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Vegetable gardens 2015

Okay. This coastal vs inland thing is pretty dramatic on the best/west coast....jk. I'm originally from Queens.

1 day ago
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Pollinating Tomato Plants

Hi Linda! Missing your recaps......Anyway, I've been growing tomatoes for decades, and in pots for at least five years, and I think daytime temps and soil or average temps, along with variety are most important in setting fruit. Even watering might be more important than eggshells for BER, but plum tomatoes are going to be at risk. Romas usually outgrow it, but self watéring planters seem to make all the difference around these parts (105 days, 55 nights......"it's a dry heat").

Might I suggest you consider peppers next year? Hot AND sweet!

1 day ago
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Vegetable gardens 2015

Are you coastal,or inland? I am inland in N Cal and plant vining sugar snaps and sweet peas after Thanskgiving, when it cools down and (hopfully) starts to rain. I am harvesting in March and April, done by May.

May 16, 2015
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Southern and Bar B Que in Sacramento; "South"

Like they say on "Check please Bay Area", husband says "it was good; I would go back."

So we live in Vacaville, but get car maintenance in Sacramento, so husband says if you think of something to eat in Sacto that travels well, let me know". Lots of chains and strip,malls, but I'm pretty cool being so near SF, Napa and Tahoe. And we get KQED AND KVIE.

I hustle on over here, but as is often the case, stuff is less current than the Bay area stuff, so I'm updating with yelp. comes down to Tori's Place, Mo Mo's Meat Market, South, and The Porch. He is closest to Tori's (soul food) and it sounds up our alley, but could be a long wait. Next closest is Mo Mo's (Bar B Q), but they close at six, and at 4:20 only have ribs left. Husband asks why not just go down to Fairfield to Chez Soul, our usual, but a few weeks ago we called and they said something disconcerting, and I said no. So it's on to South, but I was put on hold on my cell phone for 5 minutes, and they didn't pick up (went to message) with several tries on my and line, so not looking good.

But by this time, husband was there, ordered, and the wait wasn't long.

We got Bar B Q platter, Fried chicken, gumbo, cornbread, yams, red beans and rice, and strawberry shortcake.

We both REALLY liked the cornbread, husband felt the pulled pork and brisket went really well with yams, the fried chicken good with the biscuit, and I enjoyed the gumbo as well. Is it weird to want more rice?

We are still "enjoying" it, as they say while they try to take your plate at the Napa restos.

May 16, 2015
Shrinkrap in California

"beef loin petite sirloin steak ball tip"

Okay, thanks! I also found this;

http://askabutcher.proboards.com/thre...

May 03, 2015
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"beef loin petite sirloin steak ball tip"

Any butchers in the house? What IS this? Was on sale at a place I often find good deals in "five for five " section. This seems to be related to tri tip, bit it looks pale. Dry or moist cook?

May 03, 2015
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Vegetable gardens 2015

Some pics. The sweet peas aren't veg, but I love them.

Vegetable gardens 2015

Chard succumbed to leafminers, arugula is bolting, sugar snaps running late, but I have almost had my fill of favas. Hardening off peppers and tomatoes, moving hots" in and out too. NhNot many lemons or nectarines set foot, but lots of blood orange flowers, and the grape vines survived my "gardeners" "help"

Apr 22, 2015
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Reusing old spice containers

I have a container that smells strongly of smoked salt, and one from tellicherry peppercorns. Any ideas about what might go in them?

Apr 10, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

A sudden thought/question/realization about preserved lemons

I think that's a great question!

Apr 10, 2015
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Fast and easy way to cut a mango

Wait...what am I missing?

Mar 29, 2015
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Look what I got!

Loving this knife!

Mar 26, 2015
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Chopped: irritating aspects of

I took an "amateur" cooking class at the CIA in St. Helena a few weeks ago, and the instructor said Chopped was most like a real professional kitchen. She didn't say it exactly like that, but she said it's closest to what "auditioning" for a job in a kitchen is like.

She went on to describe preparing for various ingredients, and what her ACTUAL ingredients were, and how she adjusted.

Of course, she talked about staging as well.

Mar 25, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Bundt Pan vs. Tube Pan?

Okay, thanks. I went with a Bundt pan for Elvis Presley's favorite pound cake.

Mar 23, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Is a bundt pan necessary?

Mar 22, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Tube vs Bundt Pan

Mar 22, 2015
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Bundt Pan vs. Tube Pan?

Mar 22, 2015
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want to add oats to chocolate chip cookie recipe......

Have you checked out the serious eats cookies?

http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2013/12...

I ccan't find a reference to oatmeal, but I think it's on the site some where, and this link sts the ground work for a lot of experimenting.

I would love an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

Mar 21, 2015
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Getting braces tomorrow trying to plan ahead of time. What foods can I have and not have?

24 hours and a little tender so I made some poached eggs. Learned a few tricks from Chef Sandy at the Bootcamp at the Napa CIA last week.

Mar 21, 2015
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Just got braces and EVERYTHING hurts, need ideas for softer foods...

Getting my second set in about 12 hours. Wish me C Oliver's experience!

Mar 20, 2015
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Food for People with Braces on Their Teeth

"You're going to be so happy you did this."

Just what I needed to hear!

"Just about the only thing I really couldn't eat was greens (lettuces, kale, etc.)"

Last thing I expected to hear!

My second time around....

Eating chips and counting down; 12 hours!

Not into ice cream and other sweets, or most carbs, but I LOVE potato chips and pistachios, and grow lots of veg. And working on a pastrami from a corned beef "point"; I thought a few weeks (soak, spice rub, smoke....) was a long time....will I NEVER eat it?

Mar 19, 2015
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Getting braces tomorrow trying to plan ahead of time. What foods can I have and not have?

Getting mine tomorrow (second time!) and I have already been whining for days!

Mar 19, 2015
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Vacaville eatery makes Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. for 2015

I have loved the duck fried rice on two occassions (as has my husband who doesn't like duck, but likes the accompanying fried rice and sauce).

Today I also liked the "Buddha" (shrimp) salad, and again, the fresh spring rolls,

And tge service. Always good.

Making Pastrami

I remember doing this one, but am having trouble adding the picture.

http://blog.ruhlman.com/2011/09/how-t...

Above is my own experience starting with brisket, and referencing a corned beef start.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/889501

I think this second picture is the one that started with corned beef.

Mar 14, 2015
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Viking Professional 7 series range top

Don't flame me! I know the Viking rep; I am about to replace a cooktop that has given me know end of grief. I have have checked out Bluestar, Capital Culinarian, Wolf, DCS, Dacor, even Thermador.. but I sure like Viking's looks. And check THIS one out!

http://www.vikingrange.com/consumer/p...

Any experience with it? Any thoughts?

Mar 04, 2015
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Anybody have a Bluestar DROP IN cooktop?

We really like the look and features of the range, but haven't been able to see the drop in cook top in real life. From the pictures it looks like the basins are different, or maybe their araren't any, and there is no tray to catch spills. Is that right? How does cleaning work. And FWIW, I hace done numerous searches here, and gardenweb/hhouzz. I have read lots of closed /open burner debates, but they almost all refer to ranges or range tops.

I did find this one, and hope to bump it up.
http://ths.gardenweb.com/discussions/...

Mar 01, 2015
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Flavorless chicken breasts

Good kuck with that. My husbsnd is the same. And from this he thinkks gravy, not sauce, should be forthgecoming.

Feb 21, 2015
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Flavorless chicken breasts

Good kuck with that. My husband is the same. And from this he thinks gravy, not sauce, should be forthcoming.

Feb 21, 2015
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Where do you buy your seeds?

I have ordered from all of these several times with good results. I don't think I ever had a Renee's catalog, though.

Renee's Garden Seeds-vegetables and flowers; I get sugar snaps from here, and sweet pea seeds here too.

http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/see...

Peaceful Valley-organic. I get my garlic and shallots here, and some supplies. They also have seed potatoes and Renee's Seeds.

http://www.groworganic.com/seeds.html

Kitchen Garden Seeds

http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com

Tomato Growers Supply-tomato, eggplant and pepper seeds

http://www.tomatogrowers.com

Seeds From Italy-favas and garlic, among other things

http://www.growitalian.com

The Cooks Garden-haven't ordered from here in years, but nice catalog.

http://www.cooksgarden.com/

Harris Seeds-I bought a green house from this one, and I think a compost bin, It's been awhile

http://www.harrisseeds.com/storefront...

Territorial-great for a year round perspective, at least in the west. They have seasonal garden planners on their website.

http://www.territorialseed.com/

planner http://gardenplanner.territorialseed....

spring growing guide
http://www.territorialseed.com/catego...

fall/winter garden guide
http://www.territorialseed.com/catego...

I don't recall ordering from Parks,Burpee's,Jung, and Gurney's, but the send catalogs.

Oh, and Johnny's

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-1-vegeta...

Feb 19, 2015
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

I thought they might skip the tag line with last cheftestant.

Feb 17, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News