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hatch chiles ?

Whole foods has them - bought 30lbs at Irvine last week, and 20lbs in Seal Beach (or is it long beach there) today. Not sure exactly which hatch variety, but very pleasantly spicy, especially after they've been roasted. $1.99/lb

Aug 28, 2011
eekthecat in Los Angeles Area

Most efficient way to use wine? (aside from drinking it)

I've searched for the group's wisdom on this, but my search-skills are probably not up to the task...

Plenty of recipes call for wine as an ingredient, and I've heard plenty of "if you won't drink it, don't use it in your recipe" as an answer to the "quality" question, but though my wife and enjoy dishes that have wine as an ingredient, we aren't wine-drinkers. It seems terribly wasteful to open up a bottle of perfectly good wine, use half-a-cup for the recipe, then dump the rest (or refrigerate and keep my fingers crossed that I'll need it again in the next day or two). So:

1) Are there any good alternatives to opening up a new bottle every time? (I have a wine-saver gadget to help preserve it for, I'm assuming a few days at most..) Would box-wine be better for this application? Even using two-buck-chuck seems wasteful and expensive for the amount I'd be using.
2) For how long can I reasonably keep an open bottle?

Am I doing it all wrong? Yes, I realize that this has the potential to be a really stupid question...

Apr 27, 2011
eekthecat in Home Cooking

Rehearsal Dinner Near Long Beach/Cypress?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a early July rehearsal dinner in the Long Beach / Cypress / Cerritos area (more toward the 605 rather than LB near downtown or the 710) -- this area seems to be a dining wasteland though (I live there).

I'm looking for a place that has a private dining area, non-Asian food (I'm Chinese, and have had my fill of asian banquet food), a fixed menu for guests, and around $25-40/pp)...

So far I'm leaning toward Park Ave. in Stanton, one of my favorite places, but would love to hear more suggestions!

May 25, 2009
eekthecat in Los Angeles Area