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Great Gluten Free Food that's healthy and not over processed

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Friday night and all day Saturday.

For Friday night you might want to try Incanto ( There's a sample menu here: It's delicious Italian food made with some less than common ingredients.

Tehina--Other uses besides making Hummus?

I use it to make baba ghanoush, which is delicious. Roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil. Basically like hummus but with roasted eggplant instead of chickpeas.

May 17, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

What to do with Fava Beans?

Once you've taken the individual beans out of the pod and blanched them, do you peel them?
I wonder if this is really necessary.

May 12, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

What to do with Fava Beans?

I recently bought my first bunch of Fava beans from the farmer's market, and while they are a PITA to prepare I love their flavor and texture. So far I've only heated them up with some butter or olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Does anyone have ideas of other things to do with these tasty legumes?

May 12, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

Lo-Sugar or sugar-free pastries in Marin?

Even things that are sweetened with fruit have sugar in them, as fruits are full of sugar, not the processed kind, but fructose, which is still a sugar.

Foods you dread making because they’re time-consuming

My recipe is from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. You can probably find a copy in the library. This doesn't make something that tastes like a can of pork and beans, though. It's much better!

Here's a link to a similar online recipe.

May 04, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

Type 1 Diabetes, Vegetarian recommendations

Dr. Rubin's "Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies" does not include full plans for meals, simply recipes for various types of dishes (Breakfast, Hors d'Oevres, Soups, Salads, Grains and Legumes, Vegetables, Fish, Poultry, Meat, Desserts, and others). How much you eat of any one item is entirely up to you. All recipes come with a complete nutritional analysis.

May 04, 2012
Euonymous in Special Diets

Gluten-free vegan at SFO?

How did you like it?

Foods you dread making because they’re time-consuming

Boston baked beans from scratch. They take forever (soaking overnight then baking for 8 hours or so) but are SO worth it. I should make them again soon!

Apr 26, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

Type 1 Diabetes, Vegetarian recommendations

Alan Rubin, who was my endocrinologist for many years (until he retired) wrote several books on Diabetes in the "for Dummies" series. One of them is entitled "Diabetes Cookbook for Dummies." While it is not a vegetarian cookbook, your sister still might find it helpful.

Apr 23, 2012
Euonymous in Special Diets

A Request: Re. Diabetes Posts

I understand that the overwhelming majority of diabetics in this country are middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes. However, I think it is important to understand that there are at least three different types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational) and probably more. The treatment (including medication and meal plan) is different for each type. So I think it is important to specify which type of diabetes you are referring to in your post.

A middle-aged person with type 1

Apr 22, 2012
Euonymous in Special Diets

Looking for Sunnyside Dairy lactose-free whole milk

Buy some Lactaid and drink the regular whole milk along with a pill or two of it.

Inexpensive near Union Square with difficult people

The prix fixe at Jeanne D'Arc is $38.00.

3 (interrupted) days in SF

Try Polk Street.

Help with Diet Restrictions

Your requirements aren't very specific. Can she eat wheat or does she just prefer quinoa and millet? Can she eat rice? What is restricted besides non-organic meat?
I'm sure any place will cook in olive oil if you ask them to.
What do you consider mid-range priced?

sides help!

Polenta would work well as a starch. I agree entirely on the braised fennel or leeks for vegetables, especially if you put some garlic into them.

Mar 24, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

ISO Non-Corned Brisket

Where can I find such a thing in San Francisco without paying an arm and a leg for it? I haven't seen one in a long while.

Thanks for any suggestions you can give me.

opinion on chicken breasts recipe

Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. They're tastier and much more forgiving.
I made something very much like this for dinner the other night and it was delicious.

Mar 17, 2012
Euonymous in Home Cooking

La Lengua Chronicles - My Project for 2012 [San Francisco]

Lotus Garden has re-opened. We ate there a few weeks ago. I get the feeling that Pastores may have closed, though. I've gone by several times in the last few weeks and the windows have all been shuttered up. <sigh>
Does anyone know what's up?

Restaurants around Union Square

Actually, now that I think about it again, for French food you should check out Le Charm. Their chicken liver salad is excellent if you're into that sort of thing (I certainly am), also the mussels, and goat cheese with brussels sprouts.

For mains I don't think I can recommend anything as their menu changes regularly, though I have enjoyed the salmon with lentils.

Restaurants around Union Square

There are quite a few French restaurants on Belden Place, which I believe you can walk to from Union Square. See

Best lunch spots in the mission??

Balompie Cafe for pupusas. They have two locations in the mission, one on 18th Street and one on Mission Street.

Looking for Fish Market / Sf Bay Area

Monterrey is in Mexico. Monterey is in California.

Informal crab feast menu???

For Christmas Eve we had steamed crabs with melted butter, garlic bread, and green beans. Everyone enjoyed it.

Dec 30, 2011
Euonymous in Home Cooking

Foodie from Chicago needs to know what SFO Neighborhood to live in.

Look at what I call Bernal Depths. South of 30th Street between Mission St. and San Jose Ave. There are a lot of parks nearby, (St. Mary's, Balboa Park, Glen Canyon Park). 101 and 280 are both within the blink of an eye. Easy access to the Mission and Glen Park for good food. Lots of great public transit.

Make-ahead holiday dinner party menu?

Ina Garten recently did a show addressing exactly the problem you describe. Everything she made can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until you get home from work on Friday. Then they can go in the oven or on the stove.

Here's the link:

Dec 08, 2011
Euonymous in Home Cooking

Why Do Bananas Turn Black in the Refrigerator?

I'm Chiquita banana and I've come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way.
When they are flecked with brown and have a golden hue
Bananas taste the best and are the best for you.
You can put them in a salad.
You can put them in a pie.
Any way you want to eat them,
It's impossible to beat them.
But bananas have to ripen at the very, very tropical equator.
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator.
Oh, no, no, no!

Dec 08, 2011
Euonymous in Features

Split-Second Cookies

I made these cookies today and think there is something missing from the recipe. The dough would not come together until I added some water (maybe 2 TBSP).
That said, once I baked them and cut them up they look very nice. Haven't had a chance to try one yet.
Later: My two girls certainly like them. They've eaten half the batch already!

Dec 08, 2011
Euonymous in Recipes

Is anyone making a Gingerbread House this year?

I use a recipe that I think came with the pan I use to make the house pieces.

1/2 C shortening (I always use butter)
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C dark molasses
2 TBSP cold water
3 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
(I always add some freshly-grated nutmeg, though it's not in the recipe)

Cream together shortening, sugar, molasses, and water. Sift together flour, spices, and salt. Add dry ingredients to shortening mixture and mix well. Dough will be stiff. Chill at least one hour.

Press into greased mold and bake in preheated 350F oven for 25 minutes.

Dec 08, 2011
Euonymous in Home Cooking