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Ground my meat: what went wrong?

Filet is a terrible burger choice. It has little flavor, zippo flat, and the tenderness is lost.

How fatty was the chuck? Unless it was half fat your burger was much, much too lean.

I also think you really only need to grind once.

And yes, salt makes a huge difference.

Jul 06, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)

SRC has a special stone fruit sundae right now. Honey drizzle and toasted almonds.

Jul 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)

Soda Jerks on Pier or maybe Sweet Rose

Jul 04, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

How to transport fruit pies + ice cream for 6+ hours?

You must use dry ice for the ice cream if you love it. Depending on the weather, the car floor or an ice chest with some frozen packs for the pies.

Jul 04, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Anything which requires "super premium" labeling is by definition not.

Jul 04, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Whole Foods gets "whacked" for fraud

Exactly.

nb

Jun 28, 2014
JudiAU in Food Media & News

Malibu in the Mornings

The comparison to Sweet Rose is apt. I used to think Groms sorbet was tops but SR has really been sparkling lately.

Jun 27, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Malibu in the Mornings

Get the sorbet at Grom instead. Very flavorful and not so dense and heavy. Very good afragotto though.

We always stop after Malibu Seafood.

Jun 27, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Article: Teaching Children the Joy of Food

When he was five, my son punctured his little sister's hand with his fork as he desperately fended off her attack on his Lima beans. She promptly punched him in the nose yelling "I shelled those and you got more!"

It was a pretty proud moment actually.

Fresh Lima beans, buttered and salted. Delicious. First of the season.

Take your kids to the Farmer's Market. Enjoy foods in season. Let them see you appreciate food. Push them a bit to enjoy new things.

Jun 27, 2014
JudiAU in Food Media & News
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

The new sauerkraut looks good, just salt, but strangely includes cucumber. I fear that is to make the prodct sweeter which is why I haven't tried it. Bah.

Jun 27, 2014
JudiAU in Chains

Stouffer's Restaurant's White French Dressing

My grandmother made something like this. Cooked dressings with cornstarch were cheap substitutes for oil when oil was expensive or rationed. A lot of times they were to mimic a bacon dressing.

Jun 19, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Tofu Caesar Wraps

Why cook the tofu at all? Cube and season and/or blend the tofu into the caesar dressing.

Jun 19, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

I tried this recipe this morning. Very tasty muffin. Sweeter and more cake-like than I normally make. I didn't overfill the pan and got 15 big muffins. It is 2:42 and we have 3 left. Hum.

I did add 1/2 tsp. of baking soda because of the buttermilk and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Next time I'll cut down on the sugar a bit and add another 1/2 cup of berries.

Jun 19, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Where to take my compost?

I believe West Hollywood has a central collection point.

Jun 19, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Rhubarb Pie advice - seasoning & baking from frozen

Simply poached and sweetened rhubarb freezes well as a faux jam. It is lovely folded in with honeyed fresh strawberries and cream. Or with panna cotta.

Jun 18, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Better than acceptable grocery store cheeses

TJs is not an upscale grocery store in my mind and the only midrange place I regularly shop so I am including it. They have some good options that have a better price/quality relationship than WF or the farmer's market so some of the cheese stores I frequent.

I regularly buy their very tasty organic jack, grass fed cheddar, and aged gruyere and that almost covers the kids. Their organic string cheese sucks so I don't buy it. We occasionally buy their shredded mozzarella and it is fine but not organic so I avoid it.

Elsewhere, Tillamook and Cabot are superior. My local hated Vons has repellant cheese and every cheese-of-emergency purchased there has been both expensive and terrible. True in years past with Ralphs as well. I truly think their buyers hate cheese and hate people who like cheese.

Jun 18, 2014
JudiAU in Cheese
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Want to make my own lime cordial (Rose's Lime Juice)

Interesting thread. Over the years as Mr. judiAU perfected his gimlet we discovered that is impossible to get rid of Roses entirely. He uses lots of fresh lime ans a little of the other. Interested to try your suggestion of a cooked cordial.

Jun 18, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Goat Leg

Delicious looking.

Jun 16, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Stretching Maple Syrup

Perhaps offer additional syrup options at the table if you don't want to buy junky this? Frozen berries with a fair amount of sugar or honey with make a delicious pancake topping. Freezes well. Regular jam. Kids love nutella or chocolate peanut butter, which is a lot less sugar than nutella.

There are lots of recipes online. My grandmother made it but I dont have recipes. I'd skip anything with flavoring and add extra water too.

Finally, my kids get a small cup with about 1/8 cup to use and that is plenty. I would never set out the jug because it pours too fast.

Trader Joes sells an inexpensive maple agave blend.

Jun 15, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

I made really wonderful macaroni and cheese in the past. I don't anymore.

What I need now is a reasonably healthy meal for the chow pups that is quick to prepare. And doesn't contain junk. And tastes like real food.

So, here is what I make now: light roux with whole grass fed milk and some cream, infused with bay leaf, garlic, peppercorn. Mix in a lot of shredded aged gruyere, a 1/3 grass fed cheddar for cheapness, and half a cooked and puréed buttermilk squash.

Mix sauce with cavatelli and serve. I used to bake but it doesnt make it better

For small eaters, freeze remaining sauce in ice cube trays. For larger servings, just freeze in a container. Defrost microwave with extra milk. Stir. Mix with hot cooked pasta. Serve.

Quite tasty.

I ate a box of Kraft at least every other day as a kid. I am amused that my kids are utterly horrified by Kraft.

Jun 14, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Sweetener in panna cotta

Shoukdnt be an issue.

Jun 14, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Another Homemade Tomato Sauce Thread...curious change from making in NY vs. CA.

Where are buying your tomatoes and when are you cooking it? Tomatoes aren't in season yet.

Jun 07, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Glass Pie Plates?

I always use Pyrex.

Jun 07, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Tweaking a pancake recipe

They are too low in fat to be tasty. Usual pancakes have many more tablespoons off fAt. The JOC multigrain pancake has 4-5 t at least of butter.

Jun 07, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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MONTE CRISTOS

Valerie is the restaurant/bakery and Grand central market downtown is the market du trend. .

Jun 06, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Exceptionnel chocolate pudding or chocolate pot de creme ????

And I think you really have to decide. Pudding love and pot de creme love are actually really different things.

Jun 06, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

hot chicken shacks

The fried chicken sandwich at Paper or Plastic on pico is wonderful. Bring your own hot sauce.

Jun 06, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

MONTE CRISTOS

Valerie at GCM has a stellar version. "Perfection in a bun. A taste sensation. "

Not actually a bun if course.

Jun 06, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood . . .

Maccalls is much better but probably no closer.

Jun 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Best pickles/pickle selection in Ho/WeHo/Beverly Hills?

Los Angeles is ripe with fermented foods these days. Whole Foods and Erewon both have a lot going on. Expensive habit now that all three kids have decided they love sauerkraut.

Jun 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area