(The Smoke Olive)
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. 

Pacific Grove's Happy Girl Kitchen is neighborhood gem
03/20/2015 11:14 AM EDT - Find seasonal cuisine, pickled veggies and tomatoes from the local farm on your table at Monterey's Happy Girl Kitchen. 

Santa Cruz: Three great bites
03/13/2015 11:13 AM EDT - From Soquel's new Kitchen at Discretion to Santa Cruz's West End Tap and Kitchen and Capitola's Avenue Cafe, we've got you covered from breakfast to late-night supper. 

Grilled cheese heaven
03/06/2015 09:30 AM EST - The ultimate comfort food? Grilled cheese and its favorite sidekick, a nice creamy soup that's a perfect complement to that oozy, melty sandwich. We're talking Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Fig Preserves, Pepper Jack with Mango-Tomato Chutney, Gouda with Fresh Herbs -- and tips from Cowgirl Creamery. 

Cocktail class at Oakland's Flora teaches the fine art of bitters
02/27/2015 11:35 PM EST - The secret to modern craft cocktails lies in the handmade bitters. Now this Uptown hotspot is teaching cocktail enthusiasts how to make their own. Hello, new-wave Old-Fashioned. 

Sebastopol's Barlow: Five ways to eat, drink, play
02/20/2015 11:45 AM EST - Nosh at Zazu, sip at Woodfour and SpiritWorks distillery and shop your way around the Barlow in Sonoma County.  

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Residents help guide geese out of downtown Montana city

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — It was no gaggle of geese, but two birds and a baby waddling through a downtown Montana city stopped traffic and brought out the shutterbugs. Full Story
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Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner says that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman. Full Story