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greek cuisine

The Greek Cafe and Deli in Clear Lake.

IMO, YMMV.

Jan 17, 2012
mprasek in Houston

Best Houston Burgers

Tookie's is coming back. They started Demolition and Rebuild on May 4, to be finished mid-July.

Check out their Facebook page if you wish: www.facebook.com/pages/Tookies/342043...

I have no interest or connection with this restaurant, except I am interested in eating there again.

Mike

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Tookie's Restaurant
1202 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX 77586

May 17, 2011
mprasek in Houston

Breaking long pasta -- ok or no-no?

I don't know where I picked the idea up (some cooking show or book), but I use my Large (14") straight sided saute pan to cook my spaghetti when doing enough for one or two people.
No waiting, no pushing down, not a lot of time for the water to heat.

May 04, 2011
mprasek in Home Cooking

Best Restaurants in Clear Lake Area (HOU)

Tookie's is coming back. Just started Demolition and Rebuild today (to be finished mid-July).

Check out their Facebook page if you wish: www.facebook.com/pages/Tookies/342043...

I have no interest or connection with this restaurant, except I am interested in eating there again.

Mike

May 04, 2011
mprasek in Houston

Plastic Scraper scratched my Stainless Steel Fry Pan...

Yes it is really scratched. I am not at all dismayed by this. I just didn't expect the scraper to do it (The scraper is a very stiff plastic one I usually use on glass dishes and baking sheets, and may be the same as the BB&B one mentioned above). I expected the steel spatula to make scratches. I used Bar Keeper's Friend and the scraper marks still remain.

I tried the scraper on the outside, as suggested by Chemicalkinetics upstream, and it does truly leave scratches. The grates on my Gas stove leave scratches, too, and those are expected.

Cooks like a dream (used it again tonight), and the scratches do not affect it at all

.I guess the real thing is that I didn't expect the plastic scraper to affect it.

Thanks, all, this has been informative and fun.

Aug 26, 2010
mprasek in Cookware

Plastic Scraper scratched my Stainless Steel Fry Pan...

Really good point . I never would have thought outside of that box.

Maybe I am misunderstanding... Isn't a stainless pan supposed to be fairly durable and scratch resistant? Or am I buying hype? I mean, these scrapers are what we use on our non-stick pans.

Really desperate for knowledge.

Aug 26, 2010
mprasek in Cookware

Plastic Scraper scratched my Stainless Steel Fry Pan...

This sounds plausible, although inspection of the scraper shows a clean unchipped edge, with plastic flash in some places.

I think I will scrape the pan (once!) with the scraper LIGHTLY, just to see if the scraper itself can cause this, and then depending on the results, chalk this up to "Oh, well".

Used the pan this morning, and although the scratches remain (lightly, due to BKF and water), no ill effects on performance.

(Med Rare Angus burger with bleu cheese and tomato for breakfast, Priceless!)

Thanks, all!

Mike

Aug 26, 2010
mprasek in Cookware

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

Pasta Carbonara... about as fast as anything not out of the microwave, and really good, too.

My go to comfort food (replaced pasta Alfredo, about a 10 minute proposition).

Aug 25, 2010
mprasek in General Topics

Sheet pan concern

I wash my aluminum pans with baking soda and water paste with a washcloth when I need to de-gunk them. it takes a little elbow grease but leaves the pan without the "chalky gray surface".

Aug 25, 2010
mprasek in Cookware

Plastic Scraper scratched my Stainless Steel Fry Pan...

has this happened to you?

Last night I cooked a Angus burger patty (lightly formed, medium rare) in my stainless steel tri-ply pan, and after it had cooled some, I put some hot water in it to deglaze for cleaning, and went to eat my burger. After eating, I took my wooden spatula, and lifteded the fond from the bottom of the cooled pan. Took it to the sink to rinse under hot water, and grabbed the white plastic pot scraper (you know the kind, about the size of a credit card, with a thick rubber end for holding onto), and used it to remove the "gunk" before using the washrag on it (I hate the meat by-products all in the washrag). As I was drying it, I noticed a "W" shaped set of scratches in the bottom of the pan, and wondered how they got there, thinking I had done something weird with my spatula. Then I realized it was the scraper.

I double checked that the pan was 18/8 stainless, and am wondering how this happened.

I have a good handle on how to fix this, just haven't had the time to do it. I really want to know if this scratching with plastic is common.

Feedback? Ideas?

Thanks,
Mike

Aug 25, 2010
mprasek in Cookware