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Give thanks for oak and grape at the Hitching Post II in Santa Barbara wine country

<b>Why</b>: There's no better place to plot your Santa Barbara wine country adventure and -- if you're a carnivore -- sample steaks cooked Santa Maria style, over oak.<p><b>What:</b> If you've seen the 2004 movie "Sideways," you might recognize this spot, a Buellton fixture since 1986. Besides a formidable list of …

Swirl and sip wine in a Paso Robles tasting room

Mar. 9, 2017, 6:00 a.m.<p>Central Coast<p><b>Why:</b> The rolling hills around Paso Robles, once known for cattle, grain and almonds, are all about assiduously pampered grapes now, and the reputation of these vineyards and wineries keeps growing.<p><b>What:</b> More than 200 wineries dot those hills, so you could spend …

The Sheet Pan Dinners That Will Make Your Life Infinitely Easier

One of the worst things about cooking dinner is all the cleanup. Not only do you have to wash the dishes, but usually there are a few pots and pans that also need scrubbing. This, on top of the work it takes to actually cook the dinner, can be enough to inspire folks to give up altogether.<p>Enter …

Cooking

Loaded whole wheat oatmeal cookies

These not-too-sweet cookies are packed with morsels of hearty goodness.<p>March 3, 2017 —Here's a confession: No matter how healthy I eat during the …

Ultranutty Pecan Bars | America's Test Kitchen

We prefer whole milk in this recipe, but 1 or 2 percent low-fat milk may be substituted. Do not substitute frozen cherries for the fresh cherries.<p><b>1.</b> …

8 Stews That Are As Easy As They Are Comforting

Stay warm all season long with Food Network's best stews.<p>Much like warming soups and chilis, stews are a cool-weather classic that often deliver a …

Perfect Puttanesca: The Italian Pasta Recipe You Need Right Now

The infamous theory behind the origins of pasta puttanesca ("pasta of the whores") is that the mid-20th century prostitutes of Naples used it to lure …

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes That Are Perfect For Game Day

There are so many ways to make use of your Crock Pot this Super Bowl Sunday. You could use it to make some meatballs, wings or even pizza. You could even use it to make something sweet. But one of the more natural uses for the slow cooker ― and one dish everyone appreciates on game day ― is chili. …

Cooking

Cast Iron Steaks with Herb Butter | America's Test Kitchen

Ingredients<p>2<p>(1-pound) boneless strip steaks, 1 1/2 inches thick, trimmed<p>Kosher salt and pepper<p>4<p>tablespoons unsalted butter, softened<p>2<p>tablespoons …

Pancetta-Crusted Grilled Cheese ~ Recipe

Heat a grill pan over high heat and season chicken breasts with olive oil, salt and pepper.<p>Prepare toast by popping bread in the freezer until …

A Spicy Tomato & Shrimp Soup to Warm You Right Up

Heat the oil in a 5-quart or larger Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until …

Potato and Parmesan Soup, A Soup-er Star

Look to this creamy, comforting dish to get you through the winter.<p><i>Courtesy Gavin Schmidt, The Morris, San Francisco</i><p>One of San Francisco’s hottest …

7 Gluten-Free Muffin Recipes That Don't Taste Like Cardboard

There are some pretty scary facts about bakery muffins (some have more sugar than a fat slice of cake!), so we prefer to bake them ourselves. But to …

Breakfast

Crock Pot Stew Recipes To Get You Through The Winter

The slow cooker is a wintertime staple. It whips up some hearty dinners, makes some incredibly easy breakfasts and can even put together a pretty mean chili. And that’s not all. The slow cooker is a master at one of our favorite cold-weather dishes. We’re talking about stews.<p>We all need more stews …

Our Hottest Recipes on Pinterest Right Now

Textbook tikka masala. Spicy green chile enchiladas. Crab dip that makes us weak in the knees. Just a few of the recipes you're loving on our …

Thai Chicken & Rice Noodle Soup

Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon vegetable oil<br>• 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots, from 1-2 large shallots<br>• 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger<br>• 2 tablespoons Thai green …

Healthier fries: Baked and roasted veggie recipes that'll satisfy your french fry cravings

Fried foods may be one of life's greatest pleasures, but eating them can have some pretty dire consequences.<p>You don't need us to lecture you about …

Cooking

The Best Roast Potatoes Ever Recipe

This year, I decided to reexamine my potato-roasting method from the ground up with the idea of completely maximizing that crisp-to-creamy contrast in each chunk of potato, testing and retesting every variable, from cut size to potato type to boiling and roasting methods. The result is this recipe, …

These Flavor-Packed Veggie Dishes Totally Beat Steamed Broccoli | Women's Health

ROASTED RUTABAGA WEDGES<p>Ingredients: 6 fist-size rutabagas, cut into thick wedges + 2 Tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp salt + 1 tsp garlic powder + 1 lemon + 1 Tbsp fresh thyme<p>Heat oven to 425°F and place wedges in a large bowl. Add oil, salt, and garlic powder, then toss. Place on baking sheet and roast …

Turmeric Chicken with Tzatziki

More than adding color, turmeric also provides a distinct flavor to this chicken, ginger and tangy yogurt sauce recipe.<p>Turmeric is all the rage for …

$10 A Day, 3 Months, One Dream Vacation

Let’s hope you still have some vacation days left, because with just a few tweaks to your everyday spending habits, you could save up enough to …

Flight Delayed or Cancelled? Freebird airlines will book a free flight

Related Articles<p>We’ve all been there. We receive a notification that our flight was cancelled. Everyone runs to the gate agents or lounge agents. …

Flying

9 Ways to Eat More Coconut at Brunch

From pancakes to porridge, brunch is better with coconut.<p>This vegetable quick bread is not too sweet to eat in the morning.<p>You can make these fruity …

Breakfast

Yogurt and Berry Marbled Popsicles

One of my favorite combinations is Greek yogurt and fruit. Greek yogurt is high in protein and leaves me feeling full, while berries (like …

Best places to stop for food on the drive to Tahoe

Let's face it. Bay Area residents rarely zip up to Tahoe. Most of the time, we inch and crawl through traffic that moves at the rate of molasses.<p>Food stops are a must on most weekend trips between the Bay Area and Tahoe (unless your boss lets you get off work at noon so you can be on the highway by …

Tahoe

Hike Through History on the Infamous Donner Pass Trails

Donner Pass (about 9 miles west of Truckee) is most famous for its role in destroying the unfortunate Donner Party more than 150 years ago. If the …

Why You Should Skip Paris and Visit Toulouse Instead

Paris is a classic beauty. She will always shine, lined in charcoal black from the Tour Eiffel to Le Marais, somehow always set in black and white. However, despite the romance of an afternoon espresso to escape Parisian rain, tourists swarming the streets and mind-numbing prices make for a good …

France

The 13 Best Rooftop Restaurants in Prague!

Written by17 Mar. 2016<p>Prague, the capital of the <b>Czech Republic</b>, can boast by several complimentary nicknames such as: <b>„Praga mater urbium“</b> (Prague – …

European Travel

New Nonstop Flights to Paris for $402 or Less

Plus, a tip for saving even more on this airfare sale.<p>To celebrate its three new nonstop flights from New York City, Los Angeles, and Fort Lauderdale …