Join the Food Gal and Chef Vittal Shetty For A Cooking Demo

You may remember Chef Vittal Shetty from his days as corporate executive chef for Amber India restaurants. Now, he has his own Bay Area catering company, Jalsa Catering & Events. Come take a taste of his sophisticated Indian fare when he joins me for a cooking demo at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara, 2 p.m. Dec ....more

Sacramento’s Grange To Get a Facelift

When Sacramento’s Grange reopens tomorrow, it will have a refreshed look. I’m curious to see how this farm-to-fork downtown restaurant will re-imagine itself, as I had the chance to check it out a month before the redo, when I was invited in as a guest of Grange and the swank Citizen Hotel. Downtown Sacramento is undergoing its own renaissance, ...more

Hooray For Plentiful Dungeness Crabs and A Food Gal Giveaway

When this year’s Dungeness crab season opened two weeks ago right on schedule, I breathed a sigh of relief. As I’m sure did so many fishermen and Dungeness aficionados. After all, last year was truly dismal, thanks to a toxic algae bloom, which resulted in high levels of domoic acid in the crabs, making them unfit for consumption until ...more

Good To The Last Bite — Spiced Apple, Ham, and Raclette Sandwich

My husband can be brutally honest. Especially when it comes to food. Which can be a good thing if you want real criticism in order to judge something with complete honesty ....more

Kuvee — A New Way To Enjoy Wine At Home (Sponsored Post)

You might not guess from looks alone, but those bottles above are actually the equivalent of boxed wines. Only in clever bottle format. Kuvee is a new wine system that not only allows you to open a bottle of wine and keep its contents stable for up to 30 days without oxidation, but to access information about that wine ...more

Thankful For Apple Custard Tart

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Me? I’m grateful for good health, great friends and family, and a writing career, that though a wild roller-coaster ride at times, has brought enormous satisfaction, wonderful opportunities, and a contingent of loyal, supportive readers who are the very best anyone could ever ask for ....more

My Favorite Italian Chard Stuffing

Over the years, I’ve made my share of stuffing recipes. But hands down, this one remains my favorite. It’s not necessarily unusual ....more

Festive Sweet Potato Orange Cups

Are you already planning your menu, and checking it twice? Then, make room on it this Thanksgiving for “Sweet Potato Orange Cups.” How adorable and special are these hallowed-out orange halves, filled with coconut-scented mashed sweet potatoes and crunchy pecans? Sure, you can make a big bowl of sweet potato puree and call it a day ....more

From Roy’s — Or The Story of the $50 Panettone

When I told my husband, who is notoriously frugal (he’d call himself, “cheap”), that I was writing a story about a pastry chef who makes a $50 panettone, he was beside himself. He rolled his eyes, completely flabbergasted. Who in their right minds, he thought, would pay that much for an Italian Christmas bread that you can get for ...more

Eating on Maui’s Kaanapali Coast

MAUI, HAWAII — Imagine three miles of sand and water so entrancing that it was once the retreat for Hawaiian royalty. That’s what Kaanapali beach on Maui’s west side is all about. I had a chance to check out some of the food in the area when I was a guest on the island last month, courtesy of the ...more