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)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.