Tag: DIY

Beyond Beer: Emma Christensen on DIY Brewed Beverages

Beyond Beer: Emma Christensen on DIY Brewed Beverages

| July 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

The author of True Brews shares her homebrewing habit with BAB’s Sarah Henry. Watermelon-Mint Soda anyone?

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How The DIY Butter Trend Got Churning

How The DIY Butter Trend Got Churning

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s not just homesteaders, hipsters and foodies getting into the hands-on pursuit. The butter-churning craze is part of a larger, do-it-yourself food movement that includes everything from canning, to making homemade bitters, a food writer says.

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Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother’s Day

Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother’s Day

| May 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

Rather than waiting for someone to give you a treat, why not make one of your favorites for yourself? Something you can snack on all week when no one’s around. Or, better yet, something you don’t have to share. Food writer T. Susan Chang recommends slow-roasted pecans, salty-sweet matzo candy and more.

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Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

Bay Area Home Brewers Opt for Homegrown Hops

| April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Home brewers take their craft to another level by growing their own hops, which ensures a steady supply and allows them to experiment with making wet hops beers.

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Father’s Day: Beer, Bacon, & Books

Father’s Day: Beer, Bacon, & Books

What does Dad really want, besides an uninterrupted nap on the couch? Beer, bacon, and a few really good reads.

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The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila: Review and Recipe for Homemade Wheat Crackers

The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila: Review and Recipe for Homemade Wheat Crackers

| June 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

Megan Gordon shares her thoughts on Alana Chernila’s new book, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making. And Alana agreed to share her recipe for Wheat Crackers with Bay Area Bites, and chats with us about the process of writing the book.

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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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Occupy the Pantry!

Occupy the Pantry!

| November 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

How will you move your money this holiday season? Stephanie Rosenbaum offers tips and advice for delicious gift-giving the non-corporate way.

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Guerrilla Greens: Extreme Urban Homesteading

Guerrilla Greens: Extreme Urban Homesteading

An Oakland couple digs deep into the new paradigm: Urban Homesteading, by any means necessary.

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Food Secrets of Writer and Cookbook Author Vanessa Barrington

Food Secrets of Writer and Cookbook Author Vanessa Barrington

| January 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

Vanessa Barrington is a food writer and cookbook author based in the Temescal District in Oakland. She is the author of the recently published D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food From Scratch and co-authored Heirloom Beans with Steve Sando. Vanessa shared her local food secrets with BAB as well as a couple of recipes from her book.

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Red Crawfish

Red Crawfish

| July 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite culinary mash-ups of recent years is the Vietnamese-Chinese-Cajun crawfish boil served with rice or garlic noodles. Following the arc of families moving from Vietnam to New Orleans to Southern California to, finally, San Jose and San Francisco, mud bugs have taken a garlicky turn and shown up, of all places, in Little Saigon’s across the country.

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San Francisco Smoke-Screen

San Francisco Smoke-Screen

| June 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

In keeping with another current trend, that of back alley catering and restaurant-esque entities sprouting up all over town, d.i.y. barbecue operations churning away on the edges of the local food scene actually best the likes of Baby Blues, Memphis Minnie’s, and Big Nate’s. There’s definitely something appealing about outlaw status, and barbecue wears it especially well, even here.

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How To Make Butter

How To Make Butter

| August 8, 2008 | 9 Comments

Making butter? I pictured him sitting on an Amish stool churning away in the shade of his porch. And since I’ve always thought of butter-making as the sole province of women, I pictured him in a dairy maid’s bonnet that matched both his eyes and his rugby shirt. I was a bit jealous of both his crushing amount of free time and the fact that he had thought of making butter before I did. I asked him where he picked up the churn.
“I don’t have a churn, Michael. I’m doing it in my Kitchen Aid.”

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Food Hacks

Food Hacks

| May 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Although I couldn’t attend this past weekend’s Maker Faire, with its inaugural section dedicated to food, I did have a chance to learn a few new tricks for the kitchen. It’s not a recent phenomenon for cooks to hack their utensils and ingredients—Homo “Handy Man” habilis figured out that meat on the stick thing, Mongol […]

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