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SJ Eats: What did you think?

We left after about 15 min. I hope there will be a next time in a much larger space.

Apr 04, 2011
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a pasta machine

I have had an Atlas for about 20 years. It gets occasional use - and has always preformed well. Wish it was easier to clean.

Dec 11, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

Electric slicer for speck or prosciutto

Went into Williams Sonoma today and they had the Chef's Choice 632 slicer in the store. When I (finally) got someone to talk to me about it she said it wouldn't work for me - does not slice thin enough. Anyone have any other ideas?

Dec 11, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

ISO white oven proof flat soup bowl/plates

just like that! I used to love going to fishseddy when we lived near NY. I will give them a call, I suspect they probably are notovenproof but never hurts to ask.
thanks

Dec 10, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

ISO white oven proof flat soup bowl/plates

My DH ordered a pot pie when we were out for dinner a few weeks ago. It came in a maybe 9" soup bowl with a flat rim, and had a puff pastry type top that hung down over the bowl. So he got lots and lots of crust with this pot pie, about 1 to 1 in terms of meat and veggies to crust. He is still talking about it.

So I'm looking for flat bowls (pasta type?) with a wide rim, that are oven proof to at least 450. White would be good, but red could work also.

TIA

Dec 10, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

Electric slicer for speck or prosciutto

I have been looking at the Chef's Choice 632. I want something that can make paper thin slices of prosciutto and especially speck. This is just for home use. Does anyone know if it will work for me? Or maybe I could get away with something cheaper? Always a plus.

I dabbled with the thought of a used commercial unit, but I don't really have space for it and would not want it out all the time.

Dec 10, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

Desperately seeking quiet new range

I have a Thermador 36" gas oven that I love. The convection is so quiet that I didn't think it was working when I first used it. It is the lower priced line (pro style stainless with black knobs) and is not self cleaning. I have had Vikings in 2 previous kitchens that were very loud, and before them a noisy Jenn-Air.

Dec 10, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

Holiday Party Lunch - Chez Panisse

I 2nd or 3rd, splitting a pizza for starters, and if you like bread pudding and the persimmon pudding is listed for dessert get 2. I'm still trying to replicate it without success.

Dec 10, 2007
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Standing Rib Roast Recipe

If you can find a dry aged standing rib, buy it. Please don't cook it medium, make it medium rare at least. After the roast has rested a while, slice off some for those who want the roast a bit more done and heat it a bit longer - or make a small roast a cook it medium.
Many years ago I used to buy my standing rib roast from a butcher who would remove the meat from the bone, and then slice it like a roulade, season it, roll it back up and tie it to the bone. It was amazing. I got a marriage proposal from one on those roasts.

Dec 06, 2007
gwarring in Home Cooking

Gift idea: looking for a good cookbook for my son [Moved from General Topics board]

I 2nd the Bittman book, How To Cook Everything. Its worth it for the roast chicken recipes alone.

Dec 06, 2007
gwarring in Home Cooking

Electric slicer for speck or prosciutto

Does anyone have any recommendations for an electric slicer for prosciutto or speck? I want to be sure to find a machine that can handle very firm meats but I don't want to spend a whole bunch of money. Under 300 would be good, under 200 would be better. Is that possible?

I would like to be able to slice even, thin pieces that look good. And this is just for at home use.

Dec 06, 2007
gwarring in Cookware

Can I give away my French Laundry Res?

Thanks all - I ended up calling FL this morning and after checking they said no problem, just be sure its for the same # of people. Hunicz they are for 4 on the 23. But I think someone at my husband's office will take them.

When I checked back to this question for answers this morning the post was gone, so I asked again, and that one went away also.

Dec 06, 2007
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area

Super Deal: La Tur $2.99 at Sigona's

Can you buy more than 1 at that price? I had been planning on having a few in the frig for the holidays anyway. At that price it would be worth the drive to grab a couple or 4.

Dec 06, 2007
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area

Brandied cherries with frozen cherries

Sorry, I didn't see the question until today. The original recipe uses them the day they are made, and doesn't call for any additional aging. I have always made them a few days before using, on the theory that it couldn't hurt.

Dec 06, 2007
gwarring in Home Cooking

Can I give away my French Laundry Res?

Sigh - After a fair amount of hair pulling, we have decided not to use our FL reservations, can I give them to a friend who will use them?

Dec 05, 2007
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area

Brandied cherries with frozen cherries

There was a question on the San Francisco board about if you could use frozen cherries to make brandied cherries. I got told to post the recipe here.

The recipe I have used calls for 12 ounces of previously frozen cherries thawed with juices reserved. There should be about 10 tablespoons juice, then add enough water to the juices to equal 1 1/2 cups total. Add 1/2 cup sugar, the cherries, and bring to a boil, simmer for 1 min.
Remove from heat.

Remove the cherries with a skimmer or slotted spoon, and I put the cherries in a heatproof glass bowl or you could put them in a 1 quart jar. Add 1/2 cup brandy or cognac, cover and set aside.

Bring the cherry syup to a boil in a large pan, then continue boiling until it has reduced to 1 cup. Pour the syrup over the cherry/brandy mixture, stir or swirl a bit and after it has cooled refrigerate. The cherries are supposed to keep covered for up to 3 months as is but I have never had them last that long.

The recipe is from The Pie and Pastery Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Nov 28, 2007
gwarring in Home Cooking

Brandied Cherries

they are brandied or cognac cherries, and I will post the recipe on the other board. They are a little syrupy, and they are great over ice cream, but I think they also would be terrific in a manhattan. But I'm thinking brandy manhattan, which I understand is maybe more of a midwestern thing. When the Chronical did a big article on manhattans a couple of months ago, there was no discussion of brandy in any kind of manhattan.

Nov 28, 2007
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area

1st time to Manresa

I have a Bday this weekend, and will be going to Manresa Sunday evening for a splurge. DH forgot so we could only get an 8:30 seating. I'm thinking that may be too late in the evening to fully enjoy the tasting menu? (Boy do I sound like an old fart.) Not to mention the kitchen will probably not be thrilled. Any pointers for a 1st timer? Should we tell them its a birthday?

Jun 06, 2007
gwarring in San Francisco Bay Area