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ISO Hawaiian shortbread recipe

OMG! Thanks for posting! I posted this topic a year ago and forgot about it. Today I was doing a search and started thinking about this and I looked at the user ID and thought "hey, that's my log in"....DUHHH...I forgot I even posted this! I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you so much!!!

Jan 26, 2009
bakersdozen in Home Cooking

When does unused pasta go bad?

I have never been able to tell when unused, dried pasta purchased in a box or plastic is bad. How can you tell if it will no longer taste fresh when you cook it? I have some packages unopened and never used without expiration dates. What is a reasonable shelf life for unused pasta?

Mar 03, 2008
bakersdozen in General Topics

Best sharpening service for wickedly sharp?

I don't know if they could do Globals. But you can call them and ask. If they aren't busy, they can do it right away. I left 10 items (7 knives, shears, pruners, cleaver), it took a little more than an hour. They charged $30 for everything. I'm going to bring steak knives in next time.

Feb 23, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Best sharpening service for wickedly sharp?

Just had my Henkels Professional and Wusthof knives sharpened two weeks. I also had Felco pruners, poultry shears, serrated knives and a cleaver professionally sharpened.

Had it done at the Shaver Shop at Victory and Sepulveda in SFV recommended by the folks at Star Restaurant Supply. So far, really good! Sharper than brand new. The serrated knife, I was skeptical would be sharpened properly...but it is great! They did a great job!

Feb 22, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Polverone - SFV or W. LA

Goldilocks in Panorama City on Van Nuys Blvd near Roscoe. This is a popular chain of Filipino bakeries. Their version is bigger and a bit more like a shortbread instead of the delicate/flaky ones wrapped in tissue paper on your link. But the "Special Polvoron" at Golidlocks are good. There are a lot of varieties- but the Special is good for a start. Occasionally, they carry the flaky version, these are called "Classic." I also used to see the flaky/ tissue paper version at Betsy's on Vermont before Melrose...but I haven't been there in years and don't remember if they had them recently. Polvoron is interpreted in many different ways so start with the basic versions, then try some of the others. Have fun!

Jan 26, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Need a bakery for a birthday cake (8"-10" round) under $30, hopefully in the SF Valley

Le Bon in Woodland Hills on Ventura near Topanga. Great quality french baker for the price. It will be within your price point! I've only ordered made to order cakes. Moist and not too sweet...great light buttercream. I've ordered here for birthdays and baby showers. This was a great find! I stopped ordering from Sweet Lady Jane after I found this place.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Cooking with a Costco rotisserie chicken

I have found that a Costco rotisserie chicken is a great shortcut for cooking. I have made the following dishes with a Costco chicken:

Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Noodle Soup
Cream of Chicken with Wild Rice Soup
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken & Rice Soup
Sandwich w/ French Bread, tomato, buffalo mozzarella, horseradish, pesto & argula

What have you done with a Costco chicken. Do you have any new ideas?

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Home Cooking

EATathon PART 2 - LA DESTRUCTION

In addition to the above,
King Taco for tacos...its an LA classic.
Kiriko in for sushi....I second that...I am there at least weekly.
Grub LA in Hollywood for weekend breakfast or lunch any day.

I think Star Restaurant Supply in Van Nuys as mentioned above...is better for "basics." But Surfas is also worth a trip.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Spice Store..Cookware Stores..Specialty Food Shops

I agree with everyone. I think Penzey's has the best price point for the large selection/quality/freshness of spices that they have. I buy most of my spices from there....they are also great for mail order/website....but I doubt they ship to China. Vallarta is great (and cheap) if you are looking specifically for Mexican spices.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Eat Your way through LA

Grub LA in Hollywood has a great breakfast on weekends. They have a great croissant french toast. It is such a cute, little cottage house tucked away in Hollywood near the post production houses. They also have a great lunch including a great Panko chicken salad and great sandwiches. This is Betty from Top Chef season 2's place...and she also serves the Tomato soup/grilled cheese spin for lunch that was the winning dish on one of the episodes. Very quaint and moderately priced within your price point...and much better than the Pantry.

If you want Dim Sum, there is also Empress Pavillon downtown if you don't want to go to SGV.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Large group (20)/Birthday dinner

I haven't been in years, but Barefoot on 3rd has an upstairs room and can put together a pre fixe menu for a large party.

For more casual, there is Maggiano's at the Grove...but that is a chain...they also have a backroom and can do family style Italian.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Casual restaurants in Woodland Hills vicinity

Grandpa Fred's on Victory is decent for BBQ.
Brother's sushi on Ventura near Canoga is decent.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Filipino restaurant tip

Barrio Fiesta has some really good dishes. The Crispy Pata, kare kare and pancit canton are good. The crispy pusit (calamari) is amazing....it is lightly battered and served with infused vinegar. The caldereta is good enough. I personally, did not care for the lumpia shanghai or chicken adobo....I've had much better. Their special halo halo is also really good...it has leche flan, buko, pinipig and ube ice cream along with the typical stuff. The price point is quite high for Philipino food...but I have trouble finding good Philipino food which is why I've gone back.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

ISO Hawaiian shortbread recipe

I was in Hawaii last year and had some great shortbread from the Honolulu Cookie company. It is the one shaped like a pineapple made with finely ground macadamia nuts. I'm normally not a fan of nuts in general, but I thought this cookie was great! Nowhere that I know of to find a similar cookie here on the mainland..so I want to try to make a similar shortbread cookie. Would anyone care to share a shortbread recipe that has a similar taste/texture?

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Home Cooking

Truxton's American Bistro?

Most of the food is mediocre...but the bistro salad with the pomegranate dressing is great if you are a salad lover. Also, the sweet potato fries are good...they are cut "skinny"...which is the way I like it.

Jan 25, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

unusual cakes from Chinese bakeries?

For furture reference, the ube cake at Red Ribbon Bakery is really good. It has a light whipped cream frosting. It is similar to taro, also a deep purple color and not super sweet. This cake is in my opinion, is more moist than the taro at JJ. Red Ribbon is a Philipino bakery. They also have a good mango cake and mocha cake (although this is a bit dry for some folks). There is a location at Sunset/Gower and also on Woodman in Panorama City.

Jan 24, 2008
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream in Los Angeles- an updated poll

I tried Scoop's today. I was surprised how "ma and pop" the shop was...it was refreshing. They said the flavors change daily. I had the pink grapefruit & pear sorbet and the mango coconut ice cream. My husband had the banana coffee and mocha chocolate. It was great!

Next one to try is Dr Bob's. They didn't have a big selection at Gelson's. Just vanilla and 3 versions of the Sch Berger chocolate. Any place else they carry a bigger selection in West LA or the valley?

Dec 08, 2007
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream in Los Angeles- an updated poll

There are a lot of postings for ice cream, but I can't seem to find a recent poll of the best ice cream in LA. So apologies in advance to anyone who feels this topic has been posted already. Please, who has the best ice cream and what are your favorite flavors? If you have a top 3 of favorites, please rank and list. I personally don't have anything original because I feel lost in Coldstone Creamery land. I would love to find a GREAT vanilla and coffee without the butterfat that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

Dec 07, 2007
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area

In search of ssam...korean "burrito" like Momofuku in NYC

A few months back, I was visited NYC and went to Momofuku in the East Village. I had a ssam which is like a korean burrito with juicy shredded pork, edamame, white rice, a touch of kim chi and cucumber in a thin pancake wrapper like a tortilla. It was so good and unique! It was very different from anything I've had in LA....and I like korean food! Has anyone found anything similar here in LA?

Here is their menu with a better description of their ssam.
http://www.momofuku.com/

I also went to Joe's Shanghai while there, and have been trying to find similar soup dumplings (Xiao Long Bao). I went to Din Tai Fung...but still it still didn't hit the spot! I'm still trying to find these as well!

Any thoughts?

Nov 11, 2007
bakersdozen in Los Angeles Area