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.
Megan Gordon shares her thoughts on Alana Chernila’s new book, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making. And Alana agreed to share her recipe for Wheat Crackers with Bay Area Bites, and chats with us about the process of writing the book.
If you’ve eaten or made an American style chocolate truffle—known for a soft center and slightly lumpy form compared to French truffles–you have a local Bay Area chocolate expert to thank.
Home Baked Comfort, Williams-Sonoma’s latest baking book, promises to get you baking with over a hundred recipes for delectable, homemade treats.
Want to lean more about baking bread? Michael Ruhlman’s new Bread Baking App for iPhone and iPad will teach you what you need to know, on your mobile device.
If you haven’t heard of Kate McDermott, you’re missing out. I first learned about her from a few Seattle friends who had taken her pie-making classes and insisted that it changed the way they thought about crust. And these are kitchen savvy people. Then I read somewhere that Ruth Reichl deemed Kate’s crust an “absolutely perfect crust.” That’s about the time I started stalking Kate. I’d go to her website to see if she was planning on teaching in the Bay Area. No luck.
Megan Gordon has found the perfect excuse to feel good about eating cake for breakfast: Blueberry Buckle. Even better? Baking them individually in ball jars. An old-fashioned, rustic dessert baked right into a relatively old-fashioned and portable little container. Kiss your box of cereal goodbye.