During a trip to the wine country north of San Francisco, stop by one of the olive oil producers in Sonoma or Napa to find fine-quality oils that may be difficult to purchase elsewhere. Chowhounds have their favorite oils, from the Meyer lemon version at DaVero's tasting room outside Healdsburg to the estate oils at Napa's Round Pond, which sets up tours and tastings.
Do you have a go-to salad dressing, one you love so much you make it more than any other? See which combinations of vinegars, oils, aromatics, and flavorful additions Chowhounds turn to again and again.
Caribbean food reflects a melding of cultures in the islands, with touches of African, Spanish, French, and other cuisines. In the Bay Area, try the grilled dishes at Suya African-Caribbean Grill in Berkeley and Oakland, curry goat at Back a Yard in Menlo Park, and mod Caribbean dishes from a Barbados-born chef at Miss Ollie's in Oakland.
We've all heard that salt can damage stainless steel pans, but how does it work, exactly? Will salting your roast or burger while in the pan cause permanent damage? Find out how salt interacts with stainless steel over time—and learn how to protect your pans without sacrificing kitchen convenience.
The jury is still out on where to find the best macarons in LA, especially for 'hounds who've had the pleasure of nibbling the renowned versions from Ladurée in New York. Know a great macaron purveyor in the City of Angels? Share your find with inquiring Chowhounds.
Homey and hearty, Italian-American baked ziti is cheesy, warming comfort food, and there are as many variations as there are cooks. Some keep it simple, with just pasta, marinara sauce, and mozzarella, while others add ricotta and sausage or a hearty meat ragu. Chowhounds make the case for their favorite versions, with recipes to share.
When seeking exceptional ingredients that are made in the Bay Area, the Ferry Building provides easy one-stop shopping for olive oil, wine, chocolate, and other products. Look farther afield, though, and you'll be rewarded with locally made treats like freshly milled flour from Josey Baker Bread, fresh rice noodles from Kun Wo, Sinto brand kimchi, and pickled green beans from Local Mission Market.
Which can opener is easy to operate and can stand up to use over the long haul—opening can after can of tomatoes with no sweat? Find out which brands are a pleasure to use, which ones last decades, and which military-issue can openers have some 'hounds swearing by them.
Roasting is the gateway to cauliflower love for many, but if you're looking to expand your horizons, try one of these preparations 'hounds love, including creamy purées, fresh salads, Indian-spiced dishes, and delicious, healthful stand-ins for rice or couscous.