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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
TerriL in Cookware

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

Any reviews on Fish in Sausalito?

We eat at Fish often, and really like it. As mentioned, it's cash only, but there is an ATM inside and they accept local checks. I think it has actually improved over the past 2-3 years (before that I noticed too many off putting flavor profiles, tho the seafood was always fresh). It seems now like they are using fewer seasonings and letting the seafood stand out more. Yesterday my husband and I shared the grilled sand dabs on couscous and tacos with rainbow trout. Daughter had her usual -- kids fish sticks. I know price comes up often in regards to this restaurant, but I agree with other posters about portion size/quality and would also point out that prices on the chalkboard are your total out the door (e.g. there is no additional tax/tip), which might help put prices in perspective. Just FYI you can leave a tip by the register. And the guacamole is fantastic!

Jun 01, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

Picante (San Rafael)

Agree, Picante is very good. They have a family meal (I think it's only available to-go) for around $20 that includes meat, rice, salsa, beans and tortillas, and easily serves 4.

Apr 30, 2014
TerriL in San Francisco Bay Area

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.

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