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Anyone thought about selling their homemade dishes or pastry? Does it need any license?

TIME magazine article a month or so ago.

An App which connects a buyer with a seller, in this case food. A seller prepares a meal, it is advertised on this app.

This is Uber for food.

Apr 24, 2015
Alan408 in Not About Food

How can a roast pig be tasteless?

I have had pork similar to your description, I call it steamed. I prefer cooked on a spit vs wrapped and buried.

Apr 21, 2015
Alan408 in General Topics

The Return of Swordfish

Purpose of the mayo is flavor, flavor vehicle when the mayo is seasoned, and moistener (sp?) moistening ?

Mayo, soy sauce, garlic powder is a favorite combo. I only apply the mayo to the top side, I had too many flare ups with mayo on both sides, by the time to turn, the mayo has melted into the top side of the fish, reducing the amount of mayo dripping down to cause flare ups.

Apr 16, 2015
Alan408 in Home Cooking

Is there still hope for these seedlings?

Start over.

Make a hothouse out of a plastic storage container (sweater box). Use a 40l clear plastic storage box. Drill some 3/4-1" holes, about 5-6 on the bottom of the box and two hole on opposite sides, one side low one side high to encourage circulation. The lid of the box is used as the bottom.

Put the box outside in the sun in the morning, bring inside in the evening.

Place an inch of water in the lid (used as the bottom or floor of the hotbox, let the pots absorb the water, also keeps things humid inside.

I monitor the temperature, trying for 80-90 degrees, if the temp rises over 90, I prop up one side of the box using a 3-4" stick.

If you want to continue to try inside, purchase a grow light, $20, or replace the undercounted tube with a grow tube.

I am in San Jose CA, I usually don't transplant until after Mother's Day, it is too cold.

Apr 03, 2015
Alan408 in Gardening

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I am in the Sacramento area, we lost our winter wheat crop in 2011 because of lack of rain. We haven't planted winter wheat since then.

For years, the agronomists have been predicting climate change and I have anecdotal evidence the climate is changing.

I know of a cherry farmer who is having trouble with not enough frost hours.

Apr 02, 2015
Alan408 in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

The fed's water project started in CA in 1933, it is called the Central Valley Project.

Mar 31, 2015
Alan408 in General Topics

lump charcoal

I prefer the Volkswagen sized pieces. You might be surprised at how easy it is to break the large pieces into smaller pieces.

I purchase lump (Lazzari brand) at large liquor stores and feed and fuel stores. Saw some a few months ago at Tractor Supply. 40lb bags. I have not liked the product from ACE and supermarkets, they sell 8-15 lb bags.

Japanese ingredient translation help?


Mar 17, 2015
Alan408 in General Topics

Chicken stock isn't gelatintous?

Are you chilling the stock?

Mar 10, 2015
Alan408 in Home Cooking

Posting Guidelines

The legal liability is very costly.

Mar 08, 2015
Alan408 in Site Talk

Liqueurs by Weight???

I think 3/4 oz is a liquid measurement (in the US). Half of a (1.5 oz) shot.

Mar 06, 2015
Alan408 in Spirits

Best Chinese Almond Cookies

Lepi Dor in Cupertino. They had some this morning. I don't have enough experience to judge if they are the best. If you need a large amount for Sat, you may need to place a special order.

Propane Wok Burner?

Camp Chef Propane Burner, 30k BTU, $80-100.

Or a turkey fryer if you want more heat.

Feb 20, 2015
Alan408 in Cookware

Asian cuisine cooks/eaters -- am I off base here?

I am in the SF Bay Area. If the noodles were pan fried, and were a wheat noodle, they would be called Hong Kong Style Pan Fried Noodles.

Serving suggestion: Break up the noodles into serving portions, mix with sauce, protein, veggies, or...low carb style...think of the noodles as garnish

Are you sure your noodles were rice noodles?

Feb 15, 2015
Alan408 in General Topics

pan roast

It is a Reno Nugget dish. Seafood in a cream sauce.

Hokkaido Hairy Crab

They are in San Francisco Bay/Delta

Feb 11, 2015
Alan408 in Manhattan

Economics of High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar in Soda

In the mid-70s, pre HFCS, I paid $6 for a case of Bud/Coors/Miller, $8 for a case of Coke. I remember something about a sugar shortage, maybe a hurricane in Hawaii. About 10 years later a case of beer is $12, a case of Coke is $6.

Jan 11, 2015
Alan408 in General Topics

Baby shower for 30 - food ideas

Inexpensive Asian party trays, King Egg Roll. Bahn Mi too.

kosher wild salmon?

Can you tell me more about the year-round, wild-caught at sea salmon fishery?

Which countries are participating?
Where are they fishing?
Where are they landing their catch?


Dec 29, 2014
Alan408 in Kosher

Checking Temps

If your water boils at 204, then 66 c equals 145.8f.

Nov 30, 2014
Alan408 in Cookware

Why use evaporated milk instead of cream in fish/clam chowder?

Cost and or availability

40 miles from Juneau AK, milk was $12 per gallon two years ago, and only available a few days a week. No cream, no half and half.

Oct 18, 2014
Alan408 in Home Cooking

cooking for your dog

If you have to pick up after the dog, be careful with fruit and fatty foods.

Oct 14, 2014
Alan408 in Not About Food

cooking for your dog

Every 2-3 weeks I make a batch of dog food, been doing this for ~17-18 years. First, unless you want to purchase a dog food cook book, use your cooked food as a supplement. Feed your dog a premimum dog food. I have two dog food cook books, and to make a complete food, I would have had to add bone meal (plus some other things I don't remember) to my mix.

I start with protein. Easy choice is a raw supermarket chicken, I recommend against purchasing a cooked chicken because of the salt content. Dogs don't need much salt. I also use pork, beef and veal, depends on cost.

1 raw chicken, fat trimmed. Too much fat can negatively affect a dog's pancreas.

1 pound each: all chopped into 1/4-1/2" dice. carrots, green beans, sweet potato, broccoli. I have used pumpkin too.

1 bunch kale, chopped, some stems removed.

3-5 dried mushrooms, soaked chopped.

4 eggs (optional)

3 cups uncooked rice.

Put the chicken in a stock pot, add ~3 qts water, bring to a simmer, cook for ~1-2 hours. Let cool, remove chicken (it will be falling apart), let stock cool, remove fat from stock. Remove meat and shred, I toss most of the skin. I add the "giblets" chopped while mixing.

Use some of the stock to cook the rice.

I microwave the vegetables, if the vegetables are not cooked, they dog will not be able to digest them. Microwave is faster then cooking in the stock. Combine everything in the stock pot with remaining stock, mix, heat to 160. If it is too loose or if you want more protein add eggs, mix. This yields ~20 cups. Costs around ~$25.

For beef/veal: I use 2-3 lbs of shanks and 1 lb of veal or beef stew meat. Roast the shanks and stew meat until browned, make stock.

For pork: I use a 3-4 lb pork shoulder, I have roasted them and cooked them in a crock pot. Crock pot eliminates the roasting step, nice during the hot summer.

I have also used turkey, tastes similar to stuffing/dressing.

I feel brown rice is "over rated". Brown rice has about twice as much nutrition as white rice, but two times 1 or 0.....does that really make a difference. If it was two times 5 or 10 them we have a difference. Not worth the two times price for me. Where I buy rice, brown rice costs twice as much as white rice.

The commercial food I feed my dogs is Wysong, if I had to find a replacement for Wysong, I would use Blue Buffalo.

Brush your dog's teeth, I start with a finger brush, then soon progress to baby sized tooth brushes.

There are many people foods that dogs shouldn't eat: onions/garlic, grapes/raisins. Google for a complete list.

Oct 14, 2014
Alan408 in Not About Food

What Does Sturgeon Taste Like?

If, some fish taste like fish, some taste like chicken, and some fish have no taste, sturgeon tastes like chicken

Other fish that taste like chicken are shark swordfish some halibut.

Oct 12, 2014
Alan408 in General Topics


Duarte's in Pescadero (fresh, sautéed, over your price range)
Ocean Delight in San Jose (canned, half can, in your price range)
Han Kook Market in Sunnyvale (live and frozen sold each or frozen 2 pk. $6 or $7 each IIRC) looks like about 3 oz ea

I think most Chinese style seafood restaurants sell abalone.

There are three ? local abalone farms, the farm on the Monterey Wharf has a website, maybe they list the restaurants they supply?

Where to get good bread in the south bay?

There are no large retail South Bay bakeries due to air quality laws

So, it is either baked on site or imported from out of the area

Roma is still around but wholesale only. I don't know of any South Bay equilivents of Acme. Santa Cruz and Watsonville have products at Lunardis.

Pouring rain hours after applying pest control, was it a waste?

Pyrethrum is a contact killer, i.e., kills bugs on contact.

So no, you do not have to reapply because of rain. You should reapply because of bugs. And, don't spray the "plants", spray the bugs.

Sep 18, 2014
Alan408 in Gardening

Is there much commercial crawfish fishing around or near the Bay Area?

Next weekend i(9/13-9/14) is the catfish and crawdad festival at the Yolo County Fairgrounds

San Fran Michelin

The criteria that SF locals who are frequent posters on Chowhound use in judging restaurants is: finding that special place before the masses find it. It is not really "judging" a place, but rather sharing experiences at places that have not been already covered.

In the olden days, Chowhound was about finding places that were undiscovered, leading the way vs following a "guide". In addition to the "finds", SF Chowhounds are a reliable source of what to eat at XXX BART, i.e., different locations.

Regarding the criteria that SF locals mostly use...based on the wide variety of restaurants, it is very diversified, but the food is probably one of them. For me, location and transportation often determine where I eat in the City.

Is there much commercial crawfish fishing around or near the Bay Area?

Your attached article mentioned the commercial fishery in the delta. I remember a commercial fishermen operating out of Rio Vista in the 70's-80's. They had a store on Highway 12, the building is currently an auto parts store. Contrary to the article, this fishermen did not use long lines, he used individually baited traps. We fished for crawdads in the same area, I saw him often.

There is a bait shop in Isleton; Bob's Masterbaiter. Bob is no longer with us, but his shop is still open and selling crawdads. They sell an assortment of local caught and imported crawdads. This time of year, the "reds" should be local and in big supply. The other local species is the "signal". The signals are larger than the reds. A year or two ago, an experimental commercial crawdad fishery was started in Lake Tahoe. I do not know if they are still around. It may have been the Nevada side.

The Isleton Crawdad Festival was cancelled a couple of years ago, this June (2014) Isleton had a festival, but was not called the Crawdad Festival. In the mid 80s, Isleton had a street fair, a local restaurant boiled up some local crawdad and some guy visiting from the south convinced Isleton to use Crawdads as the theme for their yearly fundraiser streetfair. Isleton hired a caterer from Louisana to set up the crawdad feed, Isleton became "sister cities" with the town the caterer was from. Isleton used the caterer for a couple of years, the caterer used the limited supply of local and imported the rest from the south. After a few years, the locals tried to cook the crawdad themselves, they couldn't get enough domestic crawdads and had to import them from China, maybe from otherplaces too.