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Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder

Sounds excellent. I will have to try this recipe.

Jul 07, 2010
san antonio eater in General Topics

Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder

I like that idea. Maybe some lime leaf and chili spiced almonds. thanks

Jul 07, 2010
san antonio eater in General Topics

Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder

I just bought some Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder from an online Thai grocer. It just sounded like something that could be good. Anyone have any ideas for how to use this ingredient?

Jul 01, 2010
san antonio eater in General Topics

Need ideas for protein breakfast

great thread. I got this recipe from Food & Wine magazine. I have made it many times and it is really delicious. I know it calls for yogurt, but it really serves as more of a cooling sauce on these spicy beans. Sour cream would probably work too.
Spiced Chickpeas
Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch of cayenne pepper
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 1/3 cups Greek-style plain fat-free yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped mint

Directions
1.In a medium, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the chile powder, cumin, turmeric and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas and broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and boil over moderately high heat, uncovered, until the liquid is thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
2.Meanwhile, in a small, dry skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 4 minutes.
3.Spoon the yogurt into shallow bowls. Top with the chickpeas, garnish with the mint and pine nuts and serve.

Make Ahead

Apr 16, 2010
san antonio eater in Home Cooking

What is your usual order in an average sushi restaurant?

Always have to have at least 1 spicy item - like spicy scallop roll. Not traditional, but very good!

Oct 29, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

To All Restaurant Owners

Posting a menu is always nice too.

Oct 29, 2009
san antonio eater in Not About Food

San Antonio

where is Jeruselum Grill?

Sep 09, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

Regional favorite that you just didn't get once you finally had a chance to try it

oh my! can't say that sounds very appetizing but next time I am in Cincinnati I am goin to try it - just to say I did!

Aug 12, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

Regional favorite that you just didn't get once you finally had a chance to try it

I've got to concur on the Scrapple thing. Gross. As a native Texan, however, I have never understood the What-a-Burger phenomenon. They were ok when I was growing up in a small town and they were the only fast food around, but we never eat them now. Those What-a-burger onions! Yech - they stay with you for days.

Aug 12, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

What is the coolest thing that a restaurant has ever brought you instead of a basket of bread?

We have a great Persian restaurant in town (Shiraz) that serves warm pita, olives, feta, and mint. A great way to start a meal.
A restaurant in Cozumel I went to once sent out a plate of little new potatoes that had been fried until they were puffy. They served them with a little dish of salt and another of tomatillo sauce for dipping. Those were good.

Aug 12, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

Best Restaurant (not BBQ) in Memphis?

I am headed to Memphis for a meeting later this month. I would love some suggestions for the best non-BBQ in town to take clients. I'll be staying near the river at the Madison. Any suggestions?

Aug 12, 2009
san antonio eater in General South Archive

Home made hummous just not as good as restaurants

Yeah, your grandmother sounds alot like my mother (albeit my mom is Mexcan-American, not Syrian) She always cooks from scratch too. I have found that I am just too lazy to cook dried beans or to remove the skins. I think the canned organic beans I used last time (from Central Market) didn't have any skins on them. I love hummus (and probably would have REALLY loved your grandmother's) and know that I just won't make it at home unless I can make it a little more convenient. My philosophy is that even a simplified recipe that you make at home will turn out far better than 99% of what you get in the grocery store. San Antonio used to have an excellent Lebanese restaurant that made killer hummus but it is no more. I miss it. they made great tabouli too.

Aug 12, 2009
san antonio eater in Home Cooking

Home made hummous just not as good as restaurants

I disagree with those who say you must use dried beans or take the skins off the canned beans. I do agree that the addition of a little garlic, a good deal of of lemon juice and salt make the finished product taste better. I had the same texture problem as you the first few times I made it at home until I saw a cooking program where the chef emphasized the necessity of letting the food processor run for a long time - it whips more air and makes the hummus much smoother. I let mine got for several minutes and it comes out great. Good luck.

Aug 11, 2009
san antonio eater in Home Cooking

Cruise Line food, some better than others?

I would add Regent Seven Seas to that list. We took a cruise on Regent last year from Athens to Monte Carlo and the food was fantastic. Of course, the cruise was really expensive but it was a great treat.
Have cruised on Royal Carribean and Carnival too. Food was awful but Carnival had a "specialty" steak house where you could go and eat for $30. It was pretty good and the quality and service were far better than the main dining room and (horror) buffet.

Aug 11, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

SAT - Best Thai?

Am still searching for the best Thai food in SA. What is your favorite?

Aug 11, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

What are the idiots at Luby's thinking?

that's hilarious! and sad...

Aug 11, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

SummerTime! Fresh Corn on the cob! What do you put on it?

Butter, lime and chile powder. Just like the street vendors in Mexico used to do. I grill the corn for only a few minutes. It's great!

Aug 04, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

San Antonio recommendations

Glad to hear about Il Sogno. I hadn't realized that they had opened. Can't wait to try. How are the prices?

Aug 04, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

San Antonio--can't misses?

Dough Pizzeria is excellent but is very small and gets really crowded in the summer when no one wants to sit outside. Their pizza is certainly worth the trip to 410 and Blanco. I recently ate again at Silo Restaurant on Austin Hwy and it was great (as usual). I haven't tried the new addition (Nosh) but it got a very good write up in the paper recently.

Jul 28, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

Trash can punch...ugh...my head hurts just thinking about it.

Jul 27, 2009
san antonio eater in General Topics

Dinner in NE San Antonio, Converse, Universal City

Thai Spice in the Forum shopping center is very good and not too big. It can get pretty busy at dinner on Saturday nights. Otherwise, I think your choices are kinda limited to chain restaurants. Houston's isn't bad and I think they recently opened a Chuy's Mexican restaurant accross the way - but that is pretty big and loud.

Jul 27, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

Alamo Cafe (San Antonio), home of the worst cfs in Texas

I have to agree with the Alamo Cafe worst CFS in town sentiment. Alamo Cafe was a mediocre place to get homestyle food many years ago but it is no longer worth going there - for anything. Tip Tip and Josephine St both have very good CFS. Some folks really like that place that used to be downtown - Jailhouse or something like that. Shaq used to take his laker buddies there for CFS whenever they were in town.

Jul 27, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

SA - Local Pizza?

I don't think they serve pizza by the slice there at all. I am pretty sure you have to buy a whole pie.

Jul 27, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

Good crisp Chard under $10?

Thanks for the excellent suggestions everyone. I have put all of these on my shopping list. Hopefully the weather will cool off soon enough and I can add more variety to my wine sipping.

Jul 23, 2009
san antonio eater in Wine

Good crisp Chard under $10?

It's just to darn hot in Texas right now to be drinking red wine - really! I need something cool that we can drink every day. My partner doesn't like SB, but neither of us like oaky, buttery Chard either. Need something some suggestions for inexpensive, everyday Chard to sip in the 100 degree heat!

Jul 22, 2009
san antonio eater in Wine

Best Korean in San Antonio?

the Korean BBQ place on Rittiman road is very good but the service leaves alot to be desired. Make sure you are not too hungry when you get there - you will have plenty of time to wait! But the shrimp pancakes are certainly worth it. The bulgogi (sp) is very good too.

Jul 20, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

San Antonio--can't misses?

Bistro Vatel in Olmos Park (not too far from Downtown) is always a good bet. Tre Trattoria on Broadway (just north of Downtown) is a sure thing as well. For Mex, La Fogata is a bit of a drive but the food is great (more interior mexican than tex mex) and the Margaritas are famous. You might also consider Fredericks which is farther north on Broadway. Le Reve is a pretty big splurge and I am not sure how great an experience it will be eating there alone. If you order the tasting menu prepare to be there for at least 3 hours!

Jul 20, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas

SA - Local Pizza?

that would probably be Sorrentos. Excellent pizza.

Jul 20, 2009
san antonio eater in Texas