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homemade snacks to accompany beer?

I make the David L sweet and spicy nut mix for casual parties and as a cocktail snack... it's always a big hit. I've made it the last few father's days and shipped it to my dad (it ships and keeps very well):
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...

My dad also loves beer and to go with it, though it's basic, he's always extremely excited to receive a box of sausages, cheese and good pretzels. It's his heaven! My grandparents send him a box like this every Christmas (they've been doing it for the last 20 + years).

Jun 12, 2009
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It's MASCARPONE!

I worked with a very sweet Austrian who, no matter how many times we tried to correct him, called his favorite restaurant "Chip-o-tuhl". I still think of that every time I pass one!

Mar 11, 2009
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Dinner/Drinks with the girls from the office

I've been to the happy hour at Nick's Martini Bar several times and it was enjoyable. It's on Canon. Also, I've never been to the Chaya happy hour (Chaya Brasserie in BH and Chaya Venice on Main in Santa Monica) but I hear the happy hour at both of those locations are great.

Sep 22, 2008
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How is dinner at Bloom Cafe?

Thanks for all your responses... I'm going to try it out (delivery) and I'll report back. The only other delivery option in the area (well, in the delivery area, not necessarily the same location) that is somewhat similar is Fiddler's Bistro, which is excellent for takeout/delivery. But it's always nice to have alternative!

Aug 21, 2008
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How is dinner at Bloom Cafe?

I just got a delivery menu on my doorstep last night but I've only really had the breakfast food. Are the dinner options good? Has anyone ever had delivery from Bloom?

Aug 20, 2008
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Recipes using cottage cheese?

When I was growing up my mom made these awesome cottage cheese pancakes from the Vegetarian Epicure cookbooks. They're sort of like a pancake/french toast hybrid and they're relatively healthy because of all the protein (and very little flour). I believe this is very close to the recipe she used:
http://www.calorie-count.com/recipe/6...

Aug 20, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

Ok... so I tried it and it was a great success! I originally wanted to do the ladyfinger compromise suggested by Valatiekil below but of course neither grocer I visited carries ladyfingers... or brioche. So I went with the hawaiian bread (that comes in a pie plate). I used a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and I used a bowl as my mold since I don't have a souffle dish. The Ina Garten and David Lebovitz recipes are nearly identical so I just worked off of them both. The one change I would make to my process is to put a ladelfull of berries in first and then begin the bread layers. Since I used a bowl I lined it with bread first so I had to sort of "touch up" the areas on the outside that didn't receive enough juice. I served it with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream depending on the diners' preferences and everyone gobbled it up. it kind of reminded me of a cool, molded cobbler/crumble filling. The bread wasn't really there as a taste component but more just holding it all together. Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions... I'm going to make more of these going forward!

Jul 28, 2008
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FRO-YO FIEND! help.. "only 8"!

I frequent Toppers several times a week... I like the WowCow variety the best. For even more flavor options, they also have the super diet (fat free sugar free) in addition to just the fat free at Angelina on Santa Monica (in a mini mall, n side of the street, across from the WHollywood pinkberry location). FroYo is very much a southern california thing and when i moved here i was SO EXCITED to discover that you can get it anywhere, anytime, all year round here.

Jul 24, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

That sounds really good... kind of like the best of both worlds in terms of trifles and puddings. By layering in creme fraiche do you mean molded in a bowl or souffle dish like a traditional summer pudding, or more composed layers in a springform? Can you explain? Thanks!

Jul 24, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

thanks for the suggestion! Do you prefer this to the summer pudding made with bread? i'm sure I could balance the cake sweetness by cutting down on berry sugar but in terms of texture, is this version less likely to be really mushy?

Jul 24, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

I'm thinking that too. just in case i don't like it. I was also considering a key lime pie so maybe i'll make one as a backup.

Jul 24, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

See, this is my fear: jam sandwich/soggy bread. Worst case scenario: a soggy jam sandwich. I think a trifle for a dinner party of four would be a somewhat challenging quantity reduction (trifle bowls are meant to be filled after all), but i appreciate the recommendation. I am toying with the idea of using that Hawaiian sweet bread and seeing how it goes. I've seen enough endorsement and here and elsewhere (Dave Lebovitz is my kitchen idol) that I figure it's worth one shot. And since they're good friends, hopefully they'll be forgiving!

Jul 23, 2008
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Your most embarrassing chowhound moment?

The first time I cooked a meal for my bf. He's a total foodie and former chef and at the time it intimidated the hell out of me. I asked him if he had a special request and he said "porkchops". I had never made one (I am a baker, not a cook... I have about three dinners I can prepare really well and porkchops is not one of them) but thought, "hey, how hard can it be". I went all out: brining the meat, homemade applesauce, the works. I was shopping and prepping and cooking for HOURS. Then I go to put what was supposed to be the stock and pan drippings in the gravy... but I grabbed a big measuring cup of concentrated apple cider from my applesauce making. When we sat down and started eating and he took one bite of meat and gravy and said "hmmm, this is really good... is it supposed to taste... like... apples?" It was AWFUL... like if jolly rancher made a meat flavor. We laugh about it all the time now but I was crying on the inside after all that work!

Jul 23, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

That's the one I was going to go for! I absolutely adore his blog. I've been so scared of the jam sandwich factor that I've held off until now, but this seems like a good occasion to give it a go. Thanks for the encouragement!

Jul 22, 2008
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I'm scared of summer pudding

We're having some close friends over for a belated birthday dinner this weekend and I want to bust out a great summer dessert. I've seen lots of recommendations for summer puddings on past threads and I recently watched an Ina Garten rerun with a beautiful summer pudding. It looks beautiful and very easy, but... does it taste like a jam sandwich? Have you had it? Do you like it? Would you want a second piece? Or is it just one of those desserts that people like because it's pretty and doesn't heat up your kitchen?

Jul 22, 2008
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Mmmm chocolate chip cookies....

So I made the dough on Thursday and baked them yesterday afternoon. They're definitely among the best cc cookies I've had and by far the best that I have made myself. They didn't spread much, they have a great texture and I personally love the sea salt on top. I wonder how much of the texture is due to the days spent in the fridge and how much is due to the bread flour? This is a great recipe and I'm going to keep it as my regular cc cookie from now on!

Jul 14, 2008
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Mmmm chocolate chip cookies....

I went straight home after reading this yesterday and made a batch of dough (following the recipe exactly with no changes) that's currently aging/"hydrating/waiting in my fridge. I plan on putting it in the oven tomorow or sunday and will report back with the results. My cc cookies are always lacking (too flat, too thin, too greasy) and I'm excited to see if this brings an improvement.

Jul 11, 2008
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Mid City Restaurant for Senior Citizens

I strongly second the recs for Madeo and Mimosa. Also, here is a link to a thread with some great suggestions when I asked a similar question last fall:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453670

I also really truly love Fiddler's B (suggested by Chowpatty), so much so that I eat there upwards of twice a week. I don't think it's "nice" enough to be what you're looking for but if the two of you are in search of a great lunch following a trip to the Grove or good brunch food, I highly recommend it.

Jul 09, 2008
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trendy but not too expensive

Those are all excellent suggestions for teenage girls. The scene is what you're looking for, the food will be good enough for you as a CH but straighforward enough for teenagers and the price points are well within your range.

Jul 09, 2008
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Fruit Salad Dressings

i've heard of (and eaten) several like that including:

- cool whip and mayo
- yogurt, honey and lemon juice
- poppyseed vinagerette (which isn't like what you're remembering, but unexpectedly good nonetheless)

I think the mayo just gives it a tang and if you're not into that you could probably substitute a greek yogurt.

Jul 08, 2008
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Has anyone made an ice cream cake?

I've done one before... it was a cake with all layered ice creams and a fudge filling... no actual cake involved. but i don't think that would be much different. I made mine in a springform pan and that was great because rather than dealing with unmolding the whole thing I could just release the sides and place it on a platter. alternatively, if you're using a regular baking pan or loaf pan, you can line it with plastic wrap before placing in your cake and ice cream layers... just leave an overhang on either side so you can easily lift it out.

as far as frosting goes, i used a ganache and found it easy to work with and very pretty. softened ice cream might get messy after the cake has been out of the freezer for upwards of 10 minutes. just a thought...

Jun 30, 2008
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Cupcake flavors

I once needed to do a strawberry shortcake cupcake. I did a yellow cake base with strawberry jam/pie filling (cooked on stove top). Then topped each with white chocolate frosting and a big strawberry. It was a big hit. I ended up doing that because i couldn't find a fresh strawberry cake recipe that looked appealing and didn't use a mix or strawberry jello.

Jun 26, 2008
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what to do w/fresh figs besides gobbling?

omg... i just printed out that food and wine recipe to try this weekend (if my apt isn't a total hothouse). it sounds AMAZING with the figs subbed in!

Jun 25, 2008
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Need Help Making Favorite Cake Recipe A Little Less Unhealthy

prune puree made with dried or fresh/plum prunes? I don't think you're crazy :) I actually really love prunes and it could be a nice flavor addition. I once heard that Dr. Pepper's taste is due to prune juice. Do you think that's true?

Jun 25, 2008
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what to do w/fresh figs besides gobbling?

They make awesome jam (and pair well with other fruits since they're so sweet). They also really pretty up any summer tart. My favorite way to eat them (that's not straight off my neighbor's tree while i'm walking the dog... he said it was ok) is sliced on cottage cheese with honey and sesame seeds.

Jun 25, 2008
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Your Favorite Crockpot Recipe?

I've never used my crockpot... ever. But I'm glad you posted this because it's a great option for not heating the kitchen. That being said, I always envision stews and braises and wintery dishes coming out of the crockpot. Does anyone have recipes for good hot weather/summery dishes? I like the idea of the chicken mole tacos...

Jun 25, 2008
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Need Help Making Favorite Cake Recipe A Little Less Unhealthy

I feel your pain... my favorite chocolate cake recipe is a three sticker (of butter, that is) as well. I think soupkitten's puree suggestion is a really good one. It will most likely result in a slightly different texture, but that's usually masked with good frosting.

One route I would consider is either halving the recipe or freezing one 9 inch round. The split the layer you're using to make a smaller layer cake. Even though it's the same recipe, since you're making less, you'll enjoy it for a shorter time period and it will make portion control easier.

Jun 25, 2008
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Blueberries coming in season

I recently made blueberry bar cookies by basically making a blueberry jam/pie filling on the stovetop with fresh berries and then sandwiching it between crust pressed into a pan and crumble/topping as the top layer. You have to wait until they're completely cool to cut them but they held together well and were a big hit!

Jun 24, 2008
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Cottage Cheese Perk Ups

I eat cottage cheese for breakfast every single morning (and sorry, i'm a sweet person so usually with berries or crunchy cereal). My very favorite is with fresh figs, honey and sesame seeds. A few non sweet uses I've found not mentioned yet are stirred into scrambles or in an omelette (as a sort of ricotta substitute). My mom always made these killer cottage cheese pancakes growing up (from the Vegetarian Epicure cookbook) that tasted like a french toast/pancake hybrid. And as everyone else says... dips! You can do a great version of spinach dip with carmelized onions, garlic, spinach and anchovy with cottage cheese (or plain greek yogurt) and an avocado in the food processor.

Jun 19, 2008
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Place for cheap restaurant/baking supplies?

I'm not sure if you also need serving and plating supplies and platters but on the corner of Fairfax and Beverly is Bargain Fair. You'd definitely be able to get dessert cups, etc there. And they bargain at the bargain fair. I'm sure you can set up a deal with them if you order en masse. You'll love Surfas... I could spend HOURS in there just loving the baking section.

May 23, 2008
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