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Los Altos bakery chef uses only finest ingredients


Yvonne Cornell/Special to the Town Crier
Chef Nobu Hoyo of Voyageur du Temps in downtown Los Altos prepares pastries. Hoyo uses only the finest ingredients in his creations.

Los Altos has its own resident artisan baker crafting handmade Japanese and French breads and pastries at Voyageur du Temps, the Craftsman-style former railroad station on First Street.


'Malfouf': Make a St. Patrick's Day twist on cabbage


Courtesy of Blanch Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen, left, and her mother, Vera, make malfouf for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

The word “malfouf” in Arabic means both “cabbage” and “rolled.” So in Lebanese and Palestinian culture, cooks must have felt that it was only natural to roll up the cabbage around rice, and the popular dish malfouf was born.

Lift a glass of Irish stout on St. Patrick's Day


Derek Wolfgram/Special to the Town Crier
Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout boasts a rich cocoa flavor.

 

On St. Patrick’s Day, many pints of Guinness are raised in celebration of Irish culture. California craft brewers have created not only worthy Dry Irish-style Stouts to rival the experience of drinking Guinness, but also numerous variations of stout that highlight flavors of cocoa, coffee, dark fruit and even s’mores.

'Machos': Middle Eastern nachos ideal for Super Bowl


Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen, above with her brother Issa, shares her Middle Eastern take on nachos – ideal for a Super Bowl party. Shaheen’s “Machos,” right, feature feta, tahini sauce, Persian cucumber and Kalamata olives.

 

The nacho obsession in my family began when my siblings and I were in grade school at a sports spirit rally. Like most children, we didn’t really have high culinary standards, so salty, crunchy chips drowning in a fake cheesy sauce hooked us immediately.

Chipotle chili adds spice to game-day feast


Courtesy of Rita Held
Chipotle Black Bean Chili boasts Angostura bitters and adobo sauce for a smoky-bitter flavor.

Nothing sounds better than a steaming hot bowl of chili on a cold winter day while watching the Super Bowl.


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