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Chicken Sausages, Any Reccomendations?

I like the Applegate Organics chicken and turkey sausages that are sold at Whole Foods. Not really similar to a pork sausage, but I like the texture and flavors, and unlike a lot of poultry sausages (e.g. Aidells) they don't use pork casings, which kind of defeats the purpose if you're buying poultry sausage became you don't eat pork products.

May 12, 2015
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S. Mpls Restaurant with Racist Sign?

Yup, many of the young men of various races in my very casual work place would not be allowed into that restaurant. I'm not a fan of the look but I've gotten used to it after years of exposure, so to speak.

Famous Recipes

I love that book! But I don't use it much for rules to live by. (Sorry for the digression)

May 07, 2015
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Famous Recipes

and some of us have learned recently what can happen when one strays from the famous original recipe ;-)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1011952

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012436

Famous Recipes

wow, tough crowd. I'll add Ina Garten's lemon bars. and second Julia Child's beef bourguignon. And off the back of the box, not from a well known chef - the Hershey's perfectly chocolate cake (although some prefer the black magic cake).

May 06, 2015
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Supermarket music

I love the music at my Whole Foods. Varies from classic rock to alt country to hip hop to standards depending on the day and time. Often find myself singing along, usually but not always quietly.

May 04, 2015
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Dinner Party Menu Question

That looks like a lovely spring-y menu. I don't think you need a Greek salad along with the veg-heavy potato salad and the crudite with the hummus, but I might add a simple cooked green vegetable, like sautéed spinach or green beans.

no-bake dessert challenge

Reporting back: I ended up not having much time to fuss with a multipart or unfamiliar recipe, so I went with the browned butter Rice Krispie treats. But (isn't there always a but) I did my shopping at whole foods, and it turns out you can't buy Rice Krispies (or their organic non-gmo equivalent) at whole foods. Only organic puffed brown rice cereal. so I experimented with that, and the end result tasted like slightly sweetened and sticky puffed brown rice cereal. So then I doctored them up with various toppings to accommodate the various likes and dislikes in the group - chocolate, coconut and pecans, peanut butter - and they turned out pretty tasty. But next time I'll go to the conventional grocery store for genuine Rice Krispies.

restaurant on the Westside to have a business dinner?

Go-to's in that vicinity for business dinners where one can actually talk = Josie, Il Moro, Wilshire (patio), Tavern (atrium). My personal favorite food wise is Tavern.

no-bake dessert challenge

Why didn't I think of that? it's only 12-15 people, at a friend's house with a great kitchen, so I could also make cookie dough at home and then bake them when I get there. Oven space shouldn't be a problem.

Apr 29, 2015
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no-bake dessert challenge

Yes, I'm loving a lot of these ideas, but some probably won't meet the transportable test, which in my case means pack it up, drive 30 minutes, eat 2 hours or so later (refrigerator space will be available at my destination so something like pudding is doable).

Apr 29, 2015
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no-bake dessert challenge

That sounds really good. I definitely want to try it soon, if not for this event.

Apr 29, 2015
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no-bake dessert challenge

Rice krispie treats are a great idea. what do you use for grown-up add-ins?

Apr 29, 2015
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no-bake dessert challenge

I'm a big baker, but my oven is broken and the replacement parts won't come in until next week. So I'm trying to come up with a no-bake dessert that I can make for a party on Saturday. Stove top and microwave are available. Other requirements: casual, transportable, not peanut butter or heavily chocolate (a little chocolate would be ok). So far I've come up with nut brittle. Or baking cookies in my toaster oven, but that will take forever. Thanks!

Apr 29, 2015
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Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

Anybody else go by last night? I was there from around 4:30 -7:30, and it was crazy but in a good way. there was a line to get in from about 6pm on, a first time ever at Hal's as far as any of us could recall. I hear the festivities went on until 4am.

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

Ah ok. So we're talking about them expanding from the current Hampton Drive location, which is in Venice albeit right by the Santa Monica border. Not relocating to somewhere in SM.

Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

Yes I also hope that's wrong. Where is the Google Santa Monica location btw?

air travel with sushi

I hadn't heard that rule about certain food items being subject to further inspection even if they aren't liquids or gels. Now I know why the loaf of banana bread I had in my carry on last weekend got examined very closely. But TSA did let me take it through.

Apr 24, 2015
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Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

we went for a farewell dinner earlier this week. Still love that turkey burger and the baby artichokes. I may stop by for a drink this weekend if I can even get anywhere near the bar. Have it on good authority that they're moving to the Primitivo space further up Abbot Kinney.

What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

Thank you both!

Apr 23, 2015
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What add-ins (if any) would your ideal cookie contain? Soft and chewy or crispy-crunchy?

Do you have a recipe for that Milk Bar cookie? I had one the last time I was in NYC and I'd love to recreate it. Might be as simple as a basic toll house dough with different add-ins. also tried the compost cookie which has a lot of devotees, but I didn't love the coffee grounds.

Otherwise, I'm a fan of basic dark chocolate chunks (no nuts), and I've been working on perfecting a caramel and pretzel combo.

Apr 22, 2015
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Birthday Lunch for me near Sony Bldg. West 50's

Bar Room at the Modern should work within those time limits, yes? And it's really good.

Apr 22, 2015
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Los Angeles - West Side - Good food/Good view/Good value

Can't beat the view from the rooftop lounge at the Hotel Erwin in Venice. I don't think it has a happy hour however. And if you're coming during this next week, it'll be a bit chilly. The penthouse at the Huntley is pretty upscale, but it has a good happy hour menu and spectacular views. I like the happy hour at Chaya Venice also - no view, but it's a block from the beach so you could walk around before or after. Venice Ale House is a little more casual and right on the boardwalk. Venice Beach Wines is more of local hangout and has a decent happy hour - it's on Rose Ave. a few blocks from the beach. Note that you will encounter tourists at some of these places - it's the nature of the beast.

More food expiration date hype, this time on Dr. Oz

It was in the freezer or the refrigerator? I can't imagine a piece of beef lasting that long in the fridge. Otoh if it came out of the freezer it might be severely freezer burned, but not dangerous.

Banana cake failure

1/2 a cup of sugar (I assume that's what it meant to say) doesn't seem like nearly enough for 2 cups of flour. A lot of cake recipes are close to 1:1 on the sugar:flour ratio, and I don't know that I've seen anything less than 1:2.

Apr 19, 2015
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This Guy is Plating Junk Food Like High End Cuisine and It's Awesome

That's pretty cool. Reminds me of a friend's birthday dinner several years ago. When it came time to order dessert, the birthday girl made a comment about wishing they had something with coconut on the menu, as coconut desserts were her favorite. 10 minutes later the waiter came back with the desserts we had ordered and also a Hostess snowball, cut into wedges and beautifully plated with chocolate sauce, creme anglaise and fresh berries. Birthday girl was very touched.

Expired baking chocolate?

hmm. Medium hot climate - Los Angeles, but at the coast. My kitchen definitely gets well above 65-70' in the summer.

Apr 15, 2015
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"Wine Product": Is it a strange and horrible new phenomenon?

I know this is an old thread, but I had to chime in that I feel better not to be the only out-of-stater who fell for this in New York. I was in Manhattan for work a couple months ago, wanted an inexpensive bottle of wine to go with my hotel room takeout dinner, and picked up something in a market that was shaped just like a wine bottle and labeled pinot grigio. Didn't see the "wine product" in much smaller print until I tasted it and nearly spit it it out (and I'm not that picky about wine). Like reisling mixed with Sprite. Dumped it down the sink and went to a wine shop for the real thing the next day.

Apr 15, 2015
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Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney Will Shutter After 30 Years

I know changes on Abbot Kinney are a fact of Venice life, but this one makes me sad.

Expired baking chocolate?

Now that this old post has been resurrected . . . I'll use it maybe 6 months past the "best by" date, but not longer. To be clear, I'm not remotely concerned that it's unsafe, just that the flavor and texture seem to suffer, and the last thing I want to do is make low quality baked goods.

I've also started keeping chocolate in the freezer if I'm going to have it around for a while, but I don't know if that really makes a difference.

Apr 07, 2015
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