Archive for July, 2007

How to Talk Like a Maine Lobsterman

| July 15, 2007 | 4 Comments

Nothing evokes special occasions like a lobster with drawn butter, but there was once a time when they were considered poverty fare. Fed to orphans, prisoners and indentured servants, lobsters from the Northern Atlantic did not appeal to early colonists. It took the canning craze of the 1950s to spread the taste of lobster beyond […]

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Salumi Stars at Bar Bambino

Salumi Stars at Bar Bambino

| July 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

The thing that struck me speechless was the salumi. I know what you’re thinking. “Salumi?” you’re thinking. “That is so, like, 2006.” Maybe. But when it’s as good as it is at Bar Bambino, it never goes out of style. The small salumi plate ($9.50) was the first thing my boyfriend and I settled on […]

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Tempura

| July 13, 2007 | 4 Comments

Thank you, Catherine Tate. Battered veg. With spicy jam. That works for me. I love anything fried. Thai tempura, or Hoi Tot, is a style of deep fat frying similar to that of the Japanese but suited of course to the climate, palates and product availability of the Thai people. Food from Thailand. The Japanese […]

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Okra, O.K.!

Okra, O.K.!

| July 12, 2007 | 5 Comments

Strike one more vegetable off my, “I really, really, REALLY need to learn how to like this repellent green thing” list. Okra, oh delicious, mysterious, oddly viscous, okra — so long have you been out of my reach, beyond my culinary ken. I’ve had you fried, steamed, and gumbo’d, but still, you did not convince […]

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What to Eat

What to Eat

| July 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

Have you noticed when the topic of Asian food arises, the issue of authenticity is never far behind? For the most part, we don’t seem to care nearly as much if our croissants are authentic or even our burritos, but when it comes to our dim sum, ramen or kim chee, authenticity seems to be […]

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Party Planning: Baby Shower Menu in Progress

Party Planning: Baby Shower Menu in Progress

| July 10, 2007 | 4 Comments

My best-friend-since-7th-grade is about a million months pregnant and I offered to host a baby shower for her this month. Being the urban, single woman who is a bit clueless about things such as baby showers, my first proposal was to have the shower at a Mexican restaurant in Jen’s hometown of Sacramento. This idea […]

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Portland Musings

Portland Musings

| July 9, 2007 | 3 Comments

I’ve been in Portland, Oregon, now for about a week. Initially I was going to come here for a few days before heading up to a wedding in Seattle. I love Portland, and have since the first moment I saw this small city. But soon after I mentioned that, after two long years, I would […]

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Vermont: Maple Creemees and Common Crackers

| July 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Far from the golden hills of California, with endless lush stretches of forest and field, the Green Mountain State lives up to its name. My road trip continues, and this week I find myself heading toward the Northeast Kingdom. Along the way, near the shores of Lake Champlain, I’ve been enjoying two local treats. Faced […]

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Snack Attack

Snack Attack

| July 7, 2007 | 2 Comments

I have always been a snacker. When I was a kid, I preferred white bread spread with cold butter and folded in half, or an oatmeal creme pie. In high school, my snack varied according to whether or not I was on a diet; when I was, I munched Wheat Thins and grapes, and when […]

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Saving My Cherry for a Rainy Day

Saving My Cherry for a Rainy Day

| July 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

People have been ranting and raving ad nauseum about how great stone fruit season is shaping up this year, beginning with cherries. Far too many exclamation marks have been typed, causing an unfortunate cramp in the left hand in the most rabid of us, blogging their praises. I prefer to save my left hand for […]

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Summer Lovin’: Wailua Wheat Beer

Summer Lovin’: Wailua Wheat Beer

| July 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

Akaka Falls, Big Island, Hawaii I don’t think I’ve disguised my deep and abiding love for all things New and Belgium when it comes to beer. I recently fell all over a coriander and bitter orange peel laced summer quaff called Mothership Wit Beer (New Belgium’s first organic beer) and I do highly recommend that […]

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The Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing

The Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing

| July 4, 2007 | 2 Comments

Wine pairing fascinates me. Perhaps because I develop recipes for a wine retailer, I take it very seriously. I approach it as a puzzle with more than one solution. I enjoy finding at least one way to answer the question “what goes with what.” If you read any book or guide to wine pairing, you’ll […]

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‘Tis the Season: New Potatoes

‘Tis the Season: New Potatoes

| July 3, 2007 | 1 Comment

Huckleberry Potatoes, Little Organic Farm Open many books about fresh vegetables and you will find a section in which the author laments about the commonality of the term “new potatoes.” We’ve all seen new potatoes referred to on menus and in supermarkets across the country, but the truth is that what we find are rarely […]

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SF/Bay Area Baking & Knife Skills Classes: August

SF/Bay Area Baking & Knife Skills Classes: August

| July 2, 2007 | 2 Comments

By the time you read this, I will be in Portland, Oregon, readying to teach four baking classes, back to back, over the course of two weeks. Although it might not sound like much, I have only been teaching 2 classes a month in the Bay Area for the last year or so. But I’m […]

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