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Food for mama while she cares for newborn twins: strategies?

Kobuta - your friend sounds incredibly organized and practical.

As most of us aren't both of that, I am impressed by her example! What a great idea.

about 21 hours ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Food for mama while she cares for newborn twins: strategies?

Wow! I've never heard of mealtrain and it sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!

about 21 hours ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I'd like to give a shout out to Damaris as the judge/mentor on last weeks show.

She was pleasant, and actually helpful. Then again, she does teach, and has been through this process, so its' a natural evolution.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I liked Dom and he WAS learning. Just, as he himself admitted - not fast enough.

I agree with you Dining Diva, fingers crossed for Star Redemption.

Jul 28, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Looking for some good restaurant mushroom dishes

Yow - who wouldn't like that?!

Jul 27, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

I Had A La Barbara's Sausage Pizza for Dinner Last Night & I know it's not 1977.

Good heavens that Kevin can eat!

Jul 25, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

CherryTwinkle,

I too was scared of canning, but I had a dear friend at work who walked me through the basics. I only can jams and I do it in a boiling water bath, which gives me a bit more wiggle room.

Do you make your own jams and are set, or would you like a recipe?

As for biscuits, the easiest way to make sure they are tender is to start with a soft winter wheat flour - not all purpose or bread flour.

Jul 24, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

This sounds wonderful and doable! Thank you so much for sharing this!

Jul 24, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Oh! Can you post your recipe?! I'd love too try it : )

I can get a gallon of milk for under $3 at the 99 cents store and a cup of heavy cream for $1.

Jul 24, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

Organic sugar baked goods.

My husband will not eat white sugar so, I buy less processed sugar (zulkamex is a great one and way cheaper than Florida Crystals but still has good trace minerals) and bake away. I get a pan of brownies for Just over $1 versus $1 a brownie.

I also make my own biscuits, quick breads and most of my breads (except bagels.)

This is a killer easy tasty recipe that doesn't take much work time at all. I simply top with rosemary and salt.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

If you don't have time to bake bread, hit the day old shelf at the market :

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Yes to making your own soups. You get quarts of nice soup for the same price as a can or two.

And, I am a huge jam fan but, don't want to pay $4 - $5 for the good stuff. So I make and can my own in season, and make fruit butters using dried fruit in the winter. Gives me amazing jam for less than $1 a jar and it makes a great hostess gift as well.

Jul 23, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

What is worth making from scratch to save money?

"Grate your own cheese"

And to that I'll add - and then you can freeze it! If you are not going to use it in a sandwich, just for a topping or cooking, grated cheese freezes very well, then you just pull out the amount you want and let it thaw. A good way to buy when things are on sale and you don't have to worry about using it up before it goes bad - just freeze it : )

Birthday Bao?

Thank you Ipse!

Jul 22, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Birthday Bao?

Looks like it's a castle of carbs! My kind of celebration : )

(Would love to know where to get this...)

Jul 21, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Bagels at Wexlers

Silverlakegirl -

I have yet to have a Belle's bagel and you say they are doing a pop up soon? Is it at La Perla Bakery? Or?

If you can give me a hint as to where to look for info, I'd much appreciate it. Thank you!

Jul 19, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Bagels at Wexlers

Their bagels are like a really good LA Bagel - with a hint of a Montreal bagel. Very flavorful and chewy (yay!) not dry and dense and yet not too light.

However it's been a while since I've had a wexler's bagel, gee, maybe I need to go back - just to make sure ; )

Jul 19, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

Awesome Sam! Thanks for the report! Now I need to check it out!

Jul 19, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Billy's Jewish Deli - Glendale RIP

Well here's a new one in Eagle Rock - have not been there to check them out yet!

http://www.nyfamousdeli.com

And hey, I am still happy about Wexlers. Pricey? Yes. But also awfully good.

Jul 18, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

But they were only cooking for an hour, to my point of view, she'd have to drink really fast in an hour to be THAT off.

I could't watch her whole performance, maybe she just made a really really bad choice?

Jul 15, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Best Desserts in LA?

Oh. Ooohhh.....

Thank for the rec! I looked at the menu (and pics) and - yum.

Jul 13, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best Desserts in LA?

Hey - that's not just dessert. That's also the breakfast of champions.

Best Desserts in LA?

Yes.

But also white bread spread with cold butter and then a crunchy sprinkle of white sugar on top as snack.

#becausesmalltownsouthernraisedmom

Jul 08, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Comfort LA has the best cornbread this side of the Mississippi

Ipse -

Understand wanting to avoid Cleveland (Jimmy Hoffa did not do so well there.) But it is actually a great food city and if you do ever need to stop there, let me know.

Jul 08, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Comfort LA has the best cornbread this side of the Mississippi

Dang, that IS a Cleveland phone number. Wow.

All I can think is that maybe someone moved out here and used their cell phone number to start?

Cleveland has an incredible soul food community, we'd be lucky to have some of those folks out here!

Best Desserts in LA?

PS - when my meyer lemon tree was producing extra hugely?

I'd bake a batch of challah. Make a batch of lemon curd. Then go to someones house for dinner, toast slices of my fresh bread, drizzle them with the lemon curd and - dessert was ready.

Bread is so under appreciated as a base for dessert.

Best Desserts in LA?

Okay, they are far from me.

But if I WALKED there and then did the combo, maybe I'd be fine without the treadmill : )

And I think there's a Joans now in the valley, if I am feeling lazy,

Thank you!

Jul 08, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best Desserts in LA?

I keep hearing about warm brioche and gelato as a combo in Italy.

Oh, if I could find it in LA.

(By a treadmill...)

Jul 08, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best Desserts in LA?

Mozza Pizzeria has a coffee granita whipped cream honeycomb thing that is DIVINE. I would go there just for that.

Jul 08, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

Ow. Ow ow ow ow ow.

Jul 07, 2015
happybaker in Not About Food

Desert for July 4th Party?

For the pizza/pool party? Make a 13 x 9 pan of brownies, cut them small, and serve with ice cream.

Or, make homemade oreos cookies (no filling) or chocolate chip cookies, bring some nice ice cream, and let folks make their own ice cream sandwiches.

And chocolate covered pretzels or strawberries are always a hit : )

Jul 03, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Desert for July 4th Party?

The apple pie is awesome.