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Tasting Report: Wines of New Zealand 2016

It’s been four years since we’ve checked in on the wines of New Zealand in earnest. At this year’s San Francisco installment of the New Zealand Wine Fair, I made it a point to focus particularly on white wines. Were… Continue readin...

In Champagne, day 2: Bruno Paillard, Selosse and Gosset

Day two in Champagne began at Bruno Paillard, someone who I have featured on this site before (here and here). Bruno began with an interesting statement: ‘The true richness of Champagne is the poverty of its soils and the poverty of its climate,’ a comment that was prompted by just how freezing it was, even [...]

Egg Noodles with Wild Mushrooms and Spring Greens

April is the month when you may start to find local greens and wild mushrooms at your neighborhood farmers market or natural food store. It is always surprising how early in the season delicate lettuces and greens can be grown. Our local CSA starts to deliver more and more young […] The post Egg Noodles with Wild Mushrooms and Spring Greens appeared first on EcoSalon.

I'll Drink to That: Author Ian D'Agata

Episode 354 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently. It features Ian D'Agata, the author of Native Wine Grapes of Italy, as well as the Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy, and a contributor to Vinous Media...Show More Summary

CDC warns of Cronobacter in powdered milk, infant formula

In a new warning this week, the government discusses Cronobacter contamination, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is a particular problem in powdered infant formulas, and to a lesser degree herbal teas, starches and powdered milk. Show More Summary

UPDATED: Hand washing goes high tech during Vegas demo

UPDATED: Coverage of Wednesday activities added The Norovirus Summit III picked up where last week’s Conference For Food Protection left off. Presentations and workshops took on the Norovirus challenge from beating back biofilms to data-driven hand washing systems. Show More Summary

Dole restarts salad facility; mum on Listeria cleaning process

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has resumed production at a salad facility that was linked to a deadly nine-month Listeria outbreak without revealing what was done to clean the plant or to prevent future contamination of food processed there. A statement on Dole’s website says investigations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for... Continue Reading

West of West Pinot Tasting: May 19, San Francisco

There are more wine events than you can shake a stick at these days in San Francisco, which is a great thing. But not all public wine tasting events are created equal. Leaving aside all the organizational stuff, which can sometimes make...Show More Summary

Spring in Alishan

Tai-He village Today, I've added the first spring 2016 Oolongs to my selection. This season is delayed by 2 weeks approximately, compared to last year. The Jinxuan Oolongs have already been harvested and now they are starting to pick the Qingxin Oolong in Alishan. Show More Summary

Cashew date pudding.

Cashew pudding made with cashews, dates, banana and cashew milk. Layered it with blueberries. Super creamy.

Undeclared peanuts prompt cookie recall

Glenn Wayne Wholesale Bakery of Bohemia, NY, is recalling select 7-Eleven FRESH TO GO brand cookies because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The select 7-Eleven FRESH TO GO Cookies were sold at 7-Eleven stores... Continue Reading

Vegan Edamame Hummus

Hummus has become ubiquitous, but as a high school (art) teacher, I am so glad to see something like it in school lunchboxes rather than some of the pre-hummus choices. Despite the fact that it has become almost a reception menu cliche, I am always open to an especially tasty and pretty version that’s not the […]

Manresa alum to open Simone in the Arts District downtown

Jessica Largey, who spent four years as chef de cuisine at Manresa, David Kinch's lauded Los Gatos restaurant known for its farm-to-table tasting menus, plans to open her first restaurant, called Simone, in the downtown L.A. Arts District this fall. Largey, 30, who won the 2015 James Beard Rising...

shaved asparagus frittata

Shaved Asparagus Frittata Notes: I added a few slices of proscuitto that I’d first crisped in the pan. While they were certainly not unwelcome, you’re not going to need them here to make a great, even vegetarian, frittata. My favorite peeler for ribbon-ing asparagus, and well, basically everything is a y-shaped one. I have this […]

Giant Kitchen Sink Cookies

Most cookie recipes only include a few mix-ins at a time. Chocolate chips and walnuts. Raisins and pecans. White chocolate and apricot. These Giant Kitchen Sink Cookies are not that type of cookie. These cookies are loaded with – as the name suggests – everything but the kitchen sink and that includes oatmeal, dark chocolate...

Bites from other Blogs

Rainbow desserts are everywhere – and with good reason, because the colorful desserts are sure to put a smile on your face before you even take a bite. CakeSpy‘s Rainbow Cookies Stuffed With Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are made with a rainbow cookie dough and stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough. The two doughs are...

Whiskey Wednesday #9

One last set of Irish, and this one's from my trip back in March. A three-day press jaunt to the new Tullamore Distillery. We were there for the launch of the new 14 and 18 year old Tullamore Single Malts. I got to see some old friends -- Ian Buxton, Mark Gillespie, and Gavin Smith among them -- and made some new ones. Show More Summary

The Most Iconic Craft Beer Poll

While there are thousands of small to medium craft breweries today, a few decades ago, there were only a few breweries brave enough t… The post The Most Iconic Craft Beer Poll appeared first on

25 Asian Chicken Recipes That Are Better Than Takeout

If chicken is part of your go-to Asian order, you're going to want these recipes in your life. On those nights when you have the energy to cook and can opt out of the takeout menu, you'll be so glad you attempted dishes like homemade sesame chicken, chicken lo mein, and sweet-and-sour chicken stir-fry. You might never go back to delivery again.

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