Archive for May, 2007

Peas and Long Life

Peas and Long Life

| May 31, 2007 | 2 Comments

California produce has slain yet another one of my Hate Foods. There were quite a few groups things I refused to eat as a kid and peas were definitely one of them. I hated the mushy, tasteless, mean little things. If I piled enough butter and salt on them, I could just swallow them down […]

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Are You Hungry?

Are You Hungry?

| May 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

June 5th is National Hunger Awareness Day. All year long we talk about artisanal food, organic food, local food, gourmet food, restaurants, the farmers market, chefs, cooking, and yet rarely do we mention hunger or food security. If for even one day a year we all paid attention to this issue, we could help a […]

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Against the Grain

Against the Grain

| May 29, 2007 | 1 Comment

I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to whole grains. You know the ones I mean: Amaranth. Millet. Quinoa. Teff. They sound faintly exotic, like semiprecious jewels or new colors from the Pottery Barn paint collection. But they also have a hippie-dippy air about them, and I like my food full of flavor […]

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Plumcots, Apriums, Pluots and Their Father of Invention

| May 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year. When Bay Area markets are jumping with stone fruits. Names whimsical, actual and unpronounceable and downright silly fill signage over mysterious glowing orbs. People want to know, “What’s the difference between a pluot and a plumcot, a nectarcot and an aprium? Why all the funny names? What happened to the […]

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Crafty Cooks

| May 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

At last week’s Maker Faire I ran into a few of my favorite food artisans. In place of single-estate chocolate or the minute’s freshest fruit, though, their ingredients were felt and yarn, circuit boards and LEDs. What happens when you fold together San Francisco’s cult of craft with its love of all things sweet or […]

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Jacques Pepin Gets Personal

| May 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

Bonjour mes amis — my apologies for the delay in posting this today. I’ve had an enfer (hell) of a time getting Blogger to upload my pics but I think all is well in cyberspace. Nothing a mid-afternoon glass of wine can’t resolve :) A little culinary bird told me that Jacques Pepin was going […]

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A Conversation with Dorothy Cann Hamilton

A Conversation with Dorothy Cann Hamilton

| May 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, host of the PBS hit series Chef’s Story, was kind enough to pay KQED a visit prior to her appearance with Thomas Keller at the Commonwealth Club last week. When I was approached to interview her, I immediately said, “Of course I’d do it.” When I hung up the phone, I realized […]

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CUESA and Petrini Start Peace Talks

CUESA and Petrini Start Peace Talks

| May 24, 2007 | 1 Comment

Well. It’s been quite a week for the folks that love and hate the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market. First, there was the revelation that a new book by Carlo Petrini (the founder of the Slow Food movement) was downright rude about the farmers and their customers, who work, shop, and food-stroll their Bay Area Saturdays […]

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Wine. Dine. Donate. with Mark Franz

Wine. Dine. Donate. with Mark Franz

| May 23, 2007 | 2 Comments

Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com, and chefs Mark Franz, Jan Birnbaum, and Parke Ulrich invite you to San Francisco’s Farallon for a dinner to benefit America’s Second Harvest. The evening’s special menu will feature dishes personally created by each chef, including diver scallop carpaccio, crispy maple pork belly, and roasted strawberry turnovers. Click here to […]

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

| May 22, 2007 | 2 Comments

Lean in close and I’ll tell you a secret: Though I am one of the founders of the Locavores and the editor of the Eat Local Challenge website, I still sometimes become a bit fatigued about the ubiquitousness of information about eating locally. While overall it’s amazing and overwhelming, when a new perspective on the […]

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Plated Desserts, A Menu.

Plated Desserts, A Menu.

| May 21, 2007 | 5 Comments

I lined up plates in the order they appeared on the menu. This trick helps cooks plate food with speed and efficiency during a busy service. Last week many of you participated in having a bit of fun with your food. You played The Plated Dessert Menu Game! Although it began as a lark, I […]

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Paczki: Polish Jelly Donuts

| May 20, 2007 | 3 Comments

One of the first cookbooks in my collection is also one of my favorites: Polish Heritage Cookery. I came across this heavy tome at a quirky bookstore that once lived on Polk Street, before a fire ravaged the floors above and water rained down upon its randomly, precariously stacked books. The store’s hours were irregular, […]

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First Impression: Piqueo’s

First Impression: Piqueo’s

| May 18, 2007 | 2 Comments

Note: A write-up of any restaurant that has been open less than a month is considered a “First Impression.” Meaning, we want to bring you the latest and greatest from around SF but acknowledge that new spots may have some kinks to work out. We keep that in mind, and you should, too. Is Peruvian […]

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Fever-Tree Revisited: Ginger Ale

Fever-Tree Revisited: Ginger Ale

| May 17, 2007 | 2 Comments

When it come to ginger ale, I’ve had only one opinion: drink it when you’re fluish. Since that was the childhood application for me, it’s pretty hard to separate fever, nausea, and vomiting from those emerald green bottles. Until now. After my last Fever-Tree musing, I was invited to participate in intimate Fever-Tree event at […]

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