Fig Rosemary Jam

by Maggie Battista
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One week in California is never enough. Every few years, I escape to west coast wine country during the harvest to do what comes naturally. This visit included some very important repeat activities like… drinking wine, eating figs, reading cookbooks, cooking and wrapping food gifts, daily picnics in the vines, and more wine. Drinking wine

Maggie’s Friday Favorites

by Maggie Battista
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Thank you for visiting with me and the Eat Boutique crew at the Anthropologie Market last week. Oh my goodness, we were shocked to see so many food lovers line up at the door before the market opened and even more thrilled when several of you said, “Hello, I read and shop Eat Boutique!” It

A Twist on Pot Au Feu

by Denise Woodward
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It’s stormy outside right now, so I want soup. I threw out a very special challenge to Denise for a dish close to my heart. She triumphed! – Maggie When Maggie talks Paris, I’m right there with her. And when she mentioned crafting a Pot au Feu recipe, my mind jumped on a plane straight

Bow and Sparrow Bakery, San Francisco

by Lauren Keiper
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Did you get to sample Bow & Sparrow Bakery’s shortbread truffle sandwiches at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market? I did. In fact, I definitely circled back for more…again…and then again one last time. These pretty sandwich cookies are handcrafted in San Francisco by Melissa Mecca. Get to know her and her other small batch loves,

Urban Picnic

by Erin Nichols
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It’s about that time to dust off your picnic basket, think of some refreshing surprises to tuck inside and tote to your closest outdoor eating spot. Erin’s happens to come with a view. Are we jealous? Maybe a little bit. -Maggie In San Francisco, summer as we know it back East is an elusive animal.

Preserved Lemons

by Denise Woodward
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It’s citrus season and when my friend Denise said she had moved to an Oakland, California neighborhood practically littered with Meyer lemons, I got a wee bit jealous and begged her to share a recipe for preserving the sweetest gems of the season. This recipe works with any sort of lemon, and I’m sure all

Fig and Blue Cheese Tart

by Denise Woodward
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It’s officially Fall and we’re all back in the kitchen. After a New York City visit to make new food friends and attend some Wine and Food Festival events, I’m roasting the Brussels sprouts from ripe stalks in my garden. Jill is doing beautiful things with beets and apples and Shelby is making some local

Homemade Lobster Roll

by Denise Woodward
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The first time I was introduced to a live lobster, I was about 10 years old and was having a “fancy” dinner with my family at the Whaling Station in Monterey, California.  Our waiter brought my sisters and me, over to the lobster tank, and let each of us pick out our favorite.  Of course,

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

by Maggie Battista
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I believe we’ve gone a little overboard in the Meyer lemon category as of late. Perhaps it hasn’t phased you, but it certainly has me. Still, I can’t get enough of these darling little suckers, sweet and tart at the same time, kind of like the best people I know. And I just keep ordering

Berkeley Farmer’s Market, SF

by Denise Woodward
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Spring has sprung.  It was a glorious morning as I set out for the east bay to check out the Berkeley Farmer’s Market. The air was crisp and heavily scented with jasmine and cherry blossoms.  *sigh*  I love spring mornings… I decided to head across the bridge to the other side of the bay to

Alemany Farmer’s Market

by Denise Woodward
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While I make coffee in the morning, I like to open our kitchen door to let in the warmth of the sun or the coolness of the winter rain. Today, I could smell the remaining footprints of our last winter rains mixed with the scent of springtime jasmine. After two days of icy cold rains,

San Francisco Farmer’s Market

by Denise Woodward
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One of our foodie goals for 2010 is to have a better idea of where our food originates. We are about 85% there. In the same breathe, we’d like to make sure that we’re eating as local as possible, plus or minus those guilty pleasures (French wine and cheese, of course). In order to make

Grilled Fig & Arugula Salad at The Girl & The Fig

by Maggie Battista

The Girl & The Fig does many many things well. Besides charcuterie platters, cheese plates and even pumpkin cheesecake, this delightful dish is their signature salad. The photo depicts a sweet pile of arugula, pecans, goat cheese and figs mid-course. The husband and I had already devoured half of it, but it still looked so

Pumpkin Cheesecake at The Girl & The Fig

by Maggie Battista

Despite the warm temperatures and bright sun out here in California, the red-colored grapevine leaves and strong breezes suggest Fall is here. And so does this luscious pumpkin cheesecake we indulged in at The Girl & The Fig a couple nights ago. Since I don’t have the recipe, I’ll try to describe everything happening on

Parmasan Truffle Oil Fries at Healdsburg Bar and Grill

by Maggie Battista

Last week, my pal Dan and I were debating the merits of truffle oil. Truffle oil, a substance that has very little actual truffle in it, has popped up on menus all over the taste spectrum, whether fancy fine dining or, as in this case, every day bar and grill food. We both agreed that

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