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Issue roasting chicken thighs on foil lined baking sheet?

It's ok. I was the same when I switched from being a veg to eating meat in my thirties. The good thing about chicken thighs is that you can cook them a little longer than chicken breasts without them getting dry.

Sep 17, 2014
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What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I agree with that

Sep 14, 2014
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Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

Apart from tongs, my silicone spatula is my favorite tool in the kitchen. It's great for anything that's nonstick and the handle doesn't melt if you keep it in the pot.

Sep 13, 2014
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What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

Darn...it was going to be my next present to myself

Sep 08, 2014
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What's Best for Cutting Pizza?

I use scissors. They work great for thin crust homemade pizzas. But, I'm fascinated by Alaskan Ulu knives.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006PILUK/r...

Sep 08, 2014
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We are going to dinner at a Jain believing household

I wouldn't take any food products & would take a potted plant. Jains, like anyone else, vary in terms of their adherence to religious food practices. And, to be safe, I wouldn't take candles either.

Sep 08, 2014
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Minimum Wage Impact on Restaurant (especially FF) Prices

Economic theory would suggest that employment would be negatively affected. However, in the case study done comparing an increase in the minimum wage in NJ to no change in Pennsylvania found employment was more stable in NJ. Minimum wage earners spend a disproportionally larger part of their income on consumption, so it makes sense that an increase in the minimum wage would benefit the economy.

http://davidcard.berkeley.edu/papers/...

Tasting Kitchen Brunch Pictorial

This looks great!

Sep 05, 2014
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Soft Boiled Eggs/Old School?

Recently, I bought two purple Le Creuset ones from Amazon. There were many more types available.

Aug 23, 2014
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veggie Indians and their dairy foods

Funny. Doodh means milk, but wallace could be translated as dude. Milk dude.

Aug 22, 2014
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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

A fried egg on toast.

Aug 20, 2014
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obscure indian foods

I have eaten at Village Tandoor for the last 20 years because it is the closest Indian restaurant to my family. It's gone up and down in terms of its food and service, but it's pretty average for Indian food in the valley. I never eat the buffet.

Red Chili is great. For the most part, I've only had lunch because it's close to the office. Their naan is good and their rolls and kebabs are excellent. I've tried their CTM which is just ok.

Woodlands is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant. I like the food but find Woodland's rendition of it to be overly oily. I prefer their sister restaurant Valley India Cafe. It has both veg and non veg South Indian food. I like the dosas and uthappum there. The chicken 65 is also very good.

For snacks, chaat & other things like sweets, we go to India Sweets & Spices. There are at least two locations in the valley, Northridge and Canoga Park. Their prepared foods are vegetarian and they also have a decent lunch deal. I prefer canoga Park in terms of taste and Northridge in terms of cleanliness. Both have grocery sections, too.

Aug 20, 2014
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A few things to get off my chest ...

I think all dogs' paws do. It has something to do with their not having sweat glands.

Aug 17, 2014
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Possible Double Standard Regarding Dietary Needs/Preferences

Most of the vegetarians I know would not be comfortable eating something that is cooked on the same grill as meat and don't get the fake meat. Usually, they offer to bring something to share. If I'm cooking for family and friends, I use separate pans and cooking utensils.

Aug 11, 2014
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For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

my Fave comfort food.

Jul 29, 2014
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cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

Given the mix, I would avoid dairy all together. Some kind of whole fish dish would work and a ratatouille. More vegetables and another protein?

Jul 28, 2014
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Beyond Vegan

For the valley, I would look at the menu for Take a Bao and Sun Cafe in Studio City to see if anything looks interesting. Vinh Loh Tofu has a vegetarian/vegan menu that might have options for you.

Jul 27, 2014
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When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

Rice was the first thing I learned how to make. Then a really simple pasta with oregano & butter. I moved from the. San Fernando Valley to Edinburgh, Scotland. The difference in food was amazing.

Jul 26, 2014
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Your favorite e-cookbooks (kindle or ipad)

In the kindle app for the iPad, you can see books in color. Some of my favorites are Plenty, Jerusalem and Dirty Candy. I have vision problems and I love being able to enlarge the screen when necessary.

Jul 24, 2014
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Gateway Foods(dishes) to introduce foreign / ethnic flavours

Pakoras (fried, battered vegetables or meat) served with all kinds of sauces.

Jul 21, 2014
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What NOT to buy at Costco's

We've always been able to return things at Costco. Recently, we returned a tv 3 years after buying it.

Jul 21, 2014
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Ideas for dessert in a mug??

You can make an easy layered trifle with angel food cake, jam & fresh strawberries, custard & fresh cream.

Jul 20, 2014
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OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

everything bagel with lox & cream cheese

Jul 15, 2014
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Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

The problem with the valley is not the 405 but the 101. There are more than enough people in the valley to support good restaurants but would you really want to battle the 101 or Ventura to get to Studio City from Calabasas. On the other hand, it's relatively painless for me to get to Studio City from Porter Ranch (and convince other family members to do so). It's so much easier than trekking over to the Westside.

Jul 11, 2014
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Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

I like that you have special clothes for a buffet. Quite ingenious!

Jul 05, 2014
Kalivs in Not About Food

Ever Heard of a Restuarant that Does Not Use Salt in their Recipes? - Try PF Changs

I have never been to an Asian (even inauthentically so) restaurant and asked for salt. Why didn't you take the soy sauce?

Jun 30, 2014
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Has anyone been to Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Hotel?

I went last week on Thursday. The food and service were great. Each bite is a pop of flavor in your mouth. But, it is pricey.

Jun 30, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #4

Wow! I want to come to your house

Jun 29, 2014
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What I bought today at my Asian market

Just came back from Galleria (Korean Market). We bought 3 different types of mushrooms, zucchini, coriander, eggplant, red bell peppers and spinach. Their produce section is amazing.

Jun 29, 2014
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i have mango powder

I like it with stir fried okra. Cut the okra into small pieces. fry half an onion. Add Garam Masala, cumin & chili powder. Add the okra. Make sure there is enough oil to let you fry but not too much. Add the amchoor & serve. The okra should never become slimy.

Jun 27, 2014
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