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What I should I serve with the champagne for a wedding toast?

So the champagne toast is immediately before leaving for the reception? I think chips will look a little shabby actually. I think leaving it beverage alone underscores what it is, a quick toast to the happy couple and then often for shindig. Chips alone seems kind of sad. Appetizers will delay you hours. Either upgrade or simplify.

Aug 16, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Have you ever made Boston Cream Pie?

"Of course, scratch will be miles better than boxed. But box-mix would be better than sweet scrambled eggs, if a harried first-time pudding maker is trying to make Boston Cream Pie on a deadline."

No. The cake and icing would stand on its own. The boxed pudding would just ruin the whole thing.

Aug 16, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Sashimi

Kiriko.

Aug 12, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Grandmas, and kids for dinner near Wilshire/Fairfax?

That is also a good grandma restaurant. Grilled fish of the day is perfect.

Aug 11, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Grandmas, and kids for dinner near Wilshire/Fairfax?

Carmela and sweet rose both have better ice cream.

Aug 11, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Grandmas, and kids for dinner near Wilshire/Fairfax?

Urban garden + sweet rose
Golden state
Skip canters and go to greenblats
Jinya olio hirozen

Aug 11, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Local, pastured, humanely-raised eggs, chicken and milk

Egg color is easily manipulated by feed tweaking and is not in and off itself. Mark of quality. I do like Ha's eggs from the HFM. The various vital farms / backyard eggs / al fresco are also quite good tasting.

Aug 09, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

If you were trying to impress, what would your dinner party menu look like?

This week in Los Angeles I'd make:

Tomato Consomme with a few tiny shrimp as garnish (Raymond LeBlanc- dead simple and glorious) in my double handled soup cups

rabbit sausage and frisse salad with hazelnuts and hazelnut dressing, mashed potatoes (Zuni cafe recipe)

cheese tray from the good place

plum crostata with cornmeal crust with whipped cream enriched with creme fraiche

Huge menus cooked at home drag, drag, drag and usually result in a frazzled cook and host. This is mostly made in advance and not to hot or heavy.

Aug 09, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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ISO Chow-worthy Breakfast for the Office

Clementine catering pastry tray uses pastry 2/3 the size of the counter size. Perfect.

Aug 08, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Is it worth it to eat organic peanut butter?

Taste again and check to see if it is rancid. It shouldn't be bitter. However you have always purchased processed brands you'll probably have to try a few to figure out how natural is supposed to taste.

My favorite is Santa Cruz dark roast.

Aug 06, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

99 cents has something that looks like a mason jar but is of unknown quality and origin. Not an actual canning brand. Not worth the risk.

Aug 04, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Chicken safety

I can't say the idea is credible but I know people not IRL who claim that feed or feed additives are relevant.

Aug 04, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

ideas for fresh, uncured pork jowl

Pork cheeks are wonderful. There is a good recipe in Babbo that is a simple braise. You might find that to be a good basic approach. Otherwise, I search for pork cheek recipes.

Obviously curing guanciale is another option.

Aug 03, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Chicken safety

Costco and TJs are both factory farmed and can be treated with undeclared solutions and additives and "natural flavors." Any of these could contain gluten. A kosher chicken is usually no different. I have a friend who had Celiac and couldn't t anything she didn't prepare herself. And I know she had a specific type of chicken she bough because of these issues.

Depending on what kind of Chicken you got at WF it could have cross-contamination from a marinade.

Or, worse perhaps, you could be reacting to the feed which may have gluten ingredients. If you are preparing the chicken the same way you could be reacting to another ingredient or an unknown allergy.

Aug 03, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

oil separation in peanut butter

Mix well one time and stir. Refrigerate.

Aug 01, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Differential packaging and pricing isn't common in the US but very common among high end retailers in Europe. If you wanted the fancier bags and boxes you paid for them. And actually it was sort if the reverse, you got the expensive box as a tourist but locally also said no box.

A lot of people would rather tote around a farm shop bag than a Von's bag.

Aug 01, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Hee Hee. Anyone getting three bags of groceries from farm shop can afford $.30 bags.

Aug 01, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

Grill and make tacos.

Jul 31, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

smoked sturgeon and the rest of the appetizing goods, too bad there no joint like this in LA.

Really miss the sable and sturgeon from Barney Greengrass.

But yes the sturgeon we had a atWexler was great.

Jul 31, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Coconut Water Changes Its Claims

And the sales will keep right on rolling in....

Jul 30, 2014
JudiAU in Food Media & News

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I wish they'd charge $2 instead and give truly reusable bags.

Jul 28, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Real Churned Buttermilk

I've never seen churned anywhere. Whole Foods carries an organic brand maybe Organic Valley that Is my favorite. TJs house brand is better than many.

Jul 26, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Do you eat rabbit? How do you cook it?

I like to get two and and take them apart. I sauté the boned loins, braise the legs with a bit of stock, and make a batch of rabbit sausage which I adore. The texture and flavor is enhanced.

Jul 24, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Grass Fed Lamb Fat: How to Eat It?

Homemade sausage
Pate
meatloaf

Jul 24, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Pleasurable Candy and Chocolate Shopping

The kids and I are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Candy is a rare experience in our household so we are going on special sampling expeditions. Any suggestions for non-crappy candy and chocolate options that are also an enjoyable experience. I'd like good smells and perhaps eye-popping displays.

Dylans Candy Bar might be the obvious choice but that doesn't make the grade. Most the candy sold there is pedestrian with really low quality ingredients and additives. I am considering Socker Brite on Third which is supposed to be mostly natural but would consider other options if available.

What about for chocolate?

Jul 18, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Bread and Butter

Go to Republique. Lovely bread and butter right now. Serve of their breakfasts come with a baguette on the side.

Another enjoyable bread and butter experience in a totally different way is to pick up a loaf of Red Fife wheat bread at Kenter Canyon Farms FM stall and then walk down and pick some fresh butter at Spring Hill Jersey Cheese. Slice, spread, eat.

Jul 18, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Mr. Taster I respect the concept of non-FUB choice but I have to object. Who is serving $5 scoops? I can't think of anyone. Grom is probably the highest scoop I can think of and I don't think it is $5.

Jul 18, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

We were at Twins last week. It is next door to Sunny Blue. The ice cream was nice but the homemade was the worst version I have ever had. Soft in the wrong way and a huge, huge gaping hole at the bottom for unpleasant drip double-sucking experience.

The combination of three kids, no seating at Sunny Blue and no seating at Three Twins and volcano-drip cone made for a annoying if tasty lunch.

Jul 18, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

GCM is Getting The Best Ice Cream Parlour

Can I just point out that SRC has particularly delicious whipped cream?

Jul 18, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Instant Breakfast Cereal

Two options: freeze good oatmeal in ice cube trays. Defrosts quickly and well. Or, go with Bob's Red Mill's quick cooking steel cut oats. Very good texture.

Jul 17, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics