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Help! Need dessert for 25 people!

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There wasn't a morsel left, and several people asked me for the recipes, too.

The host's meal was very delicious and the evening was lots of fun. And they were very appreciative (& complimentary) of the desserts, which made the effort all worth it.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions and support!

:-) bon appetit

Feb 04, 2010
saucy_girl in General Topics

Horseradish Encrusted Salmon (Cena Luna, Healdsburg)

Hi Jon! Nice to see you here. I hope you had a fantastic birthday yesterday & ate lots & lots of delicious crab. Looking forward to seeing your crab recipe soon.

H A P P Y * B I R T H D A Y ! ! !

Feb 03, 2010
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Help! Need dessert for 25 people!

Thanks much everyone! I love all of your suggestions. Here in San Francisco gourmet cupcakes are very popular, however they are SO pricey, so I ended up re-arranging my schedule so I can work from home this afternoon and I'm in the process of baking fudge brownies with nuts, and a blackberry cobbler!

To your point, the hostess didn't give me any time to prepare (she invited me last night & this morning when I replied she asked me to bring dessert), and she hung up before I could ask what the faire is!

So, since it is such short notice, I'm not going to worry about nut allergies (the nuts are clearly visible on the top of the brownies), and there's cobbler as a back up. My biggest dilemma was 25#, but this is the fastest solution I could come up with & not lose my shirt with pricey (store-bought) items.

I laughed out loud at the thread about the guest who was asked to bring the main course! OMG! That put it all into perspective!

Thanks for the marvelous suggestions, my fellow ChowHounds! bon appetit!

;-)

Feb 03, 2010
saucy_girl in General Topics

Help! Need dessert for 25 people!

Okay, so I was invited to a dinner this evening in San Francisco in a private home, and when I accepted the invitation I was asked if I could bring dessert for 25 people!

While I'm an excellent cook, I don't have time to make anything, so I'll have to purchase something to bring. :-(

PLEASE send me acceptable suggestions! (Oh, and I have NO IDEA what the menu is!)

Thanks!

Saucy Girl

Feb 03, 2010
saucy_girl in General Topics

Horseradish Encrusted Salmon (Cena Luna, Healdsburg)

I love you, Cenaluna & Kari Kemp!!!

Eternally grateful,

Saucy Girl

Nov 13, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

12-year old boys eat what!?!

Help! A friend of mine is bringing his 12-year-old son over to meet me for the first time for Sunday Brunch. I tend to me more of a gourmet, and have no idea what 12-year-olds eat. Obviously I'm not designing the meal just for the child, yet I don't want to prepare something that he won't eat either. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Jul 19, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Fish tacos in SF

Joe's Taco Lounge & Salsa in Mill Valley (382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-8164).

Their grilled snapper tacos (which they serve with a habanero mayo) are devine! Everything on their menu is great, and I also recommend you try their street burgers,and their grilled corn-on-the-cob (made with taco magic). But then again, everything is good there.

I took a friend from the CIty there, and he was so obsessed by the fish tacos that he went to at least 10 taco stands in the CIty before riding his bike over just to have the tacos. Enjoy!

Horseradish Encrusted Salmon (Cena Luna, Healdsburg)

Hello fellow hounds! I had the most amazing 'horseradish encrusted salmon' last weekend at Cena Luna in Healdsburg, CA, and have been craving it ever since. Any ideas on how to make it? Thanks! --Saucy Girl

Jun 16, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Recipe for Panang Curry?

Hi daguttgrl. Thanks for your recipe! I was just at the local asian market & picked up both red curry paste & panang curry paste... and am about to embark on an experimenting voyage. Ciao!

Apr 25, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Recipe for Panang Curry?

I crave red Thai Panang Curry like an addiction. Do any of you have a good recipe for it? I prefer chicken or shrimp, but am open to any and all suggestions.

Thanks!

Ciao, hounds!

Saucy Girl

Apr 25, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Gumbo recipe???

Mmmm, thanks! I can't wait to get in the kitchen!

Mar 09, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Gumbo recipe???

Hello fellow hounds! Do any of you have a good recipe for Gumbo?

Ciao, hounds!

Mar 08, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

please be seated

I've left a restaurant in similar circumstances, Hotoynoodle. To me it's preposterous -- and more to the point -- insulting, for the hostess to claim a place will be 'full in 20 minutes' & offer us a sub-par seat. Restaurants should plan for walk-ins and not shun them. (We've been known to wait for hours for a great restaurant, or even go 'belly-up' to the bar for a bit of great nosh.) We utlimately chose to leave because the place looked unappealing with no one in it. Trust me, I will consciously avoid that restaurant in the future.

Feb 05, 2007
saucy_girl in Not About Food

Hole in the wall Mexican?

If you make it into Marin, you should try Joe's Taco Lounge & Salsa in Mill Valley (382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-8164). Everything on their menu is devine, but I recommend you try their street burgers, their grilled snapper tacos (which they serve with a habanero mayo), and their grilled corn-on-the-cob (made with taco magic). But then again, everything is good there. Enjoy!

hostess gift suggestions

I concur entirely about the hostess gifts, especially in relation to birthday gifts. 'No Gifts' refers to the birthday/anniversary/whatever person, not the host/hostess. Wine or flowers or a small plant are wonderful hostess gifts, and are always appreciated. I was raised that you never go to someone's home for a meal, or a party, without a token of your appreciation. And as the host/hostess, it is nice when your friends acknowledge your efforts with a small, considerate gift.

Jan 30, 2007
saucy_girl in Not About Food

Replacing heavy cream with skim milk??

I love to use fat-free half-n-half. I get it at the local Safeway, of all places, and swear by it! Bon apetit!

Jan 30, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Homemade Minestrone Soup - special additions?

Ok, fellow hounds, here's the yum-report. My dinner guest went on-and-on about how good it was... 'the best he's ever had'. I sent some home with him for lunch today & he just confessed that he ate it all last night when he got home! I added some freshly grated parmesan to the onion/garlic/italian parsley & it gave it a great flavor. I think my favorite addition was the salsiccia; I used 'hot italian' salsicca, browned it seperately, and added it near the end of the cooking process. OMG, YUMMM!!! You're all welcome for chow next time!

Jan 30, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

Homemade Minestrone Soup - special additions?

Okay, fellow hounds, thanks for the recommendations thus far. At the present moment it's simmering on the stove top & is looking fantastic! Tonight we're running with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, onion, italian parsley, tomato paste & whole tomatos (smashed per your rec, Chilidude), corn, zuccini, green beans, cannellini beans, mini penne, and fresh parmesan. Yum! And I'm even browning some salsiccia since it sounded so good, too. I'll be serving this with calmata olive bread & more fresh parmesan. Bon apetit & many thanks!

Jan 29, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

I Know the Hamburger Thing In SF Has Been Done To Death

Living in Marin, I'm partial to the Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur Landing for their hamburgers. They are thick, meaty & juicy & come with garlic fries, onion rings, etc. I prefer their Black & Blue burger which has faint cajun seasoning; I get it with grilled onions & bleu cheese... You can take the ferry over to Larkspur & walk across the toe-path to Larkspur Landing. Their mirco-brew beers are quite nice as an accompanyment, as well. Bon apetit!

Homemade Minestrone Soup - special additions?

Since it's the middle of winter, and I still can't quite kick my wintertime cold, homemade soup sounds perfect to me. I'm making homemade minestrone tonight and was wondering what various ingredients my fellow chowhounds add to theirs to make it special & unique? I typically use fresh zuccini & greenbeans, as well as some summercrisp corn, and lots of fresh grated parmesan. Would love to hear your suggestions for a super soup! Ciao, hounds!

Jan 29, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking

family eats in san fran

The Blue Plate (www.blueplatesf.com) 3218 Mission @ Valencia (415) 282-6777.

They have some fun updates on classic comfort food:
*blue plate meatloaf, mashed potatoes and blue lake green beans
*macaroni and drunken spanish goat cheese

Favorite Chaat places in the bay area??

Chaat Cafe, 320 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, (near Moscone Center). (415) 979 9946 (http://www.chaatcafes.com

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It's a chain, however in my opinion it's one of the tastiest I've experienced in the Bay Area.

Chowhound needs a graphic logo -- bring back the dog!

I agree that a cool dog-icon would be great, however that dog from the archives doesn't give me a good feeling. It looks more like a random jigsaw-puzzle piece that's about to bite your fingers. Trust me, I'm a HUGE dog fan (my dog has her own website...). I'm a huge fan of chowhound.com, and would love to see an icon that's equally wonderful.

Jan 21, 2007
saucy_girl in Site Talk

Detroit and Michigan traditions?

I lived in Detroit after graduating from U-M & used to LOVE Tom's Oyster Bar (Grosse Pointe/Royal Oak). I still crave everything about the joint, even though I live in San Francisco now. I highly recommend it to any chowhound!

Jan 20, 2007
saucy_girl in Great Lakes
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Favorite Seinfeld food moments

this is a stretch, but I'm laughing about the time Elaine freaked because she thought the diner owner would only higher well-endowed waitresses... She tried to get hired, as part of her mission to prove her point. Didn't the waitresses all turn out to be the diner owner's daughters!?!

Jan 13, 2007
saucy_girl in Not About Food

How to jazz up cottage cheese?

barbeque sauce mixes it up for savory, or sugar-free vanilla syrup for sweet...

good luck!

Jan 13, 2007
saucy_girl in Home Cooking