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Unusual thai veggies for curry ?

That is a wonderful link! Thanks for that and for the helpful advice :)

Sep 16, 2013
oak foodie in Home Cooking

Unusual thai veggies for curry ?

I bought some unusual items at the farmer's market (see picture) and I would like some advice on how to use them. I had some difficulty communicating with the woman who was selling them so hoping to get some advice here on how to use them.

2 of the items she called thai eggplant and the third is thai basil ... though it does not smell or look like the thai basil I am accustomed to. I think she may have been using the term basil as a general term for herb. The smaller thai eggplant are little green balls on a woody branch.

She said you can use all of them in a curry and my plan is to just follow a standard recipe using a red curry paste and coconut milk, but I was wondering if there is a better way to do it. I'm also unsure of the ratio of ingredients to use.

Does anyone recognize these items?

Sep 16, 2013
oak foodie in Home Cooking

oats substitution in baking?

great! thanks for the suggestion.

Now I noticed the recipe calls for 1/4 dry milk - which I don't have. Do you think I could just skip it? The recipe also calls for 3/4 milk. It would be too wet to skip the dry and increase the milk to 1c.... wouldn't it?

Dec 02, 2012
oak foodie in Home Cooking

oats substitution in baking?

Does anyone know what the result would be if I substituted old fashioned oats for quick cooking oats in a cranberry muffin recipe? It calls for 3/4 c oats to 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour.

Dec 02, 2012
oak foodie in Home Cooking

Pomelos?

Thanks for the lesson Melanie and thanks to those who said 99 Ranch has them because I went out there tonight and found them...the green ones with a little bit of yellow on the skin. They were also having a special on the shrimp, so I'm all set :) I will be interested to see what the inside is like on these green ones.

Pomelos?

One of the produce markets I called today told me that they don't have any yet because the ones on the market are too green still. I guess they aren't as ripe at that stage? He made it sound as though the green ones are less desirable.

Pomelos?

It may be worth a drive out there. I called but they said no.

Pomelos?

Thanks for the replies. I called 99 Ranch, but no luck there either.

I know it is early for the CA grown pomelos but I was hoping some from Texas or Florida might be in the market. I'm preparing dinner for an Israeli friend and really wanted to make a thai pomelo and shrimp salad. I guess we'll have to do it again in a month or two :)

What are you baking these days, November, Part One [OLD]

I love how easy, impressive and delicious this Pear and Fig galette is for entertaining. I learned about it on the Food Farmer Earth channe on You Tube. They have a new wonderful kitchen segment every week along with info about farms and food. If you haven't checked it out yet give it a look. You'll probably learn something :)

http://youtu.be/i7eT4dOFxJI

Nov 06, 2012
oak foodie in Home Cooking

Pomelos?

I'm looking to buy some pomelos somewhere in the East Bay. I did a quick scan of some markets in Oakland's chinatown, but no luck. Has anyone seen any yet this year?

fresh cannellini beans - help please?

Thanks SO much! Both of those replies are very helpful, though 40 minutes seems a bit lengthy for the cooking time.

Sep 08, 2011
oak foodie in Home Cooking

fresh cannellini beans - help please?

I've tried searching through the recipes both here and through google and can't find any recipes for fresh cannellini beans. I got a pound through Planet Organics this week and not sure how to treat them. All the cannellini bean recipes that I can find are for canned or dried.

Do any of you have any experience preparing these? Any suggestions?

Sep 08, 2011
oak foodie in Home Cooking

Commis, Gary Danko or Acquarello?

Of the three, I have only been to Danko and can not imagine a better place to celebrate your 20th aniv. (congrats!). The service was very professional but relaxed and friendly and they scored on all counts in all the five courses my husband and I shared - though 5 courses was just too much for us and we would not repeat that gluttony again ;)

recipe for spring peas and chicken?

Nice idea, except that we just had pasta last night so I was looking for something different. Not that there's anything wrong with pasta everynight ;)

As the day draws on, I am feeling the need for chicken soup to soothe my cold. I think I'll just throw all the ingredients in with a box of stock and call it a day. Thanks for the suggestions.

May 08, 2009
oak foodie in Home Cooking

recipe for spring peas and chicken?

Nice suggestions, but I don't have an indoor grill and have done the peas with butter and mint already last week so I was hoping for something new. If nothing else pops up, those are good easy suggestions and will just do the chicken in a saute pan :)

May 08, 2009
oak foodie in Home Cooking

recipe for spring peas and chicken?

I'm not feeling very creative today (suffering a sore throat and all that goes along with it) but want to cook up a quick dinner using some boneless skinless chicken breasts and fresh English peas. I also have some red peppers, green garlic and spring onions on hand.

Does anyone have any suggestions on an easy dish that I can throw together quickly with these ingredients that does not involve pasta?

May 08, 2009
oak foodie in Home Cooking

Choice Frozen Chinese Dumplings

Does anyone know of an East Bay location where these dumplings are sold? I would like to try them, but will not drive to Mountain View for a sample.

May 08, 2009
oak foodie in Features

cafe in Daly City

Thanks for the suggestion and the review :) I'll check it out.

cafe in Daly City

I'm looking for a good lunch or coffee place in Daly City for Saturday afternoon. I have never eaten anywhere there but can only find reviews of Chinese places. Is there anything else around worth checking out? I'll be picking up a friend at the BART station so somewhere near there is a plus.

Dim Sum for dinner in SF?

Thanks, Ruth...that post didn't turn up in my search. I must not have worded it correctly the first three tries :)

Dim Sum for dinner in SF?

Some friends are in town for just this evening and tell me they are having a craving for Dim Sum for dinner. I've only had it during the traditional times of day. Are there any places in Chinatown or the business district that serve dim sum in the evening?

Cleveland Birthday Dinner Suggestions?

Thank you all so much for your advice. It's nice to be called a grieving Parker's fan - make me feel at home again :) I have to say that I was very close to trying Sarava until my DH who is a great smooz artist called up Lolita's and got us in at 4pm. Not my regular dinner time, but I didn't care. It was amazing and really lived up to its high and mighty rep. It was the perfect place for my birthday dinner. I only wish I could pack it up and take it back to the Bay Area with me.

I also wish I wasn't leaving town tomorrow or I would also try Fire, Moxie, Dantes and Sapore before leaving. I haven't been to Baricelli Inn for decades, so I'm glad to hear they are still going strong. I will keep this list for my next visit. Happy New Year Everyone!

Cleveland Birthday Dinner Suggestions?

I'm in town visiting family for the holidays and want to go out to celebrate my birthday tomorrow (Sunday) night. I used to go to Parker's every year, but with that no longer an option...I would love some suggestions. Both Lola and Lolita are all booked up and Dante's isn't open on Sundays.

My mother has suggested NIghttown but I'm not sure if it will have the feel of a special meal for a special night. Reading about Flying Fig, Crop, Fire and other popular places sound interesting, but leave me confused.

Where would any of you choose for your birthday dinner on a Sunday night?

Italian/California fusion suggestion?

My boss will be visiting from Los Angeles on Monday and has asked me to pick a restaurant for our office (6 people) to have dinner. She likes Italian food, but not the classic Italian - more of a fresher, lighter style.

North Beach is nearby, so anywhere in that area or the Financial District would be great. Anyone have any suggestions?

Vegas Restaurants at moderate price

My favorite place in Vegas is Lindo Michoacan - 2655 E Desert Inn. It is unlike any Mexican place in the Bay Area - very authentic regional cuisine. They have their menu up on their website... http://www.lindomichoacan.com/ I was there at an off time - mid afternoon - and it was busy but not noisy. I imagine it would be louder during rush times. They have great marqueritas!

Jan 31, 2007
oak foodie in Southwest

Di Bartolo on Grand in Oakland??

If you do a search, you will find two previous threads - one from right after opening and one more recent.

There are definately mixed reviews about this place.

My husband and I enjoyed a meal there recently. I loved waiting for our table in the bar in the back and tried a couple of their specialty drinks - pricey but unusual and yummy.

Our table service was good and our dinners (my DH had the roast chicken and I had the pizza with egg - another unusual but yummy treat. We did spend more than a meal like that should have cost us, but it was because of the fancy drinks and $12 glass of wine....it sure did add up. I would love to see this type of place stick around in the neighborhood, so please give it a try and join in on the debate.

fresh dungeness crab and Italian recipes

Thanks so much for the help! Sounds like a fun excursion with my parents during their visit next week and something I've always wanted to do.

SF Italian crab recipes

Dungeness crab season is opening in the San Francisco Bay Area so there was an article in the local paper talking about marinated crab being a part of the traditional Italian American Thanksgiving dinner.

I'm an Italian American with no knowledge of seafood recipes even though my family did originate in a Sicilian fishing village, all of those receipes were left behind when they immigrated to the midwest :(

I would love to learn some. Are any of you out there from an Italian family with a traditional crab recipe they could share?

Nov 15, 2006
oak foodie in Home Cooking

fresh dungeness crab and Italian recipes

Sorry about mixing up my posts...I'll check out the the other board.

Still interested in any info on buying crab directly off the boats if anyone has some info on that.

fresh dungeness crab and Italian recipes

Two questions really, I was reading the article in the Chron this morning about crab season and I was wondering if anyone has actually been to Half Moon Bay to buy the crabs off the boats - what time of day can you do this and is it ok to walk up to any crab boat and ask about buying some or is there some protocol to follow?

Also, are any of you out there from an Italian family with a traditional crab recipe they could share? I'm an Italian American with no knowledge of seafood recipes even though my family did originate in a Sicilian fishing village, any of those receipes were left behind when they immigrated to the midwest :( I would love to learn some.