A Brief History of Tacos

  We need to taco ’bout something.  From live insects wrapped in 16th century corn tortillas to the incredibly successful love child of a nacho cheese chip and America’s favorite taco, the taco’s humble beginnings expose traditions that have since…

A Brief History of Oktoberfest

Once upon a time in Munich, a prince married a princess. There were white horses, flower fields and doves (probably). Fast forward two centuries and the royal marriage once celebrated with Disney-spawned creatures is now celebrated with liters of beer,…

A Brief History of Ssam

We have Thai pork lettuce wraps on the menu this week, so we thought it an appropriate time to discuss ssam: a Korean dish in which leafy vegetables are used in place of bread to envelope a (generally carnivorous) filling.…

A Brief History of Al Fresco Dining

  Ah, the great outdoors. To some, that means hiking, biking, and swimming… to this author, the outdoors are best served up with a bottle of rosé (or three) and a crudité platter. Of course, we’re not the first to note that…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Despite your youthful transgressions and the tattoo that makes her cringe to this day, your mom loves you. And all those years, she fed you. We asked our Home Chef team about their favorite mom-made dishes and the stories behind them.…

Summer Eats: Guide to Grilling Produce

Yes, summer is barbecue season… but that doesn’t mean your vegetarian friends should go hungry. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness in summer produce. As part of our new Summer Eats Series, we’ll be back here soon with tips and…

Ingredients in the Raw: Turmeric

  Turmeric may sound like an exotic spice, but it may in fact have been one of the earliest foods you ate–even if you were that kid who refused to eat anything but hot dogs, ketchup and mustard. Well, actually…

Community Table: Kate Ander

  Explain your role at Home Chef. I am the Lead Recipe Tester at Home Chef, which means my kitchen is always full of dirty dishes. My primary job is to manage our team of testers as they try out…

A Brief History of Earth Day

  Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 46th anniversary of the modern environmental movement. Celebrated annually by over one billion people across the globe, Earth Day has an origin story as rich as the soil from which we harvest our…

The Facts About Food Waste

  It happens to all of us: often through no fault of our own, we overbuy at the grocery store. We’re forced to purchase 3.5 ounces of tarragon when our roast chicken only requires a sprig, or we’re stuck with an…