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  • Essay: A rookie Thanksgiving Day cook takes over the kitchen

    Essay: A rookie Thanksgiving Day cook takes over the kitchen
    It is Thanksgiving morning. As you read this, the bird, a fine 16-pounder, is coming to room temperature on the counter. The green beans have been topped and tailed, and my fingertips smart from peeling smoking-hot chestnuts for the stuffing. I've reminded my mother-in-law that she needn't bring the cranberry sauce — my cranberries are chilling in the refrigerator next to the bottles of Alsatian Riesling.
  • The taste-maker behind Joan's on Third

    The taste-maker behind Joan's on Third
    The crowd is shoulder to shoulder on a recent Friday at Joan's on Third. Power couples buy their toddlers "babyccinos" (steamed milk in demitasse cups sprinkled with cocoa), and lithe women with "it" bags dangle their forks over mounds of Chinese...

    Robert Finigan dies at 68; noted Bay Area wine critic

    Robert Finigan dies at 68; noted Bay Area wine critic
    Robert Finigan, who elevated wine criticism in the early 1970s with an influential newsletter that was notable for its authoritative and unvarnished appraisals, died Oct. 1 at his San Francisco home. He was 68. His wife, Suzanne, said the cause of...

    Chef John Sedlar returns with lots of irons in the fire

    Chef John Sedlar returns with lots of irons in the fire
    Last week, chef John Sedlar celebrated the 30th anniversary of his seminal, erstwhile restaurant Saint Estèphe with a sparkly cocktail party and an elaborate tasting menu for a select group of admirers who remember the go-go '80s and his particular mark...

    10 things you might not know about turkey

    10 things you might not know about turkey
    As we approach Thanksgiving, you're welcome to 10 helpings of these turkey facts: 1 Hunting a wild turkey is exceedingly difficult. The bird may appear dumb and slow, but looks can be deceiving. In fact, Tom Turkey has fantastic hearing, amazing...