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El Chile and La Barbeque - Must visit!!

El Chile is on South 1st St. between Barton Springs Rd. and Oltorf.

Jul 17, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Oyster Craze

I love oysters but am in no way a connoisseur. And I don't think I could tell the difference in the regional oysters on a plate at $3 a pop. There has to be a lot of room for chicanery.
On another note. What is the value of flying a politician, environmentalist, rock star, film star on a private jet to lecture the rest of us on carbon footprints.
Oops. Here come the moderators.

Jul 16, 2014
crippstom in General Topics

Chili Definition

I'm with you Rudeboy. There's not many chilis that I would turn down. Though I've read that Texas red contains no beans, tomatoes or (I think onions)with chunks of meat. Sure I'm all for it. I ordered chili or chile in New Mexico and was served a shredded beef cooked in a red chile sauce. And it was divine. I have been craving New Mexican food as of late.

Jul 16, 2014
crippstom in General Topics

Austin Hounds' NOLA recommendations for a 20th anny

Scrumptious Chef has been residing there of late. He generally has his thumb on the pulse of wherever he is. He may be able to offer some more recent info.

Jul 16, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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Potential Move to PHI Area

Aren't you going to miss the central Texas summers?
My only experience with Philly is camping in a tent outside of JFK stadium before the Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead show summer of '87. And a great show.
Based on my experience with living in different locales I would rent for at least a year in order to determine which area felt right for me.

Jul 10, 2014
crippstom in Philadelphia

Memorable Quotes about booze

This may be a good one for drinking with colleagues from work.
"Drink the first sip the second and skip the third."
-Vince Lombardi-

Jul 09, 2014
crippstom in Food Media & News
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Problems with San Marzano tomatoes in sauce

I've not read everyone's response however; I find that straining any canned tomatoes is the key. I have no proof but I suspect that the seeds and/or skin contribute to bitterness and/or acidity. I have numerous recipes for tomato, marinara, spaghetti sauces and one day realized that I was not satisfied with any of them. Upon researching a "goodfellas" type sauce I found that to be the case. I now buy "Pomi strained tomatoes" and mix with tomato paste.
Does anyone else share similar experience?

Jul 08, 2014
crippstom in Home Cooking
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Taco Cabana

My experience with TC is usually location. While the one on S. Lamar is a beautiful spot the management is consistently off which leads to the service and product.
I tried to like it as it was a convenient spot on my way home from work. My favorites are E. Riverside and W. Cannon I35. I think it has to do with a substantial Mexican population in the area. I find Ben White near Manchaca pretty reliable as well.

Jul 08, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Hot Weather

I have 2 words when experiencing the heat. Big Sur.
But I settle for Barton Springs. 1/2 hour in the water fixes my day. And it's only hot out. As opposed to the superhot that is on its way.
Everyday is a step closer to Fall.

Jul 06, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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Memorable Quotes about booze

"Mr. you're inebriated."
"No I'm not. I'm a capricorn."
-unknown-

Jul 06, 2014
crippstom in Food Media & News

What Are the Differences between Southern and Northern New Mexican Cuisine?

I just noticed this post and it caught my attention. I've been fascinated with New Mexican food and red/green chile since I've tasted it. One thing I noticed in Northern NM was that it was some of the hottest spiciest foods I had eaten.
I lived in SW Colorado for 2 years and found the green chile stew to be a combination of pork chunks, green chiles, tomatoes, onions and chicken or pork stock. I always liked it over western omelettes, biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak gravy or about anything else.
There seems to be a lack of understanding about the origins, regions even among residents of the rockies in general.
There are some good little ma and pa places in the north that serve very tasty fare. I've always found a strange vibe in that area as an outsider.
Though I suspect that northern regions tend more toward native American where the south leans more Mexican. I don't recall any tomatillo sauces even around El Paso and Las Cruces. Nothing against tomatillos but I sure miss green chile or green chili.? Those sauces seem to blend into the air and landscape as you can almost taste it upon landing in that area. Green chile is an addiction for which there is no cure.

Jul 06, 2014
crippstom in General Topics

Memorable Quotes about booze

"I don't drink nuthin' stronger than pop. And he'll drink most anything."
-a bartender in Cortez Colorado-

Jul 04, 2014
crippstom in Food Media & News

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Corn on the cob 8 for a dollar. That's what I'm talkin' about. I just had my 1st one. Sweet and tender. 3 minutes in the microwave; husk silk and all. No need for butter or salt.
Can anyone tell me why people shuck their corn at the produce section? It never made sense to me.

Jun 28, 2014
crippstom in Austin

WTF, People! Wink - NOT Hungry by a Looooong Shot

I'm glad you enjoyed your meal.
If you don't want to be around kids during HH try a park, greenbelt. When I was a kid I thought Morrisons cafeteria was a high end restaurant. I'm thankful for a childhood of deprivation. :)

Jun 27, 2014
crippstom in Austin

G's Dynamite Sandwiches

While we're on the subject I used to enjoy taking my 325i to Llano for Coopers BBQ then going to enchanted rock and driving the Willow City loop. Down to Fredricksburg and not taking the same road home.
Now it's a slow cruise in the f150 with the dog.

Jun 27, 2014
crippstom in Austin
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Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

The South 1st is not so bad if you've ever been to the one on 183 near Manor.

Jun 26, 2014
crippstom in Austin

G's Dynamite Sandwiches

I just got back from the Dahlia. I had the CFS and am still full. Very nice place. Thanks Slowcooked. I didn't realize how bad I needed a small road trip.
I went to Lockhart a couple of months ago and what a difference with the new toll road which I didn't take. It used to be a more pastoral ride but now the 2 roads compete and Lockhart is quite the bustling little "city" these days.
And 1431 was rated as one of the top 10 or whatever drives in the country by I think Car and Driver magazine. It's fun in a sports car with all the turns especially near sunset. I hope I don't get moderated.

Jun 26, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

I just picked up the HEB primo picks newsletter where they now have HEB prime 1 brisket steak burger. It's prime ground sirloin and brisket mixed. Sounds good. They also have bacon cheddar cheese buns baked fresh in the store. Good timing since I just bought a new grill.

Jun 26, 2014
crippstom in Austin

G's Dynamite Sandwiches

I share your sentiments re:Melvin's. How would you compare them with G's? Or Noble Sandwhich?

Jun 25, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Clay flower pot grill/smoker

Thanks for the offer and words of encouragement. I live in Austin TX but I like the challenge of it. I was originally looking for something to cook a steak and veggies w/o using a lot of fuel. Then I thought why not whole chicken and ribs. As grilling and smoking involves so many variables I'm game and will post results.

Jun 23, 2014
crippstom in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Hard Hat XI

I used to live down that way and had the same problem. The William Cannon location was sometimes hard to deal with. Or I would head down to Buda.

Jun 22, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Clay flower pot grill/smoker

Thanks for the tips. If it doesn't work I'll just have another gardening pot

Jun 21, 2014
crippstom in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Secrets to making great flour tortillas?

I've not had success with flour even with the special mix. I use Maseca and a metal press. They come out pretty good. Better than a package. I mix just a little flour in the mix for easier handling. Also mix some chicken stock, a little bacon grease and salt and pepper. They can be similar to pancakes where the first one or two look a little funky. But they're cheap to make and it's a matter of getting a feel of it when you get to the point where you can eyeball measurements.
Maseca online has recipes for different things: empanadas etc. I've made peach cobbler and corn cookies.

Jun 21, 2014
crippstom in Home Cooking

Hard Hat XI

Cover 3 opening on W 6th St. right before Mopac on the left side. After reading the CFS thread I remembered something about theirs with a poblano cream gravy. I've not tried yet.
I saw the smokers going this morning at "Terry Blacks BBQ".

Jun 21, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Clay flower pot grill/smoker

I've been going over buying a new grill and trying to decide what I want. Probably several depending on the volume of my needs. I've been using a mini weber tabletop that I found on the property. There's lots of junk laying around these 5 acres. Last week the bottom came apart due to rust. I can still use it but I recalled someone talking about using a clay flower pot and have been searching different sites, videos and now I think I can buy a 16" diameter pot for under $20 which I can fit the grill and lid of my weber. But now I am looking into using another clay pot as the lid. I don't mind halfassing a bit but I want something practical as well. Does anyone have experience with this or usefull hints. It looks real straightforward as has been popular in Asia for centuries. And certainly cheaper than a green egg.

Jun 20, 2014
crippstom in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Hard Hat XI

I drove by the new "Blacks BBQ" today on Barton Springs Rd. The sign said they would open next week.
I've never tried the one in Lockhart as I've heard reviews all over the place.

Jun 20, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

It's been a while since I've seen a green egg. It was the size of the big one and heavy duty. Not sure if it was ceramic but most likely. Same design with 2 side tables connected.
Yeah that's almost 1/2 price.

Jun 18, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

Today at the HEB on 2244 & 71 they had an imitation big green egg only it was black. $499.00

Jun 18, 2014
crippstom in Austin

Should You Brown Meatballs Before Cooking?

Browning them first tends to make the meatballs soak up the sauce. Which means you have to make more sauce. I recently tried throwing raw meatballs into the sauce adding flavor and liquid to the sauce and I'm hooked. There was no greasiness and I used chuck. I found it in a "Goodfellas" type sauce recipe which calls for a braised veal shank as well.
I also love frying meatballs and eating them without sauce.

Jun 16, 2014
crippstom in Features

how to prevent a lemon from going bitter when stored for later use?

I wrap it in plastic wrap and then seal it in a small container. The less air in that container the better. I use that method for onion as well.

Jun 12, 2014
crippstom in General Topics