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BBQ in Houston

I second the nomination for Buds BBQ in Baytown. Their ribs are so yummy...

Feb 01, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Where are the best priced-right oysters in the Houston area?

wow, you and I sure do think alike texasredtop!

Feb 01, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Where are the best priced-right oysters in the Houston area?

I too love love love fresh oysters. Gilhooleys is my all time favorite and as Lambowner said it is like a trip to the zoo! I must like the animals cause I keep going back but I usually get their grilled oysters called "shrimp o hooleys" One of the best deals I have found is at Crazy Allens Swampshack and seafood market in Kemah, right by the bridge. You can get a card on their website which gives you 10% off all your food and drinks, During the week they run specials and one night last week we ate .35 cent oyster and drank .25 cent beer until we popped! BTW I am a fan of the smaller gulf oysters cause they go down so easy LOL

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Gilhooley's Restaurant
222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

Feb 01, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

OK I got the cookbook broken down into sections. I am not sure I should do this, but here goes, please only use this for your personal benefit because this was a labor of love to be shared, not for profit. E-mail me at babineaux9993@yahoo.com and I will send the book. It is an editors copy so there is a shadow in the background which shows when printed, however, you can see the recipes no problem. Happy cooking to all

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Doobie Wah, I would love to share it. I used a website called heritage cookbooks to make it so I actually have the pre-print version in pdf format. I have always believed the joy of food should be shared with others. It is a huge file (274 pages I think) so I am not sure I can send it all at one time. I will experiment with emailing, I may have to send it in parts.

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Cheerwine

Ok I have never heard of this, however, I consider myself an open minded foodie, but cough syrup lol? If you actually find it please let me know, this I gotta try

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

BTW I LOVE Alton

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Ah Doobie Wah I must agree, always a "smarter fool" out there somewhere lol My intent on my cajun recipes was to give the kids an idea of the "real" way then teach them how to cheat! The oven method is an awesome way to shortcut that works really well based on past experience. Thanks

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Looking for huge international market in Houston

I don't know of any one store that meets all those requirements but I stumbled onto the Hong Kong Market on Scarsdale close to Beltway 8 and 45 recently. I was blown away by the selection of items I had never even seen before. I bought purple yams for like .39 cents a pound along with other items that were new to my cooking repetoire. When roasted those purple yams tasted like candy to me! Strange smells in the store but I will for sure be going back.

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Hong Kong's Cafe
1632 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Looking for a Shrimp Truck or best fresh bulk shrimp/crawfish on the North side.

The woodlands huh......hmmmm. ....how about you take a road trip and head to Kemah for the day? Bring an ice chest and go to one of the seafood markets under the bridge. The seafood comes fresh off the boats and the oysters are so tight and sweet right now they are to die for. Shrimp freezes well so you could buy in bulk and save some for later. Shrimp prices are always the cheapest in August or September. We usually buy a 100 pounds or so and put them up for a rainy day. I think it just tastes better when you see it being unloaded from the boats lol

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Girls Night Out!

I second that Lambowner! My 23 year old daughter and her friends love it.

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

looking for Taco Bueno bean recipe clone

OMG! another Taco Bueno lover. I don't know how they do theirs but I have found that if I heat a tablespoon or so of bacon drippings in a skillet and then add some canned beans to it it helps. I also put just a tad of butter in to smooth them out. I live in ClearLake and hate to say this but I will periodically make excuses to go to the Woodlands so I can eat TB lol my all time favorite fast food. There was a location in Pasadena many, many years ago and I would sneak off campus everyday to get my TB fix. I have always refused to eat at Taco Bell because I feel it is just a pale imitation of TB! If you ever find their bean recipe please post it. Taco Cabana will work in a moment of desperation, but just not the same.

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Taco Bueno
2121 W Davis St, Conroe, TX 77304

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Xtra: How to Make A Roux
All great cajun cooking starts with a roux. Equal parts of flour and oil
are slowly cooked and constantly stiirred until the mixture is brown.
There are three colors of roux determined by the amount of time you
cook it. It is used as a thickening agent for gumbo, bisque, & gravies.
It isn't hard to make but, I can tell you from lots of experience when
you say stir constantly that means don't stop! I use a whisk to stir, and it
takes time and patience. If brown or black bits appear it has burned and
will have a bitter taste. Throw it out and start over.
Blond roux - the color of sandpaper, used in some gravies, mostly in
delicate soups
Peanut Butter roux - the color of peanut butter, preferable for gravies
Dark Brown or chocolate roux - the color of a Hershey bar, used in
most gumbos and stews
The Real Way
1 cup vegtable oil
1 cup flour
Heat the oil in a heavy pot, when hot gradually add flour and lower the
flame to to medium. Stir slowly and constantly. Don't stop stirring!
After 5 mins the mixture will begin to foam. This foaming may
continue for several minutes. The roux will begin to darken as it cooks.
For blond roux cook 10 mins, peanut butter roux cook for 20 mins, for
chocolate roux cook 25-30 mins. When you add water to the roux make
sure it is hot so the roux will properly dissolve. The times will vary
depending on your pot and heat source. The only true measure is color
The Cheaters Way
"With all that said, there is a wonderful product called Tony
Cachere's Instant Roux and Gravy Mix. You just put 2 cups of cold
water into a bowl, add 1 cup mix and whisk until dissolved. For
Gumbo just pour the mixture into the pot after your vegetables are
sauted, add the rest of the water, bring the pot to a boil, and then the rest
of your ingredients, reduce heat and simmer."
A true coonass (such as myself) can tell the difference, but it does
make a mighty tasty Gumbo when you are short on time and energy.
"The mix is in a tall yellow shaker can with a red lid, and is
readily available in grocery stores. There is an easy Gumbo recipe on the back

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Xtra: Cajun Cooking Terms
There are as may ways to make Gumbo as there are cooks. True cajun
gumbo (the way I was taught) starts with a roux, always has okra, never
has tomatoes, and is topped with File (feelay) before it served at the
table. It is always served over steaming white rice. Poor mans gumbo
is made with chicken and sausage. Seafood gumbo is the most widely
known. Real gumbo is dark and sultry like the Louisiana bayous. It
can simmer on the stove all day and just taste better as it cooks.
Sometimes I do add tomatoes, just depends on my mood that day. I
also usually use frozen okra which works well. Just pick through it and
take out any hard ends. The following recipes have seasonings listed.
You can always leave them out and use one of the spice mixes on the
previous page.
File - Spice used as a thickening agent. It is never added to the Gumbo
pot while cooking. After the Gumbo is ladled into bowls it is sprinkled
on the top to taste. Some people will add it to the pot after it has been
removed from the fire. I usually don't because gumbo taste even better
on the second day and I prefer to always add it fresh. File does have a
shelf life, make sure it is fresh.
In cajun cooking almost all dishes contain the "Holy Trinity"This is
sauted onion, bell pepper, and celery.
Etouffee - "aytoofay" means smothered. Purist say this dish is made
with no roux, no tomatoes. Once you add a roux, you have a fricasse. I
vote with the purist on this one. This dish is a gravy with seafood and I
love the rich flavor.
Jambalaya - This dish does have tomatoes and the rice is actually cooked in the pot

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Thank you! I compiled a cookbook several years ago for my kids, neices, nephews, etc. My grandmother was a superb cajun cook and i learned all I know from her. I was afraid these things would be lost with me because nothing was written down. After numerous calls from family and friends over the years I just said what the heck and wrote a cookbook lol I hope its not too much but I am going to copy a couple of excerts from the book that may help. Gumbo is a very individual thing but the Bayou City Gumbo is the real deal so thats why I posted my recipes.

Just FYI, something funny: my 50 something brother was watching me make gumbo the other day and told me I was ruining the pot! He watched me pick the stems and ends and dump the okra in the pot. He will tell you he does NOT eat okra lol I realized after all these years he didnt know it was in there! It actually acts as a thickener so when the pot sits on the stove all day you cant even see it.

Jan 21, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

these are my "real " gumbo recipes , hope they help

Jan 20, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston

Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

My Nanny's Traditional Seafood Gumbo
This is a dark, rich gumbo with no tomatoes
"I have never measured this so I looked at recipes and tried to come as
close as I could!"
3/4 cup vegtable oil
3/4 cup flour
2 tbsp oil
1 pkg defrosted, sliced, frozen okra
2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped celery
salt
cayenne pepper
4 or 5 bay leaves whole
8 Cups water
small gumbo crabs (optional)
1 1/2 lbs peeled, deveined medium shrimp
1 lb crabmeat picked for shells & cartlidge
2 dozen shucked oysters with their liquor
File powder
Hot white rice in bowls
Heat 2 tbsp oil in large, heavy pot, add okra, stir constantly until light
brown and tender, 10 mins or so. Remove and set aside. Never cook
okra in cat iron pots because it will turn black.
"Combine oil and flour over medium heat, stir constantly until you have
the beginnings of a chocolate roux (25 mins?) or so. Add the onions,
bell pepper, celery, salt, cayenne, and bay leaves. Continue to stir about
10 mins or so until veggies are tender. Add the water (hot) and the
okra. Mix to blend with the roux. Simmer uncovered stirring
occasionally for 1 1/2 hours. Add the gumbo crabs now if you are
using them. Long slow cooking is the secret."
Add the shrimp and crabmeat and cook for 15 mins.
Add the oysters and cook 5 more mins.
Remove from heat, remove the bay leaves
Either add File now (after the pot is off the stove), about 6 tsps, or ladle
into bowls over hot white rice and pass around the table to flavor.

Jan 20, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston
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Seeking Bayou City Seafood Gumbo Recipe

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
This gumbo is awesome. It does have tomatoes.
4 tbsps vegtable oil
1 pkg frozen sliced okra thawed
1 lb sausage sliced into 1" rounds
1 chicken cut into pieces
1/3 cup flour
1 cup each onion, celery, green onion, bell pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cups canned whole tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 quarts water
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
tabasco sauce
Hot white rice in bowls
"Heat 2 tbsp oil in large stock pot. Add sliced okra and cook stirring
constantly 10-15 mins until tender and lightly browned. Remove from
pot and set aside."
"In the same pot heat 1 tbsp of oil and brown the sausage, remove and
set aside. Add the chicken and brown on all sides (about 10 mins),
remove and set aside."
"Measure fat remaining in pot. If needed, add more oil to make 3 tbsp.
Stir in flour and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dark
brown, about 20 mins."
"Add onion, bell pepper, green onion, celery and garlic to the roux.
Cook until tender, about 10 mins. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, okra,
water, bay leaves, worchestire sauce, thyme, salt, and a couple splashes
tabasco. Simmer uncovered 10 mins."
"Add chicken and sausage. Cover and simmer 45 mins or until chicken
is tender."
Remove from heat, remove the bay leaves
Either add File now (after the pot is off the stove), about 6 tsps, or ladle
into bowls over hot white rice and pass around the table to flavor.
You can use this basic recipe and subsitute to make shrimp or seafood
gumbo. This is just a little variation on gumbo #1

Jan 20, 2011
houstontxgirl in Houston
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Gumbo in Houston

Coming from a cajun background I agree Gumbo is a very personal thing. However, my nanny always said Gumbo should be dark and rich just like the bayou! It must be made with a roux, use okra as the primary thickener, and be finished with filet on top of the bowls before its served. I don't live on your side of the world so I am not really familiar with good cajun food in that area. I really like the Gumbo at Alans Swamp Shack in Kemah and the Gumbo at Floyds is not bad at all either.
Just FYI, Rich mans gumbo has seafood and Poor Mans Gumbo has Chicken and sausage LOL

Dec 07, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Crab Place - on the Ship Channel 30 yrs ago

I grew up in Deer Park and some of my earliest memories are of The San Jacinto Inn and Lynchburg Crossing Restaurants. The old San Jacinto Inn was on stilts and while you were waiting there were wooden picnic tables outside, The adults would sit and drink Lonestar longnecks! We kids would run around and watch the ships go bye. Everything was served
family style and they just kept on bringing it until you said stop. The blue crabs and boiled shrimp would flow and the biscuits were so fluffy they melted in your mouth. Oh, those were the days (sigh) It burned down many years ago and has never been rebuilt. Lynchburg Crossing was not on the water side but served ice cold beer and the best fried shrimp ever. Red checked table clothes and kinda dumpy looking. It too burned and the owners later opened the Monument Inn. I personally like Monument Inn on a lazy afternoon watching the ships go by. Lots of fried food but everything is very fresh, Hope this helps....

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Monument Inn Restaurant
4406 Independence Pkwy S, La Porte, TX 77571

Dec 07, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

in the mood for an unusual brunch, The Last Concert Cafe?

The guys are all watchin football today, so we girls are thinking of going to The Last Concert Cafe close to downtown for a late afternoon brunch. . I hear they have good music, and kind of a hippie vibe. The food prices look reasonable and it says you have to knock on the door for services. Might be a good place to get some food and enjoy some time on the patio. Any of my fellow chowhounds know anything about this place?

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Last Concert Cafe
1403 Nance St, Houston, TX 77002

Nov 28, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Downtown Dining

Exactly Bulldozer!

Nov 26, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Oysters

mmmm raw oysters! I just love the months with an r in them. Last December we went with friends and did an "oyster crawl" in New Orleans. Bacliff and San Leon off of Hwy 146 are my personal favorite areas for oysters. The infamous Gilhooleys wins hands down for freshness. They come from the oyster house down the street and are so fresh and yummy. Their Shrimp Hooleys (sp?) are grilled on the half shell and topped with shrimp. Noahs Ark is another fun dive with super good oysters. Judges oysters are pretty good too. Cliftons has been big chain purchased and I avoid it now. Top Water Grill is always good too. Make a day of it and eat ur way down 146 LOL Oh yeah, if in Kemah be sure to try The Swamp Shack for appetizers and drinks. I am just not real crazy about Landrys places on the boardwalk.

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Gilhooley's Restaurant
222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

Nov 26, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Need a new Tex-Mex experience: what's your favorite in Houston?

Hi Lambowner, I love El Jardin in the Old East end on Harrisburg. You feel like you left Houston and went to Mexico. We have been going there for "true" tex-mex all my life. Their frozen margaritas are to die for! The chili gravy is the real deal and I could die happy with their corn tortillas and refried beans. I am told their grilled meats are excellent, but I always go for a traditional combo plate.

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El Jardin Restaurant
7849 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77012

Nov 26, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Food Itinerary thoughts please

I love NOLA (visit frequently) and always head to the airport with my green Central Grocery bag full of muffalettas for home. Like you, I just never seem to have time to fit it in and it is a wonderful treat to look forward to as I leave the big easy.

Nov 09, 2010
houstontxgirl in New Orleans

Mer Cheri Bar & Grille in Pearland

I have never been to this place but it was on my list to try so thanks for the heads up chefgirl! We did try Floyds Cajun Seafood, the Pearland location, last Saturday night and were pleasantly surprised. We started our dinner with a dozen Oysters Floyd and they were soooo good. The crab bisque was creamy and full of lump crabmeat. The only problem was that by the time our dinner plates came we were full! The service was spot on as well. After dinner we sat on the outside patio and listened to a really good band. Our drinks actually had alchohol in them, and overall we had a great time. I am not a huge fan of the Gulf Freeway location, so this was a very pleasant surprise.

Nov 09, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Need Dinner Recommendations - Clear Lake Area

Topwater is back. We went down a couple of weekends ago to check it out, but didn't really eat. We had stopped at Gilhooleys first!

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Gilhooley's Restaurant
222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

Nov 01, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Need Dinner Recommendations - Clear Lake Area

The best Lasagne! Yummy

Nov 01, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Need Dinner Recommendations - Clear Lake Area

Well, we always start with a frozen drink called boat fuel. It is blue, and taste yummy, and that is all i know about that because the bartender keeps the recipe top secret! My husband loves the seared Ahi Tuna appetizer and I usually go for the Shrimp Ceviche appetizer. We will usually get fish or shrimp tacos and share them. I have had the Wino Snapper and it is blackened with a cream sauce and baby shrimp. The oysters on the half shell are very fresh here as well.

Nov 01, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston

Traditional Japanese Dining

Thank you both! Yes, I did mean tattami not teppanyaki......I can't wait to try both restaurants out, tks again

Nov 01, 2010
houstontxgirl in Houston