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Peaches: Not Ready for Prime Time

Peaches: Not Ready for Prime Time

| July 2, 2010 | 3 Comments

To purists, I imagine poaching a peach might seem like celebrating the 4th of July on the 30th of June. If you just hold tight and go about your business, the proper time will come.

If you’re as impatient as I am however, poaching is still a wonderful way to treat a peach– especially a stubborn one.

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Summer Trifle

Summer Trifle

| July 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

The best summer desserts are simple to make, portable for picnics, and highlight the season’s sweet, luscious fruit. Trifle would be at the top of my own list.

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Plumalicious Summer Plum Jam

Plumalicious Summer Plum Jam

| July 10, 2008 | 3 Comments

We somehow managed to pick about six pounds of plums before I decided that something must be done. So, as I did last year, I decided to make plum jam.

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Smoothies: Youth-Powered Sweetness

Smoothies: Youth-Powered Sweetness

| May 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Teaching kids to eat and drink healthfully requires much more than admonitions. After carting away the vending machines and abolishing the Big Gulps, we can’t leave the kids empty-handed. Rachelle Boucher from Generation Chefs is working hard to fill the void. From the popular Pizza Smack-Downs at COPIA to her weekly cooking classes (free to […]

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Monterey Market: Always Worth A Visit!

| November 29, 2007 | 5 Comments

If you love produce as much as I do you know that living in the East Bay is better than living in San Francisco. I realize I could start a riot here, but I’ve lived in 3 out of four directions of the peninsula, in various neighborhoods and cities, and no matter where I was, […]

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A Bite of Autumn: Ginger Pear Tartlets

| October 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

Sometimes, the best of intentions go awry. Fortunately, there’s always frozen puff pastry. Emergency desserts during the summer are easy — who needs to gild perfect berries? — but as autumn settles in, it’s more of a challenge to impress VIP guests, say, eight culinary experts called for a special meeting. And you’re supposed to […]

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Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

| August 19, 2007 | 6 Comments

The pot of chives was waiting for me in Moraga. Little did I know there was an entire afternoon of wonder in store for me when I went to pick it up. With just his hands, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, 79-year old Ze’ev Vered has shaped seven terraces of gardens and orchards. Trees bearing […]

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Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

Melissa’s Great Book of Produce

| August 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

I like to think that I am pretty adventurous in the kitchen. But the truth is, there are plenty of fruits and especially vegetables I don’t have a clue about. So who might introduce me to these exotic treats? Melissa’s Great Book of Produce. Melissa’s is the largest distributor of speciality produce in the US. […]

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Peach Advice.

| August 6, 2007 | 6 Comments

Love is in the air: peaches are here, and all is right with the world. Yes, my sunglasses are rose- tinted, why do you ask? I’ve been on the road, taking my show with me. First NYC, then Portland and most recently, Chicago. It’s been fun, educational, hot, and delicious, but I’ve missed being home. […]

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It’s Still Strawberry Season

| June 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

As one of my colleagues said the other day, the farmers markets are “lousy with strawberries.” I don’t mind the glut, as my own last meal would be a bowl of strawberries, a taste of life short and sweet. The best way to eat the fruit is whole, out of hand, one after the other […]

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Picnic in the Park: Bacon Bites

| June 17, 2007 | 1 Comment

We each need a good food buddy or two. Mine is a petite Filipina who can eat anyone under the table. Cindy modestly claims it’s all about the pacing, but those of us who’ve had the pleasure of dining with her know that it’s really 1) her absolute love of anything sweet, sour, spicy or […]

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Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts

Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts

| June 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

This Sunday June 10th I will be teaching my second Seasonal Fruit Dessert class in North Berkeley from 1 – 3:30 pm. Might you wish to join me as I conjure a number of sweets simple and complex, whose main focus is fruits at the peak of their early summer season’s best? Those who took […]

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Plumcots, Apriums, Pluots and Their Father of Invention

| May 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year. When Bay Area markets are jumping with stone fruits. Names whimsical, actual and unpronounceable and downright silly fill signage over mysterious glowing orbs. People want to know, “What’s the difference between a pluot and a plumcot, a nectarcot and an aprium? Why all the funny names? What happened to the […]

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Gazpacho. Shuna & Athen’s Late Summer Fruit Version

Gazpacho. Shuna & Athen’s Late Summer Fruit Version

| August 20, 2006 | 1 Comment

One late summer night a few years ago my friend Athen and I set out to what might have been a bold take on salsa. We started out with some amazingly aromatic mangos, cilantro, a few different pieces of stone fruit, various particularly great specimens of melon, and of course we had to get cucumbers […]

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