Bears vs 49ers: Cooking In Menu for Week 2

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Then onto North Beach where the Italian culture thrives as Telegraph Hill looks down to observe it all. This next recipe includes the flavors of Italy in one bite. This dip is not really a dip; it is rather a hearty filling for a sandwich that blends four kinds of deli-meat, provolone and Italian spices and flavors. To add the San Francisco twist, be sure to serve it in a hollowed out loaf of sourdough bread and serve extra buns or slices of sourdough on the side. It’s known as Mary Alice’s Hoagie Dip; this is the Mary Alice from Charm City Cakes who helps run Duff Goldman’s Baltimore bakery.

Jack Burton, played by Kurt Russel, in Big Trouble in Little China

A little side action comes from a stop to Chinatown. Think of Jack Burton as your tour guide; rest assured it will be wild, different and highly addictive. A Spicy Soba Noodle Salad calls for the traditional flavors found in Asian recipes, but with the addition of fresh ingredients to brighten up the dish. Now, keep in mind, as of right now there are three different dishes with three completely different flavor profiles. So, to error on the side of caution, you may just want to make one of these and then stick to your traditional grilled mains, but if you’re in the San Francisco spirit, go for it all.

Finally, to the Embarcadero/Financial District where the Ferry Building houses the terminals to Marin County, Vallejo, Oakland and Alameda. To celebrate this transportation and commerce hub, there are two items on the menu: one is a cocktail and the other, dessert.

I saw Geoffery Zakarian, yes, the Iron Chef himself, on Food Network’s The Kitchen whip up this cocktail during the end-of-the-show “It’s five o’clock somewhere” segment. The Gold Rush Cocktail combines bourbon and a honey syrup with some lemon juice for balance. This might be off the beaten path of beer, but don’t fear, here are my beer recommendations for this week’s menu: a pale ale or an amber or red ale.

From Food and Wine by Jennifer Yee

I came across this dessert recipe a few months ago, and I thought it looked so pretty with a layer of shortbread, a layer of caramel and a layer of ganache, to create a Billionaire’s Shortbread. Now, I’m sure you have heard about the $1,000 sundae? Well, this dessert can be served with ice cream and will still leave money in the bank for next week’s menu.