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Kid-friendly thing to do with radishes?

I do a radish salad like this, but with lemon juice instead of vinegar. I prefer this salad on the second day because the radishes mellow out.

May 23, 2012
rusty_s in Home Cooking

Why ham on Easter? [split from Home Cooking]

Why ham on Easter?
Because in many parts of the south, Easter is HOT unless it comes early in the spring. After church plus an outdoor Easter egg hunt in my fancy clothes, I don't want to come home and roast something for a few hours. Ham can be bought precooked and glazed ahead of time, and if the day is particularly warm we can eat it cold and it still tastes delicious.

Mar 02, 2012
rusty_s in General Topics

What to do with leftover coffee?

Yes! You can use it in chocolate cake recipes.
Or freeze in cubes for iced coffee (which I know is not remotely the best way to make iced coffee, but is the easiest).

Jan 25, 2012
rusty_s in Home Cooking

It's Girl Scout cookie season!!

"I just wish they put more than three cookies in a box." This is why thin mints edge out samoas as my favorite. Whenever I buy samoas, I wonder why I just spent $4 (or whatever) on a neat little plastic holder.
Also, I will buy anything from a kid in uniform (which is how I end up with tubs of popcorn I don't want from my neighborhood cub scouts). But if the kid can't even put on a green t-shirt, I will do without the cookies.

Jan 24, 2012
rusty_s in General Topics

What do you do with canned salmon? Not salmon patties.

RWAH RWAH RWAH, my chowhound cliche alarm is going off.

Jan 11, 2012
rusty_s in Home Cooking

Pie Crust - Which One?

I use this same recipe as TrishUntrapped (actually, I never made it in bulk, but the flour/salt/ shortening/water ratio + chilling is the same). It always* works for me, but depending on the weather you may need the little extra water or flour--just like the recipe says. I find you need a little wiggle room in pie crusts. but not too much! A few sprinkles of either flour or water may be enough. If it falls apart you need more water.
(*to be honest it did not work for me in Woodland Park, CO (elevation 8500 feet))
Also, having cold hands helps. If you have good circulation, wash your hands in cold water and dry them well before you start.

Jan 06, 2012
rusty_s in Home Cooking

Are city pigeons safe to eat?

Sewer rat might taste like pumpkin pie, but I wouldn't know because I wouldn't eat the filthy...

Dec 20, 2011
rusty_s in General Topics

Home Tours: Tacky?

Huh. It seems natural that people who have just moved in would give a house tour to anyone who knows them well. Maybe "House Proud" walked in to the party at the same time as some close friends who had never been to the new pad. How about you get over your jealousy and give your hosts the benefit of the doubt?
Also, if you are splitting your time between the West Village and Sausalito, I don't think you should get all judgy about spoiled trust fund people. Ew.

Dec 20, 2011
rusty_s in Features

Nuernberg Brauhaus: New German in Pflugerville

...and according to their website this place is CLOSED now. The last few times I have been in there, it was bustling, so I didn't see this coming. Any suggestions on where to get schnitzel now are welcome!

Dec 19, 2011
rusty_s in Austin

What was in your Christmas stocking growing-up?

Santa occasionally left storybook lifesavers in our stockings, and those were by far my favorite candy present. We always got oranges, and usually we got those mini candy canes that come attached in columns (I'm having trouble describing them, the wrappers were attached end to end). I never really cared about the candy canes.

Dec 06, 2011
rusty_s in General Topics

Good place for lunch with vegan options, a full bar and something for a pescatarian?

I'd say Eastside Cafe, but I don't know whether they have a full bar. They have vegan and fish options (which vary) and are close to UT.

Dec 05, 2011
rusty_s in Austin

Any tips on a good restaurant open on Christmas night (day of Christmas)?

You probably had this answered, as there was a similar question to your posted around the same time. Anyway, the simple answer is seek out *hotels*.

Dec 02, 2011
rusty_s in Austin

Too late for a good turkey?

Check out Sprouts--while they aren't heritage birds, they are nice and free of junk. Also fairly inexpensive. You can even reserve one online at their website.

Nov 16, 2011
rusty_s in Austin

Chowhound cliches

This reminds me that I need to go out to the backyard and dig up the kimchee for my kids' lunch. We're not Korean, just awesome. Gotta run.

Nov 07, 2011
rusty_s in Site Talk

Chowhound cliches

Sorry. Y'all are awesome. Please keep up the good work.

Nov 07, 2011
rusty_s in Site Talk

Classic Thanksgiving ... Only Cheaper

Duh. Thanksgiving is one of the cheapest large meals. The basic ingredients are cheap (turkey, potatoes, in-season veggies), lots of things are on sale, coupons abound, and some stores will even throw in a free turkey for frequent shoppers. No one but you (looking at you, food writers) wants truffle oil complicating their mashed potatoes on this day.
Full disclosure: I always let wine bust my budget, though.

Nov 07, 2011
rusty_s in Features

Chowhound cliches

"And half the people who respond will say that it's perfectly fine and to go ahead and eat it!"
This is my favorite part of those posts. Are the "go ahead and eat it" people amused by a stranger getting food poisoning, or are they trying to eliminate stupid from the gene pool on behalf of humanity?

Oct 28, 2011
rusty_s in Site Talk

Chowhound cliches

I need to start this by saying that I love Chowhound. I have found some brilliant recipes and some hidden restaurant gems. I respect the reviews here more than the ones I read anywhere else.
However, after years of reading posts, there are a few things that happen so often, it's both amusing and irritating.

(1) "Hi, New City people! I just moved here from Old City [in a completely different part of the US]! Where can I find really good/authentic [regional specialty for which Old City is known]?" Bonus points if the 'hound expresses irritation at the New City's restaurant's lack of proficiency in making Old City's regional specialty food. I.e., "The allegedly Maryland-style crabcakes in Colorado Springs were NOT up to my standards!!"

(2) Whenever someone asks about where to find a specific prepared food, someone inevitably tells them that they can make it themselves. I.e., "Which store has the best selection of stilton?" "You know, with a little perserverance, you can learn to make all kinds of cheeses yourself, and will find that the commercially prepared versions pale in comparison."

Anyone have anything to add?

Oct 27, 2011
rusty_s in Site Talk

Foods: once common, but now luxury

I can see why crawfish would have been considered poor people food. In a few wet years we had mudbugs build their little houses in our backyard in Houston (behind which was a bayou). It did not occur to us to eat them any more than we'd have eaten ants.

Oct 26, 2011
rusty_s in General Topics

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

I really dislike all the extra car traffic in my neighborhood, and I suspect it's caused by people driving in from other neighborhoods. I would like to respectfully request that if you are going to drive your kids into my (merely middle class but all decked out for Halloween) neighborhood, park your dang car and get out and WALK with your kids. It's not safe to have 10x the usual traffic at a time where sugared-up kids are running wild in the streets.

Oct 26, 2011
rusty_s in Features

What foods feel indulgent but are actually quite healthy?

In-season strawberries. As I eat them, I can't make myself believe that they could be healthy. They are too delicious. I am waiting for the study that finds that all berries are bad for you and will take 30 years off your life.

Oct 24, 2011
rusty_s in General Topics

Ugh, why did I order that? Do you ever know better but do it anyway?

I also regret ordering chicken. I will order it in a fit of thinking that I should eat better and I really don't need the pork-and-fattening-side-dish, but then I end up with a boring meal.
Except one place, where they have chickens running around in the restaurant's garden. I don't think those are the chickens they actually serve, but they do serve tasty chicken there. Maybe it's a purely psychological effect.

Oct 24, 2011
rusty_s in General Topics

Tips for dining out with babies and toddlers, please

So much good advice here, suprisingly I have something to add (unless I missed it above): patios! My little ones behave better outside. There are dogs, birds, butterlies, cars on the street, and generally changing scenery to keep them amused. Patios (and the people eating there) tend to be louder, too, so it's not so obvious when the kids forget to use their restaurant voices.
Also, as others have said, we went through a period with both kids--around 1yr to 18 months--where dining out just wasn't worth the trouble, because they could not sit at a table and refrain from disrupting others.

Oct 21, 2011
rusty_s in Not About Food

"Healthy/safe" beef/burger for pregnant lady?

I believe Trio at the Four Seasons grinds their own hamburgers. I understand that this would reduce the risk of food poisoning. In addition to tasting amazing..
As far as locally sourced, I have no suggestions at all.
Terra Burger serves organic meat, but I haven't eaten there.

Terra Burger
2522 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX

Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Sep 19, 2011
rusty_s in Austin

So Your Friends Want to Go to A Chain Restaurant.... so What? :} [moved from Not About Food]

This reminds me of a friend who, whenever he visits the US, wants to go to Joe's Crab Shack. Well, of course he does.
Maybe right now he is on some board posting about how he can't get any "authentic" popcorn shrimp in Koln.

Sep 14, 2011
rusty_s in Chains

Food Pronunciation Etiquette

Ha! I learned all my "Italian" words from Abruzzese old-timers, as you say. I think my pronunciations must be horrible. But, at least I can say Italian words with flair.

Sep 01, 2011
rusty_s in Not About Food

Leftover Smoked Brisket

Chop it up real small and make some chili.

Aug 29, 2011
rusty_s in Home Cooking

Gordon's Bringing Kitchen Nightmares To Austin: Here's Who Needs His Help

...great idea, except if I spent too much time in Boomerang's I'd gain 100 pounds.

Aug 25, 2011
rusty_s in Austin

Kids' menus at restaurants. Really? [From General Topics]

"for many children it works out to a craving for fruit"
Possibly every kid I've known loves fruit. I am always so happy when places offer fruit on kids' menus. Just because I don't want to have a steamed spinach tantrum in public doesn't mean I want to feed my kid crap.

Aug 19, 2011
rusty_s in Not About Food

Gluten-free dessert recipe?

"Fools" are great summer desserts, if you have a place to refrigerate them. See, e.g.,
You can make them with whatever wonderful fruit is in season.

Aug 19, 2011
rusty_s in Home Cooking