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Economic Collapse Crumb Cake [01 Aug 2011|11:07am]

I made this in San Francisco: Economic Collapse Crumb Cake.

From Apocalypse Cakes.
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[18 Jun 2011|11:22am]

Quinoa & Asparagus Salad

With summer upon us with all of it's outdoors fun, all too often we find ourselves with less time to hide in the kitchen to tinker and play with food. This weekend was no exception. All of a sudden we needed a dish to bring to a backyard potluck and then another for lunch for a hike near Mt. Diablo... and almost no time to make either. Last Wednesday, while strolling through the Castro Farmer’s Market getting some basics, we absent mindedly grabbed a couple of the last bunches of the spring asparagus while on our way to something else. This morning while getting ready for the day, that last minute purchase came in handy nicely.

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[17 Mar 2011|09:46pm]

The Castro Farmers Market opened for the season recently and after a quick stroll through, I headed home with enough fresh produce to keep me busy… for a day or two. In fact, all of the ingredients for this recipe, except for the cream, flour and seasonings were purchased there.

Leafy vegetables are in season with mounds of rainbow chard available. The bright red and yellow stalks of rainbow chard grabbed my attention. Yet despite the chard’s promise of spring, I felt it needed to be prepared in a way that remembers it can still be quite chilly outside. A gratin seemed like the right choice for me here.


I used Monterey Jack here, but a hearty gruyere or swiss would also be great. Don’t worry if the sauce seems too thick while mixing it with the chard. As the gratin bakes, the chard will release liquid and the sauce will thin out considerably. Letting the gratin stand after baking lets the otherwise soupy sauce thicken a little before serving.

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The Pleasure of Persimmon Curd [03 Dec 2010|02:15pm]

One of the joys of living in the Bay Area is our access to fresh fruit year round and local persimmons are abounding in farmers markets this time of year. Their vibrant orange color is hard to miss.

We’re using the oblong Hachiya variety here. As David Leibovitz says “They’re incredibly tannic and astringent when not ripe and need to be squishy-soft and feel like a full water-balloon before using”. If you can only find hard unripe fruit, place them in a sealed container with an apple for a few days on the windowsill until they are ripe.

You can use them in cake or breads but they are also quite well suited to for curds. The fruit puree is a vibrant orange but settles down to a lovely pastel that goes well as a filler between cake layers, spread or toast or just eaten straight out of the container while giggling to yourself about how good it is.

Persimmon Curd

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lunch [08 Jul 2010|10:00pm]


lunch, originally uploaded by kitchenbeard.

Chop 3/4 pound of yukon gold potatoes into 1/2" chunks. Brown off in olive oil. Add 2 portobello that have been diced into 1/2" chunks as well. Sautee until mushrooms begin to release their liquid. Add 2 garlic cloves that have been minced. Sautee until fragrant. Add 1 cup of white wine. Bring to a boil and allow to reduce by 1/2 before adding 1 cooked chicken breast shredded into bite size peices. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to reduce until almost dry. Plop down and eat.

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pickled spring carrots [21 Apr 2010|10:54pm]


pickled spring carrots, originally uploaded by kitchenbeard.

Bring 2c water, 1c mirin to a boil. Add 1c brown sugar, 1/2c kosher salt and 1tbsp each of fennel seed, mustard seed, coriander seed, peppercorns and chili flakes. Return to a boil and pour over one bunch of cleaned and stemmed spring carrots. Chill and allow to steep for 2 days. Drain and discard liquid, but garnish carrots with seeds before service.

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Feta, Spring Peas and Mint Salad [08 Apr 2010|07:51pm]

feta pea and mint salad

This was ridiculously easy. I swung through the Castro Farmer's Market on the way home from work yesterday. Picked up some spring peas, some fresh mint and some feta. Tonight I crumbled the feta cheese in the middle of a plate. I sliced up some of the peas, leaving them raw and crunchy. Took a stack of the mint leaves and chiffonaded them before sprinkling that over the peas. A little olive oil, a little cracked pepper, a little salt. Done. A wonderful spring salad.
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dine about town 2010 [11 Jan 2010|10:03pm]

 it's that time of year again, time for dine about town! has anyone had good or bad experiences going to any of these restaurants for their special prix fixe menus?
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Brownies [24 Dec 2009|03:37pm]


Recipe from the Tartine Bakery cookbook. Also found here
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Cool menus [30 Nov 2009|03:10pm]

I have a somewhat unusual question to ask.
I am looking for SF restaurants that have the most visually or otherwise interesting menus. Like, with cool graphics, or some witty quotations, or engaging stories printed on the menus. Do you know of any places in the city that have this?
Thank you in advance!

(to be x-posted to Yelp...)
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Want to join my new dining club? [18 Nov 2009|08:42pm]

We're just getting it started, it's called Good Taste (unless someone proposes a better name). We're aiming for our first dining out experience Monday around 8pm at Le Central French bistro. We'd love to have you! I started a group page on Google, check it out for more info.

glam aka tony
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Mazu [01 Oct 2009|04:59pm]

3809 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118-3210
(415) 221-9800

My friend just opened an Asian fusion restaurant in San Francisco, so if you're looking for something new to try, please head down Geary and give it a shot! We ate there last week and everything was delicious. The seating was comfortable and there was a live DJ throwing down some classic hip hop for a laid-back, casual atmosphere. We had the Mango Summer Rolls, Korean Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and Beef Bulgogi Rolls to start. I ordered the Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass (marinated in white miso with sake and roasted in banana leaf) as my entree. It was cooked to perfection. Not to mention, the soju cocktails are dangerous ;)

Going back again this weekend because it was so good. We didn't get to try everything we wanted on the menu because everything sounded awesome. The menu and drink list can be found on the website if you're interested.
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peppers [14 Sep 2009|07:35pm]

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Morning Grapes [11 Sep 2009|07:00pm]

morning grapes
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In search of Ice Cream [28 Aug 2009|03:21pm]

Hi everyone, I was hoping that someone here knows what I'm talking about.


that is a picture of the ice cream I've been trying to find for the last couple of years. I'm an SF native and I used to find these guys at liquor stores or corner markets back when I was in high school (10 years ago or so) but I haven't 'seen them since! It appears to be a local company but I couldn't find anything on them online, and I just want to know if they're still in business because they made really delicious malt ice cream. Any info would help.


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Paella [22 Aug 2009|07:54pm]


Attempted to go to the SF Street Food Festival but when we arrived it was a teeming mass of people, lines, waiting and more lines and we fled after 10 minutes. Instead we went to Esperpento for tapas and sangria and had a much better time.
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San Francisco Street Food Festival - Saturday Aug 22 [19 Aug 2009|05:22pm]


La Cocina presents a one-day street food feeding frenzy! We're closing the street. We're pouring street food inspired cocktails. We're serving casual, affordable food from every corner of the globe. Come eat with us. This is food for all. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be sold by each vendor, with nothing costing more than $8.

The day-long block party will bring together micro-entrepreneurs, informal food vendors and renowned chefs to celebrate great street food, entrepreneurial spirit and the vibrant communities of San Francisco. In addition to delicious eats, the festival will feature a beer and spirits garden, roving street musicians, street art projects, and a hands-on children's play area, as well as multi-lingual services for attendees. The event is a benefit for La Cocina.

read more at sfstreetfoodfest.com
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szechuan ramen [04 Aug 2009|04:54pm]

while i was in LA recently, i ate at chin-ma-ya of tokyo and it was easily, hands down the best ramen of my life. apparently their ramen is "szechuan style" (and apparently ramen was originally chinese. who knew?), and i've been craving it since i got back. does anybody know of anyplace in the bay area to get szechuan ramen? preferably east bay, SF also possible?
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Sampling [22 Jul 2009|05:17pm]

I am looking for a restaurant in the city where I could do a bit of sampling, akin to tapas or mezze, but not necessarily related to Spanish or Mediterranean food per se. Asian would probably not work, but European of some kind would be great. Something nice and romantic, but not too crowded or loud. Also, it needs to be open on a Monday.

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Berries [05 Jul 2009|04:25pm]


Acquired some berries at the Noe St Farmers Market. These eventually landed in a cobbler
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Bunched at the Ferry Building [02 Jun 2009|09:46pm]

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dine about town SF: june 1 - 15 [21 May 2009|12:59pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Dine About Town is back again for June!


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Farmer's Market Wheat [19 May 2009|02:33pm]

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Good Bars/Brewerys for big groups [14 May 2009|01:31pm]

is there a good bar/brewerys that are good for big groups that take reservations near SF? Getting parking would be a plus as well.
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[05 May 2009|10:40pm]

Oprah bought the country free KFC.

No bull$hit.

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