Archive for October, 2010

Book Review: Flour by Joanne Chang

Book Review: Flour by Joanne Chang

| October 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

The Flour cookbook has arrived, and Joanne Chang has delivered! Megan Gordon reviews the book and shares a recipe for Homemade Oreos.

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Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

These next few weeks, pumpkins will be everywhere you look. Which means everyone you know will be baking their favorite pumpkin quick bread, pumpkin cookies, or pumpkin muffins these days. This yeasted version is a little more unusual. It makes a great base for turkey sandwiches slathered with mayonnaise and cranberry sauce; it’s also wonderful for breakfast toasted and spread with apple butter.

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My Calabria: My Rosetta Stone

My Calabria: My Rosetta Stone

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Rosetta Constantino’s My Calabria (written with Janet Fletcher) and the interest it has sparked in me, I feel as though the old toe is finally beginning to heal. The book is a long-overdue source of pride and celebration for those of us whose families emigrated from there. For those who are not of Calabrese heritage, it brings this remote area of Southern Italy closer; it sheds light upon the cuisine of a region that has been largely ignored by the rest of the world.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: El Metate, CreoLa Bistro, Benjarong Thai Cuisine

Check, Please! Bay Area: El Metate, CreoLa Bistro, Benjarong Thai Cuisine

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Restaurants Reviewed: El Metate (San Francisco), CreoLa Bistro (San Carlos), Benjarong Thai Cuisine (San Francisco).

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White Turnip Pudding Cake (Lo Bok Go)

White Turnip Pudding Cake (Lo Bok Go)

| October 13, 2010 | 2 Comments

Recipe for classic dim sum dish, pan-fried turnip cakes studded with dried shrimp, barbecued pork, and bits of preserved turnip.

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A Week at The San Francisco Baking Institute

A Week at The San Francisco Baking Institute

| October 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

Megan Gordon details her week at San Francisco Baking Institute and the Top Ten Things she Learned about Pastry Production.

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BlogHer Food Conference, Day 2

BlogHer Food Conference, Day 2

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tamara recaps some highlights from day 2: “Recipe Writing” with Elana Amsterdam, Jennie Perillo, and Gaby Dalkin; “Do You Have a Cookbook in You?” with Shauna James Ahern, Nancy Baggett, Dorie Greenspan, Susan Russo, and Justin Schwartz; and “Food Photography: Think Outside the Plate,” with Penny De Los Santos.

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BlogHer Food Conference, Day 1

BlogHer Food Conference, Day 1

| October 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

Day One at the BlogHer Food Conference: Talking, eating, and talking about eating. Oh, and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

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Secrets of a Chef: Kirti Pant

Secrets of a Chef: Kirti Pant

| October 8, 2010 | 2 Comments

Chef Kirti Pant has been cooking modern Indian cuisine at Junnoon (pronounced “Juh-noon”) since it opened in Palo Alto in 2006. Pant lives in the East Bay with his wife, Aparna, and young daughter, Anika. He shares some of his favorite spots to eat in the Bay Area.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: La Ciccia, Sushi Groove, Babalou’s

Check, Please! Bay Area: La Ciccia, Sushi Groove, Babalou’s

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

The seventh episode of the season features these restaurants: La Ciccia (San Francisco), Sushi Groove (San Francisco) and Babalou’s Mediterranean Restaurant (Walnut Creek).

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Eat Me

Eat Me

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Let’s pretend for a moment you were asked to translate yourself into a plate of food.

If you were to turn the phrase “You are what you eat” on its ear and attempt to eat what you are, what exactly would you be eating? What would it look like if you laid bare all those little bits of yourself– your own, personal ingredients, I suppose– and put them on a plate for all the world to see?

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Beef Stroganoff, Bolsheviks and The Grand Duchess Anastasia

Beef Stroganoff, Bolsheviks and The Grand Duchess Anastasia

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

I’ve always loved beef stroganoff. When I was a kid, my mom would make large pots of the stuff and I would happily eat leftovers for days. As an Italian kid, it was exciting to eat a dish whose name ended with an “f” instead of an “i.” Stroganoff! Plus there was my mad obsession wondering what happened to the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. I was convinced, in a way that only young girls can be, that she had eluded execution and was living an undercover life somewhere. Taking small bites of beef mixed with egg noodles and sour cream, I would day dream about the life I imagined she had after escaping the terrible fate of her Tsar father and family, murdered by Bolsheviks.

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Butterscotch Pot de Creme

Butterscotch Pot de Creme

| October 5, 2010 | 2 Comments

A remake of Town Hall’s decadent Pot de Creme — silky smooth butterscotch pudding with fresh whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a Tahini shortbread cookie on top.

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Baking Pie with Kate McDermott

Baking Pie with Kate McDermott

| October 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you haven’t heard of Kate McDermott, you’re missing out. I first learned about her from a few Seattle friends who had taken her pie-making classes and insisted that it changed the way they thought about crust. And these are kitchen savvy people. Then I read somewhere that Ruth Reichl deemed Kate’s crust an “absolutely perfect crust.” That’s about the time I started stalking Kate. I’d go to her website to see if she was planning on teaching in the Bay Area. No luck.

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