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Snapshot: Waffled French toast and a grilled salmon BLT

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We now resume our semi-regularly scheduled programming with more pictures of our readers' favorite food creations. Pictured here are two delicious-looking offerings from Remil S. Mangali. They are, from left, waffled French toast and a salmon BLT. Says Mangali:

The Waffled French Toast was inspired by @FoodPorn on Twitter. It was posted yesterday morning and I couldn’t wait to make them this morning. I made my usual French Toast recipe and simply cooked them in my waffle maker. I added a ¼ cup of Amaretto instead of the usual vanilla.

The Salmon BLT was inspired by @deelish777 also on Twitter. She showed me a picture and I made my own version. I purchased some ½ baked ciabattini and I grilled it in my Panini press.  The salmon I actually just baked with some mayo and Lipton onion soup mix sprinkled on top. To complete the sandwich I used some low sodium bacon, butter lettuce and roma tomatoes.  And there you have it.

We've gotten some wonderful photos from readers so far, and we'll continue posting them for as long as they keep coming in. So please, hit us with your best shot.

-- Jessica Gelt (e-mail me at jessica.gelt@latimes.com)

Photos: Remil S. Mangali

Snapshot: Mel's fudge

MelsFudge After beholding the majesty of Stevie Treichel's waffle BLT, Mel Lowery was moved to send in a photo of her famous homemade fudge. She makes it every holiday season to take to parties and to give as gifts. Her secret is that it is, as she says, the "easiest fudge in history." It's made with chocolate chips, a pinch of salt, vanilla extract and low-fat evaporated milk. Writes Lowery: "Full-fat won't set, non-fat is just gross."

When she's not making fudge or homemade peach pie, Lowery is one of the webmasters at www.true-blood.net.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Mel's fudge. Photo credit: Alexander Lowery (Mel's 4-year-old nephew who allegedly swiped her camera and a piece of fudge)

Snapshot: Waffle BLT

Waffle-BLT This is a waffle BLT made by a friend of mine named Stevie Treichel. He was so excited about his idea that he e-mailed me a picture. Later in the week, when Stevie spoke with his father on the phone, he told him about it. And when he spoke with his mother, she mentioned that she'd heard about the waffle BLT. The whole family was pretty jazzed.

Stevie's waffle BLT came about the evening after he made homemade waffles for breakfast. He had waffles and the ingredients for a BLT and inspiration struck. This does not mean Stevie is the first person to do this (I think the Waffle in Hollywood makes a ton of sandwiches using waffles for bread), but since he thought it was his idea he has every right to be excited.

If you have a picture of a dish that you made at home or with friends that you feel truly proud of, please send it to me at jessica.gelt@latimes.com. We'll picture it on this blog in the "Snapshots" category.

(Also, Stevie's photo is a little blurry. Probably because he was so worked up. You should shoot for photographic perfection.)

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Waffle BLT / Stevie Treichel

Snapshot: Unexpected humor at Hooters

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The wet wipes at Hooters are priceless.

How I ended up at Hooters in the first place is another story entirely.

-- Alexandra LeTellier

Photo credit: Alexandra LeTellier / Los Angeles Times

Basmati rice versus the L.A. Times

The real reason newspaper sales are sluggish? Spotted at Veer's Dollar Store, 1107 W. Mission Road, Alhambra. (626) 458-8641. If you stop by, try the masala-flavored banana chips.

Basmati rice vs. the LA Times

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Rob Takata / For The Times

Snapshot: Fred 62 has bunny ears

Fred62 Just as the sun was beginning to set on a recent clear evening on Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz, I looked up into the sky and saw ... bunny ears. They're the bunny ears on top of diner hangout Fred 62 at the corner of Vermont and Russell avenues.

General manager Jimmy Gallagher made the bunny ears and had them hoisted onto the roof a couple of weeks ago. "Me and a guy named Zeus made them. We made them from wood, put paint on them, some pink -- what do you call that stuff? -- glitter. And then we carried them up a ladder. Actually, A.J. and Cameron put them up there with me on the ground telling them to make them a little wider."

This past winter was the first year that reindeer went up on the roof, "so we wanted to do something for Easter," Gallagher says. "I don't know what the next holiday is, but we'll figure out something."

The bunny ears probably will come down Monday, he says.

1850 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 667-0062.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Betty Hallock / Los Angeles Times

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Snapshot: Mazel tov! It's a watermelon

Mazel Tov Watermelon

Who makes the effort to carve "mazel tov" into a watermelon but misspells it as "mazal tov"? Who leaves that watermelon on the street? Who will solve the mystery of the Jewish watermelon?

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Elina Shatkin / Los Angeles Times

Snapshot: Allston Yacht Club

Allstonyachtclub Last time we checked in with Allston Yacht Club, it was in the middle of changing its name from 15 to AYC. Now, it's officially rebranded itself and crafted a unique identity with small plates of eclectic international cuisine and a very cool back-lighted ocean wall. (Pictured here with a boisterous patron pretending to swim in it. AYC also has an intimate mini-neighborhood bar scene and some of the nicest bartenders in the area.) On Sundays, it offers a three-dish special for $16, so that's a good time to test the waters, so to speak.

Allston Yacht Club, 1320 Echo Park Ave., L.A. (213) 481-0454.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Jessica Gelt

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