Archive for January, 2011

Urban Youth on Growing and Selling Good Food

Urban Youth on Growing and Selling Good Food

| January 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

At the annual EcoFarm Conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove on Friday Moore, who teaches cooking and gardening to Berkeley youth, moderated a panel where young city dwellers received top billing to showcase some of the positive programs they’re helping to run in their communities.

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Tet Celebrations and Vietnamese Eats

Tet Celebrations and Vietnamese Eats

| January 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

In honor of Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, a list of some of our favorite Vietnamese Eats in San Francisco.

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EcoFarm Conference: Day 1

EcoFarm Conference: Day 1

| January 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

What happens when a farmer starts tweeting from a tractor? The sustainable-agriculture revolution is in full swing at the 31st annual EcoFarm Conference.

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Breakfast at Show Dogs, with Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark

Breakfast at Show Dogs, with Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark

| January 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

This is the first week of weekday breakfast offerings at Show Dogs, the Civic Center sausage emporium serving up meaty numbers of quality from Golden Gate Meats, 4505 Meats, Fatted Calf, and Let’s Be Frank. A breakfast at Show Dogs includes dishes and drinks priced from $4 to $12.95, and the food is from one of San Francisco’s best cooking couples, Gayle Pirie and John Clark.

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Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

I used to think chili had to have meat in it to be interesting. I figured the slow roasted beef in my recipe provided the stew’s deep and substantial flavors. So I was surprised to find that a vegetarian chili I recently made had its own complex flavors that were just as satisfying. And, unlike meat chili, the vegetarian variety only took an hour to prepare and cost less than $10 to make for a family of four.

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Bay Area Fried Chicken Guide

Bay Area Fried Chicken Guide

| January 26, 2011 | 4 Comments

A guide to the best fried chicken in the Bay Area, and a recipe for an Asian-style fried chicken that’s clean and simple, with a dynamite crispy thin crust.

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Step Right Up: Straw is Open (and it’s Vegan-Friendly!)

Step Right Up: Straw is Open (and it’s Vegan-Friendly!)

| January 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Straw opens in Hayes Valley, offering carnival-themed fare, as well as vegan and gluten-free options.

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Alternative Grains: Millet and Quinoa Recipes

Alternative Grains: Millet and Quinoa Recipes

| January 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Millet and quinoa are two alternatives to rice and wheat. They taste great and cook up easy in a rice cooker. Recipes for Nutty Millet and Curried Quinoa Salad.

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Meet Marge: Bay Area Welcomes New Baking Business

Meet Marge: Bay Area Welcomes New Baking Business

| January 24, 2011 | 6 Comments

Megan Gordon introduces us to her new baking business, Marge. Pie, anyone?

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Spicy Soup to Cure What Ails You

Spicy Soup to Cure What Ails You

| January 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

Sniffling? Sneezing? Then it’s time to make a big batch of this Thai-inspired, sinus-clearing, guaranteed-to-warm-you soup.

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Five Bay Area Cookbook Clubs

Five Bay Area Cookbook Clubs

| January 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

Each cookbook club in the Bay Area has its own unique flavor. Read about five local groups and find out what they’re reading.

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Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce, Part 2

Bay Area Chefs on How to Select Winter Produce, Part 2

| January 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Another sunny Saturday morning found us back at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the secret weapon of San Francisco’s thoughtful, creative chefs. The Bay Area has a wide variety of interesting fruits and vegetables growing here and near year-round, and while we’re surrounded by it all the time, you’re not alone if you have little to no idea what to look for when picking produce. We tagged along with four local culinary artists on their morning run around the various farm stands to steal their valuable tips.

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Food Secrets of Writer and Cookbook Author Vanessa Barrington

Food Secrets of Writer and Cookbook Author Vanessa Barrington

| January 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

Vanessa Barrington is a food writer and cookbook author based in the Temescal District in Oakland. She is the author of the recently published D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food From Scratch and co-authored Heirloom Beans with Steve Sando. Vanessa shared her local food secrets with BAB as well as a couple of recipes from her book.

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Low-fat Steel-Cut Oat Muffins with Cherry Jam Inside

Low-fat Steel-Cut Oat Muffins with Cherry Jam Inside

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

In the mood for something a little lighter and airier, I decided to make steel-cut oat muffins. Much like my oatcakes and oat squares, I started with a base of steel-cut oats, flour and butter. Yet unlike those baked treats, I used a little less butter and instead added in some buttermilk (which is naturally lowfat) for added tangy flavor and to moisten things up a bit. For a burst of sweetness, I nestled some cherry jam into each muffin (being sure to include at least one cherry in each). Hot out of the oven, the muffins smelled and tasted a bit like cherry pie.

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