What's Cooking This Weekend?

Weekend of April 14-15, 2012

Happy weekend, folks! What's cooking? Enjoy that spring weather — we hope you're picnicking on something delicious, outdoors in the sun. Read on for a few posts from the past week that we especially enjoyed, like a roundup of great beers for a party, and the dessert you must try this weekend. And tell us: What's cooking?

• This week's tours: A charming ice cream shop in Portland, and a peek into a pastry chef's home kitchen.

• Menus to feed even the most difficult combinations of eating restrictions.

A low-alcohol cocktail for lunchtime happy hour. More drinks: Strawberry-basil soda, great beers for a party, and the budget wine of the week.

• Fresh ideas: Playful radishes dipped in butter, and a million ways to roast a chicken.

• Countertops made of lava! Yeah, they're expensive.

• A tip for keeping your knife sharp.

Build your own banh mi sandwich bar — great party idea.

• A new food blog all about slow cooker recipes, from scratch.

What does sweetness sound like?

• The dessert you MUST try this weekend: Pecan pie bars!

Happy weekend, and happy cooking!

(Image: Leela Cyd Ross: Caitlin's Small, Stylish San Francisco Home)