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mayo help

This is the second time I have attempted to make mayonnaise and it just won't thicken. It's not a case of a broken emulsion-- I just get a frothy liquid.

I started by tempering the egg over a bain marie with some dry mustard. When it gets thick and pale, I start to incorporate the oil drop by drop. I'm 4 ounces of oil in (1 egg) and it's still just liquid. On this second attempt I whisked some water into the egg (about half a T) before proceeding with the oil. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Apr 10, 2014
melentine in Home Cooking

Best 'sleeper' vegies I'm missing out on?

SUNCHOKES!

blend them into a creamy soup or grate 'em into a savory hash. no matter how you slice it, you've got a special dish. pairs really well with cumin, coriander, cinnamon.

Feb 14, 2014
melentine in Home Cooking
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Trader Joe's--Best Holiday/Seasonal Items--2013

I am extremely curious to try the Trio of Roasted Nut Oils. The price is fantastic, but I'm wondering about the quality and flavor. If anyone has tried these, please let me know!

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-fl...

Dec 11, 2013
melentine in Chains

Meatballs - Bread Crumbs vs Stale Bread

what a great idea! assuming you mean rolled oats, not steel cut?

Mar 28, 2013
melentine in Home Cooking

Who Are Your Cooking Icons/Idols?

Isa Chandra Moskowitz! I'm not a vegan, but the Veganomicon is my all-time favorite cookbook and really turned me on to vegetables.

Jan 31, 2012
melentine in General Topics

Bitter Beets

I steamed some golden beets last night that were purchased from the Farmer's Market on Saturday. They were steamed for about 17 minutes and they ended up tasting bitter. Can someone explain where I went wrong? Or is it the actual vegetable? They were smallish beets.

Jan 31, 2012
melentine in Home Cooking

Any recommendations for Mexican taco places that cater in Culver City?

Very helpful! I'll start making some phone calls.

Jan 27, 2012
melentine in Los Angeles Area

Any recommendations for Mexican taco places that cater in Culver City?

My mom once threw a party in which we had a guy from our local Tapatio in West Hills set up making tacos in our backyard. It was a big hit. Any suggestions for places that do that in the Culver City area? I'm not looking for a taco truck, just a guy with some meat, tortillas, and an oversized outdoor griddle.

Jan 26, 2012
melentine in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get sustainably sourced sushi in LA?

I love sushi so much, but I'm really concerned about fish that is not caught or farmed sustainably. Does anyone have any suggestions for a restaurant that serves sustainable sushi?

Thanks!

May 13, 2011
melentine in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian visiting New York for the first time! (on a budget!)

I am indescribably excited to be visiting New York City for the first time ever. I'm going to be there in early December. I want to eat out, but can't really afford the trendy veggie restaurants like Pure Food & Wine. Any suggestions for a traveling vegetarian foodie on a budget?

Nov 24, 2009
melentine in Manhattan

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

I'm borderline vegan and I read Chow all the time. I love this website. I started reading it before I went veggie. Now I get ideas and then I veganize them.

Nov 24, 2009
melentine in Features

Vegan Sukkot

Thank you for all the ideas!

Oct 04, 2009
melentine in Home Cooking

Vegan Sukkot

So my good friend invited me over for Sukkot dinner and I've never celebrated Sukkot. What are some traditional Sukkot recipes that I can make with out animal products?

Oct 03, 2009
melentine in Home Cooking

Sprouted Spaghetti Squash Seeds

I just got around to splitting open my spaghetti squash (CSA delivered 2 weekends ago) and the seeds in the center were sprouted! Is the squash still ok to eat? What about the sprouted seeds? (I usually roast and eat like regular pumpkin seeds.)

Sep 24, 2009
melentine in Home Cooking

Baking with kefir

I want to make some muffins but have no milk in the fridge. Can I substitute with my plain kefir? will it curdle?

Sep 11, 2009
melentine in Home Cooking

The Return of Punch

Mmm, my family would always serve a champagne spiked punch on special occasions, especially New Years.

Aug 26, 2009
melentine in Features

Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

I've been using whole wheat flour in my coconut cupcake and carrot cupcake recipes since I started baking. They are definitely denser than a regular cupcake, but I flavor them so richly that the density, I feel, works in their favor. I always get requests for my cupcakes whenever I go to a potluck or for someone's birthday. I don't see it as a problem for interesting variations.

Aug 02, 2009
melentine in Features

Fourth of July in SLO

My friend is taking me up to SLO for the 4th. I've really only been there on road trips with my folks and so I never really thoroughly enjoyed the town (my folks are great, road trips with them are not).

What's there to do around SLO, and more importantly what's there to eat? My friend and I are both foodies, but with fairly unpretentious palates. Also, I just graduated from college so I don't can't break the bank food wise, but might be able to do one nice dinner (or brunch) during our 3-day weekend. I'd also love some bar recommendations.

Thanks!

Jun 18, 2008
melentine in California

In Search of Callaloo

I've been reading up on Caribbean culture and have become intrigued by a soup called Callaloo made with crab meat, coconut milk and other savory elements. It seems this dish has special significance, especially in Trinidad and Tabago where it is the national dish.

I'm eager to taste this tantalizing delicacy, but am unfamiliar with the Caribbean restaurant scene in LA. Does anyone know where I can get good Callaloo? I'm also open to suggestions of any other tasty plates and Caribbean restaurants.

Thanks!

May 03, 2008
melentine in Los Angeles Area

Vodka Watermelon Crisis (HELP!!!) [Moved from Los Angeles Area board]

Thanks so much! It's too late now but I will definitely keep this in mind for the upcoming months (especially once the price of melons goes down!) I ended up blending the watermelon with some lime juice and vodka (and lots of sugar) and it was amazing!

Apr 18, 2008
melentine in Home Cooking

Vodka Watermelon Crisis (HELP!!!) [Moved from Los Angeles Area board]

I am having a birthday party tonight and had my heart set on serving vodka spiked watermelon. I've never made a vodka watermelon, and assumed it would be easy enough to make. I carved a hole in the top of my 16+ pound melon, scooped out some of the sweet, sweet flesh, stabbed the innards with a long knife, and then upended a 750ml bottle of vodka into it. A day later, the melon has absorbed almost none of the alcohol.

I'm not expecting people to start arriving until approximately 10 so there is still time to turn things around. I was thinking of making a punch or some sort of cocktail with the fruit or just cutting it up into pieces and dunking it into the alcohol. I also have some white rum in the house. I would love some suggestions, please help!!!

PS The watermelon is seedless. I know you're supposed to use the natural kind but this was all whole foods had.

Apr 17, 2008
melentine in Home Cooking

Seeking Best Mexican Lunchtime Spot in West Hills/Canoga Park

Go to El Tapatio. It's in the strip mall at the southwest corner of Victory and Fallbrook. I recommend getting your talk "combinado" with two types of meat, the carne asada and the pastor (steak and seasoned pork.) Goes great with their beans... my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Mar 07, 2008
melentine in Los Angeles Area