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What is the absolute worst cookbook you own. And why do you keep it?

I weed pretty aggressively but I still have an old Emeril cookbook Funny inscription. Otherwise awful.

Aug 19, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

So, what MUST I buy from Whole Foods?

It may depend on what your options. I live in Southern California and have fabulous produce year round in the farmer's markets. But WF has the best produce otherwise. Other than the very best small producers they have the best meat. Their dairy standards are much higher than anyone else. TJs has really decent organic and pasteurized milk but it doesn't compare to WF private label.

If you are buying monkey-picked cashew Brazilian Portland snacks you will pay a lot. But their prices are pretty comparable to other top quality options around time.

Aug 19, 2015
JudiAU in Chains
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Have You Tried Costco Lasagne? Alternative take-out suggestions?

Zankou will cut all your. Hickey for you, even for large orders. It makes for very cheap catering....

Aug 15, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

I bought three bags of the buns (I prefer the smaller size) today at WF third and Fairfax. Ignore the crappy brand by the bread section. These are kept by the meat counter.

Aug 10, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

What is good Limo Food on the way to a concert?

Clementine or Tavern

Good Hamburger Buns in Los Angeles

Still available at WF from their retail bakery as before. Hope it lasts.

Aug 08, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

SF hound in LA tomorrow. Is itinerary okay?

What part of Griffith Park are you heading towards?

Aug 06, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Ice Cream Cake

Cute but tastes horrid.

Sushi bar with veggie options

Hirozen has a variety of options and lots of creative specials. There are usual seasonal options and we like the seaweed salad, asparagus gomae, and the mushroom tofu steak.

Jul 27, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Ice Cream Cake

Milk makes very good Ice cream cakes. We've had them several times. Under order based on their sizing. They always serve many more people than stated.

Jul 27, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Planning for LA in late August

Sweet Rose Creamery on Beverly has been ice cream. Fabulous summer fruit flavors and interested rather than merely weird. They usually hAve an interesting sundae or pavlovA and always have interesting sauces.

My kids have become fierce ice cream overs.

Jul 22, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

TOO MANY FIGS!

Fig leather
Pick and donate to food bank
Call a Food Forward type group to pick and donate

Jul 17, 2015
JudiAU in General Topics

Need help using up rabbit boudin blanc

I've often made the superb rabbit sausage from the Zuni cafe cookbook and when a farmer had pre-ground fresh rabbit I snapped it off. I made the sausage which is enriched with soft bread crumbs, cream, and egg (very similiar to a boudin blanc) but didn't pick up casings. I wish I had. The volume was enough that it would have been worth the time to stuff. So how do I use it up?I don't want to mask the flavor which has a bit of pancetta and sage and is soft, creamy, and subtle. My kids love it as is.

Tonight we have a lovely fresh pasta with gently sautéed sausage and cream. I have about a 1/2 pound left. I could just cook it and eat it but I think it deserves more.

Jul 15, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Food you cook out of love

My kids are good eaters prefer overcooked veg. I regularly commit crimes against broccoli and green beans. They even like their spinach overcooked'

Question on Fage yogurt...

Wowser. I've never seen them higher than $1.69 and they regularly go on sale at cheaper groceries. I only pay full price for the full fat version for Bebe.

Jul 06, 2015
JudiAU in General Topics

Au Gratin Potatoes that are Creamy but not Runny

I do not prefer them that way. I've ruined them exactly the way you like by overtaking with two little cream. No milk.

Sliced potatoes, Gruyere, S&P, nutmeg, repeat, cover with cream to half depth.

Jul 06, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Freezing pie dough

I've never had good luck with this. Real pie dough gets brittle when rolled out. Gross supermarket "pie dough" is filled with nasties to stop it

However pie dough will freeze nicely at a muvh thinner than usual slab. You still have to roll out but it defrosts quickly.

Jul 06, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Really Random Panna Cotta Recipe Question

I'd suggest incorporating the flavor elsewhere. I think you'll mess up the gelatin balance with such a heavy sticky ingredients

Jul 06, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Pimento Cheese 911

I'd suggest picking up pimento cheese and frozen soup at clementine. Great care package for an older adult.

Jun 30, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Food to bring a family with a new baby - Culver City

Fresh, prepared fruit
Onginiri from sunny blue
And frozen soup from clementine, of course kmm

Jun 23, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Please help me like chicken breast!

Try tofu instead. Keeps well. No trimming.

Because the only chicken breasts worth eating are off a roasted bird or fresh, roasted bone in and skin on.. Frozen bags of commercial BSBC are always less delicious than any human deserves for dinner.

Jun 20, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Also, plain canned beans, peeled. Tedious, yes. But much loved by picky toddlers and may work.

Jun 19, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Homemade gyros tastes sour

The meat was very likely spoiled. The sell date can be something like FOUR MONTHS after slaughter. I think all vacuum packed tastes terrible.

Jun 19, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Rabbit confit cooking tips

The Zuni cafe cookbook is a good place to start. Very thoughtful about cutting up rabbit and has a very light rillette recipe in it. Avoid heavy fats like duck if you want the rabbit flavor to shine. This recipe is basically a slow braise with some extra olive oil. In fact, I always follow the proportions for braising rabbit. The only thing I don't do is that having made rabbit stock many times I finally decided I simply don't like it. I use my own chicken stock.

Jun 19, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

Plain organic tofu, cut up. Maybe with a little a soy sauce if he likes it. Smooth. Bland. High in protein. Doesn't need cooking.

Jun 19, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Desert Recmomendations for Father's day Brunch (low cal, low sugar)

If he really needs to keep away from these items almost nothing purchased would work. Homemade buttermilk panna cotta and fresh farmers market boysenberries and apricots would work.

Jun 16, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

loquat?

I'm pretty sure you missed the season. Put tree was done last month.

Jun 16, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Is it possible to Brown ground beef anymore?

Not mine. But I wouldn't touch ground beef from the meglomart with a ten foot poll.

Jun 14, 2015
JudiAU in General Topics

Sour pie cherries

Nope. The one place I knew of won't have any due to weather. Some of the Russian markets the Michigan crop on another month or so.

Jun 08, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Special Brunch on Father's Day?

Tavern? Peyeossian?

Jun 07, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area