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Campfire Recipe: Doña Tomás' Grilled Carne Asada with Drunken Beans

Tired of the usual hotdogs and chips fare that comes with sleeping in the great outdoors? Don't let the opportunity to cook a delicious meal over an open flame pass you by. 

Secret Recipe: Toast Bastille Day With This Refreshing Watermelon Cocktail

Break out your beret, red scarf, and horizontal stripes, and get ready to celebrate Bastille Day in style with this classy cocktail. 

Secret Recipe: Proper Food's Red Quinoa and Beet Pesto Salad

Proper Food's Red Quinoa and Beet Pesto Salad is a popular lunch item among SoMa and FiDi worker bees, and it's not hard to see why: the hearty medley of quinoa, beets, wild baby arugula, walnuts, goat cheese, mint, basil, and red wine vinaigrette is both totally healthy and totally delicious.

Secret Recipe: Wise Sons' Chocolate Babka

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.<--break-->

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: 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: 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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