John Sparks

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Tasty Celebrations: Cinco de Mayo

Many a sombrero-sporting reveler has confused Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Day of Independence (false!). May 5th is also commonly understood to be …

Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe by Manjula

Lentils folded into Yogurt, Spinach, and Basil Recipe

There is a tiny, thoughtfully curated bookstore on a North-west corner of San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood. I was a few minutes early for a …

Pineapple Pizza

Zucchini Coleslaw

Kale-Powered Tropical Smoothie

Are green smoothies “over” yet? I hope not because I’ve been acting like I just discovered them. After a winter of oatmeal with berries, oatmeal with …

BUTTERMILK BERRY CRUMB CAKE

I'm reading a few different baby books. I read a little of one or the other each night. Just enough to gather a bit of advice I find helpful, tell …

Dabeli Spicy Potato Sandwich - Recipe by Manjula

Big Mama's Fried Chicken

<i>Every other week, we’re unearthing Heirloom Recipes -- dishes that have made their way from one generation's kitchen to the next.</i><p><i>Today: Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes brings us a timeless fried chicken recipe.</i><p><i></i><p>My Big Mama's (grandmother) recipes are the epitome of timeless. While growing up, …

6 Tips for Perfect Meringue

<i>Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.</i><p><i>Today: Alice shares her secrets to perfect meringue -- a dessert so spectacularly simple, you'll have everybody fooled.</i><p>Meringues are easy to make and quite impressive to most …

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: A salad you can eat with a spoon -- and a reason to get back on the chopped salad bandwagon.</i><p>Chopped salads used to be a thing of country clubs and steakhouses. And …

A Tale of Two Cornmeals: Grits & Polenta

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: It was the best of corn, it was the cheapest of …

13 Quinoa Recipes for Morning, Noon, and Night

With chia seeds popping up in the breakfast aisle and kale on every corner, it's easy to think that we're living in the superfood golden days. While it's true that people ate berries, salmon, and dark leafy greens long before marketing geniuses came up with the concept of superfoods, it's also …

The Gin Hound

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: A drink to get you out of a bourbon kind of winter.</i><p>If you ran into me in a bar this winter, you would have noted with some amusement that I was drinking an Old …

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

Baci di Dama (Chocolate-Filled Hazelnut Cookies)

<i>Today:</i> <i>Delicate hazelnut cookies from Piedmont, sandwiched together with a "kiss" of dark chocolate.</i><p>With a name like “ladies' kisses,” these elegant little hazelnut cookies from Piedmont in Italy's north are just what you'd expect -- sweet, soft, and delicate. Two halves of cookie are sandwiched …

Your Essential, Must-Have Pantry Items

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: A meal -- and a cook -- is only as good as the pantry behind it. Here's what you</i> …

Spices

4 Wildcard-Winning Recipes

<i>Every Monday and Wednesday, we announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved. Every other Saturday, we'll roundup the most recent winners.</i><p>Thanks to our community, we've got four more recipes to add to our …

Buttery Lemony Lace Cookies

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: A delicate, lemony cookie to have in your repertoire.</i><p>I am the kind of person who happens to have organic sugar <i>and</i> corn syrup laying about the house, and if you are too, …

Our Latest Contest: Your Best Recipe with Chickpeas

As we enter April still in coats and hats, we need something transitional: something that plays well with hearty stews and lighter, brighter spring vegetables alike. We need chickpeas. This time around, we want your best with chickpeas: canned, dried, and flour all accepted. Now reach into your …

A Solar Vortex Party

<i>Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw is throwing</i> <i>no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.</i><p><i>Today: A menu to pretend that spring is in the air.</i><p>It feels silly to talk about the weather, once again -- to complain and to shiver and to moan, to say the …

13 Five-Ingredient Dinners

This title says it all, people. Because really -- isn't less always more? Here are 13 recipes that will save dinner, time and time again: the ones to lean on, the ones to commit to memory. (They're just five ingredients, after all.)<p>Simple Bolognese by Merrill Stubbs<p>Le Bernardin's Crispy-Skinned …

The New (Modern) Marble Cake is Made with Olive Oil

<i>Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.</i><p><i>Today: Alice gives the marble cake of your childhood an adult makeover.</i><p>This is not the marble cake of your childhood! Even if the cake of memory was delicious, this one is …

Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

<i>Merrill's daughter Clara has quite the appetite -- and it's all Merrill can do to keep up. Armed with her greenmarket bag, a wooden spoon and a minimal amount of fuss, she steps into the fray.</i><p><i>Today: An iconic chicken dish that works for everyone.</i><p>Several of you have mentioned recently how big Clara …

Mustard Greens Frittata + Potato Salad with Cured Salmon

The frittata is such a team player -- give it your scraps, your hodgepodge, your leftovers yearning to breathe free, then give it eggs, and it will give you dinner. It has the comfort and routine of an old friendship, but -- like all things that are eaten in slice form -- still feels civilized, …

Ricotta and Spinach Gnudi with Sage and Parsley

<i>Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.</i><p><i>Today: Homemade pasta, on a weeknight.</i><p>There is something so satisfying about making homemade pasta. Despite making fresh pasta fairly regularly, I rarely make stuffed …

How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Syrup at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Once you try a glass of milk mixed with</i> <i>chocolate syrup by</i> <i>Cara Eisenpress of Big Girls, Small Kitchen, you'll never want to drink plain milk again.</i><p>…

All About Dulce de Leche -- And How to Make It

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Learn how to make addictive, spreadable dulce de leche with only milk, sugar, and time.</i><p>Dulce de leche is a popular South American caramel sauce composed …

The Canal House's Creamy Spring Pasta

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: A lush, creamy pasta, perfect for spring's fresh peas -- or the ones in a bag in your freezer.</i><p>Each weekend I tiptoe down the street to my farmers market, so hopeful …