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looking for healthy dessert recipes!

My FAVORITE in summertime!!!

2 days ago
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

looking for healthy dessert recipes!

And, of course, fruit :)

Apr 24, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

looking for healthy dessert recipes!

This is one I LOVE!!! There's nothing processed and there's no added sugar-but just know that sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from-meaning that there are healthier dessert options, but not any that are really healthy, if that makes sense!

12-15 dates, soaked and de-seeded
1 C raw walnuts
1/2 C or so of shredded coconut (no added sugar), with another 1/2 C or so set aside
a handful of dried cherries (no added sugar)
coconut oil

put all ingredients in a food processor until a paste is formed. Roll into balls about the size of a large marble, then roll in coconut. For added yumminess, roll paste around a fresh raspberry, then roll into ball and roll in coconut. Lay all the balls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, then freeze. When they are frozen, put into a gallon ziplock, then keep in freezer. For the ones with a raspberry, you'll need to let them thaw for a few minutes. The other ones (without the raspberry) pretty much thaw on contact with your mouth, because of the coconut oil. They are so freaking good and addictive!!!

Apr 24, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Zatarain's rice mix in a Crock Pot

I just made some Zatarains jambalaya the other day, added peppers, onions, crushed tomatoes, chicken sausage and shredded chicken--seriously took about 20 minutes. (All the meat was precooked). And I used frozen pepers and onions, so I didn't have to cut anything except the sausage. Using a crock pot for a quick, easy jambalaya just seems like a waste of time, since it's already so quick and easy!

Apr 24, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

ISO Good food near Children's Hospital Los Angeles

How are they? Honestly. Because I can't wait.

Apr 19, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

recipes for extra bacon

Well...BLT's come to mind. Other than that, roasted brussel sprouts are another option. Just roast them with oilive oil and salt, ten minutes before they're done, take them out and throw some crumbled bacon, balsamic, and bacon grease on them, then put them back in the oven for a while. Or crumble the bacon and top devilled eggs with them!

Apr 15, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Strata help

Update: It was awesome. Quite eggy, but really really good!!

Strata help

So, I had some leftover corned beef hash and potatoes and decided to make a smallish strata. I layered the hash and potatoes, ripped up a few leftover crescent rolls, and added a layer of cheese, and then added my beaten egg mixture. I covered and refrigerated last night. Then, around two am I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep, and while I was tossing and turning I realized I forgot to add milk to the egg mixture! So I went back to the kitchen, and beat one egg with a cup of milk, then poured it on top. I checked it this morning, and it looks like the milk mixture was half absorbed. It's a bit runny on top. Did I totally eff up my strata ??

Apr 07, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Agreed. Sometimes I invite an avocado to the party.

Apr 03, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Great place for lunch place in Burbank?

I just went to Golden Road Brewery and really liked it.

http://www.goldenroad.la

Apr 03, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I've actually never thought of doing that. I'll try it out next time! The pan seriously has to soak for like a week afterwards!

Apr 01, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yes, just dijon and honey. You can either marinade the chicken in it, or just mix it up and spoon it over the chicken right before baking. Very simple and yummy!

Apr 01, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Cooking cheap and healthy with gifted food

My first thought is a frittata. First saute the sweet potato with onion and green pepper until done, add tomato (and maybe the broccoli/bacon salad?) and mushrooms, saute everything, beat eggs and throw everything in a pie dish, top with cheese, bake until eggs are set, and top with avocado and hot sauce! Perfect for every meal :) Especially if you pre-cook the pork and put that in as well! Also, the fruit can be a great smoothie with the yogurt, and the chicken salad can go in the pita or on top of the jalapeno bread.

SGV or dtla - fancy Easter candy?

You might want to pop in Joans on Third...I stopped for a coffee while at the Studio City FM and it looked like they had a lot of Easter candy, not sure what kind though.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I use that dijan as a marinade for chicken breasts, with a little honey. Makes a great dinner with super tasty leftovers to put on a salad. Only downside is how nearly impossible it is to get the baking dish clean afterwards :(

Mar 28, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Try the jalapeno/cilantro one, if you like hummus with a little kick. It's great!

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I've never gotten a kringle (doesn't sound up my alley) but I do recall from the holiday board that the kringles ship to TJ's frozen, and you can ask an emplyee if they have any frozen ones in the back, that way you can put it in your freezer without it thawing at all.

Mar 27, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Damn! Now you got me craving perogies!

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

Sometimes I write something with the best intentions, read it back, find that it could be misread as snarky, so I add a ":)", to let whoever reading it that I meant no snark. However, I have read very snarky coments with a ":)", which makes the whole thing seem very passive agressive. I know (from having relationships with signifigant others and friends) that emails and texts are not always read how they would have been said, prompting arguments and misunderstandings. So...what are your thoughts on the ":)" on Chowhound? Have you had a comment directed at you that was straight-up combative, but didn't feel like you could retaliate, since they wrote in a ":)"? Have you written something aggresive to someone but followed it up with a ":)" so you wouldn't have to face possible confrontation? No wrong answers, just curious. :)

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Site Talk

Hipsters on Hillhurst

And BTW Tony C when I first read your post I thought it said "Ice cream filled with cornstarch and onions..." :)

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area
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Hipsters on Hillhurst

What was the lemon buttermilk like??

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Will do!!

Hipsters on Hillhurst

It was more one of those things that I would think about while I was in the ice cream section of a grocery store. And also, since I was hesitant to pay $11 for a pint, I prob wouldn't shell out that plus shipping etc for something that I'm not gauranteed to like. However...if I get it from the Los Feliz location, fall in love, and then they close down...I will be doing just that! Or just learn to make my own :)

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Haha, I'll break down why I'm so excited...

Years ago I worked at a restaurant where we had a goat cheesecake on the menu, baked in a rosemary infused phyllo, with a cherry/black pepper sorbet, and topped with fresh rosemary. Simply put, the best dessert I've ever had the pleasure of eating (multiple times). Unfortunately, it didn't sell well, and was taken off the menu after just a few short months (I'm tearing up here.) It's a taste that I have always longed to experience again...
Fast forward a few years, I'm in Gelsons and I run across a pint of Jeni's ice cream-in a goat cheese and red cherry flavor! I got so excited! But then I saw the price, and really couldn't justify buying it. But I found myself often thinking about it. Finally I decided, f--- it, I deserve that $11 pint of goat cheese and red cherry ice cream dammit! But alas, it was not meant to be. I couldn't find that damn flavor anywhere! But I still look for it every single time I'm at Gelsons (or Whole Foods, or wherever). I had given it up for lost cause, until I read Manku's post. I am VERY excited to know that I can go a few blocks away and buy a scoop of ice cream that I have been longing to try for almost two years now, but I know in my heart will never compare to that long-forgotten goat cheesecake of a lifetime ago...

Mar 26, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

Hipsters on Hillhurst

Everything else just disappeared when I read about Jeni's Ice Cream opening...WHAT?????

Mar 25, 2015
schrutefarms in Los Angeles Area

What do you put in your chicken soup?

I always make a quick chicken soup. I buy a rotisserie chicken from the market, shred off all the chicken (and eat most of the skin; hanging head in shame). Set aside. While I'm doing that I throw a mirepoix in my soup pot with some olive oil; I cook it on low/med heat until the onions sweat. I then add two boxes of Imagine organic chicken broth, and the chicken. Sometimes some frozen peas and/or corn. If I am making it a chicken noodle soup I will boil egg noodles seperately, and then add. Season to taste with whatever herbs and spices I have on hand, or sometimes just salt and pepper. I will let it all simmer for a good 30 minutes or so before I serve. It's better the next day, and even better the day after that.

Mar 25, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Brunch potluck where all the brunch basics are covered...

I agree that something green is missing. Maybe a big salad? I love this one in the springtime--
mixed greens
sliced strawberries
sliced pears
tossed with a poppyseed dressing
topped with crumbled gorganzola and slivered almonds

(I love a lot of fresh ground pepper with this, but that might not be everyones bag)

Also, anytime I have a gathering, I usually make bacon wrapped-blue cheese stuffed dates.

1 package bacon
1 clamshell dates (about 15-20)
1 tub crumbled blue

slice dates on one side to open, and peel off the hard part where the stem used to be
take out seed, replace with blue cheese
wrap with one of the bacon half slices, secure with toothpick
bake at 350 until bacon is obviously done

Also, don't worry if you run out of bacon-I just make some without.

What do you like to do with left over pie crust?

I actually buy ready made pie crust with the intention of making cookies-they are so good!! I melt butter and mix the melted butter with honey, then brush on each cookie. I then generously sprinkle each cookie with cinnamon and sugar, then bake. My favorite!! They don't last long!!

Mar 22, 2015
schrutefarms in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yes, it was the first time. Maybe I just got a funky batch?

Mar 20, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

I'll have to try that next holiday season...that and the urban legend that is the Caramallows...I couldn't find them in any store last year!!!

Mar 20, 2015
schrutefarms in Chains