Sally's Weblog Archives
July 31, 2005
Sunny Summer Fruits: Betty Fussell shares the sugar solution to all those wonderful summer fruits including apricots, cherries, peaches and plums. Raspberries in Raspberry Cream and Billy's Boy's Sour Cherry Pie recipes are included.
July 30, 2005
New chocolate columnist Stephanie Zonis' first article is Chocolate: More Than Just the Numbers. In it Stephanie shares a recipe for Chocolate Malted and her Chocolate Find of the Month is Bart's Homemade. We look forward to her monthly submissions!
July 29, 2005
Venice and the Delights of the Cipriani: Keith Allan & Lynne Gray enjoy the luxuries that the Hotel Cipriani has to offer, just a stone's throw from Venice, Italy.
July 28, 2005
Elaine Sosa, in her Traveling with Kids column, covers Kid-Friendly Zones: Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur, California. Great Steven (The Kid) photos!
July 27, 2005
Sally reports on the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in Dallas, Texas. Think chuck wagons and cowboys!
July 26, 2005
Tim Love-The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro: Native Texan Tim Love wears many hats. He is a cowboy who calls his cooking “Urban Western Cuisine.” He is chef and owner of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth, Texas; cookbook author (Tim Love on the Lonesome Dove Trail) and culinary instructor. Sally covers this busy cowboy!
July 25, 2005
The Emperor of Wine : The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American Taste by Elin McCoy tells the story of the founder of the Wine Advocate newsletter and the man now considered by many to be the most influential wine critic ever. This book is part history and part biography.
July 24, 2005
Sally will be teaching "A Visit to San Francisco" cooking class at the Central Market in Houston, Texas on Thursday, October 27th from 6 30-9:00 p.m. The participation class includes Cowgirl Creamery’s Bacon-Wrapped Dates stuffed with Almonds & Blue Cheese; Ferry Plaza Seafood Grilled Honey-Caper Shrimp; Golden Gate Meat Company Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Green Peppercorn Sauce; Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Lentils with Butternut Squash & Walnuts; and Bananas Foster with Scharffen Berger Cocoa Nibs over French Vanilla Ice Cream; $65.00; 214.361.5754.
July 23, 2005
Travel writer Keith Allan interviews Managing Director Dr. Natale Rusconi of the Cipriani Hotel in Venice, Italy. Click here to hear the audio interview: Dr. Natale Rusconi
July 22, 2005
Andrea Lita Rademan has updated her Los Angeles restaurant list and she adds: "By the time you finish reading this guide to some of the latest restaurant launches in this Hollywood-driven town, three more will have opened their doors and four others will have shut them." So enjoy these 51 before anything changes.
July 21, 2005
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July 20, 2005
Ammini Ramachandran shares the history of Black Pepper and a recipe for Black Pepper Soup in her new Sally's Place series titled "Spices."
July 19, 2005
Sally will be teaching a Global One-Dish Wonders cooking class at the Central Market in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00-4:30 p.m. The demonstration menu includes Spanish Paella, English Shepherd's Pie, Greek Moussaka and French Beef Bourguignon; $55.00; 214.361.5754.
July 18, 2005
The Gourmet Burger by top European chef Paul Gayler: in his ninth cookbook, Gayler (A Passion for Cheese, etc.) attempts to recast the all-American burger as a hearty and healthy component of home-cooked meals. Gayler opens the book by tracing the history of the hamburger, which evolved from the European creations of steak tartare and Hamburg steak.
July 17, 2005
Pie in the Sky Successful Baking at High Altitudes : 100 Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads, and Pastries Home-tested for Baking at Sea Level, 3,000, 5,000, 7,000, and 10,000 feet by Susan Purdy. Do your cakes collapse, soufflés slump, cookies crumble, and fruit pies fail? For those living at high altitude, baking can be a challenge at best, or a total disaster. More than thirty-four of the fifty United States, plus many Canadian regions, have cities and towns at altitudes of more than 2,500 feet, yet there are hardly any cookbooks that address the special needs of these local bakers. Until now. Award-winning cookbook author Susan G. Purdy has finally written the first-ever foolproof guide to high-altitude baking.
July 16, 2005
In December, 2004 Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, became the first Napa Valley winery to switch to 100% solar power. This was done for environmental sustainability reasons. It will take 8 years to cover the $980,000 initial outlay for the solar panels but eventually it will be a cost saving effort. Frog's Leap Winery has also installed a solar system.
July 15, 2005
"The Newest Wonder of the Napa Valley--Palmaz Vineyards " says Monty Preiser "all the wines we tasted were more than simply good, and some were outstanding." Choices are Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
July 14, 2005
Hershey's Chocolate Facts : 33 million Hershey's Kisses can be produced in a day. Each is individually wrapped by machine. Learn lots more from their website.
July 13, 2005
Monica Bhide says Something's Fishy in Bombay. Irresistible and reasonably priced seafood restaurants await you in Bombay.
July 12, 2005
Monty Preiser shares more of his wine knowledge in this article about Albarino,a medium to full bodied white varietal, which at its best is crisp, dry, and vibrant with a complex texture, it is also highly aromatic (usually a nose of orange blossom) with excellent peach, melon, and apricot characteristics on the palate, and sometimes a hint of spritz as well. Spain Scores Again with Albarino
July 11, 2005
Want to see a short movie by Anna Maria Volpi on How to Eat Spaghetti? It's fun: http://www.annamariavolpi.com/how_to_eat_spaghetti.html
July 10, 2005
Wild Mushrooms by celebrated Northwest chef and food writer Cynthia Nims is a 96 page paperback that is a must read for mushroom lovers. Nims includes recipes, regional history, information on mycological societies, a wild mushroom calendar and wild mushroom resources.
July 9, 2005
Vanilla : The Cultural History of the World's Favorite Flavor and Fragrance by Patricia Rain takes readers through the history of vanilla production from Mexico to Indonesia, covering relatively obscure producers like the French island of Réunion, as well as Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands. Rain shares recipes, folkloric tales and personal vignettes and her advice on choosing and using vanilla in the home kitchen is quite useful.
July 8, 2005
Next Wednesday, July 13th Sally will teach a hands-on cooking class at Draeger’s in San Mateo, California: Easy and Elegant Hors’d Oeuvres includes Almond-Crusted Seared Tuna served with Toasted Cumin-Tomato Sauce; Grilled Honey-Caper Shrimp; Crispy Sautéed Grape Leaf Packages filled with Mozzarella Cheese and Serrano Ham; Lamb Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Mint and Savory Cream Cheese; and Chevre Cheesecake. $75.00--650.685.3704--come join the fun!
July 7, 2005
Camp Cooking: 100 Years by The National Museum Of Forest Service History presents a charming cookbook that celebrates decades of camp cooking by countless Forest Service agents in the field.
July 6, 2005
November, 2005 is the date of the first Michelin Guide for New York City. The "red" book will provide a rating of close to 500 NYC restaurants and 50 hotels. Forks and spoons will be used to rate restaurants with a numbering system of 1-5. Stars will be awarded to the top spots.
July 5, 2005
Wild rice is not a true rice; it is the grain of an aquatic grass native to North America. Today most of what is sold as "wild" rice is actually cultivated and then mechanically harvested and process (U.S.A. Rice Federation).
July 4, 2005
Cherry season is here in the U.S.! Although bing cherries (dark mahogany) are the leading commercial sweet cherry in North America with their 17%-19% fruit sugar, other varieties to look for are: chelan (dark mahogany; 16%-18% fruit sugar); lapins (mahogany red; 17%-19% fruit sugar); rainer (yellow; 17%-23% fruit sugar); skeena (dark red to black; 19%-20% fruit sugar); sweetheart (bright red; 17%-19% fruit sugar) and tieton (mahogany red; 16%-18% fruit sugar). Information provided by the Northwest Cherry Growers.
July 3, 2005
75 Exciting Vegetables For Your Garden by Jack Staub, shares the history, evolution, and details about each vegetable, and then provides simple solutions for using them in the kitchen every day. Be they heirloom or hybrid, native or transplant, Staub presents seventy-five really superb vegetables in current culture that are as exciting for their physical beauty as they are for their taste.
July 2. 2005
Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban by Glenn Lindgren, Raul Musibay & Jorge Castillo boasts solid renditions of Cuban dishes such as Fried Stuffed Potatoes, Avocado and Pineapple Salad, Cuban-Style Skirt Steak, Cornmeal Pancakes and Plantain Chips.
July 1, 2005
To make it easier for us to eat our 3 servings or more of whole grains daily ( as suggested by the new federal Dietary Guidelines) the Whole Grain Council has created a Whole Grain Stamp to help us easily recognize foods that contain whole grains. Manufacturers using the label include King Arthur Flour, Sunnyland Mills, Kashi, Lotus Foods, Arrowhead Mills and Roman Meal Bread.
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