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  1. FrogPrincesse

    2019 James Beard Awards

    Very happy to see Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins of El Jardin in San diego in the list of semi-finalists!
  2. FrogPrincesse

    Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    My local TJ’s is already out of the ruby cacao wafers! Apparently they only received one box and it was gone immediately. 😞
  3. Your best option may be two bottles of Rittenhouse rye at $30/bottle (or Sazerac, which is about the same price I believe)! I am not aware of other ryes in that price range that would be good for sipping.
  4. Agree. It's great for mixing, not so good for sipping.
  5. FrogPrincesse

    The Soup Topic (2013–)

    Thank you! I tried it hot and chilled, and it is nice either way. I’ve read that carrots and cumin are close relatives (so are coriander, cilantro, etc - they all belong to the apiaceae family), which could explain why they go well together.
  6. FrogPrincesse

    The Soup Topic (2013–)

    Deborah Madison’s Chilled Spicy Carrot Soup (with fresh ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric). Very tasty and good for my slightly upset stomach.
  7. FrogPrincesse

    Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    Saint Illtyd cheddar. Super garlicky - like Boursin in cheddar form with a fine, crumbly texture.
  8. Heath ceramics? Love their stuff!
  9. FrogPrincesse

    The California foie gras ban

    Here we go again. https://la.eater.com/2019/1/9/18174211/california-foie-gras-ban-upheld-supreme-court-lawsuit
  10. @blue_dolphin's post inspired me to revisit the squash and fennel soup, and give another try to the candied squash seeds because they looked so delicious in her post. In my previous attempt, maybe the seeds were a bit old and maybe I hadn't toasted them long enough - in any case they were very dry and unpleasant to eat. This time they were fresher and turned out ok. I actually ate a good number of them while finishing up the preparation of the soup! @blue_dolphin - did you use the whole seed or did you remove the shells? It does not look like you have the shells in your picture. I used a butternut squash instead of kabocha, only used 6 cups of liquid, and cooked the soup for 10 min in the instant pot on high rather than using a Dutch pot. It's a delicious soup!
  11. FrogPrincesse

    Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    Oh yes I did. I had it before, so I was very excited to see it at Trader Joe’s!
  12. FrogPrincesse

    Dining in San Diego (Part 2)

    @Beebs So where did you end up going? Please report!
  13. FrogPrincesse

    Sad News about Katie Loeb

    Awful news. https://billypenn.com/2018/12/02/phillys-restaurant-community-toasts-cocktail-maven-katie-loeb-now-in-hospice/
  14. So I decided to make duck confit for Thanksgiving, following Melissa Clark’s recipe. I’ve made the recipe about 1/2 dozen times now and it’s always been very successful, other than the occasional “burn” message where I would unplug, wait 5-10 minutes for everything to cool down, and restart. Tonight I’ve tried that 6 times and the duck really started burning. At that point I decided to start from the beginning with a clean pot and new duck legs, but I got the message again. I am not sure what to try next. Any ideas? I might have to ditch the IP technique and switch to a traditional confit or maybe a sous vide confit, unless there is something else I can do to troubleshoot the instant pot. This is both puzzling and immensely frustrating.
  15. FrogPrincesse

    Trader Joe's Products (2017–)

    And before that, they had Hawaiian music. I think it’s a lot more relaxing that those awful beeping sounds! I love TJ’s.