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My ode to jarred black bean sauce. Yes, the stuff in the jar. Use it on pork, shiitakes and Brussels sprouts for this amazingly easy dish.
A Hmong dish of tomatoes, chicken and oyster sauce demonstrates just how something so very simple can taste so spectacular.
It's time for Dungeness Crab Fest in the Bay Area with dishes such as crispy crab tacos.
An updated, healthier version of the classic Chinese sweet & sour pork -- this one done on the grill. My first Coastal Living Magazine published recipe.
Braised crispy chicken with lemon, fennel and olives -- from Thomas Keller's "Ad Hoc at Home.''
Boldly flavored and ever so versatile, these spreads are loaded with flaxseed, making them good for you, too.
Satisfying muffins made with an heirloom apple that's widely available in stores now for the first time.
A gnarly looking fruit with the most intoxicating fragrance.
These warm, crispy potato chips were made in the microwave. Seriously!
The easiest, tastiest bowl of soup noodles ever that brings back so many wonderful childhood memories for me.
Chocolate in tortilla chips?? You bet!
Martini Madness invades Sonoma.
Searching for the absolute perfect lemon bar? Look no further than Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti's version.
At 15 years old, it might be a mere teen-ager in your eyes. But it's really the oldest, priciest cheddar in the country.
Chef Bruce Hill painstakingly practices the art of Japanese persimmon preserving.
A visit to the oldest continually operating winery in the Napa Valley. And yes, it actually still made wine legally even during Prohibition.
Traditional little cakes from Alsace for the holidays.
A mini version of the famous salmon tartare cornet, along with scenes from the French Laundry's holiday party.
Sea scallops with celery root-Yukon Gold puree at the elegant new Meritage restaurant.
Organic, grass-fed lamb that helps preserve open-space in Idaho.
Candy cane truffles from New Orleans to celebrate the season in refreshing good taste.
Cream of cauliflower soup, from the "Ad Hoc at Home'' cookbook as served at the Ad Hoc book-signing at -- where else -- Ad Hoc.
Burger Bar's Angus burger -- one of three burgers I ate in three hours in one scrumptious day.
The Gentleman Jack Frost -- a new winter cocktail at Fleming's.
David Lebovitz's glorious cocoa-marzipan pound cake is just what the holidays ordered.
Whoopie for whoopie pies at the soon-to-open Susiecakes.
Pork belly with pickled apples and pureed peanut sauce from Top Chef's Kevin Gillespie.
A modern version of the iconic Bloody Mary, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
Tender, sweet and nutty. Tiny French almond cakes you can't resist.
New Humphry Slocombe lard caramels are the richest candies ever.
[recipe] Meet the "Sardinistas'' -- a zany, well-intentioned group that wants us all to eat more sardines.
Just how good is this new tart fro-yo from Haagen-Dazs?
The multi-talented, potty-mouthed chef of Momofuku responds to the heat generated by his comments about San Francisco restaurants.
Pear cream cheese bars that are loaded with autumn spices.