DIY Liqueurs for Holiday Gifting

All right, weekend warriors, you've got just a couple days left to crank out some last-minute gifts. Here's a few that can be done in the time left, and have seasonal appeal. Ready, set .. ....more

Three Things Thursday: Powder Keg

Once again it's Three Things Thursday, where I highlight three things that ran on the site recently that inspired, intrigued or impressed me. This week, I'm focusing on three contributions from dehydrator extraordinaire Urban Nettle. Here's what she's been powdering up ....more

Review and Giveaway: Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

You know, year over year, more and more books come out in the DIY food space. Every year I am increasingly impressed with the caliber of the content, the inspired ideas and erudite information. (See: Best books of 2012 and 2013.) And just when I think that surely no one could possibly raise the bar any further, BOOM, Cathy Barrow throws down and produces a tome that may make all other DIY and preservation books obsolete ....more

Review and Giveaway: Shrubs

The very thing that got me started with food preservaion, my gateway drug, if you will, was making infusions and liqueurs. After traveling to Italy, I was smitten with limoncello, and was mildly blown away when I figured out I could make my own, easily. This opened the door to a range of projects, experimenting with infusing fruits and vegetables into alcohol base to extract the pure essence of the ingredients....more

Three Things Thursday: Global Influences

Once again it's Three Things Thursday, where I highlight three things that ran on the site recently that inspired, intrigued or impressed me. Cherry Peppers with Prosciutto & ProvoloneYou know those spicy pickled cherry peppers numbers, the ones stuffed with sharp provolone and prosciutto that are an integral part of every good antipasto platter? You can made them! ...more

Booze, Sweetie

Apparently, the good folks over at Anchor Distilling (by way of Wagstaff Worldwide) know I like booze. Good booze, specifically. And lately they've been gracious enough to invite me to a few events to sample some of their wares ....more

Plenty of Ways to Put Up Pumpkins

Are you pumped for pumpkin season? Think beyond the Jack-o-Lantern and put up pumpkins and winter squash. You'll be living the gourd life ....more

Review and Giveaway: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook

Dehydration can be an underappreciated form of food preservation. Most people think just of apple and banana chips, or perhaps an easy way to dry fresh herbs. Only slightly more adventurous sorts might branch out to beef jerky ....more

The Eatsdropper, Whole Foods Edition

I recently was invited to check out the new Steep Brew Taproom at Whole Foods SoMa as a guest. It's the second taproom in a Whole Foods in the city, probably the last. (The other is in the Potrero Hill location.) I enjoyed chatting with curator, Wesley Anderson (yes, that's his real name, and no, no relation) about his philosophy for the place ....more

Three Things Thursday: Hot Fruit Edition

Once again it's Three Things Thursday, where I highlight three things that ran on the site recently that inspired, intrigued or impressed me. This week, it's all about hot fruit. Mostarda di CremonaMostarda di Cremona isn't actually a mustard, rather it's summer fruits preserved in mustard-infused syrup ....more