Fall Color

We’re in the midst of a season change, and it seems like every time I look up, the leaves are a different color. Warm shades are taking over green more and more each day. 

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 […]

Why There Are No Ford Philadelphias, No Chevy Charlottes

I grew up in Hollister, a small California city that has been turned into an overexposed, somewhat byzantine brand by Abercrombie & Fitch. And I’m fascinated by how America’s marketeers have co-opted place names from the Western United States to serve as product names. What I’ve taken particular note of is how U.S. automobile manufacturers have turned, repeatedly, to the […]

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 […]