Recipe and photo courtesy of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore Serves 4 2 ounces duck fat 2 onions, thinly sliced 2 ounces bacon, thinly sliced 1 medium white cabbage, thinly sliced 12 juniper berries, chopped 20 black peppercorns, ground 1 sprig of thyme, chopped 1 bottle white wine 4 duck breast halves Heat duck…

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Understanding the Oak to Wine Connection By Kirstin Jackson Oak’s role in winemaking can be difficult to grasp. In one tasting room, a winery employee pouring you a splash of $90 reserve red implies that aging a wine in anything less than new French oak barrels is an offense to the grape, centuries of viticulture,…

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Few of us are surprised these days to find a saucer of olive oil instead of butter beside the bread tray on our restaurant table, and we more or less expect the flavor of extra-virgin olive oil to emerge from a good vinaigrette. Some of us even pour good-quality olive oil into our sauté pans,…

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BY CHERYL ANGELINA KOEHLER As an avid hiker and unabashed forager, I can’t help but spot food while I’m following trails through our spectacular East Bay regional parks. Unfortunately, all the wild and feral edibles out there are forbidden fruit, due to the ban against removing anything from public lands, save the dirt and burrs…

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By Kirstin Jackson Trying to decide which wine to pair with typical holiday fare sends some to bed dreaming of sugarplums and late-harvest chenin blanc. Others, scared off by visions of the sweet flavors of the season or gingery spice taunting their favorite cabernet sauvignon, head straight for the hard liquor. Matching wines to foods…

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Daikon is a member of the large brassica family and thus kin to cabbage. Red shiso adds a distinctive pink tint and a flavor reminiscent of cinnamon, anise, and basil.  Serves 4–6   2 cups daikon, grated ½ teaspoon salt 1 clove garlic 2 Asian pears 2 tablespoons lemon juice 40 red shiso leaves, cut…

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  Roasted Butternut Squash Salad     Pear, Daikon, and Shiso Salad   Pork Loin Stuffed with Turkey Sausage   Duck Breast with Braised Cabbage

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the big brassica band BY BARBARA KOBSAR You can joke all you will about the lowly cabbage, but don’t be surprised when a few members of its family, the big brassica band, show up nicely dressed for your holiday feast. After the holidays, make way for them on your plate when you start that healthy…

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story and photos BY MATTHEW GREEN Armed with little more than some piping, a few fittings, and a bit of creative plumbing knowledge, Oakland resident Laura Allen built a home plumbing system that bucks the sewer by reusing the water from her sinks, showers, and clothes washer to bucket flush the toilets and irrigate the…

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