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Food science nerds unite...low sugar jam in a recipe

that is a great idea...definitely will keep that in mind, thanks!

Apr 07, 2009
shaunasever in Home Cooking

What are you a stubborn purist about?

I read this and thought--who would eat at a place that keeps their dishes in the bathroom?! Slow day...

Apr 07, 2009
shaunasever in General Topics

What are you a stubborn purist about?

Awesome thread. I could go on for hours, but the most irritating thing to me is savory disguised as dessert. I am not talking about a cheese course (love it), and I am a big fan of chocolate anything with a good dose of fleur de sel, but don't be a jerk and put rosemary polenta cake with nicoise olive ice cream or somesuch on your pastry menu. I'd rather eat Oreos.

Apr 07, 2009
shaunasever in General Topics

Food science nerds unite...low sugar jam in a recipe

I am working on a recipe involving panna cotta and jam. The way I am layering the two in my recipe seems to cause the jam to liquify as the panna cotta sets and makes for a big mess when eaten. I am thinking that the panna cotta liquid might be dissolving the sugar in the jam as it sets and making it break down? I want to try one more trick before I tool with the assembly, because the presentation is so lovely the way I am putting it together now. I am wondering if using a low sugar jam might help with this problem, as it probably has more pectin to make up for the reduced sugar and might stay firmer. Any guesses on this? I am already cooling the panna cotta before putting it with the jam before chilling the whole thing.

Apr 07, 2009
shaunasever in Home Cooking

Fun restaurant and after dinner drink recs needed for friends that go way back, please!

My dearest friend is in town visiting, we haven't seen each other in six months, and you know how best girlfriends are, people. We need a great restaurant for dinner and a wine bar for a drink afterwards that won't look down on a couple goofy old friends having a great time with maybe a wee too much to drink. She has high expectations of our food scene here in SF, but not looking for crazy exotic cuisine. It would be great if dinner and the after dinner drink were within walking distance, but not necessary. Help!

Dec 04, 2008
shaunasever in San Francisco Bay Area

Foodie host gifts

I love the idea of giving a few different exotic salts (can be found at most upscale food boutiques like Le Sanctuaire and Bi-Rite, I know I've seen them at the Ferry Building too). There is a myriad of interesting chocolates for gifting at Bittersweet. But who are these jerks that are turning their noses up at See's? I wouldn't go to their parties, anyway.

Dec 01, 2008
shaunasever in San Francisco Bay Area

Surfas-like emporium in SF?

Waaahhhhhh....

Thanks anyway, guys.

Nov 30, 2008
shaunasever in San Francisco Bay Area

Surfas-like emporium in SF?

I moved to SF from LA, and although I am loving the food-lover's paradise that is SF, I am seriously missing Surfas, the huge kitchen and restaurant supply store in LA. I've visited plenty of smaller shops in SF to buy some of the items I love to stock in my kitchen, but I miss the wonderland feel of Surfas--anything in town that might compare?

www.surfasonline.com

Nov 29, 2008
shaunasever in San Francisco Bay Area

Did I ruin my pea soup?

In a moment of trying to cook while balancing a screaming baby, I dumped a bag of dried peas into my stock without washing or sorting them. Ugh. Is the whole pot going to taste like dirt?

Nov 19, 2008
shaunasever in General Topics