A Passion for Pickled Persimmons

This is one of those home-made treats that makes people take notice. It adds just a little something special to a charcuterie or cheese platter. And it makes for an eye-opening host/hostess gift ....more

Anderson Seafoods French Sturgeon Caviar and A Food Gal Giveaway

If any food has celebration written all over it, it’s caviar, isn’t it? First, it’s the anticipation that comes with the opening of the tiny jar or tin. Second, the delicate handling of it with a mother of pearl spoon so as not to impart any unwanted metallic taste ....more

Yigit Pura’s Spiced Hazelnut-Almond Mirliton Cake

There’s no shame in going simple. Not even during the holidays. Take this lovely cake, for instance ....more

Four Locally Made Host/Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Clair De Lune Cookies Crumbly, crisp and utterly melt-in-your-mouth, Chateau Bakery’s Clair de Lune cookies are the perfect holiday treat to share with co-workers or to thank your holiday dinner host. The sugary butter cookies, which were first made in a small European bakery in 1898, are now made in Burlingame by Esther Buss, a […] ...more

Snake River Farms Kobe Ribeye Roast and a Food Gal Giveaway

Consider this the Maserati of meat. Luxurious, extravagant and a work of art in its own right. This is the Snake River Farms American Kobe Gold Grade Eye of Ribeye Roast ....more

Take Five with Cheryl Forberg On Being the Nutritionist For “The Biggest Loser”

You may know Napa Valley resident Cheryl Forberg as the nutritionist for NBC’s smash hit, “The Biggest Loser.’’ What you may not know is how she got that coveted job, or how superstar Chef Jeremiah Tower played a pivotal role in her making a dramatic career change, or how Darth Vader’s creator played a […] ...more

Chewy-Coconut-Chocolate Pinwheels for the Holidays

When I was a kid, I remember my Dad buying me a fanciful pinwheel. It spun as you blew on it and its clear plastic rod hid a trove of tiny colorful candy balls inside. It was truly two treats in one ....more

Join the Food Gal and Madera Chef Peter Rudolph for a Macy’s Cooking Demo

Join me at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 when I host Chef Peter Rudolph of Madera restaurant for a holiday cooking demo at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara. You’re in for a treat as Rudolph shows off one of his signature dishes that you’ll get to taste ....more

A Whale of A Gift

Bypass all the craziness of crowds at the mall today — and still give a whale of gift to friends and family this holiday season. Honolulu Cookie Company’s newest creation is exactly that — a shortbread cookie shaped like the tail of a Hawaiian Humpback whale. The Hawaiian Islands boast one of the most […] ...more

Cranberries — But Not For Sauce

The first time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family about a dozen years ago, I made cranberry sauce from scratch. It was my first time doing so. And my last ....more