Archive for January, 2010

Bay Area Bites joins Check, Please! on This Week in Northern CA

Bay Area Bites joins Check, Please! on This Week in Northern CA

| January 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Bites bloggers, Michael Procopio and Stephanie Rosenbaum join Leslie Sbrocco, host of Check, Please! Bay Area in a new local food and wine segment on This Week in Northern California. This week, the conversation is about restaurants and the recession and underground food markets.

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Underground Farmers’ Market

Underground Farmers’ Market

The second Underground Farmers’ Market hits a nerve as capacity crowds line up on Capp Street for jam, kombucha, and other homemade treats made by their friends and neighbors.

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Cutting Corners: Tipping in a Down Economy

Cutting Corners: Tipping in a Down Economy

| January 29, 2010 | 6 Comments

2009 was a rough year for restaurants in San Francisco and (if January is any indicator) 2010 isn’t going to be a bed of truffles and lollipops either. As a 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry, I cringe.

Have you taken a look at the list of restaurants that closed their doors in the past year?

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

| January 28, 2010 | 12 Comments

My Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole is a good example for how this type of dish can really stretch your food dollar. Whether you use leftovers from a previous night’s dinner or start from scratch, you only need to use about half the meat you would normally serve your family because the rice adds substantially to the dish. And, with some local onions and mushrooms added into the mix, it is ample enough to feed a family of 4-6 people while costing less than $15 to make. Truly the perfect savory mid-winter meal.

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Massive Pot of Chili

Massive Pot of Chili

| January 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

2 pounds of bacon, 4 pounds of sausage, 6 pounds of ground beef…and that’s only the beginning. Isn’t the Super Bowl coming up or something?

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Burns Night, Meet Pie Day

Burns Night, Meet Pie Day

| January 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

What happens when National Pie Day meets Burns Night?

Not a haggis pie, thankfully. But something haggis-inspired in the shape of a warming shepherd’s pie.

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Top Five Local Food Blogs Worth Your Time

Top Five Local Food Blogs Worth Your Time

| January 25, 2010 | 6 Comments

Well, after my post on food websites last week I received a surprising response from readers asking why I didn’t include more information about blogs, questioning my rationale between blogs and websites, and asking for blog recommendations–specifically local ones. So in a way, this is a continuation of last week’s post, a Part 2, blogger-style.

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Gelateria Naia Goes Local

Gelateria Naia Goes Local

What happens when a local gelato company teams up with some of the Bay Area’s best artisanal food producers? Gelato that will transport you instantly to a sunny Italian sidewalk, no passport required.

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King Friday: Three Kings Cake

King Friday: Three Kings Cake

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

January is rather king-heavy in its celebrations. At the beginning of the month, we’ve got the baby Jesus, who some call the King of Kings; right after that comes the birthday of Elvis, the King of rock and roll; and, finally, there is Martin Luther King, jr. Holiday. Three kings. Count ‘em.

It was all too perfect to pass up.

Rather than make a straightforward, Jesus-oriented King’s cake cake, I could celebrate all three kings by adding three different kinds of beans.

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Aidells Sausages out of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Aidells Sausages out of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

| January 21, 2010 | 8 Comments

I love living in San Francisco. In what other major city does the ouster of a sausage vendor at the farmers market become a platform for public debate?

First of all, a little background: This week, the Chronicle reported in an column by CW Nevius that the Aidells booth at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was being asked to leave by the end of the month.

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Friendship and Homemade Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Friendship and Homemade Meyer Lemon Marmalade

| January 21, 2010 | 5 Comments

I planted my Meyer lemon tree around five years ago, and although it’s given me a steady stream of fruit since we first set it into the ground outside our front porch, this is the first year that our tree was crowded with lemons. So what do you do with an overabundance of sweet and tart Meyers? In my case, I had great plans to make marmalade.

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

| January 20, 2010 | 3 Comments

Gooey, cheesy, warm, and indulgent. The inspiration for this twist on the classic mac n’ cheese comes from the haunting memory of Tortelli di Zucca from Mantua (handmade ravioli stuffed with a velvety smooth puree of pumpkin, crushed almondy Amaretti cookies, and a hint of spices).

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Restorative Noshing

Restorative Noshing

| January 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

The bartender recommended more booze. The personal trainer advocated drinking plenty of water and working out. The doctor condemned drinking too much in the first place. The acupuncturist suggested acupuncture. I’m not sure if I have a profession to stick to, but I have done both drinking and thinking in my day, and for that reason, I hesitate to press any so-called “cures” on others. Hangovers are, after all, very personal things. I will however share a few meals that I have managed to enjoy under the bleariest of circumstances.

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2010 Fancy Food Show

2010 Fancy Food Show

The Winter Fancy Food Show is here in San Francisco through Tuesday, sprawling through the windowless, blue-carpeted acres down in the Moscone Center. It’s huge, filling both the North and South Halls on either side of Howard Street, over 2000 vendors on display, all here to make deals, talk shop, taste, schmooze, scope out the competition, see which way the market is moving. It’s the biggest food-product show in the country, attracting all levels of the industry from big distributors to small cheesemakers.

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