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Mexican and Good Margaritas In LA

Their pineapple infused tequila in a blended strawberry margarita...mmmmm....

Dec 21, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014

YAY to the mini chocolate mint stars, super addictive!!
YAY to the Garlic and Herbs chicken sausage (cooked). I have one every morning sliced into my scramble. Great taste.
Small yay to the Ultra Chocolate Ice cream. Good taste, but almost looked old. Too dark and not creamy enough.
Giant NAY to the 3 cheese gluten free pizza (frozen). Blech. I returned it. No taste at all, except of cardboard that was simultaniously dry and damp. Just wrong.
Also, NAY to my neighbor who is playing really sh!tty music while I'm writing this.

Christmas Eve dinner w/ kids

Whew. Thought I lost a day.

Dec 19, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Christmas Eve dinner w/ kids

Am I crazy, or does Open Table have the wrong day for Christmas eve?

Dec 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Coconut oil as a moisturiser

Word to the wise though-if you have long hair, wrap it in a towel before you moisturize, otherwise the underside of your hair will be completely oily until you wash it again. Also, use it on wet skin (don't towel off first). It locks in the moisture and smooths on much easier. I then wipe away any excess with a towel.

Dec 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food

Favorite off-menu In-N-Out orders

I get either an animal style cheeseburger with grilled onions, or a grilled cheese with grilled onions, tomatoes and pickles and lettuce. Fries well-done, sometimes animal style, with extra salt (I do that, not them). It's the only way their fries are tolerable IMO.

Dec 16, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Small Group for Bday Dinner West Hollywood

Laurel Hardware might be the ticket...it's fun, lively, pretty, and there are small plates. If the weather is nice the patio is beautiful!

Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

Cost Plus!! Usually around the $40 mark when it's on sale. One time it was $29.99...I bought six bottles. All for me!!!

Dec 04, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

You know when you are hiking or doing something where it's taking energy, and it's hot, and there are no stores around and you suddenly get really afraid of running out of water, and then you're mouth gets dry and now all you can think about is drinking water? That's kind of how I feel right now...knowing I have only about a quarter of a jar...(and yes, I know that's irrational, since I live in a city with a million stores and can buy almond butter anywhere, but it's like half the price at TJ's. And it's really hard to find it with no sugar!) Sigh. First the Dukkah, now this.

Dec 04, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

WHAT?????

Dec 04, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Dinner between Griffith Park and the Groundlings Theater

I'm a fan of Village Idiot. Good burger, good meat pies, good fish and chips (so I've heard), great cocktails, walking distance from the theater. Lala's is good, pretty inexpensive and very close to Groundlings as well.

Oh, and GREAT brussel sprouts at Village Idiot!!

Dec 03, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

DEVILED EGGS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (December 2014)

I make DE all the time, for lunch or a snack. Mine consist of mashing the yolk with EVOO, white wine vinegar, yellow mustard, coursly chopped pickles, mash until mushy, top with paprika. Pretty traditional, just subbing the mayo out for EVOO. Very vinegary, but so yummy!!!

Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

Uh huh, I'm going to be travelling soon, so...score!!

Dec 03, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains
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3 drinks, up at 3am, why?

yep.

Dec 03, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food

Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

Stopped by yesterday...picked up a few of those ice-cube trays (2 for a buck) that make the long skinny ice cubes for putting in bottle of water...also found Fresh Drop. In case you don't know what thst is...

http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Drop-Bath...

Dec 03, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Cheaper to Eat In or Out?

Cheaper to eat at home, depending on what you eat. If you are already an at-home cook, and have most or all of the spices/oils etc that you need, it should be fairly inexpensive to whip up something every morning/night. If you get a recipe out of a book, and need to buy a bunch of stuff to re-create it, then it will probably be more expensive than going out. I don't spend too much on food, but I make fairly simple meals. Mostly sauteed or roasted or steamed veggies and chicken or sausage, maybe a sweet potato as well. Last week I bought two bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts at $18 at Whole Foods, which was kind of pricy, but half of one breast (and the delicious skin) was plenty for dinner along with a sweet potato, and the rest of that breast, along with all the meat from the other went into a pot with sauteed onions ($1), carrots ($1) , celery($1.50), spices and chicken broth (2 boxes, $3), which made a wonderful, hearty chicken soup, which fed me for probably 6 meals. So roughly $25 fed me for 7 meals, making each meal right around $3.50.

Dec 02, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food

How to toss salad at home

Depends on the salad and if it's for me or me plus guests. If it's for guests I use my hands (after washing them of course!) That way you can plate them prettily, and if anything goes on it that is mushy (like avocado or beets) they can be laid on top and arranged all nice. If it's for me, I will usually just shake in a tupperware, and eat out of the same container. Some salads I like to get all mixed up, like sometimes I will do greens, cubed chicken, avocado, feta, hard-boiled egg and halved cherry tomatoes and pepper strips with balsamic vinegrette. I like how the egg and avocado and feta get blended into the dressing and makes the whole salad chunky and creamy.

And I'm quite proud of myself for not digressing back to high school and making jokes based on the title of this post.

Dec 02, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Coconut oil as a moisturiser

Same. Trader Joe's. Keep it under my bathroom sink and use it as moisterizer (except on the face!!)

Dec 02, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food

How can we say no to a dinner invitation? We don't want to appear ungracious even though we don't really like the boyfriend!

Just say "I'd love to see you, but with my schedule and so and so's schedule, it's just too crazy before the holidays. But maybe you and I could meet for a quick coffee? I'd love to see your face!"

Dec 02, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food

How can we say no to a dinner invitation? We don't want to appear ungracious even though we don't really like the boyfriend!

Uhhh...but how does he treat your friend?

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

I know it sounds weird, but croutons make a super cute gift, esp in a fancy little bag.

Dec 02, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Casual Italian Dinner Party Question

(rolling my eyes) How about you just pretend that I had started my sentence "From MY experience..." since I figured it is assumed that everyone on Chowhound can only speak from their personal experience and preferences, not for every child and adult in the entire world, since that would be impossible?

Casual Italian Dinner Party Question

Most kids will eat lasagne, most will not eat scampi (of course, there's always exceptions to the rule). Another lasagne, bread and (maybe) salad will be fine for kids. If you are feeling REALLY adventurous (and don't mind the clean up) a make-your-own-pizza bar would be tons of fun-you could just supply pita bread instead of dealing with the dough, and just have little bowls of sauce, cheese, pepperoni and maybe a few veggies. They can put what they want on theirs, and the adults can bake them! They can make/bake while the adults enjoy the scampi, and then everyone can eat at the same time. Also, have some vanilla ice cream on hand--the adults can do afagato, the kids can do chocolate sauce.

Dec 01, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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How do I make a good coffee at 7-Eleven?

Wow, you were fancy in high school. We had to resort to Strawberry Hill poured into Big Gulp cups.

Thank Heaven for 7-11.

Nov 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Chains

Who makes good BBQ Baked Beans?

I found that too. I looked it up a few years ago after my dad mentioned that he's never had better beans than Love's back in the day. Thought if there was some more US locations I could maybe special order some beans, freeze them, and then wrap em up for Christmas...but nope. Only Indonesia. So weird.

Nov 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Who makes good BBQ Baked Beans?

Like the lollipop sticking out of the ice cream?

Nov 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone seen me?

I just looked up at their menu and oh boy! I can't wait!! I also just realized that I've been to the one in Nashville. I want to try every single flavor!

So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

Hahaha...It's been a blissful day of two movies, some snoozes and dog cuddling, and tons of carbs...I don't know why I bothered buying a salad. As if anything remotely healthy is going to make it's way into my system today.

Nov 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

So an update an hour later...Threw on clothes, walked the dogs, went to the grocery store and bought the following...
Mayo
Soft white sandwich rolls
Cape Cod potato chips
Mrs. Smith frozen apple pie
Caesar salad kit
2 liter of Coke
Sara Lee onion bagels
Cream cheese
tomatoes (for the bagels)

after the grocery store I took a quick shower, and put some fresh PJ's on...duvet and pillows are going on the couch, and it's going to be a Netflix and food orgy up in herrr.... First a bagel, then later a TDay sandwich...(with all my leftovers, plus the mayo and sandwich rolls) with potato chips, then the Caesar for dinner...and apple pie allllll day long!!!!

It should be noted that I DO NOT eat like this normally...I'm pretty strict with my diet. So you can understand my excitment right now :)

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

I used to work at a restaurant that had a big "feed the homeless" Thanksgiving every year...starting about a week from the actual day, they would turn down volunteers, because there were too many.

Nov 28, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking