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.
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.
Drink in season with this diverse collection of beer and spirits from around the Bay Area, from pumpkin barleywine to applejack.
It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
As a follow-up guide to “5 Bites: Excellent Vegan Eats in Oakland,” here’s our recommendations for wonderful vegan fare in Berkeley (and one in Albany).
This eclectic Thanksgiving menu is just the ticket to stir things up this year. The star of the show is a gorgeous, smoke-scented, mahogany-browned turkey fresh off the grill. The beauty of cooking the bird this way is that it frees up your oven to bake crunchy-sweet cornbread stuffing (two versions: regular and gluten-free!), tender caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with toasty hazelnuts and cranberries, and a scrumptious pear-almond tart for dessert. Balancing out all the richness are a tangy cranberry-orange compote and a fresh, seasonal raw shaved root vegetable salad with pistachios. Happy Thanksgiving!
This is hands-down one of my favorite autumn desserts, and I make it as soon as fragrant pears arrive in the market. It’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert buffet!
Just because you (or your guests) are gluten-free doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, especially stuffing. Try this one, you won’t even know the difference.
If you love cornbread, then you are going to love this colorful and scrumptious stuffing, perfect alongside a BBQ turkey. Fresh herbs and sautéed peppers balance the richness of this dish.
Crunchy, colorful, seasonal, and fresh. This gorgeous salad is a great way to balance the rich and heavy dishes on your Thanksgiving table.
Growing and selling your own kale and green tomatoes in Oakland may get a lot easier in the next few months. Next week the Oakland City Council will have a final vote on amendments to its agricultural zoning policy that will remove costly barriers to starting an urban farm.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest for Thanksgiving
Even if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, give this dish a try. It has a bit of everything: tangy, sweet, salty, bitter, and savory. You are welcome.
Forget about the canned-shaped cranberry gel that graced your childhood table, this tart-sweet compote is not only amazingly delicious, it’s amazingly simple to throw together at the last minute.