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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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Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over the Last 300 Years

Three Ways Cooking Has Changed Over the Last 300 Years

| August 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

When you put a librarian and a historian in the kitchen with a centuries’ old cookbook, you get a lot more than recipes. You also get a sense of how much the way we eat has changed — from how we define dessert to the size of our eggs.

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Don’t Let the Price of Pine Nuts Keep You from Pesto

Don’t Let the Price of Pine Nuts Keep You from Pesto

| August 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

Hungry bugs and warmer temperatures mean pine trees aren’t producing as many seeds as they once did, driving up the cost of Italian pine nuts to $120 per pound in some cases. Cookbook author Julia della Croce found a colorful — and delicious — alternative in pistachios.

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Conversation with Michele Anna Jordan, Author of ‘Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings’

Conversation with Michele Anna Jordan, Author of ‘Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings’

Throw out that store-bought salad dressing! Michele Anna Jordan, author of ‘Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings: 60 Sensational Recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Kind of Salad’ talks to Stephanie Rosenbaum about breaking the bottled habit, the biggest salad mistakes we make, and the most exciting discovery she made (hint: it involves chocolate).

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‘America’s Test Kitchen’ On Grilling Peaches, Tofu And Burgers

‘America’s Test Kitchen’ On Grilling Peaches, Tofu And Burgers

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop advise using ripe fruit, extra-firm tofu and poking your hamburgers so they don’t puff up like tennis balls.

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Buttermilk Makes Everything Taste A Little Better

Buttermilk Makes Everything Taste A Little Better

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Buttermilk somehow seems perpetually cool and unruffled. It evokes cream without cream’s over-the-top heft; its tanginess goes up to the threshold of yogurt and stops just shy. No matter how you cook it, a little bit of buttermilk has a thousand ways of making life taste better.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

Celebrating 35 Years of Garlic at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Gastronomic Highlights

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the ultimate summer food extravaganza— Gilroy’s Garlic Festival. It was a three-day event packed with…well, food. Lots of food. Specifically, garlic. 82 tons of fresh California garlic to be precise. View BAB’s photo gallery of the festivities!

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Mediterranean-Inspired BBQ Menu for July 4th Weekend

Mediterranean-Inspired BBQ Menu for July 4th Weekend

Lamb is fantastic on the grill, so this Fourth of July, try some lamb burgers jazzed up with cilantro, scallions, and an unexpected hit of fresh ginger, dolloped with cool herbed yogurt. For vegetarians, there’s a smoky spread of grilled eggplant and tahini, scooped into grilled pita and topped with crunchy carrot-mint salad.

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Kevin Sancimino from Swan Oyster Depot Shares Grilling Tips and the Best Types of Oysters to BBQ

Kevin Sancimino from Swan Oyster Depot Shares Grilling Tips and the Best Types of Oysters to BBQ

| July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Not sure what to serve this Fourth of July? Think oysters. We talked to resident oyster expert Kevin Sancimino from Swan Oyster Depot. He gave us his picks on the best oysters to barbecue this holiday weekend.

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Learn How To Butcher, Smoke and Can a Whole Fish with Chef Neil Davidson

Learn How To Butcher, Smoke and Can a Whole Fish with Chef Neil Davidson

Wild salmon season’s in full swing. Through CUESA and Urban Kitchen SF, Stephanie Rosenbaum learns from chef Neil Davidson and fishing expert Maria Finn how to fillet, cure, can, and smoke whole salmon and black cod.

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Sunset’s Celebration Weekend: Yigit Pura Demos and Shares Thai-Hawaiian Inspired Dessert Recipe

Sunset’s Celebration Weekend: Yigit Pura Demos and Shares Thai-Hawaiian Inspired Dessert Recipe

Stephanie Rosenbaum shares some highlights from Sunset’s Celebration Weekend — including a recipe for Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Papaya and Mango from Yigit Pura of Tout Sweet Patisserie.

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