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Culinary News

Month: January 2015

National Food Days- February 2015

January 31, 2015

February is a short month but we still have our calendar for the National Food Days. We have Superbowl Sunday on February 1st so we will unofficially proclaim that day Guacamole Day. Also, don’t forget Valentine’s Day on February 14th (“National Amateur Restaurant Dining Day”). As for official(?) food days for this month, enjoy Fondue, Sweet …

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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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