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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 »

Chunk it up with “Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream”

   Molly Moon Neitzel used to spend summers with her grandparents. Like  all good grandparents, they used to break the rules every day and let her eat  ice cream  before lunch.    Who knew that years later, it would lead the Washington state native to become the owner of five, wildly popular ice cream boutiques in Seattle, plus a roaming, blue ice cream truck that helps  fulfill the fantasies of budding young ice cream connoisseurs across the city?      Neitzel… 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 »