Archive for May, 2008

Events: Sip & Shuck

Events: Sip & Shuck

| May 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

As the weather warms up it’s prime time for outdoor festivals. Head to Ghirardelli Square for sipping wine at the third annual Uncorked Wine Festival or to Golden Gate Park for shucking oysters at the ninth annual San Francisco Oyster Fest. Better yet, enjoy both! Ghirardelli Square hosts Uncorked! in partnership with COPIA, the American […]

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Don’t Forget the Ants: 5 Picnic Essentials

Don’t Forget the Ants: 5 Picnic Essentials

| May 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

With the temps being on the chillier side these days, I was about to get all Dylan on yo’ ass and announce, “If you wanta have a picnic, that’s up t’ you. But don’t tell me about it, I don’t wanta hear it, ‘Cause, see, I just lost all m’ picnic spirit. Stay in m’ […]

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Smoothies: Youth-Powered Sweetness

Smoothies: Youth-Powered Sweetness

| May 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Teaching kids to eat and drink healthfully requires much more than admonitions. After carting away the vending machines and abolishing the Big Gulps, we can’t leave the kids empty-handed. Rachelle Boucher from Generation Chefs is working hard to fill the void. From the popular Pizza Smack-Downs at COPIA to her weekly cooking classes (free to […]

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Choke on This: Baby Artichokes

Choke on This: Baby Artichokes

| May 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

As a kid, the only green vegetable I willingly let into my mouth without making faces and disgusting noises was the artichoke. Knowing what I know now about the seasonality and regionality of food, I’m pretty impressed that my mother was able to get her hands on artichokes in Minnesota all those years ago. As […]

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Kate Smith’s Favorite Recipes

Kate Smith’s Favorite Recipes

| May 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

Well, God Bless America, it’s Kate Smith! I’ve recently been given a book of her favorite recipes called, of all things, Kate Smith’s Favorite Recipes. If you know anything at all about me, or even care to, you know that I am fascinated with celebrities. Not the new ones so much–I prefer the dead ones. […]

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The Doritos Dilemma: Giving Kids Junk Food

The Doritos Dilemma: Giving Kids Junk Food

I have a confession to make. For a couple of weeks in April, I allowed my daughters to place a little bag of Doritos in their lunch boxes. Many people will think I’m ridiculous for feeling this is something to confess to, but I know a lot of you out there struggle with the same […]

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Events: Fireworks & Farmers

Events: Fireworks & Farmers

| May 7, 2008 | 0 Comments

I know, fireworks and farmers aren’t usually uttered in the same sentence, but why not? In San Francisco you can have up close and personal access to both at these special events. Every year KFOG puts on a fireworks extravaganza. You can fight the crowds on the pier or treat yourself to an upgrade. Head […]

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Event: Farmers Market Cocktail Demonstration

Event: Farmers Market Cocktail Demonstration

| May 6, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’m looking forward to the CUESA-hosted Farmers Market Cocktail Demonstration and tasting that will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at the Ferry Building in participation with San Francisco Cocktail Week. The Farmers Market Cocktail Demonstration will feature cocktails using seasonal farmers market ingredients and will have a star line-up of great bartenders from around […]

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Food Hacks

Food Hacks

| May 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Although I couldn’t attend this past weekend’s Maker Faire, with its inaugural section dedicated to food, I did have a chance to learn a few new tricks for the kitchen. It’s not a recent phenomenon for cooks to hack their utensils and ingredients—Homo “Handy Man” habilis figured out that meat on the stick thing, Mongol […]

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Inexpensive Family Meals

Inexpensive Family Meals

I’ve been reading a lot about the rising cost of food. The general media is painting a fairly dim picture of the current state of food prices and accessibility, and Jennifer Maiser’s recent articles on BAB helped enlighten us about the politics behind these stories and the reactions to them. Anyone who has walked into […]

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The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep

| May 2, 2008 | 1 Comment

In honor of the 134th annual Kentucky Derby, which just happens to be happening tomorrow, I am making mint juleps. How could I not? Since I am neither a Southerner, nor have I ever been to Churchill Downs, I very easily could not. But I have lots of Southern friends and often like to pretend […]

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Shrimp Po-boy

Shrimp Po-boy

| May 1, 2008 | 5 Comments

You know when you take a bite of something and you realize that this is a taste you are going to crave? Like salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery. It’s usually something you can’t get just anywhere. For me it often happens when I’m traveling somewhere and I won’t easily find that taste again […]

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