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Bordeaux Sauvignon Blancs

When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, people think of New Zealand, the Loire Valley and even California. But few remember to think of Bordeaux, whose white wines are not seen in big numbers. Yet they are composed in part of Sauvignon Blanc and often have a tinge of that  bracing green, herbalness that fans of the grape love. The other part of the wine, often the majority, is made up of Semillon, a grape with a bigger, rounder body and texture than SB and less green, more  honeyed notes. The wines are not classic Sauvignon Blanc, but rather  a little bigger,

Didier Dagueneau, 52, Dies in Plane Accident

New York, September 18, 2008 --Didier Dagueneau, 52, the maverick producer of Pouilly-Fumé, died yesterday in France in a small plane accident. A perfectionist, Dagueneau was known for the purity of his wines, and his philosophy of working hard in the vineyards in order to do as little as possible in the cellar. His Pouilly Fumé Cuvée Silex and Pur Sang are known the world over. His total dedication to making authentic wines has inspired many winemakers in the Loire Valley, and his formidable passion for life extended to other areas such as art.

Cavallo Point: The Cooking School Gets Cracking


You're in good hands with Kelsie Kerr.

There is cooking school and there is cooking school. The former is characterized by students in an auditorium wearing white coats intent on learning about brunoising, mother sauces, sanitation, hotel pans and ice sculpture. The latter comes in the form of an intimate class situated in a beautiful setting filled with a small group of people who just want to learn how to make a good dinner, all lead by a sweet Sissy Spacek-alike who coauthored the recent cookbook The Art of Simple Cooking with Alice Waters.

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Make this Bruschetta Tonight





Bruschetta with Sweet Peppers and Ricotta



Each year at the farmers’ market seems to bring bell peppers in ever more stunning colors. By mid-September, Bay Area markets are ablaze with red, yellow, green and orange peppers and multicolored combinations thereof. I can’t resist them. To show off their colors, I’ll braise them together, then spoon them over ricotta-topped bruschetta (oiled toast).

Goat cheese and green onion galette from Joanne Weir's Wine Country Cooking

Hey, it's like fall out there. This strikes us as the perfect tart for a cool night, maybe with a cup of soup or salad beside. The perfect recipe for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, and equally good, we suspect, for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or a light dinner. Go on, make it. You know you want to.

Goat Cheese and Green Onion Galette


A galette is a fancy way of saying “a thin pie.” This one has a crunchy dough, rich with butter, that is a perfect casing for creamy ricotta, crème fraîche, mozzarella, fresh green onions, and Parmigiano. You’ll see why this has been one of my all-time favorites for years.

11/2 cups all-purpose flour

Stable Cafe turns two (weeks) tomorrow!

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've finally reached the age where I can't open my inbox without receiving a birth announcement, baby shower invitation, or photograph of a pink newborn. These are the same people whose weddings I attended about three years back, so it shouldn't come as such a surprise. Yet it does, every time.

 
Stable Cafe turns two weeks old tomorrow.

Dosa on Fillmore: Opening Soon


Anjan and Emily Mitra in their first days at Dosa
in the Mission.


Anjan Mitra, co-owner (with his wife Emily) of Dosa, is gearing up to launch Dosa on Fillmore. Located on the corner of Post Street, in the old Goodwill space right across from the Sundance Kabuki theater, it promises to add a good bit of spice to that part of town. The new Dosa will be open until midnight and serve lunch and a weekend brunch too. We’re looking forward following up our next Fillmore concert, movie-night-out or post-Kabuki Springs soak with a little South Indian fix. Anjan gave us the latest.

Mayacoba Bean Salad with Pesto and Shrimp from Steve Sando's Heirloom Beans

Even if you don't know Steve Sando by name, you're probably familiar with his heirloom beans, which he grows on his farm in Napa, Rancho Gordo, and sells at the Saturday farmers market at the Ferry Building. His new cookbook, written with co-author Vanessa Barrington, is chock-a-block full of delicious-sounding recipes, from spring lamb with flageolets to Anasazi cowboy chili. If you can't make it to the farmers market, you can also find Rancho Gordo beans in the bulk bins at Rainbow Grocery. If your experience with beans is limited to the canned variety, you're in for a treat. Sando's varieties (with such fun names as Marrow Beans, Black Valentine and Appaloosa) are toothsome and tasty.

Mayacoba Bean Salad with Pesto and Shrimp
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