Turkey fat caramel ice cream with candied turkey skin brittle mixed in. I kid you not.
I just downed a scoop of turkey ice cream — and I loved it!
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up Thanksgiving, look no further than Salt & Straw.
The Portland-based ice creamery that has become a sensation with its highly unusual offerings has encapsulated the quintessential flavors of the Thanksgiving feast in its new holiday ice creams.
I had a chance to try samples of the five festive flavors, when pints were sent to my home.
Photographer Eva Kolenko arranging potential images for my “East Bay Cooks” cookbook.
For most of this year, I’ve immersed myself in writing a new cookbook, “East Bay Cooks” (Figure 1 Publishing), which spotlights the diverse, progressive and talented chefs of the East Bay Area.
Writing a cookbook is a major undertaking involving a multitude of interviews, fine-tuning a heap of recipes, and conducting scores of interviews.
For so long, it’s lived mostly as text in my manuscript. But last week, it all came to vivid life when the photography on the project began.
Chef Paul Canales of Oakland’s Duende with a salmon dish ready to go before the cameras.
Chefs from all around the East Bay descended upon the incredibly equipped Rule & Level Studio in Berkeley, where they and their dishes were photographed by the incomparable Eva Kolenko.
An elegant brie en croute fit for company — or just spoiling yourself.
Who doesn’t love warm, melty, gooey cheese?
Swaddle it in flaky, buttery pastry and it’s even more irresistible — if that’s possible.
That’s what you get with Marin French Cheese’s Baked Brie en Croute.
America’s longest continually operating cheese company that was founded in 1865, Marin French Cheese brings back this popular product for the holidays through the end of this year. I had a chance to try a sample recently.
Its brie, inspired by the luscious triple cremes of France, gets encased in pastry dough made by La Boulangerie of San Francisco. It’s a simple idea. But the execution is top-notch.
Get to know how good beans can truly be.
I remember there was a time when I found beans utterly ho-hum.
I couldn’t imagine what could be that exciting about them. I was always more interested in what was with them or around them.
That was until I discovered Napa’s Rancho Gordo beans.
That’s when I realized beans could be comforting, surprising, satisfying and with far more flavor and character than I’d ever imagined.
Founder Steve Sando sources astounding heirloom beans with such evocative names as Christmas Lima Bean, Yellow Indian Woman Bean, and Good Mother Stallard Bean.
At least once a year, I make a purchase of an assortment of his beans, most of which carry me through the chilly winter in numerous dishes. But they’re equally delicious when the weather is still warm, such as in dishes like “Alubia Blanca Bean Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette.”
It’s a recipe from his cookbook, “The Rancho Gordo Vegetarian Kitchen,” which he wrote with Julia Newberry last year. As the name implies, it’s filled with meat-less recipes that star all manner of beans.