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Amid fires, young volunteers team up to rescue horses from evacuated ranches

On Thursday around midday, Sacramento large-animal veterinarian Emily Putt and Petaluma horse hauler Hilary Hansen drove past the police barricade to a ranch in Calistoga. Putt, 27, and Hansen, 29, had been strangers before the Wine Country fires struck, but since meeting at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Tuesday they have become fast friends by […]

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Nearly 1 in 4 San Franciscans struggle with hunger

According to the SF-Marin Food Bank, 23 percent of San Francisco residents struggle with hunger. The number is a striking amount, and much higher than the city’s homeless population, which the city said was 6,686 in 2015 (though others estimate it to be much higher), making it less than 1 percent of the population. Food […]

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Fond memories of Soul Food Farm

Everybody loved Soul Food Farm. When chefs from Chez Panisse first tasted Soul Food Farm’s pasture-raised eggs, they wanted to buy everything that farmer Alexis Koefoed’s hens would give her. When the Vacaville farm suffered a fire in 2009, supporters raised $35,000 to help Koefoed and her husband, Eric, recoup lost income and rebuild. And when Koefoed announced […]

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Restaurants uncork a return to California flavors

For all the obsession with eating locally, and all the chefs who source ingredients from their own backyards, restaurant wine lists haven’t necessarily kept up with the times. Many American sommeliers, fond of European wines, have a complicated relationship with California – mostly because the state’s wines can be more fruit-forward and oak-tinged, and potentially […]

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DIY cheese for beginners: Chevre and ricotta

As you approach the home of Louella Hill, otherwise known as the Milk Maid, the vintage metal milk can on the front porch clears away any doubt that you’ve found the right place. Hill, who left behind a cheese-making business in Rhode Island when her life brought her to San Francisco, now teaches cheese making to beginners. […]

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