• Location: Edge of the continent, SF, CA

ChelsEats: Lemon Bar Loving

I made these on Sunday for my eldest son's birthday treat:

I followed the regular, not thinner lemon layer, version and boy, they were the best lemon bars we've ever had! Tart, creamy, and the crust is divine.

No fridge, no freezer: what would you eat?

@Maggie, I'm in SF and am happy to lend you a cooler if need be, and am willing to deliver. But I'd take the advice you've been given: pasta, beans and rice, Happy Hours, and Off the Grid!

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

My daughter's mouth. Before that, the Thanksgiving turkey.

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Spinach, green peppers, red onions, and mushrooms.

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Turkey, and my niece's mouth -- 2 different thermometers, same time! We battled the flu and Thanksgiving dinner simultaneously. All turned out well, thank goodness!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Basic and delicious -- good pepperoni, bell peppers, red onion,mushrooms.

Snapshots from Istanbul: Turkish Breakfast Is Awesome

Breakfast in Turkey is why I came back 15 lbs heavier after 3 weeks. Well, that and the simit, and the beer, etc. Definitely one of my best eating vacations ever!

Has anyone tried Starbucks' "VIA?"

Like monopod, I take it camping when it's just me needing coffee or for backpacking. It's decent for instant.

What's on your thanksgiving menu?

Roast turkey, brined a lá Alton Brown (using my cooler as an ottoman as I type!)
Brown-sugar glazed ham
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sage-seasoned dressing
Esquites (from this site's recipe:
Cranberry sauce not from a can
Green bean casserole with Blue Lake beans from my CSA
Mac and cheese (homemade, not Kraft)
Roasted broccoli and cauliflower
Homemade rolls
Pumpkin, bourbon pecan, and lemon meringue pie for dessert!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Overloaded pomegranate tree...

Pomegranate margaritas.

Ok Let Me Have It!!!

I'm with CJ McD; not an Italian-style spaghetti sauce, but as a yummy sauce to put on pasta? Sounds great!

Please help me fix my cast iron!

As mentioned in CJ's excellent and informative link above, you can throw your cast iron into the oven and run the self-clean cycle on it. I did that yesterday, burning off ~5 yrs' worth of seasoning (bottom was a little bumpy, I'm ready to start again and build up a smoother season).

Be forewarned: open ALL of your windows and run your exhaust fan if you do this! My smoke and CO detectors were shouting, "Fire! Fire!" at me for a brief while, until the smoke dissipated. But you really can't go wrong with the advice at CJ's link.

Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)

Recipe rating:

Made this for a barbecue last night, and we could NOT stop eating it! Par-cooked the corn before taking it off the cob and charring in my cast-iron skillet, and inadvertently doubled the amount of lime juice I used -- it was fantastic! Thanks for this!

What was the first thing you ever baked?

Chocolate cake in the Easy Bake oven, mid 70s when I was 8 or 9. Then on to cookies and brownies in the real oven!

Pumpkin Pancakes....that's all

I made these last Halloween weekend with canned organic pumpkin. My kids were begging for more, they were so good! Moist, flavorful, almost like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast. So I vote for more pancakes! Or pumpkin soup...

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

I'd throw my beef-loving, soon-to-be-14-yr-old son one heck of a birthday barbecue! Probably grill the burgers next to some of the burgers we make from our Morris Grassfed Beef (yum!) to see how they stack up.

Worst thing you ever ate?

A can of beef stew that had a 1/2" piece of vein/artery in it (chewed on that for nearly a minute before figuring it out, and I was only 10 or so); molleja in Uruguay (a gland of some sort, barbecued, that was both frothy and crispy at the same time, after a night of too much Scotch with my father-in-law); fish sausage in a cheese sauce in an otherwise very good small neighborhood restaurant in Paris.

Your next food project

Bread. Homemade bread. And sourdough starter from scratch (I live in San Francisco).

Are you up to the OMG Challenge?

Taste Test: Jarred Pasta Sauces from Celebrity Chefs and Restaurants

I *just* saw Rao's at my Safeway tonight (in SF, CA) and was astounded at the price: $9.99! I may be tempted to try it now that I've read this, but only on a night when I want to treat myself. Then again, the one brand of San Marzano tomatoes they sell are $5.99/28 oz can -- I think I'll just buy those and make a big batch of homemade!

6 Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Milkshakes for Grownups

I just deposited the last of our troop's cookie money yesterday. Who knew that you could sell so many boxes of cookies in such a short amount of time. Now I know what to do with the 5 boxes still in my pantry...

Going to SF for a week, need suggestions!

Aziza, out in the Avenues (Richmond District, not city of Richmond). You can tour the *scenic Geary Blvd corridor* (ha!), but the Michelin-starred food makes the bus ride worth the while. And the cocktails are fabulous.

Cookie Monster: Lemon Sunshine Cookies

Hoo, boy, are you in for it if this winter is bumming you out! SF's been really dry and mostly sunny and lovely this winter. Contrast that with the winter of 1998, when it rained 109/120 days between January and April, or even last year, when we had record amounts of snowfall/rain across Northern CA.

Regardless, I'm making these cookies! They sound perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon on days when it *is* a little bleak.

Pizza with faina

I'm married to an Uruguayan who loves faina! We eat it whenever we go down there. I should be really nice for Valentine's Day and make some for him.

What was the movie?

glass in broiler?

In my experience, putting a 9x13 Pyrex under the broiler got me an oven full of salmon in glass shards. And that only took 3-4 minutes.

The awesome heat that is Sriracha

Interesting conversation with the man who made/owns Sriracha sauce:,0,6238578,full.story

"Hot sauce must be hot. If you don't like it hot, use less," he said. "We don't make mayonnaise here." Damn straight.

Cayenne pepper jelly: how would you use it?

My niece sent my sister a jar of cayenne pepper jelly for her birthday (smart girl had it sent to my house since sis is here for turkey day). How would you use it, especially if you were a vegetarian? It's sugar, water, cider vinegar, bell and cayenne peppers. I'm guessing it wouldn't go so well with peanut butter...


No-yeast pizza crust?

I took 4 loud, energetic children with me after school to get pizza fixings. In my rush to get through the store and get them out where they could run and be loud, I got everything except yeast.

Can I just mix up my usual crust sans yeast and aim/hope for a cracker-like crust? Should I vary proportions, and if so, in what way? Or do I need a Plan B for tonight's dinner?


Boiled Vegeterian Husband Risotto

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