It is a three-leaf shamrock and not a four-leaf clover that is a national emblem of Ireland. The weather certainly is cooperating when it comes to celebrating Irish cooking, isn't it? Rain, fog and rolling green hills make lamb stew, corned beef, botxy, colcannon, soda bread and such [...]
The Original Soft Tacos returned to the county fair circuit a few years ago.
The season's sweetest open house takes place this Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, when Patisserie Angelica hosts its annual tasting.
A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend who is also a fellow chef and teacher. Between us was an enormous bowl of lemons, the leftovers of a bushel that friends had given me. As we chatted about what we like to do when we have a lot [...]
As promised in yesterday's Seasonal Pantry, here are links to some of my favorite Mexican dishes. In that column, which featured recipes for snapper ceviche, Drunken Chicken, orange, onion and jicama salad and strawberry-hibiscus agua fresca, I also promised a recipe for one of the best appetizers ever. It's true--Queso [...]
San Francisco Chef Michael Mina is one of our culinary titans, with 17 restaurants in 8 states. (For details, visit his web site here.) He's also a big 49ers fan and is currently in New Orleans for the game. Also, as many top chefs do, Mina uses ingredients [...]
In this week's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I talk about some of the differences between upstairs food and downstairs food, as seen in the classic Masterpiece drama "Upstairs Downstairs" and the hugely popular "Downton Abbey," which started its third season this last Sunday evening. Interestingly, Sunday's plot [...]
It's really just a little thing but, honestly, I hate being called ma'am. The only person who can call me ma'am is a tall thin Texas cowboy with his thumbs hitchin' up his jeans and a cowboy boot brushing floor as he says something like, "Aww, shucks, ma'am, you're just [...]
The day after Christmas, I was walking along Decatur St. in New Orlean's French Quarter, heading to Central Grocery Co. for a muffuletta to take home to Hattiesburg. Just as I was realizing the famous store was closed, a scruffy guy about three-quarters of the way into a [...]
If you want to indulge in foie gras, unquestionably a celebratory delight, to see in a new year, 2012 may be your last possibility, at least in California. On July 1, 2012, California Senate Bill 1520 (SB 1520), which forbids the production and sale of foie gras produced by "force-feeding," [...]