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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
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Yay Bollini's!

Jul 17, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area
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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
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

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
happybaker in Home Cooking

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
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Domestically Disabled

If you salt the water before adding heat - it will take a lot longer to come to a boil.

If you add heat to unsalted water? Comes to a boil faster. Then once you see a boil, sprinkle in the salt!

http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/li...

Jul 11, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Domestically Disabled

"Learning to Cook" by Marion Cunningham was written for kids - but I have given tons of copies to adults. It is so well written and user friendly.

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Cook-M...

I also like a year of slow cooking. My husband wants to help with the food prep, is clueless, but anything he has made from this book is tasty. (I am referring to the first cookbook from this website.

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http://crockpot365.blogspot.com

For what to have on hand? Garlic, onions, canned tomatoes, parmesan, canned clams, canned tuna, chicken stock. If I have those ingredients, SOMETHING can happen!

Jul 11, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

Wow! I had no idea they had daily specials and the taquitos look fab!

Jul 11, 2014
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Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

I love Luques, but it's hard to beat the Sunday Supper at Dominicks. $15 for three courses and discount bottles of the house wine.

http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/su...

Jul 10, 2014
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20th Century Café's Russian Honey Cake, in Animated GIFs!

Um. I need this cake.

Jul 10, 2014
happybaker in Features
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Tentative Dining Itinerary for June Vacation

Talk! Share!

This is great. Please do continue.

Jul 09, 2014
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Book Recommendation

Just remembered - one of the first true foodie books? Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods.

Next up? Farmer Boy.

Both dealt with the pluses (and minuses) of the food supply at pioneer times. Stunningly evocative, informative, and there are many books out there that can help you create the food she describes. Awesome stuff.

Jul 08, 2014
happybaker in Food Media & News

Book Recommendation

Laurie Colwin continues to be one of my fav authors.

She only wrote two books of collected food essays (Home Cooking and More Home Cooking) but her voice is so true and bright and funny and helpful - I still read her books and compare others to her.

She makes me feel better about my perfectly imperfect biscuits - and her buttermilk chocolate cake (with 1/4 cup less flour, it's dry in LA) still vindicates me at many a dinner party and bribes my husband well.

Jul 08, 2014
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

One party, where I asked that question? One guy broke down in tears. No one had asked him that since his grandmother, who had passed.

He was a chewy corners guy and needless to say, from then on with me? He always got first dibs on the edges.

Jul 08, 2014
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

For parties, I bake scratch brownies in a 13 x 9 pan and then, when slicing them up for serving or taking home routinely ask "Do you like the chewy outside? Or the soft inside?"

People are so happy to be asked and, oh my! They have definite opinions!

Jul 08, 2014
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Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Outside in the SoCal Costco's I've been to - Los Feliz, Burbank, San Diego...

Jul 07, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream Parlor in LA (like Farrells used to be)

Fosselman's for the win. They don't have table service, it's true. But a great true ice cream shop and killer flavors.

Jul 04, 2014
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Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

As usual you are the man in the know.

I'll hit the Los Feliz store this weekend (have to be there anyway) and hope for the best!

Jul 03, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

I've never had the almond ice cream bar (my husband has, and loves it.)

For me - it's tacky, it's tawdry but it's oh so tasty - the swirl frozen yogurt.

Some days, it's lunch. And I'm fine with that.

Jul 03, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Wait WHAT? In LA? Are they in sale now?

Jul 03, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

I had a moment of joy - woo hoo! I've been to 5 of the 10!

And then - shoot. I've only been to 5 of the 10? Time to get cracking!

Jul 03, 2014
happybaker in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Ipsedixit is THAT committed to helping us fellow chow hounders!

Jul 03, 2014
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What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

I did Kenji's no knead deep dish pizza and while I had a bit of a learning curve - it had ENORMOUS potential!

It now makes me want to try his no knead pizza for my pizza brick. Just one bowl, overnight proof then the pizza procedure. You can do it!

Jul 02, 2014
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Do recipes always call for vanilla extract and paste over whole vanilla beans due to the their convenience, cost, and longer shelf life?

I love the costco vanilla, a really beautiful extract. And yes, easily available, easy to use, good price.

But the paste intrigues me. How do you sub it in recipes? Same amount of vanilla extract? More? Less?

Jul 01, 2014
happybaker in Home Cooking

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

It's awesome indeed!

And, many jams in America use a pectin that contains corn, which my mom was severely allergic to. The Hero jams, as they are made in Switzerland where corn isn't as common, are made with a wheat derived pectin. Tasty, well priced and safe for my Mom to eat? I am a fan to this day!

Jul 01, 2014
happybaker in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Duffy -

I prefer homemade brownies, made with unsweetened chocolate BUT - I've had the Ghirardelli mix brownies at many a party and they are lovely indeed. Tasty enough to wrap one in a napkin and take it home in my purse for the next day, LOL.

Jul 01, 2014
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