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Osso buco question

I'm cooking out of Batali's Molto Italiano cookbook. The recipe calls for braising for 2.0-2.5 hours at 375 degrees. That seems like a very high temp. Should I go lower and slower, like say 250 or so?

Dec 23, 2014
Wafer_thin in Home Cooking

Help with osso buco recipe

Last question. The recipe calls for braising in the oven for 2-2.5 hours at 375 degrees. That seems like a pretty high temp to me. Should I go lower and slower?

Dec 23, 2014
Wafer_thin in Home Cooking

Help with osso buco recipe

Great. Thank you all!

Dec 23, 2014
Wafer_thin in Home Cooking
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Help with osso buco recipe

Looks like I'm using two dutch ovens based on what I have available. When you've used two dutch ovens, did you put them in the oven at the same time? Did you adjust temperature and cooking time? Thanks!

Dec 23, 2014
Wafer_thin in Home Cooking

Help with osso buco recipe

I'm cooking osso buco out of Mario Batali's Molto Italiano cookbook. I need to double the recipe to feed 8 people. How should I go about cooking this? Should I just double the recipe and braise everything in one Dutch oven or should I divide it into two Dutch ovens? I'm concerned that putting 9 shanks in even a very large Dutch oven may result in fully submerging some of the veal in the cooking juices, thereby negatively affecting the braise. Any suggestions would be super appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 22, 2014
Wafer_thin in Home Cooking

Is the El Burrito Jr on La Brea related to the ones in the South Bay ????

I've eaten at both. I ate at the one on La Brea several years ago. I asked the person working there and she said that they used to be owned by the same person until he sold off the La Brea location. I never returned to the La Brea location. I found it unremarkable.

You would be much better off if you could hold out until the evening and eat at the El Chato taco truck on La Brea and Olympic. Absolutely delicious! The Yelpers are dead-on about El Chato.

Feb 27, 2014
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Gordon Ramsay's The Fat Cow

We had dinner tonight at The Fat Cow. My wife ordered the veggie burger, I had the cheeseburger, and our three year old daughter had the meatballs. Both burgers were totally unremarkable. They came with fries, which were fine, but also relatively unremarkable. My daughter disliked the meatballs because they were spicy--something I wish our server would have warned us about when we told her that our daughter would be having them for dinner. Since the meatballs were too spicy for my daughter, we then ordered the mac 'n' cheese, which was very creamy, cheesy (a hint of Gorgonzola?), and topped with breadcrumbs. My daughter ate that up. I tried her meatballs, and I thought they were tasty, spicy, and the right consistency (i.e., they were not overly dense). I thought the mac 'n' cheese was good, too, if a bit rich for my taste.

All of that, an iced tea, a milk, and a beer plus tax and tip was about $95, which I thought to be a bit much for what it was. But, then again, we ate outside with all the holiday lights, fountains, and "snow" falling, all of which was as cheesy as the mac 'n' cheese, but, hey, that's The Grove. I'd be willing to go back and try some non-burger entree, but if I don't get around to doing so, no big loss.

One last thing: I had read some blogs noting (with concern) that the restaurant has a children's menu. It no longer does, according to our server.

Nov 24, 2012
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Until they get it together, go 3 blocks west to The Counter

So I got tied up around lunchtime and couldn't get a bite to eat until past 2:00, by which time there was no one at the Five Guys on Wilshire near La Brea. I ordered the cheeseburger (two patties) with mayo, lettuce, jalapeƱos, tomatoes, grilled onions, and BBQ sauce. My friend and I also tried both styles of their fries (regular and Cajun seasoning).

First, the burger. I really enjoyed it. It was really good and substantial. It wasn't over/under-cooked and it was tasty. I agree that wrapping it in aluminum foil has the unintended negative consequence of steaming the bun so next time I will try to open it ASAP. My sense is that the burger is a notch above what you get at a fast food place (the best of which for me is In-N-Out), but not quite what you would get at a good gastropub or burger specialty place (with the exception of The Counter, of which I'm not a fan, as noted in my post above), and the prices appear to reflect that niche.

The fries were fine, but they're not anything I would consider phenomenal. Personally, I prefer the seasoned fries at Barney's in Brentwood to these. In fact, I prefer the burgers there as well come to think of it, but since I suspect they're a little pricier at Barney's, it may not be a fair comparison.

All in all, I'd go back from time to time, but I'm not in the camp that will rave about this place.

Feb 21, 2012
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Until they get it together, go 3 blocks west to The Counter

Really? I've never tastes any mustard, and the sauce looks like the burger sauce, even where it hasn't mixed with the melted cheese. Might "animal style" have variations depending on location? Regardless, I think I need to have those fries again and confirm!

Feb 20, 2012
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Until they get it together, go 3 blocks west to The Counter

As far as I can tell, it's the same as the one used on the burgers, which I always order with extra sauce, too!

Feb 18, 2012
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Until they get it together, go 3 blocks west to The Counter

Yeah, In-N-Out's fries are definitely for the birds. That's why I've started ordering them "animal style," i.e., topped with grilled onions, special sauce and melted cheese.

Feb 18, 2012
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Until they get it together, go 3 blocks west to The Counter

Sorry, but I just don't get The Counter. I've heard that it used to be great before it started massively expanding, which may be true. Still, I've been to three Counters (including the one referenced on Wilshire near La Brea) and the burgers were way undercooked at all locations. Even when they've cooked them right, they're just not that special. Given the choice, I'd rather have one of the burgers at Marie's next door to The Counter. If you're looking for a great burger in this neck of the woods, I would suggest Umami Burger (on La Brea and Olympic, if you can stomach the attitude) or the Golden State on Fairfax. And when the lines die down, maybe I'll be able to recommend Five Guys, too.

Feb 17, 2012
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Saveur on iPad?

I've been thinking about trying the electronic subscription via the Zinio app on my iPad. Do you recommend that? My hope is that I could just save or print the recipes I like without having magazines pile up or spending an afternoon cutting recipes out of back issues. Thanks!

Jan 25, 2012
Wafer_thin in Home Cooking

Have You Tried Costco Lasagne? Alternative take-out suggestions?

Wow! Thanks for all of your suggestions and ideas. I've picked up a Costco lasagne to try it out ahead of time (family will be the toughest critics!). Regardless, all of your other suggestions sound great, and I'll probably use them at some point for other occasions.

Jan 09, 2011
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Have You Tried Costco Lasagne? Alternative take-out suggestions?

Hi, everyone. I'm hosting a small birthday party, but at the last minute found out that I won't have time to cook, so I'm exploring various options. Someone mentioned to me that the frozen lasagne at Costco is really good, but I've never tried it. Have any of you? Regardless, does anyone have any good take-out recommendations for a party of 8? West LA or South Bay would be best. Thanks!!

Jan 08, 2011
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

4 Nights In Manhattan--Please Help

Wow, thanks for those links!

In the past, I've been to, and very much enjoyed, Babbo, Mas, Bouley, Il Mulino, and Degustation. That said, I'm not necessarily looking for that price point, but if that's where the good stuff is, so be it. I'm hoping to mix up prices, so that maybe one night or two is about $150 max, and the others around $50 or less (I'm thinking that maybe middle eastern or some other ethnic might fit the latter bill. Oh, and to the extent we're talking about pizza, I prefer a neapolitan style).

I'll happily dine at a bar or at a table, but given a preference, I'll choose a table. I will be dining solo.

I hope that helps, and thanks!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Il Mulino
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

Apr 07, 2010
Wafer_thin in Manhattan

4 Nights In Manhattan--Please Help

I'm an LA 'hound who'll be spending four nights in Manhattan (midtown) on business. I usually like to go to one of the three-star type places that NYC does so well, but this time, I thought I'd try to go to places less well-known to outsiders. So, what would you recommend? I'm thinking one night can be French bistro/brasserie, another Italian (pizza or otherwise), another middle eastern, and the last some other ethnic food that may be particularly good in Manhattan (preferably not Chinese). I'm willing to pay for quality (I recently went to Degustation and loved it), but if I'm not going to the three-star places I'd prefer not to pay three-star prices. Also, I don't plan on leaving Manhattan, but I'm willing to leave midtown. It makes no difference to me whether it's a hole in the wall or not, I'm just looking for great chow. Please help! Thanks!!

Apr 06, 2010
Wafer_thin in Manhattan

Private Room in South Bay/Long Beach?

Thank you for your replies! I'll look into those.

Jan 03, 2010
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Private Room in South Bay/Long Beach?

Happy New Year! Does anyone have any suggestions for a good restaurant in the South Bay or Long Beach areas that has a private room? We'll be celebrating a toddler's first birthday, so we thought we'd take advantage of the fact that he's still too young for the typical birthday spots and go somewhere that doesn't have any robots or bad pizza. We're not having a large party, just family, so there wil only be about 10 of us. We are considering an early dinner time or late lunch time. Thanks!

Jan 01, 2010
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

soothing food for stomach in south bay?

Thanks for the suggestions! Both sound great!

Feb 22, 2008
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

soothing food for stomach in south bay?

Can anyone suggest a place in the south bay where my friend can get soothing food for his stomach, and his dinner companions can also get a great meal?

Feb 22, 2008
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Please Tell Us Your Favorite Paris and Normandy Restaurants

Souphie,

Thank you for your informative post (and the many others you've posted on this board). I'm focusing on Savoy or l'Ambroisie for now, and your bistro recommendations are consistent with those of many others on this board. Also, thanks for the recommendation near Mont Saint Michel!

If anyone else has any recommendations or thoughts, whether on certain three stars or bistros in Paris, or restaurants in Normandy, I'd love to hear them. Thanks, all.

Jul 20, 2007
Wafer_thin in France

Please Tell Us Your Favorite Paris and Normandy Restaurants

Hello all. My wife and I will be travelling to Paris in October. We'll be in Paris for four nights, Rouen for one night, Deauville for one night, Bayeux for two nights, and Mt. St. Michele for one night. We both love great food, whether it's a three-star palace or a small little place with great chow.

While in Paris, I was thinking we'd eat dinner one night at a three-star, and then have the other three nights to explore bistros, brasseries, or a one- or two-star place. The idea is to still eat wonderful food, but at down-to-earth prices (to the extent possible, given the state of the U.S. dollar) for those other three nights. So, which three-star would you recommend and why? I'm considering the following:

Pierre Gagnaire
Le Grand Vefour
Pre Catelan
Le Meurice
L'Ambroise
Guy Savoy

As for the other nights, I'd love to hear of any wonderful experiences you've had at Paris bistros or brasseries. We'll be staying in St. Germain, but aren't limited to the 5e or 6e.

Finally, I would appreciate your recommendations at any of the other places we'll be visiting that I mentioned above. We'll be driving a car through Lower Normandy, so we should be fairly mobile. Thanks!!

P.S. I've conducted many searches on this board already, but am hoping to obtain more current information.

Jul 18, 2007
Wafer_thin in France

Please Help! Any Recs for Small Group Dinner(10 people) in South Bay?

Thank you all!

Dec 28, 2006
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area

Please Help! Any Recs for Small Group Dinner(10 people) in South Bay?

Hi all. A small group of us and our spouses, all thirty-somethings, are looking for a place to get together for dinner tomorrow evening. Not looking for anything too fancy or pricey--something like the Cheesecake Factory, without it actually being the Cheesecake Factory--will be fine. Also, it would be nice if we could hear each other talk. Any ideas?

Thanks!

Wafer_thin

Dec 27, 2006
Wafer_thin in Los Angeles Area