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Who Has the Best Pizza in L.A. and Why?

Give Me This.

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

"kind of like that casserole they call pizza in Chicago."

Love that. Too true.

Aug 24, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

That looks pretty darn solid!

I also like the fact that the lids are stainless steel, some of the sets are tempered glass and I prefer the steel. Great find!

Aug 10, 2015
happybaker in Cookware

Your favorite grocery store ice cream

Ooohhhh - sounds amazing!

I need to be at target today or tomorrow, I will look for that!

Round 3: 2015 Cookware deals!

A general response.

I have a dear friend who is a life long Sur La Table shopper. Loves their sales and talks about how fab they are.

I don't agree, they are quality but not cheap by any means (except for some of their sales) but it makes her happy, so, whatever.

But we were out and about recently and I asked it we could stop in (we were steps away) to Homegoods.

I hope that I did not push too hard but after 20 minutes of wandering, she was a fan. The baking dishes! The pots! The pans! The tools! Just as good as sir la table but the prices, so so SO much better.

I had to be honest then that, they are basically odd lots, so you don't know exactly what you will get each time. But you do know it will be good quality and, well priced.

She agreed.

I'm happy she has another options that will make her happy. At great prices.

Aug 05, 2015
happybaker in Cookware

Best place to get breakfast burritos in DTLA, Pico-Union

Love Nick's. Make sure to get jars of their fresh salsa.

Your nose will run - and you will be happy about it.

Aug 05, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Watermelon Bread, does any SGV Taiwanese bakery have it?

Oooohhhh. I think I need to get to that market!

Thank you!

Jul 31, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Watermelon Bread, does any SGV Taiwanese bakery have it?

This?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mian-yuan-row...

And they call these strawberry cakes but they look like the watermelon cakes!

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/kiki-b...

Jul 31, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

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.

Jul 30, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking
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Food for mama while she cares for newborn twins: strategies?

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

Jul 30, 2015
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