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Local cookbook authors help you bring the farm to your table this spring

05/06/20

Local cookbook authors help you bring the farm to your table this spring

Whether you have mastered Chrissy Teigen's recipe for crave-worthy banana bread or you just found out that tomato sauce is a base ingredient of chili, you’ve probably been spending more time in the kitchen these days. Luckily, spring fruits and vegetables know no quarantine limitations, which means you now have ample opportunities to discover just what it means to live in America's Farm-to-Fork Capital. And to take advantage of that bounty, we can take a page from cookbook authors around the region, who know best what’s sprouting up in our surrounding fields and orchards (think sweet onions, leafy chard and still-tart apricots). From the late, legendary Biba Caggiano channeling memories of her motherland to the James Beard Award-winning hunter-gatherer Hank...

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Local chefs and other kitchen pros offer insider tips for home cooks and amateur bartenders

05/01/20

Local chefs and other kitchen pros offer insider tips for home cooks and amateur bartenders

Evidenced by the surge of at-home bread baking and comfort-food comebacks, as well as the rebirth of the community cookbook, the quarantine has led to an uptick in home cooking and bartending. A recent survey of 1,000 Americans found that over 50% of us are spending more time in our kitchens than we were pre-pandemic. In response, kitchen pros around the region, including chefs, bar managers and baristas, are posting videos with insider tips to raise your meal and cocktail game, and help you become the star of your next Zoom dinner party. Chando’s Tacos Grab a pad and pen—you'll want to take notes on the abundance of family cooking secrets spilled during the weekly hourlong Facebook Live videos from this celebrated local chain. Your charming hosts for these...

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With stay-at-home becoming bake-at-home for many, Faria Bakery's "Head of Bread" offers up the lowdown on sourdough

04/17/20

With stay-at-home becoming bake-at-home for many, Faria Bakery's "Head of Bread" offers up the lowdown on sourdough

With the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and people spending almost all their time at home, many are embracing a back-to-basics lifestyle in their search for comfort during this chaotic time. Baking bread, you may have heard, is at the forefront of this quest. Over the last few weeks, social media has been deluged with examples of #quarantinebaking, including daily 140-character updates on the maturation of sourdough starter. This elemental mixture of flour and water comes alive as it’s exposed to the natural yeast in the air, developing bread dough organically, without a packet of Fleischmann’s. Some budding bakers are even hanging packets of sourdough starter in trees to share with fellow sourdough enthusiasts while maintaining physical distance. In my own...

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Take out on your own timetable with meal kits from regional restaurants

04/09/20

Take out on your own timetable with meal kits from regional restaurants

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented amounts of takeout. But the sudden shift to a time-blurring work-from-home life combined with reduced hours at many restaurants could sometimes make take-out-and-eat-later a more convenient choice for diners, especially those who want to plan ahead. “Buying food hot and eating it right away isn’t [always] an option for people whose daily routines have changed,” says Ray Ballestero, owner of midtown’s Alaro Craft Brewery. “Take-and-bake options allow us to feed them on their schedule.” From a Dungeness crab lasagna to a pork chashu ramen to a veggie casserole, here are eight great takeout kits—some which last in the fridge for a week—from eateries around the region. Just transfer the food to an...

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Is takeout safe? A UC Davis virologist shares how to stay healthy and support local restaurants

03/26/20

Is takeout safe? A UC Davis virologist shares how to stay healthy and support local restaurants

As we all adjust to life at home during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most frequent questions that many of us are likely asking ourselves and each other is: "Is it safe?" Is it safe to go outside? Is it safe to touch our mail? Is it safe for our dogs to run around in dog parks? And the issue of food safety is one of the most common concerns these days. But we also want to support our local restaurants and maintain some semblance of normalcy, like indulging in our favorite thin-crust pizza or sushi roll. When Gov. Gavin Newsom asked restaurants and bars to shutter operations on March 16 as part of a larger attempt to slow the spread of the virus, many local eateries pivoted to takeout and delivery in an effort to survive.  Now that...

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