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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

dessert and chocolate | Dec 19, 2014

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

Posted by NPR Food

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

economy and food costs | Dec 18, 2014

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Posted by NPR Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

Happy 79th Birthday, Jacques Pépin!

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Dec 18, 2014

Happy 79th Birthday, Jacques Pépin!

Posted by Wendy Goodfriend

Today is the legendary chef Jacques Pépin's 79th birthday. He just finished taping his final series Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul in October and here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the taping to add to the celebration.

Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

baking and bakeries | Dec 18, 2014

Tender, Buttery Pull-Apart Rolls for Christmas Dinner

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

Fluffy, supple, and feather-light, these versatile pull-apart rolls deserve a place at your next celebration.

Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

food trends and technology | Dec 17, 2014

Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Posted by NPR Food

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

Bay Area Bites Food + Drink | Dec 17, 2014

A Holiday Feast: Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Port, Shallot, and Mushroom Sauce

Posted by Kim Laidlaw

A roasted beef tenderloin with velvety, savory-sweet sauce is a thing of beauty. Find out how to cook it to perfection for your next gathering.

Bake Homemade Cheese Crackers for Holiday Gift-Giving

baking and bakeries | Dec 17, 2014

Bake Homemade Cheese Crackers for Holiday Gift-Giving

Posted by Kate Williams

Forget store-bought Cheez-Its. The best savory, cheese-filled nibbles are made at home with plenty of real cheese. Homemade crackers seem intimidating, but they're basically just savory cookies -- something anyone can make. Plus, a jar of these crackers makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. Kate Williams will show you how.

Clove and Hoof: A New Butcher and Sandwich Shop in Oakland’s Temescal

bay area | Dec 16, 2014

Clove and Hoof: A New Butcher and Sandwich Shop in Oakland’s Temescal

Posted by Berkeleyside NOSH

Temescal already has its church of cheese and pantheon to pork, so now let us take a moment to welcome its latest arrival: a brand new cathedral for the carnivorously inclined: Clove and Hoof, a butcher and sandwich shop on the corner of Broadway and 40th Street.

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

asian food and drink | Dec 16, 2014

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

Posted by Kim Westerman

Everyone is talking about ramen, and there’s a ramen shop in almost every East Bay neighborhood. But what about all the other delicious Asian soups out there with the same soul-warming potential? Here are ten soups (at eight venues) you might not have thought of.

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