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Can I use a frozen pie crust for cup cake pies

I think of several brands of "puff nasty" for sale lol.

about 19 hours ago
JudiAU in Home Cooking

pie plate mystery, please help me solve

Crust drip. Filling drip. Emphasized by a warmish crust going into the oven rather than a cold chilked crust.

about 20 hours ago
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Lemon thief

Our gardening staff used to regularly take fruit too. Including the first ripe blackberry. Kids were so pissed.

about 23 hours ago
JudiAU in Not About Food

Lady Caught Stealing Rhubarb from Neighbor

I've seen people boldly stealing fruit a few times. And not citrus trees with a lot of lemons either. I had proplr stealing from our small berry bush it breaking branches off the fig tree. I am happy to say that one person was covered Roth thorns.

about 23 hours ago
JudiAU in Food Media & News

now that it's back, where are the best foie gras dishes?

Buchon Bakery had tasty looking pots yesterday. It was very good on the past.

about 23 hours ago
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

It's smaller and the menu is more vegan friendly. Parking is a breeze. Seating is easier. I see a lot of catering pick up. Quality is the same

Jan 19, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

What's for Dinner #344 - Happy MLK Day Edition! [through Jan. 21, 2015]

Love 'em

Jan 16, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Macaroni and Cheese help!

Yes, don't use low far cheese.

Jan 16, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

The dining room isn't cozy but it certainly is comfortable.

Jan 16, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

Clementine has a small second branch in Beverly Hills adjacent to The BHPL parking structure and without the cut throat seating. IThis makes for a pleasant lunch with pastry if youd like that as an alternative.

Jan 16, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

What do you put in your chicken stock to make the most flavorful soup?

I make very large batches of stock and then freeze in my huge + awesome standalone freezer. Did I say HUGE AND AWESOME? Necks and feet make a huge difference. I do like a bit of parsnip. Rutabaga is nice too. No salt. Plenty of herbs.

I detest vinegar in stock. My mom did that as a kid and I hated it. Sour sour sour.

Jan 12, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Saying "No" to oil in baked goods

I don't mind oil in certain baked goods like gingerbread or carrot cake. I can appreciate its qualities, especially longer storage time. But yes, I generally would never choose a recipe that "should" be made with butter and isn't. Butter is the backbone of baking.

I use sunflower seed oil or olive oil.

Jan 12, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Help with planning a meal around Anne Burrell's turnip gratin, please.

I would do a simple roast lamb dish and some full flavor white beans and perhaps a light citrus salad.

I love the idea of a rich turnip gratin but I would absolutely not serve that dish without testing it first.

Jan 12, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Can foie gras canard entier spoil?

Looks like pepper to me. If the seal wasn't compromised it is probably fine.

Jan 12, 2015
JudiAU in General Topics

Eggs all Taste The Same to Me

We always have some sort of "special" egg that we buy but within that "special" are vastly different standards of production. The cost increase is pretty modest for the volume, especially for other animal products. They are pretty variable in flavor but it isn't necessarily the highest price point eggs, although, often it is. We buy pretty pastured eggs from the farmer's market and our kid's adore the smallish arucana. All of his eggs are really tasty but a might small for standard baking. ($7/dz) We buy a pastured but not organic egg from WF for $5.5o and they are pretty standard size and genuinely good tasting. We also buy some cheaper free range/organic/flax fed for baking and occasionally if I am feeling really cheap the same at TJs or Vons, but I think the standards are much lower. The shell is much harder on the better ones.

I used some really cheap eggs recently when cooking as a guest and it was pretty gross. Egg practically broke itself, weird color and spread, and off flavor.

Higher quality eggs offer better nutrition and less suffering. I appreciate the extra flavor but that isn't my real reason for purchasing them.

Jan 02, 2015
JudiAU in General Topics
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Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

I also wanted to add I'd bet a pound of shrimp a medical professional did not give her this advice. I've never heard of someone doing this for a shellfish allergy on breastfeeding, allergy, or parenting boards. This is not standard advice.

Dec 31, 2014
JudiAU in Not About Food

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

That is not at all standard allergy / Breastmilk advice. Currently thinking is that minimal exposure is actually helpful in acclimating the body.

FARMERS MARKET: What's replacing the Johnny Rockets?

That could be very good.

Agreed that Loteria tastes really tired these days. I go there all the time because my kids love there beans and rice but sigh, I've got no love for it.

Moishes is reliable as is Magees.

Dec 31, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Menu ideas to go with Split Pea Soup

cheesy toast is good on the side like gruyere on open faced bread
bitter green salad is nice to start
I like the idea of a real relish tray to start.

Dec 27, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Au gratin potatoes again - what cheese?

Gruyere is Swiss. Comte is a Gruyere-like cheese made in France. A product made in Canada is a product made in Canada. Gruyere, it is not.

Am I the only who hears "I said like Sony guts" every time I see frauds in the supermarket.

And agreed that the TJ square shaped Gruyere is a good product.

Dec 26, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

PIZZA TAKE OUT MELROSE AND SWEETZER

Vito's.

Dec 25, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Jewish Christmas

Mr. JudiAU always did this as a kid. Not a lot of Jews in CT where they lived. We still go for dim sum around Christmas every year.

We also celebrate Hannukah, Christmas, Roast Beast, etc. Jewish Christmas is actually lunch at Spago the last work day before Christmas break. :)

Dec 24, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Price of eggs

I like breathing room. I assume chickens do too. Chickens are some of the most abused animals on the planet.

Prices in Los Angeles are between $2.50 dz and $8 for pastired organic.

Shellfish Omakase at Kiriko: A Pictorial Essay

Sigh. I miss having business associates.

Dec 16, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Cake recipe says "Vegetable Oil" -- which is best?

Trader joes sells a nuetral sunflower seed oil at a modest price. Very good for baking.

Dec 14, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Best Lobster Roll in LA?

Yes.

Dec 11, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Lg party, with kids, looking for fine dining for Christmas Eve

Lawry's

Dec 08, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Christmas Baking 2014

I baked a Ginger Stout Cake (Gramercy Tavern gingerbread cake, from Gramercy Tavern cookbook, on Epi use the lower sugar recipe) today for a Holiday Bazaar. Unfortunately, it smelled so wonderfully when it arrived that they priced it at $5 a slice and of course that slowed down sales. I suspect it will go the volunteers at the end of the day.

That is a truly wonderful cake and it stores really well

Dec 06, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Where can I find just plain chicken stock?

Erewon sells "chicken bone broth" frozen. Chicken, garlic, water.

Dec 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Best picnic basket/supply stores in the LA area?

Well the traditional choice is to order a hamper from Harrods and reuse thebasket

Dec 03, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area