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Finding Saltpeter for Corning Beef or whatever

I buy it from an Asian market.

Mar 16, 2013
emmisme in General Topics

New ownership @ (central coast) SM's Grocery Outlet

Thanks for the heads up! Will check them out tomorrow. I found Cabot Cheese there which I hear is delicious but didn't buy it because it was the reduced fat variety.

Apr 04, 2012
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Why did my creme brulee fail???

I use the ratio of 1 egg yolk for every 1/4 - 1/3 cup of cream; I don't use any whole eggs. I found this information doing a search, sorry I don't remember the source.

Jul 10, 2011
emmisme in Home Cooking

Filipino Bakery on Peninsula

I vote for Valerio's also - cheaper and tastier than Goldilocks.

Fans of Beard Papa's - just discovered in San Mateo

Not sure how long it's been open but I just found out it's 10 minutes from my house. Who knew?

Gator’s at The Grill – Starting Next Week in San Mateo

Great news since this place is 5 minutes from my house. Thanks for the heads up!

Dungeness Crab Prices '10

Thanks for this tip! Picked up 4 crabs, 9.93 lbs for $33 which comes out to 3.32/lb. They were in a pot of boiling water in about a half an hour from being picked up. Deeeelicious! I highly recommend these folks!

Bread Dough: Food Processor vs. Stand Mixer

I don't have a stand mixer and prefer the food processor over my bread machine. I use cold liquids to compensate for the warmth the food processor gives off so as not to get the dough so warm it kills the yeast.

Jul 30, 2010
emmisme in Home Cooking


Amigo's Mexican Restaurant on Main St. YUM!

Amigo's Mexican Restaurant
285 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514

Jul 14, 2010
emmisme in California

Breakfast in Santa Maria?

I love CJ's in Arroyo Grande and previous poster mentioned Kay's and Jack's in Orcutt. Huckleberry's in Pismo is just OK if you must.

Mar 30, 2010
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Breakfast in Santa Maria?

I've been there a few times, it was just OK for me, the party I was with liked it a lot. There's also Pappy's on Betteravia, I would equate them with Francisco's.

My favorite breakfast spots are in Arroyo Grande and Orcutt if you're willing to travel.

Mar 27, 2010
emmisme in California

Where to find Hong Kong white steamed rice cake (S. Bay or Peninsula)

Marina Market on Norfolk in San Mateo has it in the deli/hot food area. I would go in the morning when they put their breakfast type foods out.

Good Restaurants in Pismo?

Correction on Chef Rick's - He's Rick Manson NOT Bayless!

Jan 24, 2010
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SLO Sunday Breakfast

CJ's in Arroyo Grande and Huckleberry's across from the Pismo outlets

Sep 03, 2009
emmisme in California

How come we don't salt japanese/korean rice? or do you?

Where in the Philippines were you? I've never heard of our rice being salted unless it was something like Sinangag (garlic fried rice) or Arroz a la Valenciana (chicken and rice). If a Filipino salted their rice then they surely committed heresy!

Jul 04, 2009
emmisme in Home Cooking

How to cope without a kitchen (long)

I agree, buy an electric frying pan or a hot plate. Sorry but I don't understand your dilemma especially since you don't eat meat/fish which can involve messy clean up. As far as toast, I've done it in a dry pan.

Apr 29, 2009
emmisme in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

I'm pretty sure this qualifies as "dirty" - Caramel Cheetos! Yes, you read that right! Yes I've made it and it is a legal form of crack. What could be wrong with the combination of salty and sweet?? Here are a couple of threads with recipe.

Dec 18, 2008
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Turkey Leftovers - Don't Throw The Skin Away

That's exactly what I did when I was cuttting up the carcass for soup. Baked the skin in the toaster oven and had it with vinegar dipping sauce and rice.

Nov 29, 2008
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Thanksgiving dinner: what do you "cheat" on?

I have a very small family and we see each other often, at times too often, so Thanksgiving IS all about the food.

Nov 08, 2008
emmisme in General Topics

Good Stuff in the Central Coast

Debu is actually a Filipino market, they have another store in Santa Maria off Broadway.

Sep 24, 2008
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Scones - egg or no egg?

Reading the comments, I'm now thinking that w/o egg produces a biscuit like texture and w/egg a more cake like texture. Thanks for all the input!

Sep 21, 2008
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Scones - egg or no egg?

My "go to" recipe for scones is really good. The recipe I use contains no eggs but I've seen recipes that do contain eggs. What would the addition of eggs do for the texture of scones?

Sep 20, 2008
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bitter melon smoothie?

How does your uncle use the bitter melon he's growing now? The idea of using it in a smoothie or sweet juice doesn't sound appetizing and I LOVE bitter melon! I'm Filipino and we use it in many dishes. One of my all time favorites is Tinola, a chicken soup, lots of ginger and bitter melon. Using the leaves is even more bitter than the fruit. Maybe he could have the broth every day. Good luck to him!

Aug 18, 2008
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Zojirushi breakmaker question

I have the BBCC-V20 which can make a 2 lb loaf. I looked at some of the recipes in the manual and saw a recipe calling for 5 cups of whole wheat flour. I want to try a recipe for Frisian Sugar Loaf which calls for 6 cups of AP flour. The worse that could happen is I end up mixing and kneading by hand if it's too much for the breadmaker. Thanks for your input!

Aug 16, 2008
emmisme in Home Cooking

santa maria style bbq help

I concur with other posters that it's all about the local red oak. It imparts a very unique, subtle sweet taste that can't be duplicated with other woods.

Aug 16, 2008
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Zojirushi breakmaker question

For the life of me I can't find any reference to the maximum cups of flour this machine can handle. I could swear I read it in the manual but now can't seem to find this specific info. My guess is the max is about 4 1/2 cups of flour. Let me say though that I use the breadmaker for mixing and kneading only. I have the larger model that bakes a 2 lb loaf. Could I use a recipe using 6 cups of flour or would I be overtaxing the machine? Thanks for any input!

Aug 16, 2008
emmisme in Home Cooking

Kobocha squash and its texture

"they were very starchy and potato-like"

That's how I would describe it too although I've never oven roasted as you did. Sorry I don't have any fixes for you. I'm only familiar with kobocha in Filipino dishes such as Pinakbet or Diningding; soupy, stewy dishes.

Aug 03, 2008
emmisme in Home Cooking

Asian Dinner for Timid Diners

I wonder how many people you are feeding because that's enough food for an army! As someone else mentioned you know your friends best, but by your description of them it sounds like a ton of work for picky eaters. (I'll gladly eat your left overs though!) I especially would rethink the Palabok and Kare Kare. In my experience, they don't go over well with non-Filipinos and especially picky eaters. Good luck and I'd love to hear a follow up report on how it went.

Aug 02, 2008
emmisme in Home Cooking

Best recipes from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From my home to yours

I just scored bigtime when I spotted this book at Marshalls for $7.99! I wanted this book when it first came out but held back knowing I don't use half the books I already have. So... besides making her famous World Peace Cookies, what other recipes are a "must try"?

Jul 19, 2008
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Mama's Meatballs in Grover or Avila?

Well you guys have piqued my interest. Had to Google MM since I hadn't heard of it. I viewed their menu online - sounds yummy and reasonable prices too. I hope to check out the location in Grover Beach/Oceano since that's closest to Nipomo where I am.

Jul 09, 2008
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