Fall Into Fall With Jamie Oliver’s Lamb Fricassee

It’s hard to believe it’s fall, isn’t it? Halloween around the corner? How can it be? ...more

Happenings on the Peninsula: New Bakeries and More

Alexander’s Patisserie to Open In Mountain View on Oct. 16 The folks behind Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino and San Francisco, as well as The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse in Palo Alto, are expanding their mini empire by opening a patisserie in downtown Mountain View on Oct. 16 ....more

Hult’s — A Fine Additition to Downtown Los Gatos

Coffee cake and home fries have given way to octopus carpaccio and A7 Wagyu beef ribeye. The venerable Hobee’s spot in downtown Los Gatos was transformed late last year into the fine-dining Hult’s restaurant. It’s a family affair owned by Alexander Hult, a former pro hockey player who was drafted by the San Jose [...] ...more

It’s All In the Sauce: Linguini, Red Snapper and Agliata

I think of sauce as jewelry. It adds that extra bling to lift something from ordinary to extraordinary. Like fastening a bold, statement necklace over the neckline of a plain black dress, adding a fabulous sauce to a mundane chicken breast or steamed broccoli turns it into something special and worthy of taking notice. [...] ...more

A Taste of Bently Ranch Beef

Bently Ranch of Minden, NV aims to do things the right way. It started out in 1997, raising cattle for the commodity market. But two years ago, family member and San Francisco local Christopher Bently started raising the cows on pasture to create premium grass-fed, dry-aged beef ....more

A Most Excellent Chicken Dish from the Wife of Andrew Zimmern

http://mail.yahoo.com/ Have you ever endured the frustration of cooking a recipe with a mile-long ingredients list, only to wonder at the end why flavor is thoroughly missing in action? This is not that recipe. Not at all ....more

Join the Food Gal and Chef Brendy Monsada For A Demo at Macy’s Valley Fair

You’re invited to enjoy a cooking demo with yours truly and Chef Brendy Monsada at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Macy’s Valley Fair in Santa Clara. Monsada is the head chef of Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park, where he dazzles with Provencal dishes crafted with the Bay Area’s finest ingredients ....more

Choctal — A New Way to Taste Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Creams

The same concept of single-origin that’s been applied to coffees and chocolate bars now comes to premium ice cream. Los Angeles-based Choctal has done just that with its chocolate and vanilla ice creams. Think four different kinds of vanilla ice cream plus four different kinds of chocolate ice cream ....more

Six Chefs, Six Dishes of Foie Gras — Yes, In California

It was a veritable swoon fest when 50 hand-picked guests came together to salivate over course after course of foie gras. Yes, in California — the only state in the nation that bans that specialty product made from the fattened liver of a goose or duck. That was the scene on July 5 at [...] ...more

Yummy Supper’s Brown Butter Almond Tea Cakes That Are — Well — Yummy

If we do eat with our eyes first, then I must gain 10 pounds every time I lay eyes upon Erin Scott’s luminous food photos. The creator of the blog, Yummy Supper, serves even up more temptation now with her similarly named new cookbook, “Yummy Supper” (Rodale), of which I received a review copy. Scott [...] ...more