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Seeking dutch sausage

There are a few kinds of sausage. I'm happy for any but especially hoping to find rookwurst which is a lightly spiced smoked sausage usually made from pork, beef and sometimes venison.

Seeking dutch sausage

Are there any delis in the East Bay that sell dutch sausages?

thanks!
tzi

Katys Kreek in Walnut Creek-Mediocre at High Prices

Sadly, I agree.

Went there for my daughter's birthday after enjoying Katy's Corner in San Ramon for years.
Thrilled, actually to have something other than Plaza and Millie's for breakfast past 11am.
What we got was poor service, cramped tables, cold coffee, raw french toast (just how do you manage that one) three wrong order at one table for 7 and well, just a bad experience.
I'm sad that it hasn't improved since then.

T

Olema Inn Restaurant

I can't tell you how happy your post has made me!
I'm glad that the Inn is doing well. There have been rumors flying since it was noted for sale in the last few months. That with the news of Manka's destruction have left me blue.

The brick building they are talking about was the original PRS hotel that has been there since the 19th century as was home to many when Point Reyes Station was an actual train station. It sits directly across the street from the Point Reyes Station Cafe (another destination up there on a trip that includes Pine Cone Diner, Cowgirl Creamery, formerly included Manka's and the Point Reyes Winery not to forget Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese with their rennetless blue and the Bovine Bakery for their scones!

I have been mourning Manka's all week and am glad to hear there will soon be another destination (beside Kuleto's new venture) to drag me up there every few months.

THANK YOU for your great info!

Tzi

Help... New Year's Day dining on NE Eve...

My post keeps getting deleted.
Looking at Open Table for NY Day 1/1/07, I suggest you try Lark Creek Walnut Creek, Il Fornaio Walnut Creek, or Kincaids Oakland. I hope you have a great time out.
Tzi

Help... New Year's Day dining on NE Eve...

An abbreviate Ideas list as my first post must have been too self-promoting...

Cafe Esin San Ramon
Lark Creek Walnut Creek
Mezze Oakland
All are on opentable but you would probably do best to call.

Enjoy the night!

How many fellow Chowhounders are or have been in the biz?

Yes to all -- front of the house, catering, finally brave enough to be in the kitchen and now crazy enough to share a place with my life partner. It's in the bloodstream, ain't it?

T

Dec 28, 2006
Tzigane in Not About Food

peanut butter cookie recipes using natural?

Here's my recipe:
Enjoy.
Tzi

Organic (or mostly organic) Peanut Butter Cookies.

EQUIPMENT:
Cookie Sheets
Parchment Paper
Fork
Electric Mixer
Oven ;)

INGREDIENTS**
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup organic or natural peanut butter
1/2 cup organic dark brown sugar
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 free range or organic egg
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Beat butter and peanut butter together with an electric mixer, about 30 seconds.
Add the sugars, baking soda and powder, and beat until combined.
Add the vanilla and the egg and beat until combined.
Stir in the flour incrementally on slowest speed until incorporated. The dough will become thick and difficult to work with.
I suggest you chill it for an hour or so until it's easier to work with.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them a few inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
Butter the tines of a large fork and use it to press the cookies flat. Make a design of perpendicular lines with the fork. Re-butter the fork as necessary.
Bake for 10 minutes or until just starting to brown around the edges. Let cookies rest for 2 minutes, move onto cooling racks to cool.
Cookies can be stored for up to 10 days at room temperature in an airtight sealed container.

** Note -- all of these ingredients can be found organic!

Dec 28, 2006
Tzigane in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner at Manka's, a full report

In light of the news, thank you SO much for your post. I am glad the last meals were as delightful as always.