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Blueberry Vinaigrette with Liqueur

I've never used a liqueur for a dressing, but I would maybe mix it with high quality olive oil, and dijan to bind. Shake it up, and maybe use on a salad that has lots of fresh berries and sheeps milk feta and mixed greens. Super simple to highlight the dressing.

about 13 hours ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

You're mom sounds like the hostess with the mostess!! We always ate at home, if we did go out it was either Mexican, Bob's Big Boy or Polly's Pies. I do remember him always making sure his salads (before his burger or beef stroganoff or whatever) didn't have olives or mushrooms. But that's just taste. Everyone has something they don't like, right? I hate dill. And marzipan. And seafood. But I certainly eat meat, and I do love my pasta and bread!
In all seriousness, even though I think food sensitivity and special diets has reached a point that is bordering on the ridiculous (breatharians? Freegans?), I do welcome the many, many options that are out there. Whenever I get annoyed at friends for their many, many dietary restraints, I just try to think "eh, variety is the spice of life. That's what makes us individuals."

Jul 29, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

I guess it's whatever environment you grew up in-neither of my parents dieted that I remember, none of their friends were vegetarians, etc. My dad won't eat mushrooms or olives; it wasn't talked about. We just never ate those. Once I got to High School vegetarians were the norm, but dairy-free (except those who are lactose intolerant), gluten-free, pescatarian, "cleansing" etc…I don't recall any of those when I was a kid, teen, or young adult. Not saying they didn't exist in some worlds, just not mine I guess!

Jul 29, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

What did we do a decade ago? We cooked food. We ate it. End of story.

I will eat pretty much anything except seafood (just don't like it). That really only limits me from going out for sushi. Any other place that has seafood is bound to have something for me to eat. However….
I have two besties. One is gluten free (celiac) the other is vegetarian except when she's craving meat (and she only ever craves a bite, as in "Are you getting the steak? I want a bite. I'm craving just a bite.") No dairy sometimes, gluten free occasionally, likes heavy, carb-y food, except when she's "not feeling it today". Drinks, except when she's "off alcohol this month…". It's always a fun game of "who's eating what this week" when we go out. Taqueria's are what we can usually agree on.

Jul 29, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

I love those logic problems! I found a set of Mensa flashcards at a museum once and bought them, they are mostly those kinds of puzzles. So fun to do! I'm sh!t at all other math, though. I never made it past pre-algebra in HS, and my Dad was a math teacher!

Jul 29, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

You can still make a fabulous summer meal. I would just not serve an entree, rather, 4-5 dishes that can be room temp and everyone can serve themselves. I'm not sure if your friends with allergies are like my friends with allergies-I know that nothing my friends are "allergic" to would send them into anaphalactic shock; therefore, I'm not too pyscho about keeping certain food items far away from others. They can just brush off something if they don't like it. However, you should probably find out how serious your friends allergies are-you don't want to send anyone to the hospital!!

I would do a large platter of roasted veggies (eggplant, zucchini, red onion, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes), a cheese/ charcuterie board, a large salad with cheese on the side (and make your own dressing to make sure there's no gluten in it.). I had a fab salad the other day with baby greens, peaches, nectarines, pluots, goat cheese, candied almonds and a balsamic vinaigrette. Very summery. I don't eat seafood myself, so I have no suggestions for that, but how about filet or London broil, made earlier or the day before, sliced and set out cold, with a chimichurri on the side? A platter of vegetarian stuffed grape leaves are great finger food, and would meet most of the guests restrictions. Maybe round it out with a farro salad, or, taking advantage of these great late summer tomatoes, a large caprese. Everything can be presented beautifully, and everyone will see how much care and time you put into everything. Fill the empty spaces with bowls of olives and nuts, and voila! Dinner party done! Dessert can be some wonderful late summer strawberries, with whipped cream and poundcake on the side.

Jul 29, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Boyfriends birthday/moving in dinner

A great filet dinner always has a bit of "wow" factor. You can fancy it up with a bearnese sauce, or mushrooms sauteed with garlic, butter, wine and herbs. You can go traditional with a baked potato, or play around with some potato recipes (such a versatile starch! Same with the veggie--creamed spinach is always tasty, or you could do roasted brussel sprouts with caramelized shallots, bacon, and balsamic. A great salad I do that is SO simple and delicious is spinach, with chopped apples and white onions that have been marinating in dijan and white wine vinegar, then all tossed together. A great app that goes with this and looks very fancy is asparugus in phyllo dough with hollandaise. Let me know if any of these appeals to you, and I will share whatever recipes I have!

Jul 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Avocado on Sandwiches: Mash or Slice?

I'm a masher on sandwiches. But I like to mash it with large chunks intact! Like a really chunky spread.

Jul 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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When you were starting out in the kitchen what did you make?

I used to be much more adventurous because before I knew how to cook, I would pick an exciting recipe out of a book and follow it step-by-step. Now that I know the basics, and have a few favorites up my sleeve, I rarely pick something awesome out of a cookbook anymore. I want to start back up, but A) I'm cooking for one (my SO barely counts because he's the pickiest person on the planet and gets almost no enjoyment out of food) B) I seem to be on a budget a lot these days and C) I have a lot less time then I used to, so I go with the tried and true. I miss the days of just going for it, even if I didn't know what "it" was. I need to bring that attitude back!!

Jul 27, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

There's no way I could have gotten through one plate of Mozz sticks…I don't hate them, but I don't love them either. In fact, a friend insisted I try the frozen ones from TJ's. I was at TJ's, saw them, I was starving, they looked good…they've been in my freezer for over six months now. I don't know what it is, I just never feel like eating them….

However. I'm pretty sure I could eat boneless buffalo wings for 14 straight hours. In fact, I'm positive I can.

Jul 27, 2014
schrutefarms in Food Media & News

Beyond Vegan

Oh yeah. The oil thing threw me. My head was in "vegan". I'll try the Whole Foods one!

Jul 27, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Beyond Vegan

The vegan part is pretty easy…the oil part, not so much. Cafe Gratitude, Mas Madre, Real Food Daily and Hugo's are all good places to try. If you find yourself in Santa Monica, True Food is wonderful. If I were you, I'd stop by Erewhon and speak to an employee or even the manager about your diet. I'm sure they will have a million ideas for you, as well as advice on supplements if you want it.

And FWIW, I think Veganaise is almost better than mayo. And I love me some mayo!!!!

Jul 26, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

So I had the eggplant pasta (frozen). Ummm….wasn't a YAY or a NAY….I liked the taste….added some feta…maybe kinda mealy and gluey…The taste was good tho...

Jul 25, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

I love those fire-roasted peppers and onions! I make a scramble with those, TJ's fire-roasted corn, and feta, and top it with TJ's pico de gallo, avocado, and sour cream. My favorite breakfast!!

Jul 25, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Traumatizing.

Jul 25, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

THANKS!! Can't wait to try it!

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Blech. Gross. One day I'll tell you about the time I found two eyelashes in my cream cheese…
I do not have good luck eating out.

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

Ewwwwww. The Starbucks I went to that morning was one I usualy avoid, as it's on an intersection with a lot of suspect people. They usually hang out in Starbucks for hours. Who knows what could have been on those hands.

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

:) I buy a fruit and vegetable wash. I think I got it at Trader Joes, but it might have been Whole Foods. It's called Natural Veggie Wash, and it's in a spray bottle. I also use hot water when I can (sometimes I use lukewarm or cool on things like lettuce that can wilt, or very juicy delicate peaches).

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Monte 52? Anyone been?

A bit far from me in West Hollywood, but between Donut Friend and Brownstone Pizza I seem to find myself in that area more and more...

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Need to use 600g/21 oz. of Valbreso Feta before it expires 08/17/2014

I put feta on almost everything!! One of my favorites is to roast eggplant and cherry tomatoes (roasted with olive oil, balsamic glaze and some various spices), and caramelize a red onion. Boil some pasta, save a few tablespoons of pasta water, and combine everything (including the pasta water). Add feta. Cook down for a minute or two. So yummy.
Also I like a simple "salad" of just cold diced avocado with feta and red wine vinegar. Add some beets if you got them!
Almost every salad I make gets feta, as do tacos.
Great on pizza, homeade or frozen.
Omelets (or scrambles) of eggs, peppers, onions, corn and feta, topped with avocado, pico de gallo, and sour cream is one of my favorite breakfasts ever!

I wish I had your problem :)

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Monte 52? Anyone been?

The Europane version is kind of soft, right? And open faced?

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Monte 52? Anyone been?

And what's your favorites? Menu looks pretty good, some friends had the fried chicken sandwich and loved it. Looking for some CHers input!

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Recipe please, Dirty.

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014 [OLD]

As someone who has had food poisoning about 4 or 5 times, I implore you to please wash your fruits and veggies! Even avocados and melons. Anything that might have been handled by someone's bare hand. You never know where some peoples hands have been... :0 The last time was from a latte at $tarbucks…I don't even want to know what happened there.

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Five Guys Burger Cajun Spice Ingridients

It tasted kind of like Lawry's seasoned salt to me!

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains
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What's your favorite way to cook?

Herbal refreshment does not work for me in the kitchen--the last time I did that I went to Target and realized I left the water boiling on the stove.

Jul 24, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food
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the end-times are upon us. repent.

For the record, cream cheese poppers are far superior :)

Jul 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

the end-times are upon us. repent.

Cream cheese or cheddar poppers?

Jul 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Aroma Cafe Hollywood - Report

If you're not drunk enough then you shouldn't be at the Rainbow.

Jul 23, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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