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Pie Crust Help

I will say that I also make an all butter crust and using higher butterfat European butter (my favorite for pie crusts is Kerrygold) does help with the rolling/cracking issue.

1 day ago
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Pie Crust Help

Oh, I do that. It works just fine for the bottom crust (you should see the patch job I did on yesterday's pie - it is the great irony of pie that just when perfect pie fruit is in season, it's too hot to make great crust without the butter getting all over the place) but I'd like to not have to do that.

Jul 21, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I should probably add that after dinner we forewent AOC desserts in favor of a stop at Blockheads in Alhambra. This is the almond shaved snow with rice balls and what was supposed to be coconut drizzle but I think was condensed milk. I made the husband (a snow first-timer) get the black sesame, which is my fave - he thought mine was better.

Jul 21, 2014
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Pie Crust Help

I usually make my dough the day before I plan to bake the pie, so plenty of hydration time. I suspect I'm starting with extra-dry flour, since I live in a desert.

Jul 21, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I'll second the fried chicken rec. Incredibly juicy and flavorful. Though I thought it could use a TOUCH of salt, but that could be because the aioli it was served with was completely unsalted, and we had it on the table with another, saltier dish (the squid ink risotto.)

Jul 20, 2014
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Pie Crust Help

Whenever I bake a pie (which is not every week, but several times a year - I'm not a rank novice) I notice the same phenomenon when I'm rolling out the dough. Instead of rolling into a neat circle, my edges always crack and split, leaving me pulling together seams and pinching cracks in order to create the correct circle. When I see people (usually professionals, natch) rolling out pie crust on TV or the interwebs, this never seems to be an issue. What am I doing wrong? Dough too cold? Too dry? (I live in California). Is my beloved french rolling pin betraying me? (Fyi, I've tried rolling out between 2 pieces of cling wrap, between two pieces of parchment, on a floured wood surface and on floured marble). Help!

Jul 20, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

It's not that we don't have escalators here, it's just that you're more likely to encounter them in places of leisure (like malls) than in places of function (like subway stations) so escalator etiquette isn't quite so pressing. A few people riding an escalator at a mall when you're browsing vs. a few hundred riding it when you're late for work.

Jul 15, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

I haven't - but the new products shelf is right next to the sample station at my TJ's, so that gave me the idea ...

Jul 15, 2014
Savour in Chains

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

I like weird flavor combinations, and there are a lot of pies that appeal to me in the book (blueberry lavender! Plum and fig! Black bottom oatmeal!). Another one I've been eyeing that might be more your speed is the Hoosier Mama Book of Pies.

Jul 15, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

You must work in Times Square.

Jul 15, 2014
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

It's funny - I grew up in LA (where we live now) and there weren't a ton of escalators, but my NYC-born husband is VERY conscious of the stand to the right requirement, and is now instructing our 6 year old daughter on the fine art of escalator riding (now there's a subway in LA, so it's germane).

Jul 15, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

Have been totally falling off the bandwagon eating-wise, but did eat some great LC meals this weekend - Saturday night we had grilled baby octopus - simmered for about an hour, then quickly grilled, and an arugula salad. Last night I got oysters from the farmer's market, shucked them, grilled them quickly with a little butter, and added hot sauce. Hit the spot. I had been craving them!

Jul 14, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

I enjoyed it, too. It reminds me of a cheese I was served at a beer hall in Belgium - I think the cheese would pair very well with beer.

Jul 14, 2014
Savour in Chains
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

They were sampling the raspberry sorbet this weekend, and I thought it would make great ice cream sandwiches with those PB cookies - PB and jam!

Jul 14, 2014
Savour in Chains
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

I bought the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book on a whim before a 4th of July Pie Contest (which I did not win, but I didn't use a 4&20 recipe and the judging was suspect.) It makes me want to dive into serious pie baking, and I've bookmarked a bunch of recipes to try. Also bought the Sunset Cookbook because it was so cheap used, and I've often thought it would be something I'd like in my library. I love the magazine.

Jul 10, 2014
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HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

I suggest looking at the Pioneer Woman's website - lots of recipes that would probably appeal to you.

That said, you're missing out on a lot, and probably not setting yourself up for long term good health. Why don't you try one meal a week to make something you think you don't like? A great taco salad (ground beef! cheese! and some lettuce, but it might not be so bad), Roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes baked with a little butter and cinnamon sugar, whole steamed artichokes, whole roasted chicken, ribs, BLTs, guacamole. Just one meal a week, not to force yourself, but to try it, and eventually maybe expand your palate. And then maybe go a little crazy - try something with Thai flavors, or something Mexican.The world really is your oyster, and you're young and have time to really grow to appreciate it.

You might find you like things you didn't think you like, or you've only ever had prepared one way. And you might decide that there are some things you never will like. But the category of "vegetables" is long and wide and encompasses many different flavors and textures.

Jul 10, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

I had zucchini fritters for dinner last night. We have a monster plant. A little flour for binding, but mostly egg, zucchini, mint, scallions, feta ....

Tonight I'm making a thai chicken salad.

Jul 10, 2014
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Tears here. My kids loved them.

Jul 10, 2014
Savour in Chains

OMF(ucking)G ... Horchata Soft Serve

McDonalds is now selling a horchata "frappe".

Jul 09, 2014
Savour in Los Angeles Area

America's Test Kitchen reviews are meaningless

I'm not sure I'd agree with the results of a 1500 person sample, or even a million. Taste is pretty personal.

Jul 09, 2014
Savour in Food Media & News
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Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

You know, I don't know - I've always gone with this method:
http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-grill...

I like them BARELY cooked, though.

Jul 09, 2014
Savour in San Francisco Bay Area

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

Shuck them, lay them on the grate coals with a smidge of butter, dash of hot sauce. Cook until the edges just start to tighten (only a few minutes). Delicious.

I would say that eating Tomales Bay oysters either right on the bay (like at Hog Island) or in the Ferry Building looking at the Bay bridge is a pretty wonderful SF experience, even if you can get oysters elsewhere.

Jul 07, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

This looks so good I'd consider following the same itinerary myself.

Jul 07, 2014
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2 days in LA Mid-City area

I'd personally hit Animal for dinner and then RM for dessert. The desserts at RM are completely worth it, IMO.

Jul 07, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Yes - that's what I've always done.

Jul 07, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Phoenix Food Boutique has spicy salt chicken wings which are good but garlic fried chicken wings which are pretty awesome and a regular craving. An order (or two) of the garlic fried chicken wings + a mango tapioca drink (not frozen, sadly, or would fit the theme) = good stuff!

Jul 07, 2014
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Ralphs is the secret fried chicken winner. I've bought it for parties.

Jul 07, 2014
Savour in Los Angeles Area

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Has anyone seen the giant white beans in tomato sauce recently? Couldn't find them on my last trip ...

Jul 07, 2014
Savour in Chains

Unique to SF or Cal - Must eats for out-of towners

I think the Marin Agricultural Land Trust also plays a huge role in this.

Jul 07, 2014
Savour in San Francisco Bay Area

Onions. Do you "count" them as a vegetable when planning a meal?

I think it depends on the onion application. If onion were used in a sauce, I think of it as a flavoring agent. But if I'm serving, say, whole baked onions as a side, I would think of it as a vegetable. Same with leeks. But in my personal nutritional accounting, it's not the same as say, kale.

Jul 07, 2014
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