Culinary News

Category: Back Of The House

Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 14

March 26, 2015

Spring is in the air, and in the ground, and at the markets. Strawberries, Fiddlehead Ferns, English Peas and Tendrils, Asparagus, Artichokes, Green Garlic, and Spring Onions are here with Morels, Ramps, Fava Beans and Tendrils on the way. The start of Halibut and Salmon season are right around the corner. Here are the items we …

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Selection Of Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans

March 20, 2015

Chickpeas, or Garbanzo Beans, are a versatile ingredient that is a staple in Indian cuisine. Some options for using the beans are: purée for a Hummus and use for vegetables or pita bread or spread it on a Bruschetta. The whole pea can be used in a soup or stew, in a salad, or as …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 13

March 10, 2015

Tale of two sides of the country. The East is still fighting with the snow, and the West has abundant sunshine and a diminishing water supply. But in the world of produce: The spring ingredients have begun in the west. Asparagus, Artichokes, Green Garlic, Spring Onions, and Green Strawberries (pictured) have started. Morel Mushrooms, Fiddlehead …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 12

February 18, 2015

In this edition of Recently Foraged Ingredients we are seeing the first signs of spring. While most of the East Coast is still covered in snow, the West Coast has an abundance of sunshine and the spring ingredients are beginning. Here are the items we have recently found: Garlic Roots (pictured) Green Garlic Chrysanthemum Green …

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Purple Season, Part 2

February 2, 2015

Last year we published a list of purple ingredients in our post, “It’s Purple Season”. Now we have an updated list of purple versions of familiar and well known produce. We have put together this list of purple ingredients for inspiration and ideas to play with in the kitchen. Most of the ingredients are similar to …

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Superbowl Sunday = Guacamole

January 29, 2015

Superbowl Sunday is the day that the most amount of guacamole is consumed. It is the beginning of the Haas Avocado season and it looks like it will be a good year. The weather will dictate whether we have a good guacamole season or not. In bad years when the weather doesn’t cooperate, the avocado …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 11

January 26, 2015

We have the latest edition of our newsletter on Recently Foraged Ingredients. These are the harder to find and less common ingredients that are worth seeking out for your menus. We have found most of these ingredients at local farmers markets around the San Francisco Bay Area. Click on the link to get a full …

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It’s Braising Time

January 19, 2015

As we get deeper into winter it’s a great time for long braised meats. The hearty braised meat dishes should hold us over until we see the start of spring vegetable season that is about a month away. Braising is great for those tougher cuts of meat that will benefit from longer cooking times. A …

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Salt Selection

January 13, 2015

A good chef will have a multitude of different salts in their arsenal. Kosher salt, common salt, or table salt is very important in cooking for balancing, fusing and bringing out flavors within a dish, but it doesn’t necessarily bring in a new flavoring element on its own. There are other salts that are used for adding flavor …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 10

January 5, 2015

This time of year we see less and less ingredients available. We are now in the heart of winter, and will be for at least a couple more months, after that we’ll start seeing signs of spring with Fiddlehead Ferns and Ramps popping out of the ground. But this doesn’t mean that we aren’t seeing new ingredients show …

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