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Berkeley Indian Places near Shattuck & University

Perhaps but food tastier--definitely different cooks, so I don't care who is the owner.

Jul 27, 2013
rccola in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley Indian Places near Shattuck & University

This is a good walk (or drive--they have a parking lot) but Himalayan Flavors is excellent. Mixed Indian and Nepalese/Bhutan/Tibet food. Some unusual dishes over and above the usual. very clean and pleasant too

Jul 22, 2013
rccola in San Francisco Bay Area

Sandwich in a Bathroom

Ah, but cattle NEED to fertilize as they go. We do not.

Jul 07, 2013
rccola in Not About Food

Restaurant practices you'd like to see become more common

In South Korea, you're eating some of the saltiest food on the planet. They bring water 'cause they don't want you die of heart failure before you pay.

May 17, 2013
rccola in Not About Food

Leftover filet mignon...what to make

Stir-fried brown rice with fish sauce cooked in, slivered ginger and garlic, sauteed onions, red pepper, diagonally cut celery, siracha if you like hot, cilantro at the end and some dry-roasted peanuts. Lay steak gently on top to heat a bit without cooking more at the end.

May 13, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

How to replace msg in a meatloaf recipe with salt and sugar?

I've never cooked with Accent or msg--is Accent just pure msg only more expensively packaged?

May 07, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

CatHead's BBQ (SF)?

Ate there recently and best bbq I've had in Bay Area in long time. Impressed with brisket and sides especially.

May 06, 2013
rccola in San Francisco Bay Area

My sisterin law grilled some pork ribs and they're tough, can I now bake them?

Good suggestion and maybe add bbq sauce or tomato paste/molasses, etc to the braising liquid to add flavor. THEN put back on the grill with more bbq sauce just to caramelize the outside.

May 06, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

How to replace msg in a meatloaf recipe with salt and sugar?

Many oats are cross-contaminated and not gluten-free. You have to buy certified gluten-free oats if you actually have celiac.

May 06, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

How to replace msg in a meatloaf recipe with salt and sugar?

Once you open should be refrigerated. Quite salty but very, very useful.

May 05, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

How to replace msg in a meatloaf recipe with salt and sugar?

Try sauteing onion in a little olive oil and adding tinned anchovies in olive oil until they dissolve, mix in with meat and whatever else you like (ketchup/whatever). Salty, savory, not so bad for you. Umami galore and no fishiness if you don't overdo it.

May 04, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Solo diner overwhelmed by her choices

So glad you had a good visit. Shame it's not this week when it's unseasonably warm. If you want a good view walk inside the City, try China Beach. Golden Gate galore. Take a picnic if it's nice, especially during week.

http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit...

Apr 11, 2013
rccola in San Francisco Bay Area

Parchment paper along with butter and flour in a cake pan?

I butter and lightly breadcrumb or sometimes just parchment and butter and breadcrumb. Makes the top come out flawless and makes for a crispy, buttery, tasty top!

Mar 26, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Coffee Cake! and my hate of baking…

Oh my gosh--some children are lovely and some are spoiled. I got from the above and "will this baking thing ever become enjoyable" that she might not want to bake for her son.

I appreciate you wanting to support her but it was a simple matter of interpretation of words. And sometimes being madly in love with our children means telling them that we are human with likes and dislikes and work and please make it easy for us--so bake with them so they can learn to bake for us!

And yes, I'm a very good cook and cook and bake from my family and friends. But it's NOT a "pain in the ass " to me--if it were, I'd have them all share the work!

Dismount high horse, please.

Mar 26, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Coffee Cake! and my hate of baking…

I think it was the "ugh...pain in the ass" followed by the "he'll want it next weekend, too."

Of course I've done things for my family I didn't particularly enjoy but I never felt driven to post about it. Didn't come across as lighthearted. Maybe "pain in the ass" followed by "but the look on his face made it all worthwhile?"

Mar 25, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Coffee Cake! and my hate of baking…

Tell your son that you're too busy but as soon as he's big enough (assuming he's not grown), you'll teach him how to make it.

How good is it to do something for him on command when you hate it?

Mar 24, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Best supermarket ricotta?

We are having the kitchen remodeled so, cooking-wise, I'm basically homeless. I was loving cooking and now I'm strangely not interested, as in: the day I make homemade pasta/gnocchi is the day the dawn comes up like thunder out of Belvedere 'cross the Bay.

Mar 23, 2013
rccola in Cheese

A Few Questions About Feta.....

Lately I buy Trader Joe's feta, the full-fat kind as the low-fat tastes like chalk. I've bought feta from all the animals and all the countries: France, Greece, Bulgaria, Israel, Lebanon, etc. Some were too dry, some too creamy, some had too much of a gamy taste. I didn't want to admit to my friends but I liked TJ's best. And when I took the label off in the kitchen and served it in the dining room, so did they. It's cow's milk.

Mar 23, 2013
rccola in Cheese

What Do You Do With Canned Soup?

If it's Campbell's tomato, I eat it. Nothing I make tastes like it. You can argue better taste with oven-roasted tomatoes or not, there's something comforting about the classic canned taste. Their chicken noodle soup? Dishwater with mushy noodle bits. I think it tasted better years ago but maybe that's just wishful thinking.

Mar 23, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Best supermarket ricotta?

Melanie, there is simply NO food you're not an expert in (in which you're not an expert--you're good at grammar, too). I never went on the Website before, having purchased the ricotta at the Bowl. I live a narrow sheltered life mostly from Alcatraz to Solano with only occasional forays into the wilds of Richmond to trek to Costco.

I was very impressed with the cheese, having not used it before secondary to fear of lasagna thighs.

Mar 23, 2013
rccola in Cheese

Best supermarket ricotta?

I recently made a chard/prosciutto/ricotta tart that won praise from a group of Italian wine importers who cook together every week. I used Bellwether Farms sheep's milk fresh ricotta. Outlets at (plug in zip): http://www.bellwetherfarms.com/outlets/

Mar 22, 2013
rccola in Cheese

Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

Only if you both bathe in it.

Mar 16, 2013
rccola in General Topics

Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

If you really like it, the value is in the comfort factor. Emotional nutrition is good for you from time to time.

Mar 16, 2013
rccola in General Topics

Soup

I love celery as a judiciously used flavoring in soups and stews and stirfries. Don't like it alone, raw. Feel same way about cilantro. Savory pears are delicious.

Mar 14, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

Did Your Mom Repeatedly Cook a Dish You Despised?

Liver made like leather. No bacon with it, either.

Mar 13, 2013
rccola in General Topics

Sandwich in a Bathroom

Probably a banquet going on.

Mar 12, 2013
rccola in Not About Food

Sandwich in a Bathroom

Does he have a brother? My husband makes comments like, "Yeah, that sink does not drain well."

Mar 12, 2013
rccola in Not About Food

Sandwich in a Bathroom

A tale worth regurgitating...

Mar 12, 2013
rccola in Not About Food

Kate's Real Buttermilk now available in local supermarkets; was excited to try, however my results so far have been inconsistant

I always keep Saco powdered buttermilk on hand for baking. Pancakes ALWAYS great. Recipe on container. Have tried with fresh buttermilk, never as good. I reserve fresh buttermilk for making delicious smoothies with banana and nutmeg--if banana really ripe, no sweetener needed.

Mar 11, 2013
rccola in Home Cooking

La Mission Berkeley

Their chilaquilies are terrific--I tend to get them at Talavera or down at whatever Monteros is called now.

Mar 09, 2013
rccola in San Francisco Bay Area