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Grilling God: Pascal Godé

Meet the man who runs California's BBQ country
May 13, 2013 9:01 am

I’m gonna admit it: some of our Grilling Gods are merely really great chefs who happen to know much more than us mere mortals about how to work with fire. Then there’s actual Grilling Gods, and we’re starting the week with an über-GG, Pascal Godé, Food Director and Executive Chef of Alisal Guest Ranch, an actual cattle ranch in Solvang, CA, in Santa Maria BBQ country.

You Should Really Think About Making Something With Avocados This Weekend

Avocados: not just in a bowl of guac!
Mar 29, 2013 11:01 am

Earlier this week we told you about how there are 900 varieties of avocado and how, basically, all anybody cares about is one called the Haas. According to sources, avocado consumption has jumped 200% over the past decade, which surpasses any other fruit. This made us realize something. We’ve published a lot of recipes starring avocados!

There Are 900 Varieties Of Avocado, But All Anybody Cares About Is The Haas

Some call avocado nature’s bacon. Hmmm.
Mar 27, 2013 10:05 am

Are we coming to a point where chefs and home cooks will start to seek out the Reed — an oversized variety with a golden flesh and buttery finish?

10 Things You Should Know About Dungeness Crab, Currently In Season

West Coast delicacy popping up on menus everywhere
Feb 27, 2013 10:01 am

The Dungeness crab is the undisputed king of the West Coast. The six-legged crustacean is a popular delicacy while in season, a period that begins in early December and generally runs through the spring. Here are 10 things to know about Dungeness crabs.

Cain Winery's Chris Howell Is A Winemaker Who Lets The Grapes Do The Talking

The Napa veteran likes to let nature do its work
Dec 27, 2012 11:31 am

It's a blustery, rainy late fall night in Manhattan, and a group of wine writers are slowly filtering into Hearth, that homey Italian restaurant helmed by chef Marco Canora and wine guru Paul Grieco. Hovering around the table is Chris Howell, the winemaker for Cain Winery and the man who we've all come to see and to dine with. Later, we phoned him up and talked, wine, food, life and more with this poet-philosopher of the vineyard.

Now That California's Prop 37 Failed, What Next For Good Food?

A GMO-labeling proposition is voted down in Cali
Nov 7, 2012 3:31 pm

Did corporate stonewalling lead to the failure of the Yes on 37 campaign to require GMO labeling in California? As a certain former Vice Presidential candidate would say, "You betcha!"

In Sonoma, Biodynamics In Action At Quivira

A winery with chickens, bees and a lot of passion
Jul 17, 2012 5:01 pm

In Sonoma, Quivira Vineyard & Winery is powered by solar energy, has its own chicken coop, Jersey cows. It's a very different kind of winery.

Los Angeles: A Wild Goose Chase On The First Day Of The Foie Gras Ban

Driving around Los Angeles in search of the illicit
Jul 2, 2012 10:01 am

Our writer in Los Angeles, Jason Kessler, woke up on Sunday with a mission: find foie gras on the first day of the California foie gras ban. Read about his journey.

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