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Childhood memories of restaurant dining

We rarely went out for meals. Mom would bring home 19 cent hamburgers for the kids and the parents went out. But once when I was about 13 my father (divorced parents) took us to a restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf in SF where my uncle's jazz band was playing. I ate lobster thermidor and my father danced with me. I felt so grown up and sophisticated.

Jul 20, 2013
Emma47 in General Topics

EAGLE ROCK, CA

Senor Fish. Excellent fish tacos. Yum!

Mar 16, 2013
Emma47 in Los Angeles Area

If you read cookbooks as literature as well as for recipes

One of my favorite writers is M.F.K. Fisher, who wrote many books about food, some with recipes. She was a wonderful writer. "How to Cook a Wolf," published at the end of the Depression, might have something to teach us now.

Jan 10, 2011
Emma47 in Food Media & News

Gravy good enough to drink: what makes your mostly classic turkey gravy special?

I use red wine (something robust) along with double stock. It's wonderful.

Nov 14, 2009
Emma47 in Home Cooking

The best thing your school cafeteria served

Elementary school cafeteria in the late 50s: they made huge pans of berry cobbler with thick crumbly crust on top. I volunteered in the cafeteria so I could have extra.

Sep 07, 2009
Emma47 in General Topics

Zucchini Side Dish without tomatoes?

Grated Zucchini Sauteed in Butter. This is from one of Julia Child's books; it was the first dish I cooked from Julia. I'm working from memory here but it doesn't need to be exact. Grate the zucchini. Toss with about 1 tsp salt for every pound of zucchini (2 cups grated). Let drain in a colander at least 10 minutes. Rinse and squeeze out water until dry. Saute in olive oil and butter with a little garlic until tender. I like to add some parmesan or you can add sauteed shallots.

Jul 31, 2009
Emma47 in Home Cooking

Delivery - STL

I'm looking for restaurants that deliver to the Central West End. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Feb 08, 2009
Emma47 in General Midwest Archive

Best reasonably priced Pepper Grinder

I just replaced my Puegeot with a Unicorn Magnum. It is the best: easy to adjust the grind, easy to fill, reasonable price: http://www.unicornmills.com/index.cfm...

Jan 11, 2009
Emma47 in Cookware

What foods do you HAVE to mail order?

I order Upton teas, vanilla beans and spices from Penzey's, Vella's dry jack cheese from Sonoma (can't get it in St. Louis). Also for the holidays we ordered from IGourmet and found a fabulous cheese - Brillat Savarin Affiné. It was truly wonderful. Oh yes - dried porcini mushrooms from Surfas.

Jan 07, 2009
Emma47 in General Topics

Which nice foodie gifts did you get?

I got Molly Stevens', All About Braising and Jennifer Mclagan, Bones: Recipes, History and Lore.

Also discovered a wonderful cheese: Brillat Savarin Affiné. To die for.

Dec 28, 2008
Emma47 in Not About Food

Christmas Eve Traditional Meals

When we lived in California we always had Dungeness crab, sourdough bread and a big salad on Christmas Eve. I miss that.

Dec 06, 2008
Emma47 in General Topics

Best places to eat in St. Louis, period.

Atlas in the Central West End is always excellent. 5513 Pershing Ave St. Louis, MO 63112 Phone: (314) 367-6800
I also like Terrene http://www.terrene-stlouis.com/
Locally grown mostly organic food, well prepared. Great service, friendly and usually quiet.

Sep 29, 2008
Emma47 in General Midwest Archive

good idea for extra basil?

I just put it in ziplock bags and freeze. To use, crumble still frozen into your dish.

Sep 29, 2008
Emma47 in General Topics

Anyone have experience with Frigidaire ranges?

I bought this range about 3 years ago and have had no problems with it. The back dashboard does limit the size of pan that can be used on the rear burners, but having the 5th burner in the middle kind of makes up for it. The black grates are pitting a little bit above the most powerful burner, which is 18000 BTUs, I think. Otherwise, I'm happy with it. I think it was a good range for the price. Oh yes, the convection oven is great.

Apr 11, 2008
Emma47 in Cookware

Aerogarden reviews?

I have two Aerogardens. I used the first one for herbs - my favorite is the Italian herbs because the Italian parsley is so much better than the curly and grew better two. I used the second garden for salad greens, which did great although they didn't last as long as the herbs. Now that garden is planted with cherry tomatoes, which are growing well. I'm expecting tomatoes in a month. As a frustrated former gardener living in a high rise with not a speck of ground, the Aerogardens are fulfilling that need I have to grow food. And year around, too.

Mar 22, 2008
Emma47 in Cookware

Slim, Light Purple, Chinese Egg Plants?

Slice them in half lengthwise and score the flesh in a cross-hatch pattern (don't cut through the skin through). Put slivers of garlic here and there in the cuts; brush generously with olive oil and bake in a hot oven (400) until soft and a little browned. Delicious! It would be even better if you could do them on a grill but probably not in the snow.

Mar 08, 2008
Emma47 in Home Cooking

Eliminating nonstick from the kitchen

I also gave up teflon after the fumes killed a bird in a friend's kitchen. For eggs, I use Scanpan. The non-stick surface is ceramic and titanium. It's diswasher and over safe. The 10 inch size is perfect for scrambled eggs and omelettes.

http://www.scanpancookware.com/classi...

Dec 01, 2007
Emma47 in Cookware

Turkey-Day Hits and Misses

At my sister-in-law's we did the Lynn Rossetto Kasper Thanksgiving from Saveur - http://saveur.com/back-issue/other/20....

• Yams with Ginger and Scallions -- fabulous recipe
• Broccoli with Sicilian Sauce -- just OK
• Crisp Apple-Scented Roast Turkey with Cider-
Calvados Gravy
• Cardamom-Buttermilk Pie -- very good

Nov 30, 2007
Emma47 in Home Cooking

Wherefore art thou, St. Louis duck fat?

I rendered some a few months ago. As I recall I got about a pint from one duck and it was good to eat too. You could have a duck fest......

Aug 31, 2007
Emma47 in General Midwest Archive

Your Fav Funeral Food recipe?

In my neck of the woods it was funeral ravioli.

Aug 14, 2007
Emma47 in General Topics

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

I'm a history professor at a college in St. Louis. I grew up in a grape vineyard in Northern California. In my big family food was central to everything -- and then I married into a Chowhound family.

Jun 08, 2007
Emma47 in Not About Food