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Two Recipes from Dorie

Try these two dishes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest book—both are terrific for big parties or cozy family meals.

Maple-Syrup-and-Mustard Brussels Sprouts

MAPLE-SYRUP-AND-MUSTARD BRUSSELS SPROUTS is excerpted from Everyday Dorie © 2018 by Dorie Greenspan. Photography © 2018 by Ellen Silverman. Reproduced by permission of Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Makes 4 servings

I don’t know when Brussels sprouts became a darling of the dinner table. You find them big and small everywhere now, and even corner greengrocers have pre-shredded sprouts and sprouts that have been separated into leaves. It’s good news for all of us who love these mini-cabbages.
As big as Brussels sprouts’ flavor is, it’s a vegetable that mixes happily with other bold ingredients. For this dish, the sprouts are steamed, then seared, glazed with mustard and maple syrup and finished with bits of bacon. To build in even more flavor, they’re steamed with slivers of garlic and shallot.
You can swap the maple syrup for balsamic vinegar, honey, or brown sugar, in which case you may or may not want to ditch the mustard (I wouldn’t).
1 pound Brussels sprouts, regular or mini, trimmed and, if large, cut in half from top to bottom
Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 to 2 garlic cloves (to taste), germ removed (see note below) and cut into slivers
1 shallot, cut into slivers, rinsed and patted dry
6 strips thick-cut bacon
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, or more to taste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (grainy, smooth, or a mix, preferably French), or more to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
Cider vinegar (optional)
WORKING AHEAD: You can steam the Brussels sprouts up to 1 day ahead and keep them covered in the refrigerator.… Read More

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Dorie Greenspan Visits Rockridge Market Hall

Kristina’s Bookshelf

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook
by Dorie Greenspan
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018)
Quick Bite: Dozens of recipes and photographs of hearty, reliable, well-tested dishes that are flavorful and special. Each can be prepared on a weeknight from ingredients easily sourced at local markets. Many dishes contain what the author describes as “a little surprise,” something unexpected in a familiar dish, like strong mustard in cheesy gougères or walnuts and oats in meatballs. Dorie Greenspan is well-known for her desserts, and these recipes don’t disappoint.
Recipes Include: Bourbon-Roasted Pork Loin; Oven-Charred Tomato-Stuffed Peppers; Cauliflower Tabbouleh; Maple-Syrup-and-Mustard Brussels Sprouts; Sweet and Smoky Roasted Carrots; Brown Sugar-Spice Cake; Triple Layer Parsnip and Cranberry Cake.
About the Author: A New York Times Magazine columnist, Dorie is a five-time James Beard award winner known for her practical, very reliable cookbooks. She’s authored 13 of them, including Dorie’s Cookies and Baking Chez Moi, both New York Times bestsellers.
See the Author in Person!
Come meet Dorie Greenspan and enjoy ingredient tastings and recipe samples from three of her favorite dishes: Bourbon-Roasted Pork Loin, Maple-Syrup-And-Mustard Brussels Sprouts, and Parsnip Cranberry Cake. You can find these items and more on Market Hall’s special weekend menu.… Read More

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Build Community at a Backyard Cookout

Oakland resident Jacqueline Kelly launched Backyard Cookout to bring neighbors together and raise funds for nonprofits the group admires. Photos courtesy of Backyard Cookout.

Join a friendly backyard dinner party where friends, family, neighbors, and (former) strangers gather to build community and raise funds for local nonprofits. The upcoming event supports the martial arts center Guardian Gym by raising money for its youth program, which provides free training, mentoring, and meals to youth ages 10–18. Members of Guardian Gym will be at the dinner to share info and answer questions. Organizer Jacqueline Kelly describes the backyard cookouts this way: “One important goal for these events is to offer people a chance to learn about and feel inspired by critical work happening in their own neighborhoods, to engage in conversations about those issues in a more intimate setting, and to feel hope during a difficult political time.” Cost: $40. Info and tickets: here
Backyard Cookout
Sunday November 11
West Oakland address provided upon purchase
Come at 3pm for music, drinks, snacks, and mingling. At 4:30pm, enjoy a seasonal family-style meal prepared by local cooks and chefs.

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Holding Herbicide and Pesticide Makers Responsible

Photo: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was the plaintiff in the case Johnson v Monsanto. Photo courtesy of Herbicide Free Cal.


Come hear about herbicides and corporate responsibility from Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, the plaintiff who won the case that linked Johnson’s diagnosis of terminal cancer to Monsanto’s product Roundup. The panel, hosted by Herbicide Free Cal, also features UC Berkeley professor and atrazine researcher Tyrone Hayes, Oakland activist and gardener Diane Williams, and Friends of the Earth scientist Kendra Klein. Topics range from the impact of Johnson’s groundbreaking lawsuit as it relates to health vs. corporate profits to reducing use of herbicides on the Cal campus and in our food supply. The panel will be moderated by Herbicide Free Cal co-founders Mackenzie Feldman, a recent graduate, and Bridget Gustafson, a current student. Info: here
My Fight for Justice: Herbicides and Pesticides in Our Community
Wednesday November 14, 6-7:30pm
Senate Chambers- Eshleman Hall, Floor 5
2465 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


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Pie Season Rolls In

Get up to speed in time for holiday baking with tips on pie making from the pros at Niles Pies. Learn about local apples, practice with an all-butter pie dough recipe, and learn handy tips and tricks for decorating your dessert. You’ll take home your own delicious apple pie along with extra dough to keep in your freezer. For an all-pie weekend, take the pumpkin pie class the next day and get a discount on the price. All materials provided, including aprons and rolling pins. Ages 15 and over only please. Cost: $85 per class or $150 for both. Info and registration: here for Saturday and here for Sunday.
Read more about Niles Pie Co. and its transition to a worker-owned co-op: here
Baking a Classic Apple Pie
Saturday November 10, 5–7 pm
Baking a Classic Pumpkin Pie
Sunday November 11, noon–2pm
Niles Pie Co.
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Ste 960, Union City

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Thrills, Chills, & Farm Animals in Temescal

Farmers’ Market fun includes a spooky Instagram photo contest, Oct 28 in Oakland. Read more.

Keep Democracy Alive

Support voting rights when you eat at local restaurants on October 25. Read more.

Hop on the Harvest Fun at City Slicker Farms

Harvest Fest offers cooking demos and gardening workshops, Oct 27 in Oakland. Read more.

Apples, Pumpkins, & Costume Parades 

Get in the Halloween spirit at local farmers’ markets, Oct 27 & 28 in Walnut Creek and Moraga. Read more.

Irresistible Olives

Enjoy tastings and tours at the Séka Hills Olive Mill, Oct 28 in Brooks. Read more.

BBQ Pros Go Mano a Mano

A caveman-style competition benefits Sprouts Cooking Club, Nov 3 in Livermore. Read more.

What’s at Your Farmers’ Market this Week?

We found an array of sweet and tart apples and indulged in this mouth-watering apple cake.

Explore the Flavors of the Islamic World
Meet author Anissa Helou at East Bay Booksellers and read our book review.
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Explore the Flavors of the Islamic World

Feast: Food of the Islamic World
by Anissa Helou
(Ecco, 2018)
Anissa Helou has lived and traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, and she has written several cookbooks on cuisine from the area. Her latest effort, more than 500 pages, is perhaps the most extensive yet. It features breads, rice dishes, meats, fish, spices, and sweets from Arab, Persian, Mughal (South Asian), and North African cooking traditions. Helou’s easy-to-follow recipes for everything from street fare to celebratory feast meals are labeled with country of origin and include helpful headnotes. One of my favorites is the Date Ice Cream. Flavored with rose water and cardamom, with an added crunch of coarsely ground pistachios, it’s made from Barhi dates. In season this time of year, these dates have a warm, sweet taste, like caramel or butterscotch, and can be found in Berkeley at Monterey Market. Visit your local Middle Eastern market for ingredients like dried limes, tahini, slivered pistachios, sumac, rose water, orange flower water, and a full array of spices. Photographs are lovely and helpful for knowing how to present the finished dishes.

Meet author Anissa Helou in conversation with Lisa Morehouse.
Friday October 26, 7pm
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Ave, Oakland
Info: here

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with our readers. 

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BBQ Pros Go Mano a Mano

Photo courtesy of Sprouts Cooking Club.

Which pitmaster can create the perfect mix of rubs and seasonings, manage the fire, and cook up the tastiest ribs? This high-energy cooking competition—dubbed a “caveman-style BBQ throwdown”—is also a fundraiser for Sprouts Cooking Club. Come enjoy delicious food, wine, live music, and a silent auction at the lovely Retzlaff Vineyards. All proceeds go to the Sprouts chef-in-training program, which helps young adults move out of poverty and into restaurant careers. Cost: $10–$150. Info and tickets: here
Mano a Mano Rib Throwdown
Saturday November 3, 11am–5pm
Retzlaff Winery
1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore



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Irresistible Olives

Guided tastings and tours of the mill create a memorable experience at the Olive Crush Festival.

Mark the start of the olive harvest by watching the Séka Hills Olive Mill in action. Discover the exciting flavor of olio nuovo (early-harvest, unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil) as you are guided through tastings of olive oil, wine, honey, and nuts in the Séka Hills Tasting Room owned and run by Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The Olive Crush Festival features local food artisans and vendors, live music, and tours of the mill, orchard, farm, and ranch. Tribal Executive Chef Casey Willard demos cooking with olio nuovo and talks about its seasonal uses. This oil is bottled in limited amounts right after milling, and its fresh, bright, and bold flavor is best enjoyed within a few months. Free. Info: here
Olive Crush Festival
Sunday October 28, 11am–3pm
Séka Hills Olive Mill and Tasting Room
19326 County Road 78, Brooks

Top photo by D. L. Cunningham Photography. Both photos courtesy of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.

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Apples, Pumpkins, and Costume Parades 

Kids star in Halloween costume parades starting at 10:30am at the Diablo Valley and Moraga markets.

The Diablo Valley and Moraga farmers’ markets welcome the community to special harvest festivals this weekend. Halloween fun is front and center with a kids’ costume contest and parade offering prizes for the best and most creative costumes. Kids also get their own goodie bags and a tasty apple. The whole family can join in to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, taste seasonal apples, and decorate mini-pumpkins. Free. Info: here

 Harvest Festival and Costume Parade at Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market
Saturday October 27, 9am–1pm; Costume parade: 10:30am
Shadelands Business Park, Mitchell Drive and N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek
(in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot)
Harvest Festival and Costume Parade at Moraga Farmers’ Market
Sunday October 28, 9am–1pm; Costume parade: 10:30am
Moraga Rd & Moraga Way, Moraga

Photos courtesy of California Farmers’ Markets Association.

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