| May 13, 2011
| 9:53 AM
If you love food and Chicago (not necessarily in that order) then tune in to TLC’s “Fabulous Cakes” at 8 p.m. Monday, May 16, on the Discovery Channel to watch a trio of this town’s cake artists—Alliance Bakery’s...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 4:10 PM
I have too many cookbooks. My four Ikea bookcases are stuffed, with books piled on top of them. More books are stacked on my coffee tables and on the floor. What am I to do?
That's why a San Francisco Chronicle story by Amanda Gold called "Recipe for...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 8:37 AM
The Food Network's casting call for "Next Iron Chef" might have read like this:
"WANTED: One chef who – with help – can crank out five top-flight dishes within an hour under stressful conditions, surrounded by cameras and judged by a group of...
| Nov 15, 2010
| 3:36 PM
When you can't move to a bigger place, save space James Bond-style and hide a bed behind a wall
You need more space — now. But at the moment, a major home addition or moving to a new roomier house just isn't in the cards.
The most obvious solution...
| May 26, 2011
Chuck Templeton believes that the greenest thing anyone can do is not buy something.
That's why Templeton, the founder of restaurant reservation website OpenTable.com, and business partner Arun Sivashankaran, 35, are launching OhSoWe.com, an online hub...
| Dec 2, 2010
Dear SOS: I was recently in San Francisco and had brunch at Serpentine in an area called Dogpatch. They made the most incredible savory bread pudding — the bread was combined with summer squash, zucchini and sweet corn among other things. I don't...
| Apr 13, 2011
"Brisket is the Zelig of the food world," says Joan Nathan, the Jewish-American cooking authority and author. "It takes on the flavor of whatever goes with it."
A "mountain" of onions and a bit of tomato flavor the brisket made by Joyce Goldstein, the...
| Apr 21, 2011
Danny Bowien, the chef/owner of Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco, has won accolades for his tiny Mission District storefront and last month was named one of San Francisco's rising-star chefs of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Not bad for a 28-...
| Apr 7, 2011
By the time the grilled meat landed on the table at Maza, a North Side Lebanese restaurant, the ice among strangers at a dinner party had melted into slushy lumps. The eight people around the table were still on their best behavior, but the conversation...
| Apr 7, 2011
We spoke with several veterans of dinner parties for strangers to get their etiquette tips. Here's what they had to say:
Don't be fashionably late. Saya Hillman, owner of Mac 'n Cheese Productions, said it can be even more intimidating to walk into a...
| Mar 31, 2011
I've always loved Robert Frost's line about home being the place where, "when you have to go there, they have to take you in." Perhaps I'm putting an overly optimistic reading on it, but the idea that even on our coldest, darkest nights, there is always a...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 12:45 PM
My friend Brett is a typical big city lawyer in many ways: a sharp dresser, an even sharper mind and plenty of expensive lunches on his firm's dime. Also like most big city lawyers, at those lunches, you won't see him tipping back anything finished with...