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What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Maybe you gnaw like a rat. But with chocolate? A HAPPY rat!

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

Bialy, now that you mention it!

Never thought of that before : )

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

Oh.... Must go. Must try. No quantity limits? So me and the hubster could have the pizza of the day and both get 50%? Heaven!

Mar 02, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Homegirl Cafe

I have not been for lunch, only breakfast.

And for that? Yes, the chilaquiles, with the green sauce for the win! Divine.

Feb 28, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

Feb 28, 2015
happybaker in Recipes

Buttermilk scones -- what if you didn't use any cream?

I never add cream to my buttermilk biscuits, I'll bet you could do the same with scones, but I think you'd have to up the fat ratio a bit to get the right texture.

How much butter to flour does your current scone recipe require? If you post that, it will give me an idea of the proportions.

Feb 27, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Beautiful and Spacious Chinese Buffet Opens Up--Near MacArthur Park

Wow - sounds incredible!

Thanks for the review!

Feb 27, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Pita Bread

There are many persian and/or lebanese groceries in west la that get fresh pita. But for size and turnover, I'd say head to Elat Market on Pico by Robertson. They get pita every day, it is light, fresh and cheap,

Feb 25, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Jewish meal

There's jewish and there's kosher jewish. Not one and the same.

An easy thing is to do the most jewish meal of all - brunch. Lox and bagel, smoked fish salad, sliced tomato and onion, pastries, fruit salad, it's all good. If you are wanting to be kosher, rest easy. It is what is known as a "dairy" meal.

I am of eastern european heritage and while my family did not keep kosher, my sister now does. It's a heck of a lot of work. And expensive.

You can do the diary brunch I listed or, do a sabbath dinner. That could be a roast chicken or a beef brisket, potato kugel, salad and or veggies and a light baked dessert.

And please don't smack me, but my constant line, when folks ask me about being jewish (but married to a catholic boy) is "Of course I'm Jewish. I care, I worry, I'm guilt ridden - and I don't pay retail."

So as long you bought your food on sale, you have a foot in the door : )

Has anyone made Christina Tosi's crockpot cake?

Wow, that is a lot of fat. 1 cup of butter, with three eggs to 1 and 1/2 cups of flour is already over the classic pound cake proportions and the to give an extra 1/3rd cup butter?

It worries me.

I do love a cheesecake baked in the crockpot, perfect texture, but I am not so sure about this recipe...

Feb 22, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Friday Night in Lent ideas...

Oh! Cabbage and noodles with butter and cottage cheese!

Sounds odd but it is so so good.

Feb 22, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking
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The best casual Mexican and Vietnamese in Glendale/Burbank/Hollywood area

Just a bit away from Glendale is the echo park outpost of Guisados. I have not been to that branch but, love the one in Boyle Heights.

Also in Atwater is Viet Noodle Bar.

And in Highland Park Good Girl Dinette has nice bahn mi's but for me, the big draw? Those killer spicy fries! So good....

In Northern Glendale is La Cabanita. I've only been there for breakfast recently but, I've enjoyed it.

Feb 20, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

What to do with huge bag of frozen tiny shrimp?

"Don't forget the cat!"

Love that.

No Clad Cookware @ My Local Costco

They have this tri-ply base set -

http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signat...

Maybe it's not on the floor of every store but I think I've seen it locally as well.

Feb 19, 2015
happybaker in Cookware

LA BARBERA'S - ONE NIGHT RE-OPENING

I am such a wuss.

I want to go, I want to go, I want to go!

But then I have to be practical and ask - where will it be?

If it's in Manhattan Beach, on a weekday at 6pm - odds are not good for me, in Glendale/Eagle Rock area.

But other locations? I am hopeful.

Keep posting updates!

Feb 18, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Friday Night in Lent ideas...

Stuffed cheese shells are great because you can make them the day before and then put them in the oven when you come home from work. Or have your MIL put it in the oven earlier.

You could make your own version of a veggie lasagna, using a white sauce, cooked shredded carrots, small broccoli florets and a bit of nutmeg in the sauce.

And I mix broccoli into my mac and cheese all the time! I do it with already made mac and cheese (the frozen kind) but I see no reason why it wouldn't work with home made. It would be just a pasta-y twist on broccoli with cheddar cheese sauce, one of my grandmother's fav things.

Good luck!

Feb 18, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Friday Night in Lent ideas...

luvcubs -

I forgot to ask, what part of the country are you in? Cuz that affects choices too!

I'm in Los Angeles, which means I can go to my market, see what looks good that day and organize my meal around that. I have tons of produce to choose from. (We're starting to get our first artichokes, yay!)

But if you are in the snow belt, or a small town, you don't have as much leeway.

(To that I would comment - frozen spinach is your friend. It can help you zip up a quiche, make a a spanikopita version of calzones, or work with many pasta and rice dishes.)

Feb 18, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Friday Night in Lent ideas...

Rissotto! With the veggie of your choice (I like asparagus added towards the end), with a salad on the side.
Mac and cheese would also work well, as long as you had veggies on the side.
Stouffers vegetable lasagna (the white sauce kind with veggies) is tasty and easy and will give you tons of leftovers.
And you can make your own veggie lasagna, or cheese stuffed shells.

Feb 18, 2015
happybaker in Home Cooking

Visiting Burbank/NOHO area

Thanks Will! I am still leaning my way around Burbank!

Feb 18, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Visiting Burbank/NOHO area

So wait - now you will be downtown? By Pershing Square?

That is a completely different area (fun in it's own way) and yup, I think you will a new thread.

Thoughts from other chow folks....?

Feb 16, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Good point about him being best in bits.

Feb 16, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Oh I am so sure that is happening! I think one of the top chef judges (Gail?) said he has charm and charisma, and he reminder her of Fabio Viviani in that way.

Feb 16, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

OMG Pookipichu - I love your imagined parental dialog! (And thanks for the link!)

Feb 15, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Best Bagels in SFV or Conejo Valley?

Bea's bakery rocks!

Feb 14, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Regarding your point number 4, how could he forget his ingredients? Easy. EASY. A day of such stress and pushing? No matter how many times you write it down, you can still forget it.

And Louie Anderson had a whole routine about his mother and Thanksgiving. That she'd prepare for it every year and every year, she would always forget something. "The yams! The yams!"

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Yes, I think her catching the sweetness was important - and it was awesome how Mei adjusted for it.

When they had the bit of her popping the stuff right from the liquid nitrogen into her mouth and breathing smoke, I knew the elves must have been overjoyed to have captured that shot!

Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

Hey, if I knew someone who did - I'd be right there!

Feb 12, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Matzo Ball Soup Challenge

My family was middle of the road, just a teeny tiny bit of "bite" to it. The classic recipe from the Manischewitz box. But I enjoy all kinds, as it's rare to get a matzo ball I haven't had to make myself, so when one comes my way, I dig in : )

And funnily enough, speaking to a friend of Mexican heritage, she's had the same discussion - but about tamales. She grew up with ones with a bit of chew so that's what she prefers. When she finds fluffy ones, even tasty fluffy ones? Not her taste at all.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Gallf -

Gregory had spoken a lot about how he studied Mexican cuisine to get ready for this (and indeed, showed off his Spanish language skills in the markets!)

So I think he felt confident enough about his grasp of the food of the food to go with the best chef versus the best Mexican chef. And George did cook the octopus perfectly : )

Feb 12, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

I know they are buddies but not sure about hijinks. Katsuji was doing shots with Adam in the semi-finals, whereas Doug had warned Katsuji the night before that he was limiting him to two beers that night.

Feb 12, 2015
happybaker in Food Media & News