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Help identifying bakery...

I know you're looking for a local source, not a recipe, but I recently made a strawberry cake that sounds very similar to the one you've described. I got it from the Primrose Bakery cookbook (available as an iOS app); if you're interested, I can paraphrase it on the Home Cooking board.

Apr 12, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

What's good in San Rafael?

San Rafael:

For pupusas, I like El Tazumal in the old Citrus & Spice space on 4th St., and have been several times since they opened.

We also had a good (and enormous) lunch at El Chevere, which now serves Cuban food in the space once occupied by Om (near E St., next to Bordenave's bread). We tried a griddled sandwich and an order of pork with yucca. The black beans and rice were very good too.

Mauna Loa Hawaiian around the corner from Sol Food serves reliably good plate lunches. Recommended: Kailua pork on cabbage, BBQ chicken, wonton soup. I don't like cole slaw or macaroni salad, so I get steamed broccoli as my side. Bonus: shave ice machine and very friendly service.

Apr 01, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Primrose Bakery Cookbook

Has anyone out there tried any of the recipes in this cookbook? I was thinking of trying the strawberry cake, which uses a somewhat unusual food-processor based method. Thanks.

Jan 27, 2014
TerriL in Home Cooking

El Chevere, new Cuban restaurant in San Rafael

Has anyone been yet? They apparently opened last week. Restaurant's location is on 4th near E, in the spot that Om used to occupy. I won't get a chance to swing by until next week at the earliest, but will post back when I do. Saw 3 or 4 positive Yelp reviews FWIW.

Jan 14, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area
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ISO caramel coloring

Meant to thank you sooner for the info -- it was very helpful. I make simple syrups all the time, so just went that direction. Btw a 1:1 ratio with a vanilla bean or vanilla extract makes a great base for cream soda.

Nov 03, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

New Mom's First meal out: Recommendations [Berkeley]

Have you tried Gaumenkitzel on San Pablo near University? I don't know if they take reservations, but they easily accommodate groups of your size. The space is very pleasant, and the food is good, with a nice variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian.

Oct 30, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Sweet pancake/aebleskiver recipe for no toppings?

Make them as you normally do, but use slightly less batter -- before turning them add a small spoonful of jam or Nutella.

Oct 18, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Toddler breakfast ideas

My daughter used to -- and still does -- love cornmeal pancakes (to which you can also add pumpkin). I'll post the recipe if you're interested. We also used to make her a flat omelet in an 8" cast iron skillet and add different things like defrosted peas, or a little cheese. Quesadillas on whole wheat tortillas were always a hit, as was granola, with or without milk or full-fat yogurt. Apple or banana muffins are easy and keep well. What else . . . egg in the hole, or sometimes just the egg with the toast round, or just multiple toast rounds. Good luck! Hang in there!

Oct 18, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

ISO caramel coloring

Anyone know where I might find this, preferably in Marin, but SF and East Bay ok too. I'm making the homemade Coca-Cola recipe that was in the NYT a while back (so it's not an essential ingredient, but one I'm interested in).

Oct 18, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone been to the new El Tazumal in San Rafael?

Went for lunch today and really enjoyed it. It's in the old Citrus & Spice space, but new furniture and decorations.

I had the combo with 2 pupusas (I got queso y loroco and revuelto), rice, and beans. Husband had the Salvadorian tamales combo, which he liked (tho not as much as my pupusas). Sorry, but I didn't try and can't comment on the curtido or hot sauce which were brought to the table in containers.

I think the combos were around $7 or $8, so a good deal in my opinion. Daughter had the shrimp cocktail, which came with at least 8 good-sized shrimp atop a pleasant sort of gazpacho, and a plate with avocado, cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, and crackers. I didn't try it, but my dining companions said they would order it again. Total bill with tax was around $30. Service was very good, and we will definitely be back.

Oct 18, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to find Italian Prune Plums---not at Costco?

I saw them at the San Rafael Whole Foods on Wednesday.

Sep 06, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Lobster Roll

Fish in Sausalito makes what at times has been a very good Dungeness crab roll. $25 including tax (and, for some, tip) and comes w fries, salad, or cole slaw.

Aug 02, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

Hi jhojati, Google maps doesn't show an option for taking either 80 (or 88) without using 294.

Here are the two given options:

55 S to 294 N to 88 W to 80 W

or

294 S to 80 W

Do you use a different route to get to 55? Thanks

Jul 10, 2013
TerriL in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

Where is Culvers?

Jul 10, 2013
TerriL in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

Thanks all. I have no intention of going into Chicago. I'll probably just stop mid-way (to Iowa!) for a quick bite. I've done this trip before -- rush hour always sucks, but not much choice when coming from California. Google maps says 88 to 80. Traffic-wise, is there anything to recommend one over the other?

Jul 09, 2013
TerriL in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

I'll be making this drive in the next few days (then returning to Chicago a couple weeks later). I'm arriving at MDW at 4pm on a Friday. Any suggestions for a reasonable dinner stop off of 88 or 80 (and do you recommend on route over the other)? I've made this drive a few times before, but usually when it was too late to stop. I remember once stopping off (I think) the toll road at an enormous supermarket with a great bulk selection maybe 2 hours outside of Chicago -- any idea what this might have been? if it was a chain, it was one I didn't recognize from the west coast.

I'll be stopping on my return to MDW, so lunch suggestions are appreciated as well. Open to any kind of food -- thanks.

Jul 08, 2013
TerriL in Great Plains

Baking/cooking with sweet (not sour) cherries

Looks great -- thanks!

Jun 26, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Baking/cooking with sweet (not sour) cherries

Hi kgg,

Do you have a recipe to share for canning your cherries? Thanks.

Jun 26, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Baking/cooking with sweet (not sour) cherries

Thanks -- this looks really simple and good. I might do this, and then try cherry ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Jun 25, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Baking/cooking with sweet (not sour) cherries

I have a few pounds of assorted (bing, Rainier, etc.) fresh, sweet cherries that I'd like to do something with. The threads I've found here are mostly focused on sour cherries. Any ideas? Thanks.

Jun 24, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Anyone have a recipe for ginger or other homemade syrups to mix with carbonated water to make soda?

Here's the recipe I ended up using over and over for Fresh Ginger Ale with Lemongrass (from Jean Georges Vongerichten):

1 lb fresh ginger, unpeeled and cut into small dice
2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed and roughly chopped
2 small fresh chiles, stems removed
1 1/2 cups sugar
lime wedges

I use about 1/3" -- 1/2" red chili pepper, and it is pleeeenty spicy. I followed the recipe and didn't peel the ginger, just washed it and trimmed away any gross parts. Try adding a kaffir lime leaf next time, or combining with rum or vodka if looking for a cocktail.

Makes about 1 quart--enough for at least 10 glasses

Combine the ginger, lemongrass, and chiles in a food processor and process until minced, stopping the machine and scraping down the sides, if necessary.

Place the puree in a saucepan with the sugar and 1 quart water. Boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Cool, then strain and chill.

To serve, place about 1/4 cup of the syrup in a glass full of ice. Fill with soda water; taste and add more syrup if you like. Garnish with a lime wedge, then serve.

Note: The syrup keeps for weeks, refrigerated.

Jun 16, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

What should I do with fresh apricots that is not a baked sweet?

I make this all summer long (and in fact made it earlier today): make a simple syrup of about 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar in large pot. Add your pitted apricots and simmer until very soft, about 30 -- 45 minutes. I then like to use an immersion blender and push through a strainer, then return to pot and taste for sweet/sour. If you like I sweeter, make a little more simple syrup; if you like it tarter, add a little lemon juice. You could add straight sugar, but need it to dissolve fully; straight sugar can also darken the color. I occasionally add a little vanilla at the end. It keeps in the fridge for a couple weeks.

Anyway, we use this sauce jam/sauce for everything from yogurt and oatmeal to ice cream and toast. It's also great for baking thumbprint type cookies.

Jun 15, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Need homemade Ice cream help

If you don't want to use eggs, try a cornstarch-based recipe. The Jennie mentioned by another poster on this thread has a really popular one that you can search for online; Mark Bittman has one as well. Assuming you let your kids have vanilla, adding 1/2 tsp or so will help keep it from freezing so hard. Even 1/4 tsp vodka helps, which is ultimately pretty insignificant. I made the Bittman vanilla a few days ago with a vanilla bean and extract, half cream and half 1% milk and it came out great as always -- not

Jun 10, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Best local bread for sandwiches the day after tomorrow

Second the recommendation for Della Fattoria's Pullmans. They last a week easily without needing to reheat. They make a compagna, semolina, polenta, and a few others.

May 31, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Dang Butterscotch Rootbeer

I got some today at Scotty's market in Terra Linda (San Rafael).

May 29, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Shopping in Sausalito and San Francisco

I go to both markets regularly, and tend to prefer the Thursday market -- Sundays can be a little nuts, especially in August. I also like to get my bread from Della Fattoria, who, as Wally noted, only come on Thursdays. The butcher (Rocky's) at Santa Venetia market is good, but they are closed on Sundays. They also carry local seafood, and do a good job with special orders and requests.

I don't think I saw it mentioned, but I highly recommend the Asian Market in San Rafael. It's at 5 Mary St., right next to Whole Foods and Peet's.

May 26, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Orange Layer Cake Recipe

Anyone have a great one to share that's not too dense? I'll probably pair it with a cooked flour frosting. I'm looking more along the lines of a light fluffy cake vs one that uses soaking syrup and whole oranges. Thanks!

May 11, 2013
TerriL in Home Cooking

Mexican en route from Oakland to Carmel

Oh, bummer! The carne asada was definitely not dry either time I had it. I sure hope you went on an off day. I'll probably stop by in the next few weeks -- if so, I'll report back.

May 06, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Mexican en route from Oakland to Carmel

Having made that drive several hundred times, I would recommend El Michoacano in Gilroy if you feel up to waiting a little longer. It's right off of 101 (exit 10th St. / 152) in a little shopping center. I had the carne asada plate the last two visits. I've never found any great Mexican in the SJ area that was so easily accessible. Good luck!

Apr 30, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay BBQ

I like KC, and their food travels well. My favorites are the links and chicken. Suprising, because BBQ chIcken can often just be dry filler, but theirs was really moist and flavorful. My husband and others like their brisket, but that's not really my thing. Service has always been really friendly -- worth a call.

Apr 05, 2013
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area