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.
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.
Take mashed potatoes to the next level by making a gorgeous white root vegetable mash; excellent alongside winter’s hearty stews and braises.
Bold, bitter, sweet, salty and perfectly balanced this seasonal winter salad has it all. Plus it looks really pretty too.
Fluffy, supple, and feather-light, these versatile pull-apart rolls deserve a place at your next celebration.
A roasted beef tenderloin with velvety, savory-sweet sauce is a thing of beauty. Find out how to cook it to perfection for your next gathering.
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.
If you’re giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.
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.
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!