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Food for mama while she cares for newborn twins: strategies?

We bought a honeybaked ham before my daughter was born - ham sandwiches were welcome dinners for a long tim. Before my son was born, I prepped and froze a big batch of savory hand pies - spinach and feta, empanadas, and chicken - they were great to pop in the oven and could be eaten with one hand.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

The Jalapeno Pub cheese.

Jul 31, 2015
Savour in Chains

Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

Zuni for me, too, but also Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Sometimes you can get real gems for cheap - I bought A Girl and her Pig for under $5 on Kindle - maybe $2.

Jul 31, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Yes! Sorry - it says in the headnotes you can substitute smoked trout for smoked salmon, which I did. Hot smoked salmon would be great too. It also has watercress, fingerling potatoes, pancetta, and a creamy dressing made with buttermilk, cream, and dill. It's delicious.

Jul 31, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

In LA we get Rock View. It's in a red can.

Jul 30, 2015
Savour in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

I love it. I've made both chicken rice dishes (Lazy Caribbean and Spanish with Chorizo), the hot smoked trout salad, the rhubarb cake, the zucchini with ricotta salata and something else I'm not remembering now. All keepers, to be repeated.

Jul 29, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

At my store the organic clamshells ($6.99) and the regular ($5.99) were on the same display.

Jul 28, 2015
Savour in Chains

What is your perfect breakfast?

Both with a really big cup of cafe au lait, of course. Without coffee, it's not morning.

Jul 28, 2015
Savour in General Topics
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

I've been cooking out of Pure Simple so often that now I am a devotee, and am lusting after both A Bird in the Hand and a Change of Appetite.

Jul 28, 2015
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Anyone doing low carb deep frying?

Frico is another reasonably low carb crispy option.

Jul 28, 2015
Savour in Special Diets

What is your perfect breakfast?

poached egg on toast or buttery smoked salmon and cream cheese on an English muffin.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

I like the Beef Bolognese ravioli a lot, and I just "sauce" them with some butter and parm, since the sauce is in the ravioli.

Jul 20, 2015
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Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

Pragmatist here, which means that sometimes I offer separate meals, sometimes not. I'm more likely to cook family dinner on weekends, when our schedule is less rushed. My 3 year old was less picky as a baby than my (now) 7 year old, but now he's firmly in the picky phase (which now, since my daughter is on the other side of it, I can see is a phase.) I limit to healthy snacks, try to discourage snacking (though they help themselves -- grr) make sure they get a halfway decent breakfast, and try not to sweat it. If they refuse to eat something I've made they don't get a separate meal though - they're expected to eat (or not eat) what's on offer.

My kids don't just eat "kid food" (my daughter is a fiend for smoked salmon and octopus, my son will happily put away most meats), but it's very unpredictable as to what they'll eat when. This week, I made bulgogi and rice, served with romaine lettuce (to make tacos). My daughter ate the whole thing, my son (who is usually a pure carnivore) refused the meat and ate the lettuce. Who knows. Other than continually offering things you want them to eat and modeling a positive food culture, I don't think you can control how picky kids are.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Roll out those lazy crazy days of summer, July 2015 edition! [old]

Hit the library last week and picked up a bunch of cookbooks as testers. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is now a permanent resident of my shelf and First Prize Pies is off the list.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

They are just one (or two) person's opinion though. Eating at Joe's said the salted caramel gelato is a huge miss - most of the hounds find it to be a huge hit. Try things yourself (and if you don't like it, take advantage of the return policy!)

Jul 09, 2015
Savour in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

I told them they should just rename it as "Paleo Beef Jerky" and resell. I don't care if it was authentic - I liked the sourness and the lack of sugar, and the beef strip texture.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

I will echo the Yay on the cherry plums.

Jul 05, 2015
Savour in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's 2015

Sad to report that I was told today that the Biltong Beef Jerkey has been discontinued for not tasting authentic enough.

Jul 03, 2015
Savour in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

I liked it, too, but my husband rebelled and demanded A1.

August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

Hot-smoked salmon, bacon and potato salad with buttermilk dressing (Don't have page ## in front of me).

This was delicious - a great combination of flavors, textures (and temperatures). Boil tiny potatoes and little green beans, fry some pancetta until crisp, toss with watercress, smoked fish (I used smoked trout instead of salmon) and a dressing made from buttermilk, cream, garlic and dill. I added a pinch of salt and sugar to the dressing, but this was great - good when I made it (potatoes and beans still warm) and also good the next day.

Jul 02, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking

August 2014 COTM - Diana Henry: Pure Simple Cooking

I made this this week, but I used Spanish style dried chorizo instead of the Mexican style (the soyrizo is Mexican style, and I think the dried chorizo is what is actually intended). It was delicious, reminiscent of paella, but took a lot more time and pans than I anticipated (I kept running out of room. I finally fit all the chicken and the vegetables and broth and rice into my 7.5Qt Le Creuset Dutch Oven. A baking dish would not cut it). A Sunday night dinner, rather than Monday night, but super flavorful and delicious.

Jul 02, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Thanks for all the recommendations - I've made 3 recipes this week - the chicken and rice with chorizo, the rhubarb cake and the hot smoked salmon salad with watercress, potatoes and buttermilk dressing. All have been delicious (though some of them are more weekend than weeknight cooking for me)

Jul 01, 2015
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Armenian in Glendale

I went to Zankou this weekend (albeit the one in Burbank) thinking it was always pretty good - at least a reasonable lunch - and it was actively terrible. I wished I had gone to Wendys. Ordered chicken tarna wraps and they were bad - chicken both dry and mushy, flavors off balance, garlic sauce almost nonexistent. I'll stick with my rotisserie chicken from Super King and a tub of Jericho toum.

Jun 30, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Yay - the frozen Greek cheese spiral - Put it in the oven for apps and it was a hit - Didn't serve out in pie sized pieces though - the spiral separated.

Yay: the canned dolmas - these are better than I think they should be, but I always enjoy them

Jun 30, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

We buy the big boxes of peaches and nectarines every summer and they're VERY good.

Jun 27, 2015
Savour in Chains

do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

I've gone to Elite, Sea Harbour and King Hua on weekdays (Friday lunchtime) and had little to no wait.

Jun 22, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Yes - just a touch of juice. The Raspberry lime has I think 8 calories, and the grapefruit 15.

Jun 20, 2015
Savour in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

YAY to the Spindrift Seltzer. I liked the raspberry lime (flavored with REAL raspberries and lime juice, not fake berry flavor) but I like the grapefruit even better.

Jun 19, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

Thanks! It will be delivered tomorrow (love Amazon Prime!)

Jun 19, 2015
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