Author Archives: Renate Valencia

The CSA Experience: Part 2

The first installment of my CSA series covered quite a bit of ground about what the CSA concept is all about, and a bit about the company I chose for my own home-delivered organic produce:  Albert & Eve. Let me now … Continue reading

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The CSA Experience: Part 1

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a semi-weekly home-delivered organic produce box.  AKA a “CSA box,” with the CSA referring to community-supported, or community-shared, agriculture. Not only will this encourage the fam to eat more veggies, it will almost … Continue reading

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Curry fish balls: A Hong Kong snack on the run

   If you find yourself running around in the El Cerrito area and are in need of a substantial snack, hop on over to Hong Kong Snack House in Pacific East Mall (3288 Pierce).  The mall is in that section … Continue reading

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Mushy Peas, Please!

Mushy peas, a British standard, is overlooked here in the US. Comforting and easy to make, the dish works well as a side to something crispy, like fish & chips (surprise!) or fried chicken. While the authentic version is made from marrowfat peas — … Continue reading

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Grocery Outlet: A must for the serious cook

Some of my friends laugh when I tell them about Grocery Outlet (2001 Fourth Street, Berkeley).  They think it’s downmarket. Fine with me, because that gives me, and other serious food people, less competition for the all the high-end and otherwise … Continue reading

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Two products I avoid at Costco and why

I buy a significant amount of my “stuff” at Costco, but now and then I do come up with a problem product.  Not often, but once every few years. Here are two products I won’t buy: Kirkland brand Environmentally Friendly … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye, Holidays — and a Crazy Stuffing Recipe for Next Year

The holidays are over. Although I have several marzipan pigs and some cranberry sparklers hanging around, everything else is a memory. The turkey. The New York strip roast. Many cheeses. The creamed spinach and Yorkshire pudding. God knows how many … Continue reading

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Walnut Creek

Prime beef is about the only thing that’ll get me on a freeway, over a bridge or through a tunnel — even as a passenger. So, it was with alternating visions of rare ribeye and my lifeless body being pried off … Continue reading

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Silicone and Garlic: Just Say No

Don’t let this happen to you. I made garlic confit and used some of my silicone bakeware to freeze it. Bad idea. It all smells like garlic, and my only option is to hang it out in the elements for … Continue reading

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New Costco Product: Hot Smoked Norwegian Salmon

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I wanted to quickly give you the skinny on a new product I’ve seen at the Richmond (CA) Costco my last few visits. This is a chunk of hot smoked, oak roasted … Continue reading

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