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20 Unusual Uses for Everyday Herbs

More than just a garnish. Take these 10 herbs and you’ve got yourself 20 different ways to tackle everyday issues, from keeping mice away to treating the common cold. This list gives you reason to chew shamelessly on fresh tarragon leaves, re-establish Mojito Monday, and pass up your expensive and […]

Foodie Underground: Comfort Food

Column6 foods that comfort in the cold months. Six degrees Fahrenheit. The kind of weather that necessitates two puffy jackets. The time change means it’s easier to motivate in the morning routine, but come dusk all I want to do is crawl under a blanket on the couch and read a […]

Food History: Roquefort and the World of Blue Cheese

Where do our favorite dishes come from? In our ongoing series ‘Food History’ we take a look at classic dishes and their roots, this time with a focus on the world of blue cheese.  Someone once told me a joke about the French and cheese: “Put a plate of smelly […]

Ecosalon Recipes: Hot Wine? Mull It Over

‘Tis the season…to have cold hands. I’m convinced mulled wine was invented as a handwarmer in the depths of winter. It first pops up in the history books around 400 CE, although its European medieval name of Hipocris harks back to Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek “father of medicine” – and […]

Foodspotting Friday: The Glorious Macaron

Need dessert inspiration? Feed your sweet tooth craving with macarons. If you hadn’t noticed, macarons are the dessert du jour, and with good reason. They’re colorful, petite, French, and unlike cupcakes, classy. Yeah, I said it. If it’s apricot and blackberry, mocha or caramel fleur de sel, the hundreds – […]

What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us

Nutrition fads draw attention, but the real harm is in common, processed foods. Food myths abound, but whether or not you try to cure a hangover with food from the greasy spoon or lose a few pounds with a maple syrup fast, you’re probably not doing a significant amount of […]

Grilled Salmon Panini Recipe with Cream Cheese

This grilled salmon panini recipe with cream cheese calls for chives, parsley, and tarragon, but use any herbs you like, especially what’s in season–or, better yet, what’s growing in your garden. Add them to your favorite organic cream cheese, or make your own. Homemade herbed cream cheese is infinitely better […]

Creating a Home Bar: 3 Budget Solutions and DIY Inspiration

Get ready for your next party with these suggestions for setting up your own home bar. Having a bar cart or other beverage station is in. With the resurgence in entertaining at home, the increased popularity of historical and designer cocktails (and, let’s admit it, the influence of Mad Men), lots […]

Oil Spills, Ecology, and the Food Chain

While we become sick to our stomachs watching the spreading plumes of oil in the gulf, viewing photos of oil slicked birds, and footage of oil covered beaches in Florida and Alabama, let’s take a step back and think about the cycle of life. The reason disasters like this happen […]

Foodie Underground: Amateur Is the New Black

Maybe it’s the result of an economy that requires a skill for penny pinching or maybe it’s just a renewed love of food, but whatever the reasons behind it, amateur involvement in culinary culture is happening big time, bringing the power of being a foodie into the hands of everyone […]

Foodie Underground: Celebrating Tradition

The past month has been a whirlwind, and I’m sure I’m not alone. The holidays have a knack for making a full month seem like only a week. But somehow we all find the time to cram in parties, celebrations and festive attire. Staying far away from any commercial establishments, […]

On a Cold Winter’s Night: Spicy Crab and Polenta

Looking for a no-fuss, yet fancy meal to serve company on a cold, winter night? Here’s a take on the classic Southern shrimp ‘n grits that switches out the shrimp for crab meat, and the grits for polenta. I created this to honor our west coast Dungeness crab season, in […]

In SF? Come to the Bar Agricole and EcoSalon Earth Day Party!

EventAn Earth Day party hosted by EcoSalon and SF’s Bar Agricole. One of the best things to come out of 2010 was the launch of Bar Agricole, the gorgeous modern tavern in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. The all-star founding cast includes legendary mixologist Thad Vogler (Beretta), chef Brandon Jew (Magnolia), […]

All About Tomatillos, and Making a Mean Green Salsa

Tomatillos are often overlooked. These wonderful, green “Mexican tomatoes” are very easy to make into a versatile sauce. Use tomatillo sauce to enhance guacamole, or serve on steaks, rice, grilled plantains, tacos, omelets or scrambled eggs. Tomatillos are in season now, so it’s green salsa time! When selecting tomatillos, look […]

Spring, a Season for Good Food: Foodie Underground

Is there anything better than all the good food that spring brings us? Spring represents many things. The end of winter. A time of rebirth. A countdown to summer. For me, it’s a celebration of good food. Certainly, there is good food to be had all year around, but there […]

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7 Home Bar Mixer Must-Haves for Budding Mixologists

What are the necessary components of a well-stocked home bar? I blame cheap beer commercials, wine coolers, and “Sex in the City.” Somewhere along the way, Americans got away from the home bar and mixing complex and grown-up cocktails and started drinking fruity, watered-down, syrupy sweet concoctions and light beer. […]

Vegan Superfood Granola Recipe With Kale (Yes, Kale!)

Introducing: Kale Granola! That’s right. Kale made way into your smoothies, soups, salads, and chips, and now it’s in your very own homemade superfood granola recipe. Kale is anywhere and everywhere. It’s the go-to superfood attraction and readily available in most supermarkets. And if you think kale’s potential has been […]

Can Good Vegetarian Mexican Food Finally Take Over Manhattan?

Chef Ivy Stark does not run your average Mexican restaurant. At Dos Caminos in New York City, she has constantly and consistently been trying to add a new spin to the Mexican food we all know and love, from innovating Mexican classics to bringing vegetarian Mexican food to the forefront of […]

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5 Masters of Italy’s Eco-Renaissance

Italy has faced major environmental controversy but it’s also in the middle of an eco-renaissance.  On the heels of its Nutella scandal it’s important to acknowledge the individuals, winemakers, hotels, restaurants, and even a corporation dedicated to sustainability while preserving some of Italy’s oldest traditions that are slipping away. Here are 5 Masters […]