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Stainless Steel Mandoline Recommendations?

I have a plastic v-slicer I picked up at a thrift shop years ago for $5- and it's still going strong, still fabulous. No idea why : )

http://www.amazon.com/Swissmar-Borner...

This is, I think, the cheap slicer smitten kitchen uses, and likes...

http://www.amazon.com/Benriner-Japane...

1 day ago
happybaker in Cookware

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

Just back from a lunch run to Saigon Bakery.

Bad news - the prices have gone up - now $3 a sandwich (though you still get the free loaf of bread if you buy three.)

Good news - the bread is still delicate and awesome, and I think the sandwich sizes are the same.

May 25, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Pie crust puzzle

Thank you for the clarification!

May 25, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Pie crust puzzle

Tampagul -

Thank you for the recipe!

Is this for a single or double crust pie?

May 24, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Best French Toast in LA?

Stop it. You are making me hungry.

And I don't think any restaurant in LA serves that, I'd have to cook it myself!

May 23, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

No, you are already an adult and take it for granted.

One of my fav breakfasts? Eggs with Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce, and toast.

I am so sure you already do that...

May 23, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

As long as the french toast does not have vanilla or sweet spices in the batter, you should be good : )

May 23, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

PPS - I do adore eggslut for their savory egg creations. A happy joyful place.

May 23, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

Ipse -

My mom's side of the family is Russian/Austrian. My Dad's side? Mostly Russian/Lithuanian.

I thought my eating habits were really odd until I found out it's a common Litvak thing to prefer savory. So while some folks eat matzo brie (the jewish french toast) with sugar, or jam and sour cream, or maple syrup, we always had it with salt and pepper (and schmaltz). So when we had french toast? Salt and pepper.

I can do sweet (I make great oatmeal pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup or raspberry puree and syrup) but for the basic french toast? Salt & Pepper.

P.S. I haven't thought of it in years but as a kid? One of my fav sandwiches was toast with scrambled eggs and ketchup! My friends said it tasted like soap, but I liked it : )

May 23, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

Ipse -

That is true for many. But some like it extra sweet.

And some of us like it not sweet at all, just with salt and pepper. (Sacrilege, I know : )

May 23, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best French Toast in LA?

Square One in Los Feliz for sure has it.

http://www.squareonedining.com

Nick's Cafe on Pico used to. John o Groats on Pico I believe still does and, for a surcharge you can get extra.

I have no problem lifting a page from my mom's book (she was allergic to all corn products including corn syrup) and bringing my own maple syrup in a small tupperware or jar to places that don't offer it, even as an add on option. Get the 32 oz. jug from Costco and you will be good for a while : )

Anyone watching Chopped All-Stars?

Linda -

I knew of him as a judge and personality - I did not know how important his family has been to LA. They founded the first thai market here and looking at the pic - it's where I used to shop!

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-ame...

So he definitely does have an amazing history, nice to see that he can cook too.

May 22, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Drat! I looked at their menu and hours - don't think breakfast is happening.

Darn. Cuz fresh eggs and fresh tortillas? Heaven.

May 19, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Villa Catrina in Arcadia. Anyone Been?

Dang! That sounds great!

Now to look and see if they do breakfast with those fresh tortillas...

May 19, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Favorite cookbooks for parents and kids

I actually give the "Cooking With Children" to adults who want to learn to cook. Gets rave reviews!

May 17, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Favorite cookbooks for parents and kids

I used that book as well!

And the peanuts cookbook!

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

I love the Molly Katzen recipe from Moosewood cookbook.

Here's fun link that lists it - warning, I think I end up using more than the one stick of butter listed!

http://whatscookingwithkids.com/2007/...

May 15, 2015
happybaker in Vegetarian & Vegan

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

Just remembered an old summer standby. Haven't made it in a while but it is AWESOME. Bold bright flavors, company worthy, but dead easy and not too pricey.

Do not be scared by the name - I do not use lobster. I use frozen thawed langoustine tails or, shrimp. It's lovely with shrimp!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...

May 15, 2015
happybaker in Vegetarian & Vegan

Need inspiration for vegetarian, company-worthy dinner

Have a taco bar!

You can do fish tacos very cheaply and then have roasted veggies, tofu, cheese, veggies salsa's available for veggie/vegan tacos. Have guacamole, chips and cilantro lime rice on the side.

If you get a good sale on shrimp, this recipe is very easy, tasty and festive. And putting shrimp in tacos's accidentally stretches them out!

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/qu...

Everything can be prepped beforehand, then just cook up the shrimp when you are ready to eat.

Great Lentil Soup?

It's been a while since I had it, but I recall liking the one at Elena's in Glendale.

And hey, the Y website confirms I may not be the only one who likes it : )

http://www.yelp.com/biz/elenas-greek-...

May 12, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Inexpensive catering ideas for picnic in Pasadena?

When I went to Cookie Con, there was a San Marino restaurant that had samples out - that also did catering.

Her chicken salad blew me away - so crisp, light, fresh - and flavorful.

Here's the link, her samples were elegant california with a tiny twist. Really nice.

https://www.sweetandsavorysm.com/home

May 11, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Anyone watching Chopped All-Stars?

I really wanted Hung to take it. Sigh.

But when I saw Anne was being ever so humble, I confess, I wondered.

May 07, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

Aw drat. It makes sense though. They don't make tons of money on it and they don't need to pull in extra folks on the weekend.

I'll just need to plan for more weekdays ; )

May 04, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best thing you've found at a 99ยข Only Store?

Wow! YOUR store had the challenge butter?! I am VERY jealous, that is good stuff. <envious sigh>

May 03, 2015
happybaker in Chains

Salvadoran Tamale Mystery

I would love an exact recipe as well!

Apr 29, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

mini egg rolls?

Oooh.

Don't talk to me about the Ling Ling potstickers. I love the flavor, love the price (especially when it is on special) but my husband HATES the double layer of noodle wrapper.

So... No Ling Ling potstickers in the house : (

Apr 28, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Help/Suggestions Needed for Chinese Style Wedding Banquet

Wow! Good to know!

Apr 28, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

self rising flour-

Chowser and OP -

It is indeed different than simply adding leaveners to all purpose flour. A lower protein flour that gives more tender results. Great for biscuits, the topping for a pot pie or, tea cakes (a cross between a biscuit and a cookie.)

I've made this recipe subbing in BP, salt and BS to make self rising flour and it's not the same. Use true self rising flour and, it's awesome,

http://www.southernplate.com/2008/10/...

I don't ice them, I sprinkle with sugar when they come out of the oven, warm.

Apr 26, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Tips to cut grocery bill

When my husband and I were about to make a career change - i.e. both working day jobs while writing at night, not wanting to spend too much extra money but needing easy healthy food during the week... We discovered the weekend cooking binge.

Making a pot of soup and a huge casserole. And/or grilling tons of meats (or vegetables! Or shrimp!) gave us the ability to slice and warm, or scoop and warm for many an easy days meal.

A huge help.

Now that transition is over but I still, if we are busy, make sure to make some food for the week on Sunday (soups, veggie chili, pasta salads, undressed salads, pasta bakes) so that, during the week, if I can't cook, I have easy healthy options. If I can cook? Great, I try to pre buy and plan with a few dishes in mind.

But that Sunday stock up is still such a help.

Tips to cut grocery bill

We love the eyeglasses at costco. And yes, we could get them a tad cheaper online, but the care and customer service is SO good - worth every penny. In fact, the gal who worked with my husband to fit his glasses, talk about how he works at the computer etc. was so helpful, and got his glasses so right, we wrote a letter to the company. She truly made our lives easier and better.

Apr 20, 2015
happybaker in General Topics