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Jamming, canning and preserving 2013

I had some rhubarb I'd intended to bake with, didn't, so I chopped it up and made a compote - just the rhubarb and sugar, cooked till thick. Surprisingly good!

about 14 hours ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

As our families are 3000 miles away and we'd prefer to see them at relaxed time rather than the busiest travel date of the year - we eat out almost every Thanksgiving - and love it.

However we do not do a traditional dinner, my husband and I use that date to go to our favorite dim sum place that is too far for "everyday" eating but for Thanksgiving feels perfect and special.

It's festive, fun and, we always order enough to have leftovers!

Plus I always cook up a turkey sometime around Thanksgiving, just to have, so I'm not missing out on that either.

(Oh and yes, we have plenty of invites from friends, but we really like our found tradition, so it's choice, not exclusion.)

Connie and Ted's happy hour

Wow. I have not heard of bluefish since I was a kid!

Beyond Vegan

Wow you've been on a journey!

I wish you and your family well.

For restaurants, True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica should give you some good options. And Cafe Gratitude is handy as well.

Plus, you can go to Costco and get their vegan dolmades and be very happy.

My brother in law is a low/no fat vegan and he does great stuff with the soy sausages at Trader joes, and makes all kinds of vegan soups and stews. IT is doable!

Oct 22, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Hee! YOU are so right! I guess the "no rise" was in my head from mamaborne's challenges!

Oct 21, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

KitchenAids rock!

Granted I have a heavy duty one but it happily kneads double recipes of challah and pizza dough on a regular basis.

You just need (no pun intended) a dough hook.

Oct 20, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Agree!

Oct 20, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

I have a gas oven where the pilot light is always on. That keeps the temp at about 80/90 degrees. Perfect for proofing bread!

I don't think the temp in your kitchen is a problem : )

Oct 20, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Chowrins advice is excellent.

I'll also advise you to try something completely different - do a whole wheat no rise bread. This way you don't have to knead at all, time is what lets your gluten develop.

Here's two recipes, one from the NYT. And wine where you do have to add gluten, but the step by step pics are amazing.

Good luck!

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...
http://www.instructables.com/id/100-W...

Oct 20, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Wow, all that work and still no good bread?

I am sorry that happened!

I would say it's possible you are killing your yeast if it didn't rise - do you proof your yeast in the water and wait for it to bloom before mixing it in? That way you KNOW you are dealing with living yeasticles : ) (Can't remember if you listed that or not.)

P.S. If I do not have a warm kitchen or don't use my gas oven to "proof" it takes way more than 45 minutes to rise. A couple hours, each rise, generally.

Oct 19, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Prices for Butter?

I love the sausages at Schreiners, I never thought too look at their bacon!

Oct 14, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

Prices for Butter?

Oh yes. It's bounced up.

Costco 4 pack (4 pounds) around $12. Used to get it for between $8 and $10.

Oct 14, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

Salvaging gross breaded fish

Interesting thought!

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Yes, the tires and the tire service - fabulous.

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Chains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

Their glasses are awesome!

Great price and, the gal who works in the optical department has been so so helpful in choosing the right frames for my husband. It's a fantastic resource!

And yes, he nabs the free lens cleaner as well : )

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Chains

Salvaging gross breaded fish

I'd say thaw, then scrape. If there are still bits, rinse and pat dry.

If you cook it, it will just become more attached and harder to remove.

Good luck!

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

It's a great recipe and used to be my go to loaf. Now, it's mostly the Kitchenaid oatmeal one, for taste and speed.

As for white flour? Indeed her lightest version is 50% white flour. But if you get her cookbook out from the library, she has different version sand you can do one with all whole wheat flour. It takes more yeast and salt, but it is doable.

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Found it!

Huge thanks to Erins Backyard Farm, she already had it posted with excellent instructions. I've made it both by hand and in a food processor, and if you have a mixer with a dough hook, that would work too.

http://erinsbackyardfarm.wordpress.co...

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Not it is not that one at all!

I will see if I can find it online, it is a keeper.

Oct 13, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

I knead the first rise for gluten, knead the second rise for shaping.

White whol wheat gluten content is WAY different than whole wheat, lower overall. Which is great for biscuits and pie dough - AWFUL for bread.

Again I say - check out the Molly Katzen/Enchnated broccoli forest recipe. I had tried so so many, none are light - until hers. She starts with a biga (a starter) which gives flavor and body, and then does two more risings.

Awesome stuff!

Oct 12, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

Ooooh......

Oct 12, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Why can't I get my bread to rise???

Whole wheat flour is tricky to get light in a loaf.

I have tried many many recipes and the best is Mollie Katzen's from Enchanted Broccoli Forest. It WORKS.

Oct 12, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Cuz it makes you feel safe and happy.

It might not be the reality of same. But it feels that way : )

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Canned evaporated milk as well - really handy!

Mr Taster trip report - WEXLER'S (smoked fish edition)

Wienermobile -

Thanks for the pic of the smoked fish platter!

I have cousins born and raised in NYC, now living elsewhere, visiting in March. Thanks to you, Mr. Taster and this board, we are now planning to go to Wexlers and get the smoked fish platter with an extra bagel and a corned beef sandwich - then share it all.

They often hit Russ & Daughters when they are back in NYC, but have nothing like that in their current town, so this will be great and hopefully tasty fun!

Oct 09, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

ok, where on the westside can i find a GREAT baked potato with sour cream?

I ADORE Harold McGee and will say that, I don't think Alton Brown has ever claimed to be as smart or as good as him. What Alton has said, in interviews, is that he can teach food on TV.

Plus for many years, Alton had Shirley Corriher on to explain big science stuff, and she worked with Harold McGee for many years and remains a fan of McGee's to this day.

Reality distortion field: off. Prepacked sushi is actually a rip off right?

Ooohhh... That is GREAT to know!

Thank you!

Oct 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

The Myth of the Secret Recipe

Aw thanks. It was!

Oct 06, 2014
happybaker in Features

The Myth of the Secret Recipe

I disagree that it is not magic.

My mother had many recipes that were simple BUT - you had to do things by look and by feel. Measurement was not enough.

And from 5 simple ingredients she could make things that people begged for.

If that's not magic, what is?

Oct 04, 2014
happybaker in Features
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Unusual and interesting ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area?

Mr. Taster -

Ah, that is my Super King. Fabulous and packed indeed.

Happily the weekends aren't AS bad as they used to be, thanks to the "new" one in Alta Dena. If you have to go on the weekend, go after 4pm and it is much calmer.

Oct 02, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area