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PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

I don't have a suggestion for everything... but in baking, this is the rule I've gone by with regard to baking soda and baking powder: soda spreads and powder puffs. More eggs will give more cake-like results.

about 8 hours ago
Susangria in Home Cooking

Given this budget..

Get the Instant Pot. Pressure cookers cook rice as well as rice cookers, plus you'll have all the other functions. Don't look back. Get it!

about 8 hours ago
Susangria in Cookware

What's your favourite or most useful, kitchen item?

I think they do all jobs well. I have an electric pressure cooker that also functions as a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer and a warmer. It performs each task as well as if it was a single function device. Now that the days are getting shorter I'll use it more frequently. One of my kids' favorite meals is taco soup. Before i leave for the office in the morning I'll put dried beans into it with water and set the timer to begin about an hour before I get home and to pressure cook the beans at 15 psi for 45 minutes. Because it takes 10 or so minutes to come up to pressure, the beans will be done by the time I get home. I release the pressure and drain the beans into a colander. Then I use the browning feature to brown some ground beef, which i drain when cooked, then add the beans back in with all the other ingredients and use the pressure function for 5 minutes to finish it off. It will also stay warm for up to 8 hours.. which would never happen, but it can do it...

about 9 hours ago
Susangria in Cookware

Declining quality at Costco?

I bought a package of mozzarella there last month and when i went to use it, I found one end of it with mold spots. It looks like there might have been a small hole poked in the package. In any event, they took it back without question or receipt. they looked up my account and handed me cash.

about 9 hours ago
Susangria in Chains

One week in November with little kids - where should we eat?

You'll be in a good location for lots of things.

Grocery stores:

Liberty Station has Trader Joe's (great for self-catering and car snacks for the kids) and Von's (standard large chain grocer).

Craft Beer - Stone Brewing is located in Liberty Station.

Stop off at Con Pane for take-along sandwiches en route to LEGOLAND. Fantastic breads, cinnamon rolls and their PB&J sandwiches with housemade PB and housemade J are divine. One sandwich will feed the kids (and you!). I am particularly fond of their turkey cobb and their almost grilled cheese. You can also eat there - but it closes at 6 pm.

Great restaurants also LS - Tender Greens and Solare.

about 17 hours ago
Susangria in San Diego

restaurant/lounge with food near Humphreys on shelter island

Here's my issue with Tender Greens: the staff. They used to be excellent, always on the ball. Every employee seemed to know most, if not all, their items and the ingredients. Not so anymore. I really do enjoy their savory tarts, but trying to get a straight answer about the ingredients of the day's tart seems to be impossible lately. And by lately, I mean the past couple of years. I always ask before ordering and if I do get an answer, the question has to be run through several people.

That being said, I'm happy fall is upon us because I just love a lunch of rustic chicken soup and a savory tart.

1 day ago
Susangria in San Diego

Where to get a magimix?

The Gourmet Depot in San Francisco. They ship all over the U.S. Also, the Chef's Catalog may still have some. They had them on sale this summer.

Sep 29, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Reinventing ther Ice Cream Scoop

I wouldn't mind taking one for the team but I love my Zerolls. They work perfectly!

Sep 27, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Restaurant Week!

I don't normally do RW but I was invited to complete a foursome who have reservations at Tidal (Paradise Point). They serve wine. How bad can it be? :)

Sep 24, 2014
Susangria in San Diego

On the go near the airport

+1 on Tender Greens @ Liberty Station. Forget the commuter terminal location unless you're headed outbound.

+1 on Saffron. Their salad rolls are good, fast and portable.

Ixnay on Grab n Go @ India & Hawthorne. Love it, but they close by mid afternoon. I would recommend Mimmo's for the same sandwiches but parking is not good.

Rubicon Deli near Saffron has some great, quick sandwiches.

Gourmet Bagger @ Rosecrans and Midway has great sandwiches, but they close @ 6:30 pm.

Sep 24, 2014
Susangria in San Diego

ISO Fancy, elegant plated dessert

Tarte Tatin is a really lovely presentation when you take your time and arrange the fruit. Apples, pears, or both. Pears usually bring bigger wow factor when it comes to taste. For some reason people find pears a novelty.

Sep 20, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking
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Cast Iron enameled

If you live near a Le Creuset outlet they have all sorts of pots that would fit the bill. They always have several on clearance and more on discount. If you have an AAA card you can get a 15% discount on any regular price item.

Sep 19, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

I love to cook from scratch but every now and then I can't resist...(insert name of convenience food here)

This reminds me of the time I was newly wed and living halfway around the world... I roasted a turkey and when it came time to make gravy I was not having the success my mother did. Time differences kept us from connecting via phone so I was searching the cupboards and came across soy sauce. I added a bit to the pan gravy and voila, it was perfect. Later my mother called me back and I explained that, at the last minute I remembered her trick of adding soy sauce. It was then she reminded me that the only time she ever used soy sauce was on new year's day when she made the most inauthentic chop suey in the western hemisphere... every January 1st.... oh, well, it worked. I haven't needed it since but I know it's there!

Sep 19, 2014
Susangria in General Topics

Vitamix Creations Turbo vs. Vitamix 5200 Super Package

I'm sure a burr grinder would be better at grinding... but I have yet to find the coffee grinder that doesn't spew grounds all over the counter. In the great arbitrary kitchen scale of annoyance, the Vitamix dry container is lighter every time.

Sep 18, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Best? Most Useful? Countertop Utensil Container

I use a couple of crocks - one is a 2 qt Hall China bain marie and the other is the largest canister from a set of 4, a glazed terra-cotta with hand-painted fruits on a white background. Himark made in Portugal. One of the very few kitchen items that survived the great marital split of 1999... ;)

Sep 16, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Vitamix Creations Turbo vs. Vitamix 5200 Super Package

Congrats! I used my dry container with the 7500 today on level 5 and pulsed to grind coffee beans. Perfect!

Sep 16, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Stand mixer - worth having?

You can get a standard 6 qt KA bowl-lift model for virtually the same price through QVC. The non-standard bowl size on the Costco model means you won't be able to use the standard paddle, flex edge beater, whisk or dough hook.

Sep 16, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

creamed coconut, coconut milk, powdered coconut milk, etc

I love all things coconut. In fact, that was my dog's name. I've never seen dried coconut milk but I have found a combination of regular coconut milk and water to be my favorite for preparing coconut rice, especially when I pair it with kalua pig. Trader Joe's sells a coconut cream that is just over-the-top fatty but not as much flavor. I was really disappointed.

Sep 15, 2014
Susangria in General Topics

Cooks Illus. April 2010 Issue Tests Staub dutch oven Against Le Creuset

One of my favorite restaurants serves in Le Creuset individual gratin dishes.

Sep 15, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Long cooked, but disappointing soup stocks

I use my pressure cooker and sauté rough-chop vegetables before adding the carcass of a rotisserie chicken and 6 quarts of water along with whole peppercorns and a few other aromatics. I pressure cook for 45 minutes on 15 psi and let it depressurize naturally. I strain, pour into jugs and refrigerate. Pull off the fat layer and return the stock to a pot where I let it boil and reduce by 70% or so. Then cool and freeze in 1 and 2 cup tubs. Really makes a fantastic stock.

Sep 14, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Putting food on the table. How did your Mom do it?

My mother never worked outside the house. She and my father married while they were both in college. She dropped out as a sophomore to raise a family.

Our pantry resembled a food bank. Canned vegetables, boxed pasta, seasoning packets, instant mashed potatoes, cold cereals, kraft dinner, boxed pudding mixes, wonder bread, campbell's soups, canned beans. Ground beef was our 6th family member and she made dinner every night with its help; spaghetti, chili, goulash, sloppy joes, tacos, maid-rites. With a serving of a canned vegetable on the side. EVERY NIGHT.

What's really funny is that we lived in Paris for a few years and instead of embracing the food and the culture there, she made my dad bring groceries from the US when he flew back twice a week. Instead of croque monsieurs for lunch, my mom would open a can of Campbell's Bean with Bacon soup and spread it straight from the can onto slices of stale, white bread for sandwiches.

How does this differ from my approach? Well... my revolt began when we lived in France. I was obsessed with the food there that wasn't prepared by my mother. I use lots of chicken, I use fresh vegetables, I make my own stocks, pastas, breads. I don't use boxed starches or instant anything. I vowed to never let another drop of miracle whip pass my lips. EVER.

Favorite avocado toppings?

Tajin. It's great on all sorts of fruits. Especially delicious on jicama sticks.

http://www.tajin.com/en-us/

Sep 11, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Roland brand Balsamic Glaze

I bought some balsamic glaze at Trader Joe's last week. I have yet to use it but I bought it on the favorable recommendations of others. I believe it is their own label. $2.99 for 8.5 ounces.

Here is the link to it:

http://m.traderjoes.com/fearless-flye...

Sep 11, 2014
Susangria in General Topics

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Typewriter for hire.... nice catch!

Sep 11, 2014
Susangria in Food Media & News

Cheap Beef Meals

Sprouts and Wild Oats are two chains that carry cotija if you have either nearby.

Sep 10, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

Agreed. Costco sells excellent beef and one can get 4or 5 times the amount of beef at Costco for the same amount of money one spends at Whole Foods. Been there, done that. Put those extra dollars into a college fund for the diapered darling.

Cheap Beef Meals

Your great grandmother and my grandmother were probably friends. My mother still makes that Goulash to this day.

Sep 10, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Cheap Beef Meals

I freeze corn tortillas. There are a lot of good tortillerias nearby and the markets get them fresh daily. I separate them out of the stack by the dozen and freeze in baggies for enchiladas. I cut some into strips for frying as soup or salad toppings, things like that. SO economical. Like dried beans. Crazy inexpensive food stretchers.

Sep 10, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Ice cream maker: KA atttachment vs. ICE-21 vs. ICE-30

I can't attest to the functionality of the KA attachment, but I have an ICE-30 that I've had for about 10 years or so. Always works. I sometimes found it a pain that I couldn't make ice cream immediately if I didn't have the bowl in the freezer, but finding permanent space in the freezer was also a pain. Two years ago I bought a compressor style gelato maker so I brought the ICE-30 to the office. We use it every Friday to make ice cream and different people take turns making a different flavor each week. It's actually gotten a lot of use and abuse at the office and it still works beautifully.

Sep 10, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Ice cream maker: KA atttachment vs. ICE-21 vs. ICE-30

I think the stand-alone has a larger capacity. Also, it can take 30 minutes for the ice cream to thicken. Sometimes longer. I'm not sure I'd want my mixer operating for that length of time.

Sep 10, 2014
Susangria in Cookware