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Pioneer Woman

<<I am wondering how long it will be before Ree Drummond is selling a line of Pioneer Woman merchandise>>

Looks like we will only have to wait several more months before we can all have our own PW branded cookware. In bright purple with a butterfly handle no less.

Scroll about half way down the page.

Jan 26, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

You can find a couple of her cookbooks used on Amazon. Specifically the one titled "French Food at Home" is available inexpensively. Her books were all published in Canada so I guess they were never in wide distribution in the US, therefore kind of hard to find. "French Food at Home" is interesting because she wrote it before ever being involved with TV.

Jan 24, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

"A question for you fans - how many of her books have you bought?"

I have all four. I would recommend the most recent one "Paris Express" which has many short essays on food and dining related topics interspersed with the recipes and lovely photos of Paris.

Jan 24, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

LC is also pretty active on Twitter, so if you use that you may want to follow her there. I think that gets updated more often than the website.

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

Sorry to see her gone from CC, although they had reduced it to repeating the same 12 (or so ) episodes over and over again.

If you are a Laura fan then check out her cookbooks. They are lovely. I always got the impression that she considered herself a writer first and not so much a TV personality.

Jan 21, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Need great produce store near Pacifica

My favorite location for produce is Lunardi's (top of San Bruno Ave near Skyline). Their selection may not be as extensive as MM but quality is good and prices are fair.

Mollie Stone's (San Bruno Ave at Cherry) may be a little too much like WF but their produce selection is good.

In Pacifica, Oceana Market (in the Eureka Square mall)is a good stop for basics. They are a small, independent market with a really nice selection of products. Because they are small though, their turnover on the produce is not always that fast.

For Asian items, Pacific Market (Westborough and El Camino) is probably worth a visit.

There used to be a Mexican produce store on Grand in SSF right next to La Tapitia market.

There is a farmer's market at Serramonte mall on Saturday and Thursday mornings (back parking lot). Unfortunately the Pacifica farmer's market (Wed 1pm to 6pm, and closed for the Winter now) is so small that it usually has only a few actual produce stands.

Hope this is helpful, you may not be able to find everything in one place, but hope you find some places you like to shop.

Jan 19, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

What happened to Top Chef?

It's a show on the Esquire network.

Cooking competition, with a bit of an edge. It's filmed at a "hip" (or maybe once hip) LA restaurant. Two guest chefs are given mystery ingredients, usually somewhat exotic, and they have an hour to create their dishes. Judges taste, etc.

I sometimes have a hard time watching it because the restaurant is packed with an audience and they are cheering and yelling at every move. I have to turn the sound off.

I also think that Bobby Flay's new show "Beat Bobby Flay" ripped off some of the style elements from this show.

Jan 17, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

Actually, it appears that as of the first of the year she is gone from the FN schedule. The end of an era.

Jan 16, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Crock-Pot Cuisine -- are you kidding?

I think you will enjoy the book. Pollan is a good researcher and an exceptionaly good writer. This book is a very personal journal of his explorations into different types of cooking and food preparations. It was probably the best book I have read in the past year.

Jan 11, 2015
pamf in General Topics

TV cooking show pet peeves

Then we can give one credit back to Rachel Ray because I have heard her say on more than one occasion that she is removing her rings before mixing up her burgers, or other meat mixtures.

Nadia G of Bitchin Kitchen also makes a point of removing her rings.

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Thanks EM23 that worked. Simple, but by no means an obvious solution. Thanks for sorting that out for us.

Dec 19, 2014
pamf in Site Talk

site forgetting "read" posts

The site is basically unusable now. Since all posts on every topic are displayed.
No indication at all about previously read posts.

Dec 17, 2014
pamf in Site Talk

Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog

I was at the Linda Mar (Pacifica) Safeway last evening and they had about four cases on the endcap near the liquor aisle.

Pricing the same as Melanie's previous post. You don't have to buy six bottles of the same thing, just six of any type of alcohol, happy holidays. (Sorry if everybody already knows this.)

Nov 24, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Food to help your dog GAIN weight.

Whatever your opinions on RR, one way or another, she does seem to be quite the dog lover and proceeds from the pet food line benefit animal rescue charities.

Nov 23, 2014
pamf in Not About Food

Eat - a Nat Geo series airing right now

Here's the web site for the show:

Nov 22, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Lunch in Paso Robles?

I have had a very nice lunch and the prix fixe dinner at Bistro Laurent the last two trips to Paso. They are downtown, right across from the square. Very reasonably priced and a nice menu of classic bistro dishes with a touch of California. The same owners have a wine store, next door, so the wine selection is good too.

Next trip I want to try the restaurant at Justin Winery (it's way on the western edge of the region). I'm sure it's lovely, but they don't post prices on their online menu, so that will require a little more investigation.

Nov 17, 2014
pamf in California

Enough televised cooking competitions!

Most of the shows that you mention (and more) are carried on the PBS/Create channel. Create is not available in every metro area, so apparently, there is not that much money flowing in.

It's sad because I like to watch these shows too. We do have create available in my area, so I watch those when I can (or DVR).

Nov 15, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

The best San Francisco sourdough?

Lunardi's does carry Raymond's. Their private label Lunardi's bread is pretty good too. I can also get Raymond's at the little Oceana Market here in Pacifica.

However, the Raymond's bakery is in South San Francisco and they have an outlet store (the exact hours are unclear, their web site offers little information). You can get fresh baked, even warm if you get lucky. They also sell day old, which is great if you are planning on making a big batch of stuffing for Thanksgiving.

The bakery is in a big building that is on South Spruce Ave in SSF. It's about half way between Grand Ave. and El Camino. It has a big parking lot.

151 S. Spruce Ave., SSF 94080

Another bonus is that there is a little sandwich shop at the back of the building, called SubCulture. Strictly takeout. I believe that both the bakery and sandwich shop are cash only.

Cloverdale and Geyserville Updates

Hi, not Melanie but I have a couple of comments. There is nothing wrong with Catelli's (their back garden is great in nice weather) but it's pretty casual, simple food. Diavola is a favorite and I would choose that any time I am nearby.

From your list of wineries it sounds like you are heading to Anderson Valley in Mendocino county for tasting that day. Mendocino is covered on the California board (not this SF Bay Area board) so if you search that board you will find more discussion about Anderson Valley wineries and lunch spots. Call ahead and check though because on a Monday in the off season, some places may not be open.

Not to get too off topic, both Husch and Handley are interesting stops, very low key and representative of Anderson Valley. I seem to recall that Roederer and Scharffenberger are now owned by the same parent company, so the tasting experience is pretty much the same, both might be redundant. The Roederer room is more sleek and modern, the Scharffenberger is in a quaint old house with art, so which ever suits your style and schedule.

Also, plan to head back to Cloverdale before it gets dark because the trip on Highway 128 is quite twisty and hilly and I would not want to drive that in the dark, after tasting.

Post more questions on the California board.

Nov 08, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joes for Thanksgiving

I don't think you can get it at TJ's but if you have another market with a full butcher counter near you, you can pick up turkey parts. These are a lot easier to handle than a whole bird.

I really like the convenience of a boneless breast, already rolled and tied, you just have to season and roast. That's a pricey option though. A half breast on the bone is a good size for two, with a bit of leftovers. If you want dark meat pick up a couple of legs or thighs. Another advantage to the parts is that you can vary the cooking times so that each part is done perfectly.

Nov 06, 2014
pamf in Chains

Food and wine magazine and the like [Moved from New Jersey]

See if you have an active Freecycle group in your area. Magazines always seem to move quickly in my local area.

That way you can make sure that someone who has an interest in them gets them.

Nov 05, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

Do you really eat less food if it’s higher quality?

It could also be the surroundings in which the better quality food is offered. Which encourage you to sit and enjoy rather than to just grab and go.

Oct 28, 2014
pamf in General Topics

The Diestel Petite Turkey

I cooked a Diestel Petite a couple of years ago. I think it was about or a little under 10 lbs. It was every good, but watch your temperatures because it cooked much more quickly than I was expecting. Think of it more like a large roasting chicken than regular-sized turkey.

Oct 27, 2014
pamf in General Topics

Seville Tapas - A little bit of Spain in Princeton-By-The-Sea, Half Moon Bay, CA -

We visited a few months ago, not long after they opened. The deck is quite pleasant when the sun out and of course there is a windscreen all around. The deck is dog-friendly. It's casual service, you need to go inside to place your order and pay then they will bring your food out.

The best item we tried were the meatballs in sherry sauce, quite delicious. We also had a few small plates with cheese and sliced meat and tortilla espanol. We didn't go for one of the larger sampler platters because there only two of us. The small plates are really quite small. This may not be the place to go if you looking for a hearty meal after a day of surfing or hiking.

The menu for the "pepitas", or small sandwiches looks extensive, but it really just a lot of variations on a few basic ingredients with different condiments and garnishes. The sandwiches which are $3-$5 each are really just two three bites each.

Their prices for wine and beer are quite reasonable though. The house sangria is $5 and wines off their short list (mostly Spanish)are $8. Overall we spent about $60 for a light lunch and would have enjoyed a few more hot flavorful dishes like the meatballs.

It can get crowded in Princeton on a nice weekend, so remember that Seville has a private parking area behind the restaurant.

Oct 27, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Partridge in the East Bay or SF?

From the contact page it looks like Polarica has moved to Pacheco. The last couple of times my SO went by the old SF warehouse it was not open.

Oct 27, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Fried Rice in SF

Bai Som Thai Kitchen on Clement near 22nd. It's just a modest neighborhood restaurant, but they make Duck Fried Rice. If your friend likes duck, this dish includes a decent amount of thinly sliced duck meat (with skin) and the flavor of the duck fat gets absorbed into the rice. Delicious and very rich.

I haven't been in several years, buy Chabaa Thai on Geary just west of Union Square used to make a great crab fried rice.

Oct 26, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

South San Fran Dinner Reccs


Oct 24, 2014
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Heartland Table - a new cooking show

They are showing reruns on Sunday mornings at 8:30am (ET). But there has been no news of more episodes in production. It's too bad, it was a very good show for FN.

Oct 24, 2014
pamf in Food Media & News

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Mine arrived today too. And the invoice price was just $12, no shipping. The bundle sale paid off.

Looking forward to going through it this weekend.

Oct 23, 2014
pamf in Home Cooking

Best grease cutter for overhead exhaust?

I like a product called "Greased Lightning". You can usually find it at hardware or the big home improvement stores.

Oct 22, 2014
pamf in Cookware