Archive for October, 2010

Halloween Pumpkin Stew

Halloween Pumpkin Stew

In the Bay Area, the skeletons and jack o’ lanterns of Halloween are always interwoven with the sugar skulls and marigold-strewn altars of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. So why not use goat as a base for this Halloween stew baked a pumpkin? Goat is a traditional meat for Day of the Dead dishes–and, with their spooky eyes and devilish implications, a perfectly haunting choice for Halloween, too.

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KQED’s Forum: Mark Bittman

KQED’s Forum: Mark Bittman

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

In his new book “The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living,” New York Times food writer Mark Bittman urges Americans toward a more plant-based diet. Listen to Mark Bittman in conversation with Michael Krasny.

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Stain Removal and Other Weird Vampire Facts

Stain Removal and Other Weird Vampire Facts

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

While sticking to an all black wardrobe might be the easiest way to hide unsightly red stains, vampires cannot live in black alone. If you do happen to spill any of your liquid refreshment on your clothes, here are some handy tips on how to deal with the blotches.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Sichuan Fortune House, Manor Coffee Shop, L’Ardoise Bistro

Check, Please! Bay Area: Sichuan Fortune House, Manor Coffee Shop, L’Ardoise Bistro

| October 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

The tenth episode of the season features these restaurants: Sichuan Fortune House (Pleasant Hill), Manor Coffee Shop (San Francisco) and L’Ardoise Bistro (San Francisco).

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Light and Airy Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Light and Airy Butternut Squash Gnocchi

| October 28, 2010 | 2 Comments

I used to think gnocchi was difficult to make. After numerous attempts, it seemed almost impossible to achieve the light and delicate texture I desired. I tried using both potatoes and butternut squash, but the results were always disappointing: heavy and dense dumplings instead of the tender pillows I craved.

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Trick or Treat: Homemade Halloween Candy

Trick or Treat: Homemade Halloween Candy

| October 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Homemade Halloween candy with a cookie crunch, chewy caramel layer, and milk chocolate coating. Sound familiar?

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Coffee, Tea, or Blood?: Vamp Up Your Drink

Coffee, Tea, or Blood?: Vamp Up Your Drink

| October 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

According to Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s book The Complete Vampire Companion, there is some guy named Damien Vanian who is living la vida muerte in London. Damien Vanian, aside from having a name that’s the undead equivalent of Amelia Bedelia, is supposedly “London’s most famous living vampire.” I didn’t learn a whole lot about the guy, but I did learn that he came up with a blood substitute recipe.

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San Francisco Food Secrets of Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown

San Francisco Food Secrets of Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown

| October 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Author Daniel Handler (who often uses the pen name of Lemony Snicket) and his wife author/illustrator Lisa Brown live with their young son in the same upper Haight neighborhood as Mayor Gavin Newsom. The duo is active in the arts community, and Handler is on the Board of Advisors for LitPAC, which uses noteworthy authors and lit events to support Democratic causes and politicians. Here are the food favorites of the literary power couple.

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Fire Cider

Fire Cider

Start a batch of Fire Cider now, and you’ll be prepared with an all-natural, all-around cold-and-cough fighter once the winter blues set in.

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Vampire Pantry Preventatives

Vampire Pantry Preventatives

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re not a fan of the über hickey, make sure you have vampire blood, garlic, salt, lard, and various seeds on your shopping list.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Addis Ethiopian, Woodhouse Fish Co., Panama Hotel

Check, Please! Bay Area: Addis Ethiopian, Woodhouse Fish Co., Panama Hotel

| October 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Restaurants Reviewed: Addis Ethiopian Restaurant (Oakland), Woodhouse Fish Co. (San Francisco), Panama Hotel & Restaurant (San Rafael)

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Comforting Chicken Soup

Comforting Chicken Soup

| October 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

When I’m weary and sick I want chicken soup. I don’t care if it’s fancy. Heirloom turnips and herb pistous are not necessary. Just chicken soup, please — nice and brothy with big chunks of chicken and minimal vegetables. Rice, pasta or matzo balls are all fine as long as the soup is homemade.

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Eggplant Parm of My Dreams

Eggplant Parm of My Dreams

| October 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

I dream of this eggplant parm. It is everything I want in the dish. Creamy, cheesy, savory, rich, comforting, homey perfection.

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Food Secrets of  San Francisco Writer Stephen Elliott

Food Secrets of San Francisco Writer Stephen Elliott

| October 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

If you keep your eyes peeled at Mission cafes, you may spot writer Stephen Elliott. He rides his bike or walks everywhere (no car), and is a Mission resident who is all over the news for selling the rights to his Adderall Diaries memoir to James Franco. Elliott is also making waves for organizing against the possibility of a Blue Bottle cart in Dolores Park.

Elliott was at first hesitant to talk about his favorite food spots, citing the fact that “I’m not into food. I’m really not.” He doesn’t ‘do’ food writing and is more of the food is fuel camp.

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