Eggs On the Menu
Mar15

Eggs On the Menu

According to culinary lore, the number of folds on a chef’s toque — that tall pleated hat most French chefs wear — signify the number of ways he can cook an egg. The best have up to 100, but even lowly staff have a repertoire of dozens. If you think about it, eggs play a role in everything from traditional baking to modern molecular cuisine. They bind, raise, flavor, emulsify. But more than that, they have a symbolic...

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Better Butter | DIY and Sonoma’s Best
May17

Better Butter | DIY and Sonoma’s Best

Spread this around: There’s actually a world of difference when it comes to the butter you’re schmearing on your morning toast and bagels every day. As Paula Deen and just about anyone with taste buds can tell you, everything is better with butter, but how much better depends on things like fat content, cultures, what the cows eat and even the time of year the butter’s made. Here in the Bay Area’s butter belt,...

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How virtuous are your eggs?

(Note: Recently, I reported on a recent study from the Cornucopia Institute that rated 70 egg producers, including two local producers. The ensuing comments raised a lot of questions about how customers can wade through the confusion. This is the unedited version of a story that will run in the Press Democrat in the coming weeks. Some of it rehashes the original piece, but there is a lot of new information as well. Enjoy.) With the...

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How organic are your eggs?

UDPATE: I had an opportunity to speak with Petaluma Poultry’s Steve Marht about the study. A third-generation chicken farmer, Marht was obviously pained by the conclusion. You can read his response to the study on the website. But I thought this quote kind of summed things up. “I was really saddened that these guys slammed me. It took five years to break even (financially) with organic. (Marht claims to be the first...

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Ghee Whiz: Ancient Organics Ghee
Feb25

Ghee Whiz: Ancient Organics Ghee

I am forever running in circles. Stressing out about something I can’t remember an hour later. Huffing over every¬† slight and feeling queasy about the hundreds of things left to do each day. And no direct sunlight, thank you. This makes me a pretty typical “pitta” person apparently — an Ayurvedic description of everything from my digestive habits (how personal!) to my anger management techniques.¬† Despite such...

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