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Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learning to garden and cook with cheap, healthy produce helped JuJu Harris survive while raising seven kids on public assistance. In a new cookbook, she shares her tips for other struggling moms.

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A Theme Park for Foodies? Italians Say Bologna

A Theme Park for Foodies? Italians Say Bologna

| March 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Eataly food emporium plans to open a $55 million theme park in Italy, devoted to the nation’s culinary pleasures. Some have dubbed it the “Disneyland of food,” but Italians aren’t impressed.

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Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads and Eat ‘Em Up Instead. Yum!

Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads and Eat ‘Em Up Instead. Yum!

| March 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you really want to fight food waste, eat fish heads, the U.N. says. They’re nutritious and delicious, but most fish heads get thrown back in the sea as trash or turned into livestock feed.

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Making Boudin Blanc with the Meat Club: Try It Yourself

Making Boudin Blanc with the Meat Club: Try It Yourself

What’s the first rule of Meat Club? Never make meat alone, not when you can measure, mix, grind, and stuff together with friends. Stephanie Rosenbaum hangs out with a group of sociable DIY’ers determined to beat the fear of meat-ing with a 30-pound batch of French boudin blanc.

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(Tasty) Ice Cream and Liquid Nitrogen: Get Smitten with Robyn Sue Fisher

(Tasty) Ice Cream and Liquid Nitrogen: Get Smitten with Robyn Sue Fisher

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Smitten Ice Cream started out of a red Radio Flyer wagon in San Francisco and now has outposts in Hayes Valley and Los Altos with more Bay Area spots on the way. Mary Ladd interviews Smitten’s founder, Robin Sue Fisher, about using liquid nitrogen to make fresh and smooth ice cream and what’s coming next from this dessert scientist.

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Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish

| February 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

A stewed dish cooked very low and slow, cholent has roots in the Jewish Sabbath. This ancient stew directly inspired the Crock-Pot – and maybe the French cassoulet and Boston baked beans as well.

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A Few Kitchen Websites You Should Be Visiting

A Few Kitchen Websites You Should Be Visiting

| February 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

When it’s time to stock up the kitchen, where do you turn? Check out these staple websites for cooking gadgets and tools.

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Bay Area’s Herring Run Is On — Go Hyperlocal in Your Seafood Eating

Bay Area’s Herring Run Is On — Go Hyperlocal in Your Seafood Eating

| February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

The herring run is on in San Francisco. Bay Area Bites talks to local sustainable-seafood expert Maria Finn for tips on sourcing and cooking every part of this healthy, affordable, and very local fish during its brief appearance in our waters.

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Kitchen Gadgets Every Cook Has to Have

Kitchen Gadgets Every Cook Has to Have

| February 7, 2014 | 3 Comments

There are hundreds of gadgets you can buy for your kitchen. But, what are the ones the amateur cook really can’t do without? Here are a few that should probably line your shelves.

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DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

| February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Sriracha shortage may be over, but there’s no reason to rely on the factory-made sauce when it can be fermented and bottled at home. Even better—DIY Sriracha is easily adaptable to suit varied tastes in heat, sweetness, and potency. Kate Williams runs through the steps.

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Cooking Whole Live Lobster: A Photo Tutorial

Cooking Whole Live Lobster: A Photo Tutorial

Now that you’ve conquered crab, try lobster, with our step-by-step photo tutorial to buying, cooking, and serving live lobster. Includes recipe for a luxurious lobster salad sandwich with homemade lemon-tarragon mayonnaise.

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Cook, Clean, and Serve Whole Crab Like a Local: A Photo Tutorial

Cook, Clean, and Serve Whole Crab Like a Local: A Photo Tutorial

Have no fear, newcomers: now’s the time to learn how to cook and eat crab like a local. Yes, it’s winter, and that means Dungeness crab season is in full swing. Bay Area Bites takes you through a photographic step-by-step for cooking, cleaning, and serving whole live crab.

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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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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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