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Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

now that's a kind thought, sunshine842... thank you, we did have a high pressure front hovering off the coast as we waited for the rains that never came

I am ready to chant and throw the chicken bones.

Apr 14, 2014
Cynsa in Home Cooking

Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

Good Grief. Lost the groove - no baking mojo this week. Bad bagels. Doughy yeasted coffee cake - the egg whites and batter clumped instead of folded. Focaccia, too flat even for flatbread. Three fails in a row. Maybe I should turn to chocolate for a win-win?

Apr 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? April 2014 edition!

Molasses Ginger 'thank you' cookies for finding my lost cellphone

Apr 09, 2014
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Seeking food touring partners

http://www.falafelsdrivein.com/

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128

Apr 08, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at San Wang, 3/29/2014 [Japantown, San Francisco]

How was the 'take out' order?

Apr 04, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking food touring partners

not DDD; but if you're headed for Santa Rosa and you go to Fremont Grill in Sonoma, don't miss El Molino…
www.elmolinocentral.com

Cheap Eats not DDD in SF:
Old Jerusalem Restaurant for the stuffed falafel at
2976 Mission Street at 26th Street.
M and L Market at 691-14th Street near Market Street for hot pastrami sandwich (order bread first).
Valencia Pizza and Pasta for short ribs or lamb shank.
Rhea's - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759612
at Valencia & 19th Street -it's across the street from Valencia Pizza and Pasta.
Mariposa Cafe at 26th St. & Tennessee for roast pork/rice.

Outside SF, not for DDD 'food touring':
Garden Club Restaurant
1144 Mission Rd
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Apr 03, 2014
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Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 am ...

Apr 03, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking food touring partners

Separate owners at:

HRD
521A Third Street (David Yeung)
http://hrdcoffeeshop.com/
http://hrdcoffeeshop.com/about-us/

HRD Smokin' Grill
532 Green Street

Apr 03, 2014
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Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

Brunch on Saturday!
1785 Fulton Street
between Masonic Ave. and Central.

Apr 03, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

discounted baked goods later in the day?

Village Bakery in Sebastopol also discounts day-old breads and pastries... check at the end of the day for that day's discounted items, too.
http://villagebakerywinecountry.com/

Apr 02, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at San Wang, 3/29/2014 [Japantown, San Francisco]

The portions at San Wang continue to be generous servings...with increased prices for the Chinese Korean fare.
The San Wang Soup Noodles tops my list of today's choices with it's light peppery chili broth, toothsome al dente hand pulled noodles, and a good variety of seafood to satisfy my soup quest on this rainy afternoon. A big bowl of soup is really all that I need on a day like today.

Mar 29, 2014
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Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

full house. poutine $10 (tasty but skimpy). regular fries are $5 and twice the portion of the poutine.
http://barrelheadsf.com/

Mar 23, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

Up and running. sorry about the pix.

Mar 23, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

Opening on Thursday March 13.
The place was jumpin' on Wednesday 6:30 pm. Full house with families with strollers. Tasty burger, perfectly cooked to order medium rare with salad. Give them some time to revise the menu and I think you'll find another veggie dish.
The neighborhood welcomes Barrelhead Brewhouse.

Mar 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Who's baking Irish Soda Bread today? whole wheat brown bread? rolled oats? currants or raisins? caraway seeds? classic, Gramma's, or Irish-American?

Mar 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Braised chicken thighs with carrots and shiitake mushrooms. Mashed potato with kale colcannon. Browned butter shortbread cookies with toasted pecans.
It's very muggy and feels like a storm is approaching — a night to stay at home.
(next door neighbor is grilling salmon)

Mar 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

Thank you, roxlet!
I've baked your wonderful browned butter shortbread with toasted pecans. Excellent recipe! xox

Mar 09, 2014
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February 2014 Trip Report (A LONG accounting)

Thanks for the excellent post! We'll relish your future visits and postings.

Mar 07, 2014
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Hugs and Tears of Joy at Pack Jack Bar-B-Que in Sebastopol

Sweet Potato pie was too sweet for me; but DH has the notorious sweet tooth and he was happy. It's lighter and fluffier, not heavy and dense, with a nice flavor...I like it better than pumpkin pie. When I bake it at home, I add grated orange zest.

Feb 21, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

a very lovely cake, noted and corrected ;^)

Feb 15, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Those are the chewy Michael Mina chocolate chip cookies...
http://www.chezpei.com/2006/04/michae...

The molasses ginger cookies were still in the oven when I posted above... what an excellent addition to add chocolate to that recipe!
Molasses Ginger Cookies
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vinegar
Sift together:
3-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, molasses, and vinegar. Stir in dry ingredients.
Shape walnut-sized balls of dough and roll in sugar. Place on parchment paper or Silpat mat.
Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. My oven bakes hot so I bake these at 325°F.
I cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. Store airtight.

optional: add 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate to dough

Feb 13, 2014
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Hugs and Tears of Joy at Pack Jack Bar-B-Que in Sebastopol

After 2-1/2 hours of dental work for a crown, I was hungry for gumbo at Hole in the Wall... or, Pack Jack's lamb for take out.
The reheated take-out lamb and pork ribs dinners, homemade hot links, pulled pork sandwich, single portion sweet potato pie... 4 sides, and three sauces Hot/Mild/Sweet were tasty and generous enough for dinner and the next day's lunch. Both the lamb and pork are tender and nicely smoked. DH/dear husband appreciates the sweetness of the beans/coleslaw/sweet potato pie. I liked the creamy potato salad.
Meats are definitely the draw with the hot links, lamb, and pork ribs topping the food chain.

note to MR: beans are NOT mushy, cooked just right - too sweet for me, but DH likes this style. The ribs had a chewy bark when cold, but reheated with smoky tenderness - and chin-dripping fat. Good Q. I'll be back for more of this lip-smackin' smoked meat. We also like the Hot sauce best.

Feb 12, 2014
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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

I adore the inspired posts on this thread; my baking has been 'no-baking' (the cold-that-lasted-forever, no sleep, no butter-flour-eggs in the pantry) in the times between Christmas-New Year's-'O-Shogatsu'-Chinese New Year's-Valentine's Day'. There were no Christmas Cookies, no pie-cake-bread, no heart-shaped delights. Quick and Easy were the key words as I managed a batch of requested "soft/chewy/no nuts/extra chocolate" chocolate chip cookies.
I am baking Molasses Cookies to mail to Aunt Mary in Kansas for Valentine's Day but I am already too late - It's Wednesday and they won't arrive on Friday...

Feb 12, 2014
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Chowdown Report: Rodney Scott in Exile Tour @ 4505 Meats BBQ in SF

turmeric

Feb 10, 2014
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Chowdown Report: Rodney Scott in Exile Tour @ 4505 Meats BBQ in SF

is that piccalilli? it was on the sweet side.

Feb 10, 2014
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4505 Meats to take over the former Brother In Laws/Da Pitt BBQ at 705 Divisadero [San Francisco]

Celebrating our rain: start at 9 am at Memphis Minnie's for the shrimp & grits and walk to Divisadero & Grove for the Rodney Scott fundraiser at 11am.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9296...

Feb 09, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Recs for grabbing a quick bite in/around the Dogpatch? [San Francisco]

The New Spot for pupusas

632 20th Street
btw 3rd St & Illinois St

Feb 06, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Vegetarian breakfast/brunch options in Bay Area

Herbivore opens at 9 am.
http://www.herbivorerestaurant.com/Breakfast.pdf
several locations
531 Divisadero St.

Loving Hut is open at 10 am.
several locations
Westfield Center: 845 Market Street
http://lovinghut.us/sf_westfield/

Source opens at 11 am.
11 Division Street
http://www.source-sf.com/

Ananda Fuara opens at 11 am.
1298 Market Street
http://www.anandafuara.com/

Gracia Madre opens at 11 am
2211 Mission Street
http://gracias-madre.com/

Feb 06, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area

Corned Beef - SF Dish of the Month (March 2013)

We had breakfast at the Eagle Cafe at Pier 39 on Sunday. Blustery weather and Super Bowl keeps the tourist crowd in check. The corned beef hash is tops; shredded corned beef, light on the potatoes - great flavor and generous portion, not salty and nice crust.

Feb 03, 2014
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Craw Station [San Francisco]

Deep Fried Oreos are a new addition to the menu - it's really a beignet stuffed with oreos - sweet, warm, and absolutely delicious. We always order the mussels & clams.

Feb 01, 2014
Cynsa in San Francisco Bay Area