Archive for May, 2008

Raspberry Almond Shortcake

Raspberry Almond Shortcake

I’ve never understood how a fruit as delightful and sweet as a raspberry could have inspired the term “blowing a raspberry.” How could such a sweet and luscious plump red berry get such bad rap? Out of curiosity, I looked up the term. From what I can tell, it all started sometime in the late […]

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Cherry Soup

Cherry Soup

| May 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year. Farmer’s Markets are exploding with great spring fruits and vegetables. My favorite among them is cherries. If this were prime time television, the cherry would be a superstar, hosting its own variety show in the best time slot possible. Like a Saturday night bookended by very special episodes of The […]

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An Urban Tomato Garden

An Urban Tomato Garden

| May 29, 2008 | 15 Comments

I grew up in the 1970s in Dallas, Texas, at a time when processed food was the hot new thing (think Funyuns, Cap’n Crunch and Velveeta, and the list goes on…). So you can imagine what I must have been surrounded by foodwise. Fortunately, my mom was a foodie at heart—she baked loaves of bread, […]

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CupcakeCamp & Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

CupcakeCamp & Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

| May 28, 2008 | 0 Comments

Calling all cupcake lovers! Make them or buy them and share or just eat them, this Sunday at CupcakeCamp. Cupcake tastings will be scheduled at different time slots (e.g. by flavor, baker, or store) and categories to be judged include Best Frosting (flavor), Best Cake, Most Creative/Unique/Original/Bacon. For those bringing cupcakes, the limit per person […]

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Farmstays

| May 27, 2008 | 2 Comments

There’s not a whole lot I wish for in San Francisco. City-wide peace. Perhaps a sharkless surf. A mayor who actually cared about the murder rate. Maybe the odd snowstorm complete with school closings that wouldn’t actually affect me, but for which I would still get up at 6 AM to tune the radio appropriately. […]

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The Last Course: CCA Leaves Polk Street

The Last Course: CCA Leaves Polk Street

| May 26, 2008 | 4 Comments

The CCA’s Carême Room served its last grand buffet this past Friday. Anyone who has recently driven by that familiar corner of Polk and Turk, with its clumps of white-clad culinary students smoking on the sidewalk, would have suspected as much, what with that huge sign advertising “Building for Lease.” With only 300 students enrolled […]

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You Say Tomato: A Very British Grocery

You Say Tomato: A Very British Grocery

| May 23, 2008 | 2 Comments

There’s more to urban hunting and gathering than visiting one’s local supermarket. Grocery shopping need not be limited to the likes of Safeway, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s. They’re just so… corporate, and this shopper is a bit bored with the over-marketing of, well, markets. Small, individually-owned stores might not provide their customers with all […]

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Supporting Your Local Food Bank

Supporting Your Local Food Bank

The summer months are a great time for thinking about and eating all those lovely fruits and vegetables that are ripe and in season. But what if you couldn’t afford to buy cherries, peaches or watermelon, let alone milk or peanut butter? What if the rising costs of fuel and food made is so that […]

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Events: Penny Saving Dining Deals

Events: Penny Saving Dining Deals

| May 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

With talk of an economic downturn people may be tightening their belts a bit. Not surprisingly, restaurants are trying to make eating out more enticing with special deals. Here’s a round up of deals, just be sure to check with each restaurant before dining since these offers do come and go… Dine About Town is […]

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SpoonFed Art: Packing Popcorn

SpoonFed Art: Packing Popcorn

| May 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

I fully intended to write about my newest bit of foodie finery that will soon hang happily around my neck. After three years of gazing at the gallery with longing and indecision, I finally made up my mind and bought a necklace from SpoonFed Art. SoCal artist Karin Collins started her collages as therapy for […]

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Thyme Shortbread

Thyme Shortbread

| May 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

Refreshing smoothies one day…hot tea the next. It’s San Francisco, after all, so sundresses and icy drinks enjoy but brief moments of glory. As much as I reveled in salads last week, I’m baking this week to keep our kitchen warm. All that exuberant sunshine encouraged my little pot of thyme to bolt and bloom. […]

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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Although the calendar says it’s only May, it feels more like July this week. My kids are begging to go to the pool every day and I’m craving ice cream. Strawberry ice cream to be specific. Strawberries are in full season in all their sweet glory and what better way to stave off the heat […]

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Elbow’s Room: Artisanal Chocolates

Elbow’s Room: Artisanal Chocolates

| May 16, 2008 | 5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with my oldest friend in the world to mind her three-year-old while she had her hair cut and dyed. As a reward, she said, she would buy me chocolate. Fine, I thought. I’m not a chocolate freak, so she’d be getting off rather cheaply, in terms of […]

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Cherries Are Ripe!

Cherries Are Ripe!

| May 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

In late spring when the first cherries would appear at the Dallas farmers’ market, my mom would sing her little cherry ditty: “Cherries are ripe…” Granted, it doesn’t sound like much—it’s only a 3-word phrase—and she did sing it much more often than as an annual welcome to the little stone fruit, but I can’t […]

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