A Cook's Book Club

A Cook's Book Club

And a Russian egg salad

(October 18, 2018) My cooking is variously inspired by seasonal produce, memories of people or places, cravings for specific ingredients or dishes, and reading. Yes, you read that last one right. For the...

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Sweet Reward

After 25 years, a chocolatier has his own shop

(October 11, 2018) Kenneth Buntin smiles down at the row of new chocolates in the case, domes of milk and dark chocolate filled with ganache-like old fashioned creams — orange, hazelnut, vanilla, ginger...

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Stuffed, Rolled and Fried

Scallion pancakes with ground beef

(October 4, 2018) My kids would probably say I'm the best mom ever if I brought them hot lunch at school every day but I don't. Once in a while, though, I do...

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Quinoa's Boom and Bust

Humboldt farmers face uncertain future

(September 27, 2018) Let's say you first heard of quinoa reading about the winner of a local recipe contest and you decide to try making the new dish for dinner. They call quinoa...

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Give Me My Flowers So I Can Eat Them

Mexican squash blossoms and amaranth greens at the Farmers' Market

(September 20, 2018) Ripe tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and sweet melons. Every late summer, most of us can expect to find our favorites at the farmers' market. But some of the season's treasures are...

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The Price of a Burger

Figuring out cost per plate (almost) like a pro

(September 13, 2018) How much should your burger cost? Unless you've worked in the restaurant business, your sense of what your food is worth is largely intuitive, a range drawn from what...

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The Bird and the Brine

A lesson in making the best chicken ever

(September 6, 2018) I have the best chicken recipe for you all. But before you start on this journey, you must have experienced the trial and error of making a bad chicken. Failing...

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The Colonel Comes Back to Eureka

From the ashes of the Blue Heron rises fried chicken

(August 30, 2018) On Aug. 20, real estate agent Don Chin of Community Realty set tongues wagging and mouths watering when he posted on Facebook that escrow had just closed on a vacant...

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'Gravyback' and the Drums of the Bora Bora

Finding a long lost family recipe for steak sauce and salad

(August 23, 2018) As I was getting over the shock of my father's unexpected death June 1, 2012, I quickly began to realize how tremendously fortunate I was and am. While life-altering,...

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Crispy Fried Garlic Chips

The ultimate garnish and bonus garlic oil

(August 16, 2018) I finally figured out a use for one of those big bags of pre-peeled garlic. Although I'm fond of the "smelly rose," I hate peeling the paper skins off them....

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Ten Items or Fewer: Grocery Outlet Edition

What to hunt for on the ever-changing shelves

(August 9, 2018) Life at Grocery Outlet is like a box of discount promotional chocolates: You never know what you're going to get or if you'll ever see it again so you...

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Meet Kohlrabi

A farmer's favorite recipe for slaw

(August 2, 2018) It is hard to pass by a basket of kohlrabi without stopping. Pale green or purple, this vegetable naturally attracts your gaze with its bulbous enlarged stem. The name kohlrabi...

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No Sauce Required

Caroline's TX BBQ brings the brisket

(July 26, 2018) In 1989, a young John Chaffin, fresh out of the Marine Corps, had a life-changing beef roast made by his father — nothing fancy, just cooked low and slow. He's...

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Tradition Demands Tupperware

Deep pit beef and beans at the Mattole Grange

(July 19, 2018) Fog has socked in the coast and the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean usually visible when driving over the Wildcat from Ferndale to Petrolia are obscured by white. The...

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On Tap

Summer sippin'

(July 12, 2018) Ah summer, when us coastal elites celebrate several hours of partial afternoon clearing by staggering around in a sweaty haze. Heading inland to our innumerable, magical swimming hole is,...

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Elegant Macerated Strawberries

And the call of the Saechao's Farm stall

(July 5, 2018) My relationship with strawberries is complex. My only opportunity to buy groceries is in the dead of night, having finally left a 12-hour shift working on a TV show production...

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Sweet Reward

    • Fabulous! Congratulations, Kenny!

    • on October 21, 2018
  • Re: Quinoa's Boom and Bust

    • quinoa is awful tasting

    • on October 3, 2018
  • Re: Quinoa's Boom and Bust

    • I would be happy to buy lots of Lundberg quinoa if it tasted good. As…

    • on October 1, 2018
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