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I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

Not exactly a veggie dish (actually, not at all) but deviled eggs would be appropriate!!

1 day ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Favorite Margarita Mix Recipe?

Good tequila (4 Copas organic blanco is fantastic)
agave
fresh squeezed limes
shake and pour over ice (salted rim optional)

That's it. It's the only way I can drink them now. SOOOOO tasty.

2 days ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Cooking first time for girlfriend. Help!

Pesto is impressive and incredibly easy (assuming she is ok with garlic) Plus, it looks pretty! You will have to have some sort of food processor though. I never use a recipe, just a large handful of basil, a tablespoon or two of pine nuts, lots of parmesian, a few cloves of garlic. Start the processor, then start adding olive oil. You want it oily enough to coat pasta. It's nice with penne. Not really diet friendly though :)
Serve with a salad. Simple arugala dressed with oilive oil, salt and lemon juice. A little garlic in there as well. If you both eat it, then you will both have garlic breath. It's a meal that looks incredibly impressive, but is super easy. Really difficult to mess up. Just don't have a heavy hand with the garlic in the pesto and you will be fine!

2 days ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

I just made the BEST veggie side dish tonight, I took it from the Trader Joes board. This will only work if you have a Trader Joes accessable.
1 (or 2) head(s) of cauliflower, broken up into smallish chucks
toss with olive oil, salt, parm, and Trader Joes Dukkah (you can probably find a recipe for that online if you don't have a Trader Joes nearby, it's basically a nut and spice mix)
Roast at 400 untill the edges start to get dark. SO good!!! Can be served hot or room temp.

2 days ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

best way to bake a sweet potato in the oven

This is how I make them…
Sliced (about 1/4-1/2 inch thick rounds)
Place in a single layer in a glass baking dish
small pat of butter on each one
sprinkle with coarsely chopped garlic and salt
bake until soft

I'm just not a huge fan of sweet potatoes unless they are salty/garlicky/buttery. I really like them this way.

2 days ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

I left cooked veggies out all night - safe to eat?

Exactly! Haven't died yet :) Although if I had gotten food poisoning it's not like I would hve noticed.

2 days ago
schrutefarms in General Topics

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

Please report back if you do! I can't seem to tear myself away from the pork belly long enough to try anything else!!

Apr 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

I used to flip flop between the steak BLT and the Not-so-fried chicken…until I had the pork belly Banh Mi. It's so cravable. Have you had the lemongrass steak Banh Mi?

Apr 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

Cost Plus World Market. Not a large variety, but an interesting one...

Apr 18, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

I left cooked veggies out all night - safe to eat?

Here's my rule of thumb with things being left out…
Pretend you attended or threw a New Years Eve party. Snacks/food/apps were put out around 7 or so. After you rang in the New Year at midnight, you continued to drink and dance with your friends. It's now between 2 and 3 am, you're drunk, and the food is still sitting out. It looks great and you are suddenly starving. If you wouldn't have a problem eating it (and I wouldn't), then it's probably fine to leave something sitting out overnight and still eat it :)

Apr 17, 2014
schrutefarms in General Topics

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

The Mendicino Farms one is AWESOME!!!!

Apr 17, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

Mmmm….CANNED corn beef hash…fried with ketchup….

Apr 16, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

P.S. This dish is called "Tamara's Garlic Chicken". I have no idea who Tamara is, and there is no garlic in this recipe. (Except for the garlic croutons, which, really, can be any seasoned croutons.)

Apr 16, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

I make this maybe once every year, year and a half…

2 or 3 (depending on size) boneless/skinless chicken breasts in a shallow, square baking dish
1 slice of swiss cheese on top of each breast
1 bag of crushed garlic croutons poured on top of that
1 C (I actually use slightly less, because 1 C is insane) of melted butter poured over that
1 can of slightly diluted Cream of Mushroom soup topping all of that, smoothed out.
Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 375, then uncover and bake for another 15 minutes. Kind of a really salty, greasy take on chicken and stuffing. Kind of. I actually like it better cold the next day, straight out of the fridge, when all the crouton bits are congealed together because of the cold butter and soup. So yummy.

Apr 16, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Need casual Easter snack ideas

Fried wontons with cream cheese and green onion (if green onion is ok)
Rice balls (I make mine with risotto, (meatball sized), flour, egg wash, then breadcrumbs)
Pilsbury crescent rolls stuffed with anything
finger sandwiches (egg salad, chicken salad, etc)
crostini with tapanade

Apr 16, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking
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Mastro's, CUT, or STK? Looking for best steak in LA

Is Pasadena too far? I have had many great steaks at Arroyo Chop House. Like, really great. Also the best french fries ever!!

Apr 15, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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scaling up a Frittata from a recipe

If you ever get food stuck to the cast iron again, just dump some kosher salt or coffee grounds in to scrub it off, that's how I clean mine. Also, after I scrub mine, I always wipe it with Crisco and put it on on a low burner for 20 minutes or so. Also, I would probably make the bacon in a seperate pan, or a few hours before, then add it at the last minute. But overall, it sounds like your frittata was successful! They get a lot easier :)

Apr 15, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

Fish sauce by name has always confused me! I've never known if it is a sauce with fish in it, or if it's to be used on fish. After all, it's not like steak sauce has bits of steak in it, or fry sauce having bits of french fried potatos in it...

Apr 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

Yes on both of those-I actually had no clue that Worcestershire had anything fishy in it! Granted, I think I've only used it for Bloody Marys…
And I love Caeser salad, but I do ask every single time I order it if it's fishy, or if there are any anchovies in it…If they say yes, I always change my order.

Apr 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

Ha! Noted :)

Apr 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Pandan Tea Leaf cake ????? I loved it at this coffee/banh mi joint called Bale, about a block away from Chengdu Taste and now I they no longer have it. deeply despondent now.

If you want to make it, try Cost Plus World Market. I was just there and noticed they had a few boxed green tea cakes. They might have what you are looking for.

Apr 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Acabar - Where is the love?

The decor is breathtaking, just really beautiful…
The plates are small. Very small. We ordered the punch bowl for the table. It's exactly what you think it is. A large bowl of very strong punch. I think it was $125. Observations such as "It tastes like TheraFlu!" and "It's leaving a baby aspirin taste in my mouth" were made. We sent it back, since no one really liked it. I believe we all had two small plates and two cocktails each. I had the beets and goat cheese. I think it had about four beets the circumference and thickness of a peice of pepperoni. There might have been an avocado in there, but it was sliced so paper thin that I'm not really sure. The goat cheese was a small wipe on the plate. I also had the caramelized cauliflower duo. Salty. Almost inedibly so. And I love salt. We all paid the same amount, since we all basically had the same thing. $60 including tax/tip each. Actually more than that, considering that we went to Cat and Fiddle afterwards for more cocktails, and each ordered more food there, since our stomachs were just teased at Acabar. Not sure I would ever go there again for diner, but the ambiance was go gorgeous I would absolutely have a drink at the bar. Oh, and the service was wonderful-we were all slightly in love with our server by the end of the evening. Still though…$240…ouch.

Apr 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

PLEASE tell me what those things are and where to find them. That was the point of this post!

Apr 14, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

GAH!!! I just want to try Vietnamese food! And I don't like fish! Are the two things mutually exclusive??

Apr 13, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

scaling up a Frittata from a recipe

PS when the middle stops jiggling, that's when it's done!

Apr 13, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

scaling up a Frittata from a recipe

Feta is my go-to breakfast cheese, it's so good in scrambles and omelettes as well!!

Apr 13, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

scaling up a Frittata from a recipe

Agreed. A frittata is (almost) foolproof. I've made a bunch, and never once measured anything. Sometimes it rises over the pan, sometimes it doesn't reach the top. Either way, when you flip it out of the pan, it is always round and always looks great. If your pan is bigger, just add more filling or another egg or two. Feta/bacon/potato sounds great, enjoy!

Apr 13, 2014
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

I've never had fish sauce. I just know I hate fish.

Apr 13, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

Not opposed, just really, really hate. So much so that if I accidentally ordered something with a fish sauce it would probably be the last time I try vietnamese food again :) What would a vegetarian fish sauce taste like? I think I really need to start with some basic stuff.

Apr 13, 2014
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

That's good to know! And walnuts are my favorite nut :)

Apr 12, 2014
schrutefarms in Not About Food