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Trader Joe Ground Cashews--- macaroons?

I always liked making simple macaroons with Trader Joes ground almonds... anybody tried it with their new ground cashews?

Apr 13, 2014
wearybashful in Home Cooking

Sir and Star at The Olema

We were just there on a Saturday night. They were serving a five-course chef's dinner for $75. I would have preferred fewer courses for less money, so I think I'd rather go back on a weeknight for the a la carte menu.

The dinner was a collection of their normal menu plates, and it was good, but a bit rustic and a just too much for a tasting menu. The beet soup was good, but again, hearty, not refined. Crab came in the shell, roasted in olive oil as was my artichoke and it was the messiest episode I've ever experienced in a restaurant. They had brown paper on the tables, which looked like a disaster zone after that but wasn't cleared until dessert. That was followed with goat cheese and a salad with wild greens which was good... again, too much cheese, though I feel silly complaining about that since it was very good cheese. Then there was a trio of beef- bone marrow,( oddly pale and unroasted looking), a grilled fillet, and a bit of beef stew over mashed potatoes.
Dessert was a goblet with the soft ice cream layered with pumpkin pudding and fudge sauce. Again, good but rustic, not refined. The wine list looked pretty expensive and all from Marin, and we brought in two Sonoma County wines for $50 corkage.

So I'd go back there, but not for a chef's menu of that size and price. I do enjoy the room, it's quiet and full of vintage charm, though I'm not sure what's up with the sinister stuffed birds in the entrance area.

a very large red cabbage

I have an apple tree so I wound up braising the cabbage with apples, and roasting a duck with apples to go with it. It was a good combo.

Oct 22, 2013
wearybashful in Home Cooking

Sonoma County Family celebration dinner restaurant?

Thanks for the French Garden idea... I also appreciate what the owners do for the community.

Sonoma County Family celebration dinner restaurant?

I'll check it out-- the heat lamps would have to be VERY effective on a November night, though, it would make me kind of nervous about the weather.

Sonoma County Family celebration dinner restaurant?

I'm afraid that outside wouldn't work for the time of year and day we're working with. I went to Oysterpalooza there and had a good time...

a very large red cabbage

I just made pickles for the first time-- sauerkraut seemed more intimidating somehow. What color does it turn out, made with red cabbage?

Oct 18, 2013
wearybashful in Home Cooking

What to do with extra okra?

I got some in my CSA-- sprayed it with olive oil and grilled it until it blistered a bit. Then just sprinkled it with salt, that's all. Really good and no slime. I think slime does not develop if you cook it quickly on high heat.

Oct 16, 2013
wearybashful in Home Cooking

a very large red cabbage

What to do with a LOT of red cabbage? I don't want to make pork and I want to use more of it than as decorative little shreds in salads...

Oct 16, 2013
wearybashful in Home Cooking

Sonoma County Family celebration dinner restaurant?

I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate your responses, and i'm doing more research based on your ideas. A non- chowhound mentioned Ca' Biance; they have various rooms in an old Victorian mansion... I was there but a long time ago but not sure how the food is now.

Sonoma County Family celebration dinner restaurant?

Can you advise me on a restaurant in Sonoma County that can handle 12 people for dinner, is not too noisy to talk, and has good and interesting food? It's my parents' 65th anniversary, so it should feel celebratory, although maybe not the most expensive establishment around.

If we could get our own room or area in the restaurant that would be nice.

Thanks--

Anybody been to Oysterpalooza at Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford?

It's this Sunday. I found various announcements of the event by googling, but not much discussion of what past years were like.

Anybody been to Oysterpalooza at Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Ford?

I see it's $15 to get in, but don't know how much the food costs, or if it's good...
Are there long lines?
Does it smell like cows outdoors?
Is the music painfully loud?
Thanks for any reviews or advice.

Cafe Zitouna [San Francisco]

Just ate there for the first time last night. My family had merguez sausage, chicken shwarma, Loobia Tajine, shakshukah with meatballs, plus a piece of seminola cake and mint tea.
All very good--- mine was the Loobia Tajine, and the lamb and beans were wonderful. I wish I could go there more often and eat my way through the whole menu.

Petaluma, 9:30 pm--- what's open?

I just wanted to thank the posters again... I may not have the leadership skills to move the dance class group to a different location, but I hope to try these places for other situations...

Petaluma, 9:30 pm--- what's open?

Hmm, no prices on the La Dolce Vita online menu.

Petaluma, 9:30 pm--- what's open?

Thanks for the replies, everybody. I have to worry about some people in the group who just don't want to spend much money. Maybe I can peel off a few of the more chowish types to try the more upscale places.

Petaluma, 9:30 pm--- what's open?

I take a dance class in Petaluma that finishes around 9:15 p.m., and then the group goes to Chicago pizza. I am getting pretty tired of pizza. I'd love to have a bowl of soup or something light and good.

Does anybody know what's open at 9:30 on a Tuesday night?

Passover dessert with unsweetened chocolate?

I have Scharffenberger, which has a heksher but not for Passover... however ingredients are cacao beans and whole vanilla beans and that's all. So that's good enough for my standards.

Mar 27, 2012
wearybashful in Kosher

Passover dessert with unsweetened chocolate?

Thanks, milklady, that looks perfect.

Mar 26, 2012
wearybashful in Kosher

Passover dessert with unsweetened chocolate?

I live in the hinterlands and can't find sweetened dark chocolate without soy. But i do have some very good unsweetened chocolate with no added ingredients... I can't find a recipe for a Passover parve dessert that uses unsweetened chocolate, though.

Mar 25, 2012
wearybashful in Kosher

report: 3 breakfasts in Sonoma County

Dierk's Parkside Cafe, absolutely. None better. You can have duck for breakfast!
Hey, is Emile's back with Hank's?

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Dierk's Parkside Cafe
404 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Santa Rosa-- best place to buy lamb or goat?

Thanks, Robert. I've never stopped at Buds, only driven by... I'll definitely remedy that.

Santa Rosa-- best place to buy lamb or goat?

Thanks, Junie. Do you think Bud's is worth an extra drive when Willowside is closer? I should have asked for recipes while I was at it.

Santa Rosa-- best place to buy lamb or goat?

I'm especially looking for less expensive cuts for stews and braising, necks, shoulders.. shanks are good but haven't been inexpensive in a long time. At any rate, I'm more interested in places to shop than in getting that specific about the cut.
Thanks.

Top 4 Wine-Tasting Gaffes

You left off, "Don't park your gum under the tasting room bar." On a few occasions I brought my little kids into the tasting room, and they were so short, they could spot the gum under the counter--- causing major consternation to the staff when they pointed it out.

Mar 20, 2011
wearybashful in Features

Hello, I'm Your Annoying Server

My most hated server remark is "You still working on that?" instead of, "May I take your plate?"

Actually what's even worse is anything that comments on how much I've eaten. I've heard "My, you really cleaned your plate!" and even "You almost ate the glaze right off that plate!" or "You didn't finish your potatoes, are you saving room for dessert?"

Feb 12, 2011
wearybashful in Features

K&L Bistro, Sebastopol

Has anybody done a review of K&L Bistro in Sebastopol? They lost their Michelin star, and i read a recent-ish review in the press Democrat saying they'd improved and should get their star back. My husband and I were just there for an anniversary dinner--- I was looking for a place where the food was celebratory, but the prices left me feeling not totally maxxed out. I thought the food we got was as good or better than that at much more expensive restaurants. We didn't get enough different dishes to write a real review, but the cassoulet was absolutely incredible, so stuffed with wonderful duck, lamb, sausages, bacon and beans that i was positively excited over each bite.

They had things I've rarely, more like never seen in other places, like boudin blanc and crepes suzettes.

This place looks and is priced like a cozy neighborhood restaurant, but the food and service are really special.

Patisserie Angelica in Sebastopol

So very worth it.
I've just gotten sheet cakes from them, not the more elaborate ones, and that was more affordable. The cake itself is excellent. I used to get pastries from them when they were still in Santa Rosa, I don't know what their retail situation is now but I've never had anything from there that wasn't fantastic.

Clearing out my pantry...

By all means, use your cornstarch to make pudding, preferably chocolate.
Or you could make lemon filling for pie.

Jul 31, 2010
wearybashful in Home Cooking