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In charge of making matzo balls this weekend? Allow us to assist.

From making matzo for Passover to cooking with marijuana to sampling the world’s hottest pepper, it was quite the interesting week at Food Republic. We practiced the best three ways to cook lamb at home and learned about saba and stroopwafel (we didn’t know anything about them either before this week, don’t worry). We also perfected our Bloody Mary–making techniques, thanks in part to our handy guide to 13 booze books that just hit the shelves. We also sat down with legendary chef Jeremiah Tower to discuss his extensive career and were lucky enough to grab seats at the screening of the new documentary about him at the TriBeCa Film Festival. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. We sit down with chef Jeremiah Tower to discuss his long, fascinating career.
  2. Here’s how to make matzo for Passover the Alon Shaya way.
  3. Is marijuana — yes, marijuana — the next big superfood?
  4. What is saba and why is it trending?
  5. Allow us to present five ways you’re making your Bloody Mary all wrong.
  6. We take a look at the Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest pepper.
  7. Check out these 13 booze books to get you amped for springtime sipping.
  8. All about the stroopwafel, the Netherlands’ ultimate confection.
  9. These are the three best ways to cook lamb at home.
  10. Seder on! Here are 12 Passover recipes we love.