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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.

about 22 hours ago
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.

about 22 hours ago
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

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.

Sep 15, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

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

Brunch delivery

Tell them to get out of bed and go to republique.

Another option is greenblats.

Aug 28, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Kid Friendly Restaurant near El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles

Take a stroll and go to loteria

Aug 28, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Brunch delivery

Day of week?
Susina, clementine , larder all do a lot of catering and all good brunch options.

Aug 27, 2014
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

New recipe, trying tonight, doesn't sound correct?

Shouldn't be an issue. Pork dumplings are often cooked for the same amount of time.

Aug 26, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Just Mayo brand -- mayo-like condiment

Greenwashing.

Aug 24, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Are you snacking on anything right now? **End of summer edition**

Kids in bed. Yet another pizza kiddie party at dinner time.

End of summer tomato mini sandwich. Revelation: better with bacon. Made second mini BLT.

Your favorite ham brand (coldcut)

Fra Mani
Niman Ranch

Aug 24, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

sour milk

Depends on the quality of the milk. If you use UHT or ultra-P it is spoiled not sour. Toss it.

If it is raw or good quality pasteurized then use you can use it. But really, "sour" milk is not old milk but raw milk that is a little past its prime. It isn't really a modern product.

Aug 24, 2014
JudiAU in General Topics

Braising, butchering whole rabbit

I think rabbit is ideally prepared with two because the the loin is so lovely when spared heavy treatment. You can hack off all the legs and use them, especially if you are going to bone out the meat before serving. (Do- the forelegs look a bit like cat.) You can also cut off the the belly flaps and braise those too low and slow. You'll have some extra sauce that will be fine. Curing with milk and salt is very nice.

Bone out the loin and sauté quickly for breakfast.

And if you like rabbit, buy the Zuni cafe cookbook.

Aug 24, 2014
JudiAU in Home Cooking

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