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Reheat with Oil After Cleaning Cast Iron?

We do the same, except we don't re-wipe after reheating on the burner, and we store our pan in a cabinet.

about 15 hours ago
goodeatsgal in Cookware

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I echo Melanie's comment 100%. Reading speed is important to me, so I dislike having to click to get to the next page and wait for it to load. When there are too many pages, it makes me want to give up and not read them all.

7x7's List of private rooms/restaurants in SF

This is a great list. Thanks for sharing!

Where can I find great French Onion Soup?

I concur about the one at Cafe Jacqueline. It was so delicious, that it has stayed in my memory better than the souffles.

Variations on bacon jam?

How about making a Chorizo Jam? I've been wanting to try this one. http://eatlikeagirl.com/2013/10/22/re...

Dec 09, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Smoked Turkey in the Bay Area

About the same level of saltiness as a ham. For me, it's salty but not too salty.

Short ribs vs. oxtails?

Thanks for the advice on cooking the oxtails and making stock. With respect to the tip bones vs. the big ones, oftentimes the problem is that if you buy it pre-packaged (for instance at Costco), they always include a lot of the small bones. And I have never seen an oxtail the size of a large apple in my area. :-(

Dec 04, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Best New Thanksgiving Dish

I make an almost-identical recipe, except that it doesn't include an egg, and the can of corn is not drained. It's usually one of the most popular recipes.

Nov 30, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

How to clean the face of an oven thermometer?

Hi critter, I wanted to thank you for your suggestion. I let the baking soda / water paste sit on the face of the thermometer for about 15 minutes, and then scrubbed it off with a textured paper towel. I had to use a little bit of elbow grease, but it did all come off. Yay, I can see the temps on the dial again! Thank you!

Nov 30, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Smoked Turkey in the Bay Area

Just wanted to report back. I did pre-order a smoked turkey and picked it up on the Monday before Thanksgiving. I also purchased extra smoked turkey drumsticks, and fresh necks and wings to make stock. All prices were very reasonable.

Because we had the non-smoked turkey in the oven, we decided to reheat the smoked turkey on the gas grill. It worked out great, and a lot of our guests loved the smoked turkey. It was definitely nice to have a second option, since we don't normally serve ham or any other meat.

Thanks again for the recommendation!

Food mill for mashed potatoes - what do you think?

It depends on how many potatoes you're processing. One year, I used the food mill for enough potatoes to serve 24 people. (I don't remember how many pounds of potatoes.) It took a really long time and lots of elbow grease to mill them, and eventually, we gave up and used an old-fashioned potato masher.

Nov 24, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

We saw the fresh cooked crab at Costco on Nov. 21. The fishmonger said these were fresh, not frozen, because they are in season. But at other times of the year, they are previously frozen. I don't recall the price, but they were cooked. Not cracked, however.

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

It was the tub that I saw. I've never noticed the taller thinner package, so I can't speak to how it tastes.

Nov 21, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

Best Seasonal/Holiday Trader Joe's Items.... for 2014

I saw the seasonal Fondue last night. And I picked up the Himalayan Salt with Truffles that Chowhounders raved about in the November thread.

Nov 21, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

What brand is the Korean pork jerky, and what section of the store can you find it in?

Nov 21, 2014
goodeatsgal in Chains

Time may sell Sunset Magazine's Menlo Park headquarters, gardens

Menlo College could be a savior! They're interested in buying the site as another campus. http://www.almanacnews.com/news/2014/...

Thanksgiving side: Not heavy, possibly acidic or citrusy?

I totally agree about serving something lighter to balance the heavy dishes. How about this recipe? Green Beans with Lemon and Capers. The green beans are blanched. The dish is light, refreshing, and citrusy. It can be made ahead and served at room temperature. http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Note that I had to blanch the green beans for longer than the 3-4 minutes specified in the recipe. Perhaps my green beans were extra-thick, or old.

Nov 18, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Where are you buying your turkey?

A lot of people mentioned BN Ranch turkeys, which I'm not familiar with. But this 7x7 article dated 11/17/14 mentions a lot of stores that sell BN Ranch. http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/where-bu...

Time may sell Sunset Magazine's Menlo Park headquarters, gardens

I had the same thought. I love their Celebration Weekend and go most years. I will miss going there and seeing the gardens if it's sold.

Crab . Your favorite ways to prepare ?

At the beginning of the Dungeness Crab season, we always eat it steamed. After we've had it that way a few times, I'll start doing other preparations, like an Asian wok fry, or this Roast Garlic preparation by Michael Chiarello: http://www.napastyle.com/recipes/2014...

Nov 16, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

How to clean the face of an oven thermometer?

I have 2 oven thermometers whose faces have gotten stained while in use in the oven. The stains are either brownish or white, and can't be scratched off with a fingernail. I assume they're from splattering oil. How do I clean the faces since I can't submerge the thermometers in water or run water over them? I've tried scrubbing them with a cloth on which I've sprinkled baking powder, but that hasn't worked. Thanks for any advice.

Nov 16, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Smoked Turkey in the Bay Area

Thanks for the info, Melanie. I can't wait! Quick question - is it recommended to pre-order the smoked turkey, or will they have plenty if I show up on Sunday or possibly even Monday?

Smoked Turkey in the Bay Area

Hi Melanie,

Are you saying that you will buy the turkey already smoked? If so, what day would you buy it? I will be in the area the Sunday before Thanksgiving and It sounds like a great idea to buy a smoked turkey (and parts for broth and gravy). But it may be too early for Thanksgiving. :-(

Wine Sale at Grocery Outlet

I was at Grocery Outlet, Redwood City, tonight. The check-out person told me the wine sale starts tomorrow, November 5 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 9. I didn't ask him, but I'm going to "assume" that this wine sale is for all G.O.s in the Bay Area. I usually receive emails from G.O. about their wine sales, but didn't get one this time.

Thanksgiving!! Two turkeys at once?

I ask my husband to be responsible for the grilled turkey while I take care of the turkey in the oven. Works great. :-)

Nov 03, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking
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New food mill vs. vintage

I don't have any experience with Foleys. I have a newish stainless steel food mill that sounds a lot like wekick's. It has 3 disks with holes of various sizes and legs to sit over a bowl, and it is dishwasher-safe. I bought it from a restaurant supply store about 5 years ago and am very happy with it.

Oct 09, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Tomato sauce HELP!!

I also roast tomatoes when I have a large quantity of fresh from the garden tomatoes. After roasting (sometimes with some garlic), I puree them through a food mill. The resulting sauce is just like the sauce in ChicEats' photo - thick and vibrantly colored, and not separated. It's also very sweet. When I use this sauce - whether for pasta or something else - I rarely have to add more than salt and pepper. It's so good!

Sep 28, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking
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cafe jacqueline? [San Francisco]

We went a few months ago. While I enjoyed our savory and dessert souffles, my favorite thing was the French Onion soup. Sooo good. Thick and flavorful with a great cheese topping. And their French bread was very tasty, too.

rice bran oil in Berkeley area?

On one of the Trader Joe's posts in the Chains board, someone said the rice bran oil had been discontinued. I've looked for it for months and have not seen it, so it may in fact have been discontinued. I haven't asked anyone at the store, though.

Is there much commercial crawfish fishing around or near the Bay Area?

This is out of the Bay Area - Lake Tahoe - but I heard an interview with them on KCBS a few months ago. They said most of their product is exported out of the country, partly because there is not much demand for it in the U.S. You may want to contact them to see if they have any plans to sell in California. http://www.tahoelobstercompany.com/