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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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Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you love cornbread, then you are going to love this colorful and scrumptious stuffing, perfect alongside a BBQ turkey. Fresh herbs and sautéed peppers balance the richness of this dish.

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Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

| November 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Crunchy, colorful, seasonal, and fresh. This gorgeous salad is a great way to balance the rich and heavy dishes on your Thanksgiving table.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest for Thanksgiving

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest for Thanksgiving

| November 10, 2014 | 4 Comments

Even if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, give this dish a try. It has a bit of everything: tangy, sweet, salty, bitter, and savory. You are welcome.

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My Favorite Childhood Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

My Favorite Childhood Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forget about the canned-shaped cranberry gel that graced your childhood table, this tart-sweet compote is not only amazingly delicious, it’s amazingly simple to throw together at the last minute.

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Throw Your Turkey On The Grill This Thanksgiving!

Throw Your Turkey On The Grill This Thanksgiving!

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing quite as spectacular as bringing this mahogany-colored, smoky-flavored bird to the Thanksgiving table. This year, impress your guest by slow-grill roasting your bird on the BBQ.

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5 Halloween Food Myths Unmasked

5 Halloween Food Myths Unmasked

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Think you know everything about Halloween? It was not always candy-centric. Are Halloween sadists real? Pumpkins, apples, and candy corn have surprising histories. Find out the truth behind 5 common Halloween food fallacies.

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