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Tito's Tacos Red Salsa

I'm planning on attempting another version of Tito's red salsa this week. In doing a bit of research I'm surprised to see no mention of canned tomatoes being the main ingredient. It seems a possibility considering the deep red color of the salsa and the amount they must go through in a week. I'm just curious what others think.

May 20, 2012
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Looking for a Copycat Poquito Mas Salsa Negra Recipe

I'm now living in Chicago and really miss the black salsa at Poquito Mas. Does anyone know of a copycat recipe?

Thanks!

May 20, 2012
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Summertime Drinks Lite on the Sugar

Thanks, all. I went with a somewhat homemade concoction of vodka, a bit of San Pellegrino blood orange, juice of 1/2 lime and club soda.

Interestingly enough, I just read that club soda is not regulated by the FDA. Sparkling mineral water is, however.

May 20, 2012
foodworthy in Spirits

Summertime Drinks Lite on the Sugar

Thank you!

May 18, 2012
foodworthy in Spirits

Summertime Drinks Lite on the Sugar

I'm looking for a summertime drink that isn't too sweet. I don't want a sugar hangover the next morning. That said, a liquor hangover is perfectly acceptable! Thank you!

May 17, 2012
foodworthy in Spirits

Israeli Couscous Salad - a la Whole Foods (at least the one in Glendale).

Ach77,

Many thanks! Your recipe is wonderful and spot-on!

Apr 25, 2012
foodworthy in Home Cooking

What is a good site to learn how to cook Indian food properly?

I'm surprised no one's mentioned Manjula. Her recipe's are vegetarian, but I imagine it's not that difficult to throw some chicken in a pot!
http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/

Mar 31, 2012
foodworthy in Home Cooking

24 Hours in Santa Clara

I am vegetarian, but I have no problem finding options at restaurants that serve meat. Thanks all!

24 Hours in Santa Clara

I'll be in Santa Clara on Saturday and would appreciate some suggestions. I'll be at the Hyatt for a pinball expo, and am not really interested in traveling too far for a meal. I'm looking for faster options (no five course sit-downs!) that are must haves before leaving Santa Clara.

Any suggestions?
Thai
Banh mi
Indian
Indian pizza
Vegetarian sandwiches
Pizza
Fake meat Chinese

Thanks so much!

Things That Make You Go, "What the......."

I live near a Chinese / donut shop which I think is almost as bizarre as what I found at the dollar store the other day.

Jun 24, 2011
foodworthy in General Topics

Gluten Free/Vegetarian Hors D' Oeuvres Suggestions

Thanks to all! I ended up making falafels with three types of dip. A heavy dish, but I made them into small, bite-size balls. I found a few things that might be helpful to others:

1. Temperature: Many recipes called for frying at 375. I tried this and the results were very good, but what I noticed when frying at 350 was that the inside was more uniformly cooked and fluffier.

2. Greens: One cup of greens to 1 bag of chickpeas seems to be a solid ratio. I found many recipes calling for 3T of herbs, which seemed a bit slim to me. I used 1 bag of dried chickpeas to 1 cup of parsley mixed with a handful of basil. The next time I make them I will experiment with dill, arugula, cilantro, or tarragon.

3. Cook vs. Fry: I baked a few to test a healthier option but found that while they're acceptable, I was missing the crunch I look forward to in a falafel. Also, frying gave them the vibrant green color I was hoping for, as opposed to cooking that left them the same beige as they went in.

Thanks again!

Jun 21, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Gluten Free/Vegetarian Hors D' Oeuvres Suggestions

Some friends and myself are getting together for Sunday night fancy mac n' cheese. Does anyone have ideas for hors d' oeuvres for that are both gluten free and vegetarian? Thanks!

Jun 17, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Does anyone have a recipe for Quad Cities style pizza?

I was unaware that the Quad Cities lay claim to a particular style of pizza. Since I don't see myself in Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline or East Moline anytime soon, my kitchen will have to do. I've read that the sauce is a bit spicier than normal and the flour incorporates a malt mix.

Does anyone have a recipe? I've had no luck finding one online.

Jun 04, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

What are L. A.’s best (and worst) Reuben* sandwiches?

For any vegetarians that might find their way to this topic, Locali on Franklin has the most amazing vegetarian Reuben. I think they must take their fake meat and soak it in pickling spice and beet juice for color. Unbelievable.

May 30, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

Vegetarian Buffalo Wings

I've added photos of the wings I wrote about in an earlier reply. I but them at the Silom Supermarket in Thaitown. They're $21.95 for three pounds. They are so similar in taste and appearance to wings sold at Newsroom, Bulan and Green Leaves that I can't imagine they're not the same brand.

May 29, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

Looking for gluten-free bakeries in Los Angeles

Has anyone tried Babycakes downtown? I have her cookbook and a good amount of the recipes are gluten free. Unfortunately, I've yet to try any. When I do I can report back if anyone is interested.

May 27, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

Randy's Donuts

I think you'll find you remember the iconic sign long after the taste of their donuts.

May 25, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast in Silverlake?

Also, I have to say they might as well slap a TGI Friday's sign over Home. It's not terrible, but there's also no reason to spend money there either. Square One is delicious and fresh. Don't make the mistake I did and miss spotting the chalkboard as you walk out to the patio that lists their specials.

May 20, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast in Silverlake?

The breakfast pizza at Little Dom's on Hillhurst, as well as their bloody Mary, is one of my favorite breakfasts in my history of early morning eating.

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Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

May 20, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

Mastro's Beverly Hills - what to Order?

The roasted Brussels sprouts were wonderful! I would suggest them to even those who think they don't like sprouts.

May 15, 2011
foodworthy in Los Angeles Area

USDA School Lunch Recipes from the 1930's & 40's

What a great find! Many thanks!

May 12, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Kabob Cafe -Wayne

That's amazing! Oh, how funny. I remember a black pepper and vanilla ice cream that I really liked, but that may have been under the original owners.

May 12, 2011
foodworthy in Philadelphia

Summer meals - easy and quick for weeknights

Here are a few recipes:

Charred Rosemary (Mock) Tuna Salad

1 can of garbanzo beans, mashed
3 TBL mayonnaise
1 TBL + 1 tsp capers
1/4 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce**
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp charred rosemary, minced*
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 tsp white balsamic vinegar

Cider Carrot and Goat Cheese Sandwich

1 TBL apple cider vinegar
1 tsp light brown sugar
5-6 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup minced celery leaves
1 pickle
1/4 tsp lemon zest
4 carrots
sliced red onion
red leaf lettuce
8 pieces hearty sandwich bread

In a bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves and set aside.
Peel the carrots and cut off the ends. Halve the carrots and using a knife or a mandolin, slice into 1/16-inch slices. Cook carrots in boiling salted water until crisp, about 45 seconds. Drain well in a colander and immediately toss with vinegar mixture. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, then marinate, covered and chilled, at least an hour.
Mince the pickle. In a bowl, combine the goat cheese, pepper, celery leaves, lemon zest and pickle.
Spread the goat cheese on one side of the bread and build with lettuce, carrots and red onion.

Quinoa Salad
1 cup red quinoa
3/4 cup unsalted pistachios
1/4 cup diced green onions
1 jalapeno
1 mango, diced

Dressing:

2 TBL fresh lime juice
scant 1/4 tsp lime zest
2 tsp brown mustard
1 TBL minced Thai basil
1/2 tsp minced rosemary
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt

Cook quinoa according to packaging directions.
Once cool, combine all ingredients and let sit for half an hour to allow all flavors to come together

May 12, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Summer meals - easy and quick for weeknights

How about a dinner plate consisting of a trio of salads? Spend one night doing a bit of prep to make the rest of the week easier. I generally always have a quart container of either egg salad, pasta salad or chicken salad in the fridge. Along with some greens and cut fruit, it's basically waiting in the fridge for you to eat. It doesn't have to be fattening either if you substitute Greek yogurt for mayo.

May 12, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

I feel like I failed

Roasted garlic sounds like a no brainer. All too often though the result is bitter, inedible mush. Roasting at a high temperature as you would for most vegetables just doesn’t work for garlic. The secret is low and slow, as in temperature and time. The result is a garlic deeply flavored and slightly sweet. Hopefully this works for you!

1 head of garlic
1 TBL olive oil

Preheat the oven to 325.
Cut with a knife just enough off the top of the garlic so all cloves can be covered in olive oil.
Drizzle with half of the olive oil, let saturate, and drizzle with remaining olive oil.
Wrap in tin foil and cook for one hour or until garlic is golden and some of the larger cloves have popped slightly from the paper.

May 12, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

Kabob Cafe -Wayne

Thank you so much, Chef Paulo! I really appreciate it. I'm glad to see Pie in the Sky gets good reviews on Yelp. I loved their pizza and still better than most of what I've found in LA!

May 12, 2011
foodworthy in Philadelphia

Kabob Cafe -Wayne

Oh, Wayne. I lived there during my teens. We lived right off Wayne Avenue on Walnut. Could someone tell me if Pie in the Sky Pizza is still in business? I worked there, and Baskin-Robbins, during high school. My brother managed to get himself banned from the cheese shop next to the train station. My parents always bought our birthday cakes at Sweet Daddies, I believe. It was on the corner of Wayne and Rt. 30.

May 11, 2011
foodworthy in Philadelphia

Drinks and Dishes Based on Your Favorite Movie

Perhaps my title should have been "Best Food Related Movie Quotes"!

"Maybe I'll knit myself a beer."

May 11, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking

My first time at Chipotle.... or, what the hell was that bland beige lump I just ate?

You can request rice sans cilantro. I do it every time. It's not an inconvenience and it doesn't hold up the line since they are continually making new batches.

May 11, 2011
foodworthy in Chains

Drinks and Dishes Based on Your Favorite Movie

Each weekend a friend of mine likes to project movies in his backyard and people bring hors d'oeuvre. Any suggestions for a movie inspired vegetarian dish?

May 11, 2011
foodworthy in Home Cooking