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Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

It was in Huntsville....so what would you expect? :) Little place on the Interstate called the Bandera Grill. Waitress was clueless.

1 day ago
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

We had excellent servers at every restaurant, not just Gaido's but Guadalajara Grill in the Woodlands Wednesday night & Bone Fish Grill Thursday night. Then reality set in Friday night when we met my bf for dinner on the way back home.....

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

Last Friday my mother bought me Guido's (Galveston, TX) cookbook. I can't wait to try some of the recipes!

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Love my new immersion blender

I don't know how I ever survived before I got mine!

Jul 10, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Easy way to make frozen yellow squash a side dish?

I like to sauté it in oil with garlic & fresh herbs. Tonight I'm slicing and grilling it.

Jul 09, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Used the cracker/cheese/jelly combo for a quick appetizer Sunday night and my two guests devoured an entire bag of crackers & wedge of cheese! All that's left is some of the jelly (16 oz. jar! )

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Was going to try to have dinner there Thursday night, but it looked packed.

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

That sounds delicious. The "soup of the day" on Friday was tortilla soup, which was excellent. My mom bought me the cookbook, so I hope the recipes are accurate.

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Anyone else been to the Nespresso Boutique?

Well, the man who was rude needs to shape up.

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Jaymes & James, the stars must have been in perfect alignment on Friday July 4th. We pulled up to the front door and we were the first car in the parking lot. Within a few minutes the lot was packed. The girl washing the front door took pity on us and let us sit inside until they opened for lunch (about 15 minutes) so we were the first seated. Service was wonderful and lunch was very good. We each had the soup trio & I had the crab/avocado something & my mom had the fried asparagus/crab. She really enjoyed it, and that is what is important!

Jul 08, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

Had shied away from the rosemary raisin crackers but finally tasted them a few weeks ago & both my mom (who's visiting) & myself are hooked. Tried them with the triple cream wild mushroom brie and a hot pepper jelly and it is a great combination.

Also yay for the peach nectar.

Jul 01, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains
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Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Thanks for the suggestions. I realize Galveston is quite a drive, but I'm hoping that since the parade & rest of the festivities there will be Friday evening, if we go there earlier in the day it won't be as bad. I hope to be on the road and back up to North Texas by early evening on the 4th.

I'll call CWM because their policies vary with their concerts.....you know how rowdy symphony patrons can be :)

Jul 01, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

Our family visited Gaido's in the mid-70's, so it is good to hear about them. I ate there about a year ago and the food & service were good. Thanks for the link, James.

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Tonight, (Monday), will be leftovers from yesterday's feast. I cooked for six people, and I can't remember how many year's it's been since I've cooked for more than two. I think I overdid it!!!

Grilled carne asada, pollo asada, corn, peppers & onions
Roasted sweet potatoes
Crunchy salad w/poppy seed dressing
Chips, salsa & guacamole

store bought cheesecake for dessert

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #309 - the Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Edition [through June 30, 2014]

Kitty & bunny: RIP. So sorry for both :(

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Anyone else been to the Nespresso Boutique?

It opened last December at Northpark Center. Until now you had to order the pods either by email or phone, so I was really looking forward to being able to buy them right in the store and also tasting first before buying a sleeve of ten.

I visited there this weekend and couldn't believe how snobby everyone was! I first spent $50 at the café for 3 coffees & desserts toward the front of the store, which although good was a bit pricey. I then went toward the back of the store where the machines, accessories & espressos/coffees were displayed. You had to "wait for the next specialist" and then he looked me up in "the system". I had two elderly ladies (my mom & a friend) in tow, and another specialist was very rude to them because 'they were in the way of his terminal'. I only tasted one espresso because I felt so uncomfortable. I bought a dozen sleeves of espresso, including some of the one I tasted, and "got outa Dodge".

So, has anyone else been there? If so, what was your experience. Is this just Northpark Center in general? I mean, I felt I was dressed nicely and didn't look like some hayseed just off the back 40...

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Suggestions for Thursday, July 3rd w/79 yr. old mother

I live in North TX and my mother has been visiting me from Illinois. We are meeting an old friend of hers in Cypress sometime Thursday afternoon.

We are driving down Wednesday evening & staying in the Woodlands on Wednesday & Thursday night, heading back north Friday afternoon. Want to visit Galveston Friday morning, she hasn't been there since mid-70's, possibly attend the HSO concert in The Woodlands Thursday night (gourmet picnic dinner??? ).

I know this is a broad request, but I'd love some fun suggestions for meals/snacks/desserts around The Woodlands/Cypress/Galveston. My mom had hip replacement earlier this year so she moving rather slow.

Is there a place that prepares picnic meals that we can take to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion? Their website is vague about what we can bring to the concert.

Is there a place that has good gelato somewhere in our travels? Anyplace that would be convenient for good gulfcoast seafood?

Sorry for so many questions, but I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks!

Jun 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Houston

Raised Bed Gardening in Galvanized Horse Troughs

Though I already posted this. What if you used sprayon truck bed liner inside the trough. That way you'd have the shineyness of galvanized but the waterproof of the bed liner. drill your drainage holes before applying the bed liner to ensure no rust.

Jun 26, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

Herb gadening in the SW and Southern California. Success? Failure?

I'm sorry others haven't had much success with dill, but this year my dill is going crazy! I planted a small plant as well as some from seed, and I have more dill than I know what to do with!

Jun 24, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

What is this vegetable?

Nope, didn't plant okra. I'm really stumped!

Jun 20, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

What is this vegetable?

I definitely know I didn't plant any radishes of any sort.

Jun 16, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

What is this vegetable?

This is pretty embarrassing, but I can't figure out what this is! There seems to be plenty of them, however. I threw out all my seed packets and I can't remember all what I planted this year.

Thanks!

Jun 12, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

Empty kitchen

I used to live in San Diego, and here are some of the things I did to survive on a tight budget:

Frequent the 99 Cents Only stores! You can get all of your basic spices along with kitchen gadgets there. No, it's not the greatest quality, but when your are stocking a new kitchen from scratch, spices alone could cost a small fortune! I've gotten plastic cutting boards, veggie peelers, measuring cups & measuring spoons, plastic ladles, spoons, spatulas (all great to use with non stick pans), cupcake tins, etc.

Sprouts has "double ad Wednesdays" where you can take advantage of both week's sale fliers. There prices on produce are excellent. Even though it's just the two of you, don't be afraid to buy a "family pack" of whatever meat or poultry they have on sale. You can portion it out and freeze. That's what I always do with their chicken, even though I live alone.

There is a Crate & Barrel Outlet at the Carlsbad Outlet Stores. I got all of my dishes there dirt cheap a few years ago. There is also a World Market Outlet in San Diego pretty close to downtown, if I recall. I used to find good bargains there.

If you know someone who has a Sam's Club card, they have a decent restaurant supply area for things like sheet pans, pots, even non stick pans.

Don't skimp on cheap knives, you will get frustrated and could also get hurt.

What area will you be living in?

Jun 12, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking
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Basil Issues

Same here. I've never had luck with those pots so now I remove them completely.

Jun 04, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

Add me to the "clean out the freezer" bunch here. Diced chicken thighs dug out from the freezer stir fried with zucchini, jalapeno, snap peas & green onion. All the veggies were from either mine or a neighbor's garden....can't get any fresher! Grated fresh ginger, soy, mirin & hot sesame oil were the "sauce". Had a crisp cucumber salad with more of the same Asian inspired ingredients.

Jun 04, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #304 -- The Celebration Edition! [through June 8, 2014]

Last week I had a bunch of grape tomatoes that were almost "over the hill". I halved them & tossed them in a shallow roasting pan with garlic, fresh basil, olive oil and s&p. Put them in the over for 40 minutes at 400. Once they were cooled I pureed them in the blender. This freezes really well. I saw this on a cooking show earlier in the week, and I'm happy I tried it.

Jun 04, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking

Best thing you've found at a 99¢ Only Store?

Progresso soup!

Jun 03, 2014
Barbara76137 in Chains

The grasshoppers are here! HELP!

Last year the grasshoppers here in North Texas were horrible. They ate everything and anything I had in my garden, right down to the ground. They even ate my rose bushes down so they looked like I had pruned them.

Well, over the weekend I've noticed baby grasshoppers. Any suggestions for protecting my garden without tons of pesticides? Are there any more "natural" ways to control them? My neighbor has chickens and I know chickens & ducks are bug-eating machines, but my neighbor keeps his chickens in for 23 hours a day, which doesn't make sense, instead he leaves his two large dogs out 24/7 to poop in my yard & roam the neighborhood.

Any suggestions? (About the grasshoppers, not the neighbor :) )

Jun 02, 2014
Barbara76137 in Gardening

After slaughter, what happens to the unused cow parts?

Among cattlemen a cow is a female who has had a calf vs. a heifer which has never been bred or had a calf.

May 30, 2014
Barbara76137 in Not About Food
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Recent cooking fails?

"Whatsthishere sauce"... I love it!

May 29, 2014
Barbara76137 in Home Cooking