• Posted by Califia Suntree on November 17th, 2011, 9:08 AM

    Once November rolls around, I find myself looking for as many ways as possible to use cranberry sauce. It’s my favorite part of holiday eating–I consider turkey a cranberry-sauce delivery system, and pile it on accordingly–and I’m always thrilled to come across unexpected uses for the stuff. (Cranberry-sauce margaritas are a tradition of mine–I’ll post that recipe soon–and I’m trying to perfect a cranberry-sauce-based tea cake…) So I was pretty thrilled when, at a recent breakfast at Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park, I was served delightful fresh pumpkin pancakes topped with maple syrup and, yes, cranberry sauce! The pancakes are standard-issue whole wheat, studded with diced, cooked pumpkin. And the sauce is your typical canned variety, all bursting berries and oozy red syrup. But the overall effect was surprising, not too  sweet, and totally comforting. Forget the holiday rigmarole–serve these tasty cakes with some turkey bacon and a persimmon-rosemary bellini, and you’ve got a Thanksgiving brunch!

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on November 14th, 2011, 6:08 AM

    After his intriguing appearance on the Colbert Report in 2008, I invited David Gracer, entomophagy (insect eating) advocate, to write up his manifesto for Spooning. That piece is worth a gander, as is this new video from The Perennial Plate series, featuring Gracer and chef Daniel Klein hunting and cooking up some edible insects. (And no, I have no idea either why they used “Tried by 12,” Spencer Bellamy’s hip-hop ballad about inner city violence, as the soundtrack for harvesting katydids with butterfly nets…)

    The Perennial Plate Episode 78: Eating Insects from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

  • Posted by Califia Suntree on November 13th, 2011, 5:47 PM

    And now a message from excellent Los Angeles organization (and friend of Spooning) Closed on Mondays:

    This fall, Closed on Mondays is hosting a Dinner Party Raffle in order to raise additional funds to support our work!

    To enter, just click hereand purchase your tickets today! $10 per ticket or 3 for $20

    What can you win? A private dinner hosted by Closed on Mondays! You and 7 of your friends will be treated to a 3-course market-driven dinner (and wine!) cooked by Aliza Miner. If you win, we’ll work with you to set the date for January-February 2012, and we’ll host you and your guests at a lovely east side location (in one of 3 special spaces, depending on the timing!).

    And thank you for your continued support for Closed on Mondays. Each of our dinners supports a local food organization or initiative, and we’ve raised $17,250 so far for local groups like RootDownLA, Garden School Foundation and others! We should raise $20,000 by the end of the year!

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  • Posted by Califia Suntree on November 9th, 2011, 6:31 PM

    Here is Max Read’s astute, and brilliantly funny, summary of this week’s Batali vs. Bankers (bear vs. sharks? Or are they both bears?) clash, in which the “be-Croc’d chef”

    indelicately compared “the entire banking industry” to “Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys” at a Time panel on Tuesday. A poor choice of metaphor, for sure—especially when you consider that bankers make up a significant portion of the customer base at Batali’s high-end New York restaurants. Even more so when you consider what crybabies bankers are.

    He goes on to outline the splendidly absurd call for a Wall Street-wide ban of Batali eateries. But it’s the point Read raises there about Batali’s restaurant denizens that interests me: OWS has been getting support from all angles, sometimes vaguely uncomfortable angles (the Los Angeles Chief of Police to Kanye “Diamond Teeth” West) which is great…But as Read notes, Batali’s name-calling does smack a bit of biting the hand that feeds you. (Dough for dough!) It’s worth considering the moral lines between those who benefit  from ill-gotten gains from those who generate the ill-gotten gains. And not just Batali; we are all participants in the U.S. economy, and therefore our choices are to some degree complicit in its current state. Fortunately, that means we can all do something about it. Hopefully that something goes above and beyond playing the tired fascist-dictators card, and involves switching your ATM card to a credit union.

    via Crybaby Bankers Boycott Mario Batali After He Calls Them Hitlers.

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