I'm meeting some friends who live in Pleasant Hill for sushi at Nama in Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill. I've heard good things, but I'd like more than just one opinion. Oh, and how is their Ramen? Thanks a lot!
Cornbread is a Southern staple, and a must with chili. This version is moist all the way through, with a lightly crisped top and a touch of sweetness. Mix in cheese or jalapeños for extra flavor, and feel free to bake as muffins if you prefer.
Homemade mayonnaise is surprisingly easy to make, and since it tastes so much better than store-bought, it may sway even avowed mayo-haters. Plus, you can turn it into all sorts of other sauces and dips.
Alfajores, popular throughout South America, deserve more widespread fame. The shortbread-like cookies are super tender and delicately crumbly thanks to cornstarch, and the dulce de leche sandwiching them together is smooth, sweet, and creamy-caramelly.
Sauteed Calamari with Parsley and Garlic
A quick sauté keeps calamari tender, while garlic, lemon, and parsley brighten up the gentle oceanic flavor of the squid. Serve with crusty bread for getting every last drop of the buttery sauce.
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake is festive, fine-crumbed, moist, and delicious with cream cheese frosting.
Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
Philly cheesesteaks are delicious but divisive. This easy version has thin-sliced rib eye, sautéed peppers, onions, and optional mushrooms, and Provolone (sorry, Whiz fans).