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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

It was a righteous time at Car Week this year.

about 17 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Leftovers and reruns tonight.

Leftover Zuni Chicken, along with the bread salad, heated up nicely this evening. Leftover wine worked pretty well, too. Deb snuck in some chive carrots just to round things out.

Both NCIS and NCIS: LA reruns will be on the plasma. Deb insists.

On a different note, I'm mighty proud of you guys as you rally 'round folk, offer support and so on.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Your meal, as always, sounds fantastic. Best of luck with the pain management.

about 23 hours ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014 -- Voting

OFFAL

1 day ago
steve h. in Los Angeles Area

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

The Full Zuni.

The skin was paper thin and crisp. The bread salad absorbed the essential juices, the dried currants and arugula were key.

A California Pinot Noir was the right call to wash this classic dish down. Santana was on the box.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Deb and I have been going to Zuni Cafe for well over a decade. Judy Rodgers ran a pretty good shop. We own the cookbook. Zuni was a mandatory stop after touching down in SFO.

Here's a link to a recipe:

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/1...

Every element is pretty important.

2 days ago
steve h. in Home Cooking

September 2014 L.A. Dish of the Month: Nominations

FOIE GRAS!

The real stuff. It can't be sold in restaurants but it can be had (wink, wink - nudge, nudge).

Where are you comped this mighty fine organ?

2 days ago
steve h. in Los Angeles Area

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

You were supposed to. That photo is so cool!

I'm just finishing Provence, 1970, Luke Barr's book about disparate American ex-pats coming together for a few good meals and their impact on how we now cook. It's a good read. Give it a shot if you haven't already.

Julia just had another birthday. I'm rather fond of Leos.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Thanks. All this talk of chicken really got my appetite going.

2 days ago
steve h. in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Zuni, the last word in chicken, is up tonight. This is the Full Zuni - bread salad and everything.

Deb prepped and salted the small bird yesterday. It's been roosting in the fridge ever since. A California Pinot Noir will wash it down.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Mighty purty.

Aug 24, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

Biscuits and Gravy: SFBA Dish of the Month July 2014

Biscuits and sausage gravy, topped by two eggs over easy at the Pine Cone Diner in Pt. Reyes Station worked for me on Wednesday. Orange juice and a bottomless cup of coffee rounded out the the meal. I sat at the counter. Cash only. Big fan of the Pine Cone.

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

Hi mc,

Please post a link to your blog in your profile or shoot it to me via email.

--steve

Aug 24, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Creativity in the kitchen is intrinsically good. Old-school recipes and techniques can be pretty good, too.

Fucking purists? That must be a matter of taste. ;-)

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

One more note on the PB Concours.

For the first time, red heads outnumbered over-aeorobicized blondes on the Monterey Peninsula.

There was a stunning collection of Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas (red heads) this year. These cars (the REAL ones) were built from 1958-1961.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Hi PHREDDY,

Low mileage cream puff. Only driven by MB craftsmen and a few select auto journalists to church on Sunday. How this beauty was rediscovered and restored makes for a great story.

http://drive-my.com/en/retro-carss/it...

--steve

Aug 24, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Make it so.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Tony and Sarah run a proper pub. Been going there for more years than I care to admit to. Barkeeps and staff are like family.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Here's a shot of a 1938 MB 540K Streamliner that I took at this year's Pebble Beach Concours. It was rebuilt from scattered pieces parts and a whole lot of sweat by MB's craftsmen. It was my favorite car there. I took some liberties with the photo. I was going for a faux period look.

Never made it to Monterey Fish House, schedule was too tight. I did discover Andre's Bouchée in Carmel - maybe the best restaurant in the Monterey Bay area. Crown and Anchor, of course, was my .goto pub

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Son Christopher turned 39 in June. Granted, I was a child groom. Sending your boy off to college is simply the next step. Enjoy your time together, hug your wife. It's ok to be a little selfish as you plot your next adventure.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

I'm an omnivore. My wife and I are both sailors. I used to work for Times Mirror so I spent a lot of time at the Baltimore Sun. As sailors, Deb and I would leave our home port in Stamford, Connecticut and sail along the coast. Lots of good eats along the way.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Jersey crab cakes were a revelation.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Amen to that. The best crab I ate this year was sourced off Florida's Amelia Island. Not to mention shrimp. I was being expedient but I stand corrected.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

Yep. My wife and I lived in South Korea for three years. It went without saying that we would bring a bottle of whiskey when dining at someone's home.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in General Topics

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

Fried chicken tonight. Deb bathed the thunder thighs in buttermilk, seasoned them in Essence of Emeril and fried them in Crisco in a cast iron skillet. Corn on the cob and cole slaw were on the side, beer and wine on the counter.

Tasty.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

America is the land of plenty. I'd highlight the wines of California, oysters from both coasts, lobsters from Maine, crab, in season, from both coasts, line-caught salmon, whiskey from Tennessee or Kentucky, seasonal fruits from the best providers, produce from the best California providers. Game has always played a roll in our history. Quail?

At the end of the day, you're not going to wow your guests. You should, however, be able to neutralize pre-conceived ideas if you source the freshest stuff that's in season.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in General Topics

Are Microwaves Essential?

We got rid of our built-in microwave oven several years ago when we updated the kitchen. We hardly used it. We keep a toaster oven on the counter and it seems to a better job of bridging the stovetop/oven/reheating dilemma for us. When renovating the kitchen, we put in a proper oven hood over the stovetop where the microwave was. That was a wise decision.

Aug 23, 2014
steve h. in Features

23 hours in San Francisco

I'm a big fan of the shared plates/grazing approach to dining. Barbacco is a lot of fun because you get a chance to negotiate plate size as well as the order and pace of delivery. All that and wine!

Car Week, Monterey. Need advice

My favorite car at Pebble was this 1938 MB 540K Streamliner.

There are some original parts on this car but not much. Rather, it was rebuilt based on original drawings.

Aug 22, 2014
steve h. in California

23 hours in San Francisco

A heavy/rich meal is breakfast at Pine Cone Diner in Pt. Reyes Station. Deb's plate of two eggs over easy, sausages, hash brown potatoes, sourdough toast was mere flirtation compared to my biscuit and sausage gravy breakfast topped by two eggs over easy accompanied by orange juice and a bottomless cup of coffee.