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San Francisco

The 19 restaurants added to the 2016 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants - Inside Scoop SF

At this time of year — when I’ve made all my revisits and finished the annual Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants guide — I look back and assess the dining scene.<p>Last year I thought it was great, and I replaced 17 restaurants. This year was even better with 19 new places added to the list.<p>Related Links<p>Top …

List-Worthy

DIY Outdoor Wood Bench

(Image credit: DIY Candy)<p>This is a little labor intensive, but the result is beautiful. If you're interested in a bit of a challenge and want to …

Woodworking

A butcher's 6 secrets for saving money on meat

When I think about thrift and meat — specifically in the U.S., but increasingly in areas like Europe — the first thing that comes to mind is the devotion folks have to tenderness. This tends to be the Holy Grail quality people look for in meat.<p>To me, this is a backwards approach to quantifying the …

BBQ

Stephen Harris: how to make soup like a restaurant chef

Soup is one of the simplest foods – which sadly means it is often the dumping ground for sub-standard ingredients.<p>I briefly worked in a pub which served the most outrageous example of the waste-not-want-not school of cookery.<p>On Sundays it had a carvery which was incredibly popular with the locals …

To Die For Garlic Feta Pate Recipe

"Friends beg me to make this when they come over. Cream cheese, garlic, anchovies, feta cheese and fresh chives are quickly blended and ready to …

Cheese

Rhubarb Vodka

<i>Rhubarb vodka. The simple homemade hooch makes a pretty spring tonic and guaranteed it’s what mom really wants for Mother’s Day.</i><i></i>Diana Henry | Salt …

Rhubarb

The Science of Baking, In One Graphic

Baking is a science as well an art, and the key to better baking is understanding the chemical forces at play. Thankfully this graphic explains all …

Study Skills

How to Transform Your Wok into a Smoker

No smoker? No problem. If you own a wok, you can prepare deliciously aromatic smoked dishes at home.<p>To jerry-rig a stovetop smoker, line a wok with …

Food

Cuban Sandwich with Zucchini Pickles

8 Servings<p>Park 121 makes its own zucchini pickles for these messy (in a good way) sandwiches; substitute with thinly sliced dill or bread-and-butter pickles if you like.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>zucchini pickles<p>1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar<p>½ cup sugar<p>1 teaspoon ground turmeric<p>1 teaspoon mustard powder<p>1 …

Food Preservation
Seafood

How to Make Tahdig (Persian Stuck-Pot Rice)

<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: Persian food expert Louisa Shafia</i> <i>teaches us how to (successfully) make</i> tahdig<i>, or pot-stuck rice.</i><p>When you think of a Persian feast, what comes to mind? …

Bacon and Egg Pie

Heat oven to 400°. Whisk together ketchup and Worcestershire in a small bowl; set aside. Using a rolling pin, roll one sheet of puff pastry on a …

Baking

5 Recipes for Game Birds

Chef Aaron Barnett of Portland’s St. Jack is enthusiastic about game birds—so much so that last year he won Oregon’s annual Wild About Game …

Mac and Cheese and Greens From 'Marcus Off Duty'

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Recently, I posted about a kale gratin made with an obscene three cups of heavy cream. Well, gratin, this mac 'n' cheese from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, <i>Marcus Off Duty</i>, will see you those three cups of cream …

What to Do with an Overload of Potatoes

<i>Winter is coming and we're serious about keeping farmers market produce on the menu. Alexandra Stafford of Alexandra Cooks shows us how to store, prep, and make the most of it, without wasting a scrap.</i><p><i>Today: Too often overlooked in a world of more beautiful vegetables, potatoes deserve to be shown</i> …

Pork Belly with Celery Root Puree - Crispy Pork Belly Recipe

10 Cozy Fall Breakfast Recipes

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves mean it's time to turn on your oven and bake something delicious. Try these cozy breakfast recipes made from all your favorite fall ingredients -- apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, oats, pecans and more.<p><b>1. Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Walnuts & Raisins</b><p>…

Breakfast

Savoury Cheese & Thyme Muffins

These muffins were born due to the two rinds of cheese in my fridge. A nubbin of gruyere and a hunk of Parmesan, leftover from the sweet potato …

Bourbon Salted Caramels

I guess it’s time we kick it into full gear and discuss homemade holiday gifts! I’m trying to get my head in the game…but I’m still mustering up the …

Cheddar and Leek Buttermilk Biscuits

Once in a while I will wake up at the crack of dawn for no particular reason. It’s not an alarm or the sunlight or that I’ve been sleeping for more …

Moroccan Lamb Meatball & Couscous Soup | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Israeli couscous has bigger pearls than Moroccan couscous, and it still cooks very quickly, adding heartiness and texture to this soup. The meatballs also make a delicious dinner on their own, served over a bed of couscous.<p><b>Moroccan Lamb Meatball & Couscous Soup</b><p>For the meatballs:<p>1 tsp. ground …

Williams-Sonoma

White Cheddar Potato Garlic Soup

Happy mid-March!<p>I cannot even begin to express how ready I am for summer (or at least a bit of warm weather.) Milwaukee has been hit pretty hard this …

Bacon, Caramelized Onion, and Gruyere Focaccia | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Rich with olive oil, nutty Gruyere cheese, crisp thick-cut bacon and sweet onions, this focaccia is like taking a trip to the Alsace. Serve it as an appetizer, part of a brunch, or in place of bread at the dinner table.<p><b>Bacon, Caramelized Onion, and Gruyere Focaccia</b><p>1 package (2 1/4 tsp. ) active dry …

Grilled Lamb Chops with Pea, Feta & Mint Salad | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Here’s a delicious way to ring in spring with the season’s signature lamb and peas. Look for grass-fed, pasture-raised lamb at the butcher shop and, to simplify prep, use thawed frozen peas in place of fresh, if you like.<p><b>Grilled Lamb Chops with Pea, Feta & Mint Salad</b><p>Grated zest of 1 lemon<p>2 Tbs. …

Grilling

Braised Chicken with Shallots & Mushrooms | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Shallots break ground in spring. The purple-hued bulbs have a flavor somewhere between onion and garlic, and they braise to a delectable sweetness. White wine and tarragon enliven this pot, while dried mushrooms provide an earthy undertone.<p><b>Braised Chicken with Shallots & Mushrooms</b><p>4 1/2 lb. (2.25 …

Mushrooms

roast leg of lamb with rosemary, garlic, harissa and lemon + easter feast

When it comes to roasting an expensive leg of lamb I tend to be quite stuck in my ways. The recipe I love and always turn to is Jamie Oliver’s …

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze - Kristine's Kitchen

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze<p>I'm totally addicted to this lemon ricotta cake with almond glaze. It is so moist and bursting with bright lemon …