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Where Can I Find Banana Leaves?

I've seen fresh in the Asian market on Sherman Way, North Hollywood, across from K-Mart/Pick n Save.
Not sure if it was more towards summer or not.

There's a huge Asian market on Sepulveda Blvd..."99 Ranch Market"also, if you get to that part of town.

Try Mexican markets as well, possibly the Vallarta Chain?

Adding, Jon's market chain

Mar 02, 2015
ChefNNod in Los Angeles Area

Recommended brands/sources of 100% raw unsweetened/unsalted cacao beans needed

Thanks both to Babette and Alex for your quick responses, I've bookmarked all three sites.

Boy am I glad I couldn't find the whole beans when I was looking for them at the several markets I went to.
My thoughts were to pop a whole bean in my mouth and let it melt in my mouth, not knowing that the cocoa seed was encased in a shell!

Looking back, I think it would still be my mouth waiting to dissolve, and according to the info. @ chocolate alchemy, the shell may not have been too sterile.

For now I guess I'll just stick to the nibs.

Mar 02, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

Recommended brands/sources of 100% raw unsweetened/unsalted cacao beans needed

I need the whole beans, organic if possible, as the beans lose some of their anti-oxidant/nutrient benefits through heating, and also by drying out quicker especially when powdered or chopped. There is more of a chance that the nibs and powders have unwanted additives, also.

Some of the above choices varied in ingredients by brand, i.e. some had added sodium listed, some had no potassium (added?), some had more fat.

The only brick and mortar choices I could find were the nibs and powdered kinds @ New Seasons and Whole Foods markets.

I let a teaspoon of the nibs melt (sort of!) in my mouth and I thought I’d do the same with the whole beans.

I did like the unanticipated caffeine buzz which followed...it seemed better and less acidic than that from black coffee’s.

I’ll probably have to buy them mail order.

Can anyone suggest brands they have tried or heard about?

Mar 01, 2015
ChefNNod in General Topics

What is your favorite hard to find candy?

Used to like Fizzies, for the novelty of the candy itself, and the reply it inspired to a not so funny joke or idea that was given...
"That's about as funny as a flood in a Fizzie's factory"

Had a mixed feeling towards those bags of Kraft Fudgies that were in the weekly grocery bag.
They didn't taste like the chocolate that I so desperately wanted and needed, and sometimes tiny pieces of foil got stuck to the individual candies.

Dec 03, 2014
ChefNNod in General Topics

What is your favorite hard to find candy?

We used to get 'Squirrel Nuts' @ 2 for a penny up until the early sixties. I don't recall if 'caramel' was in the title as they were displayed in an open box at the counter and we would just dig in and grab the number of pieces we wanted, and I never looked at the wrapper anyway.
They were soft and chewy, with tiny bits of some kind of nuts, and also darker in color than the Squirrel 'Nut Zippers' I see on the retro candy sites today.
They were one of my favorites, are those still around?

Dec 03, 2014
ChefNNod in General Topics

Famous food in names- add to the list

Hushpuppy - another Sherri Lewis puppet

Dec 02, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

btw, I don't get double (or any points) for Chuck Lamb, his name, regarding the thread gets them.

Dec 02, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

To Peel or Not: Ginger Root

If it were my own homegrown (which I've never attempted), I wouldn't peel it, depending on the dish of course. I usually peel it with a spoon, then slice or dice.
A long while back, I froze or semi-froze it, then grated it on a fine micro-plane.
The end result was perfect fluffy flakes, most of which fell right off the mp as I was grating it, the rest came readily off after a slight tap on the edge of a bowl or spoon, leaving no wasted juices on the mp.

Nov 30, 2014
ChefNNod in Home Cooking

culinary ventures in hotel kitchenettes

You can eat lots of veggies for one thing.
Those large econo. frozen bags of assorted carrots-corn-peas etc. work well AND they're pre-washed, and usually picked at the peak of freshness.

Thaw/cook them in store bought chicken stock, OR buy cut-up chicken pieces and poach them, then use that liquid to cook the veggies at a later date, or throw in the cooked chicken when the veggies are done.

Granted, not exactly gourmet stock, but beats plain water if if you need more taste than the latter has to offer.
Saute' an onion and/or garlic in the pan first, maybe add a can of diced tomatoes (saving the tomato juice to add in later w/ the rest of the liquid), then add the veggies/liquid. Don't rule out adding cans of cooked beans as well.

Most of the sinks in those aparthotels are too small for rinsing anything large like connected stalks of celery.
Spray the shower head with a mixture of bleach and water and you can use it to rinse or wash any large vegetables or utensils.

Quote (edited)from OP: "I'm trying to resist the temptation to buy stuff that I already have, but can't use for another two weeks. So, I have no flour, sugar, vinegar. I have S&P, but no other spices. No chicken stock. No onions or garlic, but it wouldn't be a problem to buy one onion. I retrieved a lot of my stuff from the former home refrigerator, including fish sauce, soy sauce, capers, and fresh dill. So my challenge is not so much cooking in a small space, but with minimal ingredients. Also, I don't have my good knives with me, or numerous other of my usual kitchen items, such as garlic press,or lemon squeezer".

99cent/Dollar tree stores.
If you're cutting/dicing certain meats, a pair of new cheapie scissors can suffice in some applications, as well as a brand new dollar knife!
It's OK to buy olive oil at the above establishments for your situation, since a number of the larger bottles/ and more expensive brands are bogus anyway.
Wal-mart is OK for some inexpensive condiment types of food stuff for your temporary situation.
I would avoid buying vinegar for consumption that come in plastic containers though.
This can be a great hands on/thinking on feet type of experience for your daughter to get a taste of what it's like to run a household. I'm certain you'll make sure she has a say in what ingredients are being used, to make it a fun thing for both of you.

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Home Cooking

Famous food in names- add to the list

Many people with the last name Lamb:

Chuck (double points for Chuck (steak) – a.k.a the dead body guy

Barry – composer/musician

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food Jokes

Why did the banana go to the psychiatrist?
Because it had a split personality.

Yesterday my fridge thought it was a microwave, so we got into a heated debate over it. ..but we're cool now.

The Fraternity member was hungry so he eta pi.

Old colanders never die, they just can't take the strain anymore.

Stir-fry cooks come from all woks of life.

A gourmet chef can take any kind of cheese and make some grate things with it.

If a lawyer becomes a cook, do they automatically become a sue chef?

When the cannibal showed up late to the luncheon, they gave him the cold shoulder.

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

What turns you off about restaurant restrooms?

*Less than sanitary hygienic conditions.

*Not regularly checking the bathroom to make sure nothing is clogged, all the supplies are filled, especially the seat liners.

*Cheap T.P. that breaks apart almost sheet by sheet. If you try to spin the roll (with he improperly fitting spindle) instead, it sometimes rolls onto the floor, wasting sheets in the process.

*Those large, fully encased T.P. dispensers for the handicapped that are so close to the floor, I CAN'T EVEN USE THEM.
It seems the end of the sheet is always to the back of the roll and I almost get carpel tunnel trying to locate it.
Then, those sheets or the angle of said roll/dispenser makes those pull apart sheet by sheet!

*(Even)Those high-end chains where you have to remember to hold down the handle until everything disappears, otherwise you have to wait for the slow-filling tank to fill up again before you get to have a second try at it.

*No paper towel dispenser, just maybe an air blower.
I like to rinse my face sometimes, and end up having to use the inside of my shirt to dry it with.
I also like to use a P.T. for the doorknob upon exiting, for I know where those hands have been.

I like how Robert Klein once chided about a certain comedy clubs B.R. facility,
"It's the kind of place where you have to put paper on the knob going IN"
Side note:

There's a large dine-in/takeout chain that doesn't have a public restroom in lots of their establishments. Is this because they are not required to do so since they don't have enough tables by law to require them to supply one?

Nov 29, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food jokes - list

For our first Thanksgiving my wife’s parents came over for dinner.
My bride roasted a beautiful turkey which she brought to the table on a silver tray.
With a sharp knife I carved it into lovely piles of thinly sliced white and dark meat.
I smiled at my father-in-law, a well known surgeon, and said,
“How was that for a stunning bit of surgery?”
He laughed and replied,
“Not bad.
Now let’s see you put it back together”

-Carl Ross

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food Jokes

A few short ones:

What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
It goes back four seconds

Have you ever tried to eat a clock?
It's very time consuming.

What cheese is made backwards?

Why was the mushroom invited to the party?
Because he was a fun-guy

“Waiter, there’s a fly swimming in my soup
“Look on the bright side, if the portions weren’t so generous, he’d be wading

Man in a French restaurant:
Waiter, this plate is damp
No, it’s not wet, that’s the soup

Waiter, why is this fly floating in my soup
Well, you see sir, they’re not very good swimmers

A chicken walks into a bar and the bartender says “I’m sorry, we don’t serve poultry”
The chicken says, “that’s OK, I just want a drink”

A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says “Hey”
The horse says “Sure”

Where do burgers like to dance?
At a meatball

When do you go at red and stop at green?
When you’re eating a watermelon

What did the fish say when he swam into a wall?
What did the second fish say when it swam into a wall”

What kind of plates do the use on Venus?
Flying saucers

What did the hamburger name his daughter?

How does the hamburger introduce his daughter?
Meet Patty

What did the cannibal’s wife say when he brought home an actor?
Oh good, ham sandwiches!

Have you heard about this new recipe for a sponge cake?
You borrow all the ingredients.

Q: How do you fix a broken tomato?
A: With tomato paste

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food and restaurant jokes.

Several famous rap stars got together recently and opened up a restaurant in New York. The only drawback to this 5-star establishment is that there are no main courses offered, just a lot of little samples.

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

Lots of singers named Patty:


Wagstaff – Pilot


Mills – Basketball
Sheehan – Golfer
Schnyder – Golfer

A few singers named Patti:


Several or so Patti Bergers can be found on the internet, none of them famous tho, just had to check the combo (as it were) of Patty and Burger

Nov 27, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

Surname Kane:
Kevin – Songwriter
Eden – Singer
Miles – Singer

Candy Crowley – News anchor

Lansing - Executive
Magee – Baseball player

Sherry’s - Actresses:

Sheree North – Actress

Surname Drinkwater:
John – Musician
Skip – Record producer
Ray - Soccer
Graham - Hockey
Danny - Football
Charles – Soccer
Terry – TV/Radio journalist

Nov 26, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food and restaurant jokes.

A man frantically makes his way through the crowd to the bartender, wherein he cries out,
"Sorry to cut in, but I need 5 shots of Patron right now please"
The bartender complies, and as soon as he starts lining them up across the bar, the fellow immediately starts shot-gunning each one in rapid succession.
"Slow down" says the bartender, "its' not healthy to drink them all so quickly like you just did"
"Oh yeah? You'd be doing the same as me if you just found out you had what I have" exclaims the customer.
"What’s that?" asks the bartender.
Says the customer, "50 cents"

Nov 23, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food and restaurant jokes.

Three guys walk into a bar (which is really stupid, because you'd think after the first one did it the other two would just walk around)!

A jumper cable walks into a bar. The barman says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."

A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says, "Sorry we don't serve food in here."

Nov 23, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Can threads be sorted by the number of replies?

Thanks for the response.

quote: Replies sorts threads by number of replies, in descending order from the greatest number...quote

Yep,that's what I was seeing.
When I gave the replies a second click I was hoping to have it reverse itself to zero replies, the order stayed the same is what I was seeing.
I can however sort by the most, then jump several or more pages backwards until I reach the more recent of the "no replies" like you suggested...that'll work.

Out of the four forums I visit, one doesn't have that option at all with any of the columns, one looks like it will when the cursor is placed and ticked at the column headings, but does absolutely nothing after the all the spinning stops!
The one site that does what I hope for, does me no good because I'm not registered there, I just lurk!

So, all in all, this site is the better.

Nov 23, 2014
ChefNNod in Site Talk

Can threads be sorted by the number of replies?

I don't have time to read through active posts with lots of responses, yet I don't want to post in them w/o reading all the responses first. I'd rather gather all the threads with little or no responses into one group and possibly delegate my time to those. Ticking on date started or number of replies in individual forums does nothing to the order. Am I doing something wrong, or is that not an option?

Nov 22, 2014
ChefNNod in Site Talk

Food jokes - list

A waiter with a bad cut on his hand was lying on a gurney in the emergency room at the local hospital. As a doctor passed him, he cried out,
“Doctor, please help me, I’ve been lying here for three hours”.
“I’m sorry” said the doctor,
“That isn’t my table”

Nov 22, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Food and restaurant jokes.

I couldn't remember where I got this joke from...now I do!
(visualize the head under the chair emoticon here!)

Nov 22, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

Ambrosia - band
Marmalade - band
Hootie and the Blowfish
Oysterhead - band
Blue Oyster Cult - band
Carrie Fischer
The Subways
Roger Water
A Taste of Honey - band
Buffalo Springfield - band
Iggy Pop - musician
Eve Plumb
John Mellancamp
Fattburger - band
Ben Roethlisberger – NFL quarterback
Brent Musberger - sportscaster
Taco - singer
L.L. Bean
Martha STEWart
John Stewart
James Stewart
George Crumb – Composer
George Crum – Famous cook of yester-year, possible (not proven) inventor of potato chips.

The Crumb Brothers – Breadmakers in Utah (not well known, but the connection of bread and crumb was just too easy to pass up)

Nov 21, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Since I would opt for instrumentals on Thanksgiving day, I too vote for Handel string quartets, most any solo classical piano or guitar music, or on the more contemporary side, Jim Brickman or some of the less somber George Winston tunes.

Others have mentioned Christmas music playlists here. On the eve I play a combo of vocal & instrumental, on Christmas day it's all instrumentals.

Nov 20, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

What do the letters in the avatar area mean?

I like that...I'll have to do that with mine.

When I picked my screen name, I tried to choose one that was food related. Had I known about the first letter-thing and the hourly/daily game that can be played with it, I probably would have picked a name with more possibilities.
Oh well...at least I didn't choose the other major contenders ~ Zwieback or Quinoa!

Nov 20, 2014
ChefNNod in Site Talk

What do the letters in the avatar area mean?


Nov 20, 2014
ChefNNod in Site Talk

What do the letters in the avatar area mean?

Do they change by # of posts, or something else?

Nov 20, 2014
ChefNNod in Site Talk

Famous food in names- add to the list



Stu Nahan
Stu Lantz

Stu Cook - Bassist for Creedence Clearwater Revival

Nov 20, 2014
ChefNNod in Not About Food

Any foods or products you really like(d) that have been discontinued?

I can see why you wouldn’t realize or remember that the BMs were discontinued, if those of us who did were getting some of those homemade beauties you made, we wouldn’t care either! I thought pic #2 looked good ‘til I saw pic3.
I bookmarked your copycat recipe for future use.

Those Ikea CC doubles…what’s the double of, choc. or crisp? Either way, they're made with oats, and everybody could use a little more oats in their diet!

I never knew about M’s fried apple pies. Anything fried tastes better…I’ve heard that some restaurants deep fry ice cream.

Nov 20, 2014
ChefNNod in General Topics