Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks
It's not often that over 50 food bloggers get together. Crowded under a shady bay laurel tree, hiding from the hot Lafayette sun, Bay Area foodies sampled each others best at the 2nd Annual SF Food Blogger's picnic. Dishes like spicy steak salad, smoked pork, pate de campagne, local cheeses, thai noodles, quinoa-mango salad, nectarine-blueberry cobbler, little almond cakes, and so much more were gobbled up.
Pate de campagne made by Derrick of An Obsession with Food
Pim! Who made addictive little crispy rice cakes topped with a Thai pork and shrimp delight. Chez Pim
Succulent almond and jam cake-tart made by Sam of Becks & Posh
Spicy Steak Salad made by the lovely Davina Baum, of CHOW fame.
*recipe from Chow.com, which is rolling out it's beta site this week!
For the tomato vinaigrette
1 cup cherry or pear-shaped tomatoes
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil
1 medium clove garlic, coarsely chopped
1 medium shallot, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley or chives
Grilled flank steak, cut into cubes
Yellow, red, and green bell pepper, seeded and cut into slivers
2 ears corn, kernels cut from the cobb
Italian parsley, for garnish
Heat 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil in a small fry pan over high Heat until hot. Add the tomatoes and sear until the skins pucker and begin to color, about 2 minutes. (Be careful: when the tomatoes get hot, some might burst.) Add the garlic and shallot and cook until slightly softened, about 1 minute more.
Transfer to a small, deep mixing bowl, add the vinegar, and purée with an immersion blender. Slowly add the remaining grapeseed and olive oils in a thin, steady stream, blending constantly with the immersion blender, until smooth. Season with salt and freshly-ground black pepper and add the herbs.
Add the grilled flank steak, yellow, red, and green peppers, and corn. Stir to combine. Garnish with parsley leaves and serve.
*adapted from Nancy Silverton's delicious "everyone's mother's berry cobber"
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 vanilla bean
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup whole plain yogurt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups blueberries
3 cups nectarines, cut into chunks
3 tablespoons demerara sugar
Preheat oven to 375F. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and use the tip of the knife to scrape out the vanilla bean seeds. Add the pod and the seeds to the butter. Cook the butter over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until browned, about 4 minutes. Pour into a large 9x13-inch baking dish.
Sift together the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar with a whisk. Add the buttermilk, yogurt, and vanilla extract and stir just until combined. Spread the batter in the pan on top of the browned butter. Scatter the fruit over the top of the batter. Sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the cake is cooked through when checked with a toothpick, about 1 hour. Eat.
Thanks Wendy for taking all the pictures!