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What's for Dinner #247 - the Indian Summer Edition (Through October 6, 2013)

Thanks!Not as pretty as yours, but made these last night and family was impressed. Crust was "like a real patty"!

about 7 hours ago
Shrinkrap in Home Cooking

Female cucumber flowers not blooming to get pollinated

Last year I read it just takes a bit more time for the ladies to show up. I recall there were some cultural factors that might effect it;maybe heat, but mostly just time.

Jun 27, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Southern and Bar B Que in Sacramento; "South"

I will have to check out Mamma Kim. Last weekend we went to Pican in Oakland for father's day brunch. Excellent shrimp and grits, best fried chicken of the bunch.

Jun 27, 2015
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Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

Good news! ......Right?

Just Go! The 10 Essential Rules of Drive-Thru Etiquette

Pretty soon people who want to slide their cards and sign ( and eventually punch in numbers) will be banished as well. Get with the program, and use one of those cards or phones you just have to tap!

http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intell...

Jun 23, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Sunday Lunch Recommendation in Oakland/Berkeley

Is there some kind of delay between posting and being able to see it or search for it? Strangely enough, I was able to find it from a Google search, but it did not appear on this board for what seemed like at least an hour.

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

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Sunday Lunch Recommendation in Oakland/Berkeley

Okay; this is weird. I'm pretty sure I pos4ed this elsewhere, it's the second thing I've posted inthe last 48 hours that I can't find. My bad if this is a duplicate post. We went to Pican for Father's Day after reading this and a few other posts. Thismis a copy of what I posted on Opentable, sans typos;

Father's Day Brunch

The food was good; perhaps some of the best fried chicken breast I've had. I don't usually like fried chicken breast. The shrimp and grits was some of the best I've had as well. Since it was only 1:15, I could probably just have had that, and called it a day.

The problem I had was that I had carefully scoured brunch menus for these restaurants for breakfast food, and chosen Pican becuase as of a week ago, they served egg dishes and pancakes. Amazing brunch reviews. No mention of a different menu for father's Day.

On arrival there WAS a special menu for fathers day, a fixed price three course menu at $55.00 per person, so I ended up spending $300 for four adults, with tip, but no drinks, for fried chicken which we took home and ate cold.

Okay, not "just" fried chicken. There was also a meatloaf option, which husband said was "meh", and snapper, but they were out. And daughter had stuffed squash. The shrimp were the appetizer, and there was also a dessert included, but we were too full. We took the deserts home, but some didn't seem to make it into the bag.

Still, all and all a good time, amd a good father.

Father's Day Brunch at Pican in Oakland

This is basically a copy and paste of my review on Opentable. Found Pican here, so I thought I should do a follow up. Can I plagerize my own review?

I wrote..

The food was good; perhaps some of the best fried chicken breast I've had. I don't usually like fried chicken breast. The shrimp and grits was some of the best I've had as well.

Since it was only 1:15, I could probably just have had that, and called it a day. The problem I had was that I had carefully scoured brunch menus for breakfast food, and chosen Pican becuase as of a week ago, they served egg dishes and pancakes. No mention of a different menu for father's Deay. On arrival there WAS a special menu for fathers day, a fixed price three course menu at $55.00 per person, so I ended up spending $300 for four adults, with tip, but no drinks, for fried chicken which we took home and ate cold. Still, very good.

Well not just fried chicken; there was also a meatloaf option, which husband said was "meh", and snapper, but they were out. Daughter had stuffed squash. We had the shrimp or fried green tomatoes as the appetizer, and there was also a desert included, but we were too full. We took the deserts home, but some didn't seem to make it into the bag.

Just Go! The 10 Essential Rules of Drive-Thru Etiquette

I think another one should be "know the menu". I don't do fast food much, and when I do I sometimes find it faster and easier, and yes less stressful to go inside, because if you are not a frequent flyer, it is too confusing.

Does anyone here know what a #16 is at McDonald's? I didn't think so...(I just made that up....)

Jun 22, 2015
Shrinkrap in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

"I guess it was to be expected when everyone was saying he was the king at the start of the show."

As soon as he saw that, my husband said..."uh, oh...."

Comal - Berkeley

Sounds so good. I like to think pistachios are one of the nuts I can eat with braces.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Finally watching...distracting myself from the NBA finals. Go Steph!

PS What does it mean when "we" can quickly unite around hating a twenty two year old? ....Bobby said "you don't want to be the guy we want to watch because he's a train wreck".....remember when "we" hated Bobby?

Vegetable gardens 2015

Why not in Joisy? Growing up in Queens my dad had a veg garden and neighbors had a rooster!

Crossing fingers for you when I'm done typing. I like growing hots too, but not super hots. I've grown several varieties of scotch bonnet (my in laws say they are all "wrong"), but lately grenada seasoning, trinidad perpfume, and aji dulce 1 and 2 for aroma without heat. Have you seen the Cross Country website?

https://www.chileplants.com

Jun 08, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening

In your seasonal culinary garden, what do you grow EVERY year?

I like to cook with hot peppers too, especially various "scotch bonnets" ( my in laws are from Jamaica, and every version I grow, they say is "wrong") but at times I prefer the aroma to all that heat. For the last two years I've been growing aji dulce 1 and 2, trinidad perfume, and grenada seasoning.

I love checking out this site for peppers

https://www.chileplants.com/pepper-pl...

Jun 08, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Southern and Bar B Que in Sacramento; "South"

Did Porch on Saturday, and it was okay; HUGE portions. But we like South better, and stopped by South on the way home for cornbread. My husband LOVES the cornbread so much I plan to try to copy the recipe. Definitely not dry or thick now; moist and sweet.

Found this when searching for the recipe. They wrote "The cornbread was another big hit -- sweet and moist like a coffee cake."

http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento...

Jun 02, 2015
Shrinkrap in California

Radio Africa Kitchen -- report [San Francisco]

My daughter went a few weeks ago, and enjoyed it, but I don't remember what she got....

Vegetable gardens 2015

Some of this years container garden.

Advice for new food gardeners

Then there are the semi-determinate...my new faves for earthboxes

http://www.tomatoandpepperplants.com/...

Jun 01, 2015
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Vegetable gardens 2015

Gailardia on the left and /California poppy on the right?

Jun 01, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening

Vegetable gardens 2015

It is pretty amazing. Especially something like a huge tomato plant that grows from such a tiny seed.

Southern and Bar B Que in Sacramento; "South"

I see what I wrote was confusing. I was referring to Vacaville. I don't know if we have any "gems", but we have some mom and pop go-to's as well.

Favorite things to buy at Nugget Market

TheVacaville Nugget is where the hubs does the weekly shopping, but for routine, and not prepared foods. He does like the asiago bagles.

I like the bakery for those cakes they get from Ettores but that's for special occasions. For day to day I like the veg, fruit, meat market, cheese, deli sandwiches and salad bar.

I look for seasonal produce like Meyer lemons and Sumo oranges, and service is very nice. Very nice.

Don't recall the pork roll or Viet meatballs (I think I would have noticed thise), but will be looking.

May 23, 2015
Shrinkrap in California

Southern and Bar B Que in Sacramento; "South"

Thank you! We've done Farmer Brown, but take out, when husband picks me up after theatre. Definitely will try Porch when dining in in Sacto. For some reason, when in Sacto, more often taking out, and will be getting South again tonight.

May 23, 2015
Shrinkrap in California

Vegetable gardens 2015

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

May 20, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening

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!

May 20, 2015
Shrinkrap in Gardening

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
Shrinkrap in Gardening

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
Shrinkrap in General Topics

"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
Shrinkrap in General Topics