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LGBT Pride Profile: Culinary Artist Yasmin Golan

LGBT Pride Profile: Culinary Artist Yasmin Golan

| June 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles culinary artist Yasmin Golan, who lives in Oakland and has worked locally in the pop-up scene and restaurant world. Golan’s ideas on cooking and living are based around community and sustainability.

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Madrona Manor’s Organic Kitchen Garden

Madrona Manor’s Organic Kitchen Garden

| June 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Tucked away along the hillside of Dry Creek Valley, in the sleepy little town of Healdsburg, is a century-old mansion called Madrona Manor. Built in 1881, this nationally-registered Victorian estate was once just a weekend getaway for a very well-to-do banker. Today, it’s an inn with a one star Michelin-rated restaurant. The grounds at Madrona Manor–as one would expect–are immaculate. It is a mansion after all. Tulips, roses, annuals and perennials, leave the eight-acre estate billowing with floral delights. But my favorite part is the property’s organic kitchen garden.

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Animals (and their Poop) Transform Gardens into Urban Farms

Animals (and their Poop) Transform Gardens into Urban Farms

| June 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

Raising rabbits and goats not only provides appealing pets, but their poop turns a garden into a sustainable urban farm. A recent tour of 7 East Bay farms sponsored by the Institute of Urban Homesteading demonstrated how even tiny backyards can produce prodigious amounts of food with the help of chickens, quail, bees, rabbit and goats.

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Cookbook Review: Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard, by Nigel Slater

Cookbook Review: Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard, by Nigel Slater

British food writer and passionate backyard gardener Nigel Slater is back, this time on the joys of homegrown fruit and nuts, with the newly issued American edition of Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard. Recipe for Crisp pork belly, sweet peach salsa included.

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A Taste of Laos in East Oakland

A Taste of Laos in East Oakland

| May 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

In the heart of East Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, a handful of Mien refugees are growing vegetables from the home country at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. It’s a sunny microcosm of California’s rich and complicated past and present, and when the crops are ready for harvest, the public will be invited to join in the feast that follows.

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Occupy Movement Focuses on Urban Farming

Occupy Movement Focuses on Urban Farming

| May 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

In what seems to be the first action of the Occupy movement in the Bay Area this Spring, activists on the Albany and Berkeley border took to their shovels and hoes to claim a piece of agricultural property and build a community farm.

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Earth Day 2012:  Ways to Celebrate in the Bay Area

Earth Day 2012: Ways to Celebrate in the Bay Area

Happy Earth Day! Check out our listings of fun, tasty, and educational events happening Sunday, April 22 all around the Bay.

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Garden to Plate: 5 Beautiful Spring Cookbooks

Garden to Plate: 5 Beautiful Spring Cookbooks

| April 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Megan Gordon discusses her favorite five spring cookbooks focusing on gardening and produce, farmers markets, and fresh food. It’s time to celebrate all the color popping up, and these five writers and chefs are an inviting place to begin.

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Summer Food and Farming Camps for Kids

Summer Food and Farming Camps for Kids

What are your kids doing this summer? Cooking, gardening, and farming camps for children and teens are more popular than ever. Check out our handy summer guide to where to gather eggs, pet a goat, learn from a llama, whip up a risotto, or write your own restaurant review.

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America Revealed’s Food Machine and Food Forward Premieres:  A Tale of Two Totally Different PBS Programs

America Revealed’s Food Machine and Food Forward Premieres: A Tale of Two Totally Different PBS Programs

| April 2, 2012 | 8 Comments

Sarah Henry discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding two new food programs from PBS airing on KQED soon: America Revealed‘s first episode “Food Machine” on April 11 and Food Forward‘s pilot on April 9.

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Iso Rabins of forageSF plans his next “foodtrepreneur” venture: Forage Kitchen

Iso Rabins of forageSF plans his next “foodtrepreneur” venture: Forage Kitchen

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Iso Rabins of forageSF is the mind behind an underground food market, wild foraging walks and scavenger hunts, plus several series of underground dinners. We dig into what’s next on his plate: a cooperative Forage Kitchen.

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Petaluma Day Trip: Lambs, LUMA, Lagunitas, & More

Petaluma Day Trip: Lambs, LUMA, Lagunitas, & More

Springtime is a great time to make a day trip north, before the wine-tasting, guidebook-clutching traffic of summer backs up the backroads, and while the meandering, tree-crowned pastures are dotted with fluffy, just-born lambs and calves.

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Spring Breakfast: Green Eggs and Lamb

Spring Breakfast: Green Eggs and Lamb

It’s spring when the world is puddle-wonderful, at last. Herald the greening of spring in long-overdue rain with some breakfast ideas for green eggs and lamb sausage patties.

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Cottage Cheese Pancakes for Spring

Cottage Cheese Pancakes for Spring

It’s spring, and the chickens are laying again! Time to start (or end) the day with tender, eggy Cottage Cheese Pancakes.

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