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Shiner Bock and Lone Star?

I'm a native Texan here in Portland and I'm feeling a little homesick for the beers of my youth. Anyone know where I can buy Shiner Bock or Lone Star in town? Preferably six packs that I can drink at home, but I'd be grateful for bar recs too.


Mar 24, 2011
justbecca in Metro Portland

ideas to use up grapefruits a bit past their prime?

Grapefruit creme anglais -- oh my god. It's amazing on any baked goods with pecans.

Apr 07, 2010
justbecca in Home Cooking

Idiotic things you do in the kitchen

I burn myself like that's the point of cooking and not the food. See, my problem is that I'm actually really hard to burn -- I flip bacon with my fingers and do all the other chef-y things like that. And then I get too confident, and grab something WAAAAY too hot out of a pan with bare fingers, or forget that the cast iron just came out of the oven, or take out a roasting pan with a way too thin dish towel.

The worst day for this was once when I had a catering job and had to make thirty loaves of cornbread. Five cast iron pans in and out of the oven at 400 degrees for hours, always horribly hot.... yeah, I have some pretty scars all over my arms from that day.

I curse a lot normally, but there is one word that means "Becca burned herself/ cut herself/ dropped something" in the kitchen. I can't tell you what it is here, but boy, does it get a lot of use.

Apr 06, 2010
justbecca in Not About Food

Idiotic things you do in the kitchen

I did the exact same thing with an apple pie when I was twelve. It was actually kinda sad, because I was SO PROUD OF MYSELF that I made an apple pie, all by myself and all from scratch... and then it tasted like cumin.

I'm all grown up now, but my mama still gives me crap about how I looked like I was gonna cry after tasted that pie. And people wonder why I let my roommate do all the baking and stick to cooking. :)

Apr 06, 2010
justbecca in Not About Food

Foodie Wedding Gift

I don't really know what your friends like to cook, but if they are interested in bread, the Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinheart plus a nice digital scale would be a great gift. A scale is an incredibly useful gadget for a kitchen that most people don't have.

Other cookbooks which are great and basic (not in the sense that they are easy, just that they are fundamental) are On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee, The New Professional Chef from the CIA, Ratio by Michael Ruhlman (plus the scale again, because most of that book relies on weight), Julia Child, and of course, the Joy of Cooking. A combination of those books would be a thoughtful gift that would be useful for years and years.

Other gadgets that are both fun and useful are immersion blenders, a cast iron wok and the accessories (if they have a gas stove), a nice dutch oven (although that's probably a bit more than $100), and dehydrators.

Another kinda fun combo gift would be some nice sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori, and the traditional tools for making sushi, like the bambo rolls and a flat paddle for cooling it. Combine that with a pretty cookbook, and you have a fun and unique gift.

My last idea is to get them a share in a local CSA -- fresh veggies weekly for quite some time. That might be a bit more expensive than you are looking for, though, but if you and a few friends chip in, it is a really thoughtful gift.

Apr 06, 2010
justbecca in Not About Food

Savory chocolate pudding with parmesan?

I'm having a dinner party tomorrow and I want to do a combination of parmesan and cocoa as an amuse bouche, as I have some fantastic cheese and cocoa on hand. My initial idea was to do a savory chocolate pudding on a parmesan crisp, as a nice little bite, but I am having two problems.

1) I have done some reading, and apparently the flavor compounds that make chocolate and parmesan go well together change a bit when the parmesan is toasted. How else could I serve an amuse bouche with those two flavors?

2) How do I make a savory chocolate pudding? I'm not sure enough about the chemistry to make a normal pudding and just leave the sugar out. If people don't think that will be a problem, what is your favorite pudding recipe?
(There's a link that discusses chocolate and parmesan, if you are curious.)

Sep 17, 2009
justbecca in Home Cooking