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National Food Days- October 2014

September 30, 2014

This month the National Food Days Calendar doesn’t want you to forget pasta. October 6th is Noodle Day, October 17th is National Pasta Day, and October 25th is World Pasta Day. Besides the foods that have a special day dedicated to them (listed below), these are the foods that you can enjoy for the whole …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 6

September 23, 2014

Fall is here! It is time to let go and say goodbye to those beautiful summer ingredients and think of ways to get creative with winter squashes, root vegetables, mushrooms, apples and pears. We will start seeing more autumn ingredients trickle in but here are some of our recent finds: Mushroom Yellow Foot Mushroom Black …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 5

September 14, 2014

Even though the weather may be saying summer, the current produce is screaming autumn/fall. Some summer ingredients are still hanging on, such as an abundance of tomatoes and lots of peppers, but summer squashes and stone fruit are fading. Here the items we have found recently from local markets and purveyors: Fresh Beans Fresh Lima Beans …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 4

September 6, 2014

We have a long list of ingredients that we have been collecting over the past weeks. We are transitioning out of summer and quickly moving into autumn as far as produce is concerned.  Here are some recent finds: Greens Anise Green Chau Lai/ Wild Amaranth/ Pigweed  Red Amaranth Green Italian Agretti  Upland Cress    Fresh …

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National Food Days- September 2014

September 1, 2014

Here is the September edition of the National Food Days monthly calendar. For the entire month of September enjoy Chicken, Mushrooms, Potato, Rice, and Whole Grains. Here are the food items that are recognized with a specific day dedicated for them this month: 1- Cherry Popover 3- Welsh Rarebit 4- Macadamia Nut 7- Acorn Squash, Salami 13- Peanut …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 3

August 28, 2014

This edition of recently foraged Ingredients takes us to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. This is one of the best markets in the country and a favorite with local Southern California chefs. Chefs scour the market for hard to find ingredients and secure their relationships with the local farmers. Here is what we found …

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Ingredient Spotlight: Tomatoes

August 8, 2014

We are in the midst of a very good tomato season this year. Many varieties of heirlooms are going strong right now and we are seeing dry farmed early girl tomatoes available sooner then usual in the west. Also look for Italian varietals such as San Marzano Tomatoes from specialty sellers and Creole Tomatoes in …

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National Food Days- August 2014

July 31, 2014

Here is our official (?) National Food Days calendar for the month of August. For the entire month enjoy Catfish, Peaches, and Sandwiches. Here are the food items we recognize that have a specific day dedicated to them for the month of August: 3- Watermelon 5- Oyster 8- Frozen Custard; Zucchini 9- Rice Pudding 10- S’mores 13- Filet Mignon …

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Ingredient Spotlight: Chilled Soups

July 23, 2014

Summertime is here and you are probably not thinking about soup, but you should be thinking about chilled soups. Many of the summer vegetables that are available right now can be used for a decadent cold soup. Fruits that are out now such as berries, stone fruit, and melons can also be used for a …

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Recently Foraged Ingredients: Vol. 2

July 17, 2014

Amongst the bounty of popular summer produce available such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squashes, and stone fruit, farmers are growing lots of unique heirloom varieties of produce for chefs to experiment with. Here are some of the interesting less common ingredients we have recently found around the San Francisco Bay Area: Herbs and Aromatics: Variegated Sage Purple …

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