Chocolate panettone recipe by Matt Tinder

Here’s a recipe for the season that took most-talented pastry chef Matt Tinder almost 1000-kg of flour and four years of sweat and tears to perfect. This is the ultimate of baking challenges. As he puts it, it’s a recipe that depends more on what feels right than ratios and measurements. So you have to go…

Water buffalo in Napa

I visited Di Bufala in Napa, a small dairy farm trying something new — raising Asian (by way of Italy) water buffalo in California, American dairy cow-style. The first calves, born just this summer, are happy and curious, more like hooved and horned dogs than cattle. A couple years in, rancher Andrew and his crew…

Litcrawl: Geek out on good eats

I’m part of a great panel of writers reading for Eat, Drink, Geek, Write, put together by the Science Writers’ Handbook with help from MATTER. Join us and learn about (and taste) angelic fungi, invasive species, and squid gonads! I’ll be serving up pidan the way my Lao Lao makes them and reading my story for Lucky…

Basil bonsaaaaaai

I had the chance to hang out at the Sunset magazine campus in Menlo Park today for a preview of their annual Celebration, an extravaganza of all things food, garden, and the West Coast happening June 1 and June 2. The Sunset gardening gurus pointed out a bulbous puff of a shrub in a little…