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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #8 – 12/10/14 (spoilers)

Katsuji's restaurant has a web site, complete with some hilarious videos of him making various Kosher Mexican creations. http://www.mexikosher.com/

Dec 12, 2014
judybird in Food Media & News

Which pasta?

We'll be hosting some friends for a small dinner in a few weeks, and I plan to make a rich, meaty ragu bolognese - final recipe not decided yet, but there are lots of choices. The question has become - what size/shape pasta is best with that kind of sauce? There's a wonderful Italian grocery store in our area, so there are lots of choices.

Dec 05, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking

Need a dish for holiday tea

I'm in Southern California, where there's plenty of good citrus right now, but tomatoes are just so-so. Still cherry and grape tomatoes at farmers' markets, though, so one of the cherry tomato ideas sounds like a plan.

Dec 05, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking

Need a dish for holiday tea

A friend is hosting a tea for about 10 in a couple of weeks - actually, it's more of a late lunch, although she's calling it a tea. She's making some sort of main dish, and others are bringing cookies or salads. Any suggestions for a light side dish would be appreciated. I've considered cold shrimp or deviled eggs, but neither is a new idea, I'd appreciate something more original.

Dec 04, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking

[UPDATE] Vote for Your Worst Food Trends for "Best (or in this case, worst) of 2014"

And dang it, we love kale! It grows in our garden like crazy, it's always easy to walk out and pick enough for dinner. But we've been doing that for years, long before it became trendy, and we'll keep doing it long after the trend fades. Thanks for letting me rant.

Dec 04, 2014
judybird in General Topics
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Anything new on the Central Coast for breakfast and lunch?

Sad to say, Sebastian's is under new ownership and is a shadow of its former self. Very few menu items, just a couple of burgers and salads, not bad, but no longer the "gotta go there" place it was for years.

Nov 29, 2014
judybird in California

Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

One of the Pythons (Eric Idle?) once explained why American beer is like making love in a canoe. The answer - it's f***ing close to water.

Nov 25, 2014
judybird in Beer
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Food "Practical Jokes" / violations

Many years ago a friend, who was a very good cook, dated a nice guy from Iowa who insisted his favorite salad was green jello with celery. She finally said she'd make it for his birthday. So she laid out about 7 whole stalks of celery in a baking dish, covered them with green jello and served it with a smile. It was weird-looking to say the least.

Nov 25, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Dickey's BBQ

One in Pasadena, CA - lots of food for not much money, that's about the only thing I can see that would draw people. We tried it once, most dishes were way too sweet.

Nov 25, 2014
judybird in Chains

I hate Cook’s Illustrated: The soul-crushing wonkiness of the world’s worst cookbook

I subscribed to CI for a couple of years, and got so tired of the formulaic articles: "We thought X would be too spicy, but Y was too bland." Or "Standard recipes for X are easy to overcook, but Y was too soupy". And eventually, voila!, they'd come up with the perfect solution. It has some good recipes and I much appreciate the lack of advertising, but just got bored with the whole thing.

3-4 bourbons as a gift

A bartender we know recently introduced us to Booker's bourbon. Both DH and I were skeptical, since we prefer rye and don't like the sweetness of many bourbons, but this stuff was amazing. It's expensive, and very high in alcohol, so needs to be drunk with a lot of water, but we found it delicious.

Nov 22, 2014
judybird in Spirits

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Annoys the hell out of me. Yes, English lacks a second-person plural word which many other languages have, but guys is just too casual. What about "Are you two ready to order?" Or "you folks", or just plan "you" as the OP said.

Nov 21, 2014
judybird in Not About Food
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Food Jokes

The same man paid for his pizza with a $20 bill. He asked for his change, but the waiter said "Sorry, change has to come from within"

Nov 18, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

No, but she said her hand was pretty badly swollen from being compressed for so long.

Nov 02, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

Not my story, but this happened to a close friend. She had moved to NYC for a job, didn't know anyone there. Her company gave everyone a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving, and she decided to take the plunge and cook it for herself. I'll also add, she hadn't done much cooking in her life.

When the turkey was partly thawed, she started to clean out the inside. She knew there was a bag of stuff she was supposed to remove, and found the bag of giblets, but wasn't sure if she'd gotten everything. She kept reaching farther into the cavity, forcing her hand deeper and deeper, when her hand slid through from the belly into the neck cavity, and wouldn't slide back. The bird was still too frozen to get her hand out, and she was caught tight. She called a cab, wrapped a towel around her hand with the attached turkey, and went to the nearest Emergency Room, where they removed the turkey with a bone saw and contained their laughter until she'd left. I think she left the turkey behind.

Nov 02, 2014
judybird in Not About Food
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chicken heart recipes that don't involve grilling?

Not really a recipe, but here's what I do. I love hearts & gizzards, DH doesn't so when he's out of town I indulge myself. Coarsely chop an onion and cook in olive oil in a cast-iron skillet until it's starting to brown. Add salted and peppered giblets and a splash of white wine, cover and simmer slowly until done, about 1/2 hour. Sometimes if there's a fair bit of liquid, I'll uncover and let the liquid evaporate, then turn heat up for a quick browning.

Oct 31, 2014
judybird in Home Cooking

2014 Sammy Awards - Who's In?

Second the motion, and amen!

Oct 29, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Veggie Grill to Pasadena

Isn't Real Food Daily at that corner?

Oct 23, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Spelling errors on menus and websites

A local burger joint has a big banner out front advertising a new special - a hot sandwich with "Graded Swiss and American Cheese". I was tempted to ask what grade the sandwich got.

Oct 21, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Only a Chef Can Ruin Mashed Potatoes

Many years ago, DH thought it would be fun to serve a goose as well as a turkey on Thanksgiving - we were having about 20 people, most with pretty good appetites. I found a James Beard recipe for the goose - filled the cavity with garlic, and roasted it a day in advance to serve at room temp. Beard suggested saving some of the garlic-flavored fat to mix into your mashed potatoes.

Not having an empty can handy, I made two foil packets, one holding less than 1/2 cup of fat, the other holding all the rest - well over a cup. I planned on letting the fat solidfy, using the smaller packet in the potatoes and discarding the rest. Well, you guessed it - I grabbed the larger packet by mistake, producing a dish that had almost as much garlic-flavored goose fat as it did potatoes. It was a triumph, my cousins said they'd never had potatoes that good, they still wonder how I did it!

Oct 14, 2014
judybird in Not About Food
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So, who's going to the Catfe?

I'm allergic, but DH will probably go. That way he can get his cat-petting fix without having to listen to me sneeze.

Oct 03, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

Agree on Super King, also any 99 Ranch. Depending on where the OP is staying, there's Arcadia, San Gabriel, and probably a few others.

Oct 02, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Little Tokyo tonight

We're going to a play at East-West Players tonight, and will probably have dinner first at one of the spots previously recommended on this board. Just wondering about the little restaurant attached to the theater - does anyone know the name of the place, and if they do dinner?

Oct 02, 2014
judybird in Los Angeles Area

Cayucos, Avila Bay

Ditto Ruddell's Smokehouse for lunch. Bring your dog, the only seating is outside.

Sep 28, 2014
judybird in California

Food at Hearst Castle

Now that I'm home, I'll answer my own question. Food at Hearst Castle is basic food court. I brought my own sandwich, the members of my group who ate there were uniformly disappointed, including those who had pizza, rice bowls and hamburgers. The general consensus was "not bad, but not nearly worth what they charge."

Sep 20, 2014
judybird in California
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Plate sharing fee- why?

For all the reasons given by others, I'm sure there are times and places when the fee is justified. But here's one I question - a friend and I went to lunch recently. We couldn't decide between two different sandwiches, so decided we'd each order one and swap halves. We were told there was a $2 split fee. So we each ordered a sandwich, and when they arrived, I put half of mine on her plate and she gave me half of hers. Everything else was identical, same amount of same salad on each plate. Was that fee justified? I don't think so, but it was certainly easy to avoid and still get what we wanted.

Sep 05, 2014
judybird in Not About Food

Central Coast Updates

An update on Central Coast updates: We spent the past week in lovely, cool Cambria, and have bad and good news. The bad - Sebastian's is still there, but a shadow of its former self. Very limited menu - two burgers, a few sandwiches and a couple of salads. The interior has been cleared out, all the funky old coolers are gone, and there's more seating inside now. We didn't eat there, but from what we saw and the comments of a few locals led us to believe that it's now just an okay place to eat - not bad, they still use Hearst beef in the burgers, but no more of the "oh boy, I can't wait for lunch" that we used to feel. But it was still pretty crowded at lunch time, so I suppose they don't need to be any better than they are.

The good news is the Harmony Cafe, our lunch there was delicious. I had a warm chicken, pesto, brie sandwich, DH had pasta with Italian sausage and tomato sauce. Both dishes were fresh and made to order. They have a small wine list, but there's no corkage fee; we brought our own. We'll definitely go back next time we're in the area.

Sep 03, 2014
judybird in California

Food at Hearst Castle

I should add that there's no choice. We'll be with a group, and reservations have already been made for the castle tour, then heading up the coast to visit the elephant seals. DH and I are thinking we might just pack our own lunch rather than risk the restos at the Castle, but figured I'd just ask if there's anything there worth spending our money on.

Aug 24, 2014
judybird in California

No ketSUP for you!

The article refers to the burger at Father's Office in Santa Monica, which comes with Maytag blue cheese, arugula, and a caramelized onion and applewood-smoked bacon compote. No substitutions, and they won't leave anything off. You can't taste the burger. We were there once with someone who loves the place.

Aug 24, 2014
judybird in Food Media & News

Food at Hearst Castle

Has anyone eaten at one of the restaurants at Hearst Castle? Any recommendations?

Aug 23, 2014
judybird in California