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The Sweet-and-Sour Condiment You'll Want to Put on Everything

Agrodolce is a little sweet, a little sour, and more versatile than any condiment in our arsenal.<p>Takeout Chinese food joints aren’t the only ones dishing up sweet and sour sauce. Italian <i>agrodolce</i>—a sticky, tart-sweet condiment made by reducing sugar or honey, vinegar, and sometimes fruit and/or …

Cooking

Quinoa: The Everyday Superfood

• <b>Author:</b> Sonoma Press<p>In recent years, quinoa has gained a place in America’s pantries because of its versatility and amazing health benefits. The ancient grain—which is really a seed—is gluten-free, a protein powerhouse, and rich in many other nutrients, making it a perfect substitute for wheat and …

28 Thai-Inspired Cocktails to Enjoy Across The Country

In many ways, Thai cuisine is based on meshing spicy, sweet, sour and salty into every dish. And those big, bold flavors transfer excellently into big, bold cocktails. Across the nation, dozens of restaurants and bars are serving drinks with a Thai twist, from high-profile, chef-driven eateries to …

San Francisco

Winner of Your Best Recipe for Daytime Drinks

<i>Congratulations to hardlikearmour, whose Tea Thyme Soda won the contest for Your Best Recipe for Daytime Drinks!</i><p><b>Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.</b><br>My mom made the greatest birthday cakes for her kids. She'd decorate them however we'd …

Kitchens

What's for Dinner: The Big Cheese

<i>Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.</i><p>Some call milk "the perfect food," due to its fat, protein and sugar trifecta—and …

This Thing Now: Gochujang Sauce

<i>We're pretty obsessed with This Thing Now. Here's how to get it into your life.</i><p>I love Sriracha as much as the next person. In fact, I currently have …

Skillet S'mores Are The Stuff Of Great Dessert Dreams

S'mores are generally thought of as a simple dessert. They're cooked over an open fire, after all, so there really can't be much fuss to them. But we found a version of s'mores that's even more simple -- and more decadent -- than the classic: the skillet s'more.<p>We first came across the skillet …

Two Chefs Want To Revolutionize Fast Food -- By Making It Healthy

The term "food desert" -- which refers to areas without ready access to wholesome food, especially poor urban neighborhoods -- has become a potent buzzword in food policy circles over the past few years. Eliminating food deserts is now a priority for both governments and major corporations looking …

The Future Has Arrived With This Sushi Conveyor Belt Ride

Virtual reality has been around for decades, but the idea of immersive computerized simulation never really got much traction, for whatever reason. Now perhaps, this will all change: for sushi lovers, at any rate.<p>According to this Laughing Squid post, there is a new simulation for the Oculus Rift, …

What Are Chinese Hamburgers And Why Aren't You Eating Them?

The world's first hamburger doesn't come from where you think it comes from. It wasn't invented in the United States, and it didn't originate in Germany. No, the world's first hamburger comes from China.<p>If you're scratching your head right now, you're not alone. But Chinese hamburgers are very real …

Why Eating Sustainable Seafood Matters

You've heard tuna is in danger of extinction. Chef Jonathon Sawyer of Cleveland's The Greenhouse Tavern explains how we can go about fixing it.<p>Eighteen months ago, I decided to give up tuna for a year. You're probably wondering why a chef would do this. I've seen tuna across the food spectrum: I've …

Food

A Restaurant Server Explains Why We Shouldn't Abolish Tipping

The argument against tipping in restaurants — with many high-profile chefs announcing they'll ban tipping in favor of offering servers a "living wage" — is growing louder. But not all servers are on board. "Redacted" has worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, at both fine-dining and …

Our Latest Contest: Your Best Recipe with 5 Ingredients or Fewer

<i>Our latest contest is all about keeping your grocery list short and sweet.</i><p>There are few things more daunting in daily life than heading to the grocery store with an ingredient list that spans the length of your arm. For days when you need to keep your trip to the market short, what recipes do you …

Recipes

Why America's Best Restaurants Might Lose a Crucial Labor Source

Would you believe the meals served in many of America's most prestigious restaurants are prepared with the use of illegal labor? By and large, they are — and no, that's not a reference to undocumented workers. Instead, many of the workers prepping <i>mise en place</i> in restaurants across the country are …

Five Tips for Ordering Sake Like a Pro

Navigating a sake list can feel intimidating to say the least. And to make matters worse, no two sake lists seem to be organized the same way. Where to start? Below, five tips for ordering sake like a pro.<p>1) learn the basics<p>One of the easiest ways to gain the skills for ordering sake with …

A Week in the Life of Jonathon Sawyer's Ramen Broth

When he launched his ramen bar Noodlecat in Cleveland in 2011, chef Jonathon Sawyer knew that the broth was of the utmost importance, and the stock …

The 9 Most Popular Sushi Rolls, Ranked by Calories

By: Dan Gentile<p>Sushi's generally considered a healthy food, even when it's been Americanized with a Super Soaker's worth of mayo. But to find out just how healthy, first we consulted Mick Nagasawa from the Sushi Chef Institute to give us the lowdown on the most popular rolls and their most common …

13 Ways to Take Cardamom from Dawn till Dusk

It's difficult to describe the taste of cardamom. Floral? Crisp? Zesty? You've probably tasted hints of it before, in chai or Indian food or Scandinavian baked goods. There are actually two types of cardamom that are differentiated by the color of their pods: green and black. You can find these …

Pound Cake

How to Cook Tofu That Actually Tastes Good

By Rochelle Bilow<p>If you haven't cooked tofu before, it can be scary. But we've got you, with essential tips for making tofu at home.<p>Treat it right, and tofu will provide an unending stream of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, and condiment options. Treat it wrong, and you've got one soggy, …

Tofu

Here's What Comfort Food Looks Like Around the World

Every culture has its comfort foods--the dishes that do more than just fill your stomach. They play on your senses and remind you of your home and your traditions. So let's take a little culinary journey, shall we? Here's what comfort food looks like around the world.<p><b>Canada: Poutine</b><p>The Canadian …

6 Asian Ingredients Primed to Be the New Sriracha

Here, chef Leah Cohen shares six Asian ingredients that everyone needs to know.<p>This Friday, the sixth annual LuckyRice Festival Grand Feast presented …

One Brand of Coconut Water Destroys All Others

Ever since giving up soda a couple months back,* I've been drinking a lot of iced tea and coconut water. A <i>lot</i> of coconut water.<p>There was a time in my life when a can of coconut water was just a can of coconut water. Lightly sweet, a little savory, sort of like nature's Gatorade. I knew that most …

The Secrets of Amazing Soba: Behind the Scenes at Miyabi 45th

The Japanese buckwheat noodles called soba are refreshing and head-clearing. Their sharp corners are the freshly-pressed suit to ramen's wrinkled linen tangle, the edge of each noodle and every flavor clearly defined. Often served cool, with just a thin dipping sauce, soba doesn't hide under a …

Elasticity

These Spicy-Sticky Wings Are a San Francisco Classic

These amazing wings are now on the menu at a new Chinese dumpling spot in San Francisco’s multiethnic Mission District.<p><i>These amazing wings are now on</i> …

Intelligent Design: Corey Lee

Chef Corey Lee's austere, delicate dishes are a delicious product of his constant devotion to detail.<p>In 2001, Thomas Keller hired him at The French …

Food & Dining

Amanda Cohen Asks: How Soon Is Too Soon to Review?

The new Dirt Candy just opened and every night everything is up in the air — the menu is changing, how we work is changing, service is changing — but in all that chaos there's one thing I know for sure: I'm going to get reviewed. And it's going to be too soon.<p>These days, I feel like restaurants are …

Why Indian Cuisine Breaks All The Flavor Science Rules

Everything we Westerners thought we knew about flavor pairing was recently turned on its ear by a study of the delicious and contradictory jumble of sensation known as Indian cuisine.<p>But let’s step back a minute and look at how we decide what tastes good. Why do we choose certain flavor combos and …

Chickpeas

5 Wines That Sommeliers Dream of Drinking All the Time

The wines we truly love and the wines we can easily afford are often (unfortunately) two different things. Here, five of F&W’s 2015 Sommeliers of the …

The Best Long Reads of the Week, From Hot Sauce to a Pez Smuggler

<b>The Invention of the Perfect Cup of Coffee</b><br>Medium<p>The AeroPress gets its name from a sister product made by the same company: the Aerobie, a dinner-plate-sized ring that outflies a Frisbee by a mile. I know all about the Aerobie because one of its most fervent enthusiasts is the famous MIT hacker …

9 Meals to Stir-Fry in a Wok

Woks are impeccably suited to the vigorous tossing that these 9 dishes require -- and in them, each leafy green and piece of tofu is cooked evenly without splattering sauces throughout your kitchen. Over time, your wok will become well-seasoned -- and so will you, at whipping up delicious dishes in …

Food & Dining