Archive for April, 2009

Grilled Pizza

Grilled Pizza

| April 30, 2009 | 12 Comments

Yes, I am now grilling my pizzas. This may sound odd, but using your grill actually makes more sense than baking your pizza in an oven. Although people will disagree about toppings — sauce or fresh tomatoes? Anchovies or plain cheese? – it is universally known that you need a very hot oven to make a great crust. A home oven only reaches a max of 500 or, if you’re lucky, 550 degrees, while most grills get up to 600 degrees or hotter (mine gets up to 650 degrees). You’ll never replicate the intense radiant heat from a professional pizzeria oven at home, but using a barbecue grill will get you pretty close. Used with a pizza stone, your backyard grill becomes the perfect home pizza oven.

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Pregnant Pause: Last Ditch Dines

Pregnant Pause: Last Ditch Dines

| April 29, 2009 | 5 Comments

Realistically, I don’t know how many we’ll get to but it’s always good to have goals, especially ones as tasty as these, so here you go, 12 Bay Area restaurants we want to hit before our late-June due date.

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KQED Forum: Michael Pollan

KQED Forum: Michael Pollan

| April 28, 2009 | 1 Comment

Michael Pollan joins KQED Forum to talk food politics. Find out how he views President Obama’s first 100 days in office, and how the food industry is reacting to calls for simpler ingredients. Plus, Pollan wants to know, what food rules do you live by? Michael Pollan’s most recent book is “In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto.”

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Mushroom 500 Flatbread

Mushroom 500 Flatbread

| April 28, 2009 | 2 Comments

Inspired by Coco500’s Truffled Mushroom Flatbread, this DIY version is a satisfying recreation with earthy, robust mushrooms and salty parmigiano.

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Duc Loi Supermarket

Duc Loi Supermarket

| April 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

For over twenty years, seven days a week, Howard and Amanda Ngo have sold fresh, affordable produce and a quirky blend of both Latin American and Asian ingredients at the heart of the Mission District.

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So You Want to Write a Cookbook: Part 2

So You Want to Write a Cookbook: Part 2

Last week, So You Want to Write a Cookbook: Part 1 offered some insider advice to would-be authors with Julia Child ambitions. Today, with Part 2, a few answers to those questions you didn’t know to ask, from what makes a recipe yours to how to get an agent.

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Pregnant Pause: Pink Grapefruit Perrier

Pregnant Pause: Pink Grapefruit Perrier

| April 25, 2009 | 5 Comments

I’ve tasted alcohol-free wines and beers. I’ve dabbled — with some success — in making mocktails and sipping sparkling teas. But now? I’ve found the world’s most perfect water.
I give you: Pink Grapefruit Perrier!

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Dziekuje, King Stanislaw

Dziekuje, King Stanislaw

| April 24, 2009 | 3 Comments

Thanks to my recent reading, its finally happened. I’ve met him– my new historical crush, Stanislaw Leszczynski.But it really isn’t his laundry list of honors that impresses me. I’d still like him if here were merely an viscount or baron or margrave. It’s his penchant for popularizing and ascribing names to food that I like. Really, really popular food. King Stanislaw, it seems, was quite a gastronome, as his painting might hint at, given his multiple chins.

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Grilled Stuffed Artichokes

Grilled Stuffed Artichokes

| April 23, 2009 | 5 Comments

My mother has always made giant stuffed artichokes for Easter dinner. Her large full chokes are truly gorgeous to behold — like enormous desert flowers filled with bread crumb pollen — and even more delightful to eat. But because I am lazy, I rarely make this dish. Filling each leaf of an artichoke seems a tedious task. And, although I love to spend long dinners leisurely making my way through a giant artichoke, my children and husband don’t have the patience to slowly nibble the meat from the edge of each leaf. I therefore came up with a compromise recipe: keep the stuffing, but ditch the tiresome preparation and elongated eating period. This makes everyone happy.

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Café Claude, J’taime

Café Claude, J’taime

| April 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

Tucked away in a hidden alley amongst financial district lunch spots, Café Claude is a delightful breath of fresh air. I half expected my feet to touch cobblestone as I made my way past the charming red trellis and climbing ivy partitioning this Parisian gem from bustling Kearny Street.

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San Francisco Cocktail Week: May 11-18

San Francisco Cocktail Week: May 11-18

| April 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

San Francisco Cocktail Week is presented by the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail, which is an organization who is preserving the art of the cocktail in San Francisco.

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So You Want to Write a Cookbook: Part 1

So You Want to Write a Cookbook: Part 1

Your brownies reign supreme. Your roast chicken makes Zuni Cafe look like Safeway’s rotisserie. Proposals–not all tongue-in-cheek–pile up when your strawberry-rhubarb pie arrives. Your friends, your family, your blogging buddies all agree: you should write a book. They’d buy it, their friends would buy it, Ina and Martha would arm-wrestle over who would get you on her show first.

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Down and Dirty: Digging MyFarm

Down and Dirty: Digging MyFarm

| April 17, 2009 | 3 Comments

When my friend Natalie asked me if I had any plans for Easter weekend, I was mildly embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t. I just hadn’t given it much thought this year.

“Well, you do now,” she said. “Want to help plant a farm?”

Plant a farm. I couldn’t think of a good reason not to. I welcomed the excuse to get outside and do something interesting, something for free. Something more than a little dirty.

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I’ll have my baby with a side of placenta

I’ll have my baby with a side of placenta

| April 16, 2009 | 10 Comments

Note: Don’t read this if you find my other posts disgusting or offensive. Move along now. I mean it.
Some women get post-partum depression; in my case, I had a whopper case of pre-partum depression, which, needless to say, did not bode well the post part of the partum.

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