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self rising flour-

Chowser and OP -

It is indeed different than simply adding leaveners to all purpose flour. A lower protein flour that gives more tender results. Great for biscuits, the topping for a pot pie or, tea cakes (a cross between a biscuit and a cookie.)

I've made this recipe subbing in BP, salt and BS to make self rising flour and it's not the same. Use true self rising flour and, it's awesome,

http://www.southernplate.com/2008/10/...

I don't ice them, I sprinkle with sugar when they come out of the oven, warm.

1 day ago
happybaker in Home Cooking

Tips to cut grocery bill

When my husband and I were about to make a career change - i.e. both working day jobs while writing at night, not wanting to spend too much extra money but needing easy healthy food during the week... We discovered the weekend cooking binge.

Making a pot of soup and a huge casserole. And/or grilling tons of meats (or vegetables! Or shrimp!) gave us the ability to slice and warm, or scoop and warm for many an easy days meal.

A huge help.

Now that transition is over but I still, if we are busy, make sure to make some food for the week on Sunday (soups, veggie chili, pasta salads, undressed salads, pasta bakes) so that, during the week, if I can't cook, I have easy healthy options. If I can cook? Great, I try to pre buy and plan with a few dishes in mind.

But that Sunday stock up is still such a help.

Tips to cut grocery bill

We love the eyeglasses at costco. And yes, we could get them a tad cheaper online, but the care and customer service is SO good - worth every penny. In fact, the gal who worked with my husband to fit his glasses, talk about how he works at the computer etc. was so helpful, and got his glasses so right, we wrote a letter to the company. She truly made our lives easier and better.

Apr 20, 2015
happybaker in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

Costco is also great in that, if you don't have the time or energy to shop sales, you can know that whatever you buy there will be a fair, not too marked up price. That helps HUGELY.

I love shopping sales and meal planning but there have been times in my life where I have been so busy, just finding the time to grocery shop is an effort. For those days, Costco is an extra huge help.

Apr 20, 2015
happybaker in General Topics

Ice Cream at Rite Aid [moved from Los Angeles board]

Okay if that's true, that's just WRONG.

Those puppies were good!

Apr 17, 2015
happybaker in General Topics

Decent Flatware set for around $100?...

These are not made in the USA but... Oneida has some nice choices...

http://www.oneida.com/flatware.html

And Lenox has some nice higher end sets.

http://www.lenox.com/dining/flatware/...

Apr 17, 2015
happybaker in Cookware

Where can I obtain a pullman loaf of white bread for an upcoming event?

mkoszoru,

Oh dear, this is a Los Angeles link! So I don't think that will help you : )

I think what throws many not so fancy bakeries is the phrase "Pullman Loaf". If you say "I'd like a long loaf of fine textured white bread, unsliced" you might have better luck!

Apr 17, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2015 -- FRIED RICE

Ohhhhhh. That looks so good!

Apr 16, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

I had a neighbor in a care facility, recovering from a horrible bronchial infection. Her room had a lovely patio but here eyes were so sensitive, she could not go out without sunglasses and she hadn't thought to pack them. Knowing there was a 99 cents store nearby, I said I'd be right back. Went, hit the racks - and get her a lovely pair of Talbots sunglasses! She was so excited a) that she could now go out and b) what a find : )

LOVE that place.

Apr 16, 2015
happybaker in Chains
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Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

Beach CHick -

I... I can't breathe. Such a list.

Dang it! You scored hugely!

Apr 15, 2015
happybaker in Chains
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Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

Oh Beach Chick you always do so well! Envious : )

My favs recently there are the Campbell's cooking sauces in a pouch. Normally $3 - $4 at stores, there they are 99 cents or, with the chicken marsala (which is AWESOME) 2 for 99.

They tell you to precook the chicken but for the marsala, I just use it as a crock pot sauce and, the juices of the chicken meld with the sauce - it's excellent. The shrimp scampi sauce is fab too, cooks in a skillet in minutes, and, is low cal (versus my fav butter based scampi recipe.)

I just picked up Liberte yogurt - killer creamy stuff that is usually $1.50 minimum a tub, 2 for 99.
3 packs of chocolate zingers (still hard to find, so this was a double coup), 2 for 99.

And I really love their La Fama flour for delicate baking.

Apr 14, 2015
happybaker in Chains
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where to buy canned Thai curry paste outside of Thai Town?

Oh if you find it at Han Kook in Glendale - please post!

And good luck!

Apr 12, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

El Cristalazo?

Really? Really Ipse? Did you really have to post this after I drove from Glendale to Rowland Heights for our dim sum Easter feast? To give me another far away place to visit?

Okay, you actually did have to. And if it's as good as you say - thanks.

Why vanilla is so expensive in the USA

If it is not an alcohol base, what is it? Water? Glycerin?

Just curious!

Bombo report

Pretty sure it was not farmed, it was a lovely dark orange.

Plus, I've never found myself picking at the bones of farmed fish or fighting anyone else for bits.

But THAT collar? A fight to the finish!

Apr 02, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Bombo report

Haeldaur -

The sturgeon was featured on the smoked fish plate.

I'm not going to say that sparks flashed when our forks collided....

But I will say that, and the smoked collar (wings) were the first to go : )

Mar 31, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Bombo report

She's not from Ohio (you naughty boy) and drat for you - she is not is single.

Born and raised in NYC, she now lives in a not so big city and escapes as often as she can. We do food pilgrimages in LA. (Hence the chow posts and research.) I've found myself in my kitchen with a cleaver and live dungeness crabs for her. We've explored Sedona together. She went to Paris (on her own) to take classes from David Lebovitz.

Dang. Reading this I hope I can be as cool as her "when I grow up."

But this also leads me to ask - Tony. Do we need to find you a nice but not so nice jewish girl? ; )

Mar 31, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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Bombo report

TonyC -

Oyster Gourmet - kinda silly. I get that.

But dang, the smoked fish platter at Wexlers is SO good.

My cousin-in-law had an uncle who owned an "appetizers" shop in NYC and always brought smoked salmon collars aka "wings" for her, was weepy giddy at Wexlers. First "wings" she'd had in decades that came close to the smoked fish of her childhood.

So sure it is crowded and not wholesale. But there's some mighty interesting cooking going on there!

Mar 30, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

Tony, you are a very naughty boy.

Bombo report

The wonder twins!!!!!

OMG.

Had not thought of them in DECADES.

You rock.

And there are so many lines snaking through that market, eventually, folks will figure it out : ) People actually play pretty well there.

Mar 30, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

800 Degrees Has the Best ... Pizza in LA

Ah but here's the thing - it reheats really really well.

Maybe those folks were taking it out, to heat up at home.

Mar 30, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Bombo report

Manku. I went there, just over three years ago. Weekday lunch. Pretty gentrified clientele (and before all the new add ons.)

Most folks were there taking a break from jury duty (myself included, with our badges) or you saw office workers of all levels who worked nearby and were used to going there for lunch.

Went there for lunch, weekday, a few weeks ago and the crowd was pretty much the same - except for the enormous line at eggslut : )

So while there have been changes, I think the big difference is weekday versus weekend.

P.S. Both times I visited, I hit up the produce vendors and got amazing deals. And they were busy : )

Mar 30, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

Clyde -

What fun! So glad you remembered and tried it!

And you chose well, I think the madagascar was our fav vanilla. Next up, the Papua New Guinea Vanilla, as it was so surprising - you could taste the cherry notes.

The mexican vanilla was lovely, but our least favorite as, well, it was just a really great vanilla. The other three had more oomph and style.

Here's a link to their flavor descriptions to help you decide for your next trip : )

http://www.choctal.com/index.php/ice-...

Mar 30, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

I don't understand Jeni's

Dang barryc - I've never heard of that place!

Shaker (Cleveland) did not have great local ice cream when I lived there. (I mean they make Pierre's there, which is tasty, but no artisanal parlors...)

But as a kid, that didn't matter, more excuses to pile on the sprinkles, lol.

Now my sister and her kids go to Mitchells.

http://mitchellshomemade.com

Mar 29, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

This is my FAV bit on husbands and grocery stores. It takes a bit of time but it's worth it : )

P.S. When she refers to "Left Brain" it is her husband.

https://youtu.be/-YFRUSTiFUs

Mar 29, 2015
happybaker in Not About Food

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

Yup, if it's a really unique item that we have not purchased before, I email a screenshot of the product to his phone and if he can't find it, he goes to a clerk and shows him the pic, basically saying "Help."

It works!

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

If it was an everyday thing? I'd just have the plain bread. But Son and Fiance coming into town? Oh heck yes, SOMEONE is going back!

And thanks to cell phones, he can send you a pic of the bread he is about to buy, to make sure it's the right one...

BTW, my husband would do similar things when we were first married, but I learned to get more and more specific and, to be grateful for cell phones. After a few "oops" he would call if he was not sure. It didn't hurt that often, he'd be in the frozen food aisle, surrounded by other husbands, all calling THEIR wives to check on something! So he knew it was normal : )

Mar 29, 2015
happybaker in Not About Food

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

The coconut roll at King Hua.

We always get one order to eat there and try to get an order to take home. But we've been too slow on the draw and twice they have sold out when we've gone for our "to go" order.

Mar 29, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

Oooh... Thank you. Must go!!!!!

Mar 27, 2015
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Asian-Style pastries in/around SGV?

Wait - WHAT?!

A candied yam tart with meringue?

Sounds like a way fancier version of the sweet potatoes with browned marshmallows my uncle would request for Thanksgiving every year.

Have to try.

Is this the place? In Rowland Heights?

http://eatcakecafe.com