Valentine’s Baking Class, Lunar New Year Dinners, and A New Brunch

Hands-On Valentine’s Baking Classes Sure, you can go out to dinner with your sweetie in honor of Valentine’s Day. But why not bake something together for an especially sweet time instead? Rachel’s Cakes of Burlingame is offering just that — two-hour, hands-on classes designed for couples to bake and decorate homemade sugar cookies ....more

There’s Always Room for (Almond) Jello

Like most everyone, my first taste of jello as a kid was of the wiggly green (lime) or red (cherry) variety. But my heart belongs to the white type. Namely, almond jello ....more

Join the Food Gal and 2nd Story Bakeshop For A Macy’s Demo

Can you smell the heavenly butter and sugar yet? You will at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 when Christy Ikezi of San Jose’s 2nd Story Bakeshop joins me for a baking demo at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara ....more

Chevoo — A Cheesy Story

Husband and wife Gerard and Susan Tuck would often entertain at their Australian home with plenty of shrimp on the barbie, and creamy, marinated goat cheese to spread on just about anything. So much so that when Gerard left his job in corporate finance to run a Melbourne-based cheese importer and distributor, he had thoughts of being a really ...more

Volta — A Taste of Modern Scandinavian-French Cuisine

Chef Staffan Terje has been cooking up such brilliant Italian food for decades in San Francisco at his Perbacco and Barbacco restaurants, that it’s easy to forget he’s actually Swedish. Now, the Stockholm-born chef is finally getting a chance to flex and flaunt his Scandinavian heritage with his Chef de Cuisine Keven Wilson, late of Perbacco. During the holidays, ...more

Florida Gets Into the Caviar Game

California may can lay claim to being the first producer of farmed caviar way back in 1993 with Sacramento County’s successful Sterling Caviar. But now, the other side of the country is getting into the game, most notably Healthy Earth Inc.’s Black Opal caviar from Sarasota, FL. It, too, is farm-raised, from Siberian black sturgeon fed a vegetarian diet ....more

Get Ready to Inhale: Fettuccine With Preserved Lemon and Roasted Garlic

How many times do you come home pooped, cranky and starved, only to peer into a half-empty fridge and wonder what in the world you can eat to make you feel a whole lot better fast? “Fettuccine with Preserved Lemon and Roasted Garlic” will do the trick. Especially if you keep a handy-dandy jar of home-made preserved lemons in ...more

Scenes From Chefs’ Holidays 2016 At The Ahwahnee

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA — Last week, I had the great pleasure of returning for the fourth year in a row to help host the incomparable 31st Annual Chefs’ Holidays event at The Ahwahnee in Yosemite. Besides the stellar chefs, the welcoming staff, and the outstanding food, there was one other unforgettable highlight: snow. Yes, after four years of ...more

Join The Food Gal and Bushido Izakaya For A Macy’s Cooking Demo

At Bushido Izakaya in downtown Mountain View, you’ll find clever cocktails and creative Japanese small plates. Plus something more. An adherence to sustainable seafood ....more

Heidi Swanson’s Exceptional Miso Tofu

Long before most of us started blogging about food, Heidi Swanson led the way with her 101 Cookbooks site. The San Francisco photographer and writer still remains the one to watch, always imparting class and authenticity to whatever she does. She does so again with her newest cookbook, “Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel” (Ten Speed ...more