7 Vibrant Recipes From ‘Mi Cocina,’ Rick Martinez’s Ode to Mexico

Today marks a very important date in our calendar—the launch of Food52 resident Rick Martinez’s first cookbook, Mi Cocina.

“On September 12, 2019, I flew to Puebla to start a journey that would change my life forever,” Rick wrote in an Instagram capti…

Today marks a very important date in our calendar—the launch of Food52 resident Rick Martinez’s first cookbook, Mi Cocina.

“On September 12, 2019, I flew to Puebla to start a journey that would change my life forever,” Rick wrote in an Instagram caption today, celebrating the launch of Mi Cocina. The book takes home cooks on a journey across Mexico, with recipes inspired by the 20,000 miles that Rick traveled, including dishes like Tlayuda con Tasajo, Sopa de Lima, Puchero Tabasqueño, Torta de Lechón, and Tacos Gobernador.

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The Only Tools You’ll Need for DIY Upholstering

Over my years of working in upholstery and furniture design, I have pulled together a finely-honed set of tools that I need to ensure the best results. When approaching DIY upholstery, remember that you don’t need to acquire every tool in the shed all …

Over my years of working in upholstery and furniture design, I have pulled together a finely-honed set of tools that I need to ensure the best results. When approaching DIY upholstery, remember that you don’t need to acquire every tool in the shed all at one time—or even use all of them. While the tools you will need will greatly depend on the level of difficulty of the project or the technique needed for the particular item that you’re working on, my best advice is to acquire what’s useful to you and build your repertoire as you go along.

You don’t need expensive equipment to achieve a clean and well-done finish, either. There are so many industrial supplies and equipment that I have chosen not to acquire because they are cumbersome, expensive, and take up quite a large amount of space. Also of note: when it comes to specialized DIY tools, you can also often rent them for your projects.

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Mood Boards Are Essential to Good Design—Here’s How

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wit…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her best tips for sourcing the fabric of your dreams.


I believe that every creative decision starts with a vision. We envision everyday what our homes and apartments could look like: the color palette for our walls, the wood flooring or backsplash tiles that will adorn our rooms, and what beamed ceilings could do for our living rooms. Eventually, this imagination filters down to the palms of our hands and materializes as our physical spaces.

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Inside Our Design Resident’s Inviting New Upholstery Studio

For years I’ve had very clear ideas around what my dream studio should look like: bright with lots of sunlight, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-beam ceilings, and plenty of storage space for all the chairs that I find in secondhand and antique shops—and…

For years I’ve had very clear ideas around what my dream studio should look like: bright with lots of sunlight, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-beam ceilings, and plenty of storage space for all the chairs that I find in secondhand and antique shops—and to showcase my work, of course.

Moving back to my hometown Minneapolis (from DC) last year offered me the opportunity to find exactly that kind of space. But once I found it, the question was: How does one furnish a studio space without breaking the bank, and while also maximizing space and design? Having worked out of three separate (upholstery) studios throughout my career, I have learned a few tricks on what to do—and what not to. Maybe you could use some of these ideas in your own workspace?

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14 No-Fail Gifts That Work Every Time, According to Resident Hana Asbrink

If there’s one thing I’m good at that isn’t kitchen-related, it’s buying gifts. There’s nothing more gratifying than giving someone the most thoughtful gift, which from my experience, marries style, utility, and a touch of “wow-I-didn’t-realize-I-neede…

If there's one thing I'm good at that isn't kitchen-related, it's buying gifts. There's nothing more gratifying than giving someone the most thoughtful gift, which from my experience, marries style, utility, and a touch of "wow-I-didn't-realize-I-needed-that" whimsy.

The following gift ideas are a trusted assortment of beloved items that I own and are so good that I’ve already gifted them to my loved ones (or in the case of some, let people borrow and never saw them again).

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We Can’t Stop Staring at Nicole Crowder’s Thanksgiving Table

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wi…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her holiday table ideas.


This time of year is when I get my creative second wind—when I am consumed by inspiration and creative energy as electric as the holiday lights and bulbs lining trees and window frames. There’s nothing quite like a season that is centered around my favorite rituals of gathering and dining together, but with a little extra festive flair—a happy excuse to dress up my home and my mother’s table with new ideas and themes.

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The Thanksgiving Menu of Our Wildest Dreams

What do you want to eat for Thanksgiving? That’s the question we asked our resident experts this summer (because, yep, that’s when food publications dream about November). Like a pile of raked leaves that you want to jump into, the answers grew and gre…

What do you want to eat for Thanksgiving? That's the question we asked our resident experts this summer (because, yep, that's when food publications dream about November). Like a pile of raked leaves that you want to jump into, the answers grew and grew and grew. It's the potluck to end all potlucks. It's the Residentsgiving.

Everyone is bringing a dish—from Carolina Gelen's on-the-fly yogurt dip to Mandy Lee's creamy kimchi gratin, Rick Martinez's roast turkey al pastor, and Samantha Seneviratne's chocolatey pecan pie. There's something for everyone. Which leads us to the most important question of all: What do you want to eat for Thanksgiving? We've got even more inspiration (and butter, of course) at our holiday hub. And like every year, our editors are always here to help on the Hotline.

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The Best Places to Buy Beautiful Fabric Online

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wit…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her best tips for sourcing the fabric of your dreams.


Working in upholstery, the number one question I get asked is: Where do you find your fabrics? It’s a question with an answer as deep as it is wide because, the truth is, you can find fabrics just about anywhere, even outside of traditional fabric stores, online sites, and showrooms. I seek out fabric wherever I am, from antique stores to my own closet (I have repurposed old clothes into table runners), but fabric sourcing is genuinely my favorite part of my work because I get to play with color and textiles and dream up something that has its own language.

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A Baker’s 7 Secrets for Better Dinner Rolls

I can’t do Thanksgiving without some really good rolls on the table. Since the season is just about upon us, I tackled the concept in the most recent episode of Bake it Up a Notch, diving deep into all things dinner rolls and learning a lot along the w…

I can’t do Thanksgiving without some really good rolls on the table. Since the season is just about upon us, I tackled the concept in the most recent episode of Bake it Up a Notch, diving deep into all things dinner rolls and learning a lot along the way! This year, on top of all of the recipes (and there are many!), I wanted to share all of my favorite tips, tricks, and techniques for baking all kinds of beautiful dinner rolls. So right in time for fall and holiday baking, here are my seven top secrets for perfect dinner rolls, every time.

1. Pick the Right Dough for Crusty vs. Fluffy Results

Dinner rolls can be made from either lean or enriched bread doughs. Enriched doughs are recipes that contain “enrichments” like butter, eggs, milk, and sugar. Examples of enriched doughs include brioche, challah, and Parker House rolls. Lean doughs contain no enrichments—they are just made of flour, water, yeast, and salt. Examples of lean doughs include baguettes, ciabatta, and plain varieties of sourdough. When choosing your ideal roll recipe, remember: If you’re looking for a fluffier roll, opt for an enriched dough. For a crustier roll, choose a lean dough.

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28 of Sohla El-Waylly’s Best Recipes—From Halloumi Salad to Black & White Pound Cake

Sohla El-Waylly has given us some of our all-time favorite recipes, like Ranch Fun Dip, Cheesy Corn Mochi Cake, and Lamb Meatballs. She’s graced us with her presence in her series “Off-Script with Sohla” and has shared remarkable tips for how to preven…

Sohla El-Waylly has given us some of our all-time favorite recipes, like Ranch Fun Dip, Cheesy Corn Mochi Cake, and Lamb Meatballs. She’s graced us with her presence in her series “Off-Script with Sohla” and has shared remarkable tips for how to prevent a deflated soufflé, how to braise anything and everything, and how to make chicken wings. Take a walk—or go for a run!—through some of the very best recipes Sohla has contributed to Food52.


Sohla El-Wally's Best Recipes

1. Blueberry Cocoa Crumble

There are a few things that make this blueberry crumble stand out from the crowd. For starters, it’s impossible to overlook the intense chocolate topping made with black cocoa powder. The fruit filling isn’t too shabby either. Instead of tossing the berries with sugar, Sohla mixes them with honey, orange blossom water, and lemon juice for a fresh, floral flavor.

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