In case you missed them, here’s a wrap up of our favorite blog posts of the week. Read, get inspired, and start cooking!
|Our Wine Country Road Trip Begins!
This season, we’re returning to our roots in California’s wine country, where the first Williams-Sonoma store was opened. Throughout the week we took a virtual road trip through Napa, Sonoma, Yountville, St. Helena and Healdsburg — with Twitter fans following along! — to meet the chefs and artisans who have made the area a world-class culinary destination.
|Weekend Entertaining: Wine Country Dinner
Bring the colors and flavors of California’s wine country home with our menu, featuring simple, seasonal pizzas, pasta and salad.
|How to Pull Off Wine Country Style at Home
We talked to the stylist behind our wine country dinner to find out how to pull off a casual, communal, harvest-inspired dinner at home. Read on for tips!
|Wine Country Spotlight: Aaron Keefer of French Laundry Farm
Meet Aaron Keefer, the culinary gardener behind a 3-acre garden that supplies Thomas Keller’s renowned Yountville restaurants with fresh fruits and vegetables.
|Ingredient Spotlight: Chiles
Give your summer meals an extra kick with chiles! Hundreds of varieties are available this time of year, each with a distinctive flavor and heat level. Start experimenting using our tips and recipes.
|Orecchiette with Grilled Zucchini and Leeks
Mix orecchiette with grilled summer vegetables, and you have an easy summer meal. Our version has zucchini and leeks, but you can use any fresh vegetables you have on hand.
These tartlets are every bit as pretty as the ones you find in pastry shops, and they’re a snap to make — just prepare the shells and pastry cream ahead.
|What We’re Reading: Weeknight Gluten Free
Author Kristine Kidd wrote Weeknight Gluten Free to prove that you can eat well, without wheat, every single day. Here, we ask her all about the gluten-free life in an exclusive Q&A and share one of her favorite recipes from the book.
|Homemade Granola with Blueberries & Yogurt
This crunchy, lightly sweetened nut-and-seed granola is easy to make and much healthier than the typical store-bought cereal. Serve with yogurt and fresh blueberries for a delicious start to your day.