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Nances Mustard in AZ?

I don't know where to get it but I might be able to make you feel better about not having it - apparently the formula has changed. Rioting in the streets to follow.

Apr 21, 2011
LisaAZ in Phoenix

Phx/Mesa Manna Cafe Gone?

Didja hear that? It was the sound of my heart breaking.

Dec 29, 2008
LisaAZ in Southwest

Phx/Mesa Manna Cafe Gone?

Went by the other night and the place was dark. Looked empty as well but didn't want to get out in the rain to be sure. Anyone know where they've gone?

Dec 25, 2008
LisaAZ in Southwest

Quail eggs in Phoenix

LeeLee's (Chandler) always has them and I also saw them at the new grocery at Mekong Plaza (Mesa).

Nov 17, 2008
LisaAZ in Phoenix

True Taqueria in Phoenix Area?

My favorite cheap taco place is the Salsitas at Central and Southern - aqua frescas are really good - tacos can be oustanding or adequate depending on the day (good torta too)

Aug 26, 2008
LisaAZ in Phoenix

Buying Shellfish around Chandler/Mesa/Tempe

I consistently get -very- nice, very inexpensive shrimp at the Ranch Market on Arizona/Ray. You might give them a try.

Jun 05, 2008
LisaAZ in Southwest

Phoenix CSA - Home Delivery

Are any of you currently using one of the local home delivery services? If so, tell me about it!

May 09, 2008
LisaAZ in Phoenix

Semi Schwanky recommendations for AZ East Valley

My first thought is La Stalla - how many people are we talking about here?

Jan 28, 2008
LisaAZ in Southwest

Need BYO airplane meal/snack ideas

Biggie at Lunch in a Box had a great post a while back -

Jan 24, 2008
LisaAZ in General Topics

NEW! Ha Noi Pho Vietnamese Cuisine Chandler AZ

No - where is it? Have you tried it?

Jan 19, 2008
LisaAZ in Southwest

Review: Waikiki Restaurant & Bar - Chandler, AZ (w/ photos!)

Thanks so much for this review! We've always been disappointed when trying to appease sudden irrepressible cravings for kaluah pig with 2 scoops, so it's great to know there's another option.

Oct 23, 2007
LisaAZ in Southwest

Is there life in Laveen?

I have to withdraw my recommendations for Sun Asian Kitchen as well. It used to be a Friday lunch staple (I work nearby), but no longer. The last time we ordered from there it was inedible. In fact my co-worker returned it and asked for a refund. The woman that she spoke with apologized and said that the "chef had quit".

Sep 13, 2007
LisaAZ in Phoenix

Hindi/Telugu/Kannada word for allspice?

kebab cheeni - allspice

Sep 03, 2007
LisaAZ in General Topics

Chicago dog ingredients in PHX?

You can get the peppers at Safeway - celery salt in those little cello bags in the "ethnic" aisle. As for the relish - just pick your favorite and add green food coloring. Really.

Aug 06, 2007
LisaAZ in Southwest

cupcakes (phx)

Where is this Fairy Cakes in Chandler?

May 23, 2007
LisaAZ in Southwest

Any hidden gems in SE valley for a regular night out?

Let's see.....we like, in no particular order....
La Stalla
Lee's Sandwiches
La Famiglia
Joe's BBQ
Thai Rama
Copper Kettle

Feb 04, 2007
LisaAZ in Southwest

New Asian Seafood Buffet and BBQ near Lee Lee (Phx area)

The kids and I visited last weekend and I question if we were in the same zip code, let alone the same restaurant! We found the service to be incredibly sluggish and on the brink of surly. The food items looked beautiful and there was certainly a huge selection, and it was kept nicely replenished, but none of us found a single item that we wanted more than one bite from. That's in sharp contrast to the usual dent my 14 and 10 year olds normally put into a buffet. It's important to note that nothing tasted BAD, but nothing tasted good either, and things that shouldn't taste the same....did. The cost was just under 60 dollars for the 3 of us (the 10 year old was charged full price) and for the first time I can remember I deliberately did not leave a tip. For the rare occasion that we are hungry for this type of place we will continue to go to Pacific Seafood Buffet.

Feb 04, 2007
LisaAZ in Southwest

Best Whole Wheat Pasta

Luigi Vitelli is my favorite.

Jan 16, 2007
LisaAZ in General Topics

Food Network Birthday Cake Challenge

I think it was the treehouse one ... with animals ....

Jan 15, 2007
LisaAZ in Food Media & News

Chicken Tikka Masala-can I use yogurt, not cream?

I made Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time ever tonight, it's simmering on the stove waiting for the troops to gather. I used yogurt instead of cream, but only 1 cup. It's a super thick kind I bought at the Indian market (220 cal 9 grams of fat/cup). I was afraid to mix the yogurt in directly so I took out about a half a cup of sauce and mixed the yogurt in that, then blended it in (like making a custard). The yogurt has a definite tang, but then again this yogurt is much more strongly flavored than typical American yogurt. It turned out pretty yummy!

Jan 09, 2007
LisaAZ in Home Cooking

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe using Cocoa Powder?

I don't have any chocolate except Reese's cups left over from Halloween...hmmmmmm....and cocoa powder, possibly some of that Quik syrup for milk. Any ideas so I don't have to go to the store?

Nov 05, 2006
LisaAZ in Home Cooking

Drawn butter or sauce for crab feed needed

What proportions do you use for the mayo/sriacha? I'm intrigued.

Oct 16, 2006
LisaAZ in Home Cooking

French onion soup, souffles, and ___?

I know it sounds boring, but I LOVE roast chicken, and that's almost TOO easy.

Oct 04, 2006
LisaAZ in Home Cooking

Turkey call.

For the past 3 or 4 years I've done Alton Brown's brined turkey for TDay. Foolproof and delicous. The only things I do differently are adding juniper berries (mistaked them for allspice once and like the results)to the brine and I use half of an apple and half of an orange instead of a whole apple in the cavity.

Oct 04, 2006
LisaAZ in Home Cooking

Say it ain't so, Joe! Ginger Joe-Joe's discountinued...

Newman's Own has Ginger Os...maybe that would do?

Oct 03, 2006
LisaAZ in General Topics

Trader Joe's MIA: Vanilla extract

ooooooh, I have the glycerine based stuff.
Who on earth would think alcohol free would be something to crow about?

Oct 03, 2006
LisaAZ in Chains

Homemade Oreos? Possible?

I say just buy what you like. If the leftovers bother you buy a vending pack, or a single "row" convenience store pack. Then eat some carrots.

Sep 30, 2006
LisaAZ in Home Cooking

Good Southern chains?

I replied to this earlier, but I guess it was R E M O V E D and I have no idea why.
I said that I miss Backyard Burgers and Dixie Cafe and especially King Cotton's curiously red hot dogs.... Oh! Maybe it was the hotdogs?

Sep 30, 2006
LisaAZ in Chains

Mini Pho Tour in and around Chandler, AZ

Anise is at Warner and Dobson (northwest corner) next to the huge fitness place.

Sep 29, 2006
LisaAZ in Southwest

A challenge: Fortune cookies and natural food coloring

I am so not creeped out by food coloring, but even at that, why not just buy some "natural" food coloring? Fruit syrups and such would probably throw your recipe way off, and beet flavored cookies are so last year :)

Sep 26, 2006
LisaAZ in Home Cooking