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Sprout's Farmers Market

peppered bacon. cranberry walnut bread. housemade sausages. wild-caught shrimp.

Jun 16, 2014
chez cherie in Chains
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Where To Find "California Earthquake Potato Chips"

every time i see this answer, i get the giggles. just--i don;'t know--the juxtiposition.

May 21, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Bistro de la Gare, back on track

May 19, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

trader joe's sells smoked paprika as well , not in a grinder. i beleive (dont have the jar in front of me) that one is 100% paprika.

May 17, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

Bistro de la Gare, back on track

time to venture down there again and give bistro de la gare another shot--perhaps after the thursday farmers market. just to jump on the meritage sub-thread (and muddy the waters even more) "meritage" is an American term--it is properly pronounced mer-i-tij (rhyming with heritage), not mer-i-taj, revealing its american roots, i think. ('tho 80% of the time i hear it pronounced the second way, with a french accent). a portmanteau of merit and heritage, it is usually reserved for bordeaux style blends, so would not include pinot noir. to properly be considered for meritage labeling, a red meritage blend should include cab, cab franc, malbec, merlot, carminere and/or petit verdot.

May 12, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

US Sriracha factory may close

ironically, irwindale wanted their business just a few years ago...

May 12, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Citric acid, Rennet, etc... what kind of stores carry these, typically? Also, possible substitutes?

i see there is a trader joe's opening there soon. their cream-top milk and goat's milk are not ultrapasteurized and make good mozz and chevre.

May 07, 2014
chez cherie in Home Cooking

Any local LA candy makers?

i referenced them for the ribbon candy ( a dying art).

May 04, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Any local LA candy makers?

puff pastry sheets with no butter

trader joe's puff does have butter. that's why i hoard it in the freezer all year.

Apr 28, 2014
chez cherie in General Topics

puff pastry sheets with no butter

too much butter? how is that possible? there are a bunch of puffs available that have no butter, but i don't know of any that use coconut oil. pepperidge farm frozen puff pastry contains no butter.
INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR [FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE (VITAMIN B1), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), FOLIC ACID], WATER, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE SHORTENING (SOYBEAN AND COTTONSEED OILS COLORED WITH BETA CAROTENE) CONTAINS 2 PERCENT OR LESS OF: SALT, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHEAT GLUTEN, DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES (FROM HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL) AND SOY LECITHIN.

Apr 27, 2014
chez cherie in General Topics

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

i like the bay blend.always very fresh and fragrant when i pop open a new can of beans.

Mar 29, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

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

if you are asking about the fresh ginger root in the produce section, i used it in a sauce with pear cider last night.

Mar 11, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

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

that mustard (hot and sweet) has actually been available all year. at least in 2013 it was. usually it's nov-april. just because it stayed on the shelves all year last year won't keep me from stocking up on a few extra jars this month, though. joe's ways are mysterious, and "ham season" is almost over for the year...

Mar 11, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

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

it's great raw--i throw in some dried cranberries, sometimes some cubed white cheddar or pepper toscana, and sometimes apple cubes. you can dress it ahead of time, b/c it's so hearty it doesn't sog up--more like marinates. love this blend, raw or sauteed.

Mar 10, 2014
chez cherie in Chains
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2014-June 2014 [old]

it is "seasonal" for the holidays--usually appears about october. i use puff pastry in all seasons, so i hoard it in my freezer.

Mar 03, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

Does TrJ Care? (Do they act on customer feedback?)

they try to keep preservatives to a minimum, and no artificial preservatives in the trader joe's-labeled items. salt acts as a preservative and is "natural". that's one of the reasons their stuff is sometimes higher in sodium.
as far as responsiveness, i do know that an actual person reads every email they receive. but if a few people complain about sodium levels, that may not be cause for action. i know they have responded on other issues, non-BGH milk, moving toward sustainable seafood, etc., so it's worth a shot.

Mar 01, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

I need the anti-mustard

if it's already made, i'd do a breadcrumb/grated cheese topping to add distracting crunch, and to dilute the mustard flavor a bit. good luck!

Homemade Mozz...w/o rennet, et al?

and that's commercial rennet. strips of the calves stomach were dried and used for long periods, reconstituted in water. i've seen this done in modern days---it's just that the strength is variable, and commercial rennet is standardized strength, so you get the same result every time.

Feb 16, 2014
chez cherie in Cheese

Sodium Citrate?

you might try here:
http://www.homesteadsupplyco.com/
not sure what you need it for, but i know it's used in cheesmaking, and they carry some cheese making supplies. good luck.

Feb 08, 2014
chez cherie in Metro Portland

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

no preservatives=more quickly spoiled. the peppers can be frozen--there is some texture change, but for dips, soups, dressings, that's not a concern. i love these peppers, and if i only need one whole for sandwiches or something, i can always use a little romesco or muhummara made with the other one so it doesn't go to waste. i'd rather toss the occasional roasted pepper that went bad b/c of no preservatives than have a jar full of additive-filled ones hanging around. ymmv.

ladd's addition suggestions

ohmylord. the chicken thigh and sausage hash with fennel, sweet potatoes and i-don't-even-know-what-else, with two poached eggs on top at simpatica dining hall changed my life.
http://simpaticapdx.com/

Feb 02, 2014
chez cherie in Metro Portland

Costco Food Finds - 1st Quarter 2014 [OLD]

more like a cookie, heyimback. they are great perched atop a cup of coffee for a while, so they get sticky, warm and gooey.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroopwafel

Feb 02, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

ladd's addition suggestions

just wanted to follow up with another thanks! so far i've hit palio (and also cellar door, which my daughter recommended). had some little t bread with vino and cheeses the other night. hit roost for dinner last night-pretty good, but there were a few details that grated on me. the evening prior we were at the farm cafe, which was charming and also grabbed some soup at ford's that was good. did the se branch of olympic provisions today and it was amazing. (not on your list, but not too far away!) tonight we were at bar avignon, had just ordered when my daughter felt ill. had them box up our meal and i took her home to rest. i thought my foie agnelotti with roasted pear and cider reduction would be a little gross from a cardboard container, but nope! it was fantastic. can't wait to try again next visit, on real plates. i will be checking out people's co-op and mirador tomorrow. loving this airbnb i found, and walking through the maze of ladd's addition, so i will def be back in this neighborhood again.

Feb 01, 2014
chez cherie in Metro Portland

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

i thought this pom vin was too perfumey. so sad, because the had a great one a few years back. bummed.

Jan 24, 2014
chez cherie in Chains

Barberries in sgv?

found them at golden farms on san fernando road in glendale.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-farms-...

seeing the vast array of frozen pelmeni here jogged my memory into thinking that my previous source may well have been the crazy russian costco place in n hwd. (excuse me--cost.co!) i buy caviar here at holiday time, and i think i probably picked up the previous batch while i was there. i love this place.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/pacific-coast...

Jan 22, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Barberries in sgv?

i called jon's and asked both for dried barberries and zereshk. nope. asked at sunland produce (at the service desk in front).the woman said they don't carry them because they are "too expensive". ?? the package i had was $4.99.
someone suggested golden farms, where i haven't been in ages. will call or go by there tomorrow.

Jan 21, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Barberries in sgv?

Looking for barberries-- I have a container labeled sadaf (which I know is a common distributed of middle eastern ingredients), but no indication where I got it. Grrrr. Checked super king, sun land produce and Aladdin but house with no success. Anybody???

Jan 21, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Cheese, GCM

but th e "raclette" is not raclette. i asked specifically and was told that's why it's in quotation marks--they don't use raclette cheese. it was a cheddar the day i was there, on broccolini. good, but not raclette.

Jan 17, 2014
chez cherie in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

hummi. ;->

Jan 17, 2014
chez cherie in Chains
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