San Francisco Recipes

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Sourdough Bread

San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Rating: Unrated
Use a good sourdough starter, one you have tended to, for best flavor.
Main Dish Crab

Bodega Bay Cioppino

Rating: Unrated
This stew brings back childhood memories of Northern California and new buckets brimming with crab and baskets of sourdough bread. Rich, red, and very messy, it is now a New Years tradition at my house. Serve in large bowls with sourdough bread on the side. Never any leftovers!

Chris' Bay Area Burger

Rating: Unrated
These burgers are the hit of my town. All my friends come over every weekend just for these burgers. With a little bit of basil leaves, and some olive oil, you will drooling all over yourself while you eat these.
Beef Soup

California Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: Unrated
This is my variation of a standard recipe. I like fresh basil and a little lemon rind, so those are basically my only changes. This is a quick and easy soup with flavors that impress all.
German Recipes

Oktoberfest Chicken and Red Cabbage

Rating: Unrated
I adore Bavarian cuisine! And since there's no good German food here (while I lived in San Francisco, my husband and I ate at wonderful German/Hungarian restaurants there), I have to make my own...This recipe is crazy simple.
Seafood Stew


Rating: Unrated
A wonderful seafood stew! Serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth!
Pasta Main Dishes

Garlic Noodles

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These deceivingly simple, yet devastatingly delicious garlic noodles were invented back in the '70s at a restaurant in San Francisco called Thanh Long. Usually served with roasted Dungeness crab, the recipe is a very closely guarded family secret, but after lots of investigation, and even more experimentation, I think this is very close.
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Boneless Pork Chops

San Francisco Pork Chops

Rating: Unrated
Tender chops in a delicious sauce are great over noodles or thin spaghetti.
Seafood Stew

Seafood Cioppino

Rating: Unrated
This is as good as any restaurant's version! Serve with rice and a nice salad.
Mexican Recipes

Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk)

Rating: Unrated
Recently had homemade rice milk in a Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. I talked to a few friends and they told me a few different ways to make it. Here is a simple version (I like to add vanilla, but it is optional). Seriously, it is the best ever - and, it costs just pennies to make!
Mexican Recipes

Horchata Made Easy

Rating: Unrated
Horchata (cinnamon rice milk) has been a favorite addition to the many Mexican meals I've had in the Bay Area. It's lightly sweet and refreshing. This is a much easier recipe than the traditional method which requires up to 3 hours to make.
American Cookies

Stephen's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: Unrated
I created this recipe for my father on his birthday. It contains lots of different chocolates and nuts. Thanks Dad for sending me to cookie baking school at the San Francisco Culinary Academy! This one is just for you!

Inspiration and Ideas

City Ceviche

Rating: Unrated
A wonderful appetizer to enjoy with friends when San Francisco's Indian summer warms the city. The true way to 'cook' the fish is to marinate it in citrus juice overnight, but I find that the poaching process is faster and an easy way to judge if it is indeed cooked. I often buy precooked shrimp (but NOT frozen!) and just poach the scallops. Best when served with cold beer (we prefer Pacifico®) and fresh limes. Using quality and sturdy tortilla chips is essential. Please note that the serving size is meant for appetizer portions.

French Onion Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl

This is a classic French onion soup recipe with a San Francisco twist. The best part is you get to eat the bowl!!