Food

Buying the King of Chiles at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market

“Chimayó is to chile as Havana is to cigars. After centuries of selective breeding, and irrigation from a particular mountain stream, there’s an unmistakable complexity to the chiles here, a citrus tang, a depth and richness you can’t find elsewhere.”

Rachael Ray Buys Edible Souvenirs for Her Dog

Recently, I interviewed Rachael Ray when she came through San Francisco to promote her ninth season on the air. She’d just been included in Fortune and Food & Wine’s new “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” list, largely for her incredible success at raising money for good causes (she’s raised more than $10 million for kids’ health and animal […]

Kitchen Tip: Using Leftover Dough

I was recently making a tart for an upcoming story in Sunset and an editor walked by and asked, “What do you do with the extra dough?” Usually, there isn’t that much, so I just toss it. But this time, because I was making a few tarts, I ended up with a lot once I mushed them all together. Here […]

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You

Another day, another angle on our drought. Today’s thought-provoker comes from KQED’s coverage of experiments in California’s dry Central Valley to farm crops with far less water. Among the findings? Stressed pomegranates grow smaller, but with more antioxidants than those grown with ample irrigation.