Archive for September, 2008

October is Eat Local Challenge Month

October is Eat Local Challenge Month

| September 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

October is Eat Local Challenge month around the nation. Over at the Eat Local Challenge blog, we are excited to have over two hundred people who have committed to eating locally in their area for the entire month. We choose to eat locally because it supports the local economy, because it supports local farms and farmers, because it’s lighter on the earth, and because it supports responsible development.

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Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way

Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way

| September 29, 2008 | 1 Comment

KQED’s October issue of The Guide has a little piece about the new Jacques Pépin show, More Fast Food My Way, premiering this Saturday. I must to admit to snorting when I saw that the article’s timeline of a day in the life of the show started at 10:30 a.m., because the back kitchen was there between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m., and Jacques himself was in not too much later.

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Scenes from the St. Paul Farmer's Market

Scenes from the St. Paul Farmer's Market

| September 27, 2008 | 1 Comment

When the rain that was roiling menacingly in the bloated clouds over Minneapolis finally let loose and spattered down just as we arrived at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, I was worried. Did I just ask my friends to meet me out in inclement weather? Did we have enough umbrellas? Did we have extra layers, sweaters, or jackets? Would they Camille home, nursing sore throats, coughs, and eventually succumb to an effectively romantic wasting disease complete with lace hankerchiefs?

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Event: WhiskyFest 2008

Event: WhiskyFest 2008

| September 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again…when the leaves start to turn, a chill wind blows through the air…
Wait. No. Not here. It’s still summer (or at least it feels like it)! But even though we live in a warm little bubble here in the Bay Area at this time of year, technically autumn has arrived. And with it, an event that I always look forward to: WhiskyFest!

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Finding Great Places to Eat While Traveling

Finding Great Places to Eat While Traveling

| September 25, 2008 | 2 Comments

Although restaurants that offer well-prepared dishes from organic and/or local ingredients can be difficult to find once you leave your home turf, there are a few wonderful online sites that will do some of the groundwork for you. I spent some time on both TripAdvisor and Chowhound before we left town, and it paid off. The reviews on TripAdvisor led me to some great country inns with fantastic food, and Chowhound helped me find a restaurant or two in Edinburgh that we really loved. We also had the benefit of getting some sound advice from friends in the know — which is always the best option if you have it.

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Event: Rockridge – Picnic In the Street

Event: Rockridge – Picnic In the Street

| September 24, 2008 | 3 Comments

As a part of Out and About in Rockridge, Market Hall merchants will spill out onto College Avenue for their annual “Picnic in the Street.” Enjoy food and wine tastings, cookbook signings, music, and dancing. Children’s activities include cupcake decorating and pumpkin painting. There will also be a Cookbook Exchange—bring a used cookbook and exchange it for another (remaining books will go to the Rockridge Public Library).

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Three Wise Farmers Tour

Three Wise Farmers Tour

| September 23, 2008 | 1 Comment

CUESA is the organization that oversees the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. In addition to the tasks involved with market oversight, CUESA also leads educational programs, farm tours, and farm trips.

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The Great American Soup

The Great American Soup

| September 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

This 1970s commercial shows how to make a big production out of soup. Ann Miller was a much-loved dancer who was discovered before she even hit puberty right here in San Francisco at the historic and colorful Black Cat Cafe.

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KQED’s Forum: Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act

KQED’s Forum: Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act

| September 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

Listen to Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act on KQED’s Forum.
We take up Proposition 2 on the November ballot which, if passed, would prohibit the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up or fully extend their limbs. Opponents say the proposition would shut down the state’s poultry industry and result in unsafe food. Airs on KQED 88.5FM Mon, Sep 22, 2008 — 9:00 AM
Stream online at KQED.org/listen

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The Scottish Panini

The Scottish Panini

| September 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

It’s probably not going to surprise anyone to hear that one of the things I love about being in a foreign country is experiencing the food. But this simple pleasure became far more complicated when I started traveling with kids. I have tried to raise daughters with a sense of gastronomic adventure — and for the most part they are willing and excited participants in our culinary outings — but when you’re in a different time zone, all bets are off as the crabby-child factor increases with each 1,000 miles you journey from home.

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A Cake Turned Upside Down

A Cake Turned Upside Down

| September 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve had this cake on my mind for some time. It has been years since I’ve eaten one– not since childhood. I remembered it as being sticky and sweet, delicious and remarkably easy to prepare– that is, I do not remember anyone ever slaving over the making of a Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

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Health Dialogues: Back to School, Childhood Nutrition

Health Dialogues: Back to School, Childhood Nutrition

| September 18, 2008 | 0 Comments

It’s time for kids to go back to school, but what are they eating? The foods children consume now can adversely affect their future health, particularly their risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Join the September edition of Health Dialogues as we examine childhood nutrition — in the busy home, in the lunchroom and in the lunchbox.

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Izzy's Ice Cream: A Minnesota Fairy Tale

Izzy's Ice Cream: A Minnesota Fairy Tale

| September 18, 2008 | 4 Comments

I’m a very impatient person, but on this trip to Minneapolis patience and forbearance paid off in spades. That said, St. Paul-based Izzy’s Ice Cream was harder to get into than SPQR at 7:00 on a Friday.

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Event: The Toddler Cafe Cookbook Recipe Demo

Event: The Toddler Cafe Cookbook Recipe Demo

| September 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Local chef and blogger Jennifer Carden wrote the cookbook The Toddler Café for picky kids, but truth be told, many of the recipes would satisfy picky adults. A recipe for Pumpkin Pockets isn’t so far from a very sophisticated Ravioli di Zucca.

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