Archive for November, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner, Vegan-Style

Thanksgiving Dinner, Vegan-Style

| November 17, 2010 | 14 Comments

Vegans living in the Bay Area are lucky to be surrounded by great options for a cruelty-free Thanksgiving dinner. A recipe for Nutty Vegan Pumpkin Pie is included plus links to numerous tasty vegan alternative holiday recipes.

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Yosemite Road Trip and Sweet Potato Fries

Yosemite Road Trip and Sweet Potato Fries

| November 17, 2010 | 3 Comments

A stumble upon Cumin-Spiked Sweet Potato Fries during a weekend get-away to Yosemite.

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Gathering, Roasting and Cooking with Chestnuts

Gathering, Roasting and Cooking with Chestnuts

| November 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

My trip to Italy got me thinking about why we don’t see chestnuts as publicly available in the Bay Area. I had a minor eureka moment and remembered that years ago the Chronicle had mentioned that you could collect chestnuts somewhere in San Mateo County. Upon my return I took a quick trip down to Skyline Chestnuts and did some gathering. Apparently, the chestnut season is fairly brief. It started mid-October and ends this weekend before Thanksgiving so if you are interested in DIY chestnut collection don’t delay!

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Thanksgiving Pies 101

Thanksgiving Pies 101

| November 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

It’s snuck up on all of us. Somehow it’s time to start making shopping lists and gathering recipes. Thanksgiving is upon us, my friends. And for me, that means pie prep. Get ready with a few foolproof tips and an arsenal of starter recipes.

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Chestnut Soup for the Holidays

Chestnut Soup for the Holidays

| November 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The autumn harvest is here, brilliant with salads laced with pomegranates and red Starkrimson pears, poached quinces, shredded Brussels sprouts sauteed with pancetta. And chestnuts, lovely, shiny brown chestnuts, here roasted and pureed into a rich and elegant soup, perfect for starting any holiday meal.

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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

| November 13, 2010 | 46 Comments

So what did I miss most about Thanksgiving once I learned I was gluten intolerant? What was the first thing I just had to recreate so that I could enjoy this holiday like a normal person? You might laugh at the simplicity of my needs, but I’ll share anyways: it was the humble dinner roll.

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Food Secrets of Humphry Slocombe’s Jake Godby & Sean Vahey

Food Secrets of Humphry Slocombe’s Jake Godby & Sean Vahey

| November 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Humphry Slocombe’s Jake Godby and Sean Vahey are known nationally for their cutting edge ice cream flavors and massive Twitter following. The two are both remarkably trim even though they “taste everything” made at the Mission District shop. Many eating and drinking favorites make both Godby and Vahey’s list. Vahey seemed amused that there is also a strong showing of their clients on the list.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Tropisueno, Bobo’s, Pisces

Check, Please! Bay Area: Tropisueno, Bobo’s, Pisces

| November 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

Check, Please! Bay Area Season 5: episode 12 airs Thursday November 11 at 7:30pm on KQED TV 9HD. The twelfth episode of the season features these restaurants: Tropisueno Mexican Kitchen (San Francisco), Bobo’s (San Francisco) and Pisces California Cuisine (San Francisco).

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Defending Brussels Sprouts

Defending Brussels Sprouts

| November 10, 2010 | 3 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, Brussels sprouts are best when cooked al dente. Sautéed until slightly crisp, they have a lush taste that is both sweet and savory on the plate. If you sat in a hot bath you’d get all pruney, right? Well overcooking Brussels sprouts does the same thing, while also bringing out a sulfuric smell. But all this can be easily avoided if you keep your eye on them and DON’T OVERCOOK.

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Food Secrets of Chef Scott Howard

Food Secrets of Chef Scott Howard

| November 9, 2010 | 1 Comment

Earlier this year, Chef Scott Howard opened Brick & Bottle with his partners in Corte Madera. Chef Howard hails from North Carolina and lives with his family in Novato. View his favorite local Bay Area food spots he shared with BAB.

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SF Food Wars: The Essential New York Times Cookbook Brunch

SF Food Wars: The Essential New York Times Cookbook Brunch

| November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Highlights from SF Food Wars: Ultimate Potluck Cocktail Brunch with Amanda Hesser (a.k.a. the official West coast launch party for The Essential New York Times Cookbook)

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Interview with Amanda Hesser, The Essential New York Times Cookbook

Interview with Amanda Hesser, The Essential New York Times Cookbook

| November 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Amanda Hesser talks with Stephanie Rosenbaum about her brand-new magnum opus, The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century, spanning 150 years, 932 pages, and a lot of recipes for meatloaf, chicken, and cheesecake.

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Essential Pepin: Behind the Scenes

Essential Pepin: Behind the Scenes

| November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jacques Pépin recently filmed his new cooking series Essential Pépin at KQED, which will premiere in fall 2011 on PBS stations nationwide. It breaks new ground from previous series due to its thematic nature, with whole shows based on subjects such as poultry, shellfish, soup, and fruit desserts and easy recipes that are practical for the home chef.

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Pagolac, Della Santina’s Trattoria, Zazie

Check, Please! Bay Area: Pagolac, Della Santina’s Trattoria, Zazie

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Restaurants Reviewed: Pagolac: Mom’s Vietnamese Kitchen (San Francisco), Della Santina’s Trattoria (Sonoma), Zazie (San Francisco)

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