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Help with "baby" themed dinner--NOT a baby shower

My cooking club’s next dinner theme is “baby.” It’s not a baby shower but rather the cooking topic for a group of serious foodies. It's a bit tongue in cheek. Help me come up with a dish.

I’ve thought of something like lamb with baby artichokes and baby turnips, but that seems obvious. I’m looking for a more creative and interesting idea.

Fin fish okay, but not other sea food. Balut is not on the table (but is the right way to be thinking).

Mar 26, 2013
eel in General Topics

Scenic/memorable birthday lunch along Hwy 1 between SF and Pescadero

I really like to sit outside on the patio at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for lunch. It's not fancy or expensive but is fun and scenic. The patio has some nice views of the bay and they have fire pits and heaters for cold days. People bring their dogs and hang out after going to the beach. I like the fish and chips and the fish sandwich. Friends have liked the burger. Good beer, good bloody marys.

Barbara's Fish Trap is across the street so you can pick the place that looks best to you. It's good too.

Sam’s Chowder is another fine option.

Mar 25, 2013
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Bakeries in Palo Alto or Menlo Park

Try Mayfield Baker which is across from Stanford at the Town and Country Village at El Cam and Embarcadero. Everything I've had from there has been excellent and definitely comparable to what I’ve had from La Farine. They had a fig tart last summer that was outstanding. Great bread too.

Cara’s Cupcakes, which I think highly of, is in the same mall.

Mar 21, 2013
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Fremont - 3 days with a vegetarian in tow

Chat-Patta Corner. So good, and all vegetarian. Very casual.

Feb 08, 2013
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Products you miss when you're abroad

I just got back from 3 weeks in Ecuador. By the end I was really missing whole wheat anything--bread, cereal. I got sick of corn and rice.

Jan 28, 2013
eel in General Topics

What's the best thing you've ever received trick-or-treating?

A full-sized Cadbury fruit & nut bar. I think that was the begining of my love for hazelnuts!

Nov 02, 2012
eel in General Topics

Novelty Pie Contest

There's no crumb crust, but you will wow them big time with Stargazy pie (sometimes called starrey gazey pie). Google it.

I've not made it, but will eventually.

Oct 30, 2012
eel in Home Cooking

Quito eats? Foodie tours? Cuy?

Thank you!!!

Oct 24, 2012
eel in Latin America & Caribbean

Quito eats? Foodie tours? Cuy?

Seeking recommendations for lunchs and dinners in Quito as well as foodie experiences such as tours, markets, and shops. I want to try cuy. I'd love to find great Ecuadorean chocolate.

I've seen the posts suggesting Zazu and Alma Cucina but that's not exactly what I'm looking for. I'm interested in more traditional Ecuadorean cuisine. Doesn't have to be high end.

I'll be there in late December and dining solo.


Oct 21, 2012
eel in Latin America & Caribbean

ideas for "scary food"- themed dinner

My food club is having a dinner with the theme "scary food."

We're pretty upscale as to ingredients and techniques so nothing is off the table. What I don’t want: squid ink anything (taken), offal (taken/done for past theme), balut, fugu, nor anything cute like spider web decorated cupcakes, cookies in the shape of fingers, etc.

My only thought so far is something referencing pink slime—not to actually cook with it but make something that looks like it or relates to it. Don’t know what.

So, you creative cooks out there, any ideas?

Sep 19, 2012
eel in General Topics

What to make for themed dinner--"Preserved"

Any suggestions for a dish to bring to a collective dinner party with "preserved" as the theme? Tagine with preserved lemons, pickled eggs, and home smoked salmon are already claimed. I'm making a quick cauliflower pickle, but want to make something else more substantial. I'm considering salt cod, but have never used it before.

I have 2 weeks, so nothing that needs to age, please. It has to be seriously tasty so nothing with Velveeta, Twinkies, etc.


May 02, 2012
eel in General Topics

Source for dried salt cod on the Peninsula?

I'm seeking high quality dried salt cod on the Peninsula, ideally the mid-Peninsula. Any ideas?

Apr 11, 2012
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

costco duck halves

Foster City Costco had them last week.

Feb 16, 2012
eel in Chains

Best Products at Cost Plus World Market?

German cookies at Christmas time!

Feb 16, 2012
eel in Chains

Torta di baccala? Italian salt cod, potato, and artichoke dish

I'm looking for a recipe or advice on how to recreate a dish I had in an Italian restaurant. I've googled and not been able to find a recipe.

It was a warm starter of salt cod layered with potatoes and artichoke hearts/bottoms. The salt cod was not mashed with the potato, rather they were layered together with the artichoke, probably in a ring mold. It was buttery and served with parsley oil.

Any ideas?

Feb 06, 2012
eel in Home Cooking

Hanoi cooking class, street food crawl, and/or market tour for 12/28/11?

I'll have a free afternoon and evening in Hanoi on 12/28/11. I'm looking for a market tour, guided street food crawl, and/or cooking class. I am aware of Hanoi Cooking Centre but am looking for some other options. They don't offer their market tour in the afternoon and I can't do their morning tour.

I know I could do this on my own but prefer the guidance of a local expert who also speaks some English to help me navigate, understand, and avoid things I don’t want to eat (dog meat, unwashed veggies, etc.).


Nov 18, 2011
eel in China & Southeast Asia

Foraging in the Bay Area (not mushrooms)

Any suggestions for foraging around the Bay Area? I'm not willing to risk mushrooms but am open to anything else--fruit, miner's letuce, wild fennel, herbs, edible flowers, wild onions.

My preference is for the penninsula or south bay. I'm aware of the public fruit website.

May 23, 2011
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Citrus Substitution for Tangerine in Semifreddo

That recipe is fantastic. I've made it several times. Clementines or a combination of them with oranges are fine. Just use anything flavorful. I've used zest from one type and juice from another.

I've been thinking about trying it with grapefruit.

You don't have those "cuties" right now? Little tangerines sold in bulk. I'm not sure where they come from but they are in all the stores in northern california.

May 03, 2011
eel in Home Cooking

Carla's African Groundnut Soup

I've been wanting to try that recipe too. How did it work out? What chermula did you use/

Feb 28, 2011
eel in Home Cooking

Gelatin + cream + brandy = curdled? Help my NYE dessert!

No, I was using normal white sugar. I tried it again and the cream did not curdle. I think I overheated it the first time.

Feb 28, 2011
eel in Home Cooking

Anchor & Hope for dinner?

Has anyone had dinner at Anchor & Hope? I've seen posts about happy hour but not dinner.

Anchor & Hope
83 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Jan 18, 2011
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Gelatin + cream + brandy = curdled? Help my NYE dessert!

I tried to make an old German dessert called Wackeltante -- it's cream, brandy, sugar, and vanilla heated and mixed with gelatin then chilled. It's supposed to come out like panna cotta. Sort of an olde world jello shot. No recipe, I winged it based on a memory of what my (departed) German grandmother served many years ago. It gelled but curdled.

I want to make another batch before NYE dinner. Does alcohol typically curdle cream? Maybe only in high ratio? I used 1:1 brandy to cream. I know that sounds crazy high but it's supposed to be quite strong. Should I try it again with less booze? I'd hate to waste more good brandy if it won't work.

Please help!

Dec 30, 2010
eel in Home Cooking

New Years Eve dinner--looking for a one pot WOW

I'm thinking something seemingly simple and delicious to contrast all the roasts and fancy sides of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe a one pot item such as cassoulet or a fish stew with local crab or beef bourguignon. Not a soup, but soupy would be good.

Any thoughts?

Dec 25, 2010
eel in Home Cooking

Great meal at Spruce

I had an amazing meal at Spruce last Friday. Really outstanding.

I started with the caramelized day boat scallops over a curried sauce. Scallops themselves had a great fresh texture, sweet flavor, and perfect sear. Sauce was good. It was a strong starter.

Others had a special of tomato and burrata salad. Pretty good but tomatoes have just not been great this year. These were respectable and well seasoned, but did not have that swooning quality of tomatoes at their peak. .

For my entree I had the duck breast with foie gras, yellow plums and bitter greens. It was simply outstanding. Best duck in memory. Meaty, duck-y, and a beautiful crisp skin with just the right amount of fat to be a foil for the plums and greens. The plate was so good I kept quiet and hoped no one would want to share. Others enjoyed the butter-poached lobster and the pork. I didn’t ask for a taste for obvious reasons.

Desserts were great too--beignets, chocolate bread pudding. But the stand out was the peach cobbler with maple ice cream. Wow, the crust was fragrant with butter, the peaches sweet and syrupy, and the ice cream subtle but able to stand up to the cobbler. Good with a glass of calvados. They had 7 types of coffee brewed to order.

Great service, very knowledgeable and helpful when asked for help. Not obtrusive, which I like.

I sound like a broken record, I know. Maybe it was a good night, but every bite I had was excellent. I hope they are that good every night because I will be back.

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Sep 29, 2010
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking creamed corn recipe

II recently saw a recipe, maybe on TV or in a magazine, for creamed corn. I don't remember where.

The technique used few ingredients, relying heavily on the corn milk scraped from the cobs. It probably contained copious amounts of butter, but not much else.

Anybody remember this or have a similar recipe?

Aug 26, 2010
eel in Home Cooking

Ideas for religion-themed dinner party?

I’m seeking ideas for a dinner party with a “religion” theme. No particular religion, nor is it to be any kind of religious event. It’s just a starting point to spark creativity for a pot luck dinner of chowhounds. I hope nobody takes offense.

I was thinking along the lines of monk fish, Buddha’s hand, Trappist ale.


Aug 06, 2010
eel in General Topics

Seeking beef suet on the Peninsula

Found! Draegers in San Mateo.

Dec 08, 2009
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking beef suet on the Peninsula

I’m looking for beef suet (for mincemeat) on the Peninsula. I’ve tried Piazza's meat department and the butcher at Crystal Springs, San Mateo. Neither butcher had any suggestions. Any ideas?

Dec 07, 2009
eel in San Francisco Bay Area

What is your favorite non-citrus flavor companion to cranberries?

Makers Mark bourbon and sweet vermouth.

Nov 24, 2009
eel in Home Cooking

Suggestions for nice dinner in Big Sur/Carmel?

Post Ranch Inn for lunch is amazing. So beautiful and excellent food. Rather pricy but worth it for the view and great vibe.

Jul 08, 2009
eel in California