Sauteed Spigarello with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic

This recipe comes from Barbara Cecchini at The Urban Edge Farm in Brentwood. Spigarello is a spring crop that Barbara and her family pick fresh from their fields to sell at their farm store. An heirloom broccoli relative, spigarello is all leaves with understated flowers that do not form the big broccoli florets. It has…

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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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Granny’s Secret Vanilla Oakland Yams

By Chef Mimi Robinson | Illustration by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh What I remember most about my Granny’s kitchen is the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla when she baked what we called her Oakland Yams. Granny grew her own yams right in her backyard in North Oakland. When I was young, she would tell me stories…

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Let’s Cook Potimarron Squash!

The name of this French heirloom cucurbita maxima is a squashed-together concoction of potiron (pumpkin) and marron (chestnut), but the bottom line is that it’s plenty tasty! Chef Anthony Paone created this recipe our Fall/Winter 2010 issue story, “What Do You Do with a Black Futsu” when he was at Sea Salt, a seafood-forward restaurant formerly…

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Marinated Fire Roasted Peppers

  Way back in 2006, Chef Romney Steele of The Cook and Her Farmer in Oakland offered a version of this simple recipe to the Rockridge Market Hall newsletter, and they have been a hit ever since during pepper season. There’s something about the intense grassy aroma of the roasting peppers that makes uscrave the…

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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   Snap Beans & Shell Beans Now is the time to scoop up fresh beans at your farmers’ market. Both edible-pod snap beans and shell beans (those you have to shell) are ubiquitous through…

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Tatsoi with Spicy Thai Sauce

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 Many local farmers’ markets, especially those hosting Asian farmers, sell tatsoi during the cool season. It might be labled with any number of other names like tago choy, tah…

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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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