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Drying a salami

I read below that someone stated that the drying process took three months. I hung two small Hebrew National salamis in my kitchen three weeks ago and the salami dried perfectly in that time. There was no mold or yeast on the outter plastic skin. The end hanging at the bottom on both salamis did look indented so that's why I decided to cut and refrigerate the salami at this point. The meat was flavorful and not at all mealy.

Dec 28, 2014
AnnieAmie in General Topics

"Fresh" dried Pinto Beans in Los Angeles?

I may have the answer for you. I buy fresh pinto beans at the Buy Low Market in Inglewood, CA. I think that most hispanic markets sell pinto beans in bulk and you can find those throughout Los Angeles. If you buy pintos in the pre-packaged bags, you're not getting fresh beans. Always buy beans in bulk for the freshest beans.

Look for light-colored pintos only. The darker the bean, the older the bean!

I'd like to add a little info for you. I learned, after years of trying to make a good pot of beans that Los Angeles water is too hard. No matter how long you soak them, they will never be creamy while using LA tap water.

Buy some bottles of water and soak the beans first using only bottled water. Drain the beans and cook them in more bottled water. You can even use a pressure cooker and cook with dried beans but make sure you use the bottled water. It makes all the difference in the texture of the finished beans. I promise you that you will have creamy and soft beans using the bottled water.

And if you have a good recipe for your sister's beans, please share the recipe?

Apr 16, 2014
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Leftover smoked bbq pork loin

I live in S. CA and I use leftover pork for tacos and taquitos. Just chop it up and add a little cumin, garlic and some chopped tomatoes or a packet of taco seasoning and cook it for a few minutes. I like Powillie's idea, too and just add other fresh food items to just the meat without heating it up to create a taco "sauce" for the meat.. I do chop up any type of leftover meats at time and just roll them in tortillas and either bake or fry them as taquitos. Making some green enchiladas would be a great way to use up the meat, too.
Personally, if the meat has that great of a smokey flavor, just slice it up and reheat for another meal. Sometimes the most simple dishes are the best.

Hawaiian Potato Mac Salad

The secret is letting the noodles cook a little longer so that they're soft and adding all of the ingredients to the hot or warm noodles.
Here's my recipe:
1 pound bag mac noodles,cooked past the al dente stage.
4 big potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes-drained of all water
4 eggs (or more if you like) boiled and chopped
1 head celery, cleaned, chopped into small pieces. Use the leaves, too as they add flavor.
1 can of tuna, drained and chopped up into small bits (they'll never know its in the salad)
1 large carrot, shredded
1 tsp. white pepper
1 cup Best Foods Mayo (Kraft Mayo is Ok but do not use Miracle Whip)
Optional- add 6 scallions/green onions, chopped up finely.
I cook the noodles separately and drain the water back into the pot and cook the eggs with the potatoes. It takes about 20 minutes to cook. You can remove the eggs after five minutes.

While the noodles are still hot or warm, add all of the ingredients and mix well. I top this with the green onions and cover the bowl. Refrigerate overnight. As the noodles will absorb some of the mayo, check the salad before serving and add additional mayo until you like the texture and taste.
There ya go! Aloha!

Aug 23, 2012
AnnieAmie in Home Cooking

strawberry shortcake?

If you're trying to find what's in that picture above, just grab some biscuit mix and make a few. Bisquick would work well as its not sweet. Cut up some really ripe strawberries and toss in a tablespoon of sugar and none at all, stir and let sit for a few minutes to get the juices flowing and make the shortcake just like the dish in the photo.

If you want that cakey kind of shortcake, Ralphs sell them in packs of either four or six in their bakery sections. You can just fill them up with fresh berries and top with whipped cream.

Aug 17, 2012
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Light desserts that are assembled rather than cooked and are pretty :) ?

Buy a Sara Lee pound cake or a prepared angel cake at your locak market and cut it into small cubes. Layer the pound cake cubes with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip and your favorite berries or sliced bananas (dipped in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. You can also buy packaged pudding or custard and add that as anothe layer. This is a trifle. The British have been making these for ages using custard and fruit. The more layers you make the prettier the dessert.

My favorite is to use homemade or jarred lemon curd. Layer that over pound cake cubes, sprinkled with fresh blueberries, whipped cream and then another layer of cake, curd, berries and whipped cream. You can add one cup of freshly whipped cream or Cool Whip to each jar of curd before adding to the bowl but still add one layer of whipping cream as an individual layer.

If you're an Oreo lover, you can crush about three packs of Oreos and create this masterpiece.
The layers are in this order...
Oreos, whipped cream or Cool Whip, chocolate mousse or pudding, Oreos, whipped cream, mousse or pudding, whipped cream and a sprinke of crushed oreos on top.

Jul 10, 2012
AnnieAmie in Home Cooking

Making Farmer's Cheese [split from LA]

Are you trying to make a cheesecake?

Alpine Village sells "Farmer's" cheese for an outrageous price. You can find it in the fresh cheese section next to the meat deli.

You can buy small curd cottage cheese, rinse it completely in a strainer and dry it with paper towels.

I make my own. Its really easy.
Buy a gallon of whole milk and pour it into a stock pot. Bring it to a boil. The milk will boil UP so watch it carefully before it comes to the boil stage. Remove it from the heat and add one cup of plain white vinegar. Give it a gentle stir from the bottom up and cover the pot. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. As the milk cools, curds form making the cheese.
After cooling, strain all of the milk into a stainer into either another large pot or a very large bowl. The liquid in the bowl is whey which you can use for other recipes. Its actually really nutritious. Rinse off the cheese curds with cold water and sprinke with lightly with salt. I use 1 1/2 teaspoon. Make sure you rinse it well or you'll still taste a bit of vinegar.

The cheese is ready to use now or you can pack it away in a baggie and refrigerate.

I was originally told to strain it in a cheesecloth, rinse, salt and wrap the cheese up tightly in the cloth and put a weight on top of it so it strains even more. That's not necessary to do. You can just dab the cheese with several good, thick papertowels and its dry enough for a cheesecake, strudel or blintz recipe.

I'm dying to type, Bon Apetite! Ok, I did.. Enjoy!

Jun 14, 2012
AnnieAmie in Home Cooking

A plague of loquats... any recipes/tips to make use of many?

You may use loquats in any recipe that calls for peaches, nectarines, apricots or plums. Toss some peeled chopped pieces into a basic muffin mix, make a pie, breads and even cobblers or crisps. You just have to taste it before baking while adjusting the sugar in your recipes. I have a tree full of ripening fruit and still have jam made from last year's batch in my cupboard. You can even make fruit rolls out of them using a basic fruit roll recipe which you can find online. I love to toss them in a fruit salad with sliced bananas, blueberries, and orange slices. Good stuff, Maynard.

Just make sure to discard the seeds as they can be toxic. Make sure your dogs don't eat them whole, too.

Apr 24, 2012
AnnieAmie in Home Cooking

Chicken Fried Steak Craving..South Bay?

I just learned that Texas Loosie's has chicken fried steak and its the same frozen patty that Johnny Reb's uses.

Feb 05, 2012
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Best Take-out Chinese roast duck or bbq pork?

I just passed by there and the sign for Sam Woo's is gone. There seems to be another owner there now. I'm still looking for good bbq pork in Monterey Park. I go there once a month for a meeting. Any suggestions? I'm trying to find a take-out place near Atlantic and Garvey. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2012
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Bacon By The Slab In Los Angeles?

Where can I purchase slab bacon in the west Los Angeles, Westchester or S. Bay area? Any suggestions?

Nov 12, 2011
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Palmier from scratch recipe?

This recipe is for the old fashioned "elephant ears" you'd find at a fair or carnival.

Elephant Ears
2 c Milk
5 tb Sugar
5 tb Shortening
2 tb Salt
2 Envelopes Active Dry Yeast
2 c Warm Water (105-115 degree)
6 c All-Purpose Flour
2 qt Vegetable Oil
Cinnamon Sugar

Scald Milk; add Sugar, Shortening, & Salt. Cool to lukewarm.

Sprinkle yeast onto warm water in lg. bowl. Add Milk mixture & 2 Cups Flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough additional Flour to make stiff dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board; kneed until smooth & elastic, about 8-10 min. Place in a greesed bowl, turning to grease top. Cover & let rise in a warm place, until double in size, about 1 hour.

Divide dough into 6-8 balls. Roll each out in the form of an elephant's ear.

Heat oil to 375 degrees. Deep fry elephant's ears, one at a time, for about 3-5 min. on each side or until golden brown. Serve hot, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Makes 6-8.

May 24, 2011
AnnieAmie in Home Cooking

Smoked Ham Hocks?

You can get them at any market in Los Angeles. Even the hispanic markets have them available. I can usually find these near the bacon section. Also, the Alpine Village Market in Torrance sells these, too.

Are you going to make a pot of beans with them?

Alpine Village
833 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90502

May 07, 2011
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Fried Steak

I only wished I had seen your message before we went there and wasted $40 on dinner. The chicken fried steak turned out to be something like a cube steak that was prepared like a chicken scalloppine dish. Although I ate it all as I was hungry, it wasn't good and it certainly was NOT a typical chicken fried steak dinner. My husband didn't even think it was made out of beef and wouldn't eat it. The restaurant should call it something else as the entire South would definitely not call what I ate last night a Chicken Fried Steak! It might be going downhill but I must say that the service was great. There must be some little old fashioned coffee shop somewhere that serves a good Texas type of CFS in L.A... where, I don't know but it certainly wasn't Steven's!

Feb 10, 2011
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Fried Steak

I just found out that Steven's Steak House off of Atlantic Blvd. in the City of Commerce has CFS on their menu. My husband and I are going there for dinner tonight. Will let you know if it was any good (or not!). $9.40 for the lunch$14.00 for the dinner and I called them and asked if they made their own or used a frozen patty. I was told that they make their own. We shall see!

The Steak House
2933 Rolling Hills Rd, Torrance, CA 90505

Feb 09, 2011
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Best Appetizers And Pupus In Huntington Beach Area For Wedding?

I'm trying to find one great spot where I can feed 100 people great Hawaiian-style appetizers/pupus and drinks of all kinds in Orange County. We're helping plan a wedding and can't seem to find anyone who does a great polynesian "spread" for a reasonable price. We're also trying to find a great beach that's set up for weddings. Help, please? And thank you!

Jan 14, 2011
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Best Chicken Fried Steak!

We go to Johnny Rebs for the Chicken fried steak, too. Its not a homemade steak as its frozen and shipped in from Advance Meats in Oklahoma but its the closest thing in the area to a homemade steak. Its good, too.

Pann's CFS isn't bad but its not great. Its never consistent so you never know if you're getting a good meal or not. Sometimes the chicken fried steak is fried to perfection and other times, its greasy.

I've even had the chicken fried steaks at Claim Jumpers. I did not receive a huge, thick steak as mentioned below in K's review. Their steaks are frozen then grilled but they are breaded and come with gravy. They're good but Johnny Rebs has more of a "crunch" to their steaks.

Truxton's in Westchester has CFS on their menu but they only serve it over the weekend. I have yet to try their version. We tried to order one this last Thurday night but the waitress said that they couldn't make it for us. We went to the restaurant to treat a young marine recently posted at Camp Pendelton who loves the meal and was disappointed that he couldn't order it. If anyone tries their steak, let me know please. I'd like to know if its good or not.

Also, BJ's at the Fox Hills Mall has CFS. We haven't tried that either. I think that Dinah's has it on their menu as well. Its just a frozen patty and not that great but then, Dinah's doesn't have the best coffeeshop food around anymore either.

If you're craving a breaded steak and are willing to try a good alternative to the basic gravy-dripping meal, I would like to mention the "milanesa" steak at Casa Gamino at 4937 W. Century Blvd.. The restaurant serves Mexican food and their milanese steak is a large, breaded steak served with freshly chopped onions, tomatoes and parsley on top. They make it fresh each time and its consistently good. It comes with beans and rice, tortillas and a salad so its a filling meal. When we have our chicken fried steak craving and don't feel like driving 30 minutes to Long Beach, we go to Casa Gamino. Its on Century Blvd., directly east off of the 405 freeway.

Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Jul 25, 2010
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Real Puff Pastry For Croatian Dish.. Any place South of Culver City???

I also found sheets of good puff pastry at Top Value Market on Inglewood for anyone else who might be looking for the dough. They have a small but decent middle eastern food section there.

Apr 25, 2010
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Help me find PUFF PASTRY

Smart N' Final also carries a large box of puff pastry sheets for restaurant usage. You can find it in the freezer section near the frozen waffles or frozen cakes and pies. Any good middle eastern market should have it. Why don't you try some of the kosher markets on Pico near Robertson. Surely they have it as they carry a lot of eastern treats.

Mar 12, 2010
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Real Puff Pastry For Croatian Dish.. Any place South of Culver City???

I called Pavich's so thank you for the suggestion. The man who answered my question told me to go to Goga Market and that's where I went! Thanks, again!

Nov 12, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Real Puff Pastry For Croatian Dish.. Any place South of Culver City???

I wanted to add that I did get down to Goga Market. Its a small place with a nice inventory of Croatian food. I'm not Croatian so I wasn't sure what half of the things were that they sell there.
The owner was just wonderful and was very helpful. He told me that the puff pastry they sell is the kind that you can roll out into huge rectangles. I bought 4 packs of the stuff and was amazed just how far I could roll out one piece of the pastry dough. I made a three and a half foot apple strudel that night! I'm ready to use more of the dough to see if I can make a danish kringle or kingler with it.

Nov 12, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Real Puff Pastry For Croatian Dish.. Any place South of Culver City???

Thanks, Cheri! I completely forgot about Surfas! Thank you for your tip! I really appreciate it.

Nov 12, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Real Puff Pastry For Croatian Dish.. Any place South of Culver City???

I'm dying to make a Croatian cheese pastry that's boiled then baked. I cannot find large sheets of puff pastry dough in my area. Does anyone know where there is a Croatian market or any other kind of market (not Jons Market, please) where I can find this type of pastry dough? I need a place that is south of the Culver City area or in Culver City. Thanks!
(Pepperidge Farms frozen dough won't work for this recipe.)

Ok, I just found the Goga Market right after I posted this. I'm still looking for something closer to home. Thanks!

Nov 08, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Baker's Cheese- Where Can I Find This In Los Angeles?

Hi All!

Anyone know where I can find "Baker's Cheese" in Los Angeles? Alpine Village carries Farmer's Cheese for an outrageous price but its not Baker's Cheese. So if you're a Cheesecake baker and use Baker's Cheese in L.A., where do you buy it, please???? Thanks!

Sep 20, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

?? An easy recipe for Lemon Coffee Cake ??

I have an easy recipe using a cake mix.

Buy a white, yellow or even lemon cake mix. Any brand will do. Make the cake mix according to the instructions except use butter instead of the oil. You can melt it before mixing or just use room temp. butter. (If you like the richness of a sour cream cake, you can add a 1/2 cup of sour cream, substituting it for 1/2 cup of water called in the cake instructions.)

To the cake mix, I add 2 TB of grated lemon zest and 3 TB of lemon juice. I like nuts so I add a 1/2 cup of well-chopped walnuts.

Using a 9x13 inch pan that is either spray-coated with a non-stick spray or use the new Reynold's Non-stick aluminum and line the inside of the pan before using and place your batter in the pan. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes until the cake done. You can stick a knife into the center of the cake to see if its done.

You can glaze this but its great plain. If you want to glaze the coffeecake, use 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 TB of lemon zest, 2 TB of lemon juice and mix well until the icing is smooth. If its too dry, add a TB or two of cream or milk.


Jul 02, 2009
AnnieAmie in Home Cooking

Best Lemon Cake

Vons Markets actually make fairly good cakes. I was extremely impressed with a half-sheet cake that I ordered for a birthday celebration. Not only was the frosting and lemon layer excellent but the cake itself was light and rich like a cake from Hanson's Bakery. You can order any kind of cake you like at any Von's for a decent price. I paid under $35.00 for a three layer 1/2 sheet cake which beats out any privately owned bakery. The picture is the cake I ordered. I asked for pale pink decorations and asked them to write only "Happy Birthday" on the cake. It was gorgeous and tasted great!

May 22, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Inglewood, CA?

Thanks for suggesting La Sinaloense for tamales! I'll definitely go there and buy some. Any idea how much a dozen tamales cost? And do they really sell fresh tamales every day? I sure hope they do because I don't want to go there and there aren't any tamales available! Thanks again! Annieamie

May 21, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Inglewood, CA?

I'd like to thank you for the excellent review that I read on Mexican restaurants in Inglewood. Apparently, you get out more than I do and am braver than I am to try some of these smaller restaurants. Since I'm writing to thank you, would you mind answering another question for me? Do you know where I can find a store that sells great homemade pork tamales? I don't like the ones from Corn Maiden and used to buy some from Lucilles on Sepulveda and at Robert's Market on Manchester in Westchester but those never seem to be fresh. I know that you said that the best ones probably come from street vendors but I was hoping to find a little store somewhere on Inglewood Ave. where they're made fresh daily and sold by the dozen. Thanks again for your wonderful review! Annie

Apr 29, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Authentic Mexican Restaurants in Inglewood, CA?

I've been driving up and down Inglewood Ave. in Inglewood for years as its part of a daily route I take to and from various other areas. There are so many new little restaurants on that one street. I was wondering if any of you out there in Chowhound Land ever tried any of these places and what you thought about them. There's also a little place called Azteca on Arbor Vitae. Has anyone been there? It always looks empty to me but then, I only see it during the day .

I'm just trying to find some real, authentic mexican food instead of the reheated frozen stuff that a lot of the restaurants serve in the LAX area. .. Thanks!

Apr 24, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area

Glace Apricots Dipped In Chocolate

Thank you so much!

Mar 17, 2009
AnnieAmie in Los Angeles Area