Lauren Keene

Mushroom season — unleash your inner hunter-gatherer

Mushroom hunting is my favorite outdoor sport, and nowhere in northern California are there better hunting grounds than in Mendocino County. Starting in late October, after the first fall rains, and continuing into February, the forests of Mendocino County are blanketed with mushrooms. Black and golden chanterelles push their way up through tan oak leaves; […]

November 12, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Down in the Mission District …

One of the things we enjoy doing together is scouting out new areas for food. Although we are both familiar with San Francisco’s Mission District, we wanted to explore in depth some of the Latino markets and see what we could find in the way of authentic condiments, meats, cheeses, and fruits and vegetables for […]

April 08, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Rethinking vegetables — Eastern Mediterranean by way of London

Rarely have I put as many page markers in a cookbook as I have in “Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi,” the latest book from chef-author Yotam Ottolenghi. Pink stickies bristle from the top of my well-thumbed book, each signifying a dish I want to make. My fascination with this book rests on […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the ground up: More to cranberries than sauce and bread

By Georgeanne Brennan Cranberry sauce, made from fresh cranberries, is a staple of my holiday table. The recipe is right on the package: 1 pound fresh cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water — and then I add a little lemon juice and a lemon zest. Twenty minutes later, the sauce is ready to be spooned […]

December 03, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

‘French Roots’: more than a cookbook

By Ann M. Evans and Georgeanne Brennan Jean-Pierre and Denise Lurton Moullé are French … but they are also American. Their first cookbook, “French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries,” tells the story of their life together; two adventuresome young people meeting by chance on the sidewalk on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley in 1977, just a few […]

September 10, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the ground up: Farm-fresh ice cream from the Eatwell Icebox

Nigel Walker, the brain behind Dixon-based Eatwell Farm, is continually thinking of ways to increase the consumption of healthy, organic foods. He has hundreds of Community Supported Agriculture members from San Francisco to Sacramento, and he offers days at the farm, where his CSA members can not only pick organic tomatoes or strawberries but also […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the ground up: Celebrate Dr. Seuss with ‘Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook’

In honor of the late Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which was Sunday, we’d like to spread some fun and whimsy into the kitchen. In 2006, Georgeanne wrote the “Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook” which features healthy, fun and wacky recipes inspired by the beloved American writer and cartoonist Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. The book has […]

March 05, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the Ground Up: What’s new in specialty foods

Are you interested in new flavors of jams? Mustards? Popcorn? Lemonades? You could taste them all — and much more, from caviar to barbecue sauce — at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show, held Jan. 19-21 at the Moscone Center, which featured more than 1,350 producers of all sorts of specialty foods, including several from Yolo […]

February 05, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the ground up: Look for the lamb

Yolo, Solano, Napa and Sonoma counties have long been known for their lamb. Most any time you make a drive heading west through Winters, over the hills on Highway 128 and on through the Wine Country, you’ll see grazing sheep and lambs as part of the landscape. What is more recent is the appearance of […]

January 08, 2014 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the ground up: Spaghetti Hill and artichokes

“You see, in the old days, everyone called this Spaghetti Hill because all the Italian fisherman lived here — they needed to be close to their boats and the wharf was right there,” Mary Guerra said, waving in the direction of the harbor. “It was good for their wives too. They could walk to the […]

November 06, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

From the ground up: Let’s talk charcuterie

If you want to talk charcuterie and all things meat and butchering, speak with Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller, owners of Fatted Calf Charcuterie in Napa and San Francisco. We’ve both taken butchering classes from Boetticher, most recently a lamb butchering class in which we, along with 10 other eager would-be butchers, broke down a […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

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