Archive for November, 2006

Cocktails, Please! Bay Area

Cocktails, Please! Bay Area

| November 30, 2006 | 0 Comments

A few minutes in the Check, Please! Bay Area greenroom, and I came to the conclusion that Gillian was a woman after my own heart. Here she is, a designer of cocktail ware and here I am, a recently published author of a cocktail game. Gillian’s company, Chase & Co., creates high-end cocktail glasses and […]

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United States of Arugula Event 11/30

United States of Arugula Event 11/30

| November 29, 2006 | 0 Comments

I haven’t gotten very far into it yet, but I am really enjoying David Kamp’s latest book, United States of Arugula which is subtitled, How We Became a Gourmet Nation. Is that the best title, or what? Several local food bloggers have read the whole thing, so check out the book reviews over at Obsession […]

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Holiday Gifts for your Food-Loving Friends

Holiday Gifts for your Food-Loving Friends

| November 28, 2006 | 2 Comments

Every holiday season, I work at finding fun treats from small companies that I am happy to support with my hard-earned dollars. Here are some gifts that are on my list to give this year. Any of these could be considered for Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, or just fun treats for the time of year. […]

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Crepes: A Day Off Activity

Crepes: A Day Off Activity

| November 26, 2006 | 9 Comments

In lieu of the holidays, or holidaze, depending on how you see it, I have a recipe for you, which is simple but takes a lot of time. I wonder, when someone created this food group, did they make one at a time or build a fire for the specific purpose of standing there for […]

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Hold the pie, pass the cannoli

Hold the pie, pass the cannoli

| November 23, 2006 | 4 Comments

Every Thanksgiving, my siblings and I were transferred by my father from suburban Orange County to suburban Los Angeles County. He’d pack us into his car and along the way we’d listen to the same four cassette tapes we’d been listening to for years — the cast album of A Chorus Line, the Lesley Ann […]

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Party by the Book

Party by the Book

| November 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

It’s party time! Actually it’s party season. Whether you want to throw a party or give the gift of a party book, these entertaining tomes are just the thing. Easy Entertaining: Everything You Need To Know About Having Parties at HomeThis book is all about taking the fear out of playing host or hostess. The […]

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Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, Sunday

Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, Sunday

| November 21, 2006 | 1 Comment

In an area where we have one of the world’s renowned farmers’ markets, it is easy to overlook neighborhood markets. But the truth is that often we don’t have the time or the will to elbow through the crowds at the Ferry Building. On the weeks when you’d like to avoid the weekend farmers’ market […]

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Baking Classes: Caramel As A Subject

Baking Classes: Caramel As A Subject

| November 19, 2006 | 3 Comments

I’ve had a bit of back and forth with a number of prospective students interested in the Sunday December 3rd Caramel Class. In the ultra specific vernacular of professional baking, I have found myself in the midst of trying to explain that, even though caramel is the name of some candies, it is also the […]

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Thanksgiving Round-up

Thanksgiving Round-up

| November 18, 2006 | 1 Comment

picture from Williams-Sonoma web site Lately I’ve received a slew of emails requesting ideas, recipes, and menus for Thanksgiving so I thought it might help if I posted a list of recipes and ideas from some past meals and some of my favorite chefs and resources. This first set is courtesy of Williams-Sonoma who can […]

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Yes, I want fries with that.

Yes, I want fries with that.

| November 17, 2006 | 7 Comments

Lately, I have found myself jealous of certain food authors recounting their childhoods. A boy’s summer spent on his grandfather’s farm, ripping corn from its stalk and running in the direction of the nearest pot of boiling water is one example. My summers were spent digging holes in the front yard. I have also caught […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area Season 2: Episode 8

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 2: Episode 8

| November 16, 2006 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Season 2 Episode 8: 1) Little Star Pizza: | restaurant information | reviews 2) Vignette: | restaurant information | reviews 3) Zatar: | restaurant information | reviews Please […]

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Tartine Party!

Tartine Party!

| November 16, 2006 | 0 Comments

Just try to walk by Tartine without stepping inside. I dare you. Easily, in my estimation, the best bakery in the Bay Area, the smell of their freshly baked delicious treats will seduce you. It’s like a little corner shop of sirens. Luscious, flaky, fruit-filled, chocolate-dipped, crunchy, nutty, tender-baked heaven. So you had better believe […]

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Take 5 with Jim Sellers

Take 5 with Jim Sellers

| November 15, 2006 | 0 Comments

Title: Co-founder, Sellers Markets Hometown: Bay Village OH 1. What did you do before opening Sellers Markets?Songwriter and musician, I was in the band Stabbing Westward. There are a lot of parallels between music and food. It’s the theater of food, we have an open kitchen, so you see it as it’s happening. It’s like […]

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Baking Classes Arrive, With A Schedule!

Baking Classes Arrive, With A Schedule!

| November 12, 2006 | 0 Comments

Every time I teach a class I invariably get a few emails which say, “I can’t make this one, but I’ll try to take your next session.” In the past there may not have been a next class, but recently I made a commitment to teach some basics, on a schedule no less. In the […]

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