with picks from this collection of local, delicious gift ideas, from cheesemaking classes to custom tea blends.

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