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Roving Food Trucks in Arboretum Area

At Jollyville and Braker we get Evil Wiener every other Monday, Short Bus Subs every Tuesday, Little Fatty's on Thursday, Wholly Kabob and West Side Philly alternate every other Friday.

Aug 15, 2013
nadinep in Austin

Natural/organic restaurants in Austin

Terra burger has been gone for a while now. Elevation Burger has moved in to their spot on Research near Costco. Elevation also says they have grass fed beef only and their fries are fried in olive oil I think. I never had a chance to compare Terra to Elevation so can't really tell you if it might be worth it or not.

Aug 08, 2013
nadinep in Austin

Why has learning to cook been hard (or easy) for you?

Cooking was always easy for me, probably because I like to eat well. My Mom has never liked to cook so as a self preservation from fast food, I taught myself how. For some people it's a matter of interest, like my Mom, she likes good food but has no desire to make it herself. I have 5 nieces and 2 of them are incredibly picky eaters and have no desire to cook, 2 more don't care about cooking but at least will eat most of what you put in front of them and the youngest is interested in it and is already trying to learn everything she can.

My husband does like to cook too, but the difference between us is that he will always follow recipes exactly and I tend to use them as a guideline and make my own twists and changes as I go.

Aug 08, 2013
nadinep in Home Cooking

Condolances Meal

Chili, lasagna, Mac and cheese, comfort food in general.

May 10, 2013
nadinep in Home Cooking

Favorite Breakfast Tacos

B's tacos up in Leander, make their own tortillas too. I also like the Torchy's breakfast tacos. For huge and you only need one J&Js BBQ.

May 09, 2013
nadinep in Austin

Eggs and Toast

Poached eggs on top of a toasted English muffin with cream cheese. A touch healthier than eggs bennie.

Feb 21, 2013
nadinep in Home Cooking

Austin Farmer's markets

The Lakeline Mall, also Cedar Park Farmers Market, has one over in Round Rock on Wednesdays.

Sep 04, 2012
nadinep in Austin

vintage discrepancy on label vs cork

When a wine is bottled can be a few months to a few years after the grapes were picked and the wine process was started. We didn't bottle our 2009 reds until early 2011. Some of us home wine makers can even buy the leftover unused printed corks from the larger wineries at a pretty good price every so often so I really wouldn't worry about the printing on the cork, just that the cork is in good shape when pulled.

Aug 02, 2012
nadinep in Wine

Seeking restaurant in Westlake general area to suit a family with diverse needs

What about the Lion & Rose?

Jul 18, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Super HEB dropped natural or prime beef in T Bones and Porterhouses??

They had prime tbones at the Leander HEB this last weekend.

Jul 02, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Good bakeries in NW Austin/Cedar Park

Are you looking for bread, pastries, cupcakes?????? For bread the Panera is about the best sourdough we've found. For other things it depends on what you are looking for....

Jun 27, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Gloria's Cafe - Cedar Park

We stopped here recently and were a bit disappointed. Service was fairly slow that day, food was ok. We had a taco plate and the chili rellenos lunch. The rellenos was a better dish. If we're hungry and near there, we might stop in again, we wouldn't go out of our way to eat there though.

Jun 11, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Ever eat at the restaurant on the terrace of Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome?

We had a snack there, as was said, if you happen to be there it's a lovely break but not worth going out of your way for. I think you have to pay admission to get to the cafe.

Jun 04, 2012
nadinep in Italy

Fredericksburg/Stonewall Peaches?

I've had good ones from this stand too. Also a stand at 620 and 2222.

Jun 04, 2012
nadinep in Austin

How Do You Make Popcorn?

I use peanut oil, on the stove, when hot enough for three kernels to pop, pull it off the heat and add the rest of the kernels, count to 10, back on the heat. We get very few old maids this way. Sometimes I'll put the salt in the oil to start, sometimes we add that and butter and garlic powder. I can't use coconut oil, very allergic to it, and I refuse to use the microwave brands.

Apr 24, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Coming - Seaholm

Finally! They started talking about this last year.

Apr 18, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Grilled lamb: your favorite cut/prep?

We love lamb, have it once a week usually. Lamb chops, rack of lamb, loin chops, leg of lamb, lamb sirloin, even lamb shanks all are good on the grill. For leg and rack we usually put foil underneath them and slower cook them. Usually just salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic for seasoning is all that's needed. If we're roasting we'll add some mustard too. Chops are cooked similar to beef steaks, just a little less time.

I prefer to braise the lamb shanks but we've grilled those too. We've never found it gamey, to us it tastes like lamb. Also never understood the mint with lamb, but we like lamb for what it is.

Apr 18, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Help Me Teach My Cousin How to Cook

Huh, we never had an issue with rice, it took a few minutes longer, more like 25-30 minutes than 20. Pasta definitely took longer, about 50% more time than at lower elevations. Everything takes longer to get to a boil, actually, it boils at a slightly lower temp so it took longer to get to boil, but then to really get to the right temp would take longer still. We had a convection oven so roasting took about the same amount of time as it did for me at lower altitude. I never tried a rice cooker up there, but I gave up on my bread maker. It was just easier to try bread from scratch or have our visiting relatives/friends bring us sourdough when they would come up. Pies work great, cakes are also an issue.

Apr 17, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Help Me Teach My Cousin How to Cook

We lived in Reno for 10 years on one of the highest altitude streets in town at 5300 feet, besides baking for high altitude and pasta taking longer to cook and some other foods taking longer to roast, what kinds of issues is your cousin having? For roasting or grilling, use a thermometer to get foods to the right temperature internally, ignore times, food will just take longer to cook up there. It would help to know what kinds of issues your cousin is having though. For the most part the altitude is not a big deal, but it can be a factor.

Apr 17, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Dog friendly?

Most places with an outdoor patio will allow dogs at the outside tables. I-35 is still a pretty broad area, north? South? Dogfriendly.com has some listings. Our beagles like a few of the restaurants at the Domain, Opal Divines at Mopac and Parmer, pretty much anywhere we'll take them really. There are a lot of options but a little more guidance on location would help.

Apr 12, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Need Asparagus Recipe Help

Roasted, I drizzle olive oil and balsamic over them, a little salt and pepper in the oven at 400 for 10 minutes or so and done.

Apr 06, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Caesar salad, a perfect storm is brewing.

My variation is:
Romaine lettuce cleaned and torn
Shaved Parmesan
Homemade croutons-fresh bread cut into cubes, mixed with crushed garlic and parsley and toasted under the broiler
Chopped avocado
Sautéed portabella mushrooms-sliced, sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic and parsley, salt and pepper
Dressing-chopped garlic, drained anchovies chopped, salt, pepper, worcestishire, touch of Dijon, olive oil and raw eff all blended together.
For us the amounts vary a bit for what we're in the mood for that night,

Mar 30, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Austin Restaurant Week 2012 experiences

We went to Uchi last night, had the Mustang and Fukuoka Selection for the first course, both were very good. We had the Sasami Yaki and Hamachi Nabe for the second course, had a little more sushi and then the Coffee Panna Cotta and Lemon Gelato for desert. The flavors on the Sasami Yaki were fantastic, those who don't like cilantro may not like it though. The Hamachi Nabe was also very good, not as much a wow factor though in the flavors as the Sasami Yaki, but very good. Both deserts were excellent.

The restaurant was packed, as usual. We're going to Uchiko on Sunday.

Mar 29, 2012
nadinep in Austin

mustard lovers, whats your favorite recipe with mustard?

I make a shiitake mushroom sauce for steaks, basically sautéed the mushrooms, add whole grain or Dijon mustard, add a little port, cook this down while the steaks go on the grill, then add a little cream or half-n-half for the last few minutes.

Salmon and chicken with mustard are always big in our house too. I'll mix the mustard with a tiny bit of mayo or some horseradish depending on if we want spicy or mellow.

Mar 22, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Bruegger's Bagels

I stopped by there yesterday just for an everything with plain cream cheese and was quite happy with it. They are still going through new opening normal issues for new staff. They also have a coupon for a free bagel on their website if you sign up for their email club. I'll try them again next week for one of my normal orders instead of a need it on the go, late for the office morning. Parking can be tough in this little center, so just be prepared to walk a bit.

Mar 22, 2012
nadinep in Austin

April Religious Holidays 2013 - What's on the Menu?

Slow roasted leg of lamb at our house too. It's a tradition now. I use garlic, rosemary and dried Coleman's mustard for the seasoning and then we slow cook on the Big Green Egg, usually asparagus on the side.

Mar 20, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking

Sprouts mergers with Sunflower

yummm, Trader Joe's! Can't get them here soon enough!

Mar 14, 2012
nadinep in Austin

Feedback on Austin Food Itinerary

Austin Restaurant Week is going on then, Uchi and Uchiko are part of it. You may want to get reservations for some places on that Sunday through Wednesday. I think the website is restaurantweekaustin.com.

Mar 14, 2012
nadinep in Austin

"Top 40" favorite dessert recipes

Very simple but very tasty dessert - berry syrup over vanilla bean ice cream (also works with angel food cake).
Take mixed frozen berries or various fresh berries that you like, clean them, put them in a large pot.
Drizzle some brandy over the berries and a little sugar, how much depends on frozen vs. fresh and how sweet the berries are.
Simmer the berries until they break down and get a little syrupy.

Drizzly berry sauce over a good quality vanilla bean ice cream.
Yummm!

Mar 13, 2012
nadinep in Home Cooking