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Secret Recipe: Chile Pies' Country Peach Pie and Pie Shake

What in the world could be more heavenly than a Pie Shake—a piece of your favorite pie blended with ice cream and milk and then slurped through a straw?

Secret Recipe: Lolinda's Ceviche

7x7 asks the Bay Area's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts.

Secret Recipe: El Techo de Lolinda's Chicharrones de Carne

El Techo

It's no surprise that El Techo de Lolinda's chicharrones de carne are the stuff of legend. While inspired by Latin street food, these crispy morsels are not your basic sidewalk cracklins—El Techo's chicharrones are roasted and fried chunks of pork shoulder, and taste best when shared with your friends over a long (and margarita-filled) evening. Bottoms up.

Secret Recipe: Starbelly's Bacon-Jalapeño Spaghetti

Did you know that Starbelly serves up to five tons of bacon each year? That's a lot of slaughtered creatures. But Babe's unfortunate loss of life is your insatiable belly's gain. Starbelly's signature Bacon-Jalapeño Spaghetti dish is also one of the Castro eatery's most popular. Now you can make it at home.

Secret Recipe: Super Duper's Pickled Cucumber

Seeing as how the pickling revolution is well underway, you might as well make and serve the best. San Francisco's Super Duper Burger prepares more than 100 pounds of pickled cucumbers per day, in house. Whew. The recipe comes from chef Jose Garcia. Make a bunch and serve them atop burgers and more.

Secret Recipe: Huxley's Charred Squid Salad

The 25-seat Tenderloin bistro Huxley, which opened last fall, is the debut effort of Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters) and executive chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole). Its rustic, heartfelt menu includes the charred squid salad, full of California staples such as avocado, cilantro, and mint. The simple dish can be tailored to fit any season: Substitute chickpeas with lentils or quinoa for a hearty, cold-weather meal or, Hauman recommends, wait for summer to add sweet tomatoes for the perfect picnic salad.  

Secret Recipe: Haba Haba Hot Sauce

Two of SoMa's best spots for pastrami sandwiches, Deli Board and Rye Project, are home to Adam Mesnick's noted hot sauce, Haba Haba. While packing significant heat, his sauce tastes fresh and bright. And who knows? Maybe Haba Haba will make you think twice before picking up another bottle of Sriracha.

Secret Recipe: Blue Plate's Macaroni and Drunken Spanish Goat Cheese

7x7 asks the Bay Area's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email schuyler@7x7.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

Secret Recipe: Doña Tomás Chiles Rellenos with Cauliflower Sauce

At Oakland’s Doña Tomás, a stylish bastion for upscale Mexican fare (Oakland is ahead of the curve in this category), authentic chiles rellenos steal the show. Inspired by the traditional dish from Mexico City, chef Thomas Schnetz adds a healthy twist by serving the goat cheese-and-spinach-stuffed chiles baked, on a bed of creamy cauliflower sauce, with a drizzle of crema and a bright garnish of pomegranate seeds.

Secret Recipe: Balboa Cafe's Meatballs

Adding to the roster of Meatball Mondays around town, Balboa Café's Chef Craig offers a new gluten-free meatball made with three kinds of meat. Can't wait that long? Make it for yourself at home.

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