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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

The Espiral Rose is also nice, though a tad sweeter than the white.

about 12 hours ago
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Ebook deals of the minute.

I'm also a big kindle reader, but I don't love Kindle Unlimited because I can rarely find something I want to read there.

I mostly read (free!) ebooks from the public library, but I will occasionally buy a Kindle book.

Aug 27, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Their liquor/liqueur selection frequently increases around the holidays. Last year I picked up a nice bottle of Calvados for under $20, I think.

Aug 25, 2015
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Let's Do Something Different for the Holidays

We always do pot luck at Thanksgiving - host makes turkey, and everyone else in my family brings sides and desserts. Sometimes there are duplicates, but really, you can never have too many stuffings or pumpkin pies.

For Christmas, I keep Christmas eve VERY low key - last year I did fondue, which was fun and festive without being stressful. And Christmas dinner has been the same every year - roast beef, scalloped potatoes, creamed spinach, steamed pudding. Yes, kind of a gut bomb, but not that complicated. I'm sorry for your loss - holidays are when we miss my dad the most.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

Oh, and I preordered the new Nigella Lawson book. (See? I am incorrigible)

Aug 24, 2015
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Ebook deals of the minute.

It's not every cookbook, or even every cookbook available on Kindle. But there are some good ones.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

Just bought Tamasin's Kitchen Bible by Tamasin Day-Lewis. A great basic British cooking book, with all the classics (toad in the hole! Parkin! Christmas cake!) as well as some more contemporary recipes. A lot of opinion and personality, and the book is arranged interestingly (easy foods - really for children cooking), Christmas, frugal foods, etc.) I probably didn't NEED it (I have a pretty extensive British cookbook collection, seeing as how I'm a raging Anglophile, and between Jane Grigson, Darina Allen, Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater, Diana Henry and Simon Hopkinson it is POSSIBLE that I have the subject matter covered) but I like it. This would be a great gift for a high school or college student and I may pass it along to one of my kids.


The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson - I got this as a review copy, and my is it gorgeous! Vegetable and (some) fruit cookery. There's a slight Southern angle (nowhere in California can I find scuppernong grapes) but the recipes run the gamut. Arranged so that each vegetable featured has a couple of simple recipes and a more involved recipe (and it's a vegetable cookbook without being a vegetarian cookbook - sometimes you're making pork tenderloin with apples). I made the leek fonduta this weekend which was DELICIOUS, though instead of serving with toasted baguette, I spread on pizza dough and added figs and goat cheese.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I am beginning to think that that cookie butter cream cheese is insanely good and dangerous full stop.

Aug 20, 2015
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Lunch in Pasadena?

Colorado Blvd. is a long drag, but I'm assuming you want something near Old Pasadena - Try A/K/A Bistro or Cafe Santorini.

Aug 19, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

I really want The Food Lab book - that's what's exciting to ME! (I won't turn up my nose at Nopi or Gjelina, though, and I always like Nigella, though I realize she's not for everyone).

Aug 19, 2015
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Need ideas for lunches-- no fridge, no microwave

A frittata or Spanish tortilla designed to be served at room temp?

Aug 19, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

YAY to those tiger stripe figs! They're very sweet and delicious!

Aug 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

Thank you!

Aug 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

I need real time!

Aug 17, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I like milk too (though I won't turn down dark) - For me, it's actually the high acidity of dark that I don't love, though I think part of that is a trend towards fruitier flavor in dark chocolates these days.

I used to love the Scharffenberger milk chocolate bar with sea salted almonds. So good!

Aug 12, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

I was thinking we should start a Chowhound Kindle bargains thread just for deals people find on cookbooks.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

I'm not a fan, either. They are neither crisp nor chewy, nor really even crunchy.

Aug 11, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

Well done, Lulu!

(and as the mother of almost 8,I empathize, LLM)

Aug 10, 2015
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #5

We had steaks last week with homemade bearnaise and grilled portobellos (and artichokes to start). It was pretty much a banner dinner.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

Huh. What kind of eggs are you buying? I really like the Golden Hill Farms dark-yolked eggs (mostly for the aesthetics, though I like to think they're better for me) and no double yolks there. (No smelly eggs either, and I tend to buy them in bulk and they stay fresh for a reasonably long time.)

Aug 08, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

It's also a nice addition to cheese or turkey sandwiches.

Aug 08, 2015
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The real story behind the site redesign (and what led to it), according to Jim Leff

Even though I'm sure I don't rate as one of the site's most "senior or knowledgeable hounds" I have been on Chowhound, under one username or another, since around 2000 or so. I think the "signal to noise ratio" is still quite good, compared to other sites on the internet, if not to Chowhound, ca. 2001, but the internet as a whole and its userbase has grown so exponentially in the same time that you just can't expect the same concentration. This is still a site for people who love food, but the community is no longer as small (or as like minded) as it once was - both the world of internet users and the world of food lovers has expanded enormously. Yes, people have departed in high dudgeon - but new people have also joined (and left). As for the site management, it's not great, and redesigns are annoying (similar to the penchant for my favorite local market to rearrange the aisles fairly frequently - it's an annoyance at the time, but one does adapt and carry on, if they continue to carry foods you seek out.)

That said, I haven't checked out the new site redesign - too cranky, I suppose.

Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

It may not be a cookbook that you fall in love with - the photos are a little dated and in separate photo sections, which some people hate. I find marginalia a tremendous turn on, though, and all the recipes I've made have been delicious.

Aug 06, 2015
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Go-to cookbooks for "must impress" dinner parties

I just realized that nobody has recommended any sweets cookbooks, and people are always SO impressed by homemade dessert (IME, even more so than a good meal). I love Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax - it's probably my go-to book for custards, jellies, fools, pies, tarts, cakes...

Aug 06, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015 [OLD]

This thread is SO SO BAD for me. I just bought Hucklebrry, Foods of Morocco, One Good Table and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts in the past 3 days!

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

I think it's the buns. First of all, they're not too big - most places - even (or especially) the fancy burger places - have too high a bun to burger ratio. The buns are soft, never dry, but not gooey either. And then the way they toast them so that the edges are just slightly crisp and the inside is still soft but the burger maintains its structural integrity - Finally, I think they use bigger pieces of cheese than the standard American slice, and the whole thing is just slightly on the salty side.

Aug 04, 2015
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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
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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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