Archive for February, 2005

Wistful Thinking: California Chardonnay

| February 28, 2005 | 2 Comments

In about a week I’ll be off to New Zealand, diving headlong into the harvest at Craggy Range Winery, where I’ll be working on Blake Family Vineyard wines, getting my first winemaking experience in a truly cool-climate region. I’ll be working mainly with Blake Family Vineyards Bordeaux varieties; focusing on Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I’ll […]

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Pig on a Spit

Pig on a Spit

| February 26, 2005 | 13 Comments

It is always interesting to me how people react when you tell them that you are going to a pig roast. Some find it fascinating, perhaps even in a oh-look-there’s-a-car-wreck kind of way, some find it mouthwatering, and others find it gruesome and perhaps a bit barbaric. It’s about fifty-fifty when it comes to wanting […]

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Asparagi?

| February 25, 2005 | 0 Comments

Asparagus is the classic Spring vegetable, and the farmers markets are beginning to brim with it. I for one like to eat enough of it when it is in season that I am sick of it by the time its season is over, and don’t crave it again until next spring. Since I first saw […]

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The Picky Years

| February 24, 2005 | 0 Comments

You wouldn’t know it now, but as a kid, I was SUCH a picky eater. I hated almost everything except grilled cheese sandwiches. In fact, by age eight, I OD’d on grilled cheese sandwiches with what I considered disastrous consequences. I won’t go into detail, so I’ll just say that I learned the hard way […]

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Chiles Go For A Smoke

Chiles Go For A Smoke

| February 23, 2005 | 2 Comments

Two of my favorite chiles to cook with are chipotle and smoked paprika. Perhaps the reason I love the smoky flavor they impart is that I am longing for days when my ancestors cooked their food over an open flame. Or maybe living in a city apartment I just miss a good barbecue now and […]

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Kiwi Wines to Check Out

| February 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

One thing I love about the wine industry is how the work follows the seasons. Springtime finds me in the vineyard checking the new buds and shoots; in the summer I sample ripening fruit and prepare to pick; fall is a mad around-the-clock rush as the year’s crop is fermented and new wine is put […]

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Rollicking Raclette

| February 19, 2005 | 1 Comment

A few years ago, I had my first exposure to raclette. I was travelling in Europe, and some friends from San Francisco happened to be on vacation at a ‘summer house’ right on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop in and join them for a few days. The house […]

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My Search for Sour Cherries

My Search for Sour Cherries

| February 18, 2005 | 42 Comments

Every year for the past 5 or 6 years I’ve made a decision to find fresh sour cherries in the Bay Area. It has never happened for me. I’ve either missed it by a week, or no one knows anyone who grows them. So this year, I decided to start early. Very early. And do […]

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Endiva

| February 17, 2005 | 2 Comments

What do you do when you mistakenly order 4.14 lbs of endive from Safeway.com and they deliver it? Experiment. It’s like what happened when I mistakenly ordered over 3 lbs of carrots. I seem to do this a lot, but I maintain it’s not my fault — it’s the stupid, low-tech, frames-happy Safeway.com website that […]

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The Eternal Flame or Fondue Forever

The Eternal Flame or Fondue Forever

| February 16, 2005 | 0 Comments

Warm weather the past few weeks may have fooled you into thinking we were heading into Spring. But get real, it’s February! A few nice days don’t mean the end of Winter. As long as we have to suffer through rain and cold, at least we can turn to the kitchen to take the chill […]

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American "village" wines

| February 14, 2005 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite recurring wine stories involves the travelers who, on a jaunt through Europe, are amazed at the quality and value of the ‘local wine’ which is served in any and every cafe or bistrot from the toe of the boot to the westernmost cliffs facing the Atlantic. As anyone who has traveled […]

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Stirring the Cauldron

| February 11, 2005 | 0 Comments

A few years ago I started writing a monthly (actually, moonthly) eletter about my culinary adventures titled “Stirring the Cauldron.” I send it out right around the new moon each month, and use the old Farmers Almanac moon names as inspiration to write about the foods I love. Many of the traditional moon names relate […]

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Coffee Breakthrough

| February 10, 2005 | 0 Comments

Back when I was a cheesemonger at the Ferry Building and scoring early-morning pastries from the incomparable Frog Hollow, I discovered Blue Bottle Coffee. Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that before this discovery, I had been a coffee wimp. Before Blue Bottle, I could only drink lattes that had been heavily laced with flavored […]

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In Search of Hot Chocolate…

In Search of Hot Chocolate…

| February 9, 2005 | 4 Comments

I don’t drink coffee. Can’t really; it makes my heart go pitter patter, but not in a good way. I do drink other hot beverages primarily tea and hot chocolate. Finding a good cup of hot tea is not so challenging but finding good hot chocolate is another story. Case in point. The other day […]

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