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does freezing corned beef ruin it?

No, I've used frozen corned beef that had been in the freezer for a year, and it is fine. I cook mine in the crockpot on low for at least 8 hours.

Mar 23, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Swapping cake pans - risky or foolproof?

The one sub I have done for many years is that half of a recipe for a 9x13 pan will work in a 8 inch square pan. I've also made cupcakes or muffins instead of a layer cake. You do have to adjust the baking time accordingly.

Mar 23, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Pizza: Pizza Rock, Five50, or somewhere else?

Naked City Pizza! We really liked it!

Mar 19, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

Thai in LA - less spicy options for the kids?

I agree, just ask for the food to be prepared "mild" or "not spicy". We do this and have had no problems.

Mar 17, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Can I roast whole potatoes next to a chicken?

Interesting, because I always find the opposite, sweet potatoes take much longer to bake than regular potatoes!

Feb 17, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking
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Restaurants with chef's counter seating (Kappo-style)

Napa Rose

Feb 11, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

A more lemon-y lemon bar?

Hi everyone,

We have a Meyer lemon tree and I made a batch of lemon bars with them this weekend. (there are a lot of previous posts here about Meyer lemons, and I got a lot of good ideas, thanks!)

I noticed that most lemon bar recipes only use about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice for a 9 x 13 pan, which doesn't seem like much. To me, the bars taste sweet, but not particularly lemon-y. I know Meyer lemons are a little sweeter than regular lemons, but any tips for amping up the flavor? Any recipes that call for more lemon juice?

Thank you, hounds!

Feb 09, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Lunch tomorrow after 6hr flight

Gonna post one of my favorites that fits the bill, Fat Choy at the Eureka Casino. Small place, great food, friendly servers, sit-down service...enjoy!

Feb 06, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

how long would it take to make a medium rare salmon fillet in your oven?

I cook a fairly thick filet for 20-30 minutes at 425 deg. F. That's a lot longer than some of you mention, but even at this length of time, the center is still "wet" (on the rare side).

Jan 27, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

What's the point of celery in recipes?

I read about a trick to wrap the bunch of celery in aluminum foil and store in the fridge and it works! I am able to keep celery for weeks this way, even up to a couple of months!

Jan 27, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Good casual food in Vegas (bunch of rock climbers looking for just really great casual food)

I'll recommend it again, one of my favorites, Fat Choy!

Jan 23, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

Cafeterias in LA?

How about IKEA? I consider their restaurant a cafeteria...

Jan 13, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

suggestion for causual weekend lunch (not brunch)

Fat Choy

Jan 12, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

HI everyone,

Just wanted to report back, we did ended up going to Taco Maria and it was fantastic! We made a reservation beforehand, and had no issues.

Our reservation was at 5:30, so when we arrived, we were the first group there. The place is very small and has counter seating, a few tables inside and more tables outside, under a covered patio. As it was very cold and raining, we wanted to sit inside, but were steered outside. There were gas lamps out there, so it eventually warmed up sufficiently, but I think when we go again (and we will!) I will specifically request inside or counter seating. By the time we left, the place was packed, so I would definitely recommend reservations.

Our server was very nice and took a lot of time to explain everything to us. They were offering a prix fixe menu for dinner, 4 courses for $59, with a choice between 2 items for each course. I've attached a photo of the menu, hopefully it is readable!

We started with an amouse bouche of yellowtail with lime, in some sort of sweet but spicy broth (sorry, I don't remember what else was in it), then I had the squash tamale, crab porridge, pozole and beef. My husband had the other dish for each course. At the end, we were served a small cup of banana atole. Everything was fantastic! We only had a couple of little blips, I had ordered a non-alcoholic mojito for my beverage, and it wasn't that good, unfortunately, to my taste, it was limey, but didn't have enough mint and wasn't sweet enough. My husband was very happy with his beer, however! And at the end, our party of 3 was charged for 4 dinners, but they graciously corrected the bill. These are very minor details to what was a terrific meal and a new discovery.

We will definitely be back! Thank you for the recommendation!

Jan 12, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Can you please share your best non pork Jambalaya recipe?

Here's a link to my own made up recipe. Use turkey smoked sausage and chicken, yum!

http://southern.food.com/recipe/jamba...

Jan 09, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

What to do with Frozen Carrots?

I've had it at my local Indian restaurant, where it is sweet and is served as a dessert. To me, it is like carrot pudding. It is very good. Thanks for the recipe link!

Jan 07, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

What to do with Frozen Carrots?

We have a family recipe for carrots au gratin, that I have made with frozen carrots. Just like the potato dish, it is the carrots layered with a cheese sauce in a casserole dish, topped with crumbs and baked. We like it!

Jan 07, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Ideas for Broccoli - NO cheese or noodles

We just had a dish at a restaurant that was fabulous and I would like to recreate something similar at home. Take broccoli, roasted or grilled (I think we had grilled), then serve it with a very bright and lemony vinaigrette on top. There may have been some garlic in there as well. It was so good!

Jan 05, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

OK, I'm convinced, we have reservations for Taco Maria. Can't wait to try it! It looks like it is in a shopping center with a Surfas, cheese shop, etc. Are any of the places there worth browsing around in? Looking forward to it!

Jan 02, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

Are reservations a must for Taco Maria?

Dec 30, 2014
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican in Sherman Oaks?

Hi Hounds,

Looking for great Mexican food in Sherman Oaks. I'm arranging dinner for a group of about 15 people, all from out of town, so I am the only "local", although I live in the SGV and am not that familiar with Sherman Oaks (where they are all staying). They all want Mexican food, so I would really appreciate some recs for the area, thank you very much!

Dec 25, 2014
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

I live close to the Din Tai Fung in Arcadia, but sad to say, have never been!

Dec 18, 2014
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Scarpetta, Julian Serrano, LOS....help me out please :)

It's in the Eureka Casino, which is on the way to LOS, a block or two before it.

Dec 18, 2014
Michelle in Las Vegas

Scarpetta, Julian Serrano, LOS....help me out please :)

Go to Fat Choy for lunch when you arrive in town. Small place, fantastic food, nice folks. It's one of our favorites! Love the short rib grilled cheese!

Dec 18, 2014
Michelle in Las Vegas

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

Hello,

I did a search, but most of the results are 5-10 years old, so I thought I would ask for more recent information. We're going to a matinee show at the OC Performing Arts Center and are looking for a place to have dinner afterwards. We love Marche Moderne and have been there many times, but want to try a different place this time and are looking for recs. Definitely chow-worthy, can be $ or $$$, we like all kinds of food, but don't drink alcohol. Thanks, hounds!

Dec 15, 2014
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Which foods do you wish were more popular?

Squirt is still around. My local grocery store carries both regular and Ruby Red Squirt, we buy it often.

Dec 11, 2014
Michelle in General Topics

My chili is a little to spicy

I have heard about using lemon juice as well, I tried it once in a dish that was too spicy, and it worked!

Dec 11, 2014
Michelle in Home Cooking

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

One of our cats looooves pizza! Whenever we have some, I'll hold a slice up to her and she'll take a big bite and eat it!

Dec 09, 2014
Michelle in General Topics

Memory of what is now a restaurant ghost from Pasadena CA

Was the meatball dish lion's head?

Nov 24, 2014
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Las Vegas restaurant recommendations for next week

Recommend Naked City Pizza for pizza. We're headed to Vegas soon and will be trying out their second location...

Nov 10, 2014
Michelle in Las Vegas