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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Top chefs in H-town

If you’ve been watching “Top Chef-Vegas,” then you’ve been following the slicing and dicing of contestants Eli Kirshtein and Kevin Gillespie, who both hail from Atlanta. The Southern boys will be toasting their Wine Country host –  Murphy-Goode blogger Hardy Wallace (see below) of  “Really Goode Job” fame –  from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Sunday,  Nov. 1, at  the Murphy-Goode Tasting Room, 20 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Wine and snacks will be provided for this buddy reunion, and we’re hoping that… Read More »


For years, Santa Rosa has been missing a key ingredient for its sweet success: a really good, high-end ice cream shop. Sebastopol has Screaming Mimi’s. Healdsburg has the Downtown Bakery. Even sleepy little Sonoma has a Ben & Jerry’s. Now, 38 years after it launched its first three flavors from its home base in the Bronx in New York, a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop has opened in the former Bud’s Coffee space in the Santa Rosa Plaza. Not only that,… 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 »