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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Put on the Ritz with oysters

 Last week in the Press Democrat, we collected some of our readers’ favorite recipes for Thanksgiving and ran them as part of our turkey day coverage.  The torn and tattered recipes inspired Bob Bergman of Santa Rosa to send in an original  poem, “Leftovers,” as a tribute to all the creative cooks out there. The poem suggests all kinds of dishes – from pot pies and  potatoes Lyonnaise to tetrazzini and savory soufflés – and ends with this tribute: “Ah… Read More »

A sweet vision for Sebastopol

I met local chef and gardener Tucker Hemquist at a  party last month for Katherine Leiner’s new book, “Growing Roots: A New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks and Food Activists.” A former  olive oil maker at Skipstone Ranch in Geyserville, Hemquist is spearheading a  project to open a cooperative marketplace in Sebastopol that would work hand-in-hand with local farmers. In his dreams, Hemquist also envisions a café at the marketplace that would showcase the talents of a rotating array of… Read More »