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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

Is it true that SF restaurants barely make profits?

"Bridge and Tunnel." It's a New York term that's expanded to mean, I think, yokels or suburbanites just about everywhere.

Mar 28, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area

What to make and/or have on hand for out of town guests?

Anything you can stuff in a quart-size Mason jar. With my pedestrian crowd, that can be jerky, Goldfish, M&M's and so on. I think it lessens the "raiding" feeling, and I point out that there's water and such in the icebox and booze on the counter. And always, as you say, "Help yourself to anything."

Mar 27, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Ideas for dinner with in-laws

Tri-tip! Always a crowd pleaser at my place. Garlic bread or roasted spuds, Caesar or spinach salad, veg of your choice. Easy on the cook, too.

Mar 24, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking
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Dinner ideas for cooking with girlfriend

Some rendition of paella

Mar 23, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking
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On Not Receiving Bread

I agree in general, and in particular, too. A while ago, I was at a place known for (among other things) its bread sticks, and when they hadn't shown up after our drinks arrived, I asked about them. Nothing happened until about halfway through our meal when the waitress plopped them down without comment.

I was extremely, childishly, let down.

Mar 23, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Relative always ruins good food

Is it possible she's not good at being graceful? Maybe the mom and dad don't think it's 'really' guacamole without sour cream or 'really' tacos without the envelope and she hasn't figured out a way to be more direct with you. In general, I'd be on your side, but when families (particularly parents) are involved, I'd tend to back off.

Mar 20, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics
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How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

Don't like the dogs in the store at all (there's all that potential for leg-lifting which doesn't, I hope, apply to kids), but also understand the reluctance of personnel to get into it all. The whole risk-reward calculation and so forth. I'm also not crazy about the pigeons and sparrows that frantically flit around my local Safeway, but that's a different gripe.

Mar 17, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

corned beef and cabbage

Thanks for this, too, particularly the cabbage tips. I have a very good feeling about tomorrow.

Mar 16, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

corned beef and cabbage

This is a great idea, as is Fourunder's idea about the spice packet. For a one-pot meal (hah!), I saute the carrots, microwave the cabbage with some juniper berries, roast small onions, boil new potatoes in the corned-beef water by themselves since the corned beef is finishing in the oven, and bake soda bread somewhere along the way.

All of which is to say, I'm trying it your way this year. Thanks!

Mar 15, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

was this a social faux pas?

Well, a pedant would point out that it's a "rite" of passage. But I wouldn't!

Mar 11, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food
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The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

Sign seen behind a couple of bars (one in LA, one in the Gold Country):

IITYWYBMAB

(If I tell you, will you by me a beer?)

Mar 10, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food
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Business Dinner near Ritz Carlton [San Francisco]

The Sutter/Stockton Garage is helpful here; you can (carefully) walk on the auto ramp that lets out on Bush & Stockton, thus avoiding the Pee Stairs in the tunnel, and walk up the one steep block to the hotel. Once in the garage, you get on the elevator and exit either on Stockton or Bush, depending.

Mar 10, 2014
monfrancisco in San Francisco Bay Area

was this a social faux pas?

What am I missing? I'd take "Bless your heart" for the snippy not-very-secret-coded remark it is, but being told I've been very badly raised would strike me as a pretty offensive insult.

Back on topic, the two versions of a dish don't strike me as much more different than, say, offering whipped cream on the side for a dessert. Although I also completely understand Cresyd's point. Harry Truman wouldn't like me very much...

Mar 09, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Hi folks. I'm new to special diets, will be keeping my eye out for low fat.

You might want to take a look at A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider. For whatever reason, I read it more than cook from it but it sure is enticing. I just checked around and see it was a COTM so now I'm headed there...

Mar 02, 2014
monfrancisco in Special Diets

Dessert for eight next weekend....

I've made the chocolate caramel cheesecake. It was wildly popular, but I thought the caramel part was a complete waste of time. I didn't pick it up at all, and neither did anyone else (I quizzed our friends after the plates were empy). So I think a sound plain-old choc cheesecake recipe would do if that's what appeals.

By the way, I made a standard graham crust with added cocoa powder.

Mar 02, 2014
monfrancisco in Home Cooking

Paula Deen: I’m Just Like ‘That Black Football Player’

Couldn't agree more. The people I've known who were, shall we say, "unself-consciously" racist were born in the 20s and 30s. I was born in '57 and live in California, for what that's worth.

Needless to say, there are plenty of racists around to this day but they clothe it differently for the most part.

Thanks for making a very good point.

Mar 01, 2014
monfrancisco in Food Media & News

Customer Service: How important is it to you?

I share a name with an employee at my local Safeway and I always jump a little when the PA blares out "Monica -- Office -- Immediately."

Feb 21, 2014
monfrancisco in Not About Food

Serving Oysters for a Large Party

In either Julia Child & Company or JC & More Co she thoroughly (no surprise) describes her set-up for an oyster binge. As I recall, though, it's pretty similar to your unwanted option but it might provide some ideas.

Feb 15, 2014
monfrancisco in General Topics