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by Sally Bernstein

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Trader Joe’s nixes Chinese goods: In response to consumer's concerns about organic products from China, natural and organic retailer Trader Joe's said it will phase out foods imported from the region by Jan 1. (Gourmet News)

Monday, October 29, 2007
California Wine Companies Mobilize to Raise Funds for Fire Victims: Wine-industry group Wine Gives is raising funds for the American Red Cross to assist in its efforts toward California residents affected by the recent wildfires. Wineries and wine retail groups are donating a generous portion of proceeds for the balance of October and until the fires subside. Participating in the launch of this effort is the Marie Johnston Wines of Carmel, California as well as The Wine Spies, LLC, which has offices throughout California, including Los Angeles. (isantemagazine.com/)

Sunday, October 28, 2007
A Sad Farewell: Sally's Place contributor Elizabeth Cawdry Thomas died recently of cancer. She will be sorely missed by her peers. Our heart goes out to Bob Birge, her husband.

Saturday, October 27, 2007
New Chinese Memoir-Cookbook: The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco by Cecilia Chiang and Lisa Weiss. Eighty-eight year old Chiang, the one-time proprietor of San Francisco's famed Mandarin restaurant from 1961-1991—which is widely credited with introducing Americans to real regional Chinese cuisine—presents a rich, heartfelt volume filled with recipes and stories from her life.

Friday, October 26, 2007
New Food Columnists John McGran and Becky Billingsley bring us Mr. Bad Food/Mrs. Good Food. Enjoy their individual take on many food products. This first one covers Refrigerated Cookie Dough. See what they have to say.

Monday, October 22, 2007
New Chocolate Article: Crazy from the Heat: The Art of Melting Chocolate: Stephanie Zonis shares a recipe for White Chocolate Rum Raisin Ice Cream and her Chocolate Find of the Month is Chocosphere.

Sunday October 21, 2007
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day: Enjoy one of Sally's favorite holiday desserts.

Saturday, October 20, 2007
Enjoy these Interlink Publishing Group books: Lemongrass And Sweet Basil: Traditional Thai Cuisine by Khamtane Signavong features recipes based on Royal Thai Cuisine, but the author has moved from the highly decorative and intricately carved presentation to a more easy-to-follow, modern approach; The Calcutta Kitchen by Simon Parkes & Udit Sarkhel brings you recipes from one of the best-known Bengali chefs, Udit Sarkhel, and snapshots of the fish ponds, markets, artisan food producers, restaurants, clubs, cooks, gourmet, and street foods that play a part in the city's rich culinary culture and The Scented Kitchen: Cooking With Flowers by Frances Bissell. Enjoy the scents and flavors of wild and garden flowers such as lavender, elderflower, fennel, and roses in this highly original cookbook.

Friday, October 19, 2007
New Grain Article: Going With The Grain by Lorna Sass. The USDA has revised the food guidelines. It is recommended that the average woman eat 3 ounces of whole grains and 3 ounces of other grains daily. Basic Recipe for Whole Grains is included. 

Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
New Traveling with Kids Article: Top Five Cities For You and Your Kids: San Antonio, Texas by Elaine Sosa Labalme finds six year old Steven enjoying not only the Alamo, but also Seaworld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the River Walk, El Mercado, Mi Tierra, La Villita and more.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Gluten-Free Cookbook: Carol Fenster — one of the world’s most respected authorities on gluten-free cooking — is at it again with her latest cookbook, GLUTEN-FREE Quick & Easy: From Prep to Plate Without the Fuss — 200+ Recipes for People with Food Sensitivities.  Gluten-intolerant for nearly 20 years, Carol offers hundreds of easy-to-prepare recipes and a collection of handy shortcuts, tips, and techniques for gluten-free cooking “the quick and easy way.”

Monday, October 15, 2007
New Cookbook: Make It Your Own: Recipes and Inspiration for the Creative Cook by Jamie Miller consists of two sections. The first contains nearly 100 recipes for marinades, sauces, salsas, spice rubs, and other building blocks of flavor that are used throughout the book. The second section consists of a wide range of tempting new recipes: hors d'oeuvres, fish, poultry, pork, beef, lamb, and side dishes. Each recipe is followed by a minimum of two variations -- Classic Combos and Daring Pairings.

Sunday, October 14, 2007
New Travel Article: Sally discovers Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear Lake, California after a recent trip there. One can enjoy outdoor recreation all year long, thanks to the over 300 days of sunshine.

Saturday, October 13, 2007
The MacCallum House in Mendocino, California has a new General Manager, Herman Seidell. And the Mac House is offering a GM Fall Getaway Special: 50% of all lodging from November 1st through December 20th if you stay 2 nights or longer. Reserve online and check their website for details to choose your favorite room with a cozy fireplace to kindle romance or simply take a restorative break before the holiday season.

Friday, October 12, 2007
California Wine Event: The 2007 Pinot On The River Festival! event is slated for October 26-28, 2007 at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville, CA. This 3 day event is a full-immersion weekend of Pinot Noir, featuring a full program of in-depth tastings and seminars, vineyard tours and sumptuous food. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as we focus on highly-allocated, limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. info@pinotontheriver.com or call 707-922-1096.

Thursday, October 11, 2007
New Article: Mexican Organic by Arlene Krasner has Arlene on a quest for local, organic foods in San Miguel de Allende that are the pride of the purveyors.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Restaurant Reviews: Key West, Florida by Mary Bloch, who says, "Where else do people make a daily celebration of the sun going down?  A nightly ritual in Key West, thousands of revelers congregate at Mallory Square Pier to watch the sunset every evening. When the pier’s activities and performers wind down, Duval Street, the main commercial street on the island, fills up with partygoers and remains in full swing until the wee hours of the morning."

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Win a Free Cookbook: Every week one lucky eNewsletter subscriber will win a free cookbook! Don't miss out on the excitement at Sally's Place. It's easy to get started. If you would like to be eligible to win a free cookbook and aren't already signed up to receive Sally's eNewsletter, via email, you can do so here.

Monday, October 8, 2007
Free Wine & Food Matcher: Natalie MacLean's online wine matching tool allows you to pair wine with game meats, pizza, egg dishes, TV dinners, breads and desserts. Visitors simply search by wine for meal inspirations or by food to find great wine choices. The site has more than 364,000 food and wine combinations, as well as thousands of recipes for those planning holiday parties and Christmas turkey dinner.

Sunday, October 7, 2007
Travel Book: A Traveller's History of Egypt by Harry Ades spans the entire history of Egypt, from the murkiest origins of prehistory right up to the latest developments - all in a style that is as entertaining as it is well-informed. A full chronology of major events, a cross-reference historical gazetteer, a list of pharaohs, rulers and presidents, a bibliography, index and historical maps, will add to its accessibility, and afford it the most useful elements of a reference book.

Saturday, October 6, 2007
Restaurant Reviews: Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket, Massachusetts by I. Wang showcases these two picturesque islands off the coast of Cape Cod. These islands have long attracted summer vacationers with their beautiful beaches and incredible seafood but winter travel is a lot more sane.

Friday, October 5, 2007
October Food Tours in San Francisco, California by GraceAnn Walden: 10/6 SF Mission Tour, with taste, delicious lunch and mural walk; 10/13 New evening Chinatown tour with 7-course banquet, fortune cookie factory, herbalist; 10/20 Secrets and Tastes of Nob Hill with lunch at the Big 4, a wine tasting at the Fairmont and dessert at the Ritz Carlton and 10/27 Mangia! North Beach, history, food and culture of this great Italian neighborhood. Contact food columnist GraceAnn Walden - gaw@sbcglobal. net or (415) 302-5898.

Thursday, October 4, 2007
New Indian Cookbook: Complete Book of Indian Cooking: 350 Recipes from the Regions of India by Suneeta Vaswani provides hundreds of user-friendly and great-tasting recipes from all regions and cultures of this extraordinary country. This is Suneeta's second book, after Easy Indian Cooking. In addition to all the regional foods, the book features chaat, the crunchy, sweet and wildly popular street food of India. The chapter on Indian meal traditions and customs rounds out this comprehensive book on Indian cuisine.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
October: Pumpkin Month: Winter squashes include acorn, butternut, hubbard, delicata, kabocha, sweet dumpling, pumpkin, banana, golden acorn and spaghetti squash and the season is just beginning. Enjoy Butternut Squash Soup with Tomatoes and Corn, Spaghetti Squash Salad with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Winter Squash and Green Bean Ragout and Pumpkin Pot de Creme.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
New York's Plaza Hotel celebrates 100th birthday: The $400 million, two-year renovation is complete! One of New York's most famous corners, between West 58th and 59th streets, has been restored to her grand style. The Plaza, known for uncompromising service, offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 152 pied-à-terres. The fully restored Palm Court continues to offer its timeless afternoon tea, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The legendary Oak Room and Oak Bar will provide the quintessential New York experience.  The Plaza has also introduced the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club, both located in its new Fifth Avenue lobby.  24-hour in room dining is, of course, also available.

Monday, October 1, 2007
October eNewsletter: Sally brings in the month of October with her eNewsletter, which announces a Free T-Shirt giveaway from Shock Coffee . And to find out more about the free monthly cookbook drawings, click here.

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