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La Grenouille vs Bouley

La Grenouille is a very special place, perfect for a very special meal. Creative? No, but that is not its mission. Here you will find classic French haute cuisine (including the aforementioned heavenly souffles), impeccably rendered. Beautiful space, perfect service. (The pike quenelles are incredible.)

2 days ago
pikawicca in Manhattan

Preserved Lemons - Safe or Start Over?

This happens sometimes. If they're not moldy or funky smelling, they're fine. (It's pretty difficult for anything to mess with all that acid and salt.)

Jul 03, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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Special education teachers and parents, do you think doctors often get carried away with spefial diets for children with autism and adhd??

This is improving, but most medical students still have no classes on nutrition. And even if they did, the science is so inconclusive on all fronts that giving hard advice on what to eat/not eat is a crap shoot. I suspect that dietary needs are idiosyncratic and won't be understood for many years, if at all.

Top 5 restaurants in San Francisco...?

Judging a restaurant based on reading recipes and looking at photos is just plain silly, IMO. I'm not sure what exactly your "hyper-Frenchy" dig is supposed to convey, but to me, AC has a very strong California vibe. Please go; you will change your mind.

Jean Georges/Nougatine and the Trump Hotel

I think you're going way overboard here. J-G is simply a tenant of one of this blowhard's many properties, not a partner in bigotry.

Oral Surgery.. GF, vegetarian, dairy-free

I love sherry vinegar on baked potatoes.

Jun 26, 2015
pikawicca in Special Diets

27 Rainbow Recipes To Make With Pride

Wedding cakes? (In response to MGZ's question.)

Jun 26, 2015
pikawicca in Food Media & News

Guest from Hong Kong recommendation?

Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park for great California cooking and atmosphere.

What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

The first blueberries and peaches of the season were at the farmers' market Saturday, so I'm baking them into a pie. It's in the oven now, and smelling tantalizing.

CHOW - There is a slight Problem has returned

Me too.

Jun 24, 2015
pikawicca in Site Talk

Big treat for family

Aburiya. Fantastic contemporary Japanese. We were blown away.

Jun 22, 2015
pikawicca in Manhattan
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Undercooked Salmon

This term just doesn't appear in the U.S. in any forum where most folks would see it. Most of your cites are obscure.

Jun 19, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics

Cookbook Challenge

Thanks for the info!

Jun 19, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Cookbook Challenge

Do you use the mill much? I'm thinking about getting one.

Jun 19, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Undercooked Salmon

Seriously doubt that anyone in the States or Europe would have a clue as to what 'Canadian Method" might be.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

It was fresh from the farmers' market. Brought it home, rinsed it off, was in the next room when I heard a loud hissing sound. Went back to the kitchen to see pulp spraying out of the side of the melon. Thankfully, I had left it in the dish rack next to the sink, not in the fridge. Wouldn't go near it, so my husband bravely removed it to the outdoors before it burst open entirely. The grower informed me that "that happens sometimes." Haven't looked at a melon the same since.

What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

A dramatically exploding watermelon a few years back.

Jun 13, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food

German food

Link to image didn't work. Definitely currywurst.

Jun 12, 2015
pikawicca in Europe

Sous Vide cooking...are you on board?

I don't understand why you would comment when you haven't tried it. I SV pretty much every day.

Jun 08, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

Things you can't get in the UK

Millions of Americans disagree.

Jun 03, 2015
pikawicca in U.K./Ireland
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Things you can't get in the UK

Dark chocolate is different from unsweetened chocolate. Unsweetened is an ingredient in many U.S. chocolate desserts, but I don't believe that it's called for in recipes in any other country. I don't know what a British baker would do with it.

Jun 03, 2015
pikawicca in U.K./Ireland

Word difference

First, I think that you are confusing the words "cut" and "chop." It would be very odd for someone to say that "they chopped their fingers." They would say that they "cut" their fingers. In a recipe, it's possible to use "cut" with "slice," "dice," etc., as slicing and dicing are ways of cutting; they are not ways of chopping. Thus, instructions might say to "cut the carrot into rounds, making sure the slices are even," for example.

Jun 02, 2015
pikawicca in Home Cooking

A question about yeast

I store mine in a jar in the fridge. It's still good after several years.

Jun 02, 2015
pikawicca in General Topics
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What's the most overpriced menu item you've seen?

You have set a bad precedent.

Perfect Cocktail Glass

Have a look at these beauties.
http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/...

This comes close (and it's a lot cheaper).
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/jasper-...

May 30, 2015
pikawicca in Spirits

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition! [OLD]

Good and Cheap is a remarkable book -- great for a college student, or anyone on a strict food budget. I love the story behind it.

What's For Dinner #366: It's summertime! [through May 29, 2015]

I'm making an Asian shrimp salad from the Epicurious cookbook. Lots of fresh veggies and a lime/fish sauce dressing.

Cooking from Yotam Ottolenghi's PLENTY MORE

CAULIFLOWER CAKE (Cover recipe from the American edition). Lots of work but worth it. This is a gorgeous and unusual dish that would make an excellent vegetarian main. I added a generous pinch of Aleppo pepper. Next time I'll sub black sesame seeds for the nigella, which does not go well with the Parm.

Beans......Again ?!?

If the beans have been soaked, they're not going to take all that long to cook, maybe an hour. Certainly not overnight.

Am I the only one who lives in a magic house? A lighthearted look at ourselves & food safety

And he was wickedly funny.

May 15, 2015
pikawicca in Not About Food
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