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Glad to help! And yes indeed, next time.

Jul 10, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking
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Domestically Disabled

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9749...

This it? "At the end of my rope" is the title.

Jul 10, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking
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Spatchcocking

Alternatively:

http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s...

I think it's easier, and you keep the backbone in the bird. Excellent results.

Jun 28, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Mix it with BBQ sauce, heat, add Li'l Smokies, and serve for a once-a-year offering on Superbowl Sunday. I live, obviously, in a Magic House.

Jun 23, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

I've been known to buy a rotisserie chicken. And Oreos. And mayonnaise. All things I can make, with varying degrees of success (she says, defensively).

Jun 22, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics
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Olallieberry Picking (and pie at Duarte's)

There's a grocery store across the street and up a little bit from Duarte's that has artichoke-cheese bread beyond compare. Man, that's good. We've bought it for picnics and the loaf barely makes it out of the parking spot. Of course, Duarte's bread is excellent, and then there's pie, which makes for quite a few carbs but all so, so good.

Jun 17, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area

Confession

Bottled dressing? Not on my fresh salad! That ad just cracked me up (who knows why) a hundred years ago.

Jun 16, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

Confession

I just sat down after making 1000 Island to go on our salad tonight! How funny. We're having carnitas along with my homage (if you will) to that crappy Mexican restaurant salad of iceberg, carrots, peas and beets. For whatever reason, that just appeals to me every now and then.

It was my father's favorite and we cracked each other up when I was a kid by calling it Archipelago Dressing. My mom and brother would just ignore us...

Jun 16, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics
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Stop me before I try to help again

I dunno. I thought I was responding to "Mystery snark thread" idea. Getting too meta for me.

Jun 15, 2014
monfrancisco in Site Talk

Stop me before I try to help again

"No offense, but I I regularly prepare and cook meals for hundreds with 5 minute's notice." Really? Who are your guests? Convicts and toddlers?

Jun 15, 2014
monfrancisco in Site Talk

Does preparing for a dinner party keep you from entertaining?

Who were your guests?

Jun 14, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

ideas for a savoury salad to bring to a Tropical potluck?

That salad is really good. I haven't made it in quite a while, but I remember it's always a bit more work than I anticipate. Not the end of the world, just a thought.

Jun 10, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking
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NYT Review of Dan Barber's new book The Third Plate

It just annoys me when people tell me all about the importance of being local while they're flying to Spain to find out how to be local, and meanwhile kind of implying that I ought to watch my carbon footprint.

It all seems so disingenuous and kind of arrogant to me.

Got me thinking!

May 31, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News

Hope this isn't requested to death, but need some ideas for BBQ side dishes for memorial day

A little early in the year, but:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

People really like it, and it can sit around. Although, if you're going to a farm may be kind of stupid.

Otherwise, smoked trout salad in cucumber cups. A little fussy to make, maybe, but popular.

May 22, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

House Hunters & Kitchens

I've lived in a couple of railroad flats that had a wall heater in the central hallway. That meant that A) the hallway was nice and warm when the heat was on and B) we never turned on the heat. I've also lived in a legit converted loft, and that place was freezing in February. We had a Reznor that heated the ceiling beautifully and used sparingly. But maybe I should've learned more about fans and so forth...

But back to kitchens-- both flats had a back pantry (correct term?) with a utility sink, which was great. Hand washing, art projects, and cat boxes all went out there.

May 04, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News

House Hunters & Kitchens

A lot of so-called live/work housing (imitation factory lofts) was built in the early '90s in San Francisco. I always wondered about the utility bills, although in the winter rather than summer here. Even though we've got a temperate climate, that's a bunch of (vertical!) sq ft to heat.

May 04, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News
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Rudest grocery checker remark

Not at the grocery store, but: I took a dress in to my long-time dry cleaner and the gal said, "I can't believe you still have that." I don't think she was trying to be offensive, but I couldn't manage to put a positive spin on it. I mean it's kind of funny (I've told this story to many friends), but not really on the "Do" list in the customer service manual.

Apr 28, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

When food is wrongly named....

My local Safeway sells "Boneless Shoulder-cut Ribs." The name always makes me laugh (and wonder), but I do buy them for carnitas and pork lo-mein. It's like an SAT question-- How can all of these things be true?

Apr 24, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

Euell Gibbons

Forgot to include the second sentence: "Many parts ARE edible."

Apr 06, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

Euell Gibbons

Definitely a punchline for me too. "Ever eat a cotton ball?" was the SNL version, as I recall. But for a really enlightening and entertaining read, look at John McPhee's profile of him. It's in The New Yorker (paywall, unfortunately) and also his collection "A Roomful of Hovings."

Apr 06, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics
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KA Pie Filling Enhancer?

Agree about the set! Perfect, indeed. I make the Cooks Illustrated blueberry pie which calls for tapioca and grated apple (unobtrusive, adds pectin).

Apr 04, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Got it, thanks. Sometimes I read these threads like Victorian serialized novels, and have tons of questions. If Charles Dickens were on novelhound, I'd be the biggest but-but-but-er. At least here, I get some answers!

Apr 02, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food
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Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

Thanks again! Much more informative than my wanderings have been . Incidentally, my "unkown" above should have been followed by "to me."

Apr 02, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

Turns out I don't know all the pudding permutations in our common (!) language. Thanks for this; I'm going to go take a look at S&K (followed by Pie in my parts) and Pease (unknown except for the nursery rhyme and maybe some Shakespeare).

Apr 02, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

I'm with just about everyone else here -- the behavior is rude and inexplicable.

One question, though: At first it seemed like they just wanted a free place to flop while they went about their weekend plans(which seemed to be okay with you), but then you all spent a great deal of time together. Did you just enjoy one another more than anticipated or something else? It's not really relevant, and I'm not being a pill, I'm just curious.

Apr 02, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

Presidio Heights is a beautiful part of town. I'm at the far-away-other-ass-end of the city (Potrero Hill), but would love to meet you if you're interested. monicaluddite-at-att-dot-net.

Mar 30, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area
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returning food to supermarket?

"Bitch desk." Thank you!

Mar 30, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

Spruce, maybe? Just thinking out loud.

Mar 30, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

Charming, sure. But HVAC, plumbing, and electrical upgrades mean a crap-ton of money. And then there's permitting and zoning requirements. Possible but not easy. How Chez P did it I'll never know.

Mar 30, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area
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Misleading Names of Certain Preparations

Yorkshire pudding. Which I love, so it was more puzzling than disappointing.

Mar 30, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics