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Posted 02/12/2013

Ingredients 101: San Marzano Tomatoes

Many of the best Italian dishes are based on the principles of putting together a few quality ingredients and not manipulating them too much; in other words, they let the ingredients shine. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/12/2013

Pairing Sauce With Pasta

If you live in Italy, the best way to get the neighbors to gossip about you is by serving pasta with the wrong sauce. Sure, there are over 600 different types of Italian pasta, but without the sauce nobody will want to eat the dish. While food naturally pairs better with certain wines, so too certain pastas pair better with certain sauces. Pici wants ragù, for example and that’s how Italians see it. Basta. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/08/2013

Moving? Don’t know where your wine opener is? I’ve got you covered.

I recently relocated. Beyond what fit in my truck around the carrier for one oversized, excessively furry cat, all of my posessions spent a few weeks under the guardianship of Wheaton van lines. Stumbling into the Trader Joe’s in my new city, desperate for a brief respite from my environs–which looked like Hoarders after the movers left–I zombie-shuffled my way to the wine aisle. And then realized I had no idea where my wine opener was. Now what was I going to drink? Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/08/2013

“I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts…”

“…Deedlee, Dee”

Zazu, the red-billed hornbill bird in the movie The Lion King was spot-on when he sang about coconuts being “lovely”.

Coconut, especially coconut oil, has been gaining intense popularity lately and for good reason. This saturated fat if chock full of lauric acid, which when in the body is “converted into monolaurin, a compound that is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms.” Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

Restaurant Review: Italian Markets in San Francisco

James “Tick” Falletti has been working hard for his family’s San Francisco grocery business since he was just ten years old: “I started in 1957,” he explains. “Though at that point, I just walked around [the market] with my father and uncle and was paid with a 50-cent toy off the toy rack.” Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

Farm-to-Farm (or Composting)

Think of this as the farm-to-farm movement, or composting. Picking up fruits and vegetables, incorporating kitchens, tables, and sporks, and heading right back into the soil, the act of composting has been biodegrading since prehistoric farmers roamed the earth. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

We Hail Kale!

Nutrition news headlines sing the same tune when it comes to filling up on leafy greens. Regrettably, people tend to turn towards the ever-popular Iceberg and Romaine lettuces when they do decide to munch on greens. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/31/2013

The History of the Food War

Most of us are familiar with a world full of supermarkets, hot dog stands, pizza parlors and coffee shops. Chemicals can improve the flavors of our favorite fruits; vegetables appear to grow in Styrofoam trays and materialize on crammed shelves. Mushrooms are made of marshmallow, meat is flat and round and comes wrapped in a sauce-filled bun, stamped with a yellow ‘M’. We have entered an age of mass production and commercial farming, of obesity and anorexia. Food is tied up with everything from our impressions of our own bodies to our economy, but how and why did we get to where we are today in the US? Well, there are several reasons.  Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/31/2013

Taste, the Most Important Item That’s Not on the Kids’ Menu

There is something obscene about ordering the eight-course chef’s tasting menu at Blue Hill for a six-year-old. The expense of that one meal is enough to give me pause for myself, let alone the one at the table who thinks carryon essentials include crayons. As the waiter patiently offered to improvise a meal for our daughter, I weighed all the arguments for and against in my head. It’s once in a lifetime! You can feed a small village for that price. But you hate children’s menus, kids should eat the same food as parents, you believe that. What if she won’t eat it? What if she will? Continue Reading…

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