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Suckling Pig for the Holidays

I like the article but the food styling and the photography do not seem to be the high quality we see on Chow. Oh well. I am still salivating.

Dec 07, 2010
chilicrema in Features

Basic Caramel Apple

Can I substitute Agave nectar for corn syrup?

Oct 21, 2010
chilicrema in Recipes

Good eats with a 14 year old

Pizzetta 211 is near Golden Gate Park. Bill's Place - they grind their own beef for hamburgers and killer shakes. Or dim sum.

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Pizzetta 211
211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

Bill's Place
2315 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

The Basics: How to Make Scrambled Eggs

I agree with benbenberi. Adding salt before or during cooking makes the eggs weep. I too stir gently while they are cooking, but not all the time. I also add a little milk or cream to the eggs before cooking. YUM YUM YUM.

Jul 30, 2010
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The Basics: How to Pan-Fry Pork Chops

The impressive pork chop with the long bone is frenched. I actually cooked some last night., that I bought at Trader Joe's.

Jul 21, 2010
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Chile Gravy

Why whole ancho chiles and ancho chile powder?

Jul 12, 2010
chilicrema in Recipes

Tangy Soy Dipping Sauce

and green onion, along with Cyndigo's recommendation.

Feb 13, 2010
chilicrema in Recipes
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Vietnamese Building Blocks

I venture to bet the special fish sauce is nuoc mum nhi. The NHI part of that translates to first press, extra virgin if you will. I just learned about this on a trip to Hawaii. My Auntie Lili taught us about it. And a new way to make and eat pho, where ginger and nuoc mum are the major flavors.

Jan 13, 2010
chilicrema in Features

Why Does Spinach Leave a Film on Your Teeth?

I find if you add enough olive oil to a sauteed spinach with garlic, the nasty sensation does not occur. Perhaps i am coating/sheilding my teeth with the olive oil.

Sep 25, 2009
chilicrema in Features

Outerlands on Judah SF

I have gone there three times, all lunch. The menu has rounded out for the meat and seafood eaters. The levain is delicious. I have had the grilled cheese twice, so YUM. Thick slices of Levain, I think they are rubbed with garlic and then basted in butter, they get the bread nice and crispy and the cheese starts to melt into the bubbles of the crumb. The other time I had the open face eggplant sando, fabulous. Today i had the tomato soup wth my grilled cheese. it was delicious, creamy without cream - I think. It was too deep red to have had cream added. I couldn't finish my soup, so i left a $2 deposit and took it home in a mason jar. Awesome, I live in the neaighborhood so the return will be easy, I wonder if I will be able to order something besides the grilled cheese Of course when I go to dinner, I will have to order the mac and cheese. I probably will need to go in a group so everything can be sampled.
I think they only offer dine in during dinner times.

Go go go!

Looking for Vacaville Coffee Tree Apricot Logs Recipe

When I was a little girl my family would take my brother and I to the Nut Tree and sometimes to the Coffee Tree accross the highway. Besides the giant giraffe rocking "horses," and the fresh pineapple with marshmellow sauce, I loved the apricot logs at the Coffee Tree. I want to remember the center a crunchy sugar dried apricot paste, I think the dough was puff pastry. Maybe the business envelope fold and some slashes perpendicular to the length. A wash of some sort and (sanding?) sugar.

If anyone remembers these delicious treats, please chime in with your memories and maybe we can create a recipe.

Or better yet, if you have it, please post it! I am salivating. Hmm, did I just remember a little saltiness with apricot log?

Yum, please help.

Sep 17, 2009
chilicrema in Home Cooking

Know Your Peppers

I really enjoyed the article. i wonder if you get a Mariquita mystery pick up, like I do? I got a few pouches of pimiento de padron this summer and toasted them in a hot dry pan and sea salt. Yum. I even threw them in an omellete one morning.

Besides roasting and steaming to de-skin peppers, is there another method you can recommend?

thank you,
dina

Aug 25, 2009
chilicrema in Features

Black Bean Cakes with Fried Eggs and Avocado Crema

I would want to try this with one substitution, instead of breadcrumbs, crumbed corn tortillas, and of course the salt reduction.

Jul 06, 2009
chilicrema in Recipes

10 Canned Goods Worth Using

Great list. I totally agree. I do have access to fresh water chestnuts. At least I think they are water chestnuts. I might just do a taste test with my my turkey lettuce cups and spinach dip- my two best water chestnut dishes.

May 12, 2009
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10 Food Moments from "The Office"

Michael's morning 'coffee" during a delivery from the Michael Scott Paper Company, just milk and sugar!

May 06, 2009
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Asparagus with Sweet Onions, Garbanzo Beans, and Mint

Are you garbanzo beans canned or fresh?

This recipe looks delicious, plus I have some purple asparagus in the fridge too!

I just bought some fresh garbanzos in their pods from San Francisco's Mission district I am looking for recipes as I only see recipes calling for canned. I have shelled and blanched 3/4 of them which turned them more green and the remainingI left raw. I think I might use the raw in salads and maybe the cooked in my favorite garbanzo recipe - hummus.

May 04, 2009
chilicrema in Recipes

anything new to do with Ground Beef?

Joe's Special. The egg scramble with ground beef, onions, garlic, olive oil, mushrooms, oregano, and parmesan. It is good for any meal. And you probably have most of those ingredients at home already. Doesn't sound like much but my friends love it and as I child I loved it.

Nov 18, 2008
chilicrema in Home Cooking

Chic hors d'oeuvres

How about Vietnamese Summer rolls. They are fresh, they hold shape. Traditionally they are made with shrimp or pork or vegetarian. Can you bring a BBQ? If so, make skewer of meat and roast the little guys there. Seafood, oysters, bring on ice and pop them open for the guests as the filter in.

Hope that helps.

Nov 18, 2008
chilicrema in Home Cooking

Orange Bitters

Is the coriander seed or powder?

Oct 07, 2008
chilicrema in Recipes

How do you make Peppadew Peppers?

I have some yummy fresh from Mariquita farm peppadew looking peppers and I want to make the sweet spicy preserved peppers. Any ideas or recipes? Not sure if this is the right pepper, I renamed them Cherry Bombs, because they are sweet and mellow in the first moment and then BAM hot hothotHOT!

Sep 22, 2008
chilicrema in Home Cooking

A Plunge into Cheesy Lava Sauce

I too was fascinated with the new Volcano taco, so i tried it yesterday. Firstly the bright red taco shell has an odd smell and almost tasteless shell compared to the originol. I was dazzled by the amount of heat of the volcano sauce. Over all I would order a reg taco and get the volcano sauce if I was int he mood for cheesy goo.

I do lke the Enchirito when made well. It is a healthier alternative to the Mexican pizza, minus tomatoes.

Sep 22, 2008
chilicrema in Features

Microwave Bean-and-Cheese Burrito Taste Test

I just tried the Trader Joe's Black Bean and Cheese Burrito in the refrigerator case, and it was actually pretty good. I will definitely buy to have on hand.

May 02, 2008
chilicrema in Features

wine/beer pairing for chicken tikka masala?

Try a Gruner Veltliner. Or a Gewurztraminer. And enjoy!

Jan 29, 2008
chilicrema in Wine

Gourmet Salts...?

Anyone try the Bacon Salt from the Grateful Palate?

Or how about the ham dust?

I am intrigued, but if I buy all that intrigues me at GP, I am out a few hundred bucks!

Dec 10, 2007
chilicrema in General Topics

What's your crazy and fun ethnic snack? [moved from Manhattan board]

Dark chocolate and natural peanut butter.
Campari and parmigiano reggiano.
Dolmas.
Tacos.

Dec 10, 2007
chilicrema in General Topics

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Cravings

I have yet to try this, but will soon. We are opening a cafe in a week and as I was entertaining the thought of a child's menu I came up with the most decadent grilled cheese I can think of.

GRILLED MAC N CHEESE SANDWICH with BACON!

Mac n cheese is homemade, of course.

I think I want to find one of those snak master contraptions that seal the edges of the bread to form a pocket.

Dec 10, 2007
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The Other Napa

Try Folio Winemakers' Studio, a new small winery where mutlitple families make their own wines. Carneros - off the beaten path.

Aug 17, 2007
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What's your crazy and fun ethnic snack? [moved from Manhattan board]

Pupusas - Imagine fresh hand made tortillas thjt are extra thick filled with savory black beans and cheese or pork and then cooked on the griddle. The are served with a cabbage slaw and a salsa. I think they hail from El Salvador.

Jul 11, 2007
chilicrema in General Topics

Gourmet Salts...?

I do not know about French salts. But I love salt. I try to buy sea salt every place I go (meaning vacations or interesting travels). I do small taste tests with food. It is fun to learn which I prefer with what food.

Salt has always being important. I recall a story of the Roman soldiers being paid in salt hence the word salary.

I figure if the expensive stuff is less than $20, why not go for it?

May 23, 2007
chilicrema in General Topics

Patio Pounders

I wish there were some wines from America on the recommended list.

May 23, 2007
chilicrema in Features