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Blueberry Buckle

i adore the buckle recipe from the king arthur flour cookbook. i double the topping recipe and make a streusel ribbon through the middle.

Jul 21, 2014
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Beer Belly, summer eats, some of you might just be interested.

i've always found the food there to sound better on the menu than it tastes. anyone have differing experiences? maybe i'm ordering the wrong things? the wings, fries, and dip sandwich are fine, and the mac n cheese delicious, but everythng else has been mildly to greatly disappointing.

Jun 17, 2014
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great meal at Cucina Urbana

I made reservations for my husband and I at Cucina Urbana to celebrate Father's Day while we were visiting family this past weekend. We'd eaten there before but not for several years. I'm happy to report that it was just as good if not better than the last visit. We had the grilled octopus - beautifully charred and crispy outside, tender and meaty within - a single large tentacle served with whole and pureed ceci (garbanzo beans), a bit of tomatoey sauce, a scattering of greens and a few slices of fried fingerling potato. It was my favorite dish of the evening. My least favorite was the other appetizer - the suckling pig, which was cooked, shredded, and pressed and seared and served with poached egg, frisee, crispy skin and sherry sugo which was a bit too sweet. The pork was tasty but sort of stringy and chewy and I just wanted succulent slices and crispy skin and the skin part was sliced so thin that as soon as you mixed everything together as suggested by our runner, you lost the contrast a bit. Instead of main courses we split a pasta - sweet corn agnolotti with sorrel and speck - delicious and bright tasting with very al dente pasta and the clean tang of the sorrel - and the lamb sausage pizza with honey ricotta. The pizza crust was blackened but not too much so, chewy and not too thick or thin. I wanted a bit more crunch but the lamb was beautifully seasoned, the house ricotta creamy and delicate, and the honey was earthy and not overly sweet.

With 2 cocktails and a bottle of wine our bill was around $120.

There was only one dessert we were remotely interested in - the banana cannoli - but we opted to pick up cake at Extraordinary Desserts instead (the Basque bundt cake is phenomenal especially gently warmed like they serve it to you there).

What other places with similar quality food would you recommend for our next visit? We usually hit up holes-in-the-wall like Canada Steakburger and Mariscos German or beer food like Carnitas Snack Shack and Blind Lady but we'd definitely like to try San Diego's higher-end offerings.

Jun 17, 2014
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what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

what gaps need to be filled, and in what areas? if you could have an eatery, bakery, bar, food truck, cafe,+ takeout window, etc. open up nearby, what would it serve? what foods are underrepresented?

Jun 11, 2014
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What are you baking these days? May, 2014 edition, part two! [Through May 31, 2014]

have you tried Rose Levy Beranbaum's white velvet cake? every bit as delicious and buttery as yellow cake but with a beautiful white crumb for these type of shortcake cakes.

May 28, 2014
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where is all the rhubarb? raw at markets or cooked in pies

it's pretty much the end of the season and I have yet to see any at the farmer's markets or on many menus. i saw a teeny bundle in hollywood for $5 and should have bought it but i hesitated and now it seems that a taste may pass me by.

May 28, 2014
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Anniversary Weekend in Portland

We visited Portland recently and our favorite meal was at Andina. Some of the best food I've had anywhere.

May 21, 2014
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Good Beer Bottle Shop in LA

K&L on Sunset & Vine has a great bottled selection. Lots of Belgian as well as Alpine Beer Co, Logsdon, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikeller, Russian River, etc.

May 09, 2014
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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

I have never enjoyed simplethings pies. I find the crust on the larger pies tough and the crust on ALL the mini pies is graham cracker, which is criminal with banana cream and pushed the caramel into far too sweet territory.

May 07, 2014
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Tuna Melt

Blue Palms on Hollywood Blvd. and Gower has a nice version with tomato and fennel.

May 05, 2014
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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
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Best current foie gras dishes?

Thank you for all the great suggestions!

Apr 01, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Where can I buy mentaiko?

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

Feb 01, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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