Archive for July, 2008

Cleansing: Good Idea or Unnecessary Restriction?

Cleansing: Good Idea or Unnecessary Restriction?

| July 15, 2008 | 9 Comments

All of a sudden, it seems that everyone around me is doing a cleanse. I went to a work meeting a couple weeks back, and one of the women ordered a salad with no dressing, lemon on the side, and had an at-length conversation with the server about sugar in the dressing. “I’m on a cleanse,” she explained.

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Provencal Beef Stew

Provencal Beef Stew

| July 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

As a member of a recently formed meat club, one that divides up monthly deliveries from Marin Sun Farms, I have been revisiting some of my favorite beef, lamb and goat recipes. After a few years of rarely cooking big pieces of meat in my kitchen (the meat lover in my heart is always duking […]

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Stephanie’s Summer Suds Shortlist

Stephanie’s Summer Suds Shortlist

| July 13, 2008 | 5 Comments

I think beer is getting a little out of control. It all started with the Bud Light Lime, which is an okay idea, I guess. I mean, I’d much rather jam my own lime slice down the long neck of a Corona, but for the lazier out there who don’t mind the taste of artificial lime mixed in with their frat beer? God bless.

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Cucumber Gazpacho

Cucumber Gazpacho

| July 12, 2008 | 1 Comment

I was inspired to concoct this cool Spanish soup, however, after tasting some at Cesar’s Piedmont Avenue restaurant a couple of weeks ago. Unlike most red tomato gazpachos, the one at Cesar’s that evening was a lovely lemony green and was made with cucumbers. It also had a bright summer flavor and was simple yet elegant.

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The Pretzel: Tying Knots

The Pretzel: Tying Knots

| July 11, 2008 | 0 Comments

When a friend mentioned I might talk about pretzels, I thought, “Why not?” Of course, if he asked me to walk into the middle of a Hell’s Angels picnic singing show tunes, I’d probably do that, too. I am currently that open to suggestion. Pretzel-making, however, seems a much safer venture, so I did a little reading…

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Plumalicious Summer Plum Jam

Plumalicious Summer Plum Jam

| July 10, 2008 | 3 Comments

We somehow managed to pick about six pounds of plums before I decided that something must be done. So, as I did last year, I decided to make plum jam.

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Event: Are You What You Cook?

Event: Are You What You Cook?

| July 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

The Asian Culinary Forum is hosting a panel discussion with a group of celebrated San Francisco chefs. They’ll share how they developed their signature styles and how their personal and professional experiences have shaped their vision of Asian cuisine.

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Eat Local Heats up for the Summer

Eat Local Heats up for the Summer

| July 8, 2008 | 2 Comments

No matter where you are in the nation, summertime is the perfect time to consider eating more locally grown food. It’s good for your local economy, good for the environment, and good for your families. Besides all of that, it tastes great.

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Pie and Politics

Pie and Politics

| July 7, 2008 | 1 Comment

On Sunday, July 13, Colleen and her friend, David Pistrang, will be serving up dish after dish of their favorite homey dessert at the Women’s Building. It’s a Pie Social, their grassroots and very delicious way to raise money for Equality California’s fight against the November ballot initiative that would nullify gay marriage.

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Yelp: (No) Thanks for Sharing

Yelp: (No) Thanks for Sharing

| July 4, 2008 | 32 Comments

In celebration of our most patriotic holiday, I am declaring my own independence from what I consider one of the most irritating sites on the internet– Yelp.com. Even the name causes me to chafe.

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July 4th: Peach Crisps & Block Parties

July 4th: Peach Crisps & Block Parties

The 4th of July is a huge event in our house. My daughters classify it as the third best holiday, after their birthday and Christmas. Yes, I realize their birthday isn’t a holiday, but try telling that to them. Recipe: Block Party Peach Crisp — I love this crisp recipe because it’s huge, feeds a crowd, and is ridiculously simple to make.

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Event: Sake Appreciation

Event: Sake Appreciation

| July 2, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here’s another great opportunity to try izakaya style cuisine paired and sake. The Japan Society of Northern California, in cooperation with Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge and True Sake, presents its next Japanese Language & Cultural Experience Workshop: Sake Appreciation.

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Vegas: Lotus of Siam

Vegas: Lotus of Siam

| July 1, 2008 | 1 Comment

Lotus of Siam, a Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, has been lauded as the best Thai restaurant in the country by some of the most well-known critics around. It is known for it’s excruciating attention to detail with sauces and depth of flavor, its expansive German wine list, and its low-key, unpretentious approach.

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