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Continental Breakfast Challenge - so sick of Costco muffins & Yoplait.

I found a few recipes for Aussie sausage rolls and just winged it from there. I mixed a pound of bulk country pork sausage with half an onion, finely minced, a couple of cloves of garlic, some dried marjoram, and about 1/4 c. panko. Cut a package of Pepperidge farm puff pastry at the folds, distributed some of the sausage filling down the center, lengthwise, then sealed it into tubes. Cut into 2" long pieces, and baked at 375 for about 25-30 minutes. I added some shredded cheddar to some of them, too.

about 11 hours ago
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Continental Breakfast Challenge - so sick of Costco muffins & Yoplait.

If you're up for cooking, I made sausage rolls for a recent school breakfast - puff pastry, bulk sausage with some minced onions and a few breadcrumbs. They were pretty easy to make in bulk, and could be eaten easily and served at room temperature.

1 day ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Yes, I'm in SoCal, too. I wonder if it's specific to CA laws on packaging/labeling or sustainability.

1 day ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

Interesting. The checkout guy did tell me that it was a repackaging issue. And I frequent multiple TJ's on a regular basis. (I did go ahead and buy them at the regular grocery store, where I stock up on things like soda, corn on the cob, bulk sausage meat, and sundry other items that TJ's doesn't carry)

1 day ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I complained about the lack of anchovies today and was told they have been out of stock for a year, and the checkout guy gets complaints at least 1x a day. He said they are planning to bring them back, but if you want them faster, use the contact us button on the website and get all your friends and family to as well.

Aug 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

It's good - I bought some today.

Ingred: Air popped popcorn, brown sugar, cane sugar, sunflower oil, butter, brown rice syrup, cheddar cheese powder, sea salt, soy lecithin and baking soda.

Aug 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I've bought the Thomcords for a couple of weeks here in CA, and while they are a general YAY they are a meh in comparison to previous years. Not as much great Concord flavor.

Aug 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014

I roast them in spices with broccoli and lemon peel.

Aug 07, 2014
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Back on the diabetic diet - have to be really strict for now

I've been eating cottage cheese with crumbled bacon for breakfast, and occasionally tuna salad. They're both a nice break from eggs. I also make (on weekends) a relatively low-carb pancake from eggs, cottage cheese, almond flour, and protein powder. If I use a little splenda in the batter, I can eat them with butter and no syrup. Recipe here: http://savour-fare.com/2014/06/26/pro...

Lunches - frittatas come to mine (although egg fatigue is real.) Chicken "fingers" with something like ranch to dip in (not breaded, or breaded in parmesan). Look into some of the bars - there are protein bars that are designed to be low net carbs - Quest and Stabilyze are two brands that come to mind. I'd do a controlled test and see how they affect his sugar readings.

Aug 06, 2014
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

And very close to Huckleberry and La Monarca, both of which I'd prefer to visit for breakfast pastries ...

Aug 06, 2014
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Trader Joe's chocolate chunks

I like the chunks a lot - they melt better than the chips - act more like chopped chocolate, but much more even than chopping yourself. I use them in my favorite CC cookie recipe (these: http://notwithoutsalt.com/the-last-ch... but you must be really careful not to overbake. Overbaking takes them from extraordinary to good but ordinary. In my oven, the 12 minutes she suggests is too long. I'd go with 9)

Aug 06, 2014
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Your best tomato recipes please - worthy of the tastiest specimens!

I make a similar pie with the additions of corn and a biscuit based crust. I tend to keep it pretty simple, though - open faced sandwiches with butter, thin sliced sweet onions, a sprinkle of vinegar, sliced tomatoes and S&P, or BLT's.

Aug 05, 2014
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No carb snacks for child

What about plain yogurt with some Splenda added? Full Fat Greek is a pretty decent option w/r/t carbs. I don't know how low you need to go, but Siggi's (Skyr) has come out with yogurt tubes that are significantly lower in sugar than others I've seen, but they still have some - I think 5g per tube, with 6g total carbs. Bell Peppers are a possibility, salami or pepperoni slices, ham rolls with cream cheese...

Aug 05, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

That's the price I paid for the Sunset cookbook. Anything under $1, really (making the total price with shipping under $5) is usually a fine price.

Jul 31, 2014
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PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

The one in Pasadena has the buns (which ARE good) but not much else on the menu - it's mostly a drinks place.

Jul 24, 2014
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Pie Crust Help

I will say that I also make an all butter crust and using higher butterfat European butter (my favorite for pie crusts is Kerrygold) does help with the rolling/cracking issue.

Jul 22, 2014
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Pie Crust Help

Oh, I do that. It works just fine for the bottom crust (you should see the patch job I did on yesterday's pie - it is the great irony of pie that just when perfect pie fruit is in season, it's too hot to make great crust without the butter getting all over the place) but I'd like to not have to do that.

Jul 21, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I should probably add that after dinner we forewent AOC desserts in favor of a stop at Blockheads in Alhambra. This is the almond shaved snow with rice balls and what was supposed to be coconut drizzle but I think was condensed milk. I made the husband (a snow first-timer) get the black sesame, which is my fave - he thought mine was better.

Jul 21, 2014
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Pie Crust Help

I usually make my dough the day before I plan to bake the pie, so plenty of hydration time. I suspect I'm starting with extra-dry flour, since I live in a desert.

Jul 21, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I'll second the fried chicken rec. Incredibly juicy and flavorful. Though I thought it could use a TOUCH of salt, but that could be because the aioli it was served with was completely unsalted, and we had it on the table with another, saltier dish (the squid ink risotto.)

Jul 20, 2014
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Pie Crust Help

Whenever I bake a pie (which is not every week, but several times a year - I'm not a rank novice) I notice the same phenomenon when I'm rolling out the dough. Instead of rolling into a neat circle, my edges always crack and split, leaving me pulling together seams and pinching cracks in order to create the correct circle. When I see people (usually professionals, natch) rolling out pie crust on TV or the interwebs, this never seems to be an issue. What am I doing wrong? Dough too cold? Too dry? (I live in California). Is my beloved french rolling pin betraying me? (Fyi, I've tried rolling out between 2 pieces of cling wrap, between two pieces of parchment, on a floured wood surface and on floured marble). Help!

Jul 20, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

It's not that we don't have escalators here, it's just that you're more likely to encounter them in places of leisure (like malls) than in places of function (like subway stations) so escalator etiquette isn't quite so pressing. A few people riding an escalator at a mall when you're browsing vs. a few hundred riding it when you're late for work.

Jul 15, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

I haven't - but the new products shelf is right next to the sample station at my TJ's, so that gave me the idea ...

Jul 15, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I like weird flavor combinations, and there are a lot of pies that appeal to me in the book (blueberry lavender! Plum and fig! Black bottom oatmeal!). Another one I've been eyeing that might be more your speed is the Hoosier Mama Book of Pies.

Jul 15, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

You must work in Times Square.

Jul 15, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

It's funny - I grew up in LA (where we live now) and there weren't a ton of escalators, but my NYC-born husband is VERY conscious of the stand to the right requirement, and is now instructing our 6 year old daughter on the fine art of escalator riding (now there's a subway in LA, so it's germane).

Jul 15, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

Have been totally falling off the bandwagon eating-wise, but did eat some great LC meals this weekend - Saturday night we had grilled baby octopus - simmered for about an hour, then quickly grilled, and an arugula salad. Last night I got oysters from the farmer's market, shucked them, grilled them quickly with a little butter, and added hot sauce. Hit the spot. I had been craving them!

Jul 14, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

I enjoyed it, too. It reminds me of a cheese I was served at a beer hall in Belgium - I think the cheese would pair very well with beer.

Jul 14, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

They were sampling the raspberry sorbet this weekend, and I thought it would make great ice cream sandwiches with those PB cookies - PB and jam!

Jul 14, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I bought the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book on a whim before a 4th of July Pie Contest (which I did not win, but I didn't use a 4&20 recipe and the judging was suspect.) It makes me want to dive into serious pie baking, and I've bookmarked a bunch of recipes to try. Also bought the Sunset Cookbook because it was so cheap used, and I've often thought it would be something I'd like in my library. I love the magazine.

Jul 10, 2014
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