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Exploding Bakeware Attacks Your Face

This happened to me with an Anchor Hocking glass baking dish. No setting it down on a cold surface, no adding water, no broiling, the mac and cheese was nearly done when the dish exploded inside the oven. Luckily, the door was shut and no one was hurt.

Dec 13, 2010
Mmmonica in Features

Blue Bottle coffee beans (or Ritual beans)

Does anyone know where I can find Blue Bottle whole coffee beans today near the Financial District or North Beach? Surely they must be sold at the Ferry Building but no luck yet.

Tartine's passion fruit bavarian

I've been very slowly making my way through some recipes in the Tartine cookbook. I want to make the passion fruit and lime bavarian cake but I have no idea what they mean by "passion fruit puree." Do I get some passion fruits and puree them or is there some packaged product I can just buy? I'm in San Francisco so I figure I should just be able to track down Tartine's source for passion fruit. Help!

Aug 01, 2008
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Dogpatch - what's going on?

The Jolt n Bolt croissants are delicious! Just don't get coffee there.

SF- Updates on Piccino in Dogpach - Pizza, BB coffee, apple popovers & what else?

My Piccino experiences have been so-so. I work in the neighborhood so I've eaten there a few times. The pizzas are very, very thin. I'm a small person and I could easily eat two of them. The last time I ordered the grilled cheese sandwich and it was almost translucent from being covered in so much oil. Still, the pizzas are really tasty and it's terrific to have another option in the neighborhood for lunch.

The coffee, of course, is fantastic.

ISO best thick, creamy New England Clam Chowder recipe

I tried this recipe a couple days ago and it tasted pretty good. It's also quite simple to make.

Jan 01, 2007
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

SF – (Townsend) – Holy Grill ... the burger was not quite a religious experience

I agree that overall, it's not awesome, but it's pretty good. The onion rings are probably the best thing I've had there. Definitely get an order of those if you go to Holy Grill.

Seeking advice from anyone who;s ever actually made kim chee

Homemade kimchi is under pressure because the fermentation process produces gas. My mom would put our jars of kimchi in buckets because sometimes the juices would be forced out of the jars by the gas. If you like kimchi that's more sour, the pressure is a good sign that it's ready to eat.

Dec 15, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Seeking advice from anyone who;s ever actually made kim chee

Kimchi is really any fermented veggie. It doesn't even need to be spicy.

Dec 15, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Superb Vegetarian Recipes?

One of my favorite recipes is the Otsu soba recipe from a restaurant called Pomelo in San Francisco. The trick to this dish is being patient when cooking the tofu. Make sure it browns nicely.


Ginger-sesame dressing:
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 oz. cleaned ginger, thinly sliced
1 T. granulated sugar
3/4 t. cayenne
3/4 t. salt
1T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 T. canola oil
2 T. pure sesame oil

In a food processor (or with mortar and pestle), combine lemon zest, ginger, sugar, cayenne, and salt and process to a smooth puree; add lemon juice, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Blend well. Slowly add canola oil and sesame oil until well combined.

Soba Noodle Salad:
8 oz. portion frozen soba noodles, thawed and softened in boiling water and rinse in cold running water (or equivalent dry soba noodles, cooked according to package instructions)
1/5 block (3 oz) firm tofu, cut to 1/2" cubes
2 T. canola oil
1 T. chopped cilantro
1 scallion, green and white part, cleaned and thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut in half lengthwise then cut across into thin half-moons
Sprinkle sesame seeds + cilantro sprigs for garnish

Add tofu to a large non-stick skillet without any oil and toss over high heat until all water has evaporated; add canola oil, reduce heat to medium-high and fry, tossing frequently until tofu is firm and bouncy; beware of possible splattering; drain over paper towels; in a large mixing bowl combine drained soba noodles, cilantro, scallions, cucumber and 2-3 oz dressing, toss well; arrange salad in center of large plate and top with fried tofu. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro sprigs.

Dec 08, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Superb Vegetarian Recipes?

That recipe is one of my favorites! So fast, easy to modify, and really healthy.

Dec 08, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Restaurants in and around Truckee

My initial feeling was that all the decent restaurants were going to be expensive. Thanks for your help!

Dec 05, 2006
Mmmonica in California

What your best Rugelach Recipe? welcome all tried & tru + any filling variations

Yes! Their recipe is fantastic. As for variations, I've always meant to try a Nutella filling.

Dec 04, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Restaurants in and around Truckee

My friends and I, who are mostly pescatarian or vegetarian, have a ski house for the next 5 months in Truckee. We need some moderately priced places to eat dinner in Truckee for the winter. I tried Java Sushi and it was terrible! I love cooking but I hate the idea of having to cook only because the restaurants in town are horrible. Please help!

Dec 04, 2006
Mmmonica in California

best pumpkin pound cake

I ended up keeping my cake in the oven about 10 or 15 minutes longer than the suggested time. Just use the toothpick test and make sure it comes out without any goo.

Nov 30, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Say Goodbye to Hawthorne Lane

A while back someone from Hawthorne lane wrote to me via Yelp. They asked me what I thought about Hawthorne Lane and that they were going to try to make it hipper. I actually wrote back saying that I liked the way they are and they shouldn't try to be hip. Isn't that the opposite of hip? Anyway, I was a fan of their happy hour cocktails and snacks. The make a terrific version of a sazerac. I hope it stays on the menu.

Best Thai in SF?

My favorite is Mekong in the Tenderloin. Their spicy squid is amazing. Normally, I'm not a huge pad thai fan, but theirs is so flavorful. I think Mekong is far better than Thai House Express. The service at Mekong is quite friendly too.

Miette: Myuck!

I agree. The chocolate cupcake at Miette is delicious and "very adult." I don't understand why most Chowhounders don't like it. I've only eaten them on weekday afternoons, does that have something to do with it?

Persimmons in a salad... Do they need to be peeled

I would say that both types should be peeled. I find the skin to be tough and bitter.

Nov 22, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

best pumpkin pound cake

I just tried the recipe (no glaze or frosting) and it turned out great. But boy was that a heavy bunch of batter to pour into the pan! Thanks for the recipe.

Nov 19, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

Any REALLY obscure food that you know about, that others probably don't?

Someone earlier mentioned eating live baby octopus... Well, I've had it in rural Korea. At restaurants they take the baby octopus out of the tank, throw it on a plate in front of you, sprinkle some pepper, salt, and sesame oil on it, cut it up into manageable pieces with scissor and it's dinner time. When I used my chopsticks to grab a piece, I couldn't get it off because the suction cups were still grabbing onto the plate. Yikes. In the same vein, these restaurants also serve a cooked version where they are seasoned differently and cut up into a pan. The lid has to be held down so the octopuses stay inside the pan (!!!) while it cooks. Double yikes.

Nov 18, 2006
Mmmonica in General Topics

Chris Kimball/America's Test Kitchen

If you're like me and sit around reading On Food and Cooking, then you will definitely love cooking ATK recipes. The Cook's Illustrated pumpkin cheesecake and the ATK's shrimp fra diavolo and four cheese baked pastas are my favorites. The recipes are fussy but they results have always been great.

Nov 17, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking

fish and chips

Fish part of the fish and chips at Weird Fish (Mission at 18th) are fantastic and made from tilapia. The chips, however, were limp.

White Truffle Source?

Ozumo, I bought some white truffle oil at TJ's this week. It's not bad. I think it was $8 or $9 for a bottle.

Acme Bread--where to buy?

Wow. My instincts were right. Thanks for looking into that, Sebby.

Vegetarian recomendations

I really don't think Greens is worth going to. I had dinner there in May and cannot recommend it despite how much I love the Greens cookbook. I don't recommend Herbivore either. Their food always tastes like it was pre-made.

Mekong is amazing. The neighborhood is a bit sketchy but the food and service is totally worth it. It's also very inexpensive.

I know a lot of people don't like it by I love Cafe Gratitude if only for their grain bowls and terrific desserts. It's a place that feels unique to San Francisco.

Acme Bread--where to buy?

I may be wrong but I think the Acme herb slab is sold at Trader Joe's in TJ's packaging (as artisan herb foccacia or something like that). It tastes exactly the same. I love the herb slab. I'm not familiar enough with the other breads to spot it in different wrapping but it's possible TJ's carries some of their other breads.


I don't like Pluto's. I've eaten there several times and am always dissappointed. You'd think that place that specializes in salads would have terrific vegetarian add-ons but it doesn't. The french fries are fantastic though.

Short Visit to San Francisco - How are these choices?

I don't think Limon is that good. The sangria and ceviche are quite good but the entrees are are never to my liking. It's also very loud.

Canned mussels/clams/oysters

I know people that are addicted to them but the smell and texture of canned oysters is just disgusting to me. One whiff and you'll easily decide if they're for you or not.

Nov 10, 2006
Mmmonica in Home Cooking