Archive for April, 2011

The Perennial Plate: Spring Pizza Party with Foraged Pesto

The Perennial Plate: Spring Pizza Party with Foraged Pesto

| April 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Daniel Klein forages for wild edibles in Minnesota and makes Ramp Pesto for a pizza party to celebrate Spring.

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The Artisan Kitchen in Richmond: A Cooperative Cooking Space

The Artisan Kitchen in Richmond: A Cooperative Cooking Space

| April 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

Learn why local food producers give The Artisan Kitchen, a commercial, cooperative cooking space in Richmond, high marks as a place to build their budding businesses.

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Vegan Almond Milk Ice Cream: 3 Recipes

Vegan Almond Milk Ice Cream: 3 Recipes

I made three types of ice cream and, no surprise to many vegans out there but sort of a surprise to me, they were all amazingly good, exceeding my expectations on every level. My ten-year old daughter Maddie even exclaimed about the chocolate version “This is better than store-bought ice cream! It’s my favorite!” I have to agree. My three flavors were almond, strawberry and chocolate. All are vegan. The first two were delightful but the chocolate was really special, and all are cholesterol and fat free.

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Touchscreen Dining: Out of Touch?

Touchscreen Dining: Out of Touch?

| April 27, 2011 | 3 Comments

When my friend Roy alerted me to this new piece of technology, my first reaction as both a career server at a fine dining establishment and someone resistant to new technology was to view the E La Carte tablet as vilely impersonal and a threat to my profession. Over the last 24 hours, however, I have calmed myself as I weigh what I imagine the cons– and the pros– are of this particular piece of equipment.

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Mornings at Oakland’s Cana

Mornings at Oakland’s Cana

| April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon shares her morning at Oakland’s new Cuban restaurant, Cana.

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Aida Mollenkamp’s Top 11 Spots for Bay Area Foodies

Aida Mollenkamp’s Top 11 Spots for Bay Area Foodies

| April 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

The host and co-creator of the television show “FoodCrafters” and “Ask Aida,” she attended Cornell University and then the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris where she studied culinary AND pastry arts. She ended up in San Francisco when she became one of the editors of the online food magazine, CHOW. Currently, she’s working on her first cookbook, tentatively titled, “Keys to the Kitchen,” due out in 2012. Here are Aida’s top Bay Area spots for food fiends like herself (that aren’t restaurants).

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Petaluma Easter Brunch and Farm Tour

Petaluma Easter Brunch and Farm Tour

Take an Easter Sunday drive to Petaluma, land of butter and eggs, for brunch at Della Fattoria Bakery and Cafe and a chicken-petting tour of Tara Firma Farms.

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KQED’s Forum: Sugar and Health

KQED’s Forum: Sugar and Health

| April 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

UCSF professor Robert Lustig became an Internet video sensation when he spoke out about the evils of sugar in a post that went viral on YouTube. He was also recently featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Is Sugar Toxic?” Lustig joins Forum in the studio to discuss sugar’s role in diabetes, obesity and related diseases.

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Cruising for Caffeine

Cruising for Caffeine

| April 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

A scenic bicycle ride fueled by some of the best coffee in San Francisco.

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Food as Medicine: Do You See the Universe on Your Plate?

Food as Medicine: Do You See the Universe on Your Plate?

| April 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

A small crowd of people gathered Tuesday night in a large meeting room on the second floor of the San Francisco Ferry Building. With the Bay Bridge illuminated in the background, we were there to talk about the relationship between food and medicine and the use of food as medicine. The result: less in depth discussion and prescription of particular ingredients and more passionate anecdotes about culture, healing and responsibility.

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Tuscan Style Baked Chicken

Tuscan Style Baked Chicken

| April 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

This no-fuss skillet chicken gets braised in its own juices with onions, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. A cup of sherry towards the end of the cook time deglazes and creates a rich sauce.

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Ladurée v. Pierre Hermé Macaron Smackdown

Ladurée v. Pierre Hermé Macaron Smackdown

| April 19, 2011 | 5 Comments

Ladurée v. Pierre Hermé Macaron Smackdown: Who has the better macaron?

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The Curry Up Now Food Truck is Officially a Restaurant

The Curry Up Now Food Truck is Officially a Restaurant

| April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

The popular Indian food truck Curry Up Now has hit the big time. Their first brick and mortar restaurant opened this past Saturday in downtown San Mateo to long lines out the door. Fortunately, they invited some friends, family and food bloggers for a sneak peak the day before they opened to the public.

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Passover: Food + Cocktails + Bay Area Restaurants

Passover: Food + Cocktails + Bay Area Restaurants

Passover recipe picks from cocktails to cupcakes, plus restaurants around the Bay Area offering Passover-inspired menus this week.

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