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Pita Bread

The kosher grocery store Western something near Golden state has excellent pita hidden amongst lesser options. The good one may be the universal.

Feb 25, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

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

And it remains very good.

Feb 22, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area
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Saint Benoit Milk in Los Angeles - where to buy?

The HFM has a table. Pretty sure they have milk.

Feb 17, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

RIP: Thee's Bakery

The best alternative I've found are the Boulangerie brand sold at Whole Foods (they freeze well), the short order extras sold at Short Cake occassionally, and the ones from maccalls.

Feb 14, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Can anyone recommend a good Dim Sum option during night time hours anywhere in LA?

Bao on Beverly maybe? We went there last week and it was much better than expected. And mich better than ROC

Feb 11, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Lol. Mr. taster vs Portlandia. I'm afraid to watch.

Best of luck. You will be missed

Eel @ home

Broil lightly with miso or soy sauce glaze.

Feb 09, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

How important do you think stock is to a good pan sauce?

It is key. We freeze some homemade stock in ice cube trays for this reason.

Feb 06, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Premium Milk by Coca cola

Gross. People will buy it. People buy that utter crap Horizon milk and think it is good.

And CA requires milk solids in low fat milk.

Feb 06, 2015
JudiAU in Food Media & News

Would like to know how to prepare wild goose breasts.

I'd suggest brining, at least it works very well with duck.

Jan 26, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

ROC Kitchen To Playa Vista

We had a huge meal at ROC this Saturday and it was pretty awful. We were all unimpressed.

Jan 26, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Zankou

Moises at the Farmers market has a similar bird and a whitish garlic sauce that. You have to request it plus pickles and hot peppers.

Jan 26, 2015
JudiAU in Los Angeles Area

Can I use a frozen pie crust for cup cake pies

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

Jan 24, 2015
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.

Jan 24, 2015
JudiAU in Home Cooking

Lemon thief

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

Jan 24, 2015
JudiAU in Gardening
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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.

Jan 24, 2015
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.

Jan 24, 2015
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