Jen Maiser

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The 8 Best Pizzas in San Francisco and the Bay Area

@LA Pizza Maven I think you're right -- it's just the wording of the title. I adore Picco.

The 8 Best Pizzas in San Francisco and the Bay Area

I think that Zero Zero is a pretty great contender for this list since its appearance on the scene about a year ago. Bruce Hill is making fantastic pizzas there.

Market Scene: Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market, San Francisco

@absc17 I'll have to try a brownie. I am a savory girl, so eat the gougeres as often as they have them.

@DaveRud thanks! I may pick up some more next week to try that.

@lfstewart I'm using the recipe from Shizuo Tsuji's book Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. The recipe that Maki at Just Hungry has looks similar. I just added the shiso yesterday. I'm stressing a bit, as there's not enough liquid to cover the plums. Not sure whether that's something I need to remedy (and how I would do that). Any tips would be appreciated.

Boston: Fried Ipswich Clams at B&G Oysters

I want a full order of these, like right now. Too bad I'm on the wrong coast!

Have You Ever Tried Drinking Vinegar?

Really loved the celery drinking vinegar that I tasted at Pok Pok over New Year's. I came home with a plan to make it here, but couldn't find recipes -- great to know that similar vinegars are available in Asian stores.

Cocktail 101: How to Make Simple Syrup

Seeing simple syrup on sale always makes me laugh. It is the simplest thing to make that I can think of.

Market Scene: Winter at the Davis Farmers' Market in California

@erikasimi @pooroldmama @manda This was my first visit to the Davis Market. I can see why so many love it -- it has such a community vibe.

@scatteredsong I'm going to have to go fruit hunting there. Thanks!

San Francisco: Sea Urchin Pizza by a Michelin-Starred Chef at Cotogna

I had a really great meal at Cotogna in December, but of everything we had, the uni pizza was the most disappointing item. I'm glad I tried it in a curious food-person sort of way, but I didn't think it was the best way to show off uni.

That said, I'll be back to Cotogna as quickly as my budget allows. Your pics definitely make me want to try the nettle pizza.

Market Scene: December at the San Rafael Farmers' Market in California

@cookiequiz They are pomelos! As I understand it, there are a few different pomelo varietals -- some more teardrop shaped, some more round.

Market Scene: December at the San Rafael Farmers' Market in California

@burger365 We do have a lot of chanterelles right now. and you're right -- it's so fun to cook a pile of them because the price is good enough to buy a good amount.

Oakland, California: Eat Real Festival Recap

@courtney p I was left wishing that Fat Face was closer to the Bay Area -- I'll definitely be seeking them out when I'm headed in the Davis direction. They were fantastic. I was able to try about 5 popsicles at the festival. I had originally set out to eat every popsicle available, but that would have been about 25 and required more discipline than I had!

Oakland, California: Eat Real Festival Recap

@IrieGirl oh yes, those cactus fries were the bomb. sounds like i missed out on some great jerk fish tacos, as two of you have mentioned them!

Oakland, California: Eat Real Festival Recap

@whosthatbina I heard really great things about those Jim & Nick's sausages -- was sorry to have missed them.

Oakland, California: Eat Real Festival Recap

That sounds amazing. Do you know who made it?

Portland, Oregon: Ken's Artisan Pizza

Ken's is one of my desert island pizzas. For all the awesome pizza that we have in SF, I still go to Ken's every single time I'm in Portland.

Meet Your Farmers: Greg Massa of Massa Organics in California

Greg and Raquel have adopted their children (or they are foster - don't know the details off the top of my head). These folks are walking the conservation walk in every sense of the word.

Meet Your Farmers: Greg Massa of Massa Organics in California

Greg and Raquel have adopted their children (or they are foster - don't know the details off the top of my head). These folks are walking the conservation walk in every sense of the word.

Video: How to Make Olive Bread

this is so dang cute. love it.

Healthy & Delicious: Calabacitas Burritos

Awesome, glad this worked out for you Kristen. I love putting corn in mine, you're right. It seems that the older you are in my family, the more cheese you put into the recipe -- with the most outrageous being my 90-year old grandmother who piles it with cheese. I like your idea of keeping it out of the calabacitas, but adding some to the burrito.

Market Scene: Newton, Massachusetts

Great report! I was just in Mass for a few days and saw Hmong Farms at the Westford Farmers Market. Lovely little vendor.

Any news on how tomato blight is affecting your vendors?

All You Need to Know About Di Fara, 2009

Love the video. He goes about prepping the pizza like it's the only one he'll make all day. Hilarious.

Roasted Duck Fried Rice

Hi anotherbaker. Photo here:

I don't roast the duck - I purchase it from a Chinese deli, so not sure re the toaster oven.


Cooking with a Friend: Kitchen Compatibility

Glad to see you all agree with me about the importance of this. @hungrychristel, we've managed to have us both cooking without any anger, but I can see that with a different person that would be a concern.

@apronless We made the stock. We cooked a whole chicken in a pot of water with a head of garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns and a bit of salt. When the chicken was cooked, we removed and let it cool. We then cooked down the broth quite a bit and adjusted flavors and strained. Then, we sauteed onion, celery, carrot and thyme. Then added the broth back in and cooked for a while and adjusted the flavor again before adding the now shredded chicken and then the egg noodles. Hope that rough "recipe" gives you an idea of how it was done!

The Serious Eats Ginger Beer Taste Test

Oh, and one more thing -- I did try Fentiman's the other day, and it was ok. I agree with the "funky" adjective. It wasn't what I was expecting in a ginger beer, but I might give it another chance now that I have a better handle on its flavor.

The Serious Eats Ginger Beer Taste Test

I am really into ginger beers and ginger ales. They have to be pretty spicy to make me happy. Blenheim was a favorite, but I can't seem to find the hot hot anymore in San Francisco. Agree with the commenter who mentioned Maine Root. Also, Fevertree is coming out with a ginger beer that I've been lucky enough to taste (compliments of Grub Report) and I can report that it's well balanced and has a great ginger punch. Bundaberg is my go-to when I can't find any of the above.

Need advice on menu planning (Cooking with a Friend Series)

Hi all -

I am writing a series for Serious Eats in which I menu plan with a friend and we cook together each week. The general goal is to be able to pre-cook everything on Sunday or prep the meal so that it's easy to assemble on the day of eating.

This week, I bought a CSA box for our vegetable portion (list below), and am trying to decide on menu items that will be good for next week -- any ideas?

Also - has anyone had luck with pre-cooking and re-heating frittata or other egg-y dishes?

The vegetables:

Nantes Carrots
Green Garlic
Little Gem Lettuces
Sunflower Sprouts
Meyer Lemons
Spring Shallots

Both of us are omnivores and eat all meats and proteins --

Thank you!

Market Scene: Spring at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market in San Francisco

With the farmers' markets picking up again, it's time to return to our weekly Market Scene series. Each Monday, one of our various correspondents will check in with what's fresh at farmstands, what's coming up, and what you better get while the gettin's good. This week, we hear from San Francisco correspondent Jennifer Maiser who reports on fava beans, rhubarb, asparagus, and more at the Ferry Plaza farmers' market. More

Mad Manatee Beer from Bold City Brewery

I don't like beer, but I'd want a bottle of Mad Manatee beer from the Jacksonville, Florida-based Bold City Brewery just for the awesome label. Visit Lovely Package to see other great designs made for Bold City Brewery by The Robin Shepherd Group. I can already tell you though that none of them top an angry manatee wielding a propeller, boat collision scars, and an anchor tattoo. (In case you don't know, boats and manatees do not mix. Visit for more information.) Related FIT Grads Design Funky Food Labels Beautiful Mustard Jars with Die-Cut Labels Beatle Juice: Playful Package-Design Project... More