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JUNE Cookbook of the Month: DELICIOSO by Penelope Casas

That does sound great! I picked up DELICIOSO from the library last weekend and have marked some recipes to try. I might add that one to the list. Thanks for posting.

Jun 03, 2008
lisak in Home Cooking

Great sushi to go in East Bay?

Never tried them, but I've heard Get-A next to Long's on Piedmont is good and good for large groups.

May 28, 2008
lisak in San Francisco Bay Area

Day trip from Florence - Suggestions

The Cinque Terre seems too far for a day trip. Plus, once you're there you'll want to stay at least 3 nights (if not more).

For a good day trip, try Fiesole: The view of Florence is amazing, there are Etruscan ruins, a museum, places to walk around. It's a quick and easy trip. Check online to see which bus heads that way. I didn't eat there, but I do remember seeing some nice outdoor cafes.

May 28, 2008
lisak in Italy

Florence, Rome, Sienna suggestions.

I, too, have heard La Casalinga in Florence is great - next time! In another post (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/520712) I mentioned Trattoria Pallottino, a favorite. For more upscale food, try Pandemonio.

In Siena you have to go to gelateria Kopa Kabana. If you're a chocolate lover, try their Cioccolato Fendente. I am drooling just thinking about it!

May 22, 2008
lisak in Italy

RUNOFF VOTING - June Cookbook of Month

FOODS AND WINES OF SPAIN/TAPAS

thanks!

May 22, 2008
lisak in Home Cooking

So much Goat Cheese, so little time...

As an appetizer, stuff the goat cheese into medjool dates with prosciutto and mint..or if you're not a fan of meat, top with a toasted nut and mint.

May 22, 2008
lisak in Home Cooking

Ideas for using fish stock

Cioppino or steamed mussels/clams with garlic and herbs are good options, too.

May 22, 2008
lisak in Home Cooking

Fun new in Oakland

Bellanico is stellar, but they don't take reservations, so, like Dopo, get there early or be prepared to wait. And, as someone else mentioned, it does get a little loud in there. I can also recommend Flora - I've had lunch their twice, both times it was great. Plus, the space is so cool!

May 20, 2008
lisak in San Francisco Bay Area

Why would one batch of morels not be as strong as another?

11 Pounds! Holy moley. I've read you can find them throughout N. CA and Oregon. We have to go to our local, specialty grocery to get them here. I haven't seen them at the farmers market.

May 20, 2008
lisak in General Topics

VENICE FLORENCE POSITANO

Pandemonio in Florence serves up a delicious meal in a comfortable setting. One thing to note is that it's called a trattoria, but the prices are more like a Ristorante.

For the best gelato you've ever tasted (besides Kopa Kabana in Siena!), go to Gelateria dei Neri (Via dei Neri 26r Firenze 50122 Italy)

May 20, 2008
lisak in Italy

One Year Anniversary In Florence- I NEED IDEAS!

I had so many great experiences in Florence. One of my favorite, inexpensive, quaint places to eat is Trattoria Pallottino (Via Isola della Stinche, 1r , Phone: 055.289573). It's near Santa Croce and serves up delicious food in an unassuming setting. We liked it so much, my boyfriend and I went there twice during our week-long stay!

Some of the primi highlights include: Farfalle in a cream sauce with truffle oil and thin, grated zucchini shavings, Risotto ai funghi porcini, linguine with pesto, penne with gorgonzola and arugula. Secondi stand-outs were: veal scallopine with funghi porcini sauce, veal scallopine with cheese, tomato and oregano sauce, and a rustic eggplant parmesean.

Some other fun places to go are Mercato Centrale for picnic foods (meats and cheeses). And, if you're in the mood for a nice uphill trek, head up to St. Miniato al Monte, my most favorite chiesa. Not only is the church amazing (it dates back to the 1000s), the view is one of the best of the city of Florence.

Have a super time!

EDIT: Duh, I forgot my gelato recomendation! Gelateria dei Neri, Via dei Neri 26r
Firenze 50122 Italy. Hands-down the best gelato I had in Florence.

May 20, 2008
lisak in Italy

Why would one batch of morels not be as strong as another?

Good info, thecountryrose! I'm in N. California, SF Bay Area, and have seen morel prices at $26.99, $39.99, and $49.99...I can't imagine getting sick of morels. :)

May 20, 2008
lisak in General Topics

Why would one batch of morels not be as strong as another?

Ah, that's what I was afraid of...I guess we'll have to bite the bullet (morel) and hope that we get a good batch. thanks.

May 19, 2008
lisak in General Topics

Why would one batch of morels not be as strong as another?

Seems like a silly question, but one that is perplexing to this fungus amateur: Why would one batch of morels be much less potent than another?

Here's the story: My boyfriend and I tried morels for the first time a couple weekends ago...bought them from a local grocer and cooked them using a recipe found in Chez Panisse Vegetables. They were so delicious that the next day we bought another round (from a different grocer this time - it was a Sunday and our favorite grocer was closed) - cooked those up with the same recipe. Again, one of the most delicious mushroom recipes either of us has ever tasted.

Since morel season is fleeting, last weekend we decided to try another batch, same recipe, doubled, but throw it over hand-cut Pappardelle. This batch came out almost flavorless. The morel flavor was there, but only slightly, not pronounced. Also, when cooking, we noticed they didn't smell the same. The dish was a flop.

The conditions of the day were very hot and the morels we picked out seemed to be thicker, less moist. They still had as many worms as the first two rounds.

I'd love to find out your experienced thoughts on why these morels came out tasting so inferior to the first couple batches. Perhaps it was something in the way we cooked them? Although, we did everything the same as the first two times, only doubled.

The sat in a plastic bag for a while. Could that have depleted their extraordinary taste?

Is that just how it is with morels? You take your chances when you buy them?

Any insight would be super. We'd like to buy them again, but are a little leery due to the high price and lack of stellar return on flavor result from this last round.

Thanks!

May 19, 2008
lisak in General Topics