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Great Dessert at the Grove Los Angeles

Cross street for Carmela and sockerbrit

about 11 hours ago
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

amazing sour cream pastry dough

This is pretty similar to Hungarian kifli in fact my recipe is almost the same except it also includes a packet of yeast. Mix, chill, and roll out but don't let rise.

Lovely lovely stuff.

[Hilarious. Just noticed I posted the same years ago.]

Oct 15, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Kosher beef is about 3% higher in quality unless it has other qualifications. Slaughter is arguably more or less humane. Supposedly no downers. But all CAFO.

Oct 15, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's happy hour

Yippee.

Oct 15, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Tips for cooking turkey in an oven bag and still getting crisp skin?

Nope. Oven bag does not and will not produce crispy skin I have 40 years of experience with those sad birds to prove it. We do a high heat bird spatchcoked and get moist skin and crisp skin.

Oct 11, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Spatchcocked Turkey advice needed - any success stories and tips?

Spatchcoking gives you an evenly cooked turkey with a very crisp skin. The Martha Stewart recipe is excellent. Follow it and don't make stuff up with veg and wine and things. You are creating a swamp under your turkey. All of those things are the enemy of dry heat and crisp skin. Don't do the other things either. You cannot get everything in one recipe. Again. Follow the method or choose something else.

The only improvements that can be made is to to salt the turkey in advance and let it air dry, uncovered in the refrigerator in the style of Zuni cafe chicken.

You do get some gravy juices but you'll need some turkey stock to round it out. Make in advance. Turkey gravy is the whole point of holidays.

Caveat: I cannot imagine doing this with a monster turkey. You are going to need a larger than standard sized oven to fit it. 16 pd will max out most. I actually really dislike huge turkeys like that. You will have much better results with a smaller turkey supplemented by parts.

And have your butcher cut it up. And then inspect it before you take it to make sure they did it right.

An ode to Tana's

Nastrovia!

Martini
Caesar salad
Lobster fra diavlo

Oct 08, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Fresh Pasta Sheets, Divine or other

Divine makes a fresh, flat pasta sheet and Maccalls used to carry it. I need something similar for an upcoming event. Where is this sold, mid-city?

Oct 08, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

The yogurt section at the supermarket is freaking me out!

It is a long story but we hosted several refugees from the Czech republican the early 1980s. Supermarkets were totally overwhelming to them. My mom would always end up buying 10 pds of butter to make 4,000 pastries.

Oct 05, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics
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Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

Many Russian Delis to be found in Los Angeles. We usually go to Royal Gourmet at Crescent Heights and Fairfax. The restaurant Traktir next door is quite good and it is just down the street from Connie & Ted's if you want seafood.

Depending on what road you are taking, it might be fun to do a tour of Danish bakeries stopping at Anderson's in Santa Bakery, a variety of choices in Solvang plus that wonderful, wonderful little bookstore, and then Copenhagen in Culver City. I'm fond of Anderson's and the weirdness of Solvang but Copenhagen is worth a detour.

If you happen to be OC then Anaheim Packing District might be interesting to peak into to see what the Ferry Building et al has spawned.

Oct 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Disneyland for 5 days in November - seeking grocery stores and lunch/dinner options

I peeked at your posting trail and it looks like you are coming from Vancover? Anaheim is the land of Meglo-Marts. Trader Joes and Sprouts in Fullerton for more natural options. Wholesome Choice might be an option. If you are going to be there for a week a drive to Whole Foods might be worth it.

Oct 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Disneyland for 5 days in November - seeking grocery stores and lunch/dinner options

One or more meals and shopping at the Anaheim Packing District would be a good choice. Converted packing house with sustainable meats, popsicle bar, good coffee.

Oct 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Saint Benoit Milk in Los Angeles - where to buy?

WF at Third and Fairfax carries it.

Oct 05, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

Bombay Saphire for Martini and G&T with Tanqueray a close runner up for G&T

Prefer Hendricks for both, especially neat

Beefeater is entirely respectable though for both.

Sep 27, 2014
JudiAU in Spirits

honey cake for rosh hashanah

Clementine is the best bakery of Jewish goodies in the city. By far...

Sep 26, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Pioneering Campanile chef's new joint in where else but the GCM

Very interesting. And a smart move. I'm concerned about fish sourcing at that price point though.

Sep 25, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

honey cake for rosh hashanah

Had it. Would not choose to eat again.

Sep 24, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Look for volunteers first. Sell a lot of cold bottled water and other beverages. Crappy treats from childhood always sell so consider a cereal bar, little debbies, hostess, rice crispy treats, actual candy to supplement sale. Chips too.

Chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, big sugar cookies with sprinkles

Sep 22, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
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Best chocolate truffles on the current scene in LA? (no mail order, no see's, no godiva)

By the pricey bag only...however they are generous with samples so you can usually try before you buy.

Sep 21, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's - pleasantly surprised

I've been meaning to post the same. We've eaten there many times. Simple fish is always fabulous and it is so, so hard to find well cooked, wild fish at a reasonable price. Oysters and lobster rolls, rolls and onion rings are lovely. I am not a big fish of the veg (too salty) or any of the sauces (too salty) but the fish and shellfish are wonderful.

I wish wish wish they wold open a fish store.

Sep 20, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Best chocolate truffles on the current scene in LA? (no mail order, no see's, no godiva)

I like the very simple ones at K. Bring a bag of money. I also like the champagne truffles (darker chocolate) at Teuscher.

Sep 20, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Healthy School Snacks for 30 Preschoolers

I'm not sure where in the "US" you are but they do in Los Angeles and our preschool is only about 5% Asian. Percentage of kids at our preschool who are excited for miso soup as snack, 95%. One kid is allergic to soy.

You do know this is a website for people who like food, right? Many of them have little people who like food too.

Sep 16, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Putting food on the table. How did your Mom do it?

Home cooked meals were really important to my mom but she worked full time. From the age of nine or so I was paid to cook dinner any night I wanted to. I was paid a variable rate based on the complexity and time involved, of which I took full advantage, got to plan the menu, and didn't have to clean up. I would come home gleefully to make a pie on back to school night because I would get an extra buck p,us maybe $.35 for her higher stress level.

It was AWESOME.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Absolutely.

Sep 15, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Home-made stock. This will sound REALLY strange!

There are many glutamate-like processed flavors and yeasts in play in fast food. Perhaps if not MSG it was something similar. I sincerely doubt it was "spices."

Sep 04, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Home-made stock. This will sound REALLY strange!

Probably the MSG and salt.

Sep 04, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Healthy Popcorn

Can you have sunflower seed oil? It can be heated and is neutral in flavor. Generally regarded as a healthy oil and TJs has a good one.

Sep 04, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Eh. Everyone needs health insurance, including the person pouring me coffee, baking my baguette, scooping my ice cream, degreasing my grease. There are a lot of people who who don't ride on the tip train and tip-pooling is generally not allowed. If this is a way to provide health care and they were not able to do it otherwise, I can accept it.

P.S. Replique will let you cut in line to pay for a baguette when it is crazy busy. The baguette is actually good enough to wait in that stupid line.

Sep 02, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

What happened to spinach in recent years?

Our local supermarkets (okay to wonderful) all still stock "regular" spinach. The farmer's market and Whole Foods have Bloomsdale spinach which has a pronounced ruffle and sweetness. seasonal

Aug 30, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Roasted vs dehydrated macadamia nuts?

Roasted with fat are tastier

Aug 30, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics