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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.

1 day ago
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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.

1 day ago
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Please help me like chicken breast!

I have a (very) few recipes in which I use breasts (Dorie Greenspan's cinnamon crunch chicken (butter and cream, not dry), cutlets in panko (I buy the thin sliced breasts and cook them FAST), and saltimbocca (wrapped in prosciutto). But I almost always prefer thighs. I don't care about the "stuff" if I'm cutting them up to make chicken curry, or chicken and rice, or tacos - I only feel the need to trim them if I'm eating them whole and rather plain.

Jun 19, 2015
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Favorite food items at Disneyland (ex. Club 33)?

Definitely better than airplane food. More "Upscale business conference hotel banquet food" or "wedding food". Better than rubber chicken, not as good as an upscale restaurant. I think I had the tri tip and it was pretty good.

(I had flatiron steak at the Blue Bayou when we were there a few weeks ago and it was also good.)

Jun 18, 2015
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Favorite food items at Disneyland (ex. Club 33)?

Ariel's Grotto was actually reasonably good, if I remember. I mean, overpriced, but that's par for the course.

We often hit Ralph Brennan's for Downtown Disney - good cocktails, which can be key after a day at the park. Another thing I appreciate is that all of the Disney and Downtown Disney restaurants have pretty good kids menu options. My kids aren't THE pickiest but they're also not huge eaters and I like the option to spend less to get them what they'll eat. Stay away from Rainforest Cafe, though.

Jun 18, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

After reading this thread and some old COTM threads, I'm thinking I NEED some Diana Henry in my library. Any ideas as to whether I should buy Pure Simple or a Change of Palate first?

Jun 18, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I buy the high omega-3 eggs. I don't know if they actually have more omega 3, but the yolks are darker, which I like aesthetically, and I think they taste better.

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

I think FATB is one of the more "unusual" pie books I've seen in that the recipes all have some sort of twist or unusual ingredient or method that makes it worth owning the cookbook, even if you have a slew of other baking books. (if you get it, you have to try the cantaloupe chiffon pie with a saltine crust - it's unusual, but very good)

Jun 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy early summer, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I suspect you're going to have a hard time finding a used copy of Jerusalem - everyone I know who has cooked from it has fallen in love.

Jun 17, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I occasionally review the wines on my blog. I've bought some of their house brand liquors, too (vodka, rum), and they're usually perfectly good for mixed drinks but not top shelf. There are some liquors that aren't TJ branded but that I've only seen at TJ's and that are terrific and great bargains - Lismore single malt scotch comes to mind, and the limoncello they carry.

Jun 17, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I like the fresh inside out carrot cookies and the chocolate almond horns. Both are sweet, but pretty tasty!

Jun 17, 2015
Savour in Chains

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

I've been enjoying the muhammara as a spread on turkey or cheese sandwiches.

Jun 04, 2015
Savour in Chains

Favorite food items at Disneyland (ex. Club 33)?

The baked potato with bbq chicken and coleslaw from HG is also not half bad and at around $6.50, one of the better food values at Disneyland. The HG kids meal is one of the worst, though, in the park.

I had pretty good flatiron steak at the Blue Bayou last week (in addition to the lobster roll and the potato.)

Jun 04, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Just make sure to dilute it! My husband drank it straight while camping - the trip did not end well.

Jun 03, 2015
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Taking my mom to Staples center for concert- need amazing/beautiful/delicious restaurant.

Second this. Beautiful space, delicious food. A good celebratory experience.

May 23, 2015
Savour in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

I really like Connie and Ted's, but as a LA representation of a New England clam shack I'm not sure I'd place it in the top 5 for an out of town visitor.
This is more "categories to cover" than individual recs.
1. Fine Dining (but not stuffy - this is still LA): Redbird would be my choice, but I've heard great things about n/naka.
2. Dim Sum in the SGV (opinions vary on which is the best - Sea Harbour, Elite both rank highly, I like King Hua but it's a little mellower)
3. Great Mexican - you've got a lot of suggestions here. I'm not the expert, and tend to stick to my local joints (Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, which is great, FWIW)
4. Korean or Thai (or both)
5. Mobile Dining/Food Stands - I, too, would choose Grand Central Market over the trucks.

May 22, 2015
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What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

Tarte Tatin

May 13, 2015
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What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

It's a crazy expensive school but even at a "rich kids school" (and I went to Yale undergrad, to put it in context) college students are perennially poor. Maybe they're just spending their spending money on music and booze.

May 07, 2015
Savour in Manhattan

May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

Tell me about it! I've had luck at Cost Plus World Market, but it's pretty dried...

May 06, 2015
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May 2015 COTM: EAT, Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-171

Pretty much every UK cookbook author I've come across means Spanish chorizo when they say Chorizo. I suspect Mexican chorizo isn't widely available there.

What items do you wish Trader Joe's would make/stock?

I understand that. My TJ's sells bananas in bunches, but priced individually. You could ask your TJ's to do the same, since it clearly varies from store to store.

May 06, 2015
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What are they thinking at Mamoun's?

I think it survives on its location - NYU students are poor and hungry. The New Haven location was a favorite in my college days for that 2 am cheap post-party fix, and the Macdougal location was similarly popular in my law school days.

May 06, 2015
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