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Georgia O’Keefe’s Alligator Pears

Georgia O’Keefe’s Alligator Pears

You’re in for a sweet treat at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Georgia O’Keefe at Lake George exhibit thru May 11, 2014.

From magnified botanical compositions to panoramic landscapes, the works in this exhibition offer a deeper understanding of the spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s artistic evolution.

From 1918 until the early 1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe retreated annually to Alfred Stieglitz’s family estate on Lake George in upstate New York, where she reveled in the discovery of new subject matter and found respite in the rural setting without the distractions of city life. O’Keeffe’s experiences there inspired one of the most transformative and productive periods of her career, energizing the development of her signature modernist style.

The term Alligator Pear came from the shape of the fruit resembling a pear and the Mexican Aguacate, French Advocaat, Portuguese Abacate and Dutch Avocatpeer.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate

No doubt, the renaissance of this magical fruit with ancient traditions has garnered a renewed affection for it’s bounty of sparkling gems (arils) hidden just beneath it’s outer shell. Some may be unaware of it’s origins in Persia and it’s promise of fertility and eternal life. Buddhists consider is one of the three blessed fruits. In Judaism, the pomegranate is said to contain 613 arils corresponding to the 613 mitzvahs or commandments in the Torah. In Islam, each pomegranate is said to contain one aril directly descended from paradise.

Cotton Candy Grapes

Cotton Candy Grapes

Hold the phone! I saw this new grape variety at the Berkeley Bowl last week, (my favorite San Francisco Bay Area Grocer) and had to try them. Everyone knows I’m food obsessed and always looking for the new and exotic. This grape courtesy of the creative folks at Grapery like a Moscato grape, are quite large and green. As soon as you bite into this little treasure, you are overcome with the scent and flavor of pink cotton candy. The Cotton Candy Grape is seedless. It’s quite a surprise, to be eating a grape so similar in taste to a carnival treat.

The Story of an Egg

The Story of an Egg

Alexis Koefoed, founder of Soul Food Farm was one of the eloquent farmers featured in this enlightening documentary that discusses the following distinction in terms: “free range”, “cage free” and “pasture raised” chickens.

Certifiable Foodie at the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services

Certifiable Foodie at the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services

Yes folks, I’m teaching cooking to my new friends at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center in the Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood of San Francisco.