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Seeking good house-made muhammara

Spenbald Jun 20, 2013 09:40 PM

I had a reliable source of delicious muhammara in the Boston area but haven't found anything like it around San Francisco. I do realize I probably won't find it in the city, so is there a recommendation for somewhere else where I can buy a tub in the area? Perhaps I'll need to explore making my own.

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    debbypo RE: Spenbald Jun 20, 2013 09:45 PM

    Hi... It is really easy to make and once you do... Here's a link to a version I've tried (and liked) from epicurious.

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      Spenbald RE: debbypo Jun 23, 2013 01:59 PM

      Thanks for the recipe! I should try this, and figure out what else I can do with pomegranate molasses.

    2. Windy RE: Spenbald Jun 20, 2013 10:05 PM

      Haig's is delicious, not expensive, and widely sold in natural foods stores. They've closed the deli, but still sell their products retail.


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        Spenbald RE: Windy Jun 23, 2013 01:53 PM

        Great tip! I bought a container from WF yesterday and have yet to try it, but glad to know it's easily available.

      2. Robert Lauriston RE: Spenbald Jun 21, 2013 08:39 AM

        Troya in SF and Zatar in Berkeley make it.

        Maybe Royal Market & Bakery on Geary?

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          hyperbowler RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 8, 2013 12:00 AM

          I'm not a fan of the version I had at Troya. Nut and pomegranate flavors aren't very potent, and peppers dominate the flavor.

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          Malcolm Ruthven RE: Spenbald Jun 23, 2013 09:44 AM

          I like Haig's, already mentioned here. I also like (probably better; never had them close enough together to really tell) the muhammara made and sold in the deli at Woodlands Market in Kentfield (Marin).

          Woodlands Market
          735 College Ave
          Kentfield, CA 94904

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            Malcolm Ruthven RE: Malcolm Ruthven Jun 23, 2013 10:12 PM

            I stopped my Woodlands market today and got a small container of their muhammara. I'd forgotten how addictive it is to me. I'm sure there are about as many recipes for this as there are makers, but this one is my favorite so far. If you're in Marin County, get some from Woodlands Market and see how you like it compared to others.

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              Windy RE: Malcolm Ruthven Jun 24, 2013 02:17 PM

              Sounds delicious. Do they make it themselves? And what else do you recommend there or nearby, if I'm going to detour to Kentfield?

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                Malcolm Ruthven RE: Windy Jun 24, 2013 02:22 PM

                They make it. I don't shop there regularly for the past several years since I live much nearer to Whole Foods, so I'm not up on what's best in their deli.

                If you're interested in a restaurant, there's a quite good new one (open a few months) in downtown Larkspur called Farm House Local. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892861

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                  Windy RE: Malcolm Ruthven Jun 29, 2013 07:39 PM


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            elderchef RE: Spenbald Jul 8, 2013 07:02 PM

            try the "Turkish salad" at Oasis on Telegraph in Oakland. Addictive.

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              stanbee RE: Spenbald Jul 8, 2013 09:31 PM

              Another vote for Haig's. Available at Mollie Stone's.

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