After being damaged in a fire earlier this year, Cortina’s Italian Market in Anaheim is back and better than ever. Artisan meats, quality cheeses, and fresh baked goods fill the market, plus wines and other imported goodies. Grab a number as soon as you arrive—the market has instituted a new ticket system to help organize crowds of hungry customers.
What kind of grilled cheese sandwiches could you make if you owned a dairy farm? Pretty awesome ones, if three-month-old Meltkraft is any indication. Try the meat- and macaroni-fortified Valley Thunder (pictured) with cheddar from New Jersey's Valley Shepherd Creamery—plus coffee, charcuterie, craft-beer flights, and amazing brownies.
Does anything taste better than a soft, spicy ginger cookie on a cold day? Find excellent examples at Blue Bottle Coffee in Mint Plaza and Flour & Co on Hyde Street.
Learn about the varieties and colors that seasonal sweet potatoes come in besides plain orange. Find out about white, red, yellow, and purple (Okinawa) sweet potatoes—you might be tempted to surprise your household with a purple sweet potato pie on your Christmas table!
Spit-roasted chicken, Montreal-style, is the specialty at month-old Rôtisserie Georgette on the Upper East Side. One Chowhound-worthy splurge is a bird for two, stuffed with wild mushrooms and served with foie gras. Another, available for groups of six, is a whole baby pig with bacon-onion marmalade and red wine jus.
Refreshing a conversation on the best breads served at Bay Area restaurants, locals rave about the fried bread under burrata at State Bird Provisions, the soft white crumb that comes with an olive-anchovy tapenade at Oakland's Barlata, and the all-you-can-eat slices from Bouchon served at Ad Hoc.
When you're cranking up your smoker to do a large cut of meat like brisket or pork shoulder, why not take advantage of its remaining empty space? According to Chowhounds, a bit of smoke enhances all kinds of foods, from meatloaf (pictured) to sides and appetizers including potatoes, jalapeño poppers, and even deviled eggs.
How do you pick a good lobster from the tank? And can you tell a good tank from a bad tank? Get advice on what to look for in a lobster from Chowhounds who've been trapping (and cooking) lobsters for years.
Zuni Café has been home to many special occasions, from engagements, to friends reconnecting over a bottle of wine and the restaurant's famous roast chicken (pictured). And the influence of Zuni's chef and co-owner, Judy Rodgers, was felt far beyond the glass-fronted Market Street space. After the announcement of Rodgers' death on December 2, many Chowhounds gathered to share their memories of the restaurant and Rodgers.