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Looking for the perfect cobbler crust

As it happens, that's pretty much the one referred to below from Leite's Culinaria that I made earlier this week (thanks to this thread!). I thought it was good, and definitely got the shattering top stratum, but will probably stick with Willie's. This "new" one is a tiny bit more work and a tiny bit different, but not dessert-world-changing for me. I'm an old dog, though, and I'd be interested to hear your take.

Incidentally, in Marion Cunningham's headnote from my ancient SF Chron clipping, she remarks that "one of the jobs of cooking is to take what you've got on hand - often less than perfect - and make it tasty and pleasing." Nothing like official approval for being lazy about one's shopping!

about 21 hours ago
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

That'd be swell!

Where to open a bottle of Champagne (legal or not) ?

Really pretty spot, and if you're lucky, the Telegraph Hill parrots will be chatting along with you.

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

There's also the beloved Bertie Wooster, who fell base over apex.

Aug 20, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

And the early bird gets the worm, but the second rat gets the cheese.

Aug 20, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Have you ever lost . . . .

All in the space of a couple of weeks: An avocado, a loaf of bread, and a bag of homemade oatmeal cookies. I swore they had all been on a table adjacent to both the kitchen and the back door. Thought I was going nuts or senile, which maybe I am, but the culprit turned out to be a marauding raccoon who took advantage of the cat flap. I was equally relieved and furious. I had been looking so forward to the cookies!

Looking for the perfect cobbler crust

That's beautiful! I'll give that a shot next time out. Any particular recipe?

Aug 18, 2015
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Looking for the perfect cobbler crust

Not sure if any of these is what you're looking for, but they might get you started:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/611278

http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-3...

I've made the second one (Willie's Crisp, from Marion Cunningham) approximately a trillion times. It's just what I'm after for this kind of dessert. Happy experimenting!

Aug 18, 2015
monfrancisco in Home Cooking
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Phrases You Don't Hear Anymore

One from my long-gone grandmother -- It's hotter than the hinges of hell. Alliterative and descriptive! For what it's worth, she lived for many years in Palm Springs starting in Depression and WWII days. Seemed so racy to my young self and apt to my current one.

Food for 200 - Enough? Too much?

Just offhand, I'd say--

-- one piece per on the garlic bread seems light (I'm a fiend for it, though)
-- that's a lot of kids, and I have no idea if that changes anyone's mind about yields
-- sounds like a lovely party!

Aug 17, 2015
monfrancisco in General Topics

Daughters 20th Birthday Gala......

Good point. I just figured she's her father's daughter and hasn't been impeded by that particular rule. But what do I know? Great looking food in any case.

Daughters 20th Birthday Gala......

You set the bar too high! What'll ya do next year?

Aug 14, 2015
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Asking guests to leave, for incoming reservations

Got it. Yikes. Now I'm embarrassed about my sloppy syntax! Apologies to all.

Aug 09, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Asking guests to leave, for incoming reservations

Once again, more adept than I. I wasn't aware that there's a time limit on responses, or extra credit for odd question mark usage.

Aug 08, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Asking guests to leave, for incoming reservations

I have no idea why you think I'm pdiner, or why you're very confused. But back to the topic, I think "discreetly asking for a manager" is awkward and time-consuming, especially when there are several people in the party. You, with your years in the trade, may be more adept than we mere civilians.

Aug 08, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Asking guests to leave, for incoming reservations

"Sheepled"? Really? I wouldn't want to enter into negotiations at the host stand. And, not to sound like a baby, I made my reservation first. It's the restaurant's job to deal with its "floor plan", not mine.

What to serve?

Those things are great! Always popular, especially with the cook (meaning easy). I always like the way they look, too.

Aug 06, 2015
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Eat Up, new reviews for the Chronicle, not authored by Michael Bauer

Agree with everything said so far. In addition, I'm puzzled by the tag line "to help you eat awesomely in one of the most expensive cities on earth." Does "awesome" now mean "not much money" in addition to everything else it seems to mean now? If so, are Belinda Leong's goods known to be at the cheaper end of the price spectrum? It's generally a waste of time to read the Chron closely, but I still try.

Do you pray before a meal?

Not really the place for this, but he was a great guy. Sharp as a tack and very funny, always took the long view. He kind of scared me when I was really little but the older I got, the more I loved him. Mary, his wife, was a terrific cook (pocket of veal! gnocchi!) and his daughters took turns babysitting me and my brother over the years.

Do you pray before a meal?

I grew up as a collapsed Catholic (thank you, Malachy McCourt)and we didn't say grace. The version of your second one I regularly heard as a kid at our neighbor's (Italians from Italy)house was:

Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, Which we are about to receive, From the bounty of your servant Aldo.

Aldo being our host and the speaker. Followed by head shaking or big grins, depending on the listener. The food at that house, by the way, was unbelievably good.

Jul 28, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Grating onions (without bawling your eyes out...)

I have a couple of recipes that call for them and have had exactly your experience. I now think mincing the onions super-duper fine amounts to the same thing without the grater and the flying shreds and the swearing.

Jun 29, 2015
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

How funny! My reply was going to be Kelly clamps. My mother the nurse had a couple of pairs in the "junk drawer" when I was a kid for just your sorts of reasons. Then I came to find out that pot smokers use 'em too, and Mom Did Not Approve when I told her. Anyway, I kept them -- they're useful!

Jun 23, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Please help me like chicken breast!

I think they're acceptable in stir-fries and as cutlets. For the latter, I trim off the "tenderloin" and butterfly then dredge in a little flour. You can sauce (or not) as you wish -- lemon, butter, and capers for a picatta is nice. By the way, I agree with every single thing you've said about both "parts".

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

The part that gets me is the pizza box. While there's no doubt she's got access to hundreds of them, I don't. And are you supposed to make it through all the airport nonsense keeping it level? If so, how? If not, why bother? (signed) Don't Get It

"We reserve the right to refuse...." Whole Foods

I always liked the Mad Magazine version: We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone.

Wegman's Faux Pas [Moved from Boston]

After reading this thread, my guess is that the loose grapes came from the cull of people assembling "perfect" bags. Only about 80% kidding here... Doesn't answer the pricing question, though.

Jun 12, 2015
monfrancisco in Not About Food

How high is your tolerance for messy food?

I just wish you'd called him Mr BM in your reply.

Odd flavors - i.e. Cilantro tastes like soap or some foods taste like mold.....(?)

I recently saw a blog post touting a favorite dinner of white wine and artichokes. I had to wonder how much the blogger really likes either of those items. I'm a big fan of both, but not when in proximity.

Odd flavors - i.e. Cilantro tastes like soap or some foods taste like mold.....(?)

Hazelnuts (Filberts) and cilantro. The only two foods I will not eat. Dirt and unpleasantness all around. As for chocolate with hazelnuts--that's just a cruel trick.

Odd flavors - i.e. Cilantro tastes like soap or some foods taste like mold.....(?)

Thanks for this. I try to stay out of cilantro discussions because they're kind of boring and I'm adamant on the topic, but I definitely get "metallic dirt" rather than "soap" in my anti-cilantro mouth. I appreciate seeing the "right" signifier every once in a while!

May 31, 2015
monfrancisco in General Topics