RSSholidays and traditions

DIY Pâte de Fruit Makes an Elegant Holiday Gift

DIY Pâte de Fruit Makes an Elegant Holiday Gift

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pâte de Fruit candies are often served as after dinner treats at high end restaurants. But there’s no reason you need to shell out big bucks for a few bites of these chewy, fruity treats. They’re not much harder to make than a simple pot of jam, and the jewel toned candies make wonderful gifts. Learn how to make your own with Kate Williams.

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Forget Mashed Potatoes, This Root Vegetable Mash is the Bomb

Forget Mashed Potatoes, This Root Vegetable Mash is the Bomb

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Take mashed potatoes to the next level by making a gorgeous white root vegetable mash; excellent alongside winter’s hearty stews and braises.

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Bitter & Sweet: Endive-Radicchio Winter Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Almonds

Bitter & Sweet: Endive-Radicchio Winter Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Almonds

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bold, bitter, sweet, salty and perfectly balanced this seasonal winter salad has it all. Plus it looks really pretty too.

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Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fluffy, supple, and feather-light, these versatile pull-apart rolls deserve a place at your next celebration.

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A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A roasted beef tenderloin with velvety, savory-sweet sauce is a thing of beauty. Find out how to cook it to perfection for your next gathering.

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Bake Homemade Cheese Crackers for Holiday Gift-Giving

Bake Homemade Cheese Crackers for Holiday Gift-Giving

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forget store-bought Cheez-Its. The best savory, cheese-filled nibbles are made at home with plenty of real cheese. Homemade crackers seem intimidating, but they’re basically just savory cookies — something anyone can make. Plus, a jar of these crackers makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. Kate Williams will show you how.

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No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

| December 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Surprise everyone on your list with picks from this collection of local, delicious gift ideas, from cheesemaking classes to custom tea blends.

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Homemade Cultured Compound Butter is a Festive Addition to the Thanksgiving Table

Homemade Cultured Compound Butter is a Festive Addition to the Thanksgiving Table

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Homemade butter is shockingly easy to make, but the uncultured spread is only as good as the cream you’re using. By culturing the cream before churning, you can add enormous depth of flavor to even the least fancy bottles of cream. Kate Williams will show you how.

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For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

| November 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

If you’re giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.

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Homemade Pumpkin Caramels Make a Great Thanksgiving Party Favor

Homemade Pumpkin Caramels Make a Great Thanksgiving Party Favor

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

After Thanksgiving dinner is over, it is nice to send guests home with a little treat that’s not leftover turkey or a mason jar of mushroom gravy. Homemade pumpkin caramels make great bite-sized party favors that truly shine with the flavors of fall. Kate Williams will show you how to make them at home.

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Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drink in season with this diverse collection of beer and spirits from around the Bay Area, from pumpkin barleywine to applejack. 

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Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

| November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

This eclectic Thanksgiving menu is just the ticket to stir things up this year. The star of the show is a gorgeous, smoke-scented, mahogany-browned turkey fresh off the grill. The beauty of cooking the bird this way is that it frees up your oven to bake crunchy-sweet cornbread stuffing (two versions: regular and gluten-free!), tender caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with toasty hazelnuts and cranberries, and a scrumptious pear-almond tart for dessert. Balancing out all the richness are a tangy cranberry-orange compote and a fresh, seasonal raw shaved root vegetable salad with pistachios. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is hands-down one of my favorite autumn desserts, and I make it as soon as fragrant pears arrive in the market. It’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert buffet!

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British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bring on the rich, sweet, caramelized yams. It’s Thanksgiving season!

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