Entrees

What’s in Season?

Produce harvested at its peak is your sure bet for flavor and freshness. By Barbara Kobsar Illustration by Charmaine Koehler-Lodge   August Plums please the palate this month with their slightly tart or sweet honey notes. Over 200 types are grown in California (we see only 15 to 20 of these) and make up 90%…

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Crispy Chicken Legs with Zante Grape Panzanella

Recipe and photos by Christian Reynoso One might think a chef at San Francisco’s Zuni Café would grow fatigued by the long-running marriage of flavors in the restaurant’s iconic roast chicken with bread salad. For me, it’s quite the opposite. Although I taste the dish almost daily for quality control (and snacking), it’s easy to…

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Fostering Dreams in the Kitchen

La Cocina helps immigrants and low-income cooks create food businesses Book review by Kristina Sepetys   We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream By Caleb Zigas, Leticia Landa, with a foreword by Isabel Allende, photography by Eric Wolfinger, and contributions by Yewande Komolafe; Chronicle Books, 2019 Lamees Dahbour, an immigrant from…

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Noodle Like a Pro

Louis Kao and Other East Bay Chefs Show How to Stir the Pot East Bay Cooks: Signature Recipes from the Best Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries By Carolyn Jung Figure 1 Publishing, September 2019 Wondering what East Bay chefs and food entrepreneurs are up to? Here’s a helpful guide along with a nice collection of dishes…

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Misoyaki

From A Fish Monger You’ll Want to Hug By Kai Wada Roath Ι Photos by Austin Goldin   At JP Seafood, I often buy butterfish (aka black cod) for this Japanese/Hawaiian dish, which I fell in love with years ago at the historic Manago Hotel on the Big Island. Since the Manago keeps their recipe…

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Farmers’ Market Pancit Udon

From Healthy Cooking, Filipino Style Recipe and photo by Rezel Kealoha     Here’s a recipe you can use any time of year to feature whatever combination of fresh farmers’ market vegetables seems most appealing. The fresh udon noodles can be replaced with Chinese style egg noodles or Filipino canton noodles, if you can find…

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FreshCatch Fish Tacos with SeaSlaw

There is something magical about crispy, beer-battered flakey fish topped with a delicious seaweed salad wrapped in a warm tortilla,” says Jessy Ryan, “co-flounder” of FreshCatch, one of the Bay Area’s forward-thinking community-supported fishery companies. FreshCatch operates as a collective of single-vessel businesses that fish along the West Coast with a vision of making sustainability…

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Prerna’s Chicken Curry

From Chicken Curry Day by Prerna Singh     Serves 4–6 2½ pounds whole chicken, cleaned and cut into pieces ¼ cup lemon juice ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon fresh-cracked black pepper 1½ cups chopped onion 3–4 cloves garlic 2 inches ginger root 2–3 hot green chili peppers (adjust according to how much heat you can…

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Recipes for an East Bay Lunar New Year

Recipes by Carolyn Phillips Illustrations by Margo Rivera-Weiss Last February, Edible East Bay staff illustrator Margo Rivera-Weiss helped friends Ruth and Michael Chen usher in the Year of the Dog as they made jiao tze (or jiaozi) according to an old recipe they carry around in their heads. Anticipating the approach of the Year of…

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Salt Cod & Potato Cazuela

From César Turns Twenty by James Mellgren with photos by Cherie Azzopardi From César: Recipes from a Tapas Bar by James Mellgren and Olivier Said, Ten Speed Press, 2003 This is one of the oldest dishes on the César menu. It has garnered legions of fans, and the few times it has come off the menu…

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