Archive for November, 2010

Gluten-Free Bakeries Bring Holiday Cheer

Gluten-Free Bakeries Bring Holiday Cheer

| November 30, 2010 | 19 Comments

December is just about here, which means that Bay Area gluten-free bakeries are beginning to roll out their fabulous holiday treats.

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The Ultimate Comfort Soup: Congee

The Ultimate Comfort Soup: Congee

| November 29, 2010 | 17 Comments

Congee is a creamy rice porridge that’s a staple in Asian cultures. Consisting of rice that’s been slowly cooked down to the point that the starches disintegrate, congee is warm, comforting, and easy to digest.

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Borscht for Chanukah

Borscht for Chanukah

| November 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

Thanksgiving is over, and now, in just a few days, Chanukah will be upon us. To go with your latkes, Stephanie Rosenbaum offers up her recipe for healthy, delicious winter borscht.

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KQED’s Forum: Hunger in the Bay Area

KQED’s Forum: Hunger in the Bay Area

| November 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

In San Francisco, one of every five children is at risk of going hungry and the numbers are similar in other Bay Area counties. As the holiday season begins, food bank and soup kitchen operators are reporting a spike in the number of families that are seeking food. Forum talk with officials from several Bay Area food agencies about the need they’re seeing and how people can help.

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Black Friday Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pancakes

Black Friday Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pancakes

| November 26, 2010 | 3 Comments

Skip the madness this Black Friday and take your shopping online while you enjoy a leisurely breakfast of Sweet Potato Pancakes in your jammies.

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Food Safety on Thanksgiving

Food Safety on Thanksgiving

| November 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Now I don’t want to be a downer, but if there’s any day during the year when you might accidentally spread some bacteria or make someone sick, it’s Thanksgiving. But keeping your meal safe for your family and guests isn’t difficult if you take a few proactive steps. Here are some easy food safety guidelines for not only the holiday meal, but every day throughout the year.

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KQED’s Forum: Harold McGee’s Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

KQED’s Forum: Harold McGee’s Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

What are the pros and cons of brining a turkey? What is the secret to perfect pie crust? On the day before Thanksgiving, food scientist and New York Times “Curious Cook” columnist Harold McGee joined Forum’s Dave Iverson in the studio to answer listeners’ last minute cooking questions.

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The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa’s Winter Wonderland

The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa’s Winter Wonderland

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

100 pounds of sugar, 390 pounds of flour, 60 pounds of eggs, and 100 pounds of candy are among the ingredients for a ten foot tall gingerbread house at The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. Last night at the Claremont’s annual Holiday Open House, over 200 guests showed up to see the unveiling of the big gingerbread house.

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Pie Palace Graces San Rafael’s 4th Street

Pie Palace Graces San Rafael’s 4th Street

| November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Another exciting opening in San Rafael: pie! Local resident, Megan Gordon, shares her thoughts on the little 4th street shop.

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Five Bay Area Chefs Share How to Remix Thanksgiving Leftovers

Five Bay Area Chefs Share How to Remix Thanksgiving Leftovers

| November 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you can stand to eat Thanksgiving leftovers as is for one, maybe two days after the holiday. What, then, to do with the other six million pounds of leftovers that have suddenly taken over a whole shelf in the refrigerator? Remix them!

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Sunset Cookbook Review

Sunset Cookbook Review

| November 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Sunset magazine publishes The Sunset Cookbook a five-pound, 800-page irresistible tribute to everything we love to eat out here in the West.

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The California Report: The Fine Art of Foraging

The California Report: The Fine Art of Foraging

| November 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the Napa Valley, Connie Green has been foraging for mushrooms, berries, greens and much more since the early 1970s — and she’s made quite a business out of it by selling her bounty to some of California’s very best restaurants.

Host Scott Shafer sat down with Connie Green to talk about the new book she’s written with chef Sarah Scott, called “The Wild Table.”

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The California Report: Backyard Seed Banks

The California Report: Backyard Seed Banks

| November 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

“Seed saving” is a technique that has largely fallen by the wayside in modern agriculture. And that’s reduced the genetic diversity of the crops we rely on. But now, a handful of groups in the San Francisco Bay Area are starting their own seed-saving efforts. Reporter: Lauren Sommer

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Food Secrets of Deanie Hickox

Food Secrets of Deanie Hickox

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Pastry chef Deanie Hickox is known to Northern California diners for her work at Manresa, Ubuntu, Rubicon and her current post, Coi. This year, Hickox received a semi-finalist nomination for the coveted James Beard 2010 Outstanding Pastry Chef award. She worked with Jeremy Fox at Ubuntu and Manresa. The two were married but parted ways after Ubuntu. Her Beard nomination was from her work at Ubuntu in Napa. She is a grad of the San Francisco California Culinary Academy pastry program, and was a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, a 2008 Best Pastry Chef and a 2009 Napa Sonoma Rising Star Pastry Chef.
Hickox’s picks cover Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Napa, with some good finds in between.

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