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The Communal Pot: Seafood and Soup among the San Juan Islands

The Communal Pot: Seafood and Soup among the San Juan Islands

| September 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Old friends and wedding parties and extended families have a way of creating memorable meals. Place them all in a gorgeous locale overflowing with fresh ingredients — say the San Juan Islands on the Puget Sound during the last weeks of summer — and even the simplest pot of soup becomes sublime. We were gathered […]

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Voodoo and the Top Pot: Doughnuts Galore

| September 15, 2007 | 5 Comments

Two weeks of camping has a way of simplifying one’s needs. Or, at least, it should. I must admit that I was rather taken with a supply run at REI’s flagship store in Seattle. Amazing what we can schlep along with us as essential gear, but gone are the days — thank goodness! — of […]

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Old San Francisco: Eating Through the Ages

| September 1, 2007 | 2 Comments

This week I scored big. In addition to finishing off a pint of burnt caramel ice cream I found a dusty but still strongly bound first edition of Laughter on the Hill, a book about a young woman who moved to San Francisco alone in the winter of 1940. (Grandmothers, 1955. Courtesy of San Francisco […]

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Everyone loves donuts!

| August 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

So many fried doughs, so little time….

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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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"Grilling" Fish Inside Your Kitchen

| August 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

My first summer in San Francisco, I bought a little Weber and installed it on my fire escape. Within two minutes of lighting its inaugural pile of charcoal, I answered my doorbell to find an irate neighbor pointing at the flames and reminding me that all the houses in our neighborhood were constructed of wood. […]

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The Art of Consumption: Arthur Huang & Mary V. Marsh

| August 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

The work of Arthur Huang and Mary V. Marsh, perfectly calibrated for this age of confessional eating and exhibitionist documentation, examines the minute rituals of food. Currently on exhibit at Mercury Twenty Gallery in Oakland, the two artists explore our culture of consumption, how we ingest ideas, relationships and expectations along with a few basic […]

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Japanese Tradition: How to Eat at a Sushi Bar

| July 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

During a discussion this past week about authenticity, someone asked me what I thought about Japanese restaurants run by Koreans, while another person asked my opinion about the Japanese government’s desperate fight around the globe to save sushi. There are lots of glib answers, but they all skip over some important issues about food and […]

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How to Talk Like a Maine Lobsterman

| July 15, 2007 | 4 Comments

Nothing evokes special occasions like a lobster with drawn butter, but there was once a time when they were considered poverty fare. Fed to orphans, prisoners and indentured servants, lobsters from the Northern Atlantic did not appeal to early colonists. It took the canning craze of the 1950s to spread the taste of lobster beyond […]

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Vermont: Maple Creemees and Common Crackers

| July 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

Far from the golden hills of California, with endless lush stretches of forest and field, the Green Mountain State lives up to its name. My road trip continues, and this week I find myself heading toward the Northeast Kingdom. Along the way, near the shores of Lake Champlain, I’ve been enjoying two local treats. Faced […]

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Kansas City BBQ: Oklahoma Joe’s

| July 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Coming back to Missouri — the state of my childhood — always means returning to a double life. While I’ve come to terms with my family’s hyphenated existence here in the Heartland, I’m only just beginning to figure out how to balance the relentless abundance of my mother’s kitchen with the city’s smoky, seductive barbecue. […]

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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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Sharing the Sacred: Community Meals at Buddhist and Sikh Temples

| June 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve worshipped anything beyond dumplings or doughnuts on Sunday mornings, but this weekend I joined Stockton’s Sikh community at their historic temple on Grant Street. The act of sharing food as spiritual devotion has deep roots in many of the world’s religions. At Buddhist temples, serving vegetarian food to […]

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