Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Instead of waiting in line for fresh bagels, make your own. It’s not difficult; it just takes patience. Kate Williams suggests starting the day before so you can have fresh bagels in the morning. It’ll be worth it.
What’s the first rule of Meat Club? Never make meat alone, not when you can measure, mix, grind, and stuff together with friends. Stephanie Rosenbaum hangs out with a group of sociable DIY’ers determined to beat the fear of meat-ing with a 30-pound batch of French boudin blanc.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop advise using ripe fruit, extra-firm tofu and poking your hamburgers so they don’t puff up like tennis balls.
The author of True Brews shares her homebrewing habit with BAB’s Sarah Henry. Watermelon-Mint Soda anyone?
It’s not just homesteaders, hipsters and foodies getting into the hands-on pursuit. The butter-churning craze is part of a larger, do-it-yourself food movement that includes everything from canning, to making homemade bitters, a food writer says.
Rather than waiting for someone to give you a treat, why not make one of your favorites for yourself? Something you can snack on all week when no one’s around. Or, better yet, something you don’t have to share. Food writer T. Susan Chang recommends slow-roasted pecans, salty-sweet matzo candy and more.