Archive for September, 2010

Food Secrets of a Writer and Litquake Co-Founder: Jack Boulware

Food Secrets of a Writer and Litquake Co-Founder: Jack Boulware

| September 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

In 1999, Jack Boulware and Jane Ganahl co-founded a literary festival that eventually became known as Litquake while drinking beer at The Edinburgh Castle. Today, Litquake has grown into the largest fest of its kind on the West Coast and will feature more than 500 authors during a nine day run that starts on October 1st. Boulware shared his picks for food spots, while asking folks to not visit his favorites.

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Sticky Rice Bowl (Naw Mai Fan)

Sticky Rice Bowl (Naw Mai Fan)

| September 30, 2010 | 3 Comments

Chinese comfort food: Naw Mai Fan — sweet sticky rice with shitake mushrooms, goji berries, and dried scallops.

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Ricotta Ice Cream with Peaches in Muscat

Ricotta Ice Cream with Peaches in Muscat

| September 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

When the weather reaches the 90s, I crave homemade ice cream. But as cool and refreshing as this cold treat can be, making ice cream custard is a bit of a hot and steamy affair. Normally I wouldn’t flinch from standing over a pot on the stove while I whisked eggs and cream together, but this week I just wanted the chilly result of creamy ice cream without the fuss.

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Food Secrets of a Writer and Litquake Co-Founder: Jane Ganahl

Food Secrets of a Writer and Litquake Co-Founder: Jane Ganahl

| September 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

In 1999 Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware co-founded a literary festival called Litquake over beers at The Edinburgh Castle, in the Tenderloin. Today, Litquake has grown into the largest fest of its kind on the West Coast and will feature more than 500 authors during a nine day run that starts on October 1st. Her picks for eating spots were shared via email interview.

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Book Review: Tartine Bread

Book Review: Tartine Bread

| September 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

Megan Gordon shares her thoughts (and a recipe) on the stunning new cookbook, Tartine Bread.

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Food Secrets from La Cocina’s Caleb Zigas

Food Secrets from La Cocina’s Caleb Zigas

| September 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Caleb Zigas is the Acting Executive Director of La Cocina and lives nearby on a block that he says “used to be called the Mission. Now it’s Noe Valley.” He organizes the programming for the business incubator, and is often called upon for media interviews. Among Zigas’ favorite foods are chicken soup, steamed pork buns, molletes (a bread roll popular in both Mexico and the Andalusia region of Spain) and nearly anything with miso.

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From Orchard to Oven Pie Workshop

From Orchard to Oven Pie Workshop

| September 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

Is there any nicer way to spend an autumn afternoon than bumping along in the back of a pickup truck, out to pick fresh organic apples for a pie? Pie therapist Stephanie gets tips from the pros at Two Rock Ranch’s Orchard to Oven Pie Workshop.

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Sweet Sounds

Sweet Sounds

| September 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

Music permeates restaurant kitchens and occasionally even ends up on plates. We’ve found that it’s no different in the world of sweets, an influence that goes far beyond opera cake.

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Tomatoes: An Addiction (Early Girl Tomato Sauce)

Tomatoes: An Addiction (Early Girl Tomato Sauce)

| September 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

I have a confession to make: I’ve been on a bit of a tomato bender.

I just can’t help it. They are just so irresistible. I’ve been popping cherry tomatoes like pills, sneaking slices and dices of heirlooms into every meal, and lusting after Early Girls. I recently came across this Mario Batali clip, and learned that there is a word for my ailment. The Italians call it Scorpacciata.

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Jacques Pepin’s 75th Birthday Events in the Bay Area

Jacques Pepin’s 75th Birthday Events in the Bay Area

| September 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

KQED celebrates master chef Jacques Pépin’s 75th birthday with a series of events, benefiting KQED and the production of his upcoming new TV series The Essential Pépin.

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Greek Food Festival

Greek Food Festival

| September 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

If the kleig lights circling out front didn’t show you the way to the Contra Costa Festival of Greek Food & Wine at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Concord, the smell of spit-roasting lamb surely would. Baklava recipe included.

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Secrets of a Curator: Omnivore Books’ Celia Sack

Secrets of a Curator: Omnivore Books’ Celia Sack

| September 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

he stock of new, antiquarian and collectible cookbooks at Omnivore Books in Noe Valley is legendary, and the one of a kind store continues to be successful after opening in November 2008. One sweet touch is the blend of books coupled with fresh eggs for sale and occasional free apples from owner Celia Sack.

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Eating Lunch at Big Sur Bakery

Eating Lunch at Big Sur Bakery

| September 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s been well over two years now since the hungry writers at Bay Area Bites mentioned Big Sur Bakery. I figured it was time. Now, I can’t quite pin down the exact moment I became obsessed with Big Sur Bakery. It was well before the recent Bon Appetit mention and even before the stunning My Nepenthe cookbook came out. I feel like it’s always been this legend-like place that I’ve been trying to get past relationships, friends, and family to tag along and try. But most folks always have the same reaction:

You want to drive 5 hours round-trip to go to a bakery? In one day?

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How to Cook a Rotisserie Chicken

How to Cook a Rotisserie Chicken

| September 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

I’m not talking about buying one of those birds encased in a plastic shield at the grocery store — the ones that were supposedly cooked on a rotisserie earlier that day — but really… who knows when it was roasted? I mean preparing a chicken that you cook in your backyard or on a deck — slowly with the seasonings you like. I’m talking about taking the chicken off the spit with your own hands and then eating it while it’s hot and juicy. Sounds primal but delectable, right?

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