The Best Food You’re Not Eating in San Francisco (but Should Be) — Travel Intelligence

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San Francisco is one of the most exciting food cities in the United States. If you've made the trip, chances are you've filled your belly with everything from clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and Zuni Cafe's roast chicken to horchata bubble tea and toast slathered with homemade preserves at The Mill. Maybe you've even ventured across the Bay to Oakland, which is quietly gaining a reputation as a serious food destination. (Perhaps even better than San Francisco?)

But, there's one regional cuisine you probably haven't tried. I'm talking about Burmese food. As it turns out, San Francisco is home to the largest Burmese population outside of Burma.


How To Make Easy Creamy Peanut Sauce — Saucy Summer Recipes

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My first restaurant job was at a little lunch cafe famous for its giant cookies, towering hummus sandwiches, and cold peanut noodles. This husband-and-wife-run neighborhood joint was regularly filled with young professionals slurping cold, spicy soba noodles from plastic clamshell containers. While the owners were always generous with recipes — they gave me a notebook of their cookie recipes when I left that job to attend culinary school — they would not share the secrets to their peanut sauce.

I have spent many years, and many jars of peanut butter, trying to replicate that well-loved sauce. All those trials and errors have led me to this recipe. I can definitively say the recipe here is the easiest, creamiest, most versatile peanut sauce you can make from pantry staples. There are a few surprising things you learn during the search for a really good peanut sauce, all of which I'm sharing with you now!


Recipe: Chicken Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Come summer, there's really nothing I want more in my meal plan than simple, light dinners that come together with a very minimal amount of cooking and taste like they're bursting at the seams with freshness. I can't think of anything that fits the bill better than summer rolls. Packed with juicy seared chicken, ribbons of lightly pickled veggies, creamy avocado, and a layer of fresh herbs all rolled up in a chewy wrapper, these summer rolls call for more prep and assembly than actual cooking. They know how to hit the spot for a totally satisfying summer supper.


Recipe: No-Chop Cold Veggie Noodle Bowls with Soy Lime Vinaigrette — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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There are two summer supper situations where you'll want to know this summer-sauté-meets-noodle-bowl method by heart. The first are those muggy evenings where after a long day outside you're ravenous, but the idea of chopping anything seems arduous. It's too hot to cook, you think, but you've also got a fridge full of vegetables and an empty belly. You could probably muster up cooking, as long as you didn't have to chop anything.

Likewise, you may find yourself in a friend's summer cabin or in a high-traffic vacation rental in which the knives have all but disappeared. There's a paring knife with a broken handle that you'd rather not use, but there is a decent peeler. That means you can pull off this hat-trick of a summer supper in that situation as well.

This summer sauté served over rice noodles is everything you'll crave in a cold noodle bowl: vegetables quickly cooked with plenty of bite left in them and one of the best soy vinaigrettes I know.

Here's the summer sauté that doesn't require a knife, only requires a teensy bit of cooking, and has enough variables that you can make it over and over again all summer long.


Recipe: Potsticker Stir-Fry — Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Stir-fries are in my regular dinner rotation because they're fast and I can cook veggies and proteins together all in one pan. One day I spotted the bag of frozen Asian dumplings that I always stock for quick lunches and an idea percolated in my head: What about using dumplings instead of meat or tofu in a stir-fry instead? And then a one-pan meal was born. Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, pan-fried dumplings are tossed with crisp-tender veggies and a savory, vinegary sauce that coats everything to glossy perfection. No need to make rice or noodles to go with this stir-fry — with the dumpling wrappers, there's already a starch included!


10 Make-Ahead, Energy-Packed Recipes to Make for Suhoor — Recipes from The Kitchn

During Ramadan, when only two main meals are served, a piece of toast isn't going to cut it for breakfast. Something hearty and wholesome that will leave you full of energy is the name of the game. Here are 10 recipes that can also be made ahead, so they are ready for you before the sun rises.


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