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Kitchen Cookware: Culling and Curating for the New Year

Kitchen Cookware: Culling and Curating for the New Year

| January 9, 2011 | 12 Comments

Who doesn’t feel the need to spruce up things at home when the new year rolls around? Naturally, post-holiday revelry, the kitchen needed some attention. But all this clearing and culling can leave some holes in your kitchen arsenal. Here are some ways to fill in the gaps.

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Vampire Pantry Preventatives

Vampire Pantry Preventatives

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re not a fan of the über hickey, make sure you have vampire blood, garlic, salt, lard, and various seeds on your shopping list.

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Spring Baking: We’ve Got You Covered

Spring Baking: We’ve Got You Covered

| May 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Need a little inspiration to begin your spring baking projects? Friends showing you up at potlucks? In this post, Megan Gordon shares her picks for online finds that will get you prepared and inspired to hop in the kitchen and start baking.

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How to Season, Clean and Care for a Cast Iron Pan

How to Season, Clean and Care for a Cast Iron Pan

| March 11, 2010 | 17 Comments

And now, almost 10 years and thousands of meals later, I’m just as happy with my decision to switch to cast iron as I was the day I purchased my pans from Ace Hardware. As far as I’m concerned, the fanciest and most expensive pans can’t hold a candle to modest cast iron (well, except for an amazing large copper pan, which I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford).

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The intern reveals his knife collection. What about yours?

The intern reveals his knife collection. What about yours?

| June 29, 2009 | 10 Comments

Weeks before starting my internship at Oliveto, I began researching the knives I would need to be a swashbuckling chef apprentice.

I owned an old set of Wustof knives, but like a lot of home chefs, I had mistreated them. New knives were essential. They needed to be sharp. They needed to be versatile. They needed to feel comfortable in my hand.

My first step was to consult Paul Canales, the executive chef at Oliveto.

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Boxing Day Gift Ideas

Boxing Day Gift Ideas

| December 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

Some people look forward to Christmas all year. They start designing their Holiday cards before the dye on their Easter eggs has even dried. Thanksgiving isn’t treated so much as a reflective day spent with friends and family, but rather as an appropriate time to start dragging out the Holiday decorations.

I know people like this, but I am not one of them.

My favorite December day happens to be today, known in the Commonwealth countries as Boxing Day or, more religiously, as the Feast of St. Stephen.

In brief, Boxing Day custom dictates that those of the privileged classes give something back to the little people– those folks who spend the year cleaning their toilets, corraling their children, and fetching them lattes. Little tokens of thanks are offered, like thoughtful long distance phone cards, cash, and things generally gone unused and unwanted by the rich. A dear little tradition, if you ask me.

Upon first hearing about the holiday without actually knowing anything about it, I thought the name implied either the much-looked-forward-to boxing up and putting away of Christmas decorations. Upon deeper reflection, I decided it was a day spent putting unwanted Christmas gifts back in their packaging to be returned at the soonest possible opportunity.

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Pain-free Latkes

Pain-free Latkes

| December 22, 2008 | 4 Comments

Although I didn’t make it Saul’s Deli this year for their annual Neverending Latke sidewalk fest, a lingering craving for piles of crispy potato cakes convinced my husband to brave the task of grating and frying.

He more or less followed a straightforward recipe from Gourmet and managed to deliver, with his first try, a most excellent feast.

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Etsy: Handmade Gifts for Food-Loving Friends

Etsy: Handmade Gifts for Food-Loving Friends

| August 26, 2008 | 1 Comment

I have a really amazing circle of friends and family. Because of this, I am always on the lookout for great gifts that are easy on the wallet, and that hold to my buying philosophy: buy from mom-and-pop shops over chain superstores whenever possible. While I definitely have some San Francisco stores that I frequent in order to find unique gifts, my obsession lately has been Etsy.

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