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Serious Eats

Halal cart chicken recipe. I've never had the original version in New York but it is so good. I will think of some others I really like.

Apr 14, 2014
foodandscience in Food Media & News
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Troubleshooting Homemade Ricotta

Thanks, hyperbowler! I grew up in the land of cheeseheads so I figured I better learn how to make cheese.
I agree, it's nice knowing there aren't any stabilizers or junk in the homemade ricotta.

I used white vinegar. Kenji's recipe on Serious Eats said you can also use lemon juice, you might just notice the citrus in the end product.
Good call on the cheesecloth too. I'll definitely do that next time and save the whey!

Apr 09, 2014
foodandscience in Food Quests

Work Day Breakfast Ideas?

What about an english muffin melt that you could customize in infinite ways.
I take a dozen eggs, hard boil them, peel and chop them. Mix with some mayo to hold it together, with a bit of mustard. I also add in cheddar cheese and cooked, crumbled bacon. Take half an english muffin and mound the mix on the muffin half. I wrap these in foil and stick them in the freezer.
My husband sticks it in the toaster oven to warm either at home or work for breakfast and he loves them!!! You could add in whatever protein or veg you want. Easy and satisfying. I'm a savory breakfast type person.

Apr 08, 2014
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Impressive side dish

What about a Panade? I love the Wednesday Chef's panade recipe with chard and onion. A good gruyere in there or other lovely cheese. Would pair well with wine and travels nicely.

Apr 08, 2014
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Troubleshooting Homemade Ricotta

The other day I was making the ultimate lasagna bolognese. Bolognese simmered for 6 hours, homemade pasta, besciamella etc. The only thing I didn't make by hand was the mozzarella. I also made my own fresh ricotta based on this:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/ho...
First of all, you need a ton of milk to get not much ricotta. I was microwaving about 3 cups of milk at a time until it got to the 165-185 degree range with my instant read thermometer (My Thermapen changed my life). At that point you are supposed to stir a bit. It never became real curds enough so I could scoop out with a slotted spoon to put in the paper towel lined strainer. I did the best I could but I'm sure I lost a lot of the curd when trying to strain it.
Second round I did the exact same way but larger clumps came together (sort of like cottage cheese) so scooping them out was a lot easier and I got a lot more final product.
Third round turned out exactly like the first. Any idea what could be going wrong? After 9 cups or so milk I ended up with about 1.5 cups of ricotta. It was a fun experiment but unless I can get a better outcome, I'll be buying ricotta from here on out.

Sidenote: Homemade Ricotta was delicious, esp with some sea salt. Husband thought I was quite strange. I think he said "You're making cheese.... at home??". I'm always up for a new challenge. Any thoughts appreciated.

Apr 08, 2014
foodandscience in Food Quests

Do you prefer French Fries with Mayo instead of Ketchup?

Yay!!!! I have finally found my people. Blllllarrrrgh on ketchup. HATE. I love mayo.

Apr 02, 2014
foodandscience in General Topics
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Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - March 2014 [OLD]

I really liked the Shrimp nuggets too!! Very crispy and not too greasy. I would definitely buy these again!

Mar 20, 2014
foodandscience in Chains

Empanada Wrappers

There is a Pavilions near me that carries the Goya brand but then other Pavilions don't. You could call ahead. I get mine at Baja Ranch on the eastside so if you have any hispanic groceries like those, they should have them in the frozen section.

Mar 05, 2014
foodandscience in Los Angeles Area

Baked Baking Soda for Soft Pretzels?

jeanmarie - thanks for that! I love Harold McGee and he does a great job of explaining it.
I'm a scientist but was never to great with chemistry ;-). I'm going to try this method out. I didn't want to mess with lye but this sounds like a great alternative.

Feb 04, 2014
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Baked Baking Soda for Soft Pretzels?

I saw a recipe for soft pretzels on a blog recently. I've always briefly boiled my soft pretzels in a baking soda bath before baking but this recipe called for baking the baking soda in the oven for an hour before putting it in the boiling water.
Does anybody have any idea what baking the baking soda does? Does it alter the flavor much?
Thanks.

Feb 04, 2014
foodandscience in Home Cooking

So, I bought a this thing...

When I was a kid, my dad bought us guava juice, which I became obsessed with. It was quite unusual for the midwestern city I grew up in.
Last year I was in a hispanic market, and there were guava fruit! Smelled heavenly. Small, between the size of a lime and a key lime. When I got them home, couldn't figure out how you were supposed to eat them. They were very hard and seemed like all seeds. Didn't know what to do so I just enjoyed their scent.

Jan 07, 2014
foodandscience in General Topics

Central Coast Town for short stay?

I would absolutely recommend the Solvang/Santa Ynez area. My husband and I just got married there in September and had guests who flew in from all over the country who all raved about how beautiful the area was. There are a few breweries/beer tasting rooms there, including Firestone, Figueroa Mountain, and Solvang Brewing Company. Some great food too. My favorites are Hitching Post, Cecco, and Sides Hardware all for dinner. Lunch we usually grab amazing sandwiches from Panino (one in Solvang, one in Los Olivos) and head to a winery. Los Olivos is a cute town to explore and on your way there you can stop and see the miniature horse farm. Fun for kids and the horses are so cute and tiny. There is also an ostrich farm nearby.
I'd highly recommend the Santa Ynez area for your visit. Also weather is always gorgeous up there. Have fun!

Jan 06, 2014
foodandscience in California

Umami Burger Coming to Old Town Pasadena & Other Pasadena News

The Stone Brewing tasting room is open now. No food, just tastings and growler fills. Not much room to sit either. My boyfriend said there are 6-7 beers on tap at a time.
Luggage room is supposed to be expanding in that complex as well. Not to make more room in the restaurant, but another area and oven to fire pizzas to accomodate for more takeout from what I understand.

Oct 03, 2012
foodandscience in Los Angeles Area

creamy-style vegan salad dressing suggestions?

I am obsessed with Trader Joe's Goddess dressing which is vegan. Satisfies the creamy dressing need. It also have tahini.. you could try looking for a recipe for Vegan Goddess dressing if you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby.

May 04, 2012
foodandscience in Vegetarian & Vegan

How much meat to grill for a taco bar for ~20 people?

That's great, thanks for the help and advice!
I just hate, hate to run out of anything. I love to entertain & so when people come over, they know they'll have tons of food. Sounds good, around 5lbs of each.

Apr 19, 2012
foodandscience in Home Cooking

How much meat to grill for a taco bar for ~20 people?

I'm throwing a surprise 60th birthday party for my mother-in-law and we decided to do a big taco bar since its right around Cinco de Mayo, we have lovely weather, a big backyard and a grill to work with.

We are planning to do both marinated chicken and carne asada on the grill for the tacos, but I'm not sure how much we'll need for around 20 people. I always like to have plenty, rather than the fear of running out, plus the guys in my family will be perfectly willing to take home leftovers... I just need a suggestion of how much meat to purchase. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

Apr 19, 2012
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Can I really bake dinner in a toaster oven?

I use mine all the time for things since I live alone. Today was the first time I tried shirred eggs for breakfast in the toaster oven and it worked great! Didn't want to heat up the whole oven and my little ramekin fit in the toaster oven perfectly. Heats up way faster and uses less energy. I love it!

Jan 23, 2012
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Middle-Brow, Non-Ethnic in Arcadia

We love London Gastropub on Myrtle in Monrovia, which is quite close to the races. They have a new chef and we've tried out most of the offerings. Pub food, burgers, flatbread pizza-ish things, nachos, but all very good fare. They have happy hour as well as we see lots of folks in after a day at Santa Anita. Full bar too.

Dec 28, 2011
foodandscience in Los Angeles Area

Ricotta Salata...Who Carries It?

I get it regularly at Whole Foods, so you should be able to find it there.

Oct 04, 2011
foodandscience in Los Angeles Area

Recipes from Smitten Kitchen blog.....what are your favorites??

I have quite a few I've tried again and again and love.
I just made her hazlenut plum tart, but I had to double the amount of custard to fill the tart shell. It was a big hit at the picnic.
I love her bretzel (pretzel) rolls, could eat the whole batch.
Braised short ribs are fantastic and my go-to short rib recipe.
Braided lemon bread. Also works great with all sorts of different fruit fillings... or nutella.
Blueberry boy bait.
Tomato and Sausage risotto. Great way to sneak in a lot of good-for-you spinach.

Those are off the top of my head, but they are very good, and work time and again!

Sep 19, 2011
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Good place to celebrate/eat in Pasadena?

I love Le Grande Orange. Sitting on the patio, having some cocktails and wine, and a great dinner. If you like pizza, you could also try their pizzeria, that's attached to the building called The Luggage Room. Great artisanal pizzas and wine. Not crazy expensive but a fun atmosphere in both.

Jun 21, 2011
foodandscience in Los Angeles Area

Left over girlie beer

As soon as I saw the title of your post, I though, hmmm must be Leinie's Berry Weiss. I thought it was really good when I was 18, uhumm, 21. Proud to be from Milwaukee!
Not sure how to cook with it though.

Aug 08, 2009
foodandscience in Home Cooking

The Casserole

Mine is sort of similar to happybelly's.
Crush up some tortilla chips (they can be stale). I love the flaxseed high fiber/lowcarb ones from Trader joe's, they actually taste great. Anyways, I brown up a pound of ground turkey with some diced onions. Then dice up some red pepper, chop some cilantro & mix turkey, pepper, a can of salsa, maybe some extra diced tomatoes, a can of your favorite beans, some corn (frozen or from a can), olives all together with turkey. Season with a bit of cumin if you like. Layer half in the dish over the crushed chips, then sprinkle on some shredded cheese (low fat if you like), then the other half of the mix and some more cheese on top. I serve it with some reduced fat sour cream on the side.
It's hearty but can really adjusted to your liking, and pretty healthy, with protein, veggies, and fiber.

May 14, 2009
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Little Door?

I've lived in LA for 10 years now and had heard some good things over the years. So we tried it for a friend's birthday. The patio is nice (yes, its romantic) but we ended getting shoved in a strange corner inside, though we had requested outside Food was blah... nothing to write home about and definitely didn't have anything memorable foodwise. Won't compare to Cut. I think you can find better for your trip to LA.

Jul 24, 2008
foodandscience in Los Angeles Area

Bittman Takes on America's Chefs--keep or return

I bought it off the discount rack at a bookstore. Blah, I'd return it if I were you. I haven't used it, and I love my cookbooks. I read them like novels. This one just wasn't all that exciting.

Jan 16, 2008
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Was santa good this year??? cookbooks, cookbooks, cookbooks oh my!

I got Rocco DiSpirito's Real Life Recipes, I think it is because my mom thinks he's as cute as I do. It's good, some simple straight-forward entrees. Nothing too fancy. Deli Roast Beef features prominently in the Beef section, interesting.

Dec 30, 2007
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Gougères

The one I use is from Leite's Culinaria. There is no milk, yet they are very rich and its quite a thick dough. Thick enough that I use a small scooper to make evenly sized puffs. This recipe calls for 6 oz. cheese, water, butter, salt, egg, flour, dry mustard, and a touch of cayenne. Very easy. I love these. I'm going to try one of these other recipes though. I like to try different types of cheeses too. Mine can't have enough cheese either! I'll try AD's recipe and get back to you. I've got a holiday party on Saturday to try these out.

Dec 11, 2007
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Help: thickening chicken-pie filling

I often thicken soups, gravy or my chicken pot pie filling with a butter and flour mashed together. I got this from some recipe long ago and it works. Take about 4-5 Tbsp. of butter, near room temp in a bowl and sprinkle a few Tbsp. of flour over it. Mix with your hand by pinching it so you get a coarse crumb consistency. Then drop some of it into whatever you need to thicken, like your filling, and stir. It work remarkably well, plus its easy and you don't need to make a roux. Hope it works.

Dec 07, 2007
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Looking for exciting Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Thanks, That's a good idea. Plus the lemons on my tree are just turning the perfect yellow. I'll give it a try.

Nov 20, 2007
foodandscience in Home Cooking

Corn pudding recipe?

I have made a corn pudding or corn souffle before but I have lost the recipe. My friend has requested corn for Thanksgiving and I think this fits into my southern theme.

I would love to add some smoky ham or proscuitto but my host is vegetarian.
Anyone have a good recipe? Maybe a smoked cheese like gouda would make a good addition. Thanks.

Nov 19, 2007
foodandscience in Home Cooking