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Produce & Meat

Nosh Box: Tasting Cuba Libre

If there’s a national Cuban dish it’s clearly ropa vieja. This is shredded flank steak that has been brazed in a zesty tomato-paste and beef-broth sauce. Throw in onions, bell pepper and garlic, then season with cumin and cilantro. Finally, a dash of olive oil and vinegar are added for mouth-feel and balance. But ironically, most Cubans don’t eat it, because beef is controlled by the state in Cuba, and is too expensive for the natives.
March 1, 2019

Nosh Box: Time for a Wise Crack

Now’s a great time to crack a Metacarcinus Magister, whom we know as Dungeness crab. After five years of Latin during high school and college, the literal translation is somewhat whimsical: “teacher crab.” This crustacean is renowned along the West Coast, and especially in the Bay Area. Dungeness crabs are a very important in California as one of the oldest and most valuable fishing grounds, creating jobs for coastal fishermen and processors, as well as emerging in local folklore.
February 19, 2019

Make SF Forage’s Black Trumpet Mushroom Tart

A guided mushroom foraging trip is fun but far from necessary to make these seasonal tarts.
February 12, 2019

Executive Chef Nicolette Manescalchi Keeps Kohlrabi on the A16 Menu

She takes advantage of its crunchy raw texture by slicing it very thinly with a vegetable peeler and using it as a kind of substitute for meat in a vegetarian carpaccio salad.
January 18, 2019

Carrot and Harissa Combine Nicely for Liba Falafel Soup

Use a rainbow of colorful fresh carrots and make your own harissa for a perfect winter soup.
December 21, 2018

Old Damascus Makes Delectable Mandi

Popular throughout the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Turkey, and parts of India, mandi is proving popular here.
November 20, 2018

Feast on Winter Squash

Roam Artisan Burgers pairs squash, kale, tahini, za’atar, and roasted hazelnuts for a delicious side dish.
November 15, 2018

Are We Ready for “Test-Tube” Foods?

The East Bay is ground zero for a food revolution of plant-based burgers, clean meat, and slaughter-free fish.
November 14, 2018

A Recipe for Tacubaya’s Tomatillo and Jalapeño Sauce

Dress up lots of dishes with this hardy tomato kin.
October 19, 2018

Sesame and Herbs Flavor Camino’s Cucumber Salad

Chef Russell Moore adds garlic, lime zest and juice, green onions, and a few other ingredients to a medley of cukes for something delicious.
September 28, 2018