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Talking Turkey, Part 2: Tips and Techniques for Cooking Your Thanksgiving Bird

Talking Turkey, Part 2: Tips and Techniques for Cooking Your Thanksgiving Bird

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Bay Area Bites talks turkey with Local Butcher Shop’s Monica Rocchino, collects some tips from favorite cookbooks, and finds a great recipe for Smoked Turkey on the Grill from the newest cookbook from the wine country’s John Ash.

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Deconstructed Turkey: A Succulent Alternative to a Thanksgiving Classic

Deconstructed Turkey: A Succulent Alternative to a Thanksgiving Classic

| November 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Perhaps it is unthinkable to sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner without the ceremony of bringing a whole golden brown bird to the table and carving it to applause. But if it’s succulent flavor you are after, you really can’t go wrong with this version.

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Cheese Class: Making Chevre with the San Francisco Milkmaid

Cheese Class: Making Chevre with the San Francisco Milkmaid

| October 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Louella Hill is a San Francisco, modern day, milk maid, who views cheesemaking as an art form that embraces the microbial world and can’t be rushed. She teaches classes around the SF Bay Area in how to make goat cheese, brie, ricotta, mascarpone and more.

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<em>Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese</em> Elevates the Classic Comfort Food to a New Level

Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese Elevates the Classic Comfort Food to a New Level

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

A new book from Bay Area Bites contributors Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord takes mac and cheese to new levels using artisanal cheeses and complementary local ingredients and wine. Find out more about Melt and get the recipe for pumpkin stuffed with Fontina, Italian sausage, and macaroni.

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Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

Food & Spirituality: Fall Feast with Armenians in San Francisco

| October 16, 2013 | 8 Comments

“As the world shaped itself in different ways, people made their way to California, which became the safe haven of Armenians from around the world.” Western and Eastern Armenians speak different dialects, use different names for the same dishes — and make those dishes differently. What they all share in common is the challenge of keeping their language alive in America. That’s where food is at least the start of the conversation.

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Frighteningly Easy Halloween Bentos: Tips and Tricks for Healthy Treats

Frighteningly Easy Halloween Bentos: Tips and Tricks for Healthy Treats

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eerie, severed fingers made of chicken sausages, a Frankenstein avocado sandwich, a cheese-wrapped mummy — it must be Halloween and you can make these quick, creepy food creations to fill lunch boxes in the Japanese bento tradition.

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Making Chocolate Truffles with Charles Chocolates: Recipe and Google+ Hangout Video

Making Chocolate Truffles with Charles Chocolates: Recipe and Google+ Hangout Video

| September 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.

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Q&A with Shakirah Simley: Canner-in-Residence at Bi-Rite

Q&A with Shakirah Simley: Canner-in-Residence at Bi-Rite

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Find out the story behind thought leader Shakirah Simley. She is the Community Coordinator and Canner-in-Residence for Bi-Rite and rocks a canning and jamming background that is both personal and professional.

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Google+ Hangout Alert! Make Chocolate Truffles with Chuck Siegel of Charles Chocolates

Google+ Hangout Alert! Make Chocolate Truffles with Chuck Siegel of Charles Chocolates

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

On Thursday September 26 at noon, Bay Area Bites will be hosting a Google+ Hangout with Chuck Siegel to demonstrate how to make Paves – Classic Chocolate Truffle. Find out how to participate!

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Julia Child Was Wrong: Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

| August 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child’s advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.

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Getting Past Pesto to Re-Imagine Basil

Getting Past Pesto to Re-Imagine Basil

| August 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

Basil is a mega-celebrity of the herb world. But if it had a choice, it might prefer to be recognized for its work in lesser-known cuisines and recipes (the indie films and off-Broadway plays, if you will), where it shines in a different way and brings a new dimension to food.

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The Whole Grain Revolution: What Does 100% Whole Wheat Mean?

The Whole Grain Revolution: What Does 100% Whole Wheat Mean?

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Grains are about to get their own food revolution with big names leading the charge to redefine what we consider whole wheat.

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In Iraq, Laying Claim to the Kebab

In Iraq, Laying Claim to the Kebab

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Iraqis, among many other Middle Easterners, believe they invented the kebab. The skewered meat dish appears as early as the 9th century in a book from the southern city of Basra called The Book of Misers.

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In Maine, Lobster Comes Out of Its Shell

In Maine, Lobster Comes Out of Its Shell

| August 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

It’s a rite of passage to cook live lobster, a way to make peace with where your food comes from. But buying shelled meat is an efficient treat. Now you can even cook with raw whole meat separated from the shell by centrifuge.

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