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Best Desserts in LA?

Deep fried bread pudding balls, stuffed with apple, and topped with a maple bacon drizzle, at Grill Em All in Alhambra.

Jul 14, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

I agree, I am surprised by all the negative comments here. I like Subway and go there fairly regularly. There is no "smell" that I can detect inside the shop. I love their tuna salad and get a craving for a tuna sub every once in awhile.

Jul 08, 2015
Michelle in Chains
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Cooking Channel going down the Food Network drain?

Love Floyd, he was hilarious!

Jun 24, 2015
Michelle in Food Media & News

Chicken help!

Hi,

This is my version. Not sure how authentic it is, but we like it! I usually use beef (steak) for this, but have also made it with chicken.

Marinade

2 tablespoons canola oil
6 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 1⁄2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
4 1⁄2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Stir Fry

1 -1 1⁄2 lb beef (raw or cooked, cut into bite-sized strips) or 1 -1 1⁄2 lb chicken (raw or cooked, cut into bite-sized strips)
1 red onion, sliced thinly
28 ounces stewed tomatoes, cut up
14 ounces frozen birds-eye southwest blend vegetables (a mix of corn, black beans, onion, peppers and chiles)
0.5 (28 ounce) bag frozen french fries
cooked rice

Directions

Prepare marinade 1 to 3 days before serving. Mix all marinade ingredients in a small bowl (I use a 2 cup glass measuring cup).
Slice the red onion thinly and place into a quart sized press and seal bag.
Slice the meat into bite sized strips and place into a second quart sized press and seal bag.
Pour half of the marinade into each bag. Press as much air out of each bag as possible and seal. Refrigerate.
When ready to prepare the saltado, prepare a pot of rice. Prepare half a bag of frozen fries according to the directions on the bag (I bake them in the oven).
At the same time the rice and french fries are cooking, place a large skillet on a burner over high heat. Add the red onions and their marinade to the skillet and cook for a few minutes. If using raw meat, add that next and cook. If using cooked meat, it can be added after the other ingredients (just to heat up).
Add the can of drained and cut up tomatoes, and the bag of frozen vegetables. Cook until everything is hot.
Serve rice with saltado and french fries on top.

Jun 24, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Chicken help!

I'm happy to share my recipe(s), just let me know!

Jun 23, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Chicken help!

Some of my favorite recipes for leftover chicken are buffalo chicken lasagna, Mexican lasagna, jambalaya (I use both chicken and sausage), chicken saltado, white chili, or soup.

Jun 22, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Your most used fish cookbook?

My favorite is Sunset's Fish & Shellfish A to Z cookbook. It contains the basics for cooking all types of fish.

Jun 22, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

I miss Commander's Palace! It was a favorite...

Jun 12, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

Favorite food items at Disneyland (ex. Club 33)?

Thanks for all the information! Anyone know of any locations in the SGV?

Jun 06, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

How long do you keep sour cream, once it's been opened?

Until it gets moldy or smells bad...

Jun 06, 2015
Michelle in General Topics
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Favorite food items at Disneyland (ex. Club 33)?

Where else is Dole Whip available? Thank you!

Jun 04, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

1st visit to Vegas for a concert- will I regret my choices??

For Sunday lunch, Mesa Grill at Caesar's, we really like it!

Jun 01, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

Vegas Trip Itinerary with 2 + 4 year old

Also, in places without a fridge, we were able to rent one from the hotel we stayed at for like $8 a day. For breakfast, we like things like yogurt, lunchables, fruit, etc. so would stop by a local store, buy a few and stash them in the fridge so we could have breakfast in the room.

May 15, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

Apple crisp, where the topping is more oats than flour, and also contains chopped nuts and lots of cinnamon/spice!

May 14, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking
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Milk spoilage question

Yes, after you open it. I routinely keep it for a month, and sometimes 2 months, no issues.

Apr 25, 2015
Michelle in General Topics

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Hi,

We were thinking of inviting one or two couples, plus 3 singles, so it could be a total of 8 to 10 people.

Apr 22, 2015
Michelle in Not About Food

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Hi,

Our family of 3 is planning on going out to dinner to a nice restaurant. We thought it would be nice to ask some of our friends if they would like to join us for dinner. The restaurant is a destination in itself and is located at a resort. The purpose would be for the company and it would be a fun thing to do. We couldn't figure out a nice way to say join us, but pay for your own dinner/drinks. etc., and would like some suggestions. We don't want there to be any misunderstandings. Thanks!

Apr 20, 2015
Michelle in Not About Food

Where can I buy Schwartz Kosher Dill Pickles in SGV or online?

I am in the San Gabriel Valley and am looking for a retail or online source to purchase Schwartz brand kosher dill pickles. Not interested in food service quantities, just a regular size jar or two for home use. Thanks, 'hounds!

Apr 11, 2015
Michelle in Los Angeles Area

Lunch options

One of my favorites, Fat Choy in the Eureka Casino, close to LoS...

Apr 09, 2015
Michelle in Las Vegas

Milk spoilage question

I would suggest buying organic milk, I find that it keeps much longer, even up to a couple of months in the fridge!

Apr 07, 2015
Michelle in General Topics

freezing Onions

I do this all the time with onion, celery, and peppers, no problem. In fact, I will buy bags of marked down pre-cut chopped onions, pepper strips etc at the grocery store and throw them in the freezer for later use. I don't find that the onion smell permeates the freezer or other items in it at all, so your mileage may vary.

Apr 06, 2015
Michelle in Home Cooking

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

It seems a pretty obvious choice, but after several episodes of food poisoning at a chain Italian restaurant, they are on my "never go there again" list!

Mar 31, 2015
Michelle in Not About Food

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