Bay Cities: The Center of the Italian Sandwich Universe

Written by Lauren Shotwell I inadvertently had one of the most easily mapped apartments on the planet when I lived in Santa Monica. All I needed to tell people was that my building “backed up to Bay Cities,” and immediately almost anyone from the greater Los Angeles area knew exactly where I resided. Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery is a Santa Monica institution that has been around since 1925 ....more

Inspired Bites and an Inspired Cocktail: Apple Sage Cooler

Pinch me. After a year and a half spent working with TJ Girard and Bob Spiegel, co-owners of the New York catering company Pinch Food Design, the eye-popping cookbook Inspired Bites: Unexpected Ideas for Entertaining from Pinch Food Design is in stores and ready for the public to take home. And I’m ready to celebrate with a drink. (...)Read the rest of Inspired Bites and an Inspired Cocktail: Apple Sage Cooler on Good ....more

Eating My Words: Practical Magic’s Meatloaf and Green Beans Are a Little of Both

Written by Rebecca Peters-Golden When the wind blows cool and the scent of autumn is in the air; when a black cat springs across our path and the mailboxes look like gravestones; when pumpkins appear on stoops and teakettles whistle this is when my sister and I devour Practical Magic. Alice Hoffman’s 1995 novel is a delight of magical realism—a story of multiple generations of sisters and the bonds between them that transcend the merely practical ....more

Squashing Pumpkin Spice Expectations: Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Written by Carrie Havranek Oh, pumpkin, we love you. You are an enduring icon of fall, harvest time and Halloween. When paired with any of your usual suspects—cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, allspice, ginger, cardamom—you make for one comforting, nostalgic combo ....more

Travel the World with Queens: A Culinary Passport

As a kid, riding the monorail at Walt Disney World was nearly as exciting to me as boarding a boat in Pirates of the Caribbean. Getting a bird’s-eye view of the park as we chugged around Epcot’s Spaceship Earth and through the Contemporary Resort was all I needed to let my imagination go wild. As an adult, I feel the same way about the New York subway as it rises onto elevated tracks in the outer boroughs, ditching the subterranean darkness for an always-changing panorama of storefronts and signs ....more

Why Do I Own This Food Mill Rig Thingy?

Written and photographed by Sara Bir It’s strange to love something when you don’t know what to call it. I have a tool I use maybe twelve times a year, and those twelve times it’s invaluable. But I’m not sure of its name ....more

Snapshots: The Little Goat, Chicago

As the casual sibling to Chicago’s justifiably lauded Girl & the Goat, the Little Goat Diner takes the idea of an all-day, all-night diner and schmancies it up just a touch. Yep, there’s a classic Formica countertop punctuated by spinning chrome-edged barstools, but you don’t always see a communal table with rows of pristine white Eames chairs at your local greasy spoon. Nor do you get to slide into cushy leather booths or sit under a mod raftered skylight hung with a Sputnik-worthy midcentury chandelier. (...)Read the rest of Snapshots: The Little Goat, Chicago on Good ....more

The Bar Cart: The Ruddy Mary

The word “pumpkin” seems to worm its way into our collective food vocabulary earlier and earlier every year, but I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet. Not when summer isn’t ready to let go of us either, judging by the “gotcha!” spate of high-temperature days that just swept from the Midwest to Northeast. (...)Read the rest of The Bar Cart: The Ruddy Mary on Good. Food ....more

Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns from The Messy Baker

“Never trust a cook with a clean kitchen” reads the first sentence of Charmian Christie’s Messy Manifesto, and by that measure, I wonder how she and I get along so well at all. But then I remember that I frequently leave the house with chocolate smeared across my temples and floured aprons tied over my clothes. Dan reminds me that I’ll often have every available inch of counter space so double-booked that he can’t find room to make a peanut butter sandwich. (...)Read the rest of Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns from The Messy Baker on Good ....more

Chicago Dog Relish: A Tangy All-In-One Topping

Pity the vegetarian in Chicago. Not only are the meat-averse missing out on the city’s many classic steakhouses and top-notch butcher-driven restaurants like The Publican and Girl and the Goat, but they’re depriving themselves of one of the city’s greatest—and lavishly veggie-topped—meaty treats: the Chicago dog. I’m embarrassed to admit that when I lived in Chicago, that vegetarian was me. (...)Read the rest of Chicago Dog Relish: A Tangy All-In-One Topping on Good ....more