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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

The toffee/almond is not a repurchase for me, the coconut caramel is only OK, but the chocolate/caramel/black sea salt is legitimately wonderful, though the caramel does run all over the place.

Sep 18, 2014
Savour in Chains

Apple-themed potluck

Chicken liver mousse is fantastic spread on apples.

Sep 15, 2014
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Come here. It's supposed to be 105 next Monday. (and I'm bitter about that)

Sep 11, 2014
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Yep - because of our family's schedule, there are nights when it's a choice between cooked from scratch dinner and earlier bedtime. I don't think I'm failing my children because I sometimes choose the latter. There's enough of a culture of healthy food and cooking in our home that I think they're going to be OK (and both my kids are healthy as horses)

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Mine either, LulusMom. He does other stuff around the house, but all of the meal planning and preparation and cleanup is on me.

Sep 10, 2014
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

There is also a lot of gray area between cooked from scratch and Burger King. Precooked sausages, frozen fish sticks, cheese quesadillas, canned soups - all are healthier and more economical than fast food, and just as easy.

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

Yeah, this "break" was a good hour long.

Sep 09, 2014
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Need seasonal side dish for a pot luck

I made a farro salad recently that was delicious - cooked the farro in chicken broth, added diced roasted delicata squash, caramelized onions, and toasted pine nuts. Squeezed lemon juice and added some olive oil. Served at room temp.

Sep 09, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

My store still had it yesterday! Of course, it was 100 degrees here yesterday ...

Sep 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

Yes, I live in Southern California (a similar climate to Jerusalem, as it happens) and have easy access to middle eastern ingredients. I expect that Ottolenghi is perhaps better suited to their London climate, which is closer to where you live (MN, right?). For me, Jerusalem seemed to be more main dishes, sides and salads that I would cook for meals, and Ottolenghi was more similar to a (excellent) deli case. Though I love the chicken with rose water and hazelnuts.

Sep 08, 2014
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

This.

Sep 08, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

I usually stick them in the toaster oven. They get a little crisp, which I like.

Sep 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? September 2014 edition!

I have all of them (except Plenty More) and Jerusalem is by far my favorite. But I do a lot of weeknight, family cooking so YMMV.

Sep 08, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

I'm not actually a fan of the texture of most baked egg dishes - I might revisit with a water bath and see how I like them.

Sep 07, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

I could use some suggestions for breakfasts with a lot of protein that are good takealongs - getting myself and two kids out the door in the morning takes all of my time, so I usually eat breakfast at my desk. Things like scrambled eggs are therefore out. I'd also prefer something that doesn't take a lot of active cooking time in the morning.
Right now my rotation is: Cottage cheese with bacon, cold baked scotch eggs, and occasionally tuna salad. Any suggestions?

Sep 04, 2014
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Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

Yeah, you said that in February. Did you go back and have the same experience?

Is Baco Mercat really this bad?

We went there this weekend, and while we enjoyed our food for the most part (socca with goat cheese and octopus chorizo dish were highlights) we had the same experience with the server "taking a break" in the middle of dinner service. We were eating a little on the early side (6:15) but close enough to the dinner hour that they should really plan better to avoid shift changes and "breaks" in the middle of service. We ended up having to chase down people to get a menu, see dessert menu (don't bother - WAY too sweet) and get our check.

Sep 03, 2014
Savour in Los Angeles Area

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

Our next door neighbor went on a fishing trip to Alaska and brought us back some King ...

Used the (cheaper) Sockeye to make a dish with miso and mayo spread on salmon and cooked in a foil packet with a few sliced onions. Delicious!

Sep 03, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Try mixing the pumpkin butter with the regular (whipped) cream cheese - I love the combo swirled into oatmeal or on toast.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

YAY to these as well - the Fig and Olive crackers. I think I like these even better than the rosemary raisin version. Very good with some of the surprisingly nice camembert they've been carrying.

Sep 02, 2014
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Cooking from “Family” Focused Cookbooks

I always meal plan - working (almost) full time means I need to if we are going to eat. And I often cook new recipes, but not every day for a month! Besides, my kids pretty much want to eat nothing but pizza and macaroni. Or, as the toddler says PizzaMacaroni! Not that they get to, and they were both pretty happy with the leg of lamb I made yesterday, but menu planning is not their forte.

Sep 02, 2014
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Cooking from “Family” Focused Cookbooks

I think neither of Jenny's books are cookbooks, per se. DALS is memoir, with recipes, and Dinner: A Playbook is self-help book, with recipes. You and I, not being timid cooks, are interested in the recipes, but most of the self-help part of DAP was for me, befuddling. I mean, a week of family menu planning maybe, but NWIH a month. Also, my children outwit all of my attempts to shake up their diet (and then surprise me by inhaling dim sum, or something equally as surprising) and I am reminded once again that there is no one size fits all for children.

Sep 01, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

In California, Trader Joe's carries big boxes of huge, ripe, juicy (excellent) California peaches in the summertime. They're almost as good as farmer's market peaches.

Aug 30, 2014
Savour in Chains

Sadness

I've been around Chowhound for a LOONG time (I think I discovered it in 2000) and back then, it really did feel like a treasure trove of undiscovered tips. Food culture in the US has changed a great deal since then - sure, there are still the masses who eat at Chili's, but the hole in the wall places aren't undiscovered anymore - they're not only discovered, they're covered extensively not only here, but on blogs, on yelp, on podcasts, on tumblrs. The "Mainstream Media" has gotten in on this - the LA Times hired freaking Jonathan Gold as its main restaurant critic. The old Chowhound doesn't exist anymore because the world in which it functioned has changed so dramatically. It's still a great resource, and an easy way for me to meet like minded folks, but the information isn't going to be as rich as it once was.

Chowhounds have been leaving the board for a long time, too. I still lament the departure of Mrs. Smith and her aborted muffin challenge and her Christmas butter fudge recipe. But the board keeps trucking.

I don't love the posts, but it's not like all the non-advertising posts are all useful, either ("What's the deal with Trader Joe's? It's all packaged food, and I don't eat that" is a common trope that is played out, or "Top Dim Sum restaurants in Los Angeles" ad infinitum.

Jessejames, I'm sorry you want to leave, and I'm sorry to see you go, but Chowhound has been changing for a long, long time and there's still wheat amongst the chaff.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2014 Edition!

Yes, I agree the organization is more useful. It's a cookbook/how to book rather than a memoir. But the recipes are similar to DALS, good, solid adds to the repertoire. I've made the shrimp rolls, the zucchini fritters, and the sausage and kale salad. All solid things I'd cook again.

Aug 27, 2014
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Cookbooks for Children

My daughter is turning 7, and I'd like to get her a cookbook. She has a few of my childhood cookbooks (which, since I was born in 1978, include such classics as Microwave Cooking for Kids), but I'd like to get her a new one, and I'm looking for a good one to start teaching her about reading recipes, following the steps. I can teach her to cook certain things, but I think following a recipe is invaluable. My criteria are:
1) Good, useable recipes - I don't want Princess cupcake floofypants - I want her to feel like she can make dinner.
2) Nothing too complicated - I have plenty of cookbooks for when she wants to get into making kouign amman from scratch.
3) But not too simple - Grilled cheese is not dinner. At least not every night.
4) Fun pictures. Because I want her to be excited about using it.

Any suggestions?

Aug 27, 2014
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Best way to box up cookbooks for long-term (2-3 years) storage?

Boxing them up for a couple of years probably won't be a problem. I'd put them in some plastic bins with locking lids to help with the moisture problem. It won't be 100%, but at least you have better insurance against floods and the like.

As for letting the books go - you have a young child, and very young children don't give you the headspace for serious cooking. As a mother of a 2 year old, I sympathize heartily. BUT I also have a 7 year old, and I can see from her that this overwhelmed all the time feeling is just a season, and you'll probably return to the kitchen at some point.

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Sometimes it overcomes a psychological obstacle - "You ate squash in that pasta and it didn't kill you!" which is IME a HUGE part of vegetable antipathy. And sometimes it's helpful to just get some vegetables into people. Do my kids develop a taste for raw kale when it's pureed with banana and milk and protein powder and berries into a smoothie? No. Do I feel better about their nutrition? Yes.

As for the "It's his decision" I think that marriages are about working as a team, and when your choices are affecting communal things (like meals, or long term health) it's fine for a spouse to encourage different choices.

Aug 27, 2014
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Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Rick Bayless has a recipe for chipotle meatballs that makes a nice meatloaf - the chipotle is in the sauce - I think the loaf is just bacon and ground beef and some herbs ground together.

That said, I'd put onions in because he probably won't be able to tell! (Same with pasta sauce, BTW).

Does he recognize that his diet isn't the best long term? My husband (who works long, stressful hours) has a bad McDonald's habit but he does try to eat healthfully at home, or at least will eat what I cook. Maybe brainstorm some things he will eat - my kids like broccoli - especially if I add some soy sauce or steam it with some cheese and a little ranch dressing.

Aug 27, 2014
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Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

My family Christmas breakfast is Swedish pancakes (very eggy and we make them with no sugar) served with turkey gravy.

We don't have turkey gravy often, so it's not something we eat other times of the year, but it makes a mighty fine breakfast. Like biscuits and gravy but less heavy.

Aug 27, 2014
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