So many people think of sourdough as an all-American -- or at least North American -- phenomenon. Credit that to the fact that sourdough starters (wild yeast cultures regularly fed and nurtured to keep available for leavening bread) were mainstays not only of pioneering life but also among the miners who made sourdough the reliable daily bread ...Read more
How Your Waistline Can Expose Your Health Risk
It’s that time of year. You go to your doctor for the annual physical. The nurse has weighed you on the way in. Now you’re sitting on the exam table in the horrible paper gown waiting for the doctor to appear.
The doc walks in the door and declares that you officially obese. Your Body ...Read more
I have had many a heated conversation over how to roast a chicken. I even taught a food writing class at The Culinary Institute in Napa Valley on how to write the perfect roast chicken recipe. As you can see, I really like roast chicken! It is pretty easy to prepare, but there are many variations and techniques that can make a cook wonder about ...Read more
Swap tortilla chips for pita chips in this Mediterranean nacho recipe. For a party, create one large platter -- just be sure to serve with plates!
Pita Chip Nachos
Serving Size: 2 1/2 cups
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 pound 90 percent-lean ground beef or lamb
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
2 ...Read more
King cakes are named for the Three Kings of the Bible and were part of the Epiphany celebration at the end of the 12 Days of Christmas. They're variously called Galette des Rois in France, Rosca de Reyes in Spain, and vasilopita in Greece.
I spoke with Judy Walker, retired food editor for ...Read more
Spice up your life with the next big flavor sensation -- Korean hot-chile paste known as gochujang (go-choo-jang). It has a distinctive savory (umami), sweet flavor with an enjoyable burst of heat.
Gochujang is a beloved Korean condiment, but it's about to have its moment in the States.
It is a thick, red paste made from chile peppers, rice, ...Read more
Now that you've settled on a wine resolution or two for 2018, vowing to do more of this or less of that, perhaps you could use a little reference guide to help you do it all better. Below are some reminders on how to get the most out of your wine-drinking experiences -- from serving at the proper temperatures and partnering with a simpatico ...Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, we have finally reached the boozy, oaky, barrel-aged conclusion.
Revolution Brewing's ongoing release of eight barrel-aged beers this winter, all in four-packs of 12-ounce cans, ended Friday with the last three entries: Straight Jacket (barleywine aged in bourbon barrels), Mineshaft Gap (barleywine aged in cognac barrels) ...Read more
Basic shares much with basement: It's the bedrock, the beginning, the building block. The computer uttered its first words in BASIC. The classic dress comes in basic black. Garlic, chemically speaking, is basic.
Basic is being abased. Not for its link to debased or base, as in lowly. But simply for its simplicity. Among the young, basic has ...Read more
Everything you need to know about Indian food can be found in a single phrase in a cookbook by the otherwise reasonable Anupy Singla.
The book "Indian for Everyone" contains a recipe for Chana Aloo, a meal of curried chickpeas and potatoes. Calling the dish comforting and wholesome, she adds that it is -- and this is the important phrase -- "an...Read more
The Coca-Cola Company is introducing the first major change to its popular Diet Coke brand since its launch 35 years ago with the addition of four new flavors and a new look as well.
The flavors include Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango, the company announced Wednesday.
According to a press release, Coca-Cola ...Read more
Saag Gosht serves up flavors of India. An authentic one uses freshly ground spices and long cooking times. By using good quality cubes of lamb cut from the leg and ground spices, this dinner retains the essence of Indian food without the long preparation.
-- Ask the butcher to cut lamb cubes from the leg with most of the fat ...Read more
Fans of Austin-based Tito's Handmade Vodka, here's some sweet news. Not only can you drink your favorite craft vodka, but now you can eat it, too.
Last week, luxury candy boutique Sugarfina unveiled its new collaboration with the popular vodka brand. The Sugarfina x Tito's Handmade Vodka collection features two new candies inspired by Tito's ...Read more
It was a year of plant foods, bowl foods and whole foods.
With whole foods that meant preparing foods as simple as possible using foods with very few ingredients, it also meant Whole Foods Market chain being gobbled up by Amazon.
Not only did Amazon stun the grocery world by buying Whole Foods Market, the grocery store industry changed, too. ...Read more
Rich and complex, this dish could work well with a white or red. Here are two versions of pinot noir -- from the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the Burgundy region of France -- and a chardonnay from California's Carneros region that will complement the dish's earthy-savory notes, and also give it a little zip.
Pound ...Read more
Crepes are easy to make, but now the folks at Aunt Jemima have made them even easier with a boxed crepe mix. With little fuss and no waiting time you can turn out light and golden crepes that taste like crepes. This isn't rocket surgery, as they say -- Aunt Jemima provides the flour, sugar, salt and powdered milk; you provide the eggs and water ...Read more
It seems to me that people who love to cook at home often have two separate styles of recipes that they rely on. First come the everyday dishes that they make week after week for their family and any close friends who might drop by -- simple, straightforward, delicious food they can cook quickly and easily with minimal fuss. And then there are ...Read more
Frequent readers of this column no doubt know I often refer to Merry Edwards as the queen of California pinot noir.
That wasn't always the case, for when Edwards came out of U.C. Davis in the 1970s, she gained her initial fame making stunning cabernet sauvignon at Mount Eden Vineyards in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. She eventually moved...Read more
It's amusing -- and instructive -- to scan the food and dining trend forecasts that pop up at the beginning of each new year.
Let's start by agreeing that the following information doesn't necessarily enjoy an enduring relationship with reality.
Which is why it's called "forecasting." Sure, there are some data-based foundations for the ...Read more