Bake the Book: The Model Bakery Cookbook

Cupcakes, tarts, cakes, and bar cookies.

I can't believe I'm asking this

I wouldn't worry about the sour cream either but do NOT eat the cottage cheese. I got horrible food poisoning once from eating cottage cheese that had been kept in a not-so-cold hotel mini-fridge and didn't taste bad when I ate it, but smelled pretty awful a few hours afterwards when I was trying to track down the culprit. It was the last day of my trip too, which made for one very LONG uncomfortable flight home!

Drink the Book: 'Jelly Shot Test Kitchen'

I haven't had any really interesting ones but I REALLY want to try making a lot of different kinds, particularly Bloody Mary jell-o shots!

Names of restaurants in your city that make you cringe

In Los Angeles:

The best and the one we joke about the most is a restaurant near where I used to live in Koreatown, called "Young Dong Restaurant." There is always a pretty horrid smell emanating from it, as well.

I frequently run past a place called "Quality Cafe." If you have to say it... Also, "Yammy Pizza" - not sure if they offer yams as a topping, or what. "Chicken Day" always makes me laugh, too: "What day is it? Chicken day!"

Weekend Giveaway: 'The Food Matters Cookbook'

We have been trying to get as much of our produce as possible from the farmer's market, and have been doing pretty well lately! Also, I've significantly reduced the amount of meat I consume - used to be at least 2 meals/day, but now I only have it about 3-5 times/week.

Cook the Book: 'At Home with Madhur Jaffrey'

I was going to say Punjabi Rajma... but I made chicken Makhani last night and I think that is definitely a new favorite!

Cook the Book: 'The Just Bento Cookbook'

Vegetable gyoza, eggs, and salad

sushi in L.A.? good but not crazy pricey

There is a tiny little sushi place we love in the Miracle Mile area - it is not fancy, but their fish is just amazingly good. We go here all the time and are never disappointed. I definitely recommend the albacore if you go!

Sake House Miro
809 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Cook the Book: 'Not Your Mother's Casseroles'

What to Do With Chipotles in Adobo

I recently put some in a batch of hummus and it was really good! I'm glad to see this thread though, because I've got the rest of the can still sitting in my fridge...

Christmas Eve Veggie Side Dish

Cranberry sauce! That is a great idea and would go awesome with the Swedish theme... and yeah, super easy to make. Thanks for all the suggestions, guys, you are awesome!

Christmas Eve Veggie Side Dish

That spinach gratin looks amazing! Don't know if I will make it tomorrow but am definitely keeping that one in the files... thanks!

I do love glazed carrots. Maybe I will do that as well as the cauliflower... : )

Christmas Eve Veggie Side Dish

Brussels sprouts sound delicious... unfortunately I just found out one of our guests does not like them so those are out : ( There's only five of us so no point serving something he won't eat!

Roasted cauliflower is a great idea! I'm thinking I will go with that and possibly bake some sort of dinner rolls as well. Other guests have volunteered to bring the salad so that's off my plate.

Thanks so much for the ideas!

Christmas Eve Veggie Side Dish

Hello! I love this site but this is my first time posting... I have seen how awesome you all are at recipe ideas/suggestions and am looking for a little help for Christmas eve!

I've been asked to provide a vegetable side dish for a small get-together. The host will be serving some Swedish meat dishes (Swedish meatballs, sausages, etc.) and another (or rather the only other) guest will be bringing mashed potatoes. There will only be 5 of us so it need not be a very large dish.

Any ideas on a good vegetable side to go with Swedish meatballs, et al? I may also bring a green salad (depending on how interested the other guests are in that) and our host said I am welcome to bring anything else that I feel like putting together - so any suggestions for other sides are welcome, but I'm primarily looking for a cooked vegetable idea. I will need to cook it at home and bring with but don't mind minimal re-heating at the location.

Thanks so much!!

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