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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

I went to my local market to get a few things, and a pound of strawberries to make jam for my 84 year old neighbor who loves strawberries.

The sign was blocked, so I THOUGHT the sign said "$1.69 a pound." Good enough. Turns out it was 69¢ a pound!!!!!

I bought 4 pounds, worried that maybe I should have bought five - until I started cutting them up and realized I didn't have enough for one full batch of jam, I had enough for one full batch and a HALF!

A very good shopping day : )

Aug 14, 2014
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HATCH CHILE ROASTING SCHEDULE 2014. PLEASE ADD DATES.

The Hatch chilies by the pound will be back at Sprouts, starting tomorrow, 79¢ a pound. They list both hot and mild available.

Yay!!!!!

Aug 12, 2014
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Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Oh ICK.

Aug 11, 2014
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Next Food Network Star -finale (spoilers)

Um what discussions? Where?

Aug 11, 2014
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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Jealous. Big time.

But happily I am in LA now and one of my cheap thrills? Fresh artichokes. Under $1 a piece for large ones.

So that's something!

Aug 10, 2014
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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Biscuits with butter - joy.

Aug 10, 2014
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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

Fried bologna sandwiches are very popular in Southern Ohio. And surprisingly tasty : )

Aug 10, 2014
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First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Nope, there was one in the Pico/Robertson in the mid 90's, briefly. They were way smart - they made it kosher to fit in to the neighborhood!

I used to buy bags of their coffee, whole bean, then grind it at my office for the crew. It was much enjoyed, more oomph than say Maxwell House, but gentler almost creamier than french roast.

Aug 10, 2014
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Low priced sake in LA area?

There are so many levels of sake, I'm not sure what to say.

For everyday sake, surprisingly Galleria Market (a division of HK Market) has had good prices, as has Little Tokyo Market (which used to be called Woori Market.)

Aug 09, 2014
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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

Yes. We actually commented on that!

The hearts were two and a half to three inches across. Amazing.

Aug 09, 2014
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What's your favorite of the Chipotle-way style fast-food-y pizza joists in town: 800 Degrees, or Blaze Pizza, or Pielogy, or Pizza Rev, or Ugly Pizza Co., there may be a few others ????????????????????

I LOVE that Coke machine. I swear, it's a swaying factor in deciding where to go to eat ; )

Aug 08, 2014
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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

Cheryl,

Well I am locationally lucky - they are grown primarily in California, so we get them faster, fresher - and with less transportation costs.

Still, these were the biggest freshest chokes I've EVER encountered. Kudos to my local grocery, they have great buyers!

Aug 08, 2014
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The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

Or just cut in squares with a good sharp knife!

Aug 08, 2014
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The Perfect Biscuit - what are your secrets to make it happen?

Years ago I got the biscuit recipe from my fav bakery in Canada. It had both Bread flour and pastry flour as well! I remember thinking "Gee, he's just going to make all purpose flour!"

But now seeing this, maybe not…

I think I need to make a test batch!

Aug 08, 2014
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What Grocery Store Sales or Bargains Have You Bought Recently?

Artichokes at Super King. Enormous, so fresh they smelled green, like grass when I trimmed them, and - 79¢ a piece!

Aug 08, 2014
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Food Network Star - 8/4

I am sure she is a very nice person, but I had to laugh at Sara, thinking back over her recorded promo saying, basically "I can't believe I forgot to be authentic!"

That's like saying "I can be honest by Tuesday." (Extra points for naming that film.)

I live on the west coast and cook a lot of fish so Nicole is kind of offering to show me what I already know. Not sure about that.

I think Luca has some true skills but agree, his "This reminds me of when I was a child" is getting a bit old.

And Lenny can cook much more than cowboy food, but cowboy is his angle. As a non-carnivore, I'm not such how much I would learn from him, but if he can work with a camera versus a crowd, he's pretty powerful.

Did anyone read the fine print on voting? Last year it was, basically "You can vote, have at it, but Food Network reserves the right to choose the winner."

Aug 05, 2014
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Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

Great find!

Here's a link -

http://www.acehardware.com/product/in...

Aug 04, 2014
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Jam and ?

As many have commented, you can buy or make GF crackers.

I'd also rec GF breads - they are much better toasted (then not) which makes them the perfect warm vehicle for jam.

And -- GF waffles (from trader joes) are lovely with butter and warmed jam drizzled on top.

Aug 03, 2014
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HATCH CHILE ROASTING SCHEDULE 2014. PLEASE ADD DATES.

Last year Sprouts had great options. I hope they pop up again!

Jul 31, 2014
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HATCH CHILE ROASTING SCHEDULE 2014. PLEASE ADD DATES.

So good in eggs. So good.

Jul 31, 2014
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Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

They end up charging a dollar a jar, which is $3 more than smart and final if you are buying a dozen.

I suggest checking Target online and locally. Sometimes they will have them on sale cheaper than Smart and Final. But for everyday best pricing - S & F it is!

Jul 30, 2014
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King Hua Tomorrow, Monday?

The shrimp noodle (steamed rice noodle with shrimp) is delicate, simple - and divine. SO well done. #51

The baked BBQ pork pastry (the one that looks like little sticks) - yummy. #44

A "ladies who lunch" type of dish is the baked chicken bun (I think it's the King Hua Baked chicken bun). #38

The King Hua coconut roll. Definately a dessert - definitely worth the calories - flakey, rich, flavorful but not too sweet. #42

The har gow and Shu Mai (sp?) are very good, as is the sticky rice in lotus leaf.

And thus ends my list of my fav simple but good heavy hitters there.

http://kinghuarestaurant.com/Dimsum.html

Jul 20, 2014
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Does anyone remember this candy bar?

Frozen at midwestern pool snack bars as well!

Jul 17, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

You are killing me with that picture! Ow!

Jul 17, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Yay Bollini's!

Jul 17, 2014
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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Wait what? Really?

I recall Village Pizza being a better than average NY style pizza, but when I moved away from there, no drive to drive back. But Yucca/ Chahuenga... Hmm...

Jul 16, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Oh shoot - how could I forget Dommy!

Jul 13, 2014
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Domestically Disabled

Oh indeed, her Fannie Farmer ROCKS!

But her learning to cook has taught two friends of mine who swore they could never make biscuits, to make them.

And helped me to truly understand roasting a chicken.

Jul 11, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

In LA there are so many who have made me happy. Chowhound is the place where I feel normal,. And where I can commune and question.

Specifically? I love Ipsedixit as, I am a small semi-jewish woman who loves dim sum and he has never mocked me, just helped me. (I owe him a homemade challah!)

Mr. Taster - a fab help. Smart and funny and picky - perfect!

Servorg, Porthos, Wildswede, Tony C - they've all held my hand as I've explored this town.

Can't forget westsidegal as, I no longer live on the west side, but often travel there to meet friends and she keeps me in the practical know.

Love weinermobile as his tastes seem to match mine and there's the bonus of an unexpected link to my husband.

Kevin. He is silly, joyous and naughty. But he truly has such passion for the foods of LA, I can forgive his wording.

Lastly, to all the hounds I have not listed, but I know have helped me at one time or another. And I hope I have helped back. This is a great community and one I am proud and lucky to be a part of.

Jul 11, 2014
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

He is, but he got pulled for a bit. Seems to be back, huzzah : )

Jul 11, 2014
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