What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Archive for September, 2012
Mary Ladd interviews Southern food and culture expert John T. Edge, who shares why he was happy to visit San Francisco for La Cocina’s Street Food Festival as well as thoughts on his latest book, “The Truck Food Cookbook.”
My decompression from Burning Man Fertility 2.0 (aka Dustpocalypse) has involved a slow editing process reliving the visual experiences I encountered on the playa. My journey consisted of a vague agenda to search out food-related imagery to share on Bay Area Bites but I was quickly swept into a vortex of art, fire and fun that subverted my linear efforts. I submitted to the fluidity of life at Burning Man and accepted that wherever I ended up was clearly the place I was supposed to be for that moment. And, of course, I took photos of those moments. Here are some of the things I experienced…
In 2007, Oakland’s Beth Terry decided to give up plastic after seeing a picture of a dead seabird, its stomach filled with plastic bottle caps. Her decision spawned a blog, a book and a movement to make people aware of how much plastic they consume. KQED’s Forum talks to Terry about how, and why, people should reduce their plastic use, from changes obvious (carry your own reusable water bottle) to the surprising (kick that chewing gum habit).
Many shoppers are willing to shell out more money for organic produce because they believe it is healthier — but a new report casts doubt on that. The Stanford University study challenges whether organic foods are more nutritious than conventional foods grown with pesticides. KQED’s Forum discusses the benefits of organic foods and the impact of ingesting trace amounts of pesticides. Do you buy organic? Will this new study change the way you eat?
Get out the canning jars, locavores! It may be hard to imagine the long months of kale and tangerines ahead, but our local tomatoes, berries, and peaches will only be around for another couple of months. Time to get canning to capture the taste of summer in January, without having to succumb to the pricey carbon footprint of out-of-season produce. Bay Area Bites writers share their favorite tips and tricks for making homemade jam, jelly, pickles, sauces, and more.
Garden inspired cocktails are simply one of my favorite things. And this margarita is no exception. It’s not only spicy (thank you, jalapeños!) but the cilantro adds all these lovely citrus notes to it, plus keeps it feeling fresh and crisp so you can drink many more than you should!
This is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. The texture is fantastic (like soft ice cream). The cool lime custard filling is sweet, tart, and refreshing. Billowing poufs of vanilla whipped cream brings an impressive volume to the dessert. Best of all, you can make it all ahead of time.
Make the most of late summer’s luscious peaches, plums, and nectarines with these sweet and savory recipes from Bay Area Bites’ writers and chefs.
I love the idea of a warm salad so why not a salad with fire? A Caprese seemed liked the best choice. Typically served cold, this would be an interesting twist one wouldn’t expect. And because I planned to use bourbon, I wanted to use an ingredient that would best complement the spirit so I chose peaches over tomatoes.
This Potato Salad was inspired from the one I tasted at Cochon Butcher in New Orleans. It is heavy on the mustard – the tang of it cuts the richness of the mayo and leaves the salad feeling lighter than most potato salads. Handfuls of scallions and dill also bring some fresh herbaceous flavor to the party.