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Moist chocolatey chocolate cake recipe like a boxed mix?

I'll second the Black Magic Cake. It's my go-to chocolate cake recipe. I think the coffee really makes the chocolate taste more "Chocolatey" and an oil cake is more likely to get you the box mix texture than butter.

about 1 hour ago
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Kiddie lunch ideas from Costco?

My 2nd grader is a fiend for Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese sandwiches - go figure. Costco has great smoked salmon. We also do the seaweed packs, and she likes the Nature Made Whole Wheat fruit bars. I have taken to making her pack her own lunch.

about 1 hour ago
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Quick and Easy Baking Ideas

This is my mother's scone recipe, and it produces a more traditional British scone, meant to be eaten hot with jam and butter or clotted cream (as opposed to American scones, which tend to be sweeter and denser/less fluffy.) They freeze beautifully unbaked, too.
http://www.thedomesticfront.com/scone...

about 2 hours ago
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Quick and Easy Baking Ideas

Quick breads, bar cookies, crumbles and crisps, pies (either pre-make the dough or buy a good frozen), and simple cakes (busy day cake, jam cake, gingerbread, or even just a 1 layer butter cake) are all your friends.

about 6 hours ago
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #5

Does it work as a slow cooker too? I'm trying to figure out if I can take 3 appliances I currently own (slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker) down to one.

After several months off the low-carb bandwagon, my pants are too tight, so I'm back. Dinner last night was steak and creamed kale sprouts, tonight I've got kalua pig in the slow cooker - will serve with a cabbage salad. I also outright lied to my 7 year old Monday night and told her mashed cauliflower was mashed potatoes. (She was on to me, but she thought I had put cauliflower in the potatoes, rather than omitting the potatoes entirely.)

about 6 hours ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Yay to the Mortadella - I've really been enjoying it, though it's a little expensive.

1 day ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

I've been using it in a cabbage stir fry - just some sauteed cabbage, a couple of heaping tablespoons of the sambal, and a fried egg on top.

Please help a new mom cook healthier! I need some inspiration

First, give yourself a break - your little one is still VERY new. You'll find your way to have time in the kitchen as the baby gets older and develops a more regular schedule.

You might check out the recipes on this blog: http://www.thenaptimechef.com/

She also has a cookbook that gets good reviews on Amazon.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Yay - the frozen Char Siu Bao. Probably don't stand up to your favorite dim sum place, but awfully convenient and not too sweet.

Feb 17, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

We really like the Beef Bolognese ravioli. I just sauce with a little butter and parmesan.

Does anyone love their slow cooker?

I love mine, but I work FT outside the home. For non FT outside the home things, I like them for parties (the best way to serve something like cocktail meatballs, or keep mulled wine simmering) or making confit.

Feb 11, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

My favorite sea salt caramels are local to me (and to TJ's!), and you should try them - http://littleflowercandyco.com/produc...

Feb 11, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

I use it more in salsa portions than hot sauce portions. Like heaping Tablespoonfuls.

Feb 11, 2015
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L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

They still have frozen grass fed beef, and Vons has been carrying grass fed ground beef (Open Nature brand) - you might try that. '

We hit Habit Burger this weekend - it ranks as pretty good. I think one of my favorite burgers is at Seco in Pasadena - they grill it over their wood fire and the flavor is great. I am a burger purist though, and pretty much hate things like onion jam on my burgers.

Feb 09, 2015
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A more lemon-y lemon bar?

This is my experience as well. The appeal of lemon bars is in their tartness - Meyers just aren't as tart as Eurekas.

Feb 09, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking

What veggies are low carbers indulging in this winter?

I've been eating a lot of salads. Also fennel - great raw or for braising. This doesn't help with your rut but I made this last night and it was fantastic - an excellent alternative to Mac n cheese:
http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitch...

Feb 07, 2015
Savour in Special Diets

have you had any luck with Food52 recipes?

It's a community site, so the recipes absolutely vary. I find the genius recipes are usually terrific, the guest columnist recipes depend on the columnist and the contest winners are often pretty good, but it's not really the way I cook most of the time (simple, simple simple).

Feb 06, 2015
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Pasadena help, please!!

I think for a birthday dinner Shiro good choice. Seco is more of a "I'm in town and want to eat someplace civilized but it's not a special occasion" restaurant. If you're looking for lunch, I always enjoy their Ahi tuna sandwich and the wood grilled artichoke.

If you're interested in sushi, Kimagure is really good, and a bargain.

Feb 06, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

I found the pop was much better if you let it dissolve rather than chew.

Feb 05, 2015
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Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Nope - O&W is pretty quiet. Tiny, but quiet.

Feb 05, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner – Restaurants on York Boulevard?

The cocktails are quite good at Sonny's and I like the atmosphere a lot.

Feb 05, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena help, please!!

I'd go to the Parkway Grill over the Arroyo Chop House if you're not steak eaters. Slightly more casual I do think Seco (next to Smitty's) is a nice neighborhood place, but not a destination restaurant. All (Parkway, Arroyo, Seco and Smitty's) have the same owners - Parkway and Arroyo are higher end, Seco and Smitty's more casual.

Gus's I like for brunch, but it's not GREAT BBQ, and there are TVs playing sports games.

Houston's is always insanely crowded, and it's Houston's. It's fine - not my favorite.

Not far from Highland Park, I like Maximiliano in Highland Park - they have a nice back patio (though it might be raining) and the food is pretty solid.

I can't really figure out from your post what kind of food you like and whether you want a more formal or a more casual meal.

Feb 05, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

I haven't tried the new pasta, but I can confirm that I tasted that hint of sweet spice in the old pasta, too.

Jan 31, 2015
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Zankou

You can buy the sauce at many middle eastern markets and Whole Foods.

Jan 27, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

How to eat healthy as a picky adult

I would say roast the veggies. Steamed can be hard to stomach for a non veggie lover, but roasted vegetables are a gateway drug.

Don't be afraid of saucing vegetables - cheese sauce, hollandaise, aioli - all can make vegetables more palatable. See them as a treat rather than a chore.

Branch out - my kids (who also mostly like corn and broccoli) - love steamed artichokes dipped in mayo or melted butter. They will happily munch on raw fennel, and carrots are good, too. And when pressed, they will eat salad, or kale chips. Eat salad.

Make soup. Particularly pureed soups are a good way to get a lot of vegetables without feeling like you're choking down a lot of vegetables. Cauliflower soup is easy and delicious. Tomato and roasted pepper. Cream of spinach soup.

Finally, green smoothies are your friend. A big handful of spinach, a variety of fruits, frozen and not, and some liquid. Add protein powder if you like. Great breakfast.

jonathan gold offically gives up his anonymity and publishes his pic

Right? I'm not someone who follows these things religiously (though I do enjoy reading his reviews) but I can recognize him when I see him out of context out and about (pretty frequently - we both live in Pasadena and have similar taste in movies)

Jan 27, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

I add whipped cream to the strawberries and meringues for a semi-homemade Eton mess.

Jan 26, 2015
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Signs that someone is a GOOD cook

Agreed - you can be a great cook and a poor recipe developer. I find many mediocre cooks think they don't "need" to follow the recipe and that's why they're mediocre cooks.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

I tried a kringle this weekend from an arty Danish bakery here in L.A. Very good- light and buttery - but a different beast from the TJ's one.

Jan 12, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Second this. The Sockeye can be uneven, though - when it's good, it's SO good - like butter. It can err towards too salty and hard to slice, though.

Jan 07, 2015
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