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what should I do with a giant bag of dry roasted hazelnuts?

i bought a bag of beautiful Freddy Guy's hazelnuts while visiting Portland and would love your thoughts on how to use them. i plan to use some in hazelnut baci and chocolate chip cookies, some in salad with asparagus and burrata, with pasta and wild mushrooms - what else??

Apr 10, 2014
tastycakes in Home Cooking

Best current foie gras dishes?

Thank you for all the great suggestions!

Apr 01, 2014
tastycakes in Metro Portland

Best current foie gras dishes?

I am visiting from California and would love to know where I can find foie on the menu, especially near downtown. Thanks!

Mar 31, 2014
tastycakes in Metro Portland

Four days in Portland with a toddler

Hi all. I'll be visiting Portland the first week of April with my husband and 2 year old son. We are staying downtown and planning to visit most of the larger parks and museums so I am looking for recommendations for places near Washington Park, OSMI, etc. All three of us are adventurous eaters and we have no dietary restrictions. So far our tentative list includes Little Bird, Lardo, Artisan Bakery, Ox, Tasty n Alder, Broder, Lauretta Jean's (although we can get the biscuits at the Saturday farmer's market, right?), several food carts (Nong's Khao Man Gai, Tabor, the People's Pig), and in my fantasy life I get to go to at least one amazing bakery a day (I'm a pastry chef) and my husband gets all the beer he can drink (he's a craft beer freak).

Are any of the places on our list not child-friendly? He can be very high energy which is sometimes not awesome in a quieter sit-down venue. Also, which places are most likely to have a long, tantrum-inducing wait - which is why PokPok is not included, sadly. Your input is greatly appreciated, as are any additions to the list as far as bakeries and places with both great beer and food. I have no idea where most of these places are or how far apart everything and we will be walking and depending on public transportation so any advice pertaining to that would be lovely. Thanks!

Mar 10, 2014
tastycakes in Metro Portland

What are you baking these days? March 2014 edition! [through March 31, 2014]

yes you can add melted chocolate,just make sure it is completely cool or the butter will get soft and it will droop.

Mar 05, 2014
tastycakes in Home Cooking

Pizzeria Mozza--Underwhelmed

yes, the price is for a quartino which is a glass and a half but they will pour a single glass if you like - at least this is at the LA location.

Feb 13, 2014
tastycakes in San Diego

What is your favorite donut in LA right now and where ?

the maple bar at donut hut on magnolia is pretty stellar, but the one that will live forever in my memory is the spiced cake donut from milo & olive that they have never once had available again on the occasion of my visits.

Feb 13, 2014
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Omakase at Sushi Central, a short list

i was there recently as well for omakase and had a delightful meal as usual. i agree that it is a hidden gem for the quality and variety of the fish. the rice is always the perfect temperature as well. we had similar offerings but no belly was served and we had amaebi four ways - the liver served in a ponzu "shot", nigiri, the shells cooked in miso broth, and the fried heads. i agree the ono is a standout.

it was empty until almost 7pm on a Saturday except for a few walk-ins for takeout. go 'hounds and keep the place open!

Feb 12, 2014
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy mentaiko?

I'm in los feliz so is there somewhere closer than mitsuwa in Torrance?

Feb 01, 2014
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

desperately seeking someone with the Cheese Store Collective cookbook!! need a stollen recipe!

i have to respectfully disagree, having made the cheese board version several times and having tasted the rockenwagner version at his bakeries here. i think i just prefer the lighter texture of the cheese board's vs the cakey, dense texture of rockenwagner's.

Dec 18, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

desperately seeking someone with the Cheese Store Collective cookbook!! need a stollen recipe!

thank you!!!

Dec 18, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

Whole grain desserts?

i make most quickbreads with whole grains and reduced sugar and fat. since things like bananas and pumpkin provide moisture you can get away with it and not sacrifice too much flavor either.

this is a great basic recipe:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

using this as an example, i would reduce the oil by half, replace 1.5 cups flour with white whole wheat, 1.5 cups with spelt flour, and 1/3 cup with flax meal. i reduce the sugar by one cup and use brown sugar for the rest. add one large grated apple with the skin. i add toasted nuts and sometimes chocolate chips (if your diet allows) to make it seem richer.

you can apply this formula to most breads or muffins that call for purees. if you want it to seem more like dessert just bake it in a cake pan and drizzle a little flat icing on top (water and powdered sugar) or turbinado sugar on top before you bake it.

Dec 18, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

desperately seeking someone with the Cheese Store Collective cookbook!! need a stollen recipe!

yes!

Dec 18, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

desperately seeking someone with the Cheese Store Collective cookbook!! need a stollen recipe!

i need to make stollen tonight and i left the book at home =(

if anyone can please post the recipe (which is amazing) i'd be forever grateful!

Dec 18, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

did anyone go to the eat my blog bakesale at coolhaus pasadena?

apparently everything sold out quite early as there was nothing but cornbread bibinka left when we arrived at 12:35.

Nov 24, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Arkansas Black apples….anyone???

Ha's had them, they were tucked up in a corner behind the rest. they told me last week on saturday that would be the last day. try again if you go to hollywood today!

Nov 24, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Date Night? DTLA, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Eagle Rock, etc.

littlefork in Hollywood fits the bill. excellent food and cocktails and not jam packed so you can actually carry on a conversation.

maybe for date #3?

Nov 22, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

thai markets with carry-out & prepackaged food

I shop at the Silom market in Hollywood pretty often but I've never paid much attention to the refrigerator case that houses various clamshells of cold noodles, dumplings and salads, but a while back I happned to grab one that had what looked like giant potstickers, not seared, stuffed with pork, mushrooms and veggies. They were fantastic and only $3. Since then I've tried the bbq pork, chicken satay, curry buns and some interesting noodle dishes. They sometimes have different items near the checkout line at room temp if you're daring.

Are there other markets in the area with similar offerings? Has anyone tried things like the coconut taro pudding?

Nov 13, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy jackfruit

i've seen it fresh and canned at the A-1 market on Sunset in Echo Park.

Nov 13, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Pizzeria Mozza: An Anniversary Lunch

i had a lovely meal there recently with my mother, who lives in san diego. it made her very excited for the new branch opening there soon.

we had the oven roasted calamari served over white beans and tomatoes with fresh herbs. delicious. the special pizza was wild spinach and salame, also delicious.

and for dessert the caramel copetta, which i had shared with my husband on a previous occasion. when i had it with him as he took his first bite i was asking him, "so what do you suppose a copetta is? is it the gelato or..." and then he cut me off by saying "shut up." i was a little taken aback until i tasted it, and then i realized he had wanted me to stop talking so he could enjoy the heavenly interplay of cool, creamy caramel gelato, bitter caramel sauce, sweet gooey marshmallow, and deeply roasted, salty nuts interlaced with crunchy cookie. this dessert is absolutely perfect.

Oct 22, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

What are you baking these days? October 2013 edition! [Through 11/2/13]

Just made the King Arthur flour chocolate chip pumpkin bread. I added grated apple and flaxseed, subbed half whole wheat flour and pastry flour, increased water by 1oz., and reduced the oil by 1/2 and sugar by 1/3rd. Tastes great warm, we'll see how it is in the morning.

Oct 13, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

What should I make for a toddler's outdoor birthday picnic?

About 20 guests, starting mid morning, at the park with no heat etc. We might be able to have camping burners, but I have to check the rules for the area. I also have a small catering hot box to fit half sheet pans. I'm a fairly creative cook but I'm stumped for ideas on this one!

Oct 13, 2013
tastycakes in Home Cooking

cream pies

the pie hole's chocolate cream and maple custard were amazing. my husband and i fought over every bite.

Oct 03, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

cream pies

yes! i second the pies there, i'm a baker and it's one of the only places i'd go back to. the coconut cream and berry pies were excellent. decent diner style food too.

Oct 03, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

Any hidden gems/holes in the wall on the los feliz/Hollywood border?

Just moved to Alexandria and Santa Monica area. Already checked out tacos al carbon and falafel arax. What else is good? What about the Latin and Armenian markets?

Jun 13, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area
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need recs for sunday ladies' birthday lunch

yes, excellent idea! we are definitely tequila drinkers.

Apr 26, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

need recs for sunday ladies' birthday lunch

looking for a place between hollywood and pasadena for lunch this sunday - cocktails a must.

hungry cat and mozza are on my list. any other ideas? going to baco mercat for dinner the night before otherwise that would be my pick.

Apr 25, 2013
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area

48 hours in san diego/baja - what's your dream itinerary?

my husband and i are headed to san diego to see family this weekend and decided to stay a couple days and possibly include tijuana or ensenada. we are coming from los angeles so we can get pretty much any type of cuisine and are very adventurous eaters - anything from taco trucks to tasting menus with wine pairings, and of course we love good beer. its also our first time away from our baby so of course your hotel and spa recommendations are greatly appreciated as well.

we'd like to stay somewhere downtown and are only driving to mexico for the day.

Mar 30, 2013
tastycakes in San Diego

need recommendations for CSAs & other local food delivery services

i would like to subscribe to a local CSA for a friend of mine. his wife is ill and they don't have much time or money for preparing meals, and i don't live nearby so i want to make sure his sons still have fresh fruit and veggies to eat.

i would greatly appreciate your recommendations for local csas or farms that can deliver since he doesn't have the time to pick up at a local market.
i'd also love some suggestions for local meat companies, dairy, etc.

thank you!

Mar 22, 2013
tastycakes in San Diego

New to eating mussels - where should I try?

the mussels with filipino longanisa at playa are the best i've ever had, period. i wanted to slurp down the entire bowl of broth goodness. in my top ten best dishes of 2012.

Dec 28, 2012
tastycakes in Los Angeles Area