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    (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
    Five best cookbooks for spring

    05/29/2015 12:41 PM EDT
    From April Bloomfield's 'A Girl and Her Greens' to Hugh Acheson's 'The Broad Fork,' this spring's cookbook bounty is all kinds of produce-centric delicious.  
    The Portland Picnic Society spills the picnicking how-tos
    05/22/2015 10:54 AM EDT - A society devoted to the art of the picnic? Now the founders of Portland’s picnic club are spilling the details on basket contents, dishy recipes and how you too can picnic every weekend. 

    Getting saucy about barbecue fare
    05/15/2015 09:42 AM EDT - We Californians know how to light a grill, stoke the flame and flip a steak. But it's the rubs, sauces and glazes that elevate barbecue fare from mmm to MMMM.  

    Cookbook club? Here's what happens when a book club cooks
    05/08/2015 09:55 AM EDT - Bay Area home cooks create cookbook clubs that are about more than the recipe 

    The ultimate Cinco de Mayo party menu
    04/29/2015 04:01 PM EDT - From killer margaritas and spicy tacos to Frida Kahlo eyebrows, here's how to throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party, with a little help from chefs Joanne Weir, of Sausalito's Copita, and Deborah Schneider, from San Diego's SOL Cocina. 

    Culinary must-haves: Smoked olive oil and brown sugar
    04/24/2015 01:27 PM EDT - One man's smoke obsession becomes a cook's essential ingredient. 

    The art of the theatrical cocktail
    04/13/2015 01:17 PM EDT - Themed cocktails and nibbles bring the drama offstage. 

    Strawberry desserts for spring
    04/10/2015 11:19 AM EDT - Spring is strawberry season in Northern California. Here's the perfect way to showcase them, from strawberry shortcake to rosewater-whipped cream, from three Bay Area pastry chefs, including Emily Luchetti, Alice Medrich and Samantha Miotke. 

    Enticing spring dishes inspired by the farmers market
    04/03/2015 11:18 AM EDT - Tender Greens chef Sean Eastwood strolls the Walnut Creek farmers market, picking fava beans, asparagus and other spring produce to whip into creative salads and pasta dishes. 

    Covenant Winery owners dish on Passover dishes
    03/27/2015 10:32 AM EDT - There's kosher cooking -- and then there's Napa wine country-style kosher cooking. Covenant Winery owners Jeff and Jodie Morgan's new cookbook gives classic Passover fare a contemporary twist. 

    (Elise Amendola/AP)
    Officials say those Boston snow piles are even more vile

    BOSTON (AP) — It's disgusting enough to put you off snow cones for the rest of the summer. A Boston public works official says the towering piles of filthy snow left over from the city's record-setting winter are even more grotesque than most people can imagine. Full Story
    (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
    B.B. King funeral to take place Saturday in Mississippi

    INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Blues pioneer B.B. King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equaled by his generous spirit. Full Story
    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    Michael Jackson's ranch can be yours for $100 million

    'Thriller’ singer’s amusement parks rides are gone, and property now called Sycamore Valley Ranch.