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Party Early Birds

Would you walk me through this? Seems to me you'd be an hour late, but I always have to think twice about time zones and 24 times when the International Date Line is involved. In any case, great story! Nothing like thinking you're doing the exact right thing, and then, NOT.

about 10 hours ago
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Wheat/Dairy Free Wedding Guest Ettiquette

Really! I'd be some combination of livid and dumbfounded for a couple of reasons, one of which is that while I'm sure caterers are happy to accommodate, I'm also pretty sure there'd be an associated fee or upcharge.

Sep 05, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Best one-stop supermarket?

I used to be firmly in your camp, but have changed my mind over the years mostly due to my friends' constantly raving about the place. I have good luck with well-priced dairy (milk, butter, sour cream, yogurt, etc), meat basics (ground beef, bacon), and excellent frozen vegetables. The store-brand grocery stuff is extremely hit-or-miss (enchilada sauce OK, pickles bad, Dijon mustard more than fine, for instance). It's not one-stop by any means, but there's a store close to me so that makes a difference in my case. Just sort of depends on how much energy someone wants to put into shopping, really, since a lot of their prices are attractive.

Best one-stop supermarket?

That is excellent advice! We had a membership a long time ago, and I got so irritated by the "end-tables" (stretch-wrapped blocks) of Comet and tomato sauce and so forth we accumulated that at the end of the year, I just said No Mas Costco. If we go broke, it won't be bacause I paid supermarket prices for cleanser powder.

If I don't have a cast iron skillet, what can I use?

Make the caramel in a sauce pan, and assemble sauce, fruit, and batter in a cake (or Pyrex or baking) pan comparable in size to the cast iron. Keep an eye on it; my guess is that it might go more quickly although 30 - 35 mins seems like a reasonable amount of time either way. No sweat!

Aug 20, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Tell-Tale Terms

Small plates to share -- bah. Invariably, not enough of things I like and too many of things I'm not crazy about. Stupid service, exemplified by seven meatballs (or whatever it may be) for three people in a tiny crock and regulation flatware. A bill that makes me curse (to myself) mildly or profoundly. Needless to say, this is A) a minority opinion and B) something I don't do anymore.

And everything else Masha said.

Aug 20, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

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.

Aug 19, 2014
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?

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

But of course!

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?

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.

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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...

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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