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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Hey, I'm grateful for Panera. Their baked goods may not be french good but my mom had HORRIFIC food allergies and could go into a seizure if she ate the wrong thing. But every Panera has a binder at the front and you can check the ingredient lists of every item. It was one of the few chains she could safely eat at.

She actually had to stop getting many of her baguettes and country loaves from TJ's as they used the tasty - but extra fermented biga/sourdough method.

2 days ago
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

Yup.

Some segments of jews avoid rice in Passover. Some can eat it. So - fun!

2 days ago
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

Score!

2 days ago
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

A highly opinionated old Jewish man is taking us out to Yang Chow (Chinatown)

And Thanksgiving and sometimes Easter, at least in this house! (My husband is a very good sport : )

Apr 17, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Oh I had a choc-latini in Las Vegas, at a very good hotel, that was SO sweet.

If I could have had a cocoa flavored one that was not so sweet I would have been a very happy girl!

Apr 17, 2014
happybaker in Not About Food

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Two for $5.50.

Apr 16, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

If they are $1 coupons - yes, I do.

Just used those for Smart balance, and Bird's Eye Voila and felt very happy.

I also use the hair color coupons (gasp!) as they will save me $2 - $5 off the price.

Apr 16, 2014
happybaker in Not About Food

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Just got off the phone with Surfas. The fresh baked baguettes (baked every morning) are $2.75 a piece. The 2 pack of par-baked, frozen baguettes are $5.50.

Not bad at all! If I'm in the area, I now know to go in and nab some baguettes!

Apr 16, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Their hours are hard, not denying. Closed by 3 every day.

But they are open Saturday and Sunday, just get there by early afternoon.

http://friscobakingcompany.com

Apr 15, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Porthos no! I'm a thrifty girl! With limited free time! Driving from Glendale!

I need to know the price to know if it's worth the time and drive. I can get killer vietnamese baguette's from Siam Bakery on Valley. I'm really close to Frisco Baking Company and I love their sourdough rolls and bread but have not tried their baguettes.

I guess I could call them. But since you already know...!

: )

Apr 15, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

What's the price? (If you don't mind me asking : )

Apr 15, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Granadafan -

Frisco Baking Co.

Really great bread. Cheap.

http://friscobakingcompany.com

Apr 14, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

La Canada, dude.

Safe neighborhoods, fab schools and incredible food in Pasadena, Altadena, Alhambra, Glendale and more.

Apr 14, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

m3tan 0

Well - we're not french. So it's not a given.

That said, I live in Glassell Park, so I can hit the Frisco Baking Company, or Super King, Fresh and Easy or La Brea Bakery bread at Ralph's or Costco and have some darn fine choices.

Go to Kansas City, MO to look for baguettes and then report back to me about how bad LA is.

Apr 14, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Dairy free Chicken Enchiladas??

Kenji at Serious eats goes vegan once a year and posts his recipes. This year he created a dairy free nacho sauce that looks awesome!

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/02/gooey-vegan-nacho-cheese-sauce-recipe-food-lab.html?ref=vegetarian

As a bonus, in the comments, folks talk about what ready made dairy free cheese works for them - and this brand got props.

http://us.daiyafoods.com

Apr 14, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

But it's REALLY diluted.

Then when tossed with the noodles, fresh herbs and a protein? There is no fish, just sauce : )

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

I might be ready for Vietnamese but I think I need your help...

When the weather gets hotter, try Bun (a cold noodle salad). The salad has lots of fresh herbs and the dressing is light but flavorful (not fishy at all!)

It's a lovely choice in the summer.

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Do you like cucumber water?

The only cucumber water I've had is the cucumber mint at Tiara Cafe downtown.

I love it.

Maybe because by the time I have it, I've been walking and rag picking for hours.... But my hubby had it too, on a restful day, and really enjoyed it.

So maybe not all cucumber water is bad. Just some. : )

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

Do you like cucumber water?

Dang Ipse -

We've got to get you to meet new folks.

Or carry your own toothbrush!

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

Please suggest a wedding gift

Kaleokahu -

I love so many of your posts - but I have to disagree with this one.

I married at 30, already was a great cook and baker (trained by my parents) and didn't want to register for much (it seemed too grabby) but my mom pushed me to register for nice everyday and formal flatware. (Both Dansk. And to be fair, we registered at discounters, to make it easier for all : )

We now have at least 8 full place settings of both, and they give me so much joy, daily.

I did not want to impose, my mom reassured me, they had given gifts to all their friends kids to help, now their friends would want to help back. As with many things - she was right.

It's been more years than I want to admit and still STILL! - she's right. Having art, in my life daily, is fabulous. Having it happen with love? Even better!

We did have many gifts off -register that were great. And to this day, if folks haven't registered or nothing seems right, I have my go to gifts (crock pot, really good kitchen towels, good spices or, multiple sets of tongs and pyrex measuring cups.

But overall, when given a wedding invite, I always look at the registry first.

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

Just made pizza, rolling out the dough with my mom's french rolling pin.

It ROCKED.

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in Cookware

Any suggestions for fruit crisp/crumble topping?

I'd try using matzo farfel, as you'd have bigger chunks than the matzo meal and it would be more like the non-passover/oat version.

Apr 13, 2014
happybaker in Kosher

Please suggest a wedding gift

I am a very happy baker (hence the name). I'd made my own marcella hazen wooden rolling pin from a large dowel, oiled it and it served me well for decades, but when my mom shut up her house and asked me what I wanted, the first words out of my mouth were - "Your french rolling pin."

She'd had it since the 1960's and it was still in fab shape, even after being well used. Still working well in the year of 2014. Yet - they are not too pricey.

Here's a sample -

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/20-ta...

So if you think the folks might be bakers (or pizza makers) a french rolling pin is thrifty but hugely helpful gift.

Apr 12, 2014
happybaker in Cookware

What is your oldest cookbook?

I love the manners bit!

Apr 12, 2014
happybaker in Not About Food

What is your oldest cookbook?

I agree - it is awesome.

I use it as a general reference and, I made my wedding challah from it (with her changes scribbled in the margins.)

It's an incredible book.

Apr 11, 2014
happybaker in Not About Food

What is your oldest cookbook?

I have really old cookbooks that are reprints (100's of years old) and I don't cook from them, they are for reference.

I have a prohibition Better Homes and Gardens that I adore as it has no liquor and very little extracts (as they were booze!) Great reading.

But.

I do have my grandmothers settlement cookbook (1929 version, I think) and I do cook from it often. I checked the newish reissues that were from the Settlement and not nearly as good.

And my go to cookbook is a 1975 issue of Joy of Cooking. Still rocks.

Apr 11, 2014
happybaker in Not About Food
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Wicked Simple Recipe Help

Wow! This looks great!

Do you eat it hot or room temp?

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!top...

Apr 11, 2014
happybaker in Special Diets

Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

If I am really angry or stressed - the mojo leaves. Best to do take out or frozen or really simple meals.

If I am sad or a little down, cooking actually heals me and the mojo gets stronger as my strength builds.

Apr 11, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking
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Can I use potato starch to brown beef (not for thickening)?

No to browning (I'm with the other folks - naked! Go naked!) but as for potato starch? It makes an excellent roux, so you can have a nice cream sauce or a thickened sauce and still meet the rules of the holiday.

Just get it a bit toasty if you can, then use as you would flour.

Apr 11, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Please suggest a wedding gift

A pre-seasoned wok? A cookbook with notes? All the condiments? What a fantastic gift!!!!!

ONly possible as you knew her so well and that it wold fit but yow. How thoughtful.

Apr 10, 2014
happybaker in Cookware