The last season of Mad Men starts on April 5, and here at CHOW we’ve gathered a series of 1960's-inspired recipes perfect for your Mad Men viewing parties. With the help of acclaimed Chef Jennifer Puccio and Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti of SF's Marlowe, The Cavalier, and Park Tavern (and recent semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef West), you can make these retro recipes at home. READ MORE
Don't let the twee name fool you. A great muffin pan is a hardcore, multi-purpose piece of cooking gear that can be used in ways that go far beyond dainty fruit muffins. It's an excellent vessel for creating perfect, single-serving sizes for brunch buffets and appetizers (g'bye ugly casserole dishes!), and when you're serving rich, decadent foods, muffin pans offer an added bonus of built-in portion control. This collection of recipes showcases the sheer range and versatility of muffin pan cooking–from savory miniature meatloaf and baked eggs to cute-as-a-button pies and tarts for dessert. READ MORE
A windowsill of fresh herbs is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a city dweller–with a little sunlight, you can have herbs ready to use in the kitchen in only a matter of weeks. We spoke with gardening experts to figure out what it takes to grow herbs indoors.READ MORE
Springtime means flowers blooming and picnics galore, right? Not always. Lingering snowstorms and April showers can be the toughest reality of spring. Need some perking up? We’ve got just the thing: vibrant recipes, inspired by the flavors of Mexico, to spice up your meals–and your mood.
Remember the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? With all of the activity going on throughout the day–work, the gym, happy hour–skipping breakfast is a big no-no. So to get your day off to a great start, we’re giving you 13 hearty breakfast recipes guaranteed to keep you full through lunch (or at least most of the morning).READ MORE
Whether you observe the religious aspects or not, the sight of Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow peeps on grocery store shelves is always a welcome sign of Spring. Here are some wines and cocktails that to enjoy while that last bit of gray snow melts. READ MORE
We know that weeknight dinners can be a pain. After a long day at the office, the last thing on our minds is what to have for dinner...until it’s too late. Take-out is always an option but those bills can add up fast and frankly, it probably isn’t the healthiest choice night after night. Cooking a home-cooked meal will always be the better option but that involves 1) planning and 2) time, both of which are in short supply during the week. READ MORE
Usually canned sardines are thought of as a last resort for when you can’t be bothered to cook, but reconsider. Not only is the small, oily, silvery fish inexpensive, easy to prepare, and loaded with things that are good for you, like omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, it’s also one of the most sustainable fish around: The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program lists Pacific sardines as a “best choice” due to their abundance and high production rate. Here are 13 creative serving suggestions. READ MORE