j

JudiAU's Profile

Title Last Reply

Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

Yes, those are all the reasons that Strauss is preferable.

Nov 24, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Do I need to make another pie crust?

you can use it for a tart but it will make a lousy pie crust.

Nov 22, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Do you buy Chobani's flavored yogurt cups? **beware of the new "simply 100" line**

I recommend comparing the Stonyfield kids to something like ProBugs Kefir for kids. The difference is shocking. Probes is higher in protein and fat and much lower in sugar. Win win.

Nov 22, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Where do you live that can get fresh figs in late Nivember?

Nov 20, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Can a Seared Brisket be Sliced and then Cooked in a Crockpot

Cook in advance and chill overnight. Slice cold and gently reheat. Brisket is far better after reheating.

Nov 20, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
1

alternative to taco catering?

We went to a party with them and it was great. I shudder to think of the bill though. My family went through 5 chanterelle pizza alone.

Nov 19, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

alternative to taco catering?

People like tacos...

Nov 19, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

alternative to taco catering?

Tacos!!! Beans and rice, tacos, quesadilla pleases all who can be pleased.

Nov 18, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

How to freeze food using glass jars.

I use glass Pyrex storage that is freezer safe. You need freezer safe jars.

Nov 17, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

CSI on a pumpkin pie

I actually prefer full cream which is what evaporated milk is replacing. I'd suggest using full fat coconut cream instead.

Nov 17, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Too much smoked deer sausage - what can I do besides cheese and crackers?

Donate it to the local food bank. Proteins are always in short supply.

Nov 14, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

You are very close to restaurants on Beverly or Third plus Beverly Hills. Larder has some kid-friendly stuff and the service is usually good the style of the cafe. We recently went to Lawry's and the kids LOVED it. In the general area my kids love Hirozen on Beverly and Lawrey's on La Cienega and Larder

Larder has the advantage of being in the same building as a Trader Joes. Always handy post-bus.

Nov 13, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

2014 LA meal of the year. Where was it? What was it?

Vegan yellow lentil soup from the our kids' elementary school's (excellent) kitchen. Wonderful. Perhaps enhanced by the fact I found out ten minutes before that my big ol' cancer hadn't metastasized. I was still disabled from surgery and couldn't drive but the kids and I took the bus !!!!!! to Short Order for a entirely disappointing burger. Overcooked. Weird. And the components other than meat were fine but I was just shaking my head. Seriously people. I am going to LIVE and this is the burger I am stuck with. If that isn't a chowhound moment I am not sure what is.

Maybe I should add that the Old Fashioned was good, because it was.

Thanksgiving Gravy

Roasted turkey stock made in advance. Deeply cooked butter and flour roux, white wine, herbs, and stock. Freeze a week or so before T day. Mix in pan drippings right before dinner and voila, awesomeness.

Nov 12, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking
1

first blind bake fail!

I always use all butter pie crust dough and just baked a few Thanksgiving test pies. They took a full 22 minutes under weight to blond, par bake, in glass. The one I baked for only 20 minutes was underdone on the bottom even after I baked it an hour in a pumpkin pie. I really think you are still undertaking under weights. 375.

Nov 12, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

first blind bake fail!

You probably didn't bake it long enough. Ceramic is a slow conductor (I use glass only) but it has to be totally dry in the bottom.

Nov 10, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

Also, lovely bookstore.

Both places have totally inadequate bathrooms.

Food better at GCM or at Ferry Building? [moved from LA 1st Timer thread]

I like GCM but Ferry Building by a mile. Better and cheaper bread. Meat is of similar quality and half the price. Veg, obviously. Smells better.

I used to fly to SF regularly and always carried at least 20 pds. of meet back with me. Still would.

Nov 01, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

TOO MANY CHERRY TOMATOES!

drop off them off at the food bank

Oct 29, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Connie and Ted's happy hour

The bluefish at CT is excellent. All of the grilled fish is superb and good value. Kitchen is really heavy handed with paprika so ask to hold it.

Oct 25, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Menu suggestion for macaroni and cheese main dish

soup or poached salmon
green salad with some quinoa
Z'Z'Z"''

Oct 23, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Consider going back to Kiriko for sashimi omakase at dinner.

Oct 22, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
1

Great Dessert at the Grove Los Angeles

Cross street for Carmela and sockerbrit

Oct 19, 2014
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
1

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