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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Soup, glorious soup!

  “An excellent lunch or light supper need be no more than a good soup.” – Julia Child    I spent Friday night cooking up some of Julia Child’s favorite soups with chef Mary Bergin of Sur La Table, a pastry chef who worked with Child on her “Baking with Julia” TV series and cookbook. The group of 16 students gathered to recreate recipes from Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” starting with Volume 1, Chapter 1. Most of… Read More »

K-J chef talks turkey

Kendall-Jackson Executive Chef Justin Wangler will give a class on how to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center in Santa Rosa. Wangler, who grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, now celebrates Thanksgiving every year with a few of his Northern California friends and fellow chefs . But he still manages to sneak in a little taste of the South, from corn bread and sweet potatoes to a pecan-cranberry… Read More »

A communal can-can

If you want to learn more about canning your own produce – and enjoy giving to those less fortunate than yourself – check out the first-ever Community Canning event at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Relish Culinary Center in Healdsburg. The can-athon is organized by the Slow Harvest Gleaning Project, which has already gathered more than 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to donate to Food For Thought Food Bank. Canning queen Alissa Rubin-Mahon of Artisan Preserves in… 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 »