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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

Can I make jook with a smoked turkey wing?

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?

Nov 06, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Can I make jook with a smoked turkey wing?

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. :-(

Nov 06, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

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/

Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

LOL. That was a very funny story. :-)

Sep 10, 2014
goodeatsgal in Cookware

Red Boat Fish Sauce 50N or Salt

I purchased the IHA in Southern California earlier this year after reading about it on Andrea's blog. It's good, but is definitely thinner and less full-bodied than Red Boat. I haven't tried the MegaChef. (Someone told me they saw it at either Marina Market in San Mateo or 99 Ranch in Foster City - I don't remember which.) Red Boat is still my favorite. :-)

Red Boat Fish Sauce 50N or Salt

Darn, I'm bummed I missed this. I just saw Omnivore Book's newsletter about her. Thanks for the tip - I just signed up for the newsletter.

Red Boat Fish Sauce 50N or Salt

Good idea, soupcon! I'm a big fan of Andrea Nguyen and her Viet World Kitchen site, and had read her post about her new cookbook on the Home Cooking board. Unfortunately, I must have missed hearing about the signing of her book.

Red Boat Fish Sauce 50N or Salt

Yikes is right! That's why I wanted to find it locally. I don't know if the 50N is that much better, but I would love to do a comparison with the 40N.

Red Boat Fish Sauce 50N or Salt

Has anyone spotted the 50N Fish Sauce or the Salt by Red Boat anywhere in the Bay Area? So far, I've only found them on the Red Boat site. The 40N seems to be the more common sauce, and even that is not easy to find. Thanks!

Recipe for Oyster Sauce [Moved from Manhattan board]

Hi noguri. Have you tried the Panda brand of oyster sauce? It's from Lee Kum Kee, a major brand of Chinese condiments. But this one is supposed to be gluten free. http://www.amazon.com/Panda-Brand-Gre... . I've found this at my local 99 Ranch store in the SF bay area.

Aug 13, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

lupini beans???

I know this doesn't answer your question about cooking the dried lupini beans. But I wanted to share with others who might be interested. I've only had them from the jar, and they are not bitter. The ones I've tried are "Madama Oliva" brand. I've bought them at Sigona's in Redwood City, and my friend has bought them at a store in Glen Park, SF (I think). They have a great crunchy texture. I don't generally like beans, but these are not "bean-like". They look like a light gold version of edamames, are crunchier/chewier and hearty, and are a great addition to salads.

Aug 13, 2014
goodeatsgal in Home Cooking

Grocery Outlet August, 2014

I bought the 479 Degrees truffle popcorn at the Berkeley store last month and really liked it!

Transporting wine and spirits in car for 6 hours

Can you explain what you mean by an insulated box? So you mean a styrofoam cooler? Thanks!

Aug 10, 2014
goodeatsgal in Wine