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Homemade Cultured Compound Butter is a Festive Addition to the Thanksgiving Table

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Nov 24, 2014

Homemade Cultured Compound Butter is a Festive Addition to the Thanksgiving Table

Posted by Kate Williams

Homemade butter is shockingly easy to make, but the uncultured spread is only as good as the cream you're using. By culturing the cream before churning, you can add enormous depth of flavor to even the least fancy bottles of cream. Kate Williams will show you how.

For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

dessert and chocolate | Nov 24, 2014

For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

Posted by NPR Food

If you're giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.

Homemade Pumpkin Caramels Make a Great Thanksgiving Party Favor

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Nov 23, 2014

Homemade Pumpkin Caramels Make a Great Thanksgiving Party Favor

Posted by Kate Williams

After Thanksgiving dinner is over, it is nice to send guests home with a little treat that’s not leftover turkey or a mason jar of mushroom gravy. Homemade pumpkin caramels make great bite-sized party favors that truly shine with the flavors of fall. Kate Williams will show you how to make them at home.

Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

bay area | Nov 21, 2014

Pumpkin Beer And Beyond: 9 Local Bay Area Seasonal Booze Options

Posted by Shelby Pope

Drink in season with this diverse collection of beer and spirits from around the Bay Area, from pumpkin barleywine to applejack. 

Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

asian food and drink | Nov 17, 2014

Bay Area Bites Guide to 8 Exceptional Japanese Izakayas in the East Bay

Posted by Jenny Oh

It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.

5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

5-Bites Restaurant Roundups | Nov 17, 2014

5 Bites: Fantastic Vegan Eats in Berkeley and Albany

Posted by Jenny Oh

As a follow-up guide to "5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland," here's our recommendations for wonderful vegan fare in Berkeley (and one in Albany).

Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

baking and bakeries | Nov 15, 2014

Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

This eclectic Thanksgiving menu is just the ticket to stir things up this year. The star of the show is a gorgeous, smoke-scented, mahogany-browned turkey fresh off the grill. The beauty of cooking the bird this way is that it frees up your oven to bake crunchy-sweet cornbread stuffing (two versions: regular and gluten-free!), tender caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with toasty hazelnuts and cranberries, and a scrumptious pear-almond tart for dessert. Balancing out all the richness are a tangy cranberry-orange compote and a fresh, seasonal raw shaved root vegetable salad with pistachios. Happy Thanksgiving!

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

baking and bakeries | Nov 14, 2014

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

This is hands-down one of my favorite autumn desserts, and I make it as soon as fragrant pears arrive in the market. It’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert buffet!

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Nov 13, 2014

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

Bring on the rich, sweet, caramelized yams. It’s Thanksgiving season!

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