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Kitchen Talk

Turn up the heat on home cooking

Simmer some paella for the Spain-Portugal semi-finals

     If you’ve been following the European Championship,  you  already know that the soccer semi-finals start this Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. with an all-Iberian match-up between Portugal and Spain.     It’s the perfect excuse to break out your red-handled paella pan and whip up Spain’s favorite, one-dish feast.  It’s actually quite an easy dish to pull off, especially if you’ve already got your pantry stocked with the main ingredients: short-grain rice and saffron, red peppers and chicken stock. Here’s a… Read More »

Bi-Rite Market owner to share secrets at Ram’s Gate Winery

    Bi-Rite Market owner Sam Mogannam, author of “Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food,” will share the secrets of responsible shopping and cooking from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma. Guests will also go on a walking tour of the winery’s culinary garden with Executive Chef Taylor Behnam, who will cook some of Sam’s favorite recipes from the cookbook.    The event costs $75, which includes a copy of the cookbook, an hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine… Read More »

On vacation with chef Maria

    Maria Vieages, a private chef and culinary teacher in Sonoma County, will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters on Vacation,” airing at 8:30 p.m. June 8 on the HGTV network.     On the show,  families are given the chance to stay in a vacation home of their dreams. In this episode, a young man and woman who want to take their relationship to the next level invite both of their mothers, who are meeting for the first time, to… Read More »

Cooking through Julia’s “greatest hits” for her birthday

   Julia Child’s first meal in Paris was Sole Meuniere, and it changed her life forever, inspiring a 40-year love affair with food and the start of a cooking revolution in  America.    This summer, Child would have turned 100 years on Aug. 15, and to celebrate her birthday, a few of  her biggest fans – restaurants and chefs, bookstores and bloggers – have launched a national campaign   to celebrate her legacy.   As part of the JC100 campaign, I… Read More »