Archive for December, 2010

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce

| December 31, 2010 | 1 Comment

As important as growing and selecting produce is to a healthy diet and life, it’s pretty stunning how few of us really know how to pick the best fruits and vegetables when shopping. Sure, we might have heard about certain items we’re supposed to thump or squeeze, and we know to look out for obvious cosmetic flaws, but too much more beyond that is a big mystery for many.

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10 Local Sparkling Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

10 Local Sparkling Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

| December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re purchasing a sparkling wine this holiday season, it’s easy to keep it local. After all, some of the finest American choices are produced in our own backyard. Following is a list of my top-ten local sparkling wine choices. Half of these wineries are set in Carneros, an area that covers parts of both Sonoma and Napa Valley that is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape growing (the two varietals most commonly used for sparkling wines). The other half are located in other parts of Napa and the Anderson Valleys.

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13 Most Popular BAB Posts and Recipes in 2010

13 Most Popular BAB Posts and Recipes in 2010

| December 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Comfort food, gluten-free recipes and vampire prevention appeared to be peak areas of interest for BAB readers in 2010.
Here are the top thirteen stories and recipes most visited on Bay Area Bites during the year.

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Ring In the New Year with Gluten-Free Booze!

Ring In the New Year with Gluten-Free Booze!

| December 28, 2010 | 2 Comments

It’s almost New Years Eve, and you know what that means — a lot of folks will be getting their drink on. If you have a gluten sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you need to miss the revelry. A lot of hard alcohol is naturally gluten-free, and for those not into hitting the hard stuff, there are quite a lot of companies making gluten-free beer and cider.

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New Year’s Buckeyes

New Year’s Buckeyes

| December 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon’s New Year’s tradition: choose your lucky food! This year it’s Buckeyes, the favorite Southern candy made with simple ingredients like peanut butter and chocolate.

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Memories of an Italian Christmas

Memories of an Italian Christmas

| December 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Buon Natale!

There are a lot of reasons that we love Italy here in San Francisco. The heritage of our city, caught in the hiss of a thousand espresso machines every morning and the beckoning scent of chopped garlic sizzling in olive oil at night, is a melting pot, to be sure, but a fine portion of the pot can be traced back to Genoa and Liguria, Venice and Rome, Sicily and Sardinia.

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Ovaltine Ice Cream: Christmas without The Fluff

Ovaltine Ice Cream: Christmas without The Fluff

| December 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

The way I felt about my Ovaltine ice cream was precisely the way I feel about Christmas– what was initially a simple, delightful, and comforting idea had transformed into something complicated, annoying, and stress-inducing. This little exercise in making a malted ice cream became, in it’s own way, an unexpected gift– I realized that it wasn’t Christmas (or my ice cream, for that matter) that I had grown to loathe, it was all the the other stuff– the irritating marshmallowy fluff– that gets in the way.

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Trouble-Free Christmas Breakfast Strata

Trouble-Free Christmas Breakfast Strata

| December 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Holiday egg strata is my standard stress-free meal for a decadently delicious holiday breakfast. After trying this out a few years ago, I’ve never looked back. I love that I can make this dish the night before, so the only thing I have to do on Christmas morning is stick it in the oven.

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10 Last Minute Holiday Cocktails

10 Last Minute Holiday Cocktails

| December 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Need a last minute holiday cocktail idea? Megan Gordon has you covered with everyone from a new twist on a Hot Toddy to a refreshing Blood Orange Punch.

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Constructing A Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

Constructing A Gluten-Free Christmas Dinner

| December 21, 2010 | 16 Comments

A gluten-free Christmas dinner is easy to prepare when you’ve got a list of trusty recipes to guide you.

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Top 12 Vegan Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in the Bay Area

Top 12 Vegan Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in the Bay Area

| December 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

Many folks believe that being a vegan during the holidays is a challenge. Au contraire! I look at it as a way to be more creative and celebrate many of the awesome vegan options that abound in the Bay Area. Here is my top twelve list of the best ways for vegans to indulge in some local holiday spirit.

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California Bûche de Noël

California Bûche de Noël

| December 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

A California-inspired update of the classic French Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log Cake, with clementines, almonds, goat cheese, and figs.

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Farm Together Now Book Launch

Farm Together Now Book Launch

| December 18, 2010 | 7 Comments

Given the growing interest in small-scale sustainable agriculture and the people who run these farms, it should come as no surprise that books on the subject aren’t far behind. Now comes the home-grown Farm Together Now: A Portrait of People, Places, and Ideas for a New Food Movement by Amy Franceschini and Daniel Tucker. There will be a book release party in San Francisco Tuesday, December 21st.

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Happy 75th Birthday Jacques Pepin!

Happy 75th Birthday Jacques Pepin!

| December 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

Today, December 18th is Jacques Pepin’s official birthday. The legendary chef is 75 years old this year and has been celebrating this milestone with his fans, friends and family for a few months now. In October, Jacques was at KQED studios in San Francisco taping his new series Essential Pepin which will air in the fall of 2011. Watch a preview clip from his new series!

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