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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

I want one of everything on the dessert menu!

about 1 hour ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Vegetarian-friendly and upscale on Westside?

Well their date came sooner than I anticipated (thought it was this weekend), and somehow all on his own, dad discovered and settled on Gjelina. He tried for patio seating but didn't get it, and he said it was noisy as all hell inside. Still, they seemed to have a good time and ordered 5 or 6 meat-free dishes (soup, pizza, and veg sides) plus 2 desserts and he said all in all he enjoyed the meal.

He's happy to have the list of the other restaurants on hand that you guys gave me, so thank you again.

What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

Thanks for sharing. Visual me would love to see a picture.

about 1 hour ago
nothingswrong in Cookware

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I see what you're saying. That your photo here is smaller: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1019...

It's because the orientation of your photo is "tall" rather than "wide" (vertical vs. horizontal). Chow prefers the horizontal orientation. So if you had taken a photo of your pasta but turned your camera sideways, your photo will appear bigger.

Not sure if I'm explaining well. But notice if you click on your pasta photo that there are black bars on the sides? If you had taken a horizontal instead of vertical photo, the pasta would fill up that entire area, instead of adding the black bars to fill in the extra horizontal space.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Try it! I make regularly-shaped oven fries all the time, but for some reason switching up the shape is like a different recipe. These ones get nice and crispy around the edges when baked long enough.

about 11 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Yes, a russet this time. I like that they make giant rounds when sliced. They're fun to eat.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Just peeled a big potato, then sliced into thin rounds (between 1/4" and 1/8"), rubbed with olive oil, sprinkled with seasoned salt, and into a 400 F oven flipping every 20 minutes until crispy around the edges. Took an hour or so. They're like a hybrid potato chip and french fry. Crispy until you chomp into the pillowy middles.

What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

Can I ask what kind of art you have in the kitchen? What are the painting/s of?

about 13 hours ago
nothingswrong in Cookware

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Thanks gmc! There is still strawberry coffee cake left from last night, but the man ate late and went to bed without anything sweet. He'll wake up in a bit and eat something; he always goes for sugar around 1 AM!

I could go for some of your shortcake about now :)

about 22 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

Magnolia's banana pudding vs Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's banana pudding

I haven't, but I remember the consensus from other 'hounds begin that Paula Deen's is nowhere near as good as it looks or seems like it might be. Recently in the baking thread, someone expressed serious disappointment with the flavor and texture.

about 23 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What are the treasured items in your kitchen?

I love my mom's blue cornflower Corningware. She uses it constantly, got it in college. It'll be coming my way one day, and I'll happily use it. Hers look like new despite being used constantly for over 30 years.

about 23 hours ago
nothingswrong in Cookware

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Good god does that look good.

about 23 hours ago
nothingswrong in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I kind of liked the "lost" version. I was imagining some man lustfully going home with a woman, eating all her spaghetti, and then leaving without giving her his phone number.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Breaded and fried chicken breasts went into toasted deli Kaiser rolls with bacon, greens, tomatoes, BBQ sauce, and homemade ranch. Taters roasted in seasoned salt, and salad on the side.

Vegetarian-friendly and upscale on Westside?

Thanks all, sent him a list with links to the menus. I'm sure one of these will be perfect. Thanks again!

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

All this makes me wish I could have a few drinks, a pot of coffee, and maybe a xanax for good measure, to see what I came up with in the kitchen.

Glad you found your ice cream maker, and made a good treat for yourself!

Vegetarian-friendly and upscale on Westside?

Asking for my pops. He's going on a first date with a vegetarian. He's aware of a lot of vegetarian places, but they're all too casual (Native Foods or Veggie Grill for example). I told him to just go to a regular restaurant that has veggie options on the menu, but I wasn't sure where to recommend, as I no longer am on the west side. He'd like his date to have more options than just salad or the lone token vegetarian dish on the menu.

First date, so no Indian or the like. Dad eats on Sawtelle a lot and loves Asian food, but again, not what he wants for this date.

Any suggestions? Moderate/high price, somewhere they can have a conversation. Between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica would be ideal.

Thanks.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Interesting. I'll give it a try! There is a fire station just down the street.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

I'm sure it's incredible. I trust Bobby's flavors. I'll keep the recipe in mind for next time!

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Summer colds are the worst. Hope you feel better soon JT!

Q. What do you get after 25 years of a glutinous diet and alcohol abuse?

Yes exactly what I was thinking. I've known probably a dozen people who have had bypass surgery, and most of them have done really well. A couple have gained all the weight back, but most have kept at least most of it off. I have one friend in particular who seems to be able to eat whatever she wants (variety of food, not quantity) and has kept off over 150 lbs for a decade now. She looks and feels fantastic.

Then I worked with a woman years ago who had bypass and lost a ton of weight, but developed all kinds of GI problems, malabsorption, etc. and eventually ended up needing weekly blood transfusions. I wish I could remember exactly what went "wrong," but suffice it to say it was a nightmare for her and she always would say she'd "rather be fat than sick." I felt horrible for her, as there was no going back from that surgery and the damage it caused.

I agree insurance will likely not pay for something experimental or non-standard, even if it would provide greater quality of life for the patient. This is just the first I've ever heard of this surgery you're talking about, and I find it a little shocking. I have a multitude of GI problems and am usually pretty up to date with new surgeries, even if they don't apply to me. It would be incredible if it became more common practice, and people could avoid bypass in the future.

What do you keep stocked at home?

Pie crust is a good one. Also puff pastry or phyllo. Good for using up leftovers (cooked meat/stew, roasted veggies and cheese, or any combination of fruit about to go bad) by making little pies or pastries.

Do you pray before a meal?

My aunt says the same one your mother said.

And yours and dads reminds me of Bart Simpson's: "Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub."

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I have wanted to do this for years, but I worry that the firemen and police officers in a big city like L.A. won't accept homemade food from a random person. I used to teach at the police academy (for 8 years!) so I would bring stuff for them all the time. If I lived closer, I could haul stuff up there for the hungry cadets.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I keep thinking about doing that, but have yet to make any calls and look for a place. There aren't many homeless people around here, so I doubt a shelter, but I do see signs at some of the churches about donating food, though it seems to be mostly canned/shelf stable stuff. I'll have to look into it further. I bake more if I have a reason to, and that's good for me too!

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015!

Yeah they definitely don't need any frosting! Although to be fair, I've never tried it. I love those muffins--nice texture, easy to make, and perfect coffee/chocolate flavor. I'm going to make some soon!

What is it that really turns your stomach?

That is one of the worst smells on the planet. Add to that a rotting onion. Years ago, I stuck one in a lower cupboard in the kitchen to see if it would last longer down there, and then promptly forgot about. When I found it again, it was because I thought an animal had died and rotted somewhere. Absolutely putrid.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I miss having neighbors to unload baked goods on. The neighborhood we moved to last fall is nice, but everyone keeps to themselves. The man is now on a diet, eating half portions of all sweets, so we always have stuff left over. If you lived here, you'd have a special delivery every other day!

Do you pray before a meal?

Only when with extended family, who are Catholic.

I would never ask a guest to say grace, especially if I wasn't sure of his/her faith or beliefs. My family is split down the middle--half Catholic, half vehement atheist, so come prayer time, it's short and simple ("Thank you for this meal, may it nourish our family, amen") and those who don't wish to partake just sit for a few seconds until it's time to grub.

What an awkward situation for you. I'd have said "no thank you" as well.

Tim Tams in America

My brother married an Australian woman last year, and I was so excited to try Tim Tams after all I've heard. To be completely honest, I was really underwhelmed! I think I just built them up in my head too much. Any prepackaged, shelf-stable sweet is always kind of disappointing to me compared to the things one can bake fresh at home.

Tim Tams are not popular here at all (L.A.). I know a handful of people who have had them, but none who eat them religiously, and many who have never heard of them.

Your recipe looks good though :)