Archive for July, 2006

Crisp Topping: An All Year Round Fruit Dressing

Crisp Topping: An All Year Round Fruit Dressing

| July 30, 2006 | 6 Comments

On the eve of August you may be wondering what to do with all the incredible stone fruits and berries arriving fast and furious at your local farmer’s market. The following recipe for crisp topping, easy to assemble and substitution friendly, is baking at it’s most streamlined, straightforward and “I can’t bake”-proof. I don’t normally […]

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La Vie dans un Bateau d’Hommard – Life on a Lobster Boat

La Vie dans un Bateau d’Hommard – Life on a Lobster Boat

| July 29, 2006 | 6 Comments

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of any that I’ve ever taken. I call it Ave Maria, or the singing bass. The tags say bar de ligne or line-caught sea bass. My second stage (stazh) or internship in France was cooking on a lobster boat in a military port town in Brittany which […]

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Room for Seconds: Check, Please! Bay Area

Room for Seconds: Check, Please! Bay Area

| July 27, 2006 | 0 Comments

I know it’s an occupational hazard, but it’s really not fair that at 2:00 this afternoon I was craving ribs, vegan shakes, homemade tortillas, gnocchi, and mazto ball soup. All at once. (Hey, here’s a culinary conundrum — how do you manage to crave both ribs AND vegan at the same time?) I blame it […]

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Interview with Jacques Pepin Part One

| July 26, 2006 | 4 Comments

Bay Area Bites recently got a chance to sit down with Jacques Pepin, one of the most beloved “celebrity chefs”. In Interview with Jacques Pepin Part One we talk about food trends, the celebrity chef phenomenon and cookbooks. Next week check back for Part Two to read about Pepin’s favorite meal, favorite gadgets and the […]

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Links Around the Bay

Links Around the Bay

| July 25, 2006 | 0 Comments

Can’t get enough of Bay Area Bites blogger Stephanie? Read her Top Chef recaps at Television without Pity. Though the show began in March, it’s still fun to read the recaps about this Bravo chef competition based in San Francisco. Next day, it’s the Elimination Challenge and — oh, hello, Golden Gate and Painted Ladies! […]

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Fig Hunting in Napa

Fig Hunting in Napa

| July 24, 2006 | 11 Comments

The first time I saw my friend Patrick picking figs was about eight years ago. I was working at Bouchon, just about a mile up the road. We met when he knocked on the kitchen door bearing cherries. The best ones I have eaten to date. When cherry season ended my chef prodded me to […]

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Cold Soup for a Hot Day

Cold Soup for a Hot Day

| July 22, 2006 | 1 Comment

Did I mention it’s been hot here? Like really, REALLY hot. Like high 90s with high humidity hot. Like New York City in August stuck on the 3 express at rush hour hot. You get the picture. One way we try to beat the heat here is to picnic along the banks of the Seine. […]

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Popping the Cherry

Popping the Cherry

| July 20, 2006 | 0 Comments

I pulled up at Ocean Beach for my daily run and, what ho? There’s a cherry stand at the beach! Driving Oregon plates, the California seller welcomed me into her “office” and offered me samples of her shiny, dark red wares from Washington. I begged her to be there in an hour at which time […]

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Cook by the Book: The New California Cook

Cook by the Book: The New California Cook

| July 19, 2006 | 11 Comments

Roast chicken is the Holy Grail of cooking. Cooks everywhere are on the eternal quest for that crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, perfect bird. There are those who swear by Judy Rodgers’ Zuni Roast Chicken with Bread Salad, others prefer Thomas Kellers’ “Mon Poulet Rôti” or Mark Bittman’s method. While I do […]

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Farm Tour: Marin Sun Farms, Part II

Farm Tour: Marin Sun Farms, Part II

| July 18, 2006 | 3 Comments

If a farmer is not more jazzed over happy chickens than he is over the volume, the structure, the profit — he’s not a trustworthy farmer. And yet in our culture’s food system, can you find one USDA bulletin, one corporate directive, one industry checkoff bulletin, one Super Bowl advertisement, that dares to ask: ‘Did […]

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Hatch’s Fish & Produce, Wellfleet Masachusettes

Hatch’s Fish & Produce, Wellfleet Masachusettes

| July 17, 2006 | 0 Comments

When my friend Elena found out I was coming to Wellfleet she got very excited and said, “You have to go to Hatch’s Seafood and get the smoked Bluefish!” “How will I find it?” I asked. “Oh, everyone knows Hatch’s,” she replied, waving her hand dismissively. Just tell anyone you love food and they will […]

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Bastille Day et Tarte aux Abricots avec Noisettes et Eau-de-Vie

Bastille Day et Tarte aux Abricots avec Noisettes et Eau-de-Vie

| July 15, 2006 | 1 Comment

Yesterday was Bastille Day, France’s Independence Day which, like the US is celebrated with parades and red, white and blue flags. That’s where the similarity ends. At least from my vantage point. The parade was much more of a military parade with marching soldiers and imposing tanks flexing their military muscle down the Champs-Elysees rather […]

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Tea’d Off: Modern Tea vs. Lovejoy’s

Tea’d Off: Modern Tea vs. Lovejoy’s

| July 13, 2006 | 3 Comments

I totally owe Sam for giving me this idea after I complained over our joint pot of tea that I didn’t know what to write about today. While I derive nostalgic comfort from the mismatched china, doiley-draped tables, and super-squashy old fashioned couches at Lovejoy’s Tea Room, I get an entirely different sort of comfort […]

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Feeling Lucky?

Feeling Lucky?

| July 12, 2006 | 0 Comments

If you have talent, now’s the time to use it. If you can write, paint or cook you might be a winner. Even if you don’t feel like entering one of the contests, you can still participate by reading other people’s stories, judging artwork or trying a recipe. Read on… Whenever you need cheering up […]

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