From the monthly archives:

November 2009

Roughy saves Subterranean Cellars (video)

November 30, 2009

A sunny day. A home winemaker. Rather, make that two home winemakers. An assortment of guests who have in common that they like to prepare food; eat it — and eat well. Video 1: See and hear the winemakers talk about the wines. Video 2: All about food — Portuguese food, that is — at […]

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An organic Thanksgiving with South African flavor (recipes)

November 29, 2009

I know Thanksgiving is not politically correct in everyone’s view. But in the view of the only non-American-born woman I know whose mind I can read, it gets a vote for top U.S. holiday. Probably it’s not so good for turkeys that do not have a death wish. (I wonder, though, if the 45-pounder called […]

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Thanksgiving Warmup: Tea Bags and Tim’s yams (recipe)

November 21, 2009

Tea bags Thanksgiving dinner. An annual event. The Saturday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Partners and spices — make that spouses — invited, which they’re not for the weekly teas. The tea bags? A group of East Bay women who (nearly) all took early retirement; who don’t have children (except one); who do art (except one); and […]

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Chewing over lamb in an ode to a new stove

November 21, 2009

“Don’t you think it’s time to christen the stove,” he said. The brand spanking new, rust-free, pristine white GE, with numbers on the dials and two ovens, one of them self-cleaning, had been standing in the kitchen, admired but not used, for about five days. The old one — also large, but rusty and wonky […]

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Cuisine Noir – Delicious Life: Comfort food, scorpions and oysters

November 1, 2009

(Delicious Life column, Cuisine Noir magazine, November 2009 issue) My daughter just returned, with her husband, from a trip to China. And no, she didn’t read my interview last month for Cuisine Noir with the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern. It was sheer coincidence that when in China, she ate scorpions. “There was a main shopping […]

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