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Bread & Butter Bakery Chapel Hill

I ordered a variety of baked goods from them to cater a goodbye breakfast for one of my co-workers. I got a ton of blueberry muffins, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and huge cinnamon rolls made with brioche dough, for about $50. All of the baked goods were amazing, in particular the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, which aren't usually my thing but were unbelievably good. I highly recommend the bakery, and the staff there are super nice.

Dec 04, 2011
staceybl in Southeast

Gluten and dairy free restaurant recommendations in Chapel Hill area?

Thanks! I'll check it out. Maybe it'd be a good place to go for lunch before dropping the 'rents at the airport.

Feb 20, 2010
staceybl in Southeast

Gluten and dairy free restaurant recommendations in Chapel Hill area?

Thanks so much for all these suggestions! I just called Panzanella, and they can accommodate my mom and very clearly knew what they were talking about, so I think we'll be going there for dinner tonight. I'll call around to these other places this afternoon. Elmo's has a note on their menu that their food might be contaminated because they cook gluten, dairy, shellfish, etc all in the same kitchen. I think that's true of all diners though and not something to be wary of - she doesn't generally have a problem just getting eggs for breakfast in a diner. I get worried about Asian places because there is wheat in soy sauce, which is too bad because I really want to try Lantern!

Feb 18, 2010
staceybl in Southeast

Gluten and dairy free restaurant recommendations in Chapel Hill area?

My parents are coming to town for a long weekend, and my mother has celiac disease and is gluten and dairy free. I'm new to Carrboro, and I'm hoping for restaurant recommendations in the area. My mom isn't picky, and, as she likes to say, she can only eat one thing per meal so she doesn't need an entire menu of items that accommodate her, but I would like to take her some place where she has some options. They will be in town three dinners and three lunches, and my in-laws are joining us for at least one of the dinners, which I am hoping with be on the nicer but not extravagant side. Any suggestions or advice? All help is appreciated!

Feb 17, 2010
staceybl in Southeast

dinner in Pasadena

Thanks for the suggestions! I know it's a bit of a challenge. Malbec does look like it would work. I've passed it so many times but have never been in.

Oct 22, 2008
staceybl in Los Angeles Area

dinner in Pasadena

My parents are coming to town this weekend, and they have offered to take me, my husband, and two of my friends out for dinner on Saturday. I'm having trouble thinking of a good place because we have a few restrictions.

Since they offered to take us all out, I don't want to go anyplace too expensive, but we definitely want a sit down restaurant. I'm thinking a place with entrees under $20. My mom can't eat gluten or dairy, so while she can find things on most menus, Italian, French, and Chinese food are difficult. And, to top it all off, my parents are both hard of hearing (particularly my mother, who wears hearing aids), so I need a place that's on the quiet side, or at least not too loud. I'm trying to think of a place along the lines of La Grande Orange, which fits all of the criteria except for the noise (I've only eaten inside there - is it any quieter at the outside tables?). Does anyone have any suggestions in the Pasadena area? I know I've got a lot of restrictions, but hopefully you guys can help me find the perfect spot!

Oct 22, 2008
staceybl in Los Angeles Area

Leftover ricotta, any ideas?

I am making calzones with left over ricotta for dinner tonight. I use the ready-made pizza dough from Trader Joes, which makes for a very quick and easy meal.

Aug 03, 2008
staceybl in Home Cooking

Southern cornbread

Cook's Illustrated has a great recipe for Southern cornbread that does use bacon drippings. You cook it in a cast-iron skillet in the oven. It turns out great, with a great crisp crust and wonderful flavor.

INGREDIENTS
4 teaspoons bacon drippings or 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup yellow cornmeal , preferably stone ground
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup water (rapidly boiling)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg , beaten lightly

paraphrased directions:
Put the bacon drippings in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet. Preheat the oven to 450 with the cast-iron skillet inside. Reserve 1/3 cup of the cornmeal, and mix the rest of the cornmeal with the other dry ingredients Add boiling water to the reserved cornmeal, and then the buttermilk, followed by the egg. When the oven is heated, add the dry ingredients to the wet, pour the hot bacon drippings from the skillet into the mixture, and then pour everything back into the skillet. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the cornbread out onto a rack and cool for five minutes, and serve.

Aug 03, 2008
staceybl in Home Cooking

Artisan Bread Five Minutes makes me look like a genius

I've been using this method for the past few months. I also haven't strayed beyond the boule, but I plan to play with the herb and olive breads soon, as well as the brioche and pizza doughs. It truly is foolproof - I've passed the recipe onto several other people who also had success. I took the advice in the book a couple times and didn't wash my storage container out between batches of dough. It did make for an amazing loaf of bread with a wonderful sour dough taste. The only downside is the amount of space the container takes up in the fridge, but that's a small price to pay for having fresh baked bread everyday of the week.

Aug 01, 2008
staceybl in Home Cooking

quick weeknight cookbooks?

My husband and I both love food, we both love cooking, and we prefer to eat at home during the week. However, now that we've both gone back to school, we find ourselves short on time. We need cookbooks with recipes that are quick but also taste great (and if healthy, added bonus). We have the Cook's Illustrated Best 30 Minute Meals book, which is really good, but most of the recipes take much longer, often over an hour, which is hard to manage after a full day of work and homework left to do. Can anyone suggest a cookbook of recipes that are truly fast yet also truly great?

Mar 22, 2008
staceybl in Home Cooking

organic food co-op/ delivery

I live in Pasadena and am thinking of joining an organic food co-op or delivery service. Has anyone had luck with Organic Express or LOVE? Any other recommendations?

Jan 31, 2008
staceybl in Los Angeles Area