Kate Williams

Kate Williams grew up outside of Atlanta, where twenty-pound baskets of peaches were an end-of-summer tradition. After spending time in Boston developing recipes for America's Test Kitchen and pretending to be a New Englander, she moved to sunny Berkeley. Here she works as a personal chef and food writer, covering topics ranging from taco trucks to modernist cookbooks. In addition to KQED's Bay Area Bites, Kate's work appears on Serious Eats, Berkeleyside NOSH, The Oxford American, America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, and Food52.

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DIY Fruit Roll-Ups: Making a Grown-Up Version of Childhood Nostalgia

DIY Fruit Roll-Ups: Making a Grown-Up Version of Childhood Nostalgia

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fruit roll-ups can be so much more than the sweet, sticky sugar-bombs of childhood when they’re made at home. Kate Williams will show you how to get creative with your fruit snacks.

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DIY Kimchi: Easy to Make It Your Own

DIY Kimchi: Easy to Make It Your Own

| February 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

DIY Korean kimchi pickles may sound intimidating, but the process is far simpler than it appears. Plus, kimchi is endlessly variable, and a perfect use for winter produce. Kate Williams will show you how easy it is to bring these spicy, tangy pickles into your home kitchen

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4 Slurps: Classic and Comforting Spots to Enjoy Mexican Soup in the Mission

4 Slurps: Classic and Comforting Spots to Enjoy Mexican Soup in the Mission

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

It may not look like winter in the Bay Area, but despite the weather, it can be nice to take solace in a big bowl of warming soup. For the best in Mexican soups, Kate Williams headed to the Mission to sip her way through a bounty of broth-filled comfort.

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DIY Conversation Hearts are a Fun Project for Valentine’s Day

DIY Conversation Hearts are a Fun Project for Valentine’s Day

| February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Homemade valentines don’t have to be made exclusively from chocolate. This year, try making your own conversation hearts—they’re fun to make, infinitely variable, and easy to personalize. Kate Williams will show you how.

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DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

DIY Sriracha: Make it at Home and Never Worry About a Hot Sauce Shortage Again

| February 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Sriracha shortage may be over, but there’s no reason to rely on the factory-made sauce when it can be fermented and bottled at home. Even better—DIY Sriracha is easily adaptable to suit varied tastes in heat, sweetness, and potency. Kate Williams runs through the steps.

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Merigan Sub Shop: Casual Shop Meets Restaurant-Quality Sandwiches in SoMa

Merigan Sub Shop: Casual Shop Meets Restaurant-Quality Sandwiches in SoMa

| February 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

Merigan Sub Shop, the new sandwich joint helmed by A16′s Liza Shaw, offers San Franciscans a taste of elevated East Coast-style subs. The price of the food has been a huge sticking point in the restaurant’s first few months of opening. Are they worth the expense? Kate Williams checks it out.

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DIY Feta Cheese: Homemade Fresh Cheese is Easy to Make and Better than Store Bought

DIY Feta Cheese: Homemade Fresh Cheese is Easy to Make and Better than Store Bought

| January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Feta cheese is an excellent starter cheese for those who want to learn how to make DIY cheese at home. Kate Williams shows you how.

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Bay Area Companies Win Big at the 2014 Good Food Awards

Bay Area Companies Win Big at the 2014 Good Food Awards

| January 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bay Area food producers took home a stunning number of awards at the 2014 Good Food Awards. Kate Williams reports on this weekend’s ceremony and marketplace.

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Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

After being revamped by New York’s April Bloomfield, Tosca Cafe in North Beach opened to great fanfare. Is the pricey, popular new version worth the cost? Kate Williams gives her take.

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DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

DIY Gifts: Southern Christmas Confections

| December 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Forget whole grain, naturally sweetened cookies. For holiday gift-giving, nothing beats old-fashioned, sugar-filled treats, like this trio of Southern-style confections from Kate Williams.

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Linea Caffe: The Tiny Mission Café Hit the Coffee and Waffle Sweet Spot

Linea Caffe: The Tiny Mission Café Hit the Coffee and Waffle Sweet Spot

| December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Anthony Myint, of Mission Chinese fame, is at it again with a unique pair of mini restaurants serving waffles and salads inside the venerable Andrew Barnett’s new Linea Caffe. How do the dishes stack up? Kate Williams checks out the tiny, talent-filled cafe.

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DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

| December 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.

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Stuffed: Pierogi Joint is Positioned to be a Solid Alternative to Taquerias in the Mission

Stuffed: Pierogi Joint is Positioned to be a Solid Alternative to Taquerias in the Mission

| December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Stuffed, a new pierogi restaurant in the Mission district, promises a uniquely Midwestern take on bar food. Can it compete with the countless other cheap eats in the neighborhood? Kate Williams investigates.

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DIY Thanksgivukkah: Pumpkin Latkes Two Ways

DIY Thanksgivukkah: Pumpkin Latkes Two Ways

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on this year’s super-holiday, Thanksgivukkah, with two recipes for pumpkin latkes—savory and sweet. Kate Williams shows you how.

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