Tag: michael procopio

Big Night Out: The Melting Pot

Big Night Out: The Melting Pot

| January 4, 2008 | 4 Comments

Last week, my friend Lyle invited me down to the Peninsula to have a big fondue dinner with him and our friend Jack at The Melting Pot. Why? What else can one do when one’s girlfriend is out of town except eat an enormous meal of melted cheese, bread, and hot oil-cooked meat? I took […]

Continue Reading

Lucky Pork

Lucky Pork

| December 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

This is a recipe taken (but is not exactly duplicated) from a cookbook I worked on several years ago called New England by Molly Stevens, which was part of a series called New American Cooking by the folks at Williams-Sonoma. I was the food styling assistant on this book and was initially disappointed that we didn’t photograph this recipe. Given the rather monochromatic nature of this dish, I now understand the wisdom of that decision. What this dish lacks in color, it definitely makes up for in flavor. It’s seriously good.

Continue Reading

Gravlax

Gravlax

| December 21, 2007 | 1 Comment

When the weather turns cold and Christmasy, what do you think about? Chances are you think about roaring fires, snowflake-patterned sweaters, or lacing the chestnut stuffing with arsenic. Me, I think about Scandinavian food. In particular, my mind wanders to gravlax. Perhaps it’s just a reaction against all the frosted sugar cookies and enforced glee, […]

Continue Reading

What’s on Your Shelf?

What’s on Your Shelf?

| December 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

It seems to be Cookbook Week here on Bay Area Bites, so I thought I’d throw in my two cents… I think there are entirely too many cookbooks in this world. Okay, in my world. Too many have been choking up my bookshelves collecting dust rather than grease stains, so I thought I would give […]

Continue Reading

Nog

Nog

| November 30, 2007 | 7 Comments

It’s getting to be that special time of year again. I will leave the reasons behind its specialness open to interpretation. Holiday party invitations start showing up in one’s mailbox the moment the turkey baster has been dried and tucked away in a drawer. Concurrently, this is the time of year when egg nog starts […]

Continue Reading

Wine: What to Do, What to Do

Wine: What to Do, What to Do

| November 16, 2007 | 4 Comments

The holidays are fast approaching, whether you like it or not. For many of us, that means a major spike in entertaining, either of the at-home or in-a-restaurant variety. In the course of all this entertaining, an increase in the amount of wine purchased and consumed enters into the picture. At least in my circles, […]

Continue Reading

The Hangtown Fry

The Hangtown Fry

| November 9, 2007 | 4 Comments

Before I moved to San Francisco, I knew surprisingly little about the City, which suited me fine, since I have never felt the need for too much advanced knowledge about anything. And I had no desire to trade the fantasy I had of Carol Doda and a chorus of flannel-clad gay men singing the Rice-a-roni […]

Continue Reading

Hellenic American Imports

Hellenic American Imports

| November 2, 2007 | 1 Comment

Over the past several years, I’d wandered past Hellenic American Imports on Mission Street many, many times, never bothering to go in. Mental notes were made and promptly filed away. If I ever had the need for a Greek flag or an evil eye charm, I thought, I’d know just where to go. After lunching […]

Continue Reading

Vincent Price Cooks

Vincent Price Cooks

| October 26, 2007 | 3 Comments

In case you didn’t know, yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of Vincent Price’s death. I hope everyone took a little time out of their busy schedules to remember him. Since this post falls conveniently between his death day and Halloween, there is no other possible topic for discussion, as far as I am concerned. As […]

Continue Reading

Foraging for the Apocalype

Foraging for the Apocalype

| October 19, 2007 | 1 Comment

Last week, still heavily under the influence of jet lag, Shannon, my oldest friend in the world, whisked me down to Redwood City late Saturday night so that I might spend some time with her family, make breakfast, and later accompany my goddaughter to a community theater production of Annie Get Your Gun. Typical, wholesome […]

Continue Reading

Philoxenia

Philoxenia

| October 11, 2007 | 5 Comments

In the months prior to this post, I’d been working extra shifts at the restaurant in an effort to save up some extra cash for my holiday in Greece. The closer I got to the date of my departure, it would seem, the further I removed myself from the guests entrusted to my care. As […]

Continue Reading

Kill It and Grill It

Kill It and Grill It

| September 21, 2007 | 4 Comments

… or The Carnivore’s Dilemma. Originally, I had thought to do a little post on yet another odd celebrity cookbook, this one by Ted (Cat Scratch Fever) Nugent and his wife, Shemane. I thought I might be able to write an entire piece on the cover photo alone. Or Her name. Shemane. I was immediately […]

Continue Reading

Valrhona: The Cultivation of Taste Seminar

Valrhona: The Cultivation of Taste Seminar

| September 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

This week, I was invited to a Valrhona chocolate seminar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. Since I’d never been to a chocolate seminar, let alone the Ritz, and since someone was kind enough to invite me, I decided to go. When I walked through the front door and into the lobby, I was […]

Continue Reading

Avedano’s Meats: Local People, Local Food

Avedano’s Meats: Local People, Local Food

| September 7, 2007 | 9 Comments

I’ve been to Avedano’s Meats on Cortland several times since its grand opening on July 15, mostly just to poke around, but I could never remember the name. My friends who live in Bernal Heights would say things like, “Have you checked out that new place around the corner?” and, “What’s that place called again?” […]

Continue Reading