Everyone is talking about ramen, and there’s a ramen shop in almost every East Bay neighborhood. But what about all the other delicious Asian soups out there with the same soul-warming potential? Here are ten soups (at eight venues) you might not have thought of.
The almond milks that fill grocery stores these days are full of sugar and/or stabilizers, and (worse) they hardly even taste the nuts from which they’re made. It’s far better to make it at home. Nut milks are simple, and you don’t need anything more than a blender and a strainer. Kate Williams will show you how.
Pâte de Fruit candies are often served as after dinner treats at high end restaurants. But there’s no reason you need to shell out big bucks for a few bites of these chewy, fruity treats. They’re not much harder to make than a simple pot of jam, and the jewel toned candies make wonderful gifts. Learn how to make your own with Kate Williams.
Forget store-bought Cheez-Its. The best savory, cheese-filled nibbles are made at home with plenty of real cheese. Homemade crackers seem intimidating, but they’re basically just savory cookies — something anyone can make. Plus, a jar of these crackers makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. Kate Williams will show you how.
Homemade butter is shockingly easy to make, but the uncultured spread is only as good as the cream you’re using. By culturing the cream before churning, you can add enormous depth of flavor to even the least fancy bottles of cream. Kate Williams will show you how.
After Thanksgiving dinner is over, it is nice to send guests home with a little treat that’s not leftover turkey or a mason jar of mushroom gravy. Homemade pumpkin caramels make great bite-sized party favors that truly shine with the flavors of fall. Kate Williams will show you how to make them at home.
Making homemade Thai curry paste is simple once you’ve sourced your ingredients, and it adds great depth to quick weeknight dinners. Kate Williams will show you how to find the right ingredients and then make the most of them.
Homemade, naturally fermented ginger beer is far easier to make than you’d imagine. All you need is ginger, sugar, lemons, and a little patience. Kate Williams will show you how.
Homemade ice cream cones and sprinkles are fun enough to transport even Outer Sunset dwellers to a place with fog-free summers. Kate Williams will show you how.
Improve your summer camping trips with fun, customizable DIY snacks like savory beef jerky and sweet homemade “Lara Bars.” Kate Williams will show you how.
A craft brewer in Maine is partnering with a most unusual item — seaweed. If the beer takes off, the state’s emerging seaweed aquaculture industry may benefit.
Homemade coconut milk makes for a wonderfully creamy dairy-free ice cream, but there are a few tricks to getting it right. Kate Williams will show you how.
Obesity and diabetes rates have soared among Native Americans as sugary, high-carb foods have replaced traditional foods. A study found that 10 wild plants from the Great Plains are highly nutritious.