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What restaurant do you really really really miss that is now closed ?????

The Egg and the Eye. Wilshire east of Fairfax. I was pretty young when I used to go with my parents...so I'm not sure if it was really that good...but I loved it back then (70's).

Feb 10, 2014
jjw in Los Angeles Area

Do you snack on dry cereals ?

Sure do! A handful of Cheerios straight from the box is my go-to snack if I'm hungry an hour before dinner...or if I need a bedtime snack. And the only way I got through my pregnancy (years ago) was by keeping a box of unsweetened spoon-sized shredded wheat at my side.

Jan 19, 2014
jjw in General Topics

Your Christmas Eve Dinner.

When I was little, back in the 50's, we lived in a small town right on the Mexican border for several years. The population was largely Hispanic and my mother learned to cook Mexican food from various neighbors. Somehow we got started having Mexican food on Christmas Eve. The menu varies from year to year, but the tradition continues today.

Dec 03, 2013
jjw in General Topics

My favorite fast food breakfast is at

We took a long road trip to the Atlantic provinces last summer, and had many breakfasts at Tim Horton's. I thoroughly enjoyed their oatmeal with berries, and appreciated being able to get a reasonably healthy breakfast for not much money.

Nov 20, 2013
jjw in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

(blushing) I lick my finger and stick it in the jar. I figure it's OK because I'm the only one that eats it....

Nov 18, 2013
jjw in Chains

ISO Business Dinner Fremont

We had our son's wedding rehearsal dinner there in June, taking over the entire sit-on-the-floor room. The food was delicious and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had heard that you could bring your own wine, and asked them ahead of time...and yes, that was just fine with them.

Nov 15, 2013
jjw in San Francisco Bay Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - August 2013 [old]

Our store (SF Bay area) has grade B in both the plastic jug and in a glass "wine bottle". We prefer the wine bottle one...

Aug 30, 2013
jjw in Chains

Foods from your childhood that seem laughable now

I agree that they aren't as good as they used to be. I think it was the hydrogenated shortening that made them so good in the past (and the same goes for other store-bought cookies.)

Aug 12, 2013
jjw in General Topics

Foods you pronounce incorrectly.

I just read through this thread, and wanted to check the pronunciation of various words being thrown around. I found this great site that seems to have them all:
Just type in the word and the guys says it for you.

Jul 01, 2013
jjw in Not About Food

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

My relatives came around 1900. I'm 65, and that means my grandparents were children when they came here. They lived isolated lives once here, and mine is the first generation to ever speak English at home or church...or to eat "American" food. (Yes, mods, I'm trying to keep this on the subject of food).

Jun 04, 2013
jjw in General Topics

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

And as I replied above to goodhealthgormet: Thanks for correcting my spelling. I was most interested in the Nebraska chain you mentioned. I've lived in California my whole life, but the German relatives who moved here from Russia settled in the southeastern corner of South Dakota, very near the Nebraska border.

Jun 03, 2013
jjw in General Topics

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

Thanks for correcting my terrible spelling. I'd never seen it in writing...only heard family day it... And I didn't know about the soup. I'll research that!

Jun 03, 2013
jjw in General Topics

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

My father's family is German...but they spent 100 years in Russia before coming here (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volga_Ge... ). My grandmother made a number of recipes that aren't exactly either German or Russian. I loved her cabbage rolls and her borak (ground beef, onion and cabbage cooked together, then wrapped in yeast bread dough and baked)...but my very favorite is Sauerkraut and Knipfla (my phonetic spelling). She baked country-style pork ribs with onion and a little water for an hour or so in a covered roasting pan. She'd then add a couple cans of sauerkraut and bake it another hour or so. While this was baking, she'd make the knipfla: a standard egg noodle dough cut in chunks about the size of my top thumb joint, boiled until cooked (just a few minutes), drained, and added to the roasting pan for another half hour or so. All the flavors meld wonderfully.

Jun 01, 2013
jjw in General Topics

Don't Look at the Photos!

And while you're checking on it: Please be aware that the same thing happens if you click on a poster's profile.

Apr 10, 2013
jjw in Site Talk

Halvah - San Francisco ?

They carry it at the International Food Bazaar in San Jose


Apr 10, 2013
jjw in San Francisco Bay Area

What did they serve at your wedding?

My husband and I were married in 1990 at the courthouse, with only my parents and brother as guests. We showed up first thing in the morning, wrote our names on the waiting list, and stepped into a courtroom when it was our turn. Afterward we went back to our condo and I fixed heuvos rancheros and a fruit salad for brunch, with my husbands favorite lemon bundt cake for dessert. Our wedding album includes a photo of me standing at the sink washing dishes after the meal.

Mar 09, 2013
jjw in General Topics

Thanksgiving preschool potluck lunch

Many years ago, when I was a pre-school mom I learned from the teacher that kids love anything on skewers. At Thanksgiving we served cubes of roast turkey from the deli with cheese and fruit.

Nov 14, 2012
jjw in Home Cooking

Oatcakes Substitute?

Nov 06, 2012
jjw in Home Cooking

Cooking from the Time-Life "Foods of the World" series of books, anybody?

I had just finished college, and was living alone for the first time when these books came out. My parents generously gave me a subscription to the set, so I got them all, one at a time, as they came out. I've cooked from them continuously over the years, and I think my greatest triumph, back when I was in my 20's, was the "Roasted Boned Chicken with Pork Stuffing" pictured on page 148 of Pacific and Southeast Asian Cooking

Sep 03, 2012
jjw in Home Cooking

Spritz Cookies

I inherited my mom's twist-type cookie press from the 1950's. She--and now I--have had great success by using margarine, keeping the dough at room temperature, and using an ungreased cookie sheet.

Nov 18, 2011
jjw in Home Cooking

Restaurant to impress an eighteen year old?

I just put the question to my 21-year-old Bruin, and his immediate answer was "Korean BBQ."

Aug 28, 2011
jjw in Los Angeles Area

ISO Flaxseed Meal

I'm up in the Bay area, but I get Bob's Red Mill brand at Trader Joe's.

Aug 07, 2011
jjw in Los Angeles Area

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

Yes I remember that bread! ( I'm in California and I know that bread products vary regionally.). I think it was made by the same people that made my very, very favorite honey whole wheat with poppy seeds that is also no longer around.

Jul 16, 2011
jjw in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 3rd quarter 2011 [Old]

I like their new bran flakes. They're thicker and sturdier than some, so don't go soggy as quickly.

Jul 16, 2011
jjw in Chains

"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

We always bring back a big box of Red River Cereal when we visit.

Jun 01, 2011
jjw in General Topics

A delicious buffet -- oxymoron or possible?

Griswald's in Claremont? I have fond memories of it back in the late 60's or early 70's

May 31, 2011
jjw in General Topics

Where to buy light coconut milk?

Trader Joe (Their own brand). 99¢.

Mar 27, 2011
jjw in General Topics

Childhood favorite sandwich

Bacon and apple jelly on white bread. Don't know where Mom got the idea, but she gave 'em to us all the time.

Mar 12, 2011
jjw in General Topics

disgusting, I know, but.....I need a jello "salad" recipe....

My family normally would never eat Jello salad, but this one is a Thanksgiving tradition:

2 packages red Jello (any)
2 . boiling water
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 can crushed pineapple
Chopped apple
Chopped walnuts
Sliced celery

Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Stir in cranberry sauce. Refrigerate just until it starts to thicken, then add pineapple (and other things, if desired) then put back in fridge.

Feb 17, 2011
jjw in Home Cooking

Can I substitute honey for molasses?

I've occasionally had recipes that called for either molasses or honey, but I didn't want their flavor. I've successfully used Karo.

Feb 13, 2011
jjw in Home Cooking