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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.

about 19 hours ago
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.

about 20 hours ago
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.

1 day ago
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

What to do with gallons of 2% milk

Paneer!

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

In the early eighties I attended the foyer des lycéennes in Paris. Our meals were prepared on site. Served at square tables seating 8, each course was presented with 8 servings in a single tray that was passed around the table. One course at a time. Water, tea and coffee were the only beverages. The dessert course varied between a miniature packaged yogurt, a small rectangular cocoa-coated wafer, or fruit. I would bite my wafer until it looked like the tour eiffel before devouring it. No snacks between meals. No food allowed outside the dining room or the salon.

There was a pâtisserie a block from school where I would grab a chausson aux pommes when I spent afternoons out. I can remember the most soda-like thing we drank were Oranginas, a citrus-pulp soda in bottles that resembled (wait for it) oranges!

In any event, I found the food and the dining rituals very pleasant. The table layouts encouraged civilized-to-boisterous conversations, and the metered pace of the meal hour refreshing. Definitely easier on the digestive system.

Sep 10, 2014
Susangria in France

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Bravo. Excellent response.

Sep 09, 2014
Susangria in Food Media & News

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

The ICE-30 and the model at Costco are identical, save for color. It's nearly 5 out of 5 stars review on Costco.com. If you read the specs they are identical. Plus, Costco's return policy is quite generous.

Sep 09, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Very crunchy. I used the thicker rolled oats along with irish butter, demerara sugar, cake flour, some kosher salt. The oats hold it together a bit better, I think.

Sep 08, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

would you sue for this?

I'm sure the bakery sources their olives pitted. I would think it burdensome for grocers and bakers to list the most obvious warnings other than those required by law.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

French Apple Pie. While I love pumpkin mania, nothing says fall to me like apple pie. I haven't made one since last winter!

Question about unique idea on grinding my own beef -- has anyone tried this?

Interesting concept. Although, if you pre-season the meat on the initial sear there is the possibility that the final burger may be over-seasoned. There's a restaurant nearby that makes burgers from 50% bacon and 50% beef and I found them to be horribly over-salted.

Sep 05, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

Easy like Sunday Morning. .

I love the Little Italy farmer's market on Saturday mornings. I've had things to do elsewhere for what seems like the whole summer so I am looking forward to it tomorrow.

Sep 05, 2014
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Looking for an online source for loose leaf tea...

Sep 04, 2014
Susangria in General Topics

Lodge CI Skillet set @ Costco

I happened upon a skillet set at Costco yesterday. A 10" and a 12", both cast iron, and yellow silicone handle 'mitt' for each. I apologize for not recalling the price. But hey, it's Costco... Cheap Cheap!

Sep 04, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Best slab of coconut layer cake in LA (cream cheese frosting need not apply)?

This was my wedding cake. Not kidding. We eloped in Hawaii. Every year on our anniversary we'd get one just as if we'd saved a layer in the freezer.

Home-made stock. This will sound REALLY strange!

I am guilty of stopping off at Costco on the way home from the office at least once a week for a rotisserie chicken. I always take the scraps and put them in a baggie in the freezer until I am ready to make stock. I take whatever bones and carcasses I have saved, some onions, carrots, celery (all the junky pieces, whole peppercorns, no salt, 6 quarts of water and toss it all in the pressure cooker. 15 PSI for about 3-40 minutes. Makes fantastic stock. I chill it, defat it, strain it then freeze in 1, 2 and 3 cup portions.

Sep 04, 2014
Susangria in Home Cooking

What's new in your kitchen?

Nice! I'm a big fan of simple white dinnerware.

Sep 03, 2014
Susangria in Cookware
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24" double ovens...?

Two ovens are nice, but as other posters mention you're limited in size with regard to roasters and sheet pans.

Sep 03, 2014
Susangria in Cookware

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

It sure does look good. I hope they offer internships to TJ law school students. With a roughly 54% pass rate on the California Bar exam, they're gonna need a plan B.

Sep 03, 2014
Susangria in San Diego

CHOW: Feeding the Navy - exhibit at Liberty Station

Has anyone been? It actually looks interesting, but perhaps that's because my grandfather was a baker in the Navy in WWII.

It runs through December 28.

http://libertystation.com/blog/chow-f...

Sep 03, 2014
Susangria in San Diego