Oakland’s Eat Real Fest 2014

Are you hungry? Good. Grab a friend and go down to Oakland’s Jack London Square for this weekend’s Eat Real Festival. 70+ local foodmakers are serving up small plates of delicious, regionally sourced, and sustainably produced food. There’s music, live demos, tastings, a kid’s zone, and more: the producers describe the festival as […]

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End-of-summer succotash (no suffering required)

 “Thufferin’ thuccotash!” — Sylvester the cat The other afternoon, I offered to make dinner for a friend. She asked what I was making. I realized that I’d been planning to eat a leftover half a burrito for dinner, and hadn’t actually been grocery shopping in a week or so. A quick scan of the fridge […]

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Autumn is coming

Officially, there are a few weeks left of summer. It’s sunny and warm out — hot, even — and the days are still longer than the nights. But it’s starting to feel like autumn. Pinterest’s summer blues and greens are giving way to shades of pumpkin orange, apple red, and gingerbread brown. Pumpkin spice […]

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Cioppino but without any fish

First thing: there actually is fish in the stock, but you could definitely make this with vegetable or chicken stock. Dashi might work, or you could try (shudder) bottled clam juice. While I’ve never tried that last one, Bon Appétit, Martha Stewart, and Food & Wine all call for bottled clam juice in their cioppino recipes, […]

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