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Easy Brined Roasted Turkey with Creamed Gravy

Nov 09, 2014
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Easy Brined Roasted Turkey with Creamed Gravy

Nov 09, 2014
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Easy Brined Roasted Turkey with Creamed Gravy

Nov 09, 2014
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Easy Brined Roasted Turkey with Creamed Gravy

Nov 09, 2014
laytonj1 in Recipes

Thanksgiving?

IIRC, Lawry's The Prime Rib and Tam O'Shanters offer a traditional Thanksgiving feast that I'm sure does not disappoint. Might be worth looking into.

Oct 22, 2014
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

Where to Ring in the New Year?

My friends and I are looking for a fun place to celebrate New Year's Eve this year. There will be about 10 of us thirtysomethings, and would love a great meal and maybe some live music. Any price range is okay. We love Prospect and Kokkari, if that helps at all. Thank you!!!

Your Favorite Rainy Day Soup?

I just did the very same thing! Made a carrot soup with mini turkey meatballs and spinach from Smitten Kitchen. It's so yummy... I can't wait for dinner.

Oct 09, 2013
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

What to make with 2 plantains?

That sounds simple and delicious. Plus I have coconut oil on hand since my husband and I are doing the Paleo diet. Thanks!

Jul 27, 2013
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

What to make with 2 plantains?

I think they're too ripe for tostones:(

Jul 27, 2013
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

What to make with 2 plantains?

My plantains aren't green anymore... Mostly yellow/brown so I'm not sure they would work for this. Looks yummy though!

Jul 27, 2013
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

What to make with 2 plantains?

I have 2 semi-ripe plantains leftover from another dish I made last week. Any suggestions on how to use them?

Jul 27, 2013
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

Have you met a "celebrity chef?" Were you pleased or disappointed?

My husband and I happened to be walking by Fleur de Lys a couple years ago at about 1am and Hubert Keller was out in front (smoking?) with he other chefs. I was so excited and intoxicated enough to ask for a photo. He was so sweet... and handsome:)

Restaurant rewards well-behaved children

Sherri... Your comment could not have been more timely. A large group of us, including four little one's were dining at North Woods Inn in Pasadena. At the end of the meal our waiter invited the kids over to choose a toy from the treasure chest for being so well-behaved.

I'd never seen such a thing, but was thinking what a wonderful idea!! Of course my kids will remember to be well-behaved next time with that kind of incentive.

Feb 06, 2013
laytonj1 in Food Media & News

anyone remember old cooking show

Are you referring to At Home on the Range starring the late John Crean and Barbara Venezia?? Fits your description:)

Dec 25, 2012
laytonj1 in Food Media & News

Eating outdoors, Mexican, along the 57 (Claremont to Fullerton)?

What about Moreno's Restaurant in Orange? I think it's on Chapman.

Nov 25, 2012
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

Need Costa Mesa area restaurant with private room for 25 or so

Also Maggiano's near South Coast Plaza... In fact, they share the same parking lot.

Nov 04, 2012
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

New Mom Having Dinner Guests

I like this idea. I can even purchase the pre-marinated/assembled kebabs from Whole Foods and pick up some fruit and pasta salad to go along with it. Thanks so much:)

Aug 27, 2012
laytonj1 in General Topics

New Mom Having Dinner Guests

I am having some friends over for dinner and to see my two-week old baby girl (In addition, I have two boys ages 5 and 3.) I was going to go the easy route and do pizza, salad and wine, but one of the wives does not eat cheese. Does anyone have any easy dinner suggestions for a group of 6 adults and 6 kids under the age of 6? Thanks for your suggestions!!

Aug 27, 2012
laytonj1 in General Topics

I need to make a dish for a party...using cream cheese.....

Stuffed Mushrooms that are so addictive;

Softened cream cheese
Chopped bacon or real bacon bits
Shredded sharp cheddar or crumbled blue cheese
Hollowed mushroom caps

Combine first three ingredients, fill mushroom caps, bake for 30 minutes at 350. People go nuts for these things:)

Apr 28, 2012
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

mustard lovers, whats your favorite recipe with mustard?

Love Ina Garten's recipe for Mustard Roasted Fish... It's divine!!!

Mar 18, 2012
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

Your West Coast Bake Sale Best Sellers, please

Magic bars or lemon bars are always a hit!

Mar 14, 2012
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

Taco Caterer for Party - Any Recs?

Ronnie and his crew have always come through for us. He did ask for a deposit the first couple times (no contract) and it was never a problem. They are always on time and very reliable. Last time we had Taco Chop was at my son's birthday party in August. They did a gourmet burger bar and everyone loved it. Love their tacos too. Hope that helps:)

Mar 05, 2012
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

Orange County birthday dinner with kids

How about Roma D' Italia in Tustin or Mama D's in Newport. Orange has some good options with Haven Gastropub, Gabbi's and Johnny Rebs. Those are our "go to" places when we include the kids for family dinner. Good luck!

Feb 20, 2012
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Dinner Ideas - Entertaining and International?

I haven't lived there for a few years, but we used to love Loca Luna for a fun "girls night out." Great tapas, fun music and a very lively/unique atmosphere:)

Feb 17, 2012
laytonj1 in Atlanta

Rehearsal dinner restaurant in Pasadena?

We had our rehearsal dinner at the Rococo Room. It's part of Cafe Santorini, but it's completely seperate and unique. It's quite large and has it's own bar so it might be just what you're looking for. Granted it's been almost eight years, but the food was really good and reasonable. Good luck and congrats!

Feb 02, 2012
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for pizza topping combinations, please!

Our new favorite... Pepperoni, pineapple and jalapeƱo. Really yummy!

Feb 02, 2012
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? December, 2011 [OLD]

Today was a Christmas cookie bonanza at my house. Snickerdoodles, molasses, peanut butter cup and sugar cookies. All turned out beautifully... Packaged them in clear cello bags tied with ribbon. Will be delivering to neighbors and friends in the morning:)

Dec 18, 2011
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

Buttertart - Coconut Cake Question

Could this be it? I've made this cake several times. It is delicious and fits your description.
I found it on the allrecipes.com website.

Coconut Poke Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (16 ounce) package frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package flaked coconut
Directions
Prepare and bake white cake mix according to package directions. Remove cake from oven. While still hot, using a utility fork, poke holes all over the top of the cake.
Mix cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk together. Pour over the top of the still hot cake. Let cake cool completely then frost with the whipped topping and top with the flaked coconut. Keep cake refrigerated.

Dec 09, 2011
laytonj1 in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Dinner in Orange County

We went to Five Crowns in CDM last year for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Traditional turkey dinner with all the sides and dessert for a reasonable price. Highly recommend it.

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Five Crowns
3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Nov 08, 2011
laytonj1 in Los Angeles Area

Chains That Are EAsy to Love

Del Taco!!! So much better than Taco Bell and they even let you order some of the old Naugles menu items.

Oct 03, 2011
laytonj1 in Chains