Let chocolate rule the egg hunt – choose lemon or orange treats for meals.

Easter approaches, and with it a feast that might be better than the one at Thanksgiving, since we’re not limited to turkey. Or to wines that go with the big bird.

Learn to brew black tea and serve it with dates and Persian rice pudding.

In the Washington Post’s ongoing superfoods challenge, a pair of enterprising chefs have tackled the ingredient we’ve been waiting for: dark chocolate.

The SF Weekly’s “drink of the week” column generally focuses on a single standout libation, or gives props to Bay Area bars with standout cocktail programs. But in the most recent case, the “drink of the week” went to an entire city - and that city is our own Sacramento.

I am one of 20 people on a honey tasting panel at UC Davis whose feedback will help the the school’s Honey and Pollination Center create a flavor and aroma wheel.

For a single night, Sacramento took center stage at one of the world’s most heralded culinary centers.

At Sacramento area’s Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European populations, dairy products are a highlight for quality and richness.

Blackbird 2.0, six months removed from a mini scandal after it shut down suddenly and then broke the news to unsuspecting employees via email, has three new business partners, a new craft beer emphasis, a more tightly focused menu and a revamped floor plan that adds seating to the main level of this very attractive restaurant and bar.

In a squat cinder block building, a destination restaurant awaits.

If you’ve ever sampled sushi in the Sacramento area, chances are the seafood industry’s caught you in some bait and switch.

The first distiller to open in Sacramento County since Prohibition now is in full swing.

Freeport’s bunny bread is an Easter treat.

Mother’s new weekend brunch menu includes three kinds of Dutch babies. Haven’t seen those in a while.

New limited editions of Thomas’ English muffins and bagels

Big barbecue event coming to Sacramento

Last year, writer-art director Dinah Fried posted five “photographic recreations of meals from classic and contemporary literature,” dishes she assembled and styled herself. As a result, her site www.dinahfried.com got more than 200,000 hits and was mentioned on TV shows and blog sites, and in newspapers and magazines.

A tasting turned up terrific sours and barrel-aged beers.

Nature’s pure food sweetener finds new fans as they catch the buzz.

Learn to make and use fresh seitan, the wheat-based meat substitute.

Readers, can you help with these lost and found recipes?

New research focuses on rice’s role in better nutrition.

When vegetarians tell me they’re in a cooking rut, I tell them to try one or all of the following strategies: Go global, go seasonal, go spicy.

We had this lovely thing for dinner with a salad, but it would be equally lovely as a brunch dish with some potatoes and fruit.

It’s April, and we’ve broken all of our well-intentioned resolutions by now. So let me propose a new one, at least for wine fans. Repeat after me: “At least once a month I will taste a wine I’ve never had before.”

Here are several suggestions to sip in garden or on deck through the real spring.

As if nabbing a reservation at The French Laundry wasn’t tough enough, the landmark three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Yountville will be closing temporarily to undergo a renovation. According to the Napa Valley Register, proprietor and chef Thomas Keller is negotiating with Silverado Resort and Spa to host a series of pop-up restaurants while The French Laundry goes temporarily offline.

A new Senate bill, if passed, would place seafood suppliers and restaurant owners on the hook for a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail for selling mislabeled seafood.

The Hayward festival is a reliable indicator of who is making some of the best India pale ale in the U.S.

For a place with a superb chef, a savvy and opinionated owner with a propensity for blogging, and a retail wine shop with an excellent inventory of hard-to-obtain bottles at easy-to-like prices, Carpe Vino does not generate nearly as much buzz as it should.

While RezKu's ability to challenge OpenTable's dominance is far from being determined, it's clear that the tech world loves nothing more than the disruption of established power structures.

Known as the first ‘Apprentice’ champion, the host shakes up cooking competitions with a Las Vegas-style twist. Chef Roulette, anyone?

When it comes to shocking reversals, few stories rival that of California’s so-called “glove law.”

Known for his study on the genetics of milk and its effect on humans, UC Davis geneticist Juan Medrano recently has been turning his research efforts toward coffee.

Read up on the history of bourbon or visit the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival

You know that dream you have of being invited into someone’s home while traveling in, say, Paris, and being served the most delicious meal? Bistroy Les Papilles is that dream.

Leftover spaghetti from homes in Sacramento’s Elmhurst neighborhood is being turned into fuel for garbage trucks.

‘Year of the Egg’ sees this ingredient used creatively in all sorts of dishes and every meal.

Bill Rancic hosts new cooking competition show on the Food Network.

Pinot noirs from the Willamette Valley winery are at home in Sacramento.

With the right recipe and a light touch, an unadorned shortcake can achieve greatness. But it’s when you ladle on juicy, slightly sugared strawberries and add a cloud of freshly whipped cream that shortcake is thrust into classic status among desserts.

This week’s requested recipes are for gumbo and hummus pizza.

Best-selling author Michael Ruhlman explores egg’s versatility while tackling the basics like a top chef.

Learn how to cook Persian-styled wild salmon with two herbal side dishes.

Have you guys started your spring gardens yet? I just planted most of mine Sunday. This year Mr. S and I are being a bit more selective regarding what we stick in our dirt box. Last year we went all empire and planted tons of tomatoes and loads of peppers … they came in like gangbusters but we’re not huge fans of either and ended up feeling overwhelmed.

Malbec, the flagship red grape of Argentina, may make the world’s most user-friendly wine. With its saturated violet hue, aromas and flavors of black cherries and milk chocolate, ripe, velvety tannins and full body, it epitomizes the New World style in red wines.

Sunday afternoon. Cloudy. I’m reading Fuchsia Dunlop and getting very, very hungry. I need a bowl of dan dan noodles immediately and make out a grocery list for that and her recipe for wontons.

Setting the bar for the nation’s cooking/dining/dining scenes is the the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), whose members “work in culinary education, communication, or the preparation of food and beverage.” It’s a serious body whose mission is to “serve as a resource and support system for food professionals worldwide.”

Let’s raise a glass to Dan Huckelbridge for putting together the definitive history of bourbon, the penultimate American whiskey, in “Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit” (William Morrow, $25.99, 288 pages).

Hey now, Second Saturday isn‘t just an excuse to troll midtown for drink specials with your bros while occasionally ogling local art. A new culinary component is being added each Second Saturday through the fall, via the Midtown Farmers Market.

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