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32 Hungry Boys

Take a look at this thread:

Lots of ideas, and a great read. I do miss mamachef around here.

Is dessert optional?

Seems to me that inasmuch as many people ask about dietary needs and preferences when issuing an invitation, right there is the opportunity for the No Dessert for Me crowd to pipe up. But I guess the Needs and Preferences people reserve the right to sound off before, during, and for all I know after.

Feb 28, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

If your host follows the convention of ordering last, how do you know if her choice will be the chicken breast or the Spend-O-Matic steak? Or the iced tea as opposed to the double Pappy? I order mid-menu both because that's usually where my preferences lie anyway and because it's the polite thing to do. I guess the pre-ordering chatter might give a clue, but it all seems pretty nebulous to me.

Feb 23, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Good job! Didn't know if I had a syntax-stickler around or not. Great, and funny, advice in any case.

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Hah! Poor composition on my part -- I meant the band.

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Here's my sort-of off-topic question: Many of the comments suggest that the rider is a canary-in-coal-mine-type indicator, that following it (or not) indicates overall attention to detail. So, when your mashed guac with tons of cumin and zero tomatoes arrives at 5:00, a few hours before show time, what exactly are you supposed to do?

Not liking small plates, tapas trend.

And sometimes hipness is what it ain't! Never enough opportunities to throw in a Tower of Power reference.

Feb 09, 2015
monfrancisco in General Topics

Health care surcharge...what do you think?

Picking a nit here -- you do not have to collect it. You do, however, have to pay it.

Feb 09, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Inexpensive and small wedding desserts

Thanks. Napkins do solve a number of my table-related problems!

Inexpensive and small wedding desserts

Seriously (not being a jerk) -- how do you eat those neatly? I'm kind of a sloppy eater and in my wedding-going duds, I wouldn't go near those.

Robert Irvine's Second Restaurant Closes

Just poking my head in to say I figured you were goofing with the Ooze and Schmooze names until I looked at the link. I think I could go into marketing now -- "Stay at Super8 after your meal at Ooze!"

Lemon thief

Those roof rats are the damnedest things. We had 'em a couple of years ago and were baffled by the "bald" Meyers. A few minutes with Google solved the mystery. The rats then went elsewhere as quickly as they'd arrived and haven't been back.

Jan 20, 2015
monfrancisco in Gardening

increase in sticklers on the Home Cooking Board?

I'll take them over the tummy-sketty-sammie contingent any day.

Side dish ideas for fried chicken and waffles as the main

You should hear it around here when I bring out my fluted removable tart bottom (Julia voice optional).

Washing Chicken Correctly Very Important

Maybe we could use the discussions on the chicken-ick!

Jan 17, 2015
monfrancisco in General Topics

Pat peeves as a guest at a dinner party?

Not exclusive to dinner parties, I realize, but I really don't like buffet service. The awkward shuffling in line when you can't really converse, the not knowing if the flatware is at the end of the line or you just didn't see it at the beginning, the people ahead of you who debate and fuss and pick and marvel, the platter with something you want that's missing a serving spoon next to the one with stuff you avoid that has two, the all-but empty platters (I usually try to be toward the end of the line), on and on. I'm not a brat (really) and it certainly doesn't ruin my evening, but it's not my preference.

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

"Counterintuitive" is letting them off easy! I've been saying "mind-boggling." We have two tenants in our building, one ancient guy and one couple from out-of-state. I'm sure all of them thought I was losing my mind when I explained all of this the first time, and the diagram from the scavenger company didn't help much (although it let me off the crazy-hook).

Jan 04, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Mandatory municipal composting: how do you handle your food scraps?

I hear ya. Some years ago, I finally came up with storing the scraps in a waxed milk or orange juice carton. These are both okay for the "green" can in San Francisco. It still takes up real estate (as do the three carts outside, up from one in the olden days), and obviously won't work for people who get their milk or juice in other kinds of jugs but I'm happy with it. I keep it on the floor next to the "garbage" (not recyclable, not compostable) garbage can. It's kind of unsightly I guess, but at least I've had no problems with smells or leaks.

Jan 04, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Tell me about your first time making something

Oh oh oh -- Julia's Creme Caramel. The caramel just had me all twisted, due to completely misunderpating the instructions. I was about 12. Then when I went to unmold it (after, say, four hours of chilling when she says, I think, six and I now leave it in the fridge overnight) it all kind of fell apart. My father, for whom I'd made it since it was one of his favorites, was nice enough to say that most people probably ended up with a mess on the plate on their first try. Me, tearfully: "But that's what I have..."

It tasted fine, and before too long I could make it in my sleep.

TV cooking show pet peeves

I can't grab the remote fast enough when that starts up!

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

It seems to me that the only win-win option is to tell him the party starts later than it does, but since you've already issued the invitation I don't really know how you'd manage that.

If a well-meaning conversation would fix it, he'd be fixed. And how does encouraging him to eat before-hand or giving him his own sandwich take care of a guy who can plow through a pan of lasagne?

Difficult situation all the way around, especially since he seems to be an otherwise great person. Hope it somehow works out!

Dec 31, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Cocktail party eats -- a report

Extraordinary! Wow! I've been thinking you're pretty much top-drawer after making and eating (and making and eating!) your chocolate cake, but this is just remarkable. And thanks so much for the recipes and when-to/how-to notes. I probably would have embarrassed myself (like the big-eater guy on another thread) had I been there. Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

All of this sounds very familiar! I would opt for the Silent Sigh & Settle option, for a number of reasons too dull to go into here. I'll just add that I have been sent back to the hardware store forthwith when I didn't grok a spec in all its glory and utility.

Dec 28, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Accused of shoplifting!

My local Whole Foods (San Francisco) has a prominent sign at the entry that reads "Please Don't Shop in Your Bag, Use Our Carts." Or something similar. It took me the longest time to figure out what they were getting at.

Dec 23, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Accused of shoplifting!

That's why we shoplift so successfully!

How to deal with Queen of the Boards?

I can only say that refusing to post back as a personal-discipline-thing kind of works for me (especially since I always get 'schooled' if I do), but I'm definitely with you on the BP spike. How one person can be from any number of states, speak numerous languages, be proficient in most cuisines, have done note-worthy work in a variety of fields (including but not limited to economics, child psychology, geo-politics, direct sales, and world history), and have children of all sorts of ages while managing to constantly post on Chowhound is beyond me. You'd think the UN or the MacArthur pople would be on the trail. But I'm a lazy fuck, and generally end up chuckling once I get over my mad. Thanks so much for your post!

Pear desserts

Pear clafoutis! Easy, easy, and delicious! I like Patricia Wells' recipe, but it's a pretty simple formula so you could probably find any number of takes on it. I used to work with a guy who had a prolific tree and I made numerous clafoutis from the bounty. My sweetheart and I would just stand in the kitchen and finish it off out of the pan. These days, I make it occasionally and eat it like a civilized person.

Whoops! Cross-posting, but all to the good!

Dec 21, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

And S Epatha Merkerson was the mail guy. (Sorry, couldn't help it. Too tempting.)

Dec 04, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

A bit of lemon juice or white wine or vermouth, or I guess, some mild vinegar. Makes a huge difference!

Nov 29, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Need a better bechamel (and/or mornay), not gloppy

Another thought is to make a veloute instead -- stock or broth instead of milk. Still nice and lush, but not so heavy. I do this for Tetrazzini, a pan of which I see in my near (post-TG) future.