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Don’t Poison the Guests: Advice on Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

Don’t Poison the Guests: Advice on Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wheat, nuts, fish, dairy–seems like everyone is allergic to something these days. What’s a host to do? An illustrated guide to the difference between intolerance and allergy. And tips for cooking for those with these conditions (and having them leave sated –and alive.)

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Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Even though these feel fancy and special, they are very quick to make and pop into the oven at a moment’s notice. They are great alongside just about anything: soup, salad, bubbly, or on their own.

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Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide: How to Match the Perfect Gift to Just the Right Gift-ee

Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide: How to Match the Perfect Gift to Just the Right Gift-ee

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to match this season’s best cookbooks with the special friends and family on your gift list? Our holiday cookbook guide offers the most mouthwatering books from the Bay Area’s favorite food and wine writers. Includes recipes for Parmesan Fricos and Warm Mocha Tart.

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DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

| December 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Forget whole grain, naturally sweetened cookies. For holiday gift-giving, nothing beats old-fashioned, sugar-filled treats, like this trio of Southern-style confections from Kate Williams.

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Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale at 18 Reasons

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale at 18 Reasons

| December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nothing’s better than homemade treats for the holidays. This Saturday, Dec 14, from 2-4pm, stop by the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale at 18 Reasons for fun and sweets for the whole family–all in support of pediatric cancer research.

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Cookie-Baking Chemistry: How To Engineer Your Perfect Sweet Treat

Cookie-Baking Chemistry: How To Engineer Your Perfect Sweet Treat

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

A cookie in the oven almost looks like a monster coming alive. It bulges out, triples in size and then stiffens into a crisp biscuit. So how does an oven turn raw dough into a delight? A new animation explains the chemistry behind great baking so you, too, can unleash your inner mad scientist in the kitchen.

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All-American Dessert Recipe: Classic Apple Pie for Thanksgiving

All-American Dessert Recipe: Classic Apple Pie for Thanksgiving

| November 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

It’s not Thanksgiving without apple pie. Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen shares step-by-step instructions for this holiday classic, better than you’ve ever made before.

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Yeehaw and Buttermilk Pie with Fresh Cranberry Compote

Thanksgiving Dessert: Yeehaw and Buttermilk Pie with Fresh Cranberry Compote

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Buttermilk Pie? What? It sounds weird, but apparently it has a cult-like following in the longhorn state. It’s essentially a simple buttermilk and brown sugar custard pie, often flavored with a bit of vanilla and sometimes citrus zest. Kim Laidlaw decided to take it upon herself to come up with the ultimate version for the holidays.

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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe: (Better than) Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe: (Better than) Pumpkin Pie

| November 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Fight your fear of pie-ing! Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen takes you through a photographic step-by-step to make Better than Pumpkin Pie, the Thanksgiving classic made with fresh roasted squash. Plus, learn her secret shortcut for a no-fail, splendidly flaky all-butter crust.

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5 Bites: Dollars to Delicious Doughnuts in the East Bay

5 Bites: Dollars to Delicious Doughnuts in the East Bay

| October 30, 2013 | 4 Comments

Whether you want fancy or no-frills, the East Bay’s got a doughnut for you. Here’s five of my favorite places where I get my fried dough fix.

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New Bayview Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third

New Bayview Pop-Up Community Market @Market on Third

What’s the newest neighborhood to find your local food artisans and innovators setting up shop? Sure, there’s action across the bridge in Oakland and Richmond, but in San Francisco, the action has moved south as rents have climbed, and now, Bayview is supporting a fresh crop of small-scale, community-minded entrepreneurs dedicated to deliciousness.

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Gravenstein Apples: The End of Summer in a Fruit

Gravenstein Apples: The End of Summer in a Fruit

| September 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

As summer turns to fall, finding new ways to use up abundant apples is a great way to mark the arrival of autumn. And for one food writer, there’s one apple in particular that spells the end of summer: Gravenstein apples, which are grown in her native Sebastopol, Calif.

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5 Bites: Drink a Cuppa Coffee in Oakland

5 Bites: Drink a Cuppa Coffee in Oakland

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

You’ll never be at a loss for finding a good cup of coffee in Oakland as there’s a wealth of places to choose from, and here’s five cafes that make a fine brew.

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Former Tartine Baker Opens His Own Doors — With a Whole Lot of Help — in San Anselmo

Former Tartine Baker Opens His Own Doors — With a Whole Lot of Help — in San Anselmo

| August 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nathan and Devon Yanko opened the doors to M.H. Bread and Butter at the end of May. Now, with regular 12-hour days under their belts, the former Tartine baker thinks they’re building more than just bread; they’re building a community.

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