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Confession: I don't like the family Thanksgiving dressing recipe

What are you baking the dressing in, pan-wise? I know when I've used a 9X13 baking dish, because of the increased surface space and lack of depth, I've ended-up with drier stuffing than when I've used casserole dishes and such.

about 2 hours ago
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Bought Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes: Okay to Mash?

Thanks. Now I'm salivating. And I have to eat all the Thanksgiving leftovers before I can justify making potatoes again *grinning*.

about 3 hours ago
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Bought Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes: Okay to Mash?

Thank you. Are they a significantly different texture / taste than other potatoes? I will do a mild mashing and leave the skins on. Butter? Milk/cream?

1 day ago
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Bought Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes: Okay to Mash?

Grabbed the wrong potatoes at the store; was planning on mashed Yukon Golds with dinner. Now I have three pounds of these lovely Baby Dutch Yellows, and not a clue as to how to cook with them. Do I peel, boil, and mash as planned, or...?

1 day ago
ElsieDee in Home Cooking

Mushroom Gravy?

Thank you so much for the directions,Jennymoon. This is definitely doable and sounds straight forward. I appreciate it!

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Voting

PASTRIES

1 day ago
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

What are you making or bringing for Tofurky day?

Yep, I'm tweaking the mashed potatoes to be without garlic. Unless I forget *grinning*. Too much garlic can be overkill.

What are you making or bringing for Tofurky day?

Stuffed mushrooms have been added as an appetizer (along with some olives).
They're bringing homemade bread. And a squash soup.
And I am making stuffing / dressing after all.

Mushroom Gravy?

So, I just realized that I've not made a real mushroom gravy before (the kind that will go over a vegan roast and mashed potatoes).

Have white and portabella mushrooms. Garlic. Shallots. A good vegetable stock that I was going to work on tonight. Some Better than Bullion mushroom base. Guide me, please! (Butter and milk / cream are okay for this, but not required.)

Organix in Eagle Rock - Groceries, Vegan Sandiwiches, and Such

Ended-up at Organix Neighborhood Market in Eagle Rock yesterday (in the quest for a vegan roast - it was found). Sweet little grocery, but painfully expensive. As in, it's unlikely I will ever purchase groceries there again, unless I strike it rich.

That being said, they have a very good vegan deli. I had one of the better sandwiches I've ever had, and it was vegan: the Chicken, Bacon Ranch (Grilled Vegan Chicken, Homemade Ranch, Homemade Coconut Bacon, Grilled Onions, Lettuce and Tomato on choice of available bread.) Very flavorful.

My friend ordered the CASTRO (Signature Veggie Burger) (Mildly Spicy Signature Burger made from Butternut Squash, Black Beans, Quinoa, Pumpkin Seeds, Oats and many herbs and spices, spicy jalapeno cheese, Grilled Onions and our signature house made Chipotle Aoli, Lettuce and Tomato on a wheat bun.) Her's was beautiful, bursting with flavor, and a complete mess to eat.

We split an order of french fries which were more than adequate.

Store Website: http://www.organix-la.com/
Restaurant Menu: http://www.organix-la.com/vegan-menu....

Of course, we then darted across Colorado Blvd to Eagle Rock Italian Bakery (http://eaglerockitalianbakery.com/) and got cream puffs. And other "necessary" things.

2 days ago
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

The burgers at Dog Haus (Pasadena Biergarten)

We ordered take out last week and tried their veggie patty: it was actually really good. I've no idea if it's made in-house or purchased, but it had discernible vegetables in it (corn, peas, carrots, maybe red bell pepper?).

Probably not great for a purist vegetarian, as it was cooked along side the meat burgers, but very good.

The slaw was also quite enjoyable (though, in full disclosure, I can't recall a coleslaw I've met that I've not enjoyed).

And the tots were, as always, perfect.

2 days ago
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

What are you making or bringing for Tofurky day?

We're having another couple join us. One's an omnivore, the other's pretty much vegan, but not strict. We're pescatarian, but eat vegetarian about 95-ish% of the time. Here's what we're thinking of having on the menu:

* Some sort of noshable appetizers (they're bringing them)
* Either the Field Roast roast or the one in pastry - depends on what strikes my fancy when I make it to the store
* Garlic / Yukon Gold mashed potatoes
* Mushroom gravy
* Roasted brussels with garlic (lots and lots of garlic!)
* Some sort of sweet potatoes (they're bringing them)
* Green salad (they're bringing it, should be spectacular)
* Pumpkin cheesecake (they're bringing it)

Two optional (depending on my energy level): homemade dinner rolls and my favorite dressing, which is veggie intensive (mushrooms, celery, onions, leeks, diced tart apples, toasted diced pecans, moistened with a broth I make from vegetable stock, infused with a bunch of fresh herbs) and the bread used will be a good sourdough.

On one hand I'm sure this will be way too much. On the other hand I'm certain there are many other things I want to make. Like a second dessert, maybe? And another cooked green veg, like green beans with almonds?

Ugh, I'm over-thinking it.

We shall feast, laugh, and give thanks for life, friendship, and this wonderful world we're fortunate enough to call our home.

Nov 24, 2014
ElsieDee in Vegetarian & Vegan

Brand-New Recipe Pages

Using latest version of FireFox and AdB Pro on a laptop:
For the recipe pages, as I scroll down, there are basically two columns: the ingredients and the directions. However, they scroll at different speeds. This is literally making me feel queasy. Not sure if the two columns scrolling at different rates intentionally, or if this is a glitch. But it's horrid.

(I'm also still extremely frustrated by the gigantic image and the recipe pages being designed for mobile view. I used to browse the Chow recipe pages regularly. Now I'm going elsewhere to find cooking inspiration.

This makes me sad, as I know you have good information in there, especially from community members, but I am ending-up feeling angry and frustrated.)

Nov 24, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk

Menu Advice - Mushroom and Pea Risotto as the Main

Thinking about making Giada's Mushroom and Pea Risotto - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi... - as the main dish for Thanksgiving. (We eat fairly vegetarian.

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But I'm stumbling over sides. Dessert will be a pumpkin cake roll with cream cheese frosting. I'll do a big green salad with diced pears and toasted pecans as a starter.

Was thinking about rolls of some sort. And...? I'm feeling no inspiration. I know this is a rich recipe, so simple and not-rich would be best, I assume.

Nov 20, 2014
ElsieDee in General Topics

itzik hagadol lunch yesterday

Darn. It's been on my "must get out there" list for some time (thanks to you). What kind of slippage, may I ask?

Nov 15, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Brand-New Recipe Pages

Here are two - the first (if they appear in the right order) shows the page as it loads before I have to scroll down to find anything relevant, and the second shows the bar and the lack of links, etc.

My guess is this may be because I'm back to running AdBlock Plus on the site, due to the loud and hijacking ads.

Nov 11, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Inglewood. If the CH search was more functional, I'd recommended looking for the threads about it. Here's the restaurant's website: http://www.coniseafood.com/

Nov 10, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

A Brief Pictorial Review: Portsmouth

Great photos, mouth-watering descriptions, and an intriguing menu. Thanks for all three!

It's Healthy Organic Food but like having a Uptown Banana Split with all the extras

Great to see you again, JetJeet / Like-Go-Eat! (You're one of the first posters whose recommendation I followed; fairly certain it was you and WildSwede who turned me on to Tops on Colorado in Pasadena. I was hoping you'd eventually come back, as we've gone fairly vegetarian at my house, and I suspected you'd be sussing out some great foods in the Pasadena-ish area!)

These both look marvelous. Thank you!

Nov 10, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Brand-New Recipe Pages

I don't have the red info bar either, Cilantra, at least not on my laptop (which I'm also running Firefox on).

I really don't like the look of the recipe pages on the laptop. Completely worthless to me, because I tend to browse recipes and get a grasp of them before deciding whether or not to attempt them.

This format, on the laptop, means far too much scrolling and not enough information being immediately available. Which means I'm not browsing through the recipes the way I used to.

Nov 10, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk

Cafe Bizou, Pasadena?

The birthday boy has sadly nixed Central Park (it used to be on our regular rotation, but since the menu so rarely changes, it's kind of become...well...not his favorite place. But if the choice is between Bizou and Central Park, I'm wondering if he'd be willing to try it again).

Nov 06, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Bizou, Pasadena?

"Relatively inoffensive" doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but it may be what we have to settle with, sadly.

Nov 06, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Bizou, Pasadena?

Union looks interesting, but I don't think it'd work for those in the group with, well, less adventurous palates. But it's now on our "when we're on our own" list, so thank you!

Nov 06, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Cafe Bizou, Pasadena?

Why, may I ask? Noise level? Food? Service?

Nov 06, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Brand-New Recipe Pages

I just went to look at a recipe for the first time since the new formatting was rolled-out. It's a complete mess on my laptop screen (running Firefox).

Unless my browser window is fully maximized (which it never is - it's always 1/2 the width of the screen and then I'm running other programs in the other half), I'm ending up with a horizontal scroll bar (which I HATE).

This is not very user friendly and makes it very unlikely that I'll continue using the recipe area of the site. The old format worked fine (a photo, the puffy intro text, the ingredients, and the directions). Completely logical, and it worked no matter what the width of the browser window, including on my Windows phone and Kindle Fire.

Why not a responsive design, that adjusts to the user's device and settings? (Interestingly enough, the recipe home page goes to a single-column format on my phone. The issue is definitely with the laptop version.)

Nov 05, 2014
ElsieDee in Site Talk

Cafe Bizou, Pasadena?

Considering dinner at Cafe Bizou in Pasadena for a birthday celebration (er, not a wild party - two middle-aged-ish adults and one set of parents). Looks like there's enough variety on the menu that the picky eaters can find at least two options for each course.

Is the food okay? Even decent? Not hoping for great (though would be thrilled if it happened), as this is a compromise place (something that appeals to the birthday celebrant who likes really good food, and the parents who are somewhat more staid in their food interests).

Key question: what's the noise level like in the dining area? I haven't been there in 10+ years and can't recall much about it. We're hoping to avoid loud music, loud acoustics, etc.

Nov 05, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever heard of eggs "scrumped"?

Do you know the name of the diner or where it was located? "Near Santa Cruz" is a bit broad. Not a regionalism that I know of, and I'm wondering if it was a mishearing. "Scrumped" could sound like "scrumpled" which could have started as "scrambled."

Nov 01, 2014
ElsieDee in General Topics

La Canada Flintridge

I'm envious, hope it's wonderful!

Just read about this place: http://www.casacordoba.us.com/ - don't know anyone who has been, though, and haven't been myself. But tapas under the stars? Might be interesting.

Oct 29, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

2014 Sammy Awards - Who's In?

Egg salad at Euro Pane in Pasadena. Can't even explain the greatness (but there are some incredible older reviews on the board). Indulge in some pastries while you're there, too.

Oct 29, 2014
ElsieDee in Los Angeles Area

ISO vegetarian one-dish recipe for new parents!

If you haven't already, you might also want to post this on the Vegetarian & Vegan board for more ideas.

Oct 28, 2014
ElsieDee in Home Cooking