Plotting a trip to Sonoma County during Christmas week? Locals recommend the "unpretentious, casual" flair at places like Cafe Citti, Fremont Diner, and El Molino Central.
Sharp cheddar cheese and tart apple pie are a classic combination—but how, exactly, do you put the two together? Find out methods to create a melty layer of cheddar atop your special homemade apple pie—with minimal or maximum fuss, depending on your cooking style.
At week-old Fung Tu, a chef who cooked at Per Se transforms flavors from the Chinese kitchen in a style described as "creative Chinese-American." That phrase raises alarms among some purists, but Chowhound mitchleeny finds a lot to like—small plates like duck-stuffed dates; big ones like steamed local sea bream with fennel, tangerine, and black bean; and bitter/sweet chocolate–peanut butter sesame balls for dessert.
What makes dark-colored tomatoes so special? Chowhounds explain why so-called black tomatoes, ranging in color from brown to purple, are worth seeking out, especially when it's not tomato season where you live.
When mashing potatoes, what's the best ratio of butter and milk to spuds? Chowhounds weigh in, and most agree: Great mashed potatoes depend on plenty of butter.
Open since 1937, Buckeye Roadhouse is a stalwart along Highway 101 in Marin. Swoon over the classic Oysters Bingo broiled with spinach and garlic, and note that the bar booths are the ideal spot to enjoy your meal.
Paper loaf and cake pans let you conveniently travel with home-baked goods and offer an easy, sophisticated gift presentation. But do paper pans bake great cakes and breads? Find out whether paper loaf pans are a good fit for your Christmas baking.
In Southern California, a thermometer reading of 62 degrees is reason to break out a parka and get cozy with a hot bowl of soup. In November, Chowhounds went to every corner of our chilled city, slurping up everything from chowder to galbi tang. When you need some warmth, seek out whichever bowl tickles your fancy.