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Your disappointing purchases from Costco

There is usually oil/fat from ground beef, but this was way more than normal (for me, at least. ymmv of course.)

Jan 11, 2012
plantainchips in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

I had used the beef for bolognese too and had to spoon off the excess oil, which I don't usually do. But this was a few months ago, so hoping your batch turns out ok.

Jan 10, 2012
plantainchips in Chains

Your disappointing purchases from Costco

Yes, what a disappointment. And when it cooked, everything was swimming in oil. Regular non-organic ground beef is not as oily.

Jan 08, 2012
plantainchips in Chains

Adding egg to your oatmeal?

This sounded kind of odd at first. But I gave it a try and for the last few days have been enjoying an egg stirred into my oatmeal, after cooking as usual. I microwave, so zap the bowl another few seconds after thoroughly beating in the egg.

I had been looking for a way to add protein to morning oatmeal, and had been trying peanut butter, coconut etc. But as one of the other posters mentioned, an egg gives the oatmeal a fluffy texture, almost like a pudding.

This idea would not have occurred to me, but it's definitely a winner!

Oct 19, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

24 Hours in Santa Clara

So wondering if the OP managed to try out some places and had any good (or bad) experiences to share?

24 Hours in Santa Clara

Maybe too late, but
Fake meat chinese: Merit Vegetarian off Lawrence Expy, in the same complex as Madhuban suggested above

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Merit Vegetarian Restaurant
548 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Madhuban
544 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

New Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd Quarter 2011 [old]

Haven't seen these, just the ginger snaps. Are they in a box or bag?

Jun 28, 2011
plantainchips in Chains

New Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd Quarter 2011 [old]

I thought I was the only one who liked these! They're really nice when you just want a light comforting snack, nothing too greasy or salty.

Jun 28, 2011
plantainchips in Chains

Gjeitost. Are there any other lovers of the frukost bord out there?

Yes, love the taste and texture. It's a bit like like dulce de leche cheese! So far have only been able to buy it at Wholefoods though.

Jun 28, 2011
plantainchips in Cheese

Where to get shelled pumpkin seeds?

Hmm, I wouldn't have thought to check Mexican grocery stores or that they get used in moles. Thanks for the detailed info.

Has anyone ever made those black bean brownies or chocolate cake?

So I've tried (and liked) the bean cake, though I used kidney beans (low sodium) instead of black. But I know some people find the smell or taste a bit 'beany'.

How about chickpeas? Has anyone tried this chickpea chocolate cake recipe from Serious Eats?

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Jun 19, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

Where to get shelled pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seeds = pepitas?

Really, never knew that, but how nice to learn it on CH :) Thanks coll and oldunc and the replies for Berkeley - just when I was thinking Berkeley had the market cornered on pumpkin seed... Yes I have seen the bags labelled 'pepitas' in Trader Joe's, I guess I just thought it was seed from some plant I was not familiar with.

Where to get shelled pumpkin seeds?

No, checked there already. They have shelled sunflower seeds but not pumpkin.

Where to get shelled pumpkin seeds?

Any place that sells these in South Bay? So far I have only found them with shells still on.

Spaghetti Squash as a low carb alternative

I don't like using the microwave a lot for cooking, and my oven takes ages. So I put the whole squash, unpierced, in a large pot and boil it. I usually pick a small squash for this. Then let it cool, halve and scoop out the insides discarding seeds. This seems to be the least work for me.

Apr 23, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

Eating expired foods

That seems like a good strategy. I need to check the can before buying in future. Still don't understand why they can't just use a date!

Apr 17, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

Eating expired foods

That's what I thought I had heard, but I couldn't believe it has to be so inconvenient. What if I'm ready to make dinner and need to know NOW if that can of tomatoes can be made into chili or needs to be tossed?

Also, shouldn't the consumer know the expiration date, before buying that can in the supermarket?

What's the big secret anyway?

Apr 17, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

Ghee - shelf life?

Costco sells a huge tub of ghee for about $13. It has a best by date within the year though, and I doubt I would use it all up by then. The tiny jars are so expensive though, I'm thinking I might still come out ahead if I get the Costco one. Though I would hate to just toss it out at the end of the year if it's still usable.

Apr 17, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

Eating expired foods

Do you ever have one of those cans where there's no expiry date, just a code? What do you do in those cases?

Apr 16, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

Coconut Flour

If Sunnyvale isn't too far, I got a 1lb tub at Sprouts for a little less than $3. It was prepackaged, in the bulk bins aisle. I don't know it compares to other brands as it was my first time trying coconut flour. I made coconut bread with it and it smelled really fragrant and the bread came out nicely.

Which brands are you loyal to?

Not sure if it would be considered a brand, but there are certain things I buy only at Trader Joe's and will make a special TJ's run if I'm out.

Gluten-free pancakes
Organic nonfat plain yogurt (in the big white tub with light blue - mild and creamy tasting)
Baked potato chips (salt and salt & vinegar flavors)
Irish breakfast tea - nice and strong
Plain kefir

Whereas if I go to the supermarket I usually look for what's on sale even if it's the generic.

Mar 13, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

No/Low Carb Meals

The buns sound interesting, would you be able to post the recipe or link?

Mar 02, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

Eating expired foods

Can I ask what are the general symptoms/duration of illness due to bacteria in cooked rice? (without going into too much detail..)

Feb 22, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

How to translate a Cookbook?

I should have mentioned, it's a chinese buddhist cookbook.. so I'm not able to type in the characters (well technically it might be possible but would take me about 10 years).

Feb 16, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

How to translate a Cookbook?

So I bought a cookbook in a language I can't read (it was for a good cause plus the pictures were attractive). Is there an easy way to translate a printed book?

Feb 15, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

Frozen Yogurt places going belly up in Cupertino

Sad about Red Mango too, they didn't offer a lot of flavors but the taste and texture of the plain and pomegranate were the best.

Experimenting w/ Unusual Flour- Coconut, Green Pea, Spelt, Buckwheat,Flaxseed, White Bean.......?

Here's another recipe that turns out well for me (and I'm not a great cook). It's not exactly made with flour, you soak mung beans overnight then grind them and cook like a pancake to make wraps. It does take some planning but it's easy and the batter cooks well and doesn't stick.

http://spiceandmore.wordpress.com/200...

Feb 12, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

Experimenting w/ Unusual Flour- Coconut, Green Pea, Spelt, Buckwheat,Flaxseed, White Bean.......?

I've made these mochi chocolate mini muffins several times, they're really easy. I guess it's a variation on mochi cake, but comes out lighter and fluffier in my opinion, and in a nice bite sized package with a mocha flavor due to the coconut milk. I usually make this when I have leftover (full-fat) coconut milk from Thai cooking, but thin it out with about a third milk/water to be closer to the recipe, otherwise the brownies don't rise as well.

http://eats.pinjing.net/2010/04/05/mo...

Feb 12, 2011
plantainchips in Home Cooking

Eating expired foods

Ok, I usually get steamed anyway cos fried rice is too salty with other dishes.. but rice is definitely not one of the things that comes to mind first when you think 'food poisoning'!

Feb 10, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics

Eating expired foods

Found a small squeeze jar of organic mustard in the fridge marked best before Aug 2010.. it smells ok so I'll probably give it a try.

In general though, I usually have a problem with too many condiments - I open a bottle for a recipe or craving, then don't touch it again for months.

In my fridge right now: ketchup, mayo, mustard, balsamic, rice and apple cider vinegars (I assume there shouldn't be a problem with these), harissa, pesto (have to use this quickly), TJ's general Tso, soyaki, 5-spice and sweet chili sauces, pomegranate molasses, samoosa chutney, minced ginger, chopped kaffir lime leaves, peri-peri sauce, black bean sauce and dumpling sauce. Some don't even have dates on them..

How do other chowhounds deal with wanting a variety of condiments on hand, but consuming them in time? The expiration dates are usually not very long to begin with.

Feb 10, 2011
plantainchips in General Topics