Artichokes: Every Day in Every Way

  Here in Northern California, where the nation’s supply of globe artichokes is grown, harvested thistles are always piled high at market stands. The plants also grace many front yards, where some home gardeners let some of the blossoms mature in the early months of summer in order to enjoy the electric-violet color of the…

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Meyer Lemon Salad Dressing

From Olive Oil Synergies     This recipe is by Roberta Klugman, recipient of the California Olive Oil Council Pioneer Award, and possibly our region’s best expert on how to appreciate local extra-virgin olive oil at the daily table. Her Meyer lemon vinaigrette is simple and adaptable. Use the best and freshest extra-virgin olive oil…

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Lebna Bil Shwandr (drained yogurt with beets)

    Waiel Majid, chef of the now-closed Berkeley restaurant Zatar, grew up near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq, where he recalls that plants would self-sow in the riverbed in the summertime when the water level would drop and the sandy, fertile bank would widen. Suddenly eggplant, squash, and tomato plants would emerge…

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Stone Fruit & Chicory Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette

  Courtesy of Market Hall Foods | Food styling and photography by Marshka Kiera This salad, created by Sandy Sonnenfelt of Market Hall Foods, is a true ode to summer. It combines sweet, juicy, peak-season stone fruit with crunchy cabbage and sharp, slightly bitter Treviso. Sandy used apriums and pluots when developing this recipe, but…

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Spinach Salad with Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

“A delicious paella arriving at your doorstep is always a treat,” says Eduardo Balaguer, owner and head chef at Venga Paella. During the extended shelter-in-place order, his company has been providing donated paellas for Building Futures, a local organization that helps victims of domestic violence. They have also have also been pleased to continue providing…

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Amber Bistro’s Vanilla-Thyme Vinaigrette

From: THE MAKING OF A CALIFORNIA OLIVE OIL CULTURE This recipe from our Winter 2012 story on how chefs use local extra-virgin olive oil came courtesy of Danville’s now-closed Amber Bistro. They served this vinaigrette over baby lettuces, sliced almonds, Bellwether Farms fromage blanc, and fresh strawberries.  1 egg yolk 4 teaspoons mustard 2 cups extra virgin olive…

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Lilikoi Chia Seed salad Dressing

From the story: How to Grow a Farmer First-Generation Farmer Erin Eno Finds Community Through Growing Food on Mount Diablo Story and photos by Austin Price Lilikoi (aka passion fruit) is in season from July/August through November. Packaged purée can be used if you want to try this now, but tuck this recipe away for…

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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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Many Melon Salad with Tomato & Sweet Onion

By Barbara Kobsar | Illustration by Charmaine Koehler-Lodge Serves 6–8 48 ¼-inch-thick slices of melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, Persian, and Sharlyn) 2–3 tomatoes, thinly sliced 2 small Japanese or ½ Armenian cucumber, thinly sliced 1 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced (a crisp, cold onion from the fridge is best)…

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