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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Spilling the beans

Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo in Napa The deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 4 for KSRO’s 23rd annual Good Food Hour Recipe Contest, “Bean Appetit.” The contest is looking for a few good bean recipes, and in exchange, will offer an array of cookbooks, wine, cooking classes and gift certificates as prizes.  To enter, send your name, address and phone number plus your original bean recipes to: KSRO Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 2158, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Or e-mail to… Read More »

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 »

Rib-sticking short ribs

Even though the fall days have been warm and sunny, autumnal evenings cool off quickly. In the kitchen, I have started thinking about comfort foods such as braised meats, which can be slow cooked to perfection in a complex, deep-flavored sauce. After stopping by Sur La Table recently and tasting these Cabernet Braised Short Ribs – left over from a class the night before – I decided it was time to break out the Dutch oven and go for some hearty,… 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 »