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    15 Cool Culinary Facts from SFChefs

    From Thursday, August 6 through Sunday, August 9, SFChefs.Food.Wine took place, celebrating the food, wine, and culinary creators of the San Francisco Bay Area. The event was truly extraordinary, bringing together so many amazing culinary professionals and exposing them to thousands of patrons. Chef's Blade attended the event , and we want to tell you about some of the amazing ...
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    The New 'In' Flavor? Hibiscus

    The New 'In' Flavor? Hibiscus
    Its ruby red color is alluring; its flavor, lemony-tart and berry-rich. It's not cranberry or pomegranate, but hibiscus. And judging by its appearance in supermarkets, restaurants and bars, it's a flavor darling. OOBA bottled sparkling beverages offer hibiscus solo, with lime, with orange. Chefs do hibiscus-poached rhubarb. Rain Organics Vodka comes in red grape-hibiscus. Gran Centenario flavors its Rosangel tequila with ...
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    How to Use and Find Edible Flowers

    How to Use and Find Edible Flowers
    Flowers have always been a part of the table from the times of the Greeks, Romans, and Ancient Chinese. Flowers have been used as table decorations and as part of our meals. Edible flowers not only impact our visual and olfactory joys, but, are also used to tantalize our taste buds. The tiny splashes of color provided by flower can be ...
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    Hand Pulled Mozzarella

    Hand Pulled Mozzarella
    So I found this recipe in the "Cooking School" part of Gourmet magazine. I have long hoped for a instructional "how-to" section, and my prayers have been answered. I used to read pieces telling me that I hadn't truly tasted Mozzarella until I had eaten it fresh out of the cheesemaker's hands, seconds old. So naturally, I wanted this experience. As ...
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    Asparagus Season!

    Asparagus Season!
    Asparagus season is short. The thin, delicate stalks soon mature, and develop a tough exterior and woody core. Here in California, the season starts in late March, and is over by mid-April. Early-season asparagus is easy to prepare — just toss it in an iron skillet with a bit of olive oil (and maybe a few pieces of bacon, for something ...
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    Top Chefs Reveal Their Kitchen Secrets

    A little bit ago, I met with former Season 4 Top Chef contestants Ryan Scott, Manuel Trevino, and Mark Simmons as they were prepping a dinner for nine lucky eaters. The dinner had been an auction item in the February 2009 Bay Area Red Cross' annual auction. The initial stages of the meal were prepared in the kitchen of Global ...
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    A Fourth of July Supper of Salmon and Peas

    A Fourth of July Supper of Salmon and Peas
    Here's a True Fish Story ; A Fourth of July Supper of Salmon and Peas is a Maine Tradition That Was Spawned a Century and a Half Ago. For most people, a brilliant fireworks display is the must-have accompaniment to the Fourth of July. For Brenda and Tanya Athanus, it's a family dinner of salmon and peas. Even after working a ...
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    Kneading Bread: Science Backs Up an Ancient Technique

    Kneading Bread: Science Backs Up an Ancient Technique
    Not to get all Baracky on you, but during his recent inaugural address, our president announced that "we'll restore science to its rightful place." Bully for him, I say, and in that spirit, let's bring science into your kitchen bake shop as we explore the ancient art of kneading. Why do you need to learn this? Bread. Pasta. Biscuits. They're all ...
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    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?

    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?
    “Celebrity chefs are the new rock stars,” Ryan Scott told me as he was prepping for a meal that night in Global Gourmet Catering Company’s kitchen. That day, I talked with Ryan and three of his fellow Season 4 Top Chef contestants—Stephanie Izard, Mark Simmons, and Manuel Trevino—as they prepared a dinner for a very lucky nine guests. The dinner had ...
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    How to Make Peach Clafoutis

    How to Make Peach Clafoutis
    If a peach in the hand is worth ten in the bush, then a few peaches in a Clafoutis are worth the haul of an entire basket. Usually, I’m unable to drive away from a farmer’s market without devouring at least half of the peaches I’ve procured. I arrive at home, appetite spoiled, lips sticky. I make a face in the ...
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    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine

    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine
    First dates are very fragile affairs. They are about two individuals testing the waters to decide if they are compatible enough or if it is worthwhile spending your gunpowder in a relationship with the other person. On a first date you would probably have many things to worry about, but if I were you I would certainly make sure that ordering ...
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    Home Cooking: Oyako Donburi

    Home Cooking: Oyako Donburi
    In 1975, Don Maloney, an American expatriate businessman who’d been writing a series of short columns for the English-language Japan Times, published a collection entitled Japan: It’s Not All Raw Fish. In these little vignettes, Maloney conveys a lot of the difficulties and oddities of a big fat white guy living in Japan — the sort of guy who, at least ...
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    Obama's "Crustmaster" Shares His Pie Recipe

    Obama's "Crustmaster" Shares His Pie Recipe
    White House pastry chef Bill Yosses' light, flaky pie crusts have earned him the nickname "The Crustmaster" from President Barack Obama. His trick to making fruit pies worthy of a president is to bake the bottom crust first, then fill and top the pie and bake it again. Yosses prefers to mix the dough by hand to avoid overworking it but ...
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    Deconstructing the Cuban Sandwich

     Deconstructing the Cuban Sandwich
    Take sweet smoky ham, garlicky roast pork, Swiss cheese, sour pickle chips and tangy yellow mustard. - Assemble them between two soft, chewy slabs of Cuban bread and smoosh the ensemble in a hot sandwich press. - If you've done this right, you'll end up with a fragrant, gooey, crispy treat that ranks among the best sandwiches in the world. - ...
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    Molecular Gastronomy 101: Chocolate Mayo

    Molecular Gastronomy 101: Chocolate Mayo
    There are a few books I would like to finish: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee, Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This, and A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. One of them is about the exploration of spatial dimensions — including a very sexist and fascist portrayal ...
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    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig

    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig
    From Nose to Tail was the title of the seminar here at the Sante Restaurant Symposium 2009 in Lake George, NY. Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and the soon to open Copa in Boston, MA was on hand to demonstrate not only the butchering of a pig but also the unique ways to use the whole hog. With the popularity of ...
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    Steer + Buffalo=Beefalo

    Steer + Buffalo=Beefalo
    To the Native Americans of yesterday, the Buffalo (American Bison) was so much more than just food. They were a way of life. No animal has ever had such an impact on the lives of so many than that of the American Bison (Buffalo). To the Lakota, Cheyenne, Sioux, Cherokee and many other Indian Nations of our Great Plains Region, and ...
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    Why Cranberries Are Awesome

    Why Cranberries Are Awesome
    Tart and unassuming, the humble cranberry will once again take second seat to many Thanksgiving turkey this year. Cranberries have certainly earned a spot at every American Thanksgiving table, and to omit them from this harvest celebration would be extremely unconventional. I had a chance to learn a bit more about our favorite seasonal side dish firsthand at a talk at ...
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    My Big Fat Greek Wedding Meatball Soup

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding Meatball Soup
    Even though it's summer, I still like to turn my stove on. Here in San Francisco, we still have dewy mornings. We still have bodies of fog that hang low and settle in like hoods at night time. Even when it's summer, I rarely smell heat in the air; rather I smell cool spring rain. I am okay with turning on ...
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    Best Meatloaf

    Best Meatloaf
    Experts Share the Steps for Making the Classic Meatloaf This is a tale of two mothers' meatloaves. One meatloaf was born on a chicken bone of an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, its recipe cobbled by Canadian expats. The origin of the other remains locked in the brain of an elderly woman in Toledo, Ohio. Both meatloaves, however, ...
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