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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Too bad. I worked in Century City 5 years ago and used to really enjoy the Breadbar there, but I haven't been in ages.

about 9 hours ago
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Yes! They are good! LOVE Fresco market. It's a hidden gem.

Apr 17, 2014
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Breadbar (in the CC Mall) used to do good baguettes. Haven't been in a few years, but it was Eric Kayser.

Apr 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Orange and blackberry. The orange are only OK, but the blackberry are terrific. Sadly, the orange seem to ALWAYS outnumber the blackberrry 2 to 1.

Apr 17, 2014
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My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

Any quest for the most expensive anything in LA must include the west side.

Apr 17, 2014
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Birthday cake, good place to order?

Portos.

Apr 17, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

Or banana bread.

Apr 13, 2014
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What's in your slow cooker today

I think chicken is the hardest meat to cook in the slow cooker.

Apr 09, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Trying to control the carbs. Of course, my kids fight me tooth and nail, because if it were up to them, they would eat nothing BUT carbs.

Apr 07, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

Breakfast - I've been alternating my usual eggs with smoked fish - today was a filet of smoked trout. It's a nice protein hit in the morning.

Dinners: Made meatloaf this weekend (Rick Bayless Chipotle meatballs in loaf form- subbed in crushed pork rinds for the breadcrumbs). Also, a braised lamb shoulder and Caesar salad.

Later this week I'm making a Mexican braised pork with tomatillos (also a Bayless recipe) - kids will get it with tortillas I think, but I will have it over cabbage. And steaks, and fish burgers.

Apr 07, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

I made the Chipotle Meatballs this weekend in meatloaf form - subbing in ground pork rinds for the breadcrumbs. I was also too lazy to make the sauce, so Chipotle is probably a misnomer, though I did glaze it with Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup, which was a great pairing with the bacon and mint. I also formed it into a flattish "cake" instead of a loaf, and it cooked in 25 minutes.

Apr 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I like the 85% dark chocolate lovers bar too -it's a very fruity chocolate, but I like it.

Apr 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

I am a big fan of Kerrygold in pie crusts, too, or any application where the butter is really the star (like shortbread) but it's lost in things like cakes and brownies and most American recipes are developed using a butter with a lower fat/water ratio.

Apr 07, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

Awesome. I'm contemplating making a low-carb cheesecake this weekend. Almond Crust.

Apr 03, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014

That's my favorite raspberry jam. I really can't keep it in the house, or it disappears too fast.

Apr 03, 2014
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Menu Planning

I think that half of my fridge is condiments. I don't know WTF they're all doing in there.

Apr 02, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

After a week of eating pretty terribly (husband working late = I end up snacking on cheese or something instead of eating dinner), last night's dinner was great and easy- Trader Joe's soy ginger cod and a couple cups of cruciferous crunch, sauteed in some coconut oil and a little soy.

Apr 02, 2014
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Dessert recipes like Eclair Cake

Google "Icebox cake" - the Eclair cake is a variation.

This one gets rave reviews every time I make it, and is a little lighter. You can make your own lemon curd, but I've found that storebought actually works pretty well, and there's no instant pudding in sight.
http://savour-fare.com/2013/06/11/lem...

Apr 02, 2014
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Menu Planning

Sometimes if I am especially overwhelmed by meal planning, I try to divide into categories. We do try to do "Meatless Monday", which narrows the field. Taco Tuesday would be another, or "Mexican Tuesday" to be broader. I'm not religious about it, but our rough schedule looks something like this:

Monday: A meatless dish, usually with eggs
Tuesday: I often cook chicken, because I bought it fresh on Friday and I don't want to go bad.
Wednesday: pull some fish or steak out of the freezer
Thursday: Exhausted! Something super easy, like sausages and sauerkraut, or burgers.
Friday: I shop, so whatever I feel like cooking, but have been chasing the toddler by myself all day, so something relatively easy (Thursday or Fridays are most likely to be takeout)
Saturday: Night most likely to try a new or more complicated recipe
Sunday: Usually some sort of "family" recipe that might take too long for a weeknight but is in the repertoire - something like meatloaf, or roast chicken, that can be repurposed for lunches early in the week.

I use the Cozi App to plan meals and shop, and they go right on my calendar. I'm not rigid though - if traffic is terrible on Tuesday, I might eat the sausages then, pop the chicken in the freezer for next week, improvise an extra omelet or takeout ...

Mar 31, 2014
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Menu Planning

I work almost full time and have two small kids so I try to do all my weekly grocery shop in one go - ergo, menu planning. I keep it easy on weeknights and splash out on weekends. But yes, with the time and the books and the ipad and the ...

One thing I try to do is have one or two nights a week where what I'm cooking isn't super perishable. Like tonight's dinner - eggs sardou - was on the menu last week and didn't get made for a variety of reasons, but the artichoke bottoms are canned, the spinach is frozen, and I always have eggs. And another night is some frozen fish I never defrosted (I didn't feel like cooking a lot last week.)

Mar 31, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

Cinnamon Crunch chicken is basically chicken cooked with butter and cream and those speculoos biscuits, but it's SO good.

I forgot - I also make the Corsican omelet from Forever Summer all the time.

We eat a lot of eggs, if you can't tell.

Mar 27, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

I read "Bringing Up Bebe" which offered the idea of French kids eating in courses, with the vegetable course being served first. It works brilliantly whenever I remember to do that.

Mar 27, 2014
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COTM (Cookbook of the Month) Recipes So Good You've Made Them at Least Three Times: Quick and Easy/Weeknight Edition

I'm a VERY sporadic COTM participant, but I do have a few that fit the mold.

JERUSALEM: I make the Shakshuka (I slightly prefer this version to the one in Plenty), the Turkey Zucchini Burgers (these are a real favorite), the roasted cauliflower salad and the spinach and date salad.

HOW TO EAT: I used to cook out of this more than I have recently, but the Sugar and Spice Salmon (a marginalia recipe), the Beef Stroganoff, and the Sunday Night Chicken Noodle are all go-to recipes for me.

AROUND MY FRENCH TABLE: The Cauliflower Soup! Oh, the cauliflower soup. That might be my favorite soup recipe. The Supermarket Garbure is great - not last minute, but it does reheat well. The Cinnamon Crunch Chicken is another favorite (and the kids love it)

ZUNI CAFE COOKBOOK: The roast chicken (duh), the eggs fried in breadcrumbs, and Madeleine's omelet (or something like that - omelet with gruyere and mustard croutons).

FOREVER SUMMER: Love the zucchini fritters, and I've made the Thai Style lettuce wraps loads of times.

I love that broccoli and shrimp recipe, too.

Mar 25, 2014
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Low carbers- what is your limit?

They give you goals, and the default goals I think are 50% carbs, 25/25 protein and fat. Maybe 20/30 protein/fat. So if you're looking at the macros on your default goals (which it sounds like the OP was) and you're low carbing, but coming near your calorie goal (also problematic) you're going to be going over your fat and protein goals. They underestimate the amount of fat and protein you should be eating if you're low carbing, because the default is a high-carb diet.

Mar 25, 2014
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Low carb pancakes, outstanding!

Yes. Coconut flour makes things very very dry. I did make a cake this weekend with equal parts coconut and almond flour, eggs, a little cream and truvia, and it was pretty good and light.

Mar 25, 2014
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Low carbers- what is your limit?

Eh, I like the cauliflower pizza crust, but it's more like a cheesy flatbread than pizza crust.

I would generally avoid subs, too, and I'd also recommend staying away from artificial sweeteners. I have occasional protein bars, but I've generally trained myself off the sweet stuff and I think it helps enormously.

Mar 25, 2014
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Low carbers- what is your limit?

IME, if you are low carbing, those apps way underestimate your fat and protein. I aim for sub 50 g carbs, about 80 g protein, and the rest fat. They probably underestimate your calories too. Most of my carbs come from vegetables, nuts, occasional fruit, and dairy. I think it's useful to count carbs OR calories - however, it's fairly typical that when you boost the fat and protein in your diet, your appetite will drop as well. Without consciously restricting, I find myself eating around 1500-1700 calories a day. You can set individual goals on my fitness pal (and track fiber as well. I think it's in settings).

I drink occasional red wine. It's a health food.

Mar 25, 2014
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Low carb pancakes, outstanding!

Ha! Given that my kids always request pancakes, and after my last attempt (coconut flour, ricotta, eggs) my husband said "Can't you just make REGULAR pancakes?" I might give these a try. I think the common theme in all my failures has been coconut flour.

Mar 25, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

I think of them as an Indian spiced hashbrown, really. Great with some eggs for breakfast.

Mar 25, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

Having tasted all their chicken broths the only one that's super chickeny (and my go-to chicken broth) is the organic not low sodium one. It's super chickeny and has a really deep flavor. It still has less sodium than College Inn and the like.

Mar 25, 2014
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