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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.

1 day ago
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
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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
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Best Lobster Roll in LA?

Yes.

Dec 11, 2014
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Lg party, with kids, looking for fine dining for Christmas Eve

Lawry's

Dec 08, 2014
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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
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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
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Per person Thanksgiving cost

This is the sort of wealth I would like the best. Friends, family, generous and loving hosts, and excellent food.

Dec 02, 2014
JudiAU in Not About Food

Big Dave’s Egg Nog at The Hungry Cat

Hum. I wonder if it is the same as Tavern. Their bottle was excellent last year.

Dec 01, 2014
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So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

also, discovered that cooked plain sweet potatoes is really wonderful in a quesadilla -- I've seen this on health blogs for years and it was really quite a nice addition

turkey tacos one night

toddler keeps going around MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!

jello breakfast -- check

pie breakfast -- check

post-Thanksgiving dim sum leftovers - check

I made a big batch of excellent turkey soup when I made the stock for gravy a few weeks ago so I am going to have to do something different with the new batch of stock on the stove, wild rice and greens sounds good

Nov 30, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Mom isn't eating well any suggestions?

A few friends have had good luck with "Chinese medicine," sorry to use the quotes but I can't be more specific. Perhaps acupuncture or herbal approaches were used. Either way, it made a tremendous difference in their appetite.

For my grandmother, attractive tray and dishes, flowers, small portions, more seasoning, more spice, pickles and sour, dessert with every meal

Nov 29, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

Same thing. Took out at 165 and too rare. Should have done a prick test and also tested more parts of the bird. I suspect that the thigh needed a higher temp.

Nov 29, 2014
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Best inexpensive dinner party main course for foodies?

Omelette with salad. Cheese to finish.

Shop carefully and prepare well.

Nov 28, 2014
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They deboned the whole turkey! Help!

Lol. Last year I asked for a spatchcocked bird too, carefully explaining to remove the backbone and I got one with no breastbone! I returned.

Nov 27, 2014
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Brown gravy?

I make roasted turkey stock and a fairly dark roux. But to me, dark brown turkey gravy is just fake.

Nov 27, 2014
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Tapioca Pudding for Tapioca

No. Use cornstarch. The thickening agent has been used.

Nov 27, 2014
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Pie baking question, cooking temp and time

Blind bake the crust under weights for 25 minutes until blind edges and then maybe 5-10 minutes without weights.

Nov 27, 2014
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Broguiere's Eggnog Update – seen any yet?

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

Nov 24, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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alternative to taco catering?

People like tacos...

Nov 19, 2014
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alternative to taco catering?

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

Nov 18, 2014
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How to freeze food using glass jars.

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

Nov 17, 2014
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