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How to clean residue off nonstick baking sheet?

i just used borax on mine and it worked very well. you still need to rub it a bit, but it got it all off pretty easily.

Jun 30, 2011
arifa in Cookware

Favorite Quinoa Recipes

I usually make it with water but then add hot mlk, dried, fruit, and maple syrup over the top. MMMMMmmm! I particularly likei t with dried tart cherries.

Dec 23, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Easy Samosa Recipe?

when i was little, i'd help my mom fill samosas. she'd use tortillas, cut in half. make a paste of flour and water to "glue" them.

put a bit of the filling in the middle, fold into thirds, squeeze out extra air and seal the bottom (rounded edge)

Nov 08, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

What brand of eggnog is your favorite?

i'm from los angeles and thought for a minute i was reading the los angeles board. i actually said to my husband, "how is this even a question?" because we all KNOW that broguiere's is the best around here! (though my sister prefers strauss)

Nov 08, 2009
arifa in General Topics

ideas for non-chocolate, non-wine, non-floral hostess gifts?

I recently gave someone a box of Bequet caramels. They were a HUGE hit!

http://www.bequetconfections.com/

Nov 06, 2009
arifa in Not About Food

Bequet Confections - Yummy Caramels

just giving this a bump. i recently tried these for the first time at a local ice cream/sweets shop and LOVED the celtic sea salt caramel. i did a search to see if someone beat me to it, and it looks like i'm about two years too late!

Sep 21, 2009
arifa in General Topics

Broccoli stems.

i am shocked to hear that people actually throw out the stems! i LOVE them! i like to make a mild "pickle" of the stems... a little bit of rice vinegar (diluted so it isn't too sour), sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce... mmmmmm!

Sep 11, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

EJ's Famous Banana Puddin' in Long Beach

i realize this is an old post, but i recently tried this stuff at the long beach farmer's market and am hooked! the name has changed, though. they have a website and are now called "mabel's gourmet pralines".

http://www.mabelspralines.com/pies%20...

Sep 07, 2009
arifa in Los Angeles Area

How to eat like a pirate?

that made me laugh!

i read somewhere (though i doubt you want to serve it up as anything other than an interesting fact) that pirates would put iron nails into apples and let them rust before eating the apples so they would get their iron.

Sep 01, 2009
arifa in General Topics

I Have 4 Egg Yolks

i haven't made it myself, but i plan on it. a friend from singapore LOVES kaya (basically like lemon curd but with coconut).

http://www.pickles-and-spices.com/hom...

Aug 20, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

French macarons in Pasadena or Silverlake area?

europane on colorado in pasadena

Jun 23, 2009
arifa in Los Angeles Area

Touje' vla

years later and i still think about this stuff. i just thought i'd post an update because i have found some websites that sell campina brand vla. i haven't tasted it yet but if you do a search for campina vla you'll find them. it is about $5.50 for about 2 lbs.

Jun 17, 2009
arifa in General Topics

Peanut Butter Help Needed

ybe you could store it in a freezer bag inside a clean mason jar? i bet it would be easy to moosh up in the bag, provided the bag were strong enough to withstand the repeated mooshing.

Apr 09, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

parsnip mushroom risotto

this dish came out so well, i had to share. i used the parsnip rosemary risotto recipe from epicurious but made some changes:

- We only had 3 parsnips
- We added about 2 C of chopped mushrooms

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

you really should follow the suggestion to drizzle balsamic vinegar on it before eating, too. it's amazingly yummy.

enjoy!

Mar 17, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

msg free meals

i've read that mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheese all have naturally occurring MSG, so maybe the OP is looking for recipes that avoid all sources? perhaps you could clarify if you mean naturally occurring or just manufactured MSG. if you need recipes that avoid nuatrally occurring, do you have a list of foods to avoid that you could provide?

Mar 17, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

black bean soup - help me decide

i wish i had more information for you but my mom once made a black bean soup for me that was divine. i know it had cumin in it and tamarind for a little tartness. the tamarind was her unique touch and it was excellent.

Mar 04, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Potato Leek Soup--it really is that simple

i am so with you on this... except i sautee the potatoes and leeks in butter before adding the water. i have tried lots of different ways and the simplest is the best!

Feb 24, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

how to get onions to soften

indian food. i've watched my mom do it a million times and can't figure out why i can't get the same result.

Feb 17, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

how to get onions to soften

i am usually making indian food and i like the onions to just kind of moosh into the surrounding stuff. from what i'm reading, maybe i'm using too high of heat and not cooking them long enough. keep the tips coming =) thanks!

Feb 17, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

favorite potato chips

resurrecting this old thread to add terra yukon onion and garlic chips as well as the terra general tso's chips. i've eaten WAY too many.

Feb 17, 2009
arifa in General Topics

how to get onions to soften

i don't know why but i can never seem to get onions to soften when i sautee them on the stove. i have tried using lower heat, adding salt, cooking for a longer time (8-10 minutes), cooking with the cover on, adding some water... they always still feel crunchy when i'm done! i cannot figure out what i am doing wrong. how do you get onions to soften?

Feb 17, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

garam masala potatoes

i just looked up the recipe for Panchphoran Aloo and the method is definitely similar but i think the taste will be very different. i'll have to try them sometime!

Feb 06, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

garam masala potatoes

i just made these after a long time and forgot how easy and tasty they are. i thought you guys might like to try them. they are good plain for breakfast but are especially tasty with roti (chapati/phulka kind, not naan... parantha would be good, too). all amounts are approximate but it's kind of hard to mess up. just keep tasting as you go along.

garam masala potatoes

2 white potatoes, peeled, cubed, washed, and drained
2 T oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a little water
1/4 tsp lal mirchi (the red chili powder similar to cayenne used in indian cooking)
1/4 tsp garam masala
lots of salt

fry cumin seeds and lal mirchi over medium heat until the cumin seeds are getting toasty brown and fragrant. add water, potatoes, and cover so the potatoes can cook. shake a few times so they don't stick as much (but they'll probably still stick some). uncover, add lots of salt and garam masala. cook a few more minutes scraping the yummy brown stuff off the bottom.

note: you can also use already cooked potatoes. just eliminate the water and the covering step.

Feb 06, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Leftover evaporated milk?

ooh - cocoa and cardamom? i might have to try it because i also really like black tea with just a little scoop of lamsa tea mixed in and then prepared as above. (lamsa is an indian chocolate flavored tea)

Feb 06, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Leftover evaporated milk?

make some strong black tea (boil it with tea bags for like three or four minutes). add evaporated milk and sugar to taste (i like lots of both). you can add a pod of cardamom to the mug when you pour the tea in for additional flavor.

Feb 05, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

sticky rice

in addition to the aforementioned mangoes and sticky rice, you can indeed just make it in the fuzzy logic rice cooker without soaking first. i always rinse it LOTS to make sure the water is really clear, then add water up to the appropriate line of the ol' zojirushi and cook on the "sweet" rice setting. it comes out GREAT! you could just eat it with any kind of asian vegetables i'd think.

Jan 31, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Just One Indian Cookbook

Devi's book is good for technique but her ingredient lists are sooooo long! Nobody I know cooks like that at home. I would recommend it only after you've gotten your feet wet with one of Jaffrey's books.

Jan 27, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Non-ravioli use for egg roll wrappers

samosas!!! you can make little crispy mini-samosas with them. they are so good. just look up some samosa recipes for the filling, wrap some up in the egg roll wrappers and deep fry.

oops- didn't see that someone had already suggested this.

Jan 27, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

Lots of cream cheese to use up, ideas?

You can add some into a potato chowder or a creamy potato leek soup for richness.

Jan 07, 2009
arifa in Home Cooking

vegan banh mi for a noob

the veggie meat i usually get from the asian markets is the fake ham that comes in a log in the freezer section. i'm vegetarian and not vegan, so i never bothered to check if that particular type of veggie meat is vegan or not. it's REALLY good sliced in a homemade banh mi, though, so it's worth looking for and checking out.

Dec 30, 2008
arifa in Home Cooking