Archive for December, 2011

How to Open Champagne: Jacques Pepin vs Leslie Sbrocco

How to Open Champagne: Jacques Pepin vs Leslie Sbrocco

| December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Happy New Year! Here are two culinary experts sharing radically different approaches to opening a bottle of champagne. Both techniques are excellent skills to cultivate and can be used depending on the mood of the party.

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Q&A with Rosamunde’s Josh Margolis

Q&A with Rosamunde’s Josh Margolis

| December 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Next month, the Mission outpost of sausage and craft beer emporium Rosamunde Sausage Grill marks its third birthday. Partner-owner Josh Margolis shared some meaty updates with Bay Area Bites recently: plans for an East Bay Rosamunde location are in the works.

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Ten Top Food News Stories of 2011: Part Two

Ten Top Food News Stories of 2011: Part Two

| December 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

Sarah Henry continues coverage of food trends and topics for 2011 with part-two of her top food stories posts. Up this time: food recalls, childhood obesity, partnerships in food, occupy food — and a healthy smattering of the year’s biggest food celebrities.

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Ten Top Food News Stories of 2011: Part One

Ten Top Food News Stories of 2011: Part One

| December 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sarah Henry takes a look at the top food trends and topics for 2011. Part One: My Plate, food swaps, food fraud, eating bugs, and the growing number of hungry in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Q&A with Peter Temkin, In-House Charcutier for Show Dogs

Q&A with Peter Temkin, In-House Charcutier for Show Dogs

| December 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Peter Temkin brings a decade of experience to Show Dogs and specializes in charcuterie from pates and whole-cut dry-cured meats to fresh sausages. Recipe for Salumi Paradiso.

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Two-Step On Over To B-Side BBQ

Two-Step On Over To B-Side BBQ

| December 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

B-Side BBQ is the newest venture from Tanya Holland, West Oakland chef/owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen.

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Christmas Morning Pumpkin Bread

Christmas Morning Pumpkin Bread

| December 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

A festive, secretly good-for-you pumpkin bread recipe, perfect for warming up your holiday morning.

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On Holiday Traditions and Cocktails

On Holiday Traditions and Cocktails

| December 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Megan Gordon talks about holiday traditions, and includes a warming whiskey-based cocktail called the Stone Fence.

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Hungarian Poppy Seed and Walnut Beigli (Veganized)

Hungarian Poppy Seed and Walnut Beigli (Veganized)

| December 23, 2011 | 4 Comments

At Christmastime in Hungary, THE holiday dessert that’s made in every household is Beigli, a rolled pastry, filled with either poppy seed or walnut filling. Here is a vegan version that’s tastes just as delicious as it’s non-vegan counterpart!

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DIY Christmas: Homemade Candy Canes

DIY Christmas: Homemade Candy Canes

| December 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

Factory drone candy canes are uniform, neatly wrapped, shapely, laden with high fructose corn syrup, and positively soulless. Making candy canes is a lot of fun, and the sweat equity can’t be beat.

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Book Review: Lidia’s Italy in America

Book Review: Lidia’s Italy in America

| December 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

In Ms. Basitanich’s new book “Lidia’s Italy in America,” which she wrote with her daughter Tanya Bastianich Manuali, the focus is on the unique ways Italian American immigrants interpreted dishes from their homeland throughout the United States. Watch “Lidia Celebrates America — Holiday Tables & Traditions” on KQED TV.

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Small Lot Holiday Wine Winners

Small Lot Holiday Wine Winners

| December 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Small wine producers rate big this holiday season.

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Casual East Bay Eats For Holiday Company

Casual East Bay Eats For Holiday Company

| December 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Try this short list of fail-proof places in the East Bay. These are restaurants my husband and I go to if we’re feeling too lazy to cook or want to take folks out for a good, reasonably priced meal.

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Holiday Gifts from the Farmers’ Market: Sebastopol and Marin Civic Center

Holiday Gifts from the Farmers’ Market: Sebastopol and Marin Civic Center

| December 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Moving northwards to find the best farmers’ market gifts in the North Bay, at the Sebastopol and Marin Civic Center markets.

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