HOMEROOM EXPANDS TO MEET DEMAND BY SARAH HENRY  •  PHOTOS BY DAN JUNG Homeroom proved an instant hit with local diners when it opened in February 2011. Who would have predicted that a single-themed restaurant run by two women with no formal culinary training serving a comfort classic most Americans are raised on would be…

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The recipe below, from Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland is published by and used with permission from Chronicle Books; text copyright 2014 Tanya Holland; photographs copyright 2014 Jody Horton. Sweet potatoes and chocolate chips seem like an unlikely combination, but they work really well together. I like to tell myself…

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STANDARD FARE RAISES THE BAR FOR TAKEOUT FOOD, MINUS THE TRASH BY SARAH HENRY • PHOTOS BY STACY VENTURA Kelsie Kerr has the Chez Panisse pedigree: A former downstairs chef at the Berkeley restaurant institution, she’s also co-authored Alice Waters’ cookbooks The Art of Simple Food and The Art of Simple Food II. Not surprising, then,…

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The Bay Area’s Extraordinary Contributions to America’s Craft Cocktail Movement BY SHANNA FARRELL • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN MORTIMER In the Bay Area, we are surrounded by an abundance of farms that grow high-quality produce and chefs who embrace the use of diverse seasonal ingredients. It’s easy to understand how bartenders, who frequently work alongside these chefs,…

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BY KRISTINA SEPETYS Early in the school year, hundreds of teenage runners and their families descend upon Hayward High School for the annual Farmers Invitational Cross Country races, an event that has come to be known simply as “Farmers.” Some attendees might know that “Farmers” are the Hayward High School mascot. Fewer still may realize…

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NEWS FROM THE FARMER-VETERAN FRONT BY JILLIAN LAUREL STEINBERGER On screen, a soldier drives a tank through a war-ravaged neighborhood in Iraq. Cut to the next scene: We see a farmer driving a big orange tractor through a woodsy field. The film is Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields, a documentary that highlights the work of…

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  The New Year’s Good Luck Foods BY JESSICA PRENTICE  Line drawings by Sarah Klein (sarahklein.com) with coloring by Maggie Gosselin. Jessica Prentice, Maggie Gosselin, and Sarah Klein created the Local Foods Wheel to help us all enjoy the freshest, tastiest, and most ecologically sound food choices month by month. Here are seven of Jessica’s…

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This morning as I was getting ready to engage with the writing of this message, I fell prey to a ruse known well to expert procrastinators: I headed to the kitchen for something to eat. There on the counter was a fat pomegranate. It looked so much like the one on page 2—painted by our…

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Reprinted from Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever with permission from University of California Press If I had undertaken this project eighty-five years ago, I wouldn’t have had to venture far from Oakland to find farm kids. From the archivist at a local historical…

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EDITOR’S MIXING BOWL SEASONAL WHIMSEY SIDE DISH Mac ’n’ Cheese Grows Up at Homeroom News from the Farmer-Veteran Front Takeout Without the Trash SEVEN STARS OF WINTER A FEAST OF LOCAL TITLES LESSONS LEARNED FROM 4-H DIGITAL DINING Online ordering A to Z GARDEN TO GLASS MEDICINESHED Ancestral Apothecary Two recipes from Spinster Sister Pet…

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