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Do pregnant Japanese women eat sushi?

I've heard that the warnings against raw fish are primarily concerns with raw shellfish, which are frequently contaminated with bacteria (And I've never gotten sick from eating sushi, but have gotten sick from raw oysters). You might find this interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/opi...
( I will say that I drank occasional glasses of wine while pregnant and my kids are both healthy and smart as whips)

Apr 16, 2015
Savour in General Topics

Goldstein Bagels-- what's your favorite?

This.

Apr 15, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015

The pistachio oil is pretty spectacular - I used it in a Dorie Greenspan recipe for avocado halves with lemon juice and pistachio oil.

Apr 07, 2015
Savour in Chains

Can you suggest easy dinners for a stressful month?

I work and have two kids and a long commute, so every weekday is a stressful one for me. Some of our standby dishes and strategies: chicken sausages in a variety of flavors, slow cooker Wednesdays (particularly easy ones are ribs, brats and sauerkraut, french dip sandwiches), good quality store bough ravioli sauced with butter and parm, Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuan beef with celery, tacos, steaks or pork chops on the grill. I also make a weekly meal plan and do the shopping once a week - then you save a lot of time and mental energy wondering what to cook for dinner.

Apr 01, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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Where to buy fresh chicken livers in West LA?

Agree with WF. Given that it's Passover though, you might want to call your WF of choice and make sure they're not sold out.

Apr 01, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I'll echo this "yay" and add that it's a lot like Panettone but much sweeter.

Mar 30, 2015
Savour in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I go to TJ's weekly with my cherubic looking but very mischievous 3-year-old, so yeah, they all know me there.

Mar 23, 2015
Savour in Chains

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

I've been making reubens without the bread - corned beef, melted swiss, fermente sauerkraut and a little bit of mayo/ketchup/horseradish mix smeared on top. Very satisfying, if a little bit "junk" food.

Mar 17, 2015
Savour in Special Diets
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Cooking from and Commentary on the 2015 Piglet Contestants

But there are beautiful photos in a cookbook and then there are beautiful photos of the cook in the cookbook. Most cookbook photos are focused on the food - yes, there's an implied lifestyle there, perhaps, but there are pictures of the food front and center. Thorisson's book is selling herself - the food is part of it, but I think it's fair to critique the book on more than the food if the book isn't just about the food.

Mar 11, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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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.

Mar 04, 2015
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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.

Mar 04, 2015
Savour in Chains
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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...

Mar 04, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking
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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.

Mar 04, 2015
Savour in Home Cooking

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.)

Mar 04, 2015
Savour in Special Diets

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

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

Mar 03, 2015
Savour in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

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
Savour in Chains
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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
Savour in Cookware

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
Savour in Chains

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
Savour in Chains

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
Savour in Los Angeles Area

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
Savour in Home Cooking

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
Savour in Chains
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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