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What trends do you see in the preparation of foods and drinks in restaurants?

You know, when they come, they eat old people.

make ahead sandwiches

Use apple slices instead of tomatoes. It will be better and will not be messy.

about 15 hours ago
512window in Home Cooking

Cooking cake in batches, but one bowl of batter?

TV is so educational!

This last season on the Great British Bake Off, one of the technical bakes was a Schicht Torte - a multi layer (they did 20) cake, mixed up in a single bowl and then cooked one layer at a time. This is actually grilled.

http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/schic...

The batter which contained many eggs, didn't seem to be affected by the waiting time.

1 day ago
512window in Home Cooking

Do you trust restaurant websites?

If they're registered in Open Table, that basic info is usually there. Plus, it's easy to compare options between restaurants from Open Table.

1 day ago
512window in Not About Food

Mac & Cheese: To bake or not to bake?

Use Panko! or crushed potato chips.

May 26, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

Before I had a dishwasher, I would put things on the dish drainer.

I really don't want to walk into another room with raw meat juice all over my hands. Too much chance of splattering everything all over.

My kitchen is pretty small. Not NY studio small, but small. Two people can be in at the same time, if each remains in their own zone.

May 26, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Mac & Cheese: To bake or not to bake?

It's definitely intriguing! Have you ever tried it with whole wheat pasta? I'm wondering if it would cook through.

May 26, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

I find that while I am cooking, I need to use the sink for other things than washing dishes. Things like draining pasta, or washing vegetables, or washing my hands after touching raw meat. I'm not rich enough to have two sinks in my kitchen. Having the one sink reserved for washing up while I'm cooking is ridiculous.

I'll rinse things out and put them in the dishwasher while I'm cooking, and I'll wipe up spills, but I don't think you need to get all superiorily fanatical about washing up while you cook.

May 26, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Barbecuing - Does ANYONE Think Of Food Safety When Grilling?

I do too! I knew I wasn't just being too cheap to buy a grill brush!

I never got one because we had a cat who would chew on anything that touched the grill and we were worried that he'd get the bristles out. The heavy aluminum foil works great and then just goes into the trash.

May 25, 2015
512window in General Topics

Alton Brown....

Is it wrong that now I hear John Hamm's voice saying: " who! every person that I meet who thanks me!" Don Draper was hell on grammar!

So, people come up to Alton Brown and thank him for teaching himself how to cook?

May 21, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Savory Snack - no wheat

stuffed mushrooms

May 14, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Nice early Sunday dinner in Palo Alto, plus transportation help

It's like a hollow square with tables on several floors circling an open center. So sound travels.

If you go early, like you were planning on, there should be fewer people and not as much noise.

Arrrgh! Please help settle tipping argument!!!

$131.65 if you are pedantic.
$132.00 if you are not.
$135.00 if you are very generous.

May 07, 2015
512window in Not About Food

SF birthday dinner for a 7-year-old

China Town would be lots of fun. If you don't go there, you could try Martin Yan's MY China restaurant in the Westfield Shopping Center. They do hand pulled noodle demonstrations for the kids. The food is pretty good.

One of the big department stores in the mall (Nordstrom's ?) has spiral escalators that you can take up to the 4th floor.

First sip of the day

I'm not a huge beer fan, but the best time to drink beer is in the morning, before a day of white water rafting.

May 07, 2015
512window in Not About Food

Nice early Sunday dinner in Palo Alto, plus transportation help

St. Michael's Alley, Cafe Pro Bono, Tamarine, Lure + Till

There may be hundreds of people trying to do the same thing - consider leaving Palo Alto. Try Carpaccio in Menlo Park, or Donato Enoteca in Redwood City.

Children of the Corn: Baby Corn, Demystified

I have seen the seeds but have never tried it. My regular corn usually turns out as smaller than I expected, so the miniature stuff might be really small!

May 01, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Children of the Corn: Baby Corn, Demystified

You can grow it yourself. If you're looking for a gardening project this year.....

May 01, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

Documentary: "Urban Fruit"

I'm in Northern California and the only fruit that anyone lets drop are grapefruits because it doesn't get hot enough to fully ripen them. And most people try to juice those anyway.

There are always places to donate excess fruit and veggies, even grown in your garden.

But don't try to come into someone's yard to "glean" their "unused" fruit! They're probably waiting for it to come to the peak of ripeness.

Apr 29, 2015
512window in Food Media & News

Shanghai Flavor Shop in Sunnyvale

Try the ones at Shanghai Garden in Cupertino, in the shopping center with Chili Pot and the bowling alley. :-)

They are properly sized, and filled with hot soup.

"Can I transfer these drinks to my table"?

If you tip $20 on $24 worth of wine, it's in the neighborhood of a 80% tip. If you then also tip the regular server, it's ridiculous.

If you want to be egalitarian with the tips, then pay as you go in the bar and tip at the same time.

I think it's the restaurant/bar's responsibility to share out the tip. At some point the customer can't take responsibility for everything.

Apr 27, 2015
512window in Not About Food

"Can I transfer these drinks to my table"?

Wouldn't the server expect the same 80% tip you are giving the bartender?

Assuming about $12 per glass......

Sounds more like black mail.

Apr 26, 2015
512window in Not About Food

air travel with sushi

A one hour plane ride should equal a few hours in a car. If you can't fly them in, could they drive?

I don't think you'll have any trouble taking it on the plane. Just put it in an insulated bag and be prepared to explain to the TSA goons. Don't take any condiments.

Apr 26, 2015
512window in General Topics

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

I've been avoiding them for years for nothing? I could have moved on to another obsession!

Apr 26, 2015
512window in General Topics

oven juggling

I think she meant 2pm not 200 deg. Her question is about timing.

Apr 25, 2015
512window in Home Cooking

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

I tried to reply to your original post, but the system ate my post.

I hate it. Runny eggs are utterly repulsive to me. I don't want them anywhere near my plate. I won't order a dish that says it comes that way.

It can't go away too soon for me.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I agree, but along with the Mathtaxtipfumbulating that's going on, there's a lot of GoshI'mnotincharging and no one willing to tell the extravagant orderers to cough up the extra money. And there are people who seem to be deliberately clueless about how much their meals cost. Economists are particularly prone to this, in my experience.

Apr 23, 2015
512window in Not About Food
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Tips to cut grocery bill

I'm sorry but the urban part of the Bay Area is surrounded by the farmland that feeds most of the rest of the country. It is actually very easy to get great produce at relatively low prices, even organic produce. Farmers don't have to travel very far. And because of our climate, it's like that year round.

I hope the OP takes a good look at what her family is spending on and where the waste is. Skip the CSA and shop at the farmers market for exactly what you plan on eating that week.

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Pecan Sandies

It used to be safe because they didn't sell them on the West coast, but then they started.

Apr 21, 2015
512window in General Topics
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How can a roast pig be tasteless?

Me too. Both full sized and suckling. Pulled pork usually just tastes like the sauce.