While attending an olive oil workshop last week, we were inspired by some of the other participants' tales of beloved olive oil-infused meals. One woman's description of Italian fried sage leaves intrigued us so much that we couldn't wait to return home and try making them for ourselves.
The Ferry Building is a historic building that opened in San Francisco in 1898 and was a major transportation hub in San Francisco before the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge were built. Damaged in the 1989 earthquake, the Ferry Building was restored as a food market hall.
We have a backyard garden party for Mother's Day in the works, and we're thinking that some homemade hollandaise will be a perfect - and classic - accompaniment to the fresh spring asparagus and eggs we have in mind.
Hollandaise and other emulsified sauces are also basic recipes that, once mastered, can help you go off-road in the kitchen and dream up meals without a recipe book in hand.
March is Bathroom Month at our sister sites, and while cooking and bathrooms don't instinctively mix (although, oh, how we loved Kramer's shower drain garbage disposal on "Seinfeld"), there are some common kitchen ingredients you can use to whip up all-natural bath products.
First up: We're test-driving a trio of homemade body scrubs.
Eating consciously and minding our budgets can be a tough balancing act, especially as we all look for ways to trim down our spending as gas and food prices continue to rise. Sometimes thinking strategically can help when cutting corners won't work.
Let's take a look at olive oils, something that we all probably use daily and that are readily available from local and artisan sources. These top oils can get rather pricey, though, so keep in mind how you intend to use it before deciding what to buy. Different oils are better suited for different uses, and it doesn't always mean shelling out big bucks for the expensive stuff.