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"Less Sweet" / "More Pumpkin-y" Pumpkin Pie Recipe...

Hi Chowhounders, I'm looking for a pumpkin pie recipe that is less sweet (and hopefully tastes more like a natural pumpkin). I've tried researching it myself but I am not sure what search terms to use. I tried looking for agave sweetened, natural etc.

1. Anyone have a suggestion on what recipe search terms to use?

2. Anyone have a good recipe that is a lot less sweet? As a reference point: Marie Calendar's and Costo's pies are WAY too sweet and the $40 one from Urth is just a little bit too sweet.

I realize I can just decrease the sugar in most recipes that use canned purees but I am wondering what else is out there.

Thanks!

Oct 31, 2011
SmileyGirl in Home Cooking

Meat Market in San Gabriel Valley Area

@TonyC: Thx, I'll have lots of time to explore your various suggestions on Saturday as bf is traveling out of the country and I'm breaking a fast. I know I can count on you.

@Raytamsgv: Thx, I forgot about Gelsons. What does your sn mean?

@Peripatetic: I do buy the Foster's for just chicken breasts and wings when I do parties. It's hit or miss because I can tell when the packages have been refrozen. I also air dry the chicken in the fridge sometimes. When does it become mushy? Curious...

@ipsedixit: Thx for summarizing.

@Everyone: Thank you all for checking back. I'm new to the Chowhound etiquette but I do appreciate all the information. It's nice to know there are people out there willing to share.

Sep 29, 2011
SmileyGirl in Los Angeles Area

Meat Market in San Gabriel Valley Area

Hi everyone, thanks for your replies. I actually live in Alhambra which is not too far from Pasadena. I was just hoping there was something closer. I do buy chicken from Costco once in awhile but sometimes I just feel like making some Korean/Chinese food so I will need beef bones, or brisket, or ground pork. I have a feeling that I will end up going to all of these places. :)

Sep 28, 2011
SmileyGirl in Los Angeles Area

Meat Market in San Gabriel Valley Area

Thanks mads. I spoiled my stomach because I used to live in MP a few years ago and I could buy 99 ranch meat all the time. Now that I have switched over to Whole Foods...well, let's just say I'm now stuck there. I guess no dirty dogs for you or me!

Sep 28, 2011
SmileyGirl in Los Angeles Area

Meat Market in San Gabriel Valley Area

Hi Chowhounders,

I just moved back to SGV area, but I miss my access to Whole Foods quality meat. Can anyone share places to buy meat that is:

1. Still in the SGV area (not East LA, not Pasadena)
2. Has comparable quality and selection of a Whole Foods?

I know it's a pipe dream but I'm now traumatized after having served chicken wings to the bf who later got sick. He has even eaten pad thai off a motorcycle in Thailand so he has a strong stomach.

Thanks! :)

Sep 28, 2011
SmileyGirl in Los Angeles Area

Marinated Steak: Do I rub off the marinade and then cook to sear? OR Do I just stick it in the pan?

This may be the most novice question ever but I am curious what I am supposed to do.

I just marinated some steak and Korean BBQ short ribs and plan to cook them on the stove top. I like it to be medium rare with a crusty outside. But then I remembered that Julia Childs once said that you can't brown wet meat.

So, after you have marinated steak overnight:

Do you rub off all the marinade and then pan sear it?

Rub off some of the marinade and then pan sear it?

Rub off every single bit of the marinade, wipe the meat, and then pan sear it?

Thanks a lot!

Apr 07, 2010
SmileyGirl in Home Cooking

Where can I find the best Black Forest Cake?

Thanks Tofuburrito...I'm going to check it out... But keep the suggestions coming!

May 29, 2009
SmileyGirl in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find the best Black Forest Cake?

Looking for that extra special Black Forest Cake, hopefully somewhere near Santa Monica or Beverly Hills. But I am willing to drive if I can get one that's worth it because it's for someone special.

Thanks everyone!

May 29, 2009
SmileyGirl in Los Angeles Area