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Oakland (Temescal): Barlata ... or ... B44 East

I just walked by there today at lunch and there was brown paper covering the windows. It appears that there is work going on inside.

Quick question: A place for a drink and a snack in Oakland this afternoon

I really like District in Old Oakland for that.

Do-it-yourself recipe kits to mail to family with a new baby?

Racking my brain for things that require few fresh ingredients...
How about sending a bag/box of penne past and a jar of decent red sauce? Maybe throw in a head of garlic so they can jazz it up (or maybe not - nursing mom!).
Or the ingredients for tuna casserole with a simple recipe. I haven't made it in years, but if I recall, you could send a can or packet of tuna, egg noodles, can of cream of mushroom soup and it wouldn't take much else - milk maybe.
I used to love a chicken and rice recipe my mom used to make where you put dry white rice on the bottom of a pan, place chicken parts on top, then pour a mixture of a packet of dry onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup, and milk over then bake. All they would have to buy is the chicken. My kids really loved this.

Plank - JLSq Oakland

There was an outside bar that I didn't check out, but it might be worth a look for a drink outside when the weather is nice - away from the arcade-ness.

Plank - JLSq Oakland

I ended up here a week or so ago on their grand opening night. I only went because I picked up the teenaged girl I mentor at an afterschool program right up the street and we needed a place to have dinner. We were walking around JLS and just stumbled across the place so went in to check it out. She was pretty excited about the possibility of having a birthday party there sometime. There were tables available in the less noisy dining area, so we shared three appetizers - no drinks - so I don't have a comprehensive food review. The crab cakes were really good, though - big pieces of crab in them. I wasn't a fan of the avocado sauce they were set on, mostly because it was unnecessary and really didn't go with the crab cakes. Diablo chicken wings (not a fan of wings here, but she wanted them) just tasted like Tabasco sauce, but not really spicy. We had some fries (garlic fries maybe) which were OK, but the sauce which I think was supposed to be aioli just tasted like tartar sauce.
Service was rough - it looked like a bunch of young kids new to waiting tables, so it was hard to be too critical. My mentee had a soda which was flat - they were having problems like that.
It wasn't my kind of place, but if you want to go to a sports bar, eat sports bar food, or play arcade games and bowl a few strings it would be OK. If I still had teenaged kids I would probably bring them here.

Appalachian recipes ideas?

My dad (87 yrs old now)is from eastern KY and we used to visit my granny and many cousins, aunts, and uncles every summer. The dishes I remember having most often include fried chicken, green beans (called greasy beans), and biscuits. We had gravy with the fried chicken. I also remember chess pie.
My dad's favorite dessert from his childhood was banana pudding since it was so rare that they got bananas.

Oct 24, 2014
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Preserved Lemons

I forgot a out the one where you chop up the preserved lemon with garlic and parley and put it under the skin of chicken (whole or parts) before roasting.
I tried chopping up preserved lemon and putting it on a piece of salmon with olive oil before slow (275 degrees) roasting it. I think it overpowered the fish so I will stick to the lemon zest/thyme/olive oil topping instead.

Oct 14, 2014
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Preserved Lemons

I had a cheese plate at a restaurant recently that had a burratta with finely minced preserved lemon on it, almost as a garnish. It was fabulous with that cheese.

Oct 14, 2014
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PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

This sounds very much like the Mrs. Fields cookie recipe which has ground oatmeal in it. You can do a Google search and find plenty of sites that have the recipe. The pictures should help you decide if that's what you remember. They are very good, so it wouldn't be a great loss to try them anyways.

Oct 01, 2014
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What goodies to send to Navy personnel

My son was in Afghanistan last summer and he said the cookies that kept the best were packaged with a piece of bread. I vacuum-sealed some home-made chocolate chip cookies, but didn't try the bread trick. It took at least three weeks to get there, but they ate them anyways.
Actually, the biggest hit, food-wise was chips and salsa. We packaged the chips in their own flat rate box, and send salsa that was packaged in plastic bottle/jugs.
Thanks for doing that. They share the packages with all the other guys and everyone really appreciates them.

Sep 29, 2014
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Vegan but not only

Check out Encuentro which is near Jack London Square in Oakland. It is vegan and vegetarian and bills itself as a restaurant and wine bar. I am neither vegan or vegetarian, but I love the food. In fact, when my coworker from Portland comes to town, that is one of the few restaurants we keep going back to. She is not vegan/veg either. The presentation is wonderful, the food is seasonal, fresh, really terrific. It is casual and fits your requirements. There is wine by the glass too, so that's a plus too.

Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

Now I'm going to have to go back just to check the dates on the bag. They were in a stand-alone display which is why they caught my eye, so I assumed it was some recent promotion. That's so strange.

Jul 31, 2014
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Lay's Potato Chips' New Flavors -- Seen or Tried Them?

I saw some Chicken and Waffle-flavored Lay's chips in my neighborhood Safeway recently (Oakland, CA). I took a picture because I couldn't believe it, but did not purchase them. I hadn't seen any advertising about new flavors, so it was quite a surprise. I'll have to see if there are different flavors when I go next time.

Jul 31, 2014
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Rotel Velveeta Dip

I used to love this stuff when I was in college, but I never actually made it myself. One guy was famous for bringing it to parties. One question I never asked: do you have to drain the Rotel tomatoes or not?

Jun 30, 2014
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A vegan, a person who's gluten free, someone with a nut allergy and an anorexic walk into a bar…

That's funny. Only the second time I have ever seen that show too.

May 21, 2014
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Cookware you secretly use as dishware?

One of my sons uses my stainless mixing bowls as a cereal bowl. I have to avert my eyes.

May 20, 2014
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A vegan, a person who's gluten free, someone with a nut allergy and an anorexic walk into a bar…

I was home sick yesterday watching dreaded daytime TV and saw this Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili recipe made. It looked very easy and it's vegan.

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/reci...

I have a similar problem next week on my vacation where I'll be cooking for my vegetarian sister and my diabetic dad. I feel your pain, though vegan is mush harder to do than vegetarian. I can't do my go-to vegetarian pasta dishes because my dad has to limit carbs. The Vegan Navy Bean & Tomato Veggie Soup posted by Racecar75 looks great. I have already printed that one.
Good luck.

May 20, 2014
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Need an East Bay dinner spot for around 30 people

Sorry for the late response, but I don't recall the upstairs being too bad. Maybe it's selective memory.

Need an East Bay dinner spot for around 30 people

My company does this frequently. Highlights are the upstairs/mezzanine at Mua, the back patio at A Cote, and take over of the whole restaurant at Barlata. If I think of any more I'll post.

Need help with this mystery pot

Google "copper jelly pan" and look at the images to see if you think that's a match. I have one, but it is probably closer to 18" diameter. I have made jelly in mine, but not for a while so I can't recall if the interior was different from the exterior like yours appears to be.

Apr 21, 2014
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Anyone still using chipped beef?

My mom did this but used chopped green olives instead of the scallions. I remember her using scissors to cut the beef up. Yum.

Apr 21, 2014
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Seeking help for removing oven light bulb cover

I have some jar openers made of this stuff you linked, DuffyH. I use them to unscrew the light bulbs in my oven since the bulbs are almost flush with the back wall of the oven and there is no way to get a grip around them. I just apply pressure and turn at the same time.

Apr 17, 2014
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What to do with spicy preserved lemons from Indian store?

Chop some of the peel with garlic and parsley and put it under the skin of a chicken breast before baking/roasting. It's really good.

Apr 03, 2014
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Oven baked salmon help

I have made this recipe and shared it many times since I found it on epicurious. The no smell factor is a plus, and the salmon itself is tender and moist and cooked evenly through.

Mar 25, 2014
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King Cake Mix -Oakland area!

La Farine on Fruitvale Ave. (Dimond District in Oakland) sent out an email last week saying they had them. I don't know if they still do, or if pre-ordering is required. I suggest you call them today.

Puzzling over tapioca pudding

I believe you are correct. I love homemade tapioca, especially served warm I have always made it with eggs, just like every other pudding. It's a custard. There is separated eggs involved typically, making the custard with the yolks and beating egg whites and folding them in at the end. I'm not sure what the consistency of this recipe would be.

Feb 25, 2014
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Need to buy La Bodega Sherry wine vinegar

I buy it at Piedmont Grocery in Oakland.

Favorite recipe for preserving plums?

I made some plum syrup this year when a friend delivered a bucket full of small plums. I just boiled them with sugar, water, a little lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. It is really good. I have used in in cocktails and with sparkling wine. Also in pan sauces for meats, over vanilla ice cream or lemon sorbet. The cinnamon added a nice hint of spice.

I also made some plum jam with ginger. I froze the rest for when I figure out what else I can do.

Jul 23, 2013
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Cooking From: Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree

When I was in college (Georgia Tech) I took a week-long, 40-hour class called The Basics of French Cooking (or something close). It was taught by Nathalie Dupree and was held in the Rich's department store in downtown Atlanta. They had a big teaching kitchen in the store. It was the best class I have ever taken, and 35 years later I still use the techniques I learned there.
I have never bought any of her books, but I might have to get this one.

Jul 22, 2013
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Pastry making/Bread making classes in the Bay Area?

Kitchen on Fire in Berkely has weekend and evening classes. I took a pie making class this summer that was alot of fun. Check out their website for the class calendar. They offer series and one-time classes. I think they do bread making classes. They also do some cool theme classes like different ethnic cooking, cooking for a dinner party, etc.
I would most defintiely go back, I just haven't had time.