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Salinas: Any Recent Reports on Rosita's or Gutierrez Drive-In

Thanks, Ttrock . . . looking forward to stopping by. I know the food at Rosita's has changed over the years, but the restaurant still holds many happy memories.

Mar 24, 2015
TerriL in California

Salinas: Any Recent Reports on Rosita's or Gutierrez Drive-In

Sad to say I haven't been to my old hometown in a bit, and was wondering if anyone had been to Rosita's Armory Cafe or Gutierrez Drive-In recently. I'll be heading through in the nearish future, and will have time for a meal or two. Thanks!

Mar 21, 2015
TerriL in California

Baked Chinese New Year Cake

Mar 18, 2015
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Baked Chinese New Year Cake

Mar 18, 2015
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Uses for plain duck stock? (duck economics, or I just *made* money off on a frozen duck)

Agree, roasting your own duck is a great deal. I use duck stock in roasted butternut squash soup (after first sautéeing the onions/garlic in duck fat). If squash isn't your thing, try using the stock in any other soup -- broccoli, carrot, asparagus, etc. I usually use 2 parts duck to 1 part vegetable stock because duck is so rich.

Mar 09, 2015
TerriL in Home Cooking

27" Double Wall Oven...Which one?

I don't have any recent experience (we installed a 27" double Gaggenau 10 years go) but would highly recommend looking at an oven with side-opening doors. Our ovens have gotten very heavy use, and I'm so thankful for this feature. Good luck!

Mar 07, 2015
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Good strong coffee at home

Pourover method makes a good cup, but I highly recommend an aeropress.

Mar 07, 2015
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Has anyone made Christina Tosi's crockpot cake?

It got 4 stars on the NYT website, but have no idea what it's like since I can't see any comments. The method intrigues me, but the cake seems like a pretty standard buttermilk cake. Would love to hear otherwise.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

Feb 22, 2015
TerriL in Home Cooking

SRF "American Kobe" Roast Beef @ Costco

Got this at Novato Costco -- agree it's good.

Feb 19, 2015
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

Hi FOG,

I've had the lamb palak 5 or 6 times, and the lamb has always been almost (if not entirely) boneless, not bone-in as you describe. I didn't order the goat preparation thinking it would be meat-only, simply that there would be edible meat as it was our only protein-based dish. Based on my experience, I probably wouldn't order the goat again, but that's my personal preference. I've eaten goat many times, in many preparations, and have not had an experience like this before.

Just FYI we've eaten at this restaurant at least a dozen times, and have otherwise had great experiences. Also, the last 3-4 times we've gone there has been a different person running the restaurant, not the same man and woman who are indeed very solicitous.

Jan 25, 2015
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Goat Cuisine in the Bay Area

I recently had the goat spinach curry at BBQ n Curry House and, while the sauce was delicious, there wasn't 1 edible piece of meat in the entire dish. I'm not being nit picky, it was all bones and hard pieces of gristle/fat. When I've gotten this dish with lamb the meat was fine. Everything else was good as usual.

Can you tell me what goat dishes you've tried here?

Jan 25, 2015
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco: Xmas 2014

Has anyone seen Rodelle vanilla beans? I haven't found them in the Novato Costco, which usually carries them around the holidays.

Dec 20, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Monday lunch in Berkeley -- what's open (and good)?

Thanks, heavysnaxx -- by coincidence, we actually did end up at Cafe Rouge. Three of us shared the butter lettuce salad, steaks frites, and spit-roasted chocken with spinach and polenta chips. Everything was really good, especially the steak, and I'll keep it in mind for a future visit. The restaurant was pretty crowded, but we only waited a few minutes for a table, and service was quick and efficient.

Dec 16, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Cake recommendations?

Torina, did La Bedaine give you a quote for the modified croquembouche?

Dec 15, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Monday lunch in Berkeley -- what's open (and good)?

I'll be in Berkeley tomorrow (Monday) at lunchtime and was hoping for a recommendation. I know Jayakarta, Mint Leaf, and Claypot are open, but I've been there a lot lately. La Bedaine, Riva Cucina and Gaumenkitzel are all closed. We're pretty flexible as to type of food and location, but will be coming from northwest Berkeley. TIA

Dec 14, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Ha -- me too! I had the beef curry + tea salad special and liked it a lot.

Nov 25, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Asian Soup Options, Marin

Hi Gumbolox,

I'm glad you tried it. I think mine has come with baby bok choy, not lettuce, and for me, it's more than a full meal. I usually take half with me or share a bowl with my daughter. Cost is $7.95 for a large bowl.

Nov 25, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Local source for Bulk Callebaut Chocolate

I would check Whole Foods. The stock varies from store to store, but I buy bulk Callebaut and Valhrona in the Marin stores, which usually carry more variety around the holidays. At times it isn't on display, but they can order it. I think they break up the 5.2KG block to sell in smaller quantities.

When I can't get it locally I buy online from chocosphere.

Nov 21, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Asian Soup Options, Marin

They say it's a family recipe (Popo's wonton soup). My husband likes the kalua pork on wilted cabbage.

Nov 20, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Asian Soup Options, Marin

Your list is good -- I would add the won ton soup at Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ on 3rd St. In San Rafael. Uchiwa is an extremely welcome addition.

Nov 19, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

D'Artagnan Andouille at Novato Costco

Saw this today -- was wondering if anyone's tried it, and how they liked it (it's a pretty big pack). Thanks.

Oct 11, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

I still like El Tazumal on 4th St. in San Rafael. I posted about it a while back:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920570

Prices and service very good. Queso y loroco is my go-to here. Parking is easy, and they're close to Bordenave's Bakery if you're looking for day-old bread for French toast.

Sep 13, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

BBQ 'n Curry in Marin City

Thank you for posting -- I was so relieved yours wasn't a post saying the restaurant had closed. This is a great reminder to return (tomorrow!). For anyone who hasn't been, this is a terrific restaurant, with by far the best naan I can remember.

ISO: GF Brownie Recipe

I'm not familiar with the recipe you're referring to, but, if it helps, my go-to is the GF recipe on David Lebovitz's site, which I make all the time regardless of GF restrictions. I just think it's really good.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/08/...

I make it without nuts (only because I don't like nuts in brownies). YMMV.

Sep 03, 2014
TerriL in Home Cooking

Anyone else using a Camp Chef pizza oven on their grill?

We got a PZ90 a few weeks ago to use on top of our 3-burner Denali. Results so far have been great (pizza, flatbread, socca, cedar plank salmon, and a skillet cookie), and I was wondering if anyone had any other recipes to share.

Sep 03, 2014
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ISO Gâteau du Vully (AKA Vully Kuchen) Recipe

I'm going to make the recipe from the Swiss Club Victoria website, which comes from "The Swiss Cookbook" by Betty Bossy:
http://swissclubvictoria.com/2013/03/...

Rahm Wähe is heavier than what I'm after here. I'll post with results after I've tried it. Cheers.

Sep 02, 2014
TerriL in Home Cooking

Peanut butter pie recipe

I searched for the OP's pie for a long time (it was hard wading though all the no-bake cream cheese recipes!) and finally settled on this one -- it's a custard pie, and comes out great. Skip the cayenne and cinnamon as you wish:
http://www.homesicktexan.com/2009/11/...

Sep 02, 2014
TerriL in Home Cooking

ISO Gâteau du Vully (AKA Vully Kuchen) Recipe

Thanks, there are a lot of recipes out there, but I'm hoping for someone's tried and true!

Sep 02, 2014
TerriL in Home Cooking

ISO Gâteau du Vully (AKA Vully Kuchen) Recipe

Does anyone have a recipe to share for this Swiss cake? It's basically a sweet yeasted dough that's rolled out similar to pizza, and topped with butter, sugar (and sometimes an egg yolk). There are other iterations, but this is the simplest. Thanks.

Sep 02, 2014
TerriL in Home Cooking

Fancy Japanese rice @ Tokyo Fish Market, Berkeley

Lately this is the only rice we buy. The owner of the Asian market in San Rafael pointed it out a while back, and now we get it in bulk (3 bags).

Jul 22, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area