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Making yogurt in a rice cooker?

I did buy the rice cooker, and use it almost every day. I've ventured beyond rice -- to steel cut oatmeal, quinoa and lots and lots of beans -- but didn't think about incubating yogurt in it. I'm going to try this.

Not sure i'm up for baking bread in the rice cooker (yes, i have an oven!) but it was a fascinating post, Insunee.

May 17, 2012
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

I thought Java Pura was excellent but had the same issue with the 1 lb. bags.

5 years later I always buy from Whole Foods Allegro because they have several fresh roasted varieties every day from light to dark roast and single source to blended beans, some organic or sustainable, and you can even stick your head in the bin to get a sniff before you buy (not that i would ever do that!). You can get less than half pound too.

HCB is great, super friendly and like I say, they told me they roast everything fresh every day but I believe half pound is smallest amount.

Solution to chowspouse's Bodum beaker breakage bonanza? Double walled stainless steel press! Plus it stays warm while I get the baby ready in the morning. I'll have to look into the items brucesw mentioned...

May 17, 2012
shahkbhaji in Houston

Making yogurt in a rice cooker?

Thanks for both your help. i guess deep down inside i know the truth: i don't really need a rice cooker, and i don't really want to start making yogurt again

Apr 18, 2011
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Making yogurt in a rice cooker?

Did you try it? I'm thinking of getting the Zoji also, but being able to incubate yogurt would tip the scale to actually buying it.

Apr 17, 2011
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Salted Caramel Frosting

I used the full butter, but multiplied all else by 1.5, except the salt. Was very happy with the degree of butteriness.

Used the leftover frosting on pancakes, nice!

Nov 09, 2008
shahkbhaji in Recipes
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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

I used 1 teaspon conventional salt, and the extract, and the cake flour, with good results.

They did have lots of holes on top, would not be cute unfrosted / sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Made 24 mini cupcakes (1 5/8 inch liners) plus 7 normal sized.

Nov 03, 2008
shahkbhaji in Recipes

Exactly how long does tahini paste last?

Don't add water to a jar of all-sesame, unprepared tahini that you buy, it could grow mold. I'm not sure you were planning on doing that, I might have misunderstood the post, but just in case.

Mostly I try to find other people, who are more interested in a cardio/upper body workout than myself, when it comes to stirring up a jar of tahini.

Aug 14, 2008
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

very interesting, looks tasty, thanks.

Jul 25, 2008
shahkbhaji in Houston

Sack lunch?

I do Rancho Gordo for lunch too. I make bean chilis or bean salads to last for 3-4 lunches. Black beans, cilantro, serrano, olive oil. Lentils, celery, onion, bay leaf, olive oil and lemon. Mung beans, cilantro, raw tomato, lime, maybe onion. Christmas limas, onion, parsley, anchovy paste...

Jul 25, 2008
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

Nine months later...
My favorite so far is Cuvee Coffee
http://www.cuveecoffee.com/
but I can't justify fedexing myself a pound of coffee from Spring. One of the restaurants around here orders from them, and the owner said I could pick up my order at her store if I liked but I haven't gotten around to arranging it.

Central Market gets there Lola Savannah on Tuesday after having been roasted on Monday, so I've been doing that lately because its convenient and I found those coffees to be tasty.

House of Coffee Beans told me that they roast every variety every day. I've tried most of their mild single-origin coffees, but they were, well, very mild. I may start going again soon to try others.

Jul 25, 2008
shahkbhaji in Houston

Gelato for the Lazy

Thanks for all the info on this post, I've been thinking about the same issue this summer.

I've turned to Marcella Hazan (I'm at work, her books at home) and her great lemon, strawberry, and black grape gelatos that are based only on milk. My husband loved her cream ice cream on homemade choco chip ice cream sandwiches.

Never tried cornstarch or condensed milk, but will do now.

Jul 24, 2008
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Cheese that best pairs with avocado?

Jalapeno monterrey jack!! Creamy AND kicky.

Jul 24, 2008
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

Octopus success a' la Harold McGee

What would you have done if you didn't have a grill? Throw in some salt / herb / garlic / tomato at 3.5 hours and reduce the sauce as directed at 4 hours?
or maybe saute some tasty bits in oil and add the juice to that at 4 hours?
or just broil the octopus in the oven?
Because I don't have the grill, and would prefer not to invest the time for a tasteless but tender cephalopod.
I will take the recommendation for McGee's book, though.

Apr 10, 2008
shahkbhaji in Home Cooking

[HOU] Mai's Vietnamese ?'s

Just saw this thread your DD might be interested in: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451242

Sorry, it is fish clay pot not hot pot that was memorable.

Oct 22, 2007
shahkbhaji in Texas

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

Thanks y'all... will try whole foods. Haven't been to HCB in about a decade, somehow I got the impression they did mostly flavored coffee. Will try them again. I finally broke the polycarbonate french press I bought the last time I was there so I'm due back. By the way, the campfire french press was an awesome thing, since chowspouse has broken 2 bodum beakers in the last month.

Have 2 grinders -- one is quarantined for spices only and the other, a larger-than-blender sized thing, spews grounds all over the kitchen. I just don't have it in me to grind every am anymore. Got used to buying beans on roasting day in Chapel Hill, a place called 3 Cups, worth checking out their website if interested in coffee.

Oct 22, 2007
shahkbhaji in Houston

[HOU] Mai's Vietnamese ?'s

I'm a newbie here -- who's a DD?

I do know Mai's though I haven't been recently. We usually wind up at Van Loc's. Some favorites --

Beverages: cafe sue da (sp?) iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk -- if you want to stay up till 4am. Soda chanh muoi is soda water with salty preserved lemon and sugar, its kind of musty but hits the spot.

Bun is the thin room temperature rice vermicelli. Its good with charcoal broiled pork or chicken (served warm on top), or even with cut up fried egg rolls. Cucumber, sprouts, peanuts, carrots are in too. The fish sauce comes in a bowl, recognizable by the shredded carrot, so you can avoid it. Another good dish: lettuce leaves you fold around flat squares of bun and charcoal grilled meat. (I have no more Vietnamese names in me.) None of these come spicy, you add sriracha to taste.

Spring rolls are good but I think they usually have shrimp.

Hot n sour soup is totally not what you would expect, its actually sweet, hot n sour. It usually has catfish or shrimp, okra, tomato, pineapple and an herb whose name I can't remember. I'm thinking it won't fit your bill.

Fish that's not fishy? This dish is a little more on the mysterious side, but I had this fish hot pot once, and it was deep, rich, a little caramelized, maybe there were porky bits in it? Very tasty.

Send your review afterwards...

Oct 22, 2007
shahkbhaji in Texas

Fresh Roasted Coffee, Houston

Does anyone in Houston roast their own coffee beans? So that you could go and have the beans ground and take them home on the same day they were roasted?

Oct 15, 2007
shahkbhaji in Houston

Hospital food in Houston

What a great, funny post. I thought I was alone in my love of hospital food, scarred for life from hospital training... Why IS hospital oatmeal so good?

And why does LBJ have the best fried catfish of any cafeteria or restaurant I've ever been to? Though I've never had them, judging from their popularity, a porkchop (or 5) from LBJ is worth having for breakfast...

When MD Anderson has turkey and dressing it is not to be missed. If the supervisor is in a good mood, she'll lay out the cranberry sauce too.

Methodist is still good, but the new place to meet is the McGovern commons. Waterstreet makes a tasty portabella mushroom "burger". Trevisio on top is owned by the Hugo's etc people, good food but food but $$$.

Hmm.. hospital chicken and dumplings... a treat I never imagined. Will have to take chowspouse to Spring Branch.

Oct 15, 2007
shahkbhaji in Texas

New to Houston, what's your favorite restaurant in town

So, what do you think now that you're here.

Is it wrong to assume you love sushi because you are from LA?
Try Azuma on Kirby and Nottingham.

I differ on Indika, I like it but wouldn't exactly call it Indian food.
A south indian standard is Madras Pavilion, a pricey / posh north indian standard is Kiran's.

Sep 17, 2007
shahkbhaji in Houston

Indian fennel sweets

Mukhwas means breath freshener (mukh = mouth + vas = odor). Sugar coated fennel seeds are one of the more popular ones at restaurants. Often they come packaged with other seeds too, so have a look to make sure you get what you want.

There are also savory mukhwas like dhana ni dal (the insides of coriander seeds, my favorite) and addictive ones like betel nut + tobacco (yuk) and regional ones like toasted oregano seed + sesame seed + salt (OK, actually that's my favorite).

Sep 16, 2007
shahkbhaji in General Topics