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Help me find a great olive oil, please

Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to track down the shop here next time I'm off.

May 30, 2013
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Help me find a great olive oil, please

I don't know if there are any olive oil specialty shops here in Houston. I've been too busy exploring the asian markets on my days off. I'll have to check.

May 26, 2013
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Help me find a great olive oil, please

In '02, hubby and I had a great time at this tapas bar called Bambule in Friendship Heights. Sadly, I don't live in D.C. anymore, and it's closed now anyway. The most memorable thing about the meal, in my opinion, was the olive oil that we dipped our bread in. It tasted fruity, light, and had a great peppery bite. It didn't taste old, stale, and heavy.

I want to find an olive oil like that, but I'm tired of wasting my money at the grocery stores for something that looks promising but tastes and smells like rancid motor oil. Every time I turn around, there's a new one out. I don't know which to choose, plus the reports on adulterated oil don't make it any easier.

Any suggestions? I love fresh bread dipped in olive oil. Please help.

May 26, 2013
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Foods you grew up eating but don't fix for yourself or your family

My mom would serve pan fried scrapple, boiled pork neck bones, vienna sausages, potted meat with crackers, and blackeyed peas. I used to like that stuff before I learned how to read. Ignorance is bliss.

Oct 07, 2012
fantasyjoker in General Topics

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

I use my big black granny cart. I've had it for 4 years, and I replaced the broken wheels with new ones from Lowe's.

Mar 11, 2012
fantasyjoker in General Topics

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

Ha, I wish I was financially comfortable. I was just taught to compare prices and quality and to get the most bang for my hard-earned bucks, something I'm trying to teach my teen.

Mar 11, 2012
fantasyjoker in General Topics

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

Where I live at in Houston, I can walk to my HEB in 15-30 minutes. There's also a Walmart Supercenter across the street from it. Even further down the street, I have two Randall's, a Whole Foods, and a Kroger. Up from me is a Super Target., and around the corner and up the street is another Kroger. All of this is within a 5-10 minute drive. I love where I live. Not to mention all of the specialty food stores, like Adams (halal), Phoenicia (mediterranean), and tons of others offering various international and ethnic foods. Almost as good as living in NYC.

Mar 11, 2012
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Chitterlings in Houston?

Anyone know where I can find decent, cleaned chitterlings in Houston? This is a once a year thing that I can't get out of, and I don't want to waste time, effort, and product trying to clean them myself.

Nov 14, 2011
fantasyjoker in Houston

Tried Five Guys--What's the big deal?? [moved from Las Vegas]

I'm probably committing heresy, but to me, Whataburger sucks. I mean, I'm here in Texas, where everything is supposed to be bigger, but I get handed a burger that's more bun and lettuce than meat. If I had wanted a thin burger like that, I would have gone to McDonald's. Not to mention that it was absolutely flavorless. So, I'm gonna try one last thing there: a chicken sandwich. If that's no good, then so long Whataburger.

Jun 06, 2011
fantasyjoker in Chains

have you noticed ben & jerry's quality going downhill? espcially the classic flavors?

i haven't had any in years, so i don't know. i do wish they'd bring back totally nuts, though.

Jun 06, 2011
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Lodge is a really nice company :-)

The crack is inside the heat ring. If you look at the vertical pic, about halfway down in the heat ring, you'll see a faint line that extends almost the entire width of the pan.

I wish I could take a better pic, but I only have a webcam on my laptop. Sorry.

May 02, 2011
fantasyjoker in Cookware

What exactly are collard greens and how do I cook them?

I know. It's really fast this way, and for non-veg, it can be easily made into a main dish by adding some form of meat. I like to add either cooked bratwurst or cooked Italian sausage. They go well with collards assertive flavor. Also, if I don't add Asian seasonings to the greens, I can easily use leftovers to make stuffed shells or a filling for lasagna or other dishes.

May 02, 2011
fantasyjoker in Home Cooking

Lodge is a really nice company :-)

if you enlarge it you can see the crack. just from looking at it, you can also tell how badly it overheated.

May 02, 2011
fantasyjoker in Cookware

Is Jamie Oliver Right or Wrong About Sugary Milk in Schools?

My kid won't drink white milk at all anymore. He's never had flavored milk, but that's the road I'm going to take if it gets him to drink the stuff.

Jamie Oliver is starting to annoy me. Instead of picking on chocolate milk, try going after the other food that's full of fat and salt.

May 01, 2011
fantasyjoker in Features

Lodge is a really nice company :-)

I know, but I hate throwing it away.

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in Cookware

What exactly are collard greens and how do I cook them?

I like to stir-fry freshly cleaned collards or any other green until tender. No long cooking here. Add some crushed red pepper, chopped garlic, and sliced onions. For an Asian flair, I'll add toasted black sesame seeds, some ginger, soy, and sriracha. Easy, simple side dish.

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in Home Cooking

Omaha Steaks online ordering

I order from them about once or twice a year using my coke points. I usually buy burgers, hot dogs, or sausages. If it wasn't for the fact that I pay very little in terms of actual money, I wouldn't waste my time.

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Which recipes (and ingredients) are, in your opinion, over hyped?

I remember as a kid we used to go visit relatives in Georgia for the summer. They had their own chicken coop. The eggs were brown, and still to this day, those were the best tasting eggs that I have ever had. Nothing in the stores come close, not even those labeled free-range or organic.

Truth be told, I was deathly afraid that the chickens would peck me if I went in with my cousin to gather the eggs.

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in General Topics

quirky personal home food combinations....

Homemade mac and cheese with gravy. Toasted bagel sandwich with roast beef, cream cheese, and jalapeno jelly.

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Lodge is a really nice company :-)

About two months ago, I was heating up my double burner cast iron griddle on my electric stove. I guess that the bigger burner got too hot too fast because my griddle cracked with an eardrum shattering bang on that side. I was unaware that such a thing could happen because that was the first time that I had attempted to heat my griddle on an electric stove.

I contacted Lodge and explained to them that I had my pan for almost a year and that I was really upset that such a thing could happen because I thought cast iron was supposed to be virtually indestructible except for rust. Well, the nice lady at customer service sent me an email stating that heating cast iron too fast could cause that. She also asked for pics of the damage.

I sent the pics to her, and when a month went by without a response, I sent an email asking for an update. She then told me to send her my address because they were going to send me a brand new griddle. About a week later, UPS delivered it. I was so happy.

It's so nice to see that an American company is still standing behind it's workmanship and is still giving great customer service because I was expecting to pay for a new pan, not get a free one.

Now if only I wasn't so afraid to use my griddle on my electric stove again. BTW, can you use a cracked griddle to cook on?

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in Cookware

Breaking long pasta -- ok or no-no?

Sometimes, I break. Most times I don't. I remember reading that it was considered bad luck to break pasta in Asian cultures, so maybe that has something to do with it.

I know that when I'm cooking a small amount of pasta, and I'm not using a lot of water, I sort of push it in. I add the pasta to boiling water and then slowly push it down as it becomes more flexible until it's fully submerged.

Apr 27, 2011
fantasyjoker in Home Cooking

Fruit Pies Unlike Anything Grandma Made

Next time. Sorry.

Apr 06, 2011
fantasyjoker in Features

Fruit Pies Unlike Anything Grandma Made

Twenty-five cents worth of pleasure? Hah! You're being way too generous. It's more like two cents worth of ho-hum, and 97 cents worth of omg this is gross. I tries the cherry berry and the apple. It was more liquid than cherries or berries in that one, and the apple wasn't even fit for jam. They were both sickening sweet, and they had a weird, off flavor. Next I buy a pie from Banquet, I'll stick with the pot pies. At least I know what to expect.

Apr 06, 2011
fantasyjoker in Features

Cooking Pizza in Electric Oven

I love to make my own pizza at home. Before, when I had a gas oven, I would crank it up to 500 and slide my pizza that was on parchment onto the oven floor. In about 5-8 minutes, I had a cooked pizza.

Now, I have a grumpy electric oven. Grumpy, because it takes longer for my food to cook, so I have to figure out how to recalibrate the temperature. I need some ideas on baking pizza in this electric oven of mine.

I'm thinking of cranking it up and placing the rack as close to the bottom as I can get it. Do you think this will work, or will I have to contend with the heating element unevenly cooking my pie? I was considering getting some unglazed quarry tiles, terracotta, etc. and using those as a pizza stone, but I don't want to worry about having to constantly take them out or leaving them in and wasting valuable oven rack realty.

Any ideas?

Mar 31, 2011
fantasyjoker in Home Cooking

Open faced turkey sandwich?

I'm so effin' dumb. I was at the League City one 2 weekends ago. I saw it on the menu, and then I forgot about it. I got the Texas Special instead. Thanks for reminding me. Now I don't have to search all over Houston for it.

Mar 23, 2011
fantasyjoker in Houston

What Food Trend are You So Sick Of?

i'm also sick of the quinoa food trend. what's sad is that it's not cheap, not even for the growers. the people who grow it cannot even afford to eat it anymore themselves. i like quinoa and all, but it's like everything else that was a cultural food. some scientist discovers that it has x-y-z properties, everyone jumps on the bandwagon, and regular folk who've been eating it for centuries can no longer afford it.

Mar 21, 2011
fantasyjoker in General Topics

Open faced turkey sandwich?

if i'm over that way, i'll check em out. thanks.

Mar 21, 2011
fantasyjoker in Houston

Open faced turkey sandwich?

i found an online menu. unfortunately, they don't have one either. thanks.

Mar 21, 2011
fantasyjoker in Houston

Open faced turkey sandwich?

thanks, but it's out of my price range.

Mar 21, 2011
fantasyjoker in Houston

Open faced turkey sandwich?

Anyone know where I can find an open-faced turkey sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy here in Houston?

Mar 19, 2011
fantasyjoker in Houston