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On thank you!

I looked at this tool:

But am lusting for the Norpro [$26.00


But I noticed Hubert Keller on YouTube actually frenching them in the Cusinart!!!

about 16 hours ago
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking


The frozen are already frenched.

about 16 hours ago
SilverlakeGirl in Home Cooking


OK, so do you slice right down the middle? Or diagonally? I'm a slice down the middle person.

I notice that the frenching tool i was going to buy on Amazon requires that you push one bean through at a time. I am not long on patience so i figured that would be torture.


Whew, had a hard time getting the word "frenching" through the spell checker!

I am a long time fan of frenched green beans because my mom used to make some recipes with them I liked. However, she used frozen and I intended to use frozen as well.

However, while they were once quite common, it is hard to find them in the markets now. Very difficult! So now I'm thinking of frenching them by hand. Has anyone done this and do you recommend a specific tool?

Watermelon Bread, does any SGV Taiwanese bakery have it?

My silly Safeway seafood salad search

At Ralphs at the deli counter.

And at Smart and Final. I highly recommend the newish Smart and Final in DTLA which is currently a favorite of mine. They keep it with the deli salads up front.

Boars Head Hot Dogs

I see them at Gelson's Silver Lake these days.

I was the lucky one when the Ralph's was closed to make room for the new Whole Foods Silver Lake ... all of their food was a fraction of the price. I loaded up on Boar'd Head natural casing hot dogs. Just piled them in the basket.

I still have a cherished section of my freezer keeping them ready!!!

Bagels at Wexlers

I'm a big fan of bagels and lament the lack of descent ones in LA.

Once I & Joy closed, I would spin by Fred's occasionally, ... but no longer.

Happy Baker mentioned Wexler's in another thread. Do they make their own bagels?

I hope to make it to GCM next weekend and, hopefully, also be able to report back on Belle's Bagel's a Highland Park bagel pop-up.


Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

It is interesting that you mention that. The LA Times announced the closure. But the website is still functional:

I just dialed both Glendale and Torrance numbers. Glendale "cannot receive calls at this time", Torrance has a number " that has been disconnected".

Hopefully we see more Jewish delis opening in the near future.

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?


While out on a ship owned by UCLA. Many, many years ago. [Should I add another "many"?]

A HUGE job to get the flesh out of the shell. Dusted in flour, fried quickly and doused in lemon juice.

A once in a lifetime treat for sure!

Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

I didn't see anyone mention this, But I'm sad to say, without my noticing, Billy's Jewish Deli in Glendale has closed for business.

I heard that the flamboyant waitress who worked there had also passed away.

I used to work in Glendale decades ago and was thunderstruck when rumors were that Billy's would close. I mourn it not because it was good jewish deli ... but Jewish delis are becoming rare in general.


Restaurants with tarragon dishes

Yeah, I have bought Gelson's deli for years but it really is pricey.

I also love their Herbed Tuna Salad. But it's $14.00 a pound!

Now, I go to Ralph's and get their Chicken Salad at $6.99 a pound. It's great on Oroweat's Winter Wheat Bread which is their top of the line priciest as well. It's getting harder to find.

Oh, and Ralph's also used to have a wonderful Chicken Salad with Chervil. I never knew I loved Chervil until I tasted it. Not sure I've seen it in awhile.

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

... and a site that doesn't get as much traffic as it should:

You can narrow down the tarragon dishes. Includes Nigella Lawson's Tarragon Chicken with a liberal dose of the herb!

Restaurants with tarragon dishes

I love tarragon as well.

I recommend Gelson's fresh Tarragon Egg Salad in the deli area. I can't get enough of it.


I will make a point to try them next time... maybe tonight.

I'm also fond of their sausage.

I'm really honored that this place is in on the eastside. A rarity.


I love DeSano.

I made it my Sunday night stop for a couple of months. A good experience!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

Did not see those. But a couple of hours ago tried the "Tomato & Brie Tart" which is made by the "Ham & Gruyere Tart" people.

Bought two for the freezer.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I was fond of the Meyer lemon.

it's funny, as I serve them just as they did at TJ's which is new for me;

Cookie, spread with a generous dollop of TJ's creme fraiche. With three fresh raspberries pressed into the creme.

Delightful. Perfect for teatime [which i've adopted to relax] as I've gotten older. Shhh!

Jun 12, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I did not like the coffee flavor the chose.

Jun 12, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread-June 2015 [OLD]

I agree. The fake Milanos are not happening.

Jun 12, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

A new item for me...

"Heavenly VILLAGIO MARZANO TOMATOES" which are FRESH San Marzano tomatoes ... grown in Canada.

Does anyone know if these are to be eaten fresh or prepared cooked?

They're in a smaller [10 ounce, 284g] plastic bag in the produce section. Almost overlooked them. Very cute shaped, parish ... like Romas only very small.

Well, here we go, the packages says for a fresh salad or in a tomato sauté with garlic and basil, good on pasta ...

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

I love their rices and always keep a couple of boxes handy.

I say this even as I can honestly say I cook rice well, it doesn't intimidate me. But nothing can top the 'Snip - 3 minute" routine!

May 24, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Found that the KEY LIME PIE has returned, same packaging. Stocked up!

May 24, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Dry Pasta Query

Our local Gelson's had an extended sale on specialty pasta "Rustichella D'Abruzzo". So, each time i was in the market, I picked up two or more.

Then I moved to a new home and about 20 packages ended being stored away for over 3 years. They were packed well.

Does anyone know if there is a limit to years pasta can be stored?

May 22, 2015
SilverlakeGirl in General Topics

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Trader Joe's makes the cut as one of the best Chocolate Babkas!

Chicken Parm Hero (a la NYC)

Mario's Italian Deli on Broadway in Glendale is enough like Bay cities to draw a comparison. They make both a Veal or a Chicken Parm Sandwich.

I'm especially fond of their Spicy Cold Cuts Sandwich.

They also have a host of other hot and cold Sammie's.

I figured out why In/Out fries suck

I love In-n-Out potatoes just as they are. Very full of potato flavor.

Dec 13, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Late Thanksgiving in LA?

Actually, I left a response last night ... But it is gone with the night ...

I noticed that Bottega Louie, who normally serves late, has a special Thanksgiving menu for Thursday. It is a pared down version of the regular menu. Besides the Diestel Turkey dinner for $26, there is also a full Thanksgiving feast with sides and dessert for $50.

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

Same in L.A.

Nov 16, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 (Part II) [OLD]

I went to the brand new Trader Joes in Glendale, CA this evening. It replaced a smaller, more crowded TJ's a few blocks away. But the new one is larger, still crowded with just as crazy a parking lot. I am going back to my regular Silver Lake TJ's.

Anyway, I asked the guy stocking fruits and nuts about the dried mandarins and he tells me they are seasonal and out of season right now.

Nov 16, 2014
SilverlakeGirl in Chains