Sour, citrusy, and totally at home with both meats and vegetables, sumac is one of those spices that we just can't get enough of. This Sumac-Roasted Chicken du Monde from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food showcases how easily it can be incorporated into all sorts of dishes.
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By mid-February many of us living in the chillier states are in need of some freshness, and bright flavors. This Fennel, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food might not be seasonal or local across the board, but man, it's a breath of fresh air for those of us living under grey skies. Bright, tangy citrus, licoricey fennel, and creamy avocado have the transportive ability to bring you to a place that's warm and sunny.
Bi-Rite Market's Curried Coconut Sweet Potato Mash does a wonderful job of balancing sweet, spicy, and savory with the Indian-inspired combo of curry, cayenne, coconut milk, and a healthy dose of butter. It's warm with heat and spice but never sugary or desserty, even with a sprinkling of toasted coconut just before serving.
The flavors in this beet salad are bigger, bolder, and infinitely more exciting than the average beet and goat cheese combo. Tart, crunchy pickled red onions and salty feta are tossed with steamed beets, a honey dijon vinaigrette, and parsley.
Eggs and bacon are an unbeatable combo much like bacon, lettuce, and tomato. So what happens when you join the two? Very good things. This BLT&E with Harissa Mayo, a work of sandwich genius from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food does just that by topping an already exemplary BLT with a perfectly runny poached egg.
Kale is one of those winter stalwarts—we love its hearty, green flavors and reliable presence in the produce section, but sometimes we run out of creative kale ideas. To counter any kale ennui, here's a Lemony Kale Caesar Salad from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food, a bright, unexpected take on our winter go-to green.
Good things happen when you take a chef and turn him into a grocer. That's exactly how San Francisco's Bi-Rite Market came to be the destination it is today. Taking over the family business wasn't exactly Sam Mogannam's first choice after years in the kitchen but when he eventually took over in 1997, the revamped market turned into a truly extraordinary shopping experience. The new book about Bi-Rite Market is a cookbook and guide to eating from a grocer's point of view, walking readers through each department of the store, educating, and providing plenty of recipes for inspiration. Enter to win a copy here.