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Beast: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

That was a fabulous review. I became acquainted with Rayner from Top Chef, then read his book "The Man Who Ate the World." It was very entertaining and I highly recommend it.

New PBS series: The Mind of a Chef

I watched the first two episodes of Season 3, so far hosted by Edward Lee of Louisville, KY. The first showed his Brooklyn roots (including a segment with his mom) and today showed several TX chefs focusing on the "creole" food in Houston. Loved his interaction with Chris Shepperd of Underbelly and the inclusion of his Top Chef competitor Paul Qui. I always laugh when I see chefs order very spicy foods, then suffer through the dish, eating away!

Oct 11, 2014
tvchick in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #324 - School's Back in Session Edition [through September 7, 2014]

Tonight's dinner was an Emeril recipe for grilled shrimp with a creamy avocado-lime-cilantro dressing. It was quick, delicious and drop dead easy.


Beverage was a Paloma made according to the recipe on this site. Very nice combo!

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

With brutal heat here today (and forecast for the next week), I resorted to pulling out a TJ's Korean BBQ flavored chicken sausage from the freezer, thawed and cooked on the stove top. I had some ciabatta bread that needed to be eaten, so I went with a Greek panzanella salad a la Ina Garten. Really nice way to eat without much actual cooking, which is what I'll be doing for the next month or two while we suffer in the heat.

Aug 08, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

San Antonio (Far North West)

Mark: I'm guessing that no one has responded because SA doesn't have much of what you described as preferences and your location is far away from most of the "food scene" in SA. You might want to look at this list from the local newspaper.


Aug 05, 2014
tvchick in Texas

What's for Dinner #311 - the Relax, Kick Back, and Enjoy Summer Edition [through July 11, 2014]

Last night was pan-fried/roasted itty bitty lamb loin chops (seasoned with fresh rosemary, garlic and olive oil), sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli. The best part was doing it almost all of it at the same time in the oven--and it was delicious.

Tonight will be leftover two itty bitty lamb loin chops with Ina Garten's Greek panzanella salad. It should be very tasty and I may open a bottle of Mulderbosch Rose.

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

That's interesting, Lambowner, about the Gaido's waitstaff. I wonder if these folks work on the cruise ships for some of the year then stay in Galveston during the off-season, making good money at Gaido's.

I recently found out that my cousin's son is running the FOH at the new Pelican Club. He has much experience at other restaurants but nothing like the new PC. Maybe I need to roadtrip to Galveston...after the summer, of course.

And FWIW, my mom was BOI. She got off the island as soon as she could, LOL!

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

Although the grocery/market closed, I think that the Kitchen will do take out from what I can see on the website.

Jul 01, 2014
tvchick in Houston

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

It sounds like a fun trip, Barbara. I grew up in the area and don't return often, but I can make a few suggestions.

I recently went to a concert at CWM Pavillion, getting apps and drinks at Jasper's very nearby. If you decide to do that, I'd make a reservation as it fills up before events, from what I understand. An option for you might be Hubbell and Hudson's Kitchen, which we considered. It looks like they can do takeout that you could eat at the Pavillion. (I'd call them to confirm the policy about outside food--I think that it might be OK for a symphony concert.)


As far as Galveston is concerned, I want to warn you that it probably is a 90 minute+ drive from The Woodlands, and doing it on the Fourth of July might be even worse. I forgot how spread out geographically the greater Houston-Galveston area is, and that doesn't even factor in the traffic.

Have a great time...so nice of you to do this trip with your mother!

Jun 30, 2014
tvchick in Houston

Best way to cook fresh red snapper?

I like this one, especially the Mediterranean version.


Jun 23, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

3 nights in Napa (foodie trip first wine secondary)

My sister's family went to Ehlers with an appointment arranged by a distributor. They enjoyed it then the Ehlers folks recommended a small winery behind them, up the road -- Allora. The family loved Allora so much that they joined the wine club and we were invited to their release party last October. The property was lovely, the wine was very nice and it made the trip.

Graduation party for 20 in May

We had a post-graduation ceremony lunch at Moonshine two years ago, when my niece finished her UT undergrad degree. Approximately the same size group, we had a semi-private room in the front of the building, ordered off the menu and got very good service for a large party on a very busy day at the restaurant. They also allowed us to bring in a cake, which my niece's friend insisted that they get from a local bakery.


Mar 31, 2014
tvchick in Austin

What's unique in Austin?

All the large HEB's have the Franklin's sauces, including espresso. They are with the other TX BBQ sauces like Salt Lick and Stubb's.

Mar 30, 2014
tvchick in Austin

What's for Dinner #284 - the "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day" Edition [through March 19, 2014]

I'm making colcannon from a recipe on the Kerrygold website. My local grocery store has been featuring their cheeses and the recipe uses some Dubliner, which I just *had* to buy. Protein will be roasted salmon--maybe it will offset some of the zillion calories in the potato/butter/cheese extravaganza!

Saturday Lunch?Brunch

I haven't been there but a local food writer recommended El Monumento today during an NPR piece about outdoor dining. It's part of the Monument Café operation in Georgetown and there is a patio that overlooks the San Gabriel River.

Feb 27, 2014
tvchick in Austin

Adam's Extract Red Velvet cake mix

HEB is advertising a New Adams Extract "The Original" red velvet 3 layer cake mix in its Primo Picks flyer for March. Don't know if it's in the stores yet but it probably will be soon. It's part of a Texas products' promotion for the month of March.

Feb 26, 2014
tvchick in Austin

What's for Dinner #268 - Not the Big Game Edition [through 20 Jan, 2014]

I made the Halal street cart-style chicken tonight and it was fabulous. It's all I can do to save some for lunch tomorrow!

Jan 19, 2014
tvchick in Home Cooking

Which Costco has a better wine selection?

Yes, you can order and pay for it online, then pick it up at the store. My sister took advantage of the online system to get several bottles that her regular HEB didn't carry.

Jan 05, 2014
tvchick in Austin

What's for Dinner #259 - the I'm Sick of Turkey By Now Edition [through December 7, 2013]

I didn't get the turkey carcass from The Dinner and I wasn't overloaded on turkey meat yet, so I bought a package of turkey thighs Friday and made stock. Today I made Emeril's Turkey Bone Gumbo using the stock and the meat from the thighs, and I'm dying here waiting for it to finish.

Dec 01, 2013
tvchick in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #217 - The Spring has Sprung Edition - Bunnies, Cicadas and Commencements (5/19/13)

Tonight's dinner is Halal cart chicken and rice. It's 93 degrees here, summer is upon us, and I don't want to heat up the kitchen too much. I love that I can make this stove top, quickly, and enjoy leftover the next day.

Cookbook of the Month May 2013: MEXICAN EVERYDAY Quick Meals from the Grill, Soft Tacos, Enchiladas, Tostadas and Tortas, Seafood, Poultry and Meat, Desserts

Yes, it's his Tex-Mex Cookbook and the recipe is Larry's Cheese Enchiladas. I loved the way that they complemented the very different dish from Bayless. I made them again for a group of co-workers, who very quietly devoured them--I guess that they liked them!

May 02, 2013
tvchick in Home Cooking

Cookbook of the Month May 2013: MEXICAN EVERYDAY Quick Meals from the Grill, Soft Tacos, Enchiladas, Tostadas and Tortas, Seafood, Poultry and Meat, Desserts

I made this recipe several years ago for a college going away dinner for my niece, along with Robb Walsh's classic cheese enchiladas. Both were received very well--the huge dish of cheese enchiladas disappeared as did the Bayliss recipe. ITA about making this one vegetarian--or adding chicken to go in a different direction.

May 01, 2013
tvchick in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #206 - Inching towards a Warm Spring edition [OLD]

Tonight was Ina Garten's mustard roasted fish (I used sour cream instead of creme fraiche but had the other ingredients in house), roasted red potatoes and roasted asparagus. The best part: no cleanup really as the roasted items were cooked on foil or parchment. Easy, relatively quick and delicious!

Apr 04, 2013
tvchick in Home Cooking

Where can I buy Old Bay seafood seasoning

It's near the seafood counter at the HEBs in Austin, too,

Jan 10, 2013
tvchick in Austin

"Dearie" - a Julia Child biography

I read it a few weeks ago, and yes, the length makes it daunting. I found the parts about her childhood, family and early working years to be only moderately interesting, and "My Life in France" covers much of her life more concisely and engagingly. I also read another book about her years as a "spy"--it focused more on another woman than Julia but covered the India/China years well.

What Spitz added to my knowledge of JC was detail of her life in the more recent past--Paul's decline in health, her late in life relationship and how she kept going, despite her own health issues. Spitz wears me out--I forgot how exhausted I felt after reading his Beatles bio--but I'm glad that I read "Dearie."

Sep 24, 2012
tvchick in Food Media & News

Uchi and Uchiko Restaurant Week

Here is the recipe as published in last week's Statesman...you will need to scroll down to see the actual recipe.


Sep 24, 2012
tvchick in Austin

What are you making in honor of Julia Child's 100th birthday?

Thanks so much for the link. I did not see it elsewhere, and it made my day!

Aug 17, 2012
tvchick in Home Cooking

cow tipping creamery on 620

Friends who went TNP yesterday around 1:30 pm said it was very crowded. Word is that weekends are crazy--people are driving up from San Antonio to try it on the basis of DDD. Hopefully, they can manage the craziness until they are able to expand the seating area into their retail space.

Jun 28, 2012
tvchick in Austin

The Cookbook of the Month for June 2012 will be: The Homesick Texan Cookbook, by Lisa Fain

Good timing! I made the Tex-Mex Squash Casserole last night--it's a family favorite.

May 19, 2012
tvchick in Home Cooking

CM's Passport France

I dropped in yesterday for a quick run through the store and bought the ingredients for a nice dinner tonight.

Pork and peppercorn sausages

Baby carrots and fingerling potatoes, which I will roast and mix with a vinaigrette featuring the tarragon Dijon mustard from Edmund Fallot that I couldn't resist

a wedge of mild Brie Ermitage

a loaf of pain meunier, which is fabulous with the brie and Andresy fig preserves that I picked up

Joseph Drouhin LaForet pinot noir

I enjoyed the special signage referencing France and its culinary heritage and I wish that I could attend some of the special cooking classes/tastings. Also looking forward to seeing what is on special next week!

May 11, 2012
tvchick in Austin