The Sweethome: The Best Dutch Oven

You could spend a lot more on a Dutch oven, but for $75 the 6-quart Lodge Color Enamel Dutch Oven offers everything you need to make great braises and stews, and even bake no-knead bread. This durable, well-designed pot kept pace with ovens four times the price from well-known French manufacturers. It seared, braised, steamed, … Read more

Sourdough 1.0

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but one of my goals for 2013 is to learn to do more stuff. The first project I decided to tackle is sourdough bread. Cooking has long been a hobby of mine, but where cooking feels more like art, baking is much more a science. But being in … Read more

BARtab: Eats On Wheels

Everyone knows about the big food names in San Francisco, whether it’s Coi’s high-end Michelin-starred California cuisine, or Bar Tartine’s amazing sandwiches that have foodies and hipsters queued up on Valencia Street. The other day, a family of tourists from Korea stopped me on the street and asked the way to Ike’s Place for one … Read more

Stuff I Put In My Mouth

Tasty happy hour snacks from Basil Canteen.

SF Gate: Someone stole the seeds from Marketbar’s 1,400-pound pumpkin

“First we thought it was vandalism,” Marketbar owner Doug Biederbeck tells Scoop. “But then, I noticed it was done in a way so as not to spoil the overall appearance,  in the lower rear. It was clear to me that someone very consciously got into the pumpkin to get the innards out .” via Inside … Read more

The Kitchn: Sea Salt From the San Francisco Bay

    If you buy a box of Diamond Crystal Sea Salt, you are getting 100% San Francisco Bay sea salt. This is Cargills only sea salt operation in the world, and in fact, the only solar sea salt production facility in the United States, period. Their popular Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt comes from subterranean … Read more

Bitter Suite

From Blackbird. It was so delicious, I couldn’t even wait for a picture before I started drinking it.