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What makes you sick or react that you love?

Doughnuts! Cake and French were particular favorites. They just started talking back to me some years ago and 8:00 on a Friday morning at work isn't the time for GI distress. Still look at them longingly, though.

about 12 hours ago
monfrancisco in General Topics

I've never been a *Quick* Cook

"I have to do something before I do something." Oh, yes! I sometimes feel like I'm living proof of infinite regression.

Aug 09, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

I've never been a *Quick* Cook

Huge pisser about the nudges.

I, too, am a slow cook. I'm a huge fan of Cooks Illustrated, and I've come to find out that I have to do one thing or another the day (or weekend) before if I intend to have a "Weeknight Dinner" on the table in any reasonable amount of time. Once I figured it out, it ceased to bother me. "Know thyself," I guess.

Aug 09, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

I'm making a note in the book right now about the small dish so I don't forget next time! Also about the smoked salmon -- that's inspired.

Aug 06, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

Salmon mousse, from the Silver Palate book. Kind of old school, but the last time we had a big party I was looking forward to eating some after all the clean-up was done but the platter was scraped clean.

It calls for mayo (eggs!), but I don't see why you couldn't just skip it. I sub sour cream for the whipped cream (lazy) without a problem.

Aug 05, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

A beef: "Is this your first time here?"

Hah! Many years ago, a friend and I got that lecture, with emphasis on the restaurant's family-style service and two wood-burning ovens. Okay, fine. The plates could've been split between a mouse and a hummingbird (maybe) and none of our first-choice mains was available because one of the ovens was down that night. Add in excruciating noise, and I haven't been back although the joint is still in business. So, once again, go figure.

Aug 02, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

They certainly may have done. When I signed up for the Giants' new park in '97, all they every sent me was an annual invoice so that's my experience. But times change. And what's so unsophisticated about beer and dogs? Or sophisticated about vegan fare?

Jul 27, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area
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How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

But of course!

Jul 27, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area

How many SF 49ers football fans really want Vegan food?

My guess is that the Niners' brass is loving the headlines and that the vegan stuff will last as long as the receipts are good and no longer. I particularly like the fact that no hotdogs will be sold at the yard -- only Frankfurters. Pardon me, do you have any tomato condiment for my pommes frites?

Jul 27, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area
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Role of Critics

A bit off topic, but I learned a while ago that Skip Bayless and Rick Bayless are brothers -- just boggles my mind. On the other hand, if I were Paul and Molly O'Neill's parents, I would be so proud I would burst.

Jul 24, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

That's new to me. Something to look forward to! I'd add "product" and "component."

Jul 22, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

I've thought about that, too. Or maybe voluptuous? Or sensuous? Not really right, either, but closer to the intended mark. I've apparently spent way too much time being annoyed by this.

Jul 22, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News
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Domestically Disabled

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