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Baking a cake for mom

Laurie Colwins chocolate buttermilk cake from "Home Cooking". Just use 1/4 less flour.

Killer easy and tasty - and better the next day! Great with whipped cream or ice cream or, plain. I mostly eat it plain : )

Here's a link that, if you scroll down, has the recipe.

http://food52.com/hotline/3304-a-real...

about 14 hours ago
happybaker in Home Cooking
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It's late and I'm Hungry!

I've had their rice with dill and lima beans - yummy. Their lamb shank - excellent. And the chicken with pomegranate and walnuts? Excellent.

McCormick and Schmick's Pasadena Closes

I LOVED their happy hour and it was often the perfect end to an afternoon out with friends. But even the happy hour seemed to get, well, not so happy, so we stopped going.

Sep 19, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Zocor? Then perhaps I can talk to you about fried salami and eggs, pancake style….

Gracias again!

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Links don't work? Curse them!

(And thank you for your help.)

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Thank you!

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Okay, what is the official name for it (didn't see that on yelp and so far can't find a menu online that has all the egg dishes.)

My dad's general secret weapon in cooking was chicken fat (he made a gumbo that used a whole chicken just for the fat and the broth - and then put the cooked chicken aside for snacking) but I know he didn't use that for the eggs.

Must. Try.

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Wait what?

My dad (a jew from Brooklyn who taught me to make pot stickers from scratch) used to make scrambled eggs with fresh ginger and shrimp. And I haven't had that since he passed. Now you say I can get that here?! I'm in!

(And oil? What oil?!)

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Need Easy Vegan Snack for Casual Cocktail Party

+1 for the vegan dolmas, I often buy them canned at local markets as they are shelf stable and all I have to do is open the can and look! Happy food!

Costco often carries veggie dolmas as well : )

Sep 18, 2014
happybaker in Vegetarian & Vegan

Joan Nathan's Plov recipe in today's NYT

Okay, I totally get your confusion. From what I can tell, you put the rice on top of the carrots, and when you stir, you do a gentle shallow stir, only mixing the rice layer, above, not the carrot lawyer below.

As for veggies? I see the chopped scallions as listed but have to agree with you, there are things that look like green beans or chopped green olives - but nothing like that is listed in the recipe.

Here's Joan's recipe -

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

And here's a recipe that does the same layering thing, with the rice aded last, with liquid - but she does NOT tell you to stir. You just gently cook it that last bit. Which actually for me, makes more sense.

http://natashaskitchen.com/2013/05/15...

Sep 17, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

Oh that is heartbreaking about your son's knives!

Glad Ikea helped heal some of the wounds…

My fav cheap tool is a set of short tongs from the 99 cents store. They are like an extension of my hand but can handle much higher temps! 7 years old, used almost envy day, still looking good.

Sep 17, 2014
happybaker in Cookware
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Great pieces of inexpensive equipment?

If you have an Ikea Family card (free to get) you can get 25% off their pots and pans through September 30.

http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/special_...

Sep 17, 2014
happybaker in Cookware

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Fun list! More for me to try!

And thanks to a rec from a friend, the hubby and I just went to Shanghai No #1 Seafood Village for the first time. It was a bit different from what we've experienced (King Hua, Hong Kong Palace, Full House in Arcadia) but the dim sum was excellent!

Sep 16, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Where to have Dinner on Rosh Hashana

Jar is offering a special meal.

http://thejar.com/author/JarWebAdmin/

Sep 16, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Blue Plate Mayonnaise in the Los Angeles Area

As a prep for the sticker shock - online it's at least $5 a jar, plus shipping.

Sep 16, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Eagle Rock Italian Bakery

Just back from picking up lunch there (thanks chow pals for reminding me of this place!).

Fab. Got the italian combo for the hubster and for me? Cookies. The anisette toast (really good) and, tried for the first time the pistachio cookies.

Oh dear.

They are really REALLY tasty, kind of like a chewy flavorful meringue. Drat. Dangerous knowledge.

They also had bags of hermit cookies for sale that looked good but, needed to limit my intake so did not buy.

Should I Join Costco in CT?

PS - I am not kosher but my sister and her family are. Costco is a real boon to them.

And the lox is very nice : )

Sep 09, 2014
happybaker in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

You should join.

Their kosher chicken is very well priced and the pharmacy? Killer.

Plus living social has this fab deal if you are new, not renewing…

https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/11...

Sep 09, 2014
happybaker in Kosher

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Oooh and if you are at Shreiners, definitely hit up Berolina Bakery next door. Beautiful baked goods and breads.

Sep 09, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

John OGroat's Sudden Demise

Dang. If you go to their webpage it just lists the Orig., west LA location.

And if you go to the Yelp/Encino listing, it says it's moved… You click the link and boom! You are at the west la listing.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/john-o-groats...

Sep 08, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Okay then, Tam O'Shanter in Los Feliz would be a good twist. Part o the Lawry's family, Lawry's prime rib, with fun Los Angeles history (the tam was designed by a fab Hollywood set guy and is one of LA's oldest restaurant's) and, they have CC Browns hot fudge sundaes for dessert!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam_O&#3...

http://www.lawrysonline.com/tam-oshanter

Looking for Mango Cake like the one at Olympic Bakery

Well, since you inspired ME, seems only fair : )

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch in West LA

Thanks so much for reporting back!

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch in West LA

I used to live right by there. Crowded but, killer. (Wistful sigh.)

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch in West LA

If you are paying and want quality? The Zengo ACE is a really nice option.

And yes, as you can see by my post, I like Jar as well : )

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch in West LA

Not just lobster benedict, lobster char siu benedict. Awesome food, free tasty coffee cake (as you said), killer cocktails and it feels very very adult.

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Sunday brunch in West LA

Give me that sweet bun.

I need that sweet bun.

Sigh.

Looking for Mango Cake like the one at Olympic Bakery

Okay, here's a pic I found of the Olympic Bakery Mango cake - the Ruby Bakery one looks very similar!

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/olympi...

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Mango Cake like the one at Olympic Bakery

I've never had it but my! It looks good! Like a classic strawberry whipped cream cake, but with mango : )

http://www.rubybakery.com/node/4

Sep 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area