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Pepper and Egg Sandwich

When I was growing up in Chicago the pepper and egg sandwich was the Friday special at most Italian beef stands for those who abstained from eating meat on Friday.

Cooked on the same flat top that every thing else was cooked on. So the ingredients probably picked up some flavoring from the grease already on the griddle (not exactly vegetarian friendly, but nobody questioned that back then). Green peppers (no red) were thinly sliced and sauteed on the griddle and then the beaten eggs were lightly scrambled on the griddle and mixed in with the peppers. Probably simply seasoned with s&p, but I don't remember adding ketchup or hot sauce (though I suppose some people might, a little garlic might be OK if you like it but I don't remember it).

Served on the same crisp Italian bread that the beef and sausages were served on it was a very satisfying and cheap sandwich.

The Italian bread in the OP's photo looks like just the right kind.

about 6 hours ago
pamf in Home Cooking
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Chinese Chicken Salad at Cafe Le Bou [Sacramento area]

The recipe that I found on the SacBee web site (dated Aug 25th) was from Mai Pham's Lemongrass book. Is that the one you are referring to?

It looks like a good recipe, but perhaps a little different from Cafe Le Bou.

Thanks for the reply.

http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/reci...

about 7 hours ago
pamf in California

You Can Eat Carbs

There *is* a Special Diets board here on Chowhound where people can discuss medically diagnosed issues, allergies and such.

I think most of us here do want to enjoy our food as much as possible, even if that means working around any dietary restrictions.

mcf is a long time participant who has seemingly spent a lot of time working on his/her own health issues and offers reasonable opinions with out unnecessary alarm. mcf is just sharing his/her experiences and I appreciate the posts.

Everyone needs to find out the best path for their own health.

Chinese Chicken Salad at Cafe Le Bou [Sacramento area]

There is a discussion on the SF Bay Area board about Chinese Chicken Salad:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1022342

Which has reminded me of the Chinese Chicken Salad at Le Bou Bakery and Cafe. Several years ago I used to work in the Sacramento area frequently this was a lunch staple.

A little googling didn't turn up any recipes. It's a very simple salad with sliced cabbage and other greens, light dressing, poached (?) shredded white meat chicken and topped with roasted peanuts.

It was always voted the top salad in those reader polls. Does anyone have a copycat recipe for this? Thanks.

Aug 24, 2015
pamf in California

ABC Restaurant Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe wanted

EYB is a great website and if you visit the Home Cooking board here on Chowhound, you will find a lot of enthusiasts.

Aug 24, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

If you are interested enough to do a Google image search you will see that both Giada's mother and grandmother were both more attractive than Giada. Her grandmother was a famous Italian film star in her day (not sure if she is still alive) and Giada's mother is still quite good looking at around 60. So I guess the "if you've got it flaunt it" runs in the family.

Aug 19, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network?

I have tried watching a couple of episodes and it is boring. I really can't even remember what she cooked.

Aug 19, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Grocery Outlet, August 2015

I can't believe I missed this until now, but it seems like the old Fresh & Easy location in Pacifica is going to be a Grocery Outlet.

http://www.pacificariptide.com/pacifi...

Yay!

Aug 17, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Alton Brown Discusses the Evolution of Food Network, Responds to Anthony Bourdain's Criticism of TV Chefs

If we are talking about the last restaurant that Bourdain worked at in NYC, Les Halles, it's not really a high priced restaurant by most standards in the larger cities. The food is just solid classic dishes and it is completely nonprentious.

Also, his Les Halles cookbook (it was mentioned somewhere upthread that he hadn't written any recipes) is a great book with some solid recipes for those classic dishes (and some Bourdain style commentary).

Sorry, I do not mean to direct all of these comments at paulj, but am just jumping into the conversation here.

I enjoyed Alton's Good Eats back in the day, but I think he ran his course with with that and don't enjoy the newer shows.

Aug 13, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Valerie Bertinelli's Recipes Find Place on Food Network's Evolving Menu

I thought she was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, where they send all the food, no cooking involved.

Anyway, I did try to watch her first show (for possible snark value) but it was too boring to make it through.

Aug 13, 2015
pamf in Food Media & News

Best winery for food & wine paired tasting preferably in Sonoma - will consider Napa

Agree with goldangl95 that you need to get your logistics worked out, where will you be staying, what other wineries you want to visit.

The three options that I am aware of are:

Mayo Family Reserve Room (closer to town of Sonoma)

http://www.mayofamilywinery.com/Reser...

Copain (closer to Healdsburg

)

https://www.copainwines.com/Upcoming-...

Marimar Torres (western Sonoma

)

http://marimarestate.com/visit-winery

As far as I know these are not really lunches, but a series of small bites to pair with the wines on offer. Most require reservations.

Aug 12, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Panera - like the food, not the cleanliness

I have eaten at many Panera locations all over the US, due to a job with lots of travel. There is tremendous variation in the food, service and ambiance. I think one factor is how busy the store is, more turnover means fresher food. There is a big difference between the salads at locations here in California (always fresh produce) and locations in other parts of the country where they may not have access to the freshest produce all year long.

Aug 12, 2015
pamf in Chains

Best airport restaurant/bar

Anthony's Seafood in Seattle (SEA-TAC) and Ike's in Minneapolis

Aug 06, 2015
pamf in General Topics

Disposing of Cuisinart

Check freecycle.org to see if there is an active group near you. Chances are good that there might be someone who would take it for the parts.

Aug 02, 2015
pamf in Cookware

Pizza Margherita: SFBA Dish of the Month August 2015

Let's all try Pizza Margherita during the month of August. There is always a lot of discussion on different styles of pizza around the Bay Area, but this is our chance to focus on the classic Margherita style.

Please try to eat Pizza Margherita at new places while keeping in mind old favorites. Photos are great and we can all learn from everyones experiences.

Cookbooks vs. Online recipes . Which do you prefer ?

Apparently you haven't seen the "What Cookbooks are you Lusting After" monthly threads that go to hundreds of replies each month. Then there is Cookbook of the Month (COTM) and Dish of the Month (DOTM).

Plus you can you use the services of Eat Your Books website (EYB) to search your personalized bookshelf by recipe, by ingredients. I would prefer to find a recipe in a trusted book then search the internet. Although sometimes the tempting ads here on Chowhound give me ideas.

Plus there are so many apps that let you incorporate online recipes to make shopping lists and plan menus.

Just have to spend more time here on the home cooking board. There are many people here who are more dedicated than me.

I personally am trying to not purchase any more books right now, as I have many that I have not even read through yet. Cutting down on the magazines too. Need to do some serious clutter reduction around the house.

Jul 29, 2015
pamf in Home Cooking

Your food world and computers

Since your wife loves to use her cookbooks and magazines, and does get online, you might want to introduce her to the Eat Your Books website. The website maintains data on thousands of cookbooks and magazines and let you search for recipes with specific ingredients, recipe titles, authors, etc. Once you sign up, you create a personalized list of all the books and magazines you already own, so you can quickly and easily search only your own collection. I do this all the time and from the search results, I can narrow my recipes choices down to a few and then pull a couple of books from the shelf and decide which I would like best.

Eat Your Books is pretty popular over on the Chowhound Home Cooking board where cookbooks are discussed a lot.
Here's one topic:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8996...

You can sign up for a free limited trial membership to try it out and after that it is $25 a year for a very good service, they are always adding new books and the new magazines.

http://www.eatyourbooks.com

P.S. I have no vested interest in EYB, just a satisfied customer for about three years.

Jul 26, 2015
pamf in Not About Food
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Sun. Lunch for 12 Mission St. Yerba Buena area.

You can try calling B Restaurant. They are on the top level looking out over Yerba Buena Park. See what they can do for your group, their menu is more about small plates and not that many veg choices. It is a lovely location on a nice day, both inside and outside seating. However, if there is an event at Moscone Center that day they may be sold out.

http://www.bsanfrancisco.com/pdfs/b-s...

Jul 25, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

There's a reason why so many of their stores are located next to freeway off ramps. It's a quick and inexpensive bite when you are on the road.

Jul 19, 2015
pamf in Chains

Who does the wall menus at crepe places?

I think there is a relationship between all of these places, as different family members branch off and start their own places, so it makes sense that they would have the similar menus and menu art.

High Tide in Pacifica is on the regular rotation when we want a sandwich and their burgers are pretty good too. It's not fancy but a generous, casual meal is usually around ten dollars. Very popular for their breakfast menu, but I don't care for the crepes, too much cheese and overloaded with other ingredients.

Not a bad meal, the ingredients are usually good quality and cooked fresh, just nothing fancy. What do you expect for a ten dollar lunch.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/high-t...

Jul 19, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area
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There's No Such Thing As Bad…

Recently there was a promotion at the local Safeway for a box mix of Red Lobster branded Cheddar Bay Biscuits. So I tried it. You do have to add your own cheese and (I think) butter. They turned out quite well and I am not much of a baker.

Jul 18, 2015
pamf in General Topics

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

Yes, XOCO is an order at the counter place and the line for people who want a table can get quite long. The staff magically makes it flow smoothly so that people get seated when their food is ready.

What I learned after my first visit to XOCO is that if you want take-out you can go to the second register and order there, food is ready pretty quickly. You can also go to the second register if you are already seated and just want to order more beer or something, without much of a wait. So it would unreasonable if a party that ordered food to go, suddenly grabbed a table.

Probably, in the OP's situation I would have explained the situation with the long wait and asked for a table. As for the cost factor, I almost always need a to go box because I cannot eat a restaurant portion in one sitting, so far I have not been denied or charged extra for it.

I know in California there is a tax difference if you order prepared food in grocery stores, but I am not sure if it applies to restaurants. I think the tax is the same.

Now I am craving a savory torta.

Jul 16, 2015
pamf in Not About Food

Pizzeria Delfina

PD is very good at keeping their website up to date, so you can always check the daily menu online for those specials. The menus do vary a bit from location to location.

Not sure if I posted this before but the Burlingame location has a parking lot in back that is free with validation.

Jul 13, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Wine Itinerary

I think you will really enjoy Healdsburg. It is a charming town with plenty of dining options. You can stroll around the square in the evening. There are also quite a few tasting rooms right in town.

Jul 13, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Wine Itinerary

Where will you be staying while you are in Sonoma County? In the town of Sonoma or in Healdsburg or elsewhere. Remember that the county is quite large (larger than the state of Rhode Island) and the wineries and districts that you mention are kind of all over the area. I recommend that you get some maps and plan your limited amount of time so you are not spending most of the day in the car.

Copain is a lovely spot with a beautiful view and excellent wines. I don't think they offer a picnic, but more of food pairing to go along with their full tasting. I'm sure it's nice but not quite a full meal.

http://www.wineroad.com/maps/

Recent Sonoma topic:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012...

Jul 12, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizzeria Delfina

Check the web site each location may have a slightly different daily menu. The arancini are quite good but may suffer from reheating, as does the pizza (although I wouldn't turn down a leftover slice). Meatballs might be a good dish to order to take home for later.

Jul 11, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for August Cali Trip!

101 is not scenic, like Highway 1, but it is a lot better than Highway 5. 101 runs mostly through agricultural areas and the town of Paso Robles could be a good stop, especially if you want to do a little wine tasting or find a good restaurant. It does bypass the Hearst Castle, so you would have to head back to the coast to get there. Highway 101 joins back to the coast highway around SLO.

Jul 11, 2015
pamf in California

Short and Sweet in SF -- need help with two meals for next Friday.

Pizetta 211 is indeed a small neighborhood gem, but it is a tiny restaurant and may require a wait at Saturday lunch time, a late lunch would be easier.

http://pizzetta211.com/

If you were coming from the Academy of Sciences it would require a cab ride or a couple of buses on Muni.

Gialina and Ragazza are both under the same ownership (AFAIK) with Ragazza being much closer to GGPark. All three are known for their own unique pizza styles.

http://www.ragazzasf.com/

Jul 08, 2015
pamf in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for an authentic southern New Mexico cookbook

I would take a look at the books written by Dave DeWitt. Most are available on amazon at used prices. He started Chile Pepper magazine back in the 90's, and has written quite a few books over the years on all aspects of using (and growing chiles). He is a resident of NM but some of his books cover spicy food from all over the world.

The most recent one I have is called "Dishing Up New Mexico" (2014) and while most of the dishes seem traditional, there are a few modern adaptations. There are also profiles of local NM producers who are creating unique products.

Jul 07, 2015
pamf in Home Cooking

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

There a couple of theaters in the SF Bay Area that do offer food outside of the standard megaplex options. Some of the small indie-type theaters would have coffee and pastries, like a coffee shop.

The one multiplex where I have tried the eating during a movie concept, has designated areas where food is available. For example the upper balcony of the main theater has a bar and a counter to order food. You then take your food and drinks with you to your seat on the balcony. Side tables are provided and the seating is a little bit spaced so you have some room. It is not full meal service it's mostly finger food, I think we had a personal size pizza and a cheese plate, things like that. (BTW, the movie was Julie & Julia so it was fun to have a bit of cheese and wine to go along with that.) You have to reserve these seats when you buy your tickets and have to show ID (over 21) to enter any of the areas where alcohol is allowed. Standard concession fare is also offered in the main lobby. Something for everyone.

Jul 07, 2015
pamf in Not About Food