Kate Williams grew up outside of Atlanta, where twenty-pound baskets of peaches were an end-of-summer tradition. After spending time in Boston developing recipes for America's Test Kitchen and pretending to be a New Englander, she moved to sunny Berkeley. Here she works as a personal chef and food writer, covering topics ranging from taco trucks to modernist cookbooks. In addition to KQED's Bay Area Bites, Kate's work appears on Serious Eats, Berkeleyside NOSH, The Oxford American, America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, and Food52.
The selection of dairy-free yogurts is growing — now yogurt lovers who avoid animal products can choose from yogurts made from almond, soy, and even coconut milk. But are these yogurts very good? Kate Williams sampled the most widely available varieties in the Bay Area so you don't have to.
Single-serve Greek yogurt cups are doing big business. A glance at their growing real estate in the dairy aisle says plenty about the snack’s growing popularity. Most yogurt companies tout their product’s healthfulness, but they gloss over the added sugars, flavorings, dyes and binders used to make their yogurt shelf-stable and kid-friendly. Make the snack at home for a healthier snack. Kate Williams will show you how.
The almond milks that fill grocery stores these days are full of sugar and/or stabilizers, and (worse) they hardly even taste the nuts from which they're made. It's far better to make it at home. Nut milks are simple, and you don't need anything more than a blender and a strainer. Kate Williams will show you how.
Pâte de Fruit candies are often served as after dinner treats at high end restaurants. But there's no reason you need to shell out big bucks for a few bites of these chewy, fruity treats. They're not much harder to make than a simple pot of jam, and the jewel toned candies make wonderful gifts. Learn how to make your own with Kate Williams.
Forget store-bought Cheez-Its. The best savory, cheese-filled nibbles are made at home with plenty of real cheese. Homemade crackers seem intimidating, but they're basically just savory cookies -- something anyone can make. Plus, a jar of these crackers makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. Kate Williams will show you how.
Homemade butter is shockingly easy to make, but the uncultured spread is only as good as the cream you're using. By culturing the cream before churning, you can add enormous depth of flavor to even the least fancy bottles of cream. Kate Williams will show you how.
After Thanksgiving dinner is over, it is nice to send guests home with a little treat that’s not leftover turkey or a mason jar of mushroom gravy. Homemade pumpkin caramels make great bite-sized party favors that truly shine with the flavors of fall. Kate Williams will show you how to make them at home.
Making homemade Thai curry paste is simple once you've sourced your ingredients, and it adds great depth to quick weeknight dinners. Kate Williams will show you how to find the right ingredients and then make the most of them.
Chef Dennis Leary and bartender Eric Passetti opened Cafe Terminus, a Financial District joint that operates as a restaurant by day and bar by night. Leary's sandwiches have received much acclaim, but are they worth braving the lunch rush to eat? Kate Williams takes a look.
Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer, which is the best time of year for cool, icy cocktails. The queen of all iced cocktails is the gin and tonic—but it's so often ruined by overly sweetened, mass-produced tonic water. Making your own tonic water is much easier than you'd think and far tastier than even the fanciest artisanal brands. Kate Williams will show you how.