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How to handle canned anchovies?

I think you can just rinse off the salt, remove the backbone and then use it in any recipe. I'd eat them with roasted garlic spread on crusty bread with a bit of olive oil. You can also keep the salt and use it in other recipes, since it's full of anchovy flavour.

Nov 03, 2011
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Does pasta dough really need to rest? Jamie Oliver is indicating no.

I've found that if I try to roll it out right away, it resists me, so I do let it rest for at least 20 minutes before trying. I'm not sure what he's doing differently, but maybe it's the flour that he's using that lets him roll it out right away?

Oct 18, 2011
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China Village [Albany]

Beef tendon is really the tendon from the legs. They are usually very gelatinous and not very meaty or fatty. Kingdom of Noodles (18th and Irving) in SF makes a fabulous beef tendon noodle soup with giant chunks of the stuff and hand-pulled noodles. I'm hungry just thinking about it!

Jun 10, 2011
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What do you take for lunch to work?

Food units! That's genius, and it makes it a no-brainer too when it comes to making sure you have a homemade lunch everyday.

May 04, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

Tried my hand for the very first time at making scones last night, and I have to say that I'm very inexperienced with handling a dough like that. I'm used to bread doughs that you can knead and mush around without much consequence, so delicately handling a dough and shaping it was a bit tough the first time around.

They still turned out buttery and flaky, so I guess I didn't overhandle it at the least, but note to self: don't put them so close together on the pan. I had to perform separation surgery when they grafted together halfway through baking!

Recipe here: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2011/03...

Apr 29, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

Did you end up making this and dropping the sugar? I'd be interested to know how it turned out as I'm planning to make this as well and would prefer to have less sweet taste soon.

I'll probably just make it with the full amount first and then tweak the second batch.

Apr 28, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

That's gorgeous! Did it rise a lot when baking?

Apr 27, 2011
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What to do with 6 ripe avocados ...

I'm already too late, but just wanted to add that I usually mash it up with a bit of milk, then I add sugar, the tiniest pinch of salt, and a few drops of hot sauce. It's creamy, sweet, and spicy.

Apr 26, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

Oh my... that looks amazing.

Apr 25, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

Oh my, that looks amazing!!

Apr 19, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

Oh my, that sounds heavenly!

Apr 18, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

Yes!! I'm hoping it turns out to be really good and the dough cooks evenly! The idea sounds soooooo tasty.

Apr 16, 2011
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What are you baking these days? April 2011 (old)

I love this thread. Seeing what everyone else is making is inspirational!

Last weekend, I made two desserts for a dinner party: a sweet cornmeal loaf cake and peanut butter cup cookies (pb cookies with a dark chocolate peanut butter cup pressed in the middle). I also made some not-sweet oatmeal cookies with walnuts and currents to bring to work during the week.

This weekend I'm debating making chocolate chip cookie wrapped around a peanut butter pretzel bit that I saw on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. I'm also planning to make pecan pie bars just for kicks.

Apr 15, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Yes, I agree that beers can go well with desserts, but it can be a bit of a mental hurdle.

Apr 15, 2011
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Hitachino Beer in San Francisco?

I was going to say Whole Foods, but someone already beat me to it. They also have Coedo if you're into that too. Mmm...

Apr 05, 2011
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Late Happy Hour in Financial District?

Osha Thai Embarcadero and Cigar Bar have late happy hours (at least until 8pm I think).

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Cigar Bar & Grill
850 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Osha Thai Embarcadero
100 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Mar 29, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

The website does that that it's okay to grab a baguette from Acme or some cheese from Cowgirl and bring it there to eat, which is pretty nice of them considering they serve Cowgirl cheese too.

Feb 24, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Ah, The Uptown is even closer to my house than Shotwells so maybe I'll try there next. I usually scope the scene ahead of time and ask the bartender when the place isn't busy, and I just haven't gotten a chance to check out The Uptown yet.

Absolut Pepper? Man, I've never heard of that! Will have to try it out.

Feb 24, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

I've never been to Yancy's. Does it get busy in the middle of the day on Sundays with sports fans?

And re: the pizza boxes, that's pretty rude of people to leave their trash after if they bring in outside food.

Feb 23, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Ya, I figured that most places that don't serve their own food would be okay with people who brought their own, but figured I'd ask to see if people knew specific places that were cool with it.

Feb 23, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Oh good to know. I'll have to check out Pop's next time.

Feb 23, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Wow, I had no idea! Thanks for the tip Robert.

Feb 23, 2011
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Places that let you bring your own food (in SF only)

Every so often, I like to make baked goods and share them with my friends, but instead of having them come to my place, I'll meet them at Shotwell's Bar in the Mission since they don't have a problem with people bringing their own food. I will tell people to buy drinks there since they're letting us hang out.

My question is: Are there other places like this in SF? I'm ideally looking for a place that serves drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), but will let me bring my desserts to share with friends.

I've been going to Shotwell's and they've never had a problem with it, but would like to know about other places around SF. Mission/SoMa would be great, but other neighbourhoods not a problem.

Feb 23, 2011
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Three Days in SF (Mon-Wed) a few questions

Z&Y in Chinatown has good sichuan; I usually go to China Village in Albany for sichuan dishes, but realise that might be too far for you.

Feb 15, 2011
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Great Dumplings/Dim Sum in/near San Jose's Chinatown or the Rosicrucian Museum?

Chandackl, the location you give for Ghost Chinatown SJ makes a lot of sense. I agree that it's definitely not a place to go. Milpitas or Cupertino are where to go.

Oh yeah... Tong Dumpling Pot is also super good for Chinese dumplings! I love their squash dumplings and will buy a big bag of them when they have them (I think they are seasonal).

Feb 10, 2011
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Daddy O's Cafe

Thanks for the report! I've been wanting to try this place since I live very closeby, but haven't had a chance yet. Hopefully they can work out the kinks and stay in that spot.

The pecan pie sounds tasty... Might need to stop by just for that.

Feb 10, 2011
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Great Dumplings/Dim Sum in/near San Jose's Chinatown or the Rosicrucian Museum?

Where's the Chinatown in San Jose? Do you mean Milpitas? If so, I really adore the thick-skinned northern-China style dumplings at Nutrition House in Milpitas in the same mall as the Ranch 99, next door to the hotpot place tucked in the corner. They don't do dim sum though, so might want to check out Mayflower or ABC Seafood for that.

If you don't mind takeout style dim sum, I'd also recommend New Hwong Kok in Milpitas.

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New Hwong Kok
1705 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

Nutrition House
496 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035

99 Ranch
4299 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Feb 10, 2011
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Beer stores on the Peninsula

I second the Gourmet Haus Staudt recommendation. They are super friendly and also sell a good selection of imported candies and foods (Haribo!!!). It's worth a visit for sure.

Feb 08, 2011
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Dinner in SOMA

I'd recommend Radius as a nice spot after a couple beers. The food there is pretty good and the dining area is nice.

Would 21st Amendment be too far to go after City Beer Store? You could continue the beer tasting there (for strong beer month).

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City Beer Store
1168 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Feb 03, 2011
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Who makes hodo kwaja Korean pastry in Bay Area?

I've called it TofuTown actually, but yes there are a large number of Korean restaurants in that area of El Camino near Lawrence. I really love Chosun Myunoak at El Camino and Calabazas for mul naeng myun. Mmm... I can't wait for summertime to come again.

Feb 02, 2011
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