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Amylu's Kickin Cranberry Chicken Meatballs with jalapenos

I make turkey meatballs with grated apple and grated cheddar, and these get a handful of chopped dried cranberries too. Dried cranberries ("craisins" is the brand name in my pantry) are sweetened so you probably would not need to add additional sugar/syrup.

I forget what else the original recipe included but I always add salt, pepper, maybe grainy mustard too.

Nov 11, 2011
saucydiva in Home Cooking

I am not a regular but I did go on the Buffalo/Rochester tour. Never met a nicer bunch of people, or ate more in two days (almost all of it excellent stuff). '

About the $20 fee that some upstream folks have been balking at: it has nothing to do with access to the restaurant reviews. The Roadfood Insider stuff includes maps and GPS downloads of Roadfood-reviewed places, as well as a smartphone-friendly version of the site.

I agree it is annoying that they seem to rotate reviews into and out of archives.

Oct 12, 2009
saucydiva in Food Media & News

need scone recipe - not too sweet

Google Grandma Johnson's Scones and add whatever dried fruit/nuts you like. They are light because of the baking soda/sour cream mixture. My favorite combinations are dried blueberries with lime zest, or a combination of crystallized ginger, orange zest and pecans.

Jun 26, 2009
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Best Ice Cream in los angeles????

At Glacier in Manhattan Beach today, I sampled several ice creams that were all perfectly delightful but ended up buying the chocolate sorbet, which was absolutely decadent. I paired it with an under-flavored orange sorbet; next time I will get the pistachio gelato instead. Yum!

Dec 05, 2008
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

Disneyland Dining: The Mediocrest Place on Earth

The bag check people will let you take an "appropriate" amount of food inside the park. That is, if you are a family of four, they'll let you through with four sandwiches, etc. Not ten sandwiches, and not the separate components of sandwiches to assemble inside the park.

Any restaurant that serves soft drinks will gladly give you a large glass of ice water at no charge. I bring a wide-mouth Aquafina water bottle into the park so I can transfer the water and ice cubes into it instead of the flimsy paper cup (easier to take onto rides and carry in your sack).

Redd Rockett's pizza is 90% crust. Not worth the money. But their pasta is ok. Kid portion pastas are decent. Grownups can order kid's meals.

Cafe Orleans serves good fries tossed with parmesan cheese and garlic. We always nosh on an order of these while waiting for our entrees.

I agree that the burgers at Tomorrowland Terrace are not good but some of the other sandwiches are not bad.

Dec 05, 2008
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

Ranch Snack Recipe Needed

My mom made this stuff for me last weekend, and it was so good I made a batch when I got home. :)

Combine 2 boxes of Mini Ritz Bitz crackers (tiny cracker sandwiches with "cheez" in the middle -- Trader Joe's makes a similar product for less money) and a few big handfuls of pretzel nuggets. Measure 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and stir in a 1oz packet of Ranch dressing mix (not dip mix), 1T dried dillweed, 1t garlic powder and 1t celery salt. Mix well. Pour over crackers and stir to coat. You don't even have to bake this stuff, just let it sit for a couple hours and stir it occasionally. The oil soaks into the crackers but they don't get soggy at all. Yum.

Dec 05, 2008
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Need a new direction for cauliflower

I forget what magazine this recipe was in, but it has become a family favorite, even for picky eaters. It was called something like Indian Roasted Cauliflower. Here is my streamlined version. Toss florets with olive oil, S&P and roast at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to a hour, until nice and browned around the edges (toss them once or twice during cooking). Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine 1T olive oil, maybe half a cup of ketchup, a couple T of soy sauce, 1 or 2 T of brown sugar, and up to a teaspoon of toasted cumin, depending on how much you like cumin (we love it). Let the sauce ingredients get to know each other, then remove from heat. When the cauliflower comes out of the oven, toss it with some of the sauce and then serve the rest of the sauce on the side for dipping.

Oct 03, 2008
saucydiva in Home Cooking

anyone got a fried dough recipe

Our Louisiana-born neighbors used to make these when I was little. They called them Maggie's Drawers and I'm pretty sure they were just frozen bread dough, little knobs of it pulled sort of flat (holes ok, hence the name) and fried, then dusted with powdered sugar. Yum!

Jul 02, 2008
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Are there still ice cream trucks in LA?

>theme song from godfather

Mine used to play the theme from Love Story. I imagined all the ladies of a certain age bursting into spontaneous tears from east to west as the truck trundled by, and a whole neighborhood of children growing up with a nagging distrust of frozen treats.

May 19, 2008
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

At what LA restaurant do you overlook horrible Food/Decor/Service for something great of theirs that you have to have?

Al Noor, the excellent Pakistani place in Lawndale, has great food (particularly obsessed with their chicken tikka masala, we fight over the sauce) but it's strictly takeout for us, because the seating area is so ugly. They have this horrible strawberry-patterned wallpaper border around the top of the room and it is peeling and falling off in places. So wrong for their food.

Apr 09, 2008
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

Brownies Who has the best Recipe

Last Christmas I did a blind taste test of ten different brownie recipes by sending unmarked samples to friends and family and having them vote for their favorites. The undisputed winner was Katharine Hepburn's brownie recipe (it's readily available online). It has the advantage of being very simple, too. Second place was awarded to Martha's classic brownies. After that, opinions varied widely.

Other recipes in the mix included Ina's brownies, Nigella's 3 chocolate brownies, Zingerman's brownies, Giada's recipe that is doctored-up boxed mix, Dinah Shore's legendary brownies, the recipe on the Hershey's cocoa can, and the recipe on the back of the Baker's Chocolate box. And one more I can't remember.

All the recipes I prepared do NOT include baking powder or baking soda, because my family believes in dense, fudgy brownies as opposed to cakey ones, so there was no way one of those fluffy ones could have won the contest. :)

Seriously, try Katharine's brownies. They are outstanding.

Feb 03, 2008
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Whole foods macaroni and cheese recipe?

Tee hee, just my hunch but both of those recipes look WAY more healthy than the stuff they actually serve in their hot food bar, which is totally decadent and greasy!

Jan 28, 2008
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Found! Breaded, Fried Cheese Curds!!

If you are willing to cook them yourself, Trader Joe's has been carrying cheese curds in their dairy case lately.

Jan 24, 2008
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

"20 Worst Foods in America"

It's the DOUBLE 6 dollar burger that has 1500 calories. A "low carb" single 6 dollar burger, which comes wrapped in lettuce and is entirely satisfying, is less than 500 calories.

Dec 27, 2007
saucydiva in Food Media & News


Porky's has won us over. Ample portions, reasonable prices, great food. Their standard sauce is sweet but has a smoky complexity. There are two hotter sauces if desired. The pulled pork comes in huge, tender chunks and is the one thing we always, always order. The brisket is sliced and is not the most tender brisket I've ever had, but it carries a nice smokiness. Hot links are delish. Rib tips are meaty and tender. The baby backs are underwhelming, choose the other ribs or the rib tips.

Excellent sides: creamy cole slaw, homemade mac & cheese. The beans are a bit on the greasy side but they are meaty and delectable. We love these beans! Potato salad is the consistency of mashed potatoes but still very flavorful in a classic potato salad way. Dirty rice is overcooked but they don't skimp on the meaty flavorings.

We also love the fried chicken!! So good. The coating is crunchy and yet it melts in your mouth, and the chicken inside is juicy and tender. I think you can add a chicken breast to any bbq meal for a buck and a half.

Be sure to print out the coupon referenced above for incredible savings on already-good prices. The woman behind the counter looked surprised to see it when I produced one a few weeks ago but they still honored it, as they should since it is still on their website.

Dec 19, 2007
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

comfort corn casserole?

I made the casserole for thanksgiving this year and it was the hit of the day. We ate the leftovers the next day drizzled with a bit of maple syrup alongside some browned breakfast sausage links. The casserole yielded about eight servings in all, so maybe you could just think of it as one tablespoon of butter per person. :)

Dec 05, 2007
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Something new with 'Eggo' waffles

In season 2 of Top Chef, I think it was Elia who used Eggos as the basis of the breakfast they prepared for the surfers... I think she included some kind of bean spread and definitely topped it with an egg. I don't remember any of the other ingredients but you may be able to locate it at the Bravo website if interested.

Dec 05, 2007
saucydiva in Home Cooking

Joey's Smokin' BBQ review - Tustin

We frequent the one in MB and it's usually really good. Love the brisket and the pork ribs, and agree that it's nice that it's not too heavily sauced. Onion rings are good (that nice spongy batter!) but greasy, blot them before you eat! Coleslaw is the only thing that doesn't satisfy -- there's no creaminess to it. But lord, that brisket is yum.

If they are busy, check your order before you leave because orders seem to get mixed up or dishes omitted when they are trying to move things along.

Nov 27, 2007
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast-to-go for an LAX flight

I've taken pb&j and cream cheese bagels through security recently without problems. Hard boiled eggs were ok too. They won't let yogurt through because even the smallest yogurt container is larger than their limit (3oz is the max, I think, same as for toiletries). I don't think rice pudding would be let through.

Nov 19, 2007
saucydiva in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Chicken Salad Recipe?

I agree, that is the best way to cook the chicken.

I used to make copious quantities of really easy, really yummy chicken salad when I worked at a small sandwich shop years ago. After the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it by hand and mix in lots (lots!) of mayo, a couple handfuls of whole walnuts and green olives, and season to taste with S&P. This stuff flew out the door, we could not keep up with demand.

Nov 08, 2007
saucydiva in Home Cooking