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A place that really makes their tortillas from their own masa from nixtamal, not maseca

I second Las Adelitas. For a different type of corn tortilla (they're hand rolled and thicker), Carrillos in San Fernando.

Jan 25, 2007
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Residential Woodburning Ovens? [Moved from Not About Food]

I cook quite a bit and when we remodeled our kitchen, I was prepared to purchase an Earthstone oven until I talked to some people who had them and found out how long it takes to heat them unless you have the gas unit, at which point the cost skyrockets.

We ended up installing a fireplace insert (as large as you can handle) with gas jets. It's waist high so no bending down. Very reasonably priced. Then purchased the Tuscan grill and rotisserie. it works perfectly. Recently, I put some lamb loin chops in a cast iron skillet and placed in on the floor of the fireplace next to the burning wood and it cooked it perfectly.

Highly recommend this affordable option.

Jan 24, 2007
elizabt in Cookware

Cracking Pizza Stones

This stone insert is the best. It is a 3-sided stone insert to your oven. I preheat it for 1/2 hour or more on 500 and get the perfect pizza crust. It also does a terrific job with roasts. If you don't have a pizza oven, I think this is the next best thing. Check it out:

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/hear...

Jan 24, 2007
elizabt in Cookware

Most recommended kitchen appliances for kitchen remodel

I remodeled my kitchen two years ago and thought long and hard before ordering appliances. I ended up with a DCS 36" range. Having had a Garland commercial range that was over 20 years old and wouldn't pass inspection, for me it's all about BTUs. I seriously considered the Bluestar because I loved my Garland but ended up with the DCS because all of its burners can simmer and the high BTUs. One thing you should be aware (although this may have changed since Fischer Paykel purchased DCS), in order to allow for the low simmer on all burners, each burner apparently has two ignition settings, so the more complex, the greater the chance of need for servicing. I did n't get the dual fuel because (1) the interior of a gas range is substantially larger than the electric same-size version; and (2) I also purchased a Dacor electric wall-in, which works just fine. (I use the gas oven with a hearth insert and get wonderful heat circulation).

As for dishwashers, I purchased the Miele. It has top drawer setting so, in order to save water, it washes dishes only on the two top shelfs. Works like the Fischer Paykel drawers in that instance but you still have the flexibility of additional room for big jobs.

I have the full size subzero refrigerator. It has the best air cooling distribution I have ever experienced and seems to keep fresh produce fresher longer.

Re hood fans: I would recommend Broan.

Jan 24, 2007
elizabt in Cookware

BEST PIZZA IN HOLLYWOOD?

I would ditto Albano's. Thin, crusty crust, foldable, NY style. Had the Il Mozza pizza last Sunday. It is delicious and the toppings are great: not run of the mill. The only thing I noticed is that the pizza staff's timing of the pizza is still a bit uneven, so the texture of the crust can vary. I have no doubt that will be fixed.

Nov 10, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Fatted Calf type charcuterie shop in LA

Alas, there is no one. I was bemoaning that fact with a chef friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. WE can get the best of other localities, but no local artisans.

Nov 03, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Armandino Batali's Salumi

I generally have had a terrific experience at BHCS, but I do know it can be somewhat unpredictable because there are varying degrees of expertise with their sale staff. I have learned to become acquainted with those whom I trust and, as a result, have had terrific experiences. They respect my knowledge but are eager to offer me new products. I have never experienced hesitancy in offering me tastes. In fact, on a few occasions, the back kitchen was utilized to prepare merely a tasting.

Nov 03, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Can I use fresh lasagna noodles to make ravioli?

It would work, but a bit thick. I would roll it out a little thinner before using.

Oct 31, 2006
elizabt in Home Cooking

Armandino Batali's Salumi

I agree that the "inconsistent quality" issue is a failure to recognize that no one piece of cured meat will taste the same as another. However, as a general rule, I find CSBH pretty credible.

Dommy, I love lardo but have experienced tremendous taste variations. I understand CSBH quite carrying because people got turned off after seeing that it was just plain pork fat (albeit delicious).

I will reserve judgment about Pere Batali salumi until I have had a chance to try it. Cube, here I come!

Oct 31, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Red Wine under $10

Silverlake Wines has the best selection for value wines, IMHO.

Oct 30, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Armandino Batali's Salumi

Update: I went to CSBH. They have stopped carrying Armandino Batali's products. They said the availability and quality was too inconsistent. Haven't had a chance to try his stuff, so I'm curious as to other people's opinions.

Oct 30, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Fresh Ramen noodles

Ramen is the thin noodles. Udon are the thick ones. If you mean fresh thin japanese noodles, then it depends if they are made Korean style or Japanese style. The Japanese ramen can be cooked in the broth. The Korean style are starchier and get pasty so they're better if they are cooked separately, refreshed in cold water and then added to the rest of the ramen ingredients and broth.

Oct 28, 2006
elizabt in Home Cooking

Armandino Batali's Salumi

Bon Vivant: I love Momofuku as well.

Oct 28, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Armandino Batali's Salumi

aah, but can it stand up to its compadres in Italy?

Oct 28, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Armandino Batali's Salumi

Thanks, Glutton. It's the lardo, culatello, guanciale and the products he sells only to the trade that I was particularly interested in. Glad to know I can just call and he'll send it.

Oct 27, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Armandino Batali's Salumi

Thanks, all. I forgot about CSBH and Cube is close by.

Oct 27, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area

Armandino Batali's Salumi

Does anyone know where to buy Armandino Batali's salumi? I know several restaurants serve them and you can purchase them online directly, but would love to be able to purchase them locally.

Oct 27, 2006
elizabt in Los Angeles Area