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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Pot roast season

Maybe it’s the early morning light and the cool nights, but I’ve found myself turning to the slow cooker once again for making hearty bean dishes and braised meats.  This Mexican Pot Roast from Santa Rosa Junior College cooking instructor Mei Ibach, which she adapted from a recipe from John Ash, is made in the slow cooker and is delicious served up in tacos with some sliced avocado, cabbage  and sour cream. The flavor is sweet, spicy and tart. Mexican… Read More »

Give us your turkey tales

We all have a turkey tale (or two) to tell. The time the trussed bird  exploded in the deep fryer, because someone  forgot to take out the   giblets.   Then there was the time the  foil pan collapsed – who’s idea was it to get a 25-pounder anyway? -  and the hot fat went flying all over the kitchen. Some folks create Thanksgiving traditions that are more  more Jackson Pollock than  Norman Rockwell. Do you head to the beach with an… Read More »

Invite “Julia” to dinner

In case you’ve been living in a vacuum, you already know that the long-awaited Nora Ephron film, “Julie & Julia” opens today.   The film has already caused quite a stir in the foodie world. Michael Pollan’s essay last Sunday in the New York Times magazine fired the first salvo across the bow. While some home cooking bloggers, such as The City Cook,  found his assessment of the state of home cooking unduly depressing –  others found it a fascinating… Read More »

Welcome to Kitchen Talk!

Welcome to the new Kitchen Talk blog. Here’s a run-down of what the different categories mean on the right-hand side of this blog. Entries will be grouped in those categories, when appropriate. Categories: “What’s Cooking” focuses on seasonal ingredients, tips for leftovers, cooking on a budget and ideas for keeping your kitchen green and sustainable. .  “The Real Dirt” locates sources for the best in local foods, plus what’s new at farms and cooking schools, farmers markets and grocery stores.… Read More »