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Recipe: Apple bread

A Side of Sweet‘s apple bread took my household by storm. The first time I made it, Boyfriend – of ten years, whom I’ve lived with and fed for five – said it was hands down the best thing I’ve ever cooked. I wholeheartedly agree. This year, it was my go-to holiday gift for the […]

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Recipe: Oven ribs

The oven ribs from Community Foods Market‘s extensive recipe collection are about as simple and crowd-pleasing as they get- and very easy to scale up or down. You’ll definitely want to make extra sauce, though: its flavor is addicting, and deceptively complex. Show Community Foods Market some love! They’ll teach you to cook just about […]

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Recipe: Crab bucatini

Edible East Bay‘s crab bucatini recipe might be the best thing I’ve made this year, possibly this pandemic. It’s exceptionally light, bright, and buttery. We skipped the crab butchery, and probably a significant amount of time with it: this took about half an hour in total. Most of the ingredients store very easily; this is […]

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Recipe: Cucumber salad

Snixy Kitchen’s sesame ginger miso cucumber salad was a bit of an adventure to make the first time. It was also the first time I used a spiralizer, and I’d bought the wrong tool for the job: a $5 single piece of plastic found on a standee at the grocery store, closer in function to […]

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Recipe: Sahlab

It’s a strange thing to remember so vividly, and maybe a stranger thing to be sentimental for – but made with almond milk and left in the fridge overnight, Spice Tribe‘s sahlab takes on the exact texture of a Snack Pack. From a food science perspective, I find this fascinating: a basic pudding with no […]

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Recipe: Thai basil chicken

Food Fashion Party describes this recipe as better than takeout, and I agree! It’s more customizable, safer, and probably faster to make as well. I’m not very versed in Asian cooking. All of the flavors involved in this are very strong, and it was fascinating to watch them blend to a cohesive umami finish. Delightful! […]

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Recipe: Molasses cookies

The molasses cookie recipe from Oaktown Spice Shop is both incredibly easy and delightfully spicy. Boyfriend said they tasted like gingerbread, and thus the holiday season, but I’m inclined to think of them as all-rounders. Have them with your caffeinated drink of choice. Divine. Spice up your day with Oaktown Spice Shop’s recipe!

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Recipe: Nut-free snowball cookies

My Berkeley Kitchen’s cardamom snowball cookies remind me very much of my parents, who are perpetually searching for the perfect coffee snack. This might be it. These snowballs are lightly flavored, splendidly sandy, and awfully hard to resist. Show My Berkeley Kitchen – and your own – some love with this recipe!

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Recipe: Watermelon granita

This recipe comes from Recchiuti! As we noted earlier, their fruit-based products taste very, very clean: there are no ingredients that muddle the flavor or make it come across as artificial. Unsurprisingly, the same is true of their granita recipe. Simple enough for a kid to make, refined enough for adults to enjoy. Show Recchiuti’s […]

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Wild About Mushrooms

The Mycological Society of San Francisco has made their cookbook available online! I can personally vouch for the miso-baked mushrooms: the salt in the soy product plays excellently against the mushrooms’ natural earthiness, and the baking time is short enough that they stay firm without drying out. For some excellent mushroom recipes, try Wild About […]