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Where to Grab a Sandwich Around LA

Bay Cities in Santa Monica makes fabulous, well priced, sandwiches. Great sour dough! During the summer I love their Caprese but they have a slew of other choices.

Aug 07, 2013
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Early Report: Bludso's Bar-&-Que Smokes Hollywood

Make no mistake. This place, Bludso BBQ, sucks. The bbq chicken tasted like burnt rubber. The side dishes were forgettable...I did like the ice cream, however. Although I live close by I won't be returning.

Mar 06, 2013
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Sycamore Kitchen: New in Los Angeles

Their pastries are okay. However, the eggs I order were not. Eggs that are tough and tinged with brown are not worth eating. This place does not 'get' eggs.

Sep 12, 2012
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The Banana Slushy, a Frozen Treat with Zero Guilt

Great with yogurt (home made of course) and a handful of blueberries and raspberries frozen or not...a terrific breakfast.

Aug 10, 2012
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How to Keep Basil Fresh

Thanks! That has been a mystery to me for a dog's age.

Aug 10, 2012
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What else can I use tahini for?

Great Ideas! I like using tahini with honey on toast (English muffin is a nice choice) and as a dip for veggies. Taratour sauce which is really hummos without the garbanzos is fabulous as a sauce...well for anything. It's basically lemon juice, garlic and tahini. Wow. So good.

Jun 01, 2012
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What Do You Eat When No One Is Looking?

Popcorn with flaxseed oil and garam masala...

Jun 01, 2012
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Dried Beans - What's is the trick?

Love those legumes...I, also, have heard but not tried using baking soda during the soak. It's suppose to work like a charm.

Apr 13, 2012
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What would be a good, smoky tasting vegetarian substitute for ham hocks in split pea soup?

I'm putting my vote it for smoked paprika. I also use chipotle in adobo when a recipe calls for smokiness and could use some heat. It's not bacon but it tastes fine.

Mar 16, 2012
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Best sandwich I ever invented

This takes me back to my Orowheat days...However, I used a good mayo, Ingelhoffer mustard, alfalfa sprouts, thinly sliced red onion, fat ripe tomato and a sharp cheddar MELTED on toast. Oh yum...Haven't done that in decades.

Mar 09, 2012
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Crafting Crabmeat Salads, Sandwiches, and Appetizers

I'm a big crab lover and this all seems good but nothing beats breaking open a claw and dipping fresh cooked crab into hot butter with lemon. Sorry. It just doesn't get better than that!

Jan 28, 2012
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Vegetable Offal ... do you partake?

I need to inform the uninformed that there is some "vegetable offal" that may be poison. For instance the nightshade family...potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. I wouldn't blindly experiment on the greens and flowers if truth be told. Know what you eat.

Dec 03, 2011
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Pumpkin lasagna recipe?

Love the squash/pumpkin idea and cream (of course!), too. We need to keep the cholesterol down in my family so how about a combo of half and half and yogurt? Would the yogurt curdle? Anyone have experience with this?

Nov 11, 2011
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Recipes That'll Convert Okra-Haters

Roast the okra laid out flat with a bit of olive oil, curry maybe, some salt and when done squeeze a fresh lemon over all. So tasty.

Oct 28, 2011
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A Younger, Milder Gorgonzola

And not as good as older more interesting Gorgonzola...

Oct 28, 2011
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Don't Fry Bacon While Naked and Other Culinary Rules to Live By

Don't taste boiling caramel with your pinkie. Or any digit for that matter. Or tongue, either.

Sep 30, 2011
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Hummus--what else besides a dip?

Yum! I'm trying this VERY soon!

Sep 02, 2011
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Creative Popcorn Toppings

Garam Masala and flaxseed oil with a pinch of a good salt. Very satisfying and healthy, too. (Lea and Perrins is also a big fave in my house).

Aug 12, 2011
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Your Recipe Collection, Yourself

I so agree with ipsedixit ! Those who love to cook, love to eat, spread the wealth. Any time ANYONE asks me for the 'secret' ingredient I gladly give to them.

Aug 12, 2011
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Refreshing Drinkable Yogurt

Ooooo I have the homemade yogurt, cukes and mint...Think I'll make some refreshing Ayran. Thanks for yet another way to put yogurt and its many health giving properties into my diet.

Aug 05, 2011
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Popcorn

I like to make mine with olive oil and douse it with a little Lea and Perrins, some flax seed oil (you read that right...it's healthy and tasty), and a shake of Garam Masala or Ras a Hanut. Homemade spice mixtures are best. Sometimes I add sea salt (the large crystals). Yum alternative to butter, which of course I love the most.

Jun 17, 2011
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Spaghetti with Cinnamon?

Yup. I was just going to say it sounds Moroccan/Italian.

Jun 17, 2011
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It's 90 degrees and my iced tea pitcher needs some inspiration!

lilgi, I couldn't help but notice lemon verbena which I am a big fan of...What I like to do in the summer is squeeze some lemon, mix with honey (warm up to meld), fill a glass with ice and a few sprigs of lemon verbena, pour syrup over and relish!
It's also good with rosemary (or both herbs!). Yum.

Jun 10, 2011
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What's Your Happy Food?

A really fresh walnut...A handful actually!

May 20, 2011
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My Husband Wants to Make Hamurger Buns

I love this! It reminds me of my mom, one of the all time great cooks, who when she said "how about hamburgers tonight?" meant she would make the ketchup, grind the meat, and make the buns! I wish I had that recipe to give but unfortunately that information went with her.

Apr 01, 2011
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Aspartame? Does anyone else enjoy it?

Does anyone else enjoy it? What?!!! If you want sweet eat fruit or use honey, syrup and a minimum of sugar. Seriously, it is crap. Bad for you. And remember just awful for the palate. Yuck.

Jan 14, 2011
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What Whey Is Good For

I add whey (left over from homemade ricotta and goat cheese) and add it to my
yogurt,berry,banana smoothie. Very good and very healthful.

Nov 05, 2010
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Spicy Squash Tacos

sounds good..how about spanish paprika instead of chipotle powder and feta instead of queso fresco?

Oct 07, 2010
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What do do with fresh figs that are going bad quickly?

Two things come to mind: Fig jam (very good) and braised chicken with figs (I don't have the recipe handy but it has juniper berries in it and, of course, figs. I used dried figs but fresh might be kind of sexy.)

Jul 23, 2010
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Tarragon, the Mystery Spice on the Rack

A chicken stuff with fresh sprigs of tarragon is an easy and very lovely dish.
Salt and pepper rubbed onto the outside, a pinch inside, maybe coated with a little butter or olive oil (or not). It's a nice summer dish my mother taught me.

Jul 16, 2010
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