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Copper Cookware

i adore tin lined very heavy copper, I have had s little experience with steel lined, too. I love my steel lined roaster, I can scrub fond off the bottom with a delbor whisk. Otherwise I see no reason to pay the premium for steel lining, which is hefty,

about 20 hours ago
tim irvine in Cookware

Frozen beef tenderloin

You can turbocharge the process a little by placing the bag in a bowl and letting the cold water dribble into the bowl and overflow. It wastes water, but it goes a little more quickly. Resist any temptation to use warm water.

2 days ago
tim irvine in Home Cooking
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Savory Cannoli Filling

Braising some now, accompanied by balsamic Brussels sprouts.

Mar 01, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

Avocado for breakfast

I love egg white, avocado, and Cotija breakfast tacos with a very spicy creamy green sauce.

Mar 01, 2015
tim irvine in General Topics

Breakfast Idea

Use an egg ring. Put the vegetables on it, pour in egg, cook turn and cook the other side.

Savory Cannoli Filling

Cheese mixed with herbed mushrooms and walnuts.
A squash purée with sage.
A short rib mixture.

Mar 01, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

Weekend in Austin

The DoubleTree is closer to the UT sphere and the Capitol than to the heart of downtown. It is half a block from the Texas Chili Parlor, an old Austin experience but not fine dining. It is also close to the Clay Pit, an Indian variant that is pleasant but IMO neither spectacular nor authentic. I'd go to East Austin for breakfasts (Cisco's or Juan in a Million). Lunch is time to hit food trailers, especially LaBBQ . For dinner I'd probably go more for adventure than fine dining in the traditional sense...Austin just isn't in the same realm as big city upscale experiences but there is plenty of great food...Qui, Uchiko, Dai Due, la Condesa, Polvo's, Hudson's...whatever trips your trigger. I'd focus on the new and innovative that is unlikely to have a Chicago counterpart.

Mar 01, 2015
tim irvine in Austin

Ideas for 1 cup of leftover grated orange zest?

Fifty plaques of Madeleines.

Mar 01, 2015
tim irvine in General Topics

Is this a mortar and pestle?

Looks as if it would be good for milling grains.

Feb 28, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware

The Misguided Return of the Crappy Drink

Love it. The picture at the bottom of the article took me back to making what we called a Marthibodeaux...frozen gin, a splash of vermouth, and pickled okra as a garnish. I like them with a bag of jalapeño potato chips, but a burrito would work.

Feb 28, 2015
tim irvine in Spirits

Home-made stock

There are a lot of different kinds of stock and they are certainly not interchangeable. My personal take is that a stock made from roasted vegetables, herbs, and a few peppercorns is a nice neutral liquid for lots of braises but would make a poor base for many soups. It is also nice in certain risottos, especially when used with the water and Sherry used to reconstitute dried porcini.

Feb 28, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking
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Weekend in Austin

Good shopping involves a three hour drive to Houston.

Feb 27, 2015
tim irvine in Austin

Weekend in Austin

Assuming you are able to get lodgings where you wish downtown, there are several distinctly different parts. I think of east downtown as dominated by Sixth Street (drinking and crappy house bands), south downtown as an absolute stellar Four Seasons and the Second Street area (very "ish" but too much like Dallas for me), west as the warehouse district (some cool restaurants but not much in the way of lodgings, and Congress Avenue, as a little eclectic. North of the Capitol is less of a scene. I'd go for the Stephen F. Austin and habituate Congress for the "scene" but go elsewhere for serious food (other than breakfast and coffee at Royal Blue or Medici). If you want to try some of the stuff a college student might experience and therefore get a good bead on how it will be for her, stay north of the Capitol and hit some of the old standards in East (across I-35) Austin, like Cisco's, Angie's, LaBBQ, etc. or Dirty's on the drag. Look at any of the "critique my trip" threads for ideas on upscale dining. From where are you coming? Recommendations for someone coming from right or left coast may not be the same as for someone from Houston.

Feb 27, 2015
tim irvine in Austin

4 pieces of kitchen gear

My ten inch chef's knife, a cutting board, a rondeau, and either a slotted spoon or tongs.

Feb 27, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware

is it safe go make coq au vin in an enamel cast iron le crueset pot?

Better than fine. It would be my preferred pot. It is cold here. Please add two more thighs and an extra handful of onions and mushrooms.

Dinner ideas for a family with food restrictions!

If by spicy you mean hot, disregard this. If, however, spices that are not hot are ok, how about a tagine with some tastes like allspice or cardamom, broth, most of your choice, and vegetables. Make some cous cous on the side for those who can eat it.

Feb 24, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

chickpea salad

I like canned chickpeas with minced red onion, diced cucumber and tomato, crumbled feta, and rice vinegar.

Feb 24, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

Tagine on an Electric Coil Stovetop

Even with a heat disperser I'd hesitate, even on low. If you are going to try it, however, be sure to use one.

Feb 23, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware

Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Yep. I have also encountered them with cole slaw instead of sauerkraut.

Feb 22, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking
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Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Yep, hence the offering of chicken or vegetables.

Feb 22, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

Nice choices!

Feb 22, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

IMO a high end grinder is a necessity for espresso, but for press I find lower end burr grinders like Capressos adequate. It sounds as if convenience is an important part of your criteria, and although you can get an extreme high quality manual grinder at a more moderate price, I am having a hard time seeing you going that route. But I echo Kaleo's sentiments. I love feeding beans through my old hand cranked Spong, but it takes patience and a chopstick to jiggle the beans if grinding a very dark roast.

Feb 22, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware

Cooking for a Very Hungry, Slightly Picky Crowd

Reubens and Rachels?
Fajitas, mixture of shirt steak, chicken, and vegetables?
White beans with fennel sausage?

Feb 22, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

How long will you stand in line for food?

Yes, but I ache for Dungeness crab or abalone.

Feb 22, 2015
tim irvine in General Topics
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How long will you stand in line for food?

Franklin is clearly worth waiting for but other barbecue here in Austin and environs can, on occasion, be as good without the wait. The benefit of Franklin is the virtual certainty of something that is perfect. That said, dining out also involves the experience and IMO the experience of standing in a line on 11th St. is so much less fun than a top down drive to Taylor or Lockhart that I just get Franklin when a friend buys a couple of briskets for a party. An hour wait for any food is pushing my limit, even if they have a great bar. Hey, San Francisco, buy a smoker and make your own! It is easy.

Feb 21, 2015
tim irvine in General Topics

Things to do with tiny salty shrimp

I'll bet they'd be tasty sprinkled into a charred pork banh mi.

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

There are grinders and there are grinders. A burr grinder like a Baratza is easy to use and grinds into a container. It is easy on most burr grinders to set the timer to grind the desired amount for a pot. I grind, dump it into a double walled press, start the water (I use an ancient Russell Hobbs. I am sure modern electric pots are even better. ), walk out to fetch the paper, pour the water, press, and enjoy. It is wonderful coffee, very quick, and in terms of actual work is about a second to grind, three seconds to put the coffee in the pot, time to fill the kettle, and time to pour. Unlike a pour over the act of pouring is quick and requires no attentiveness.

Feb 21, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware

Mando Rayo's top 10 picks for classic ATX Tex-Mex

Not a bad list. A friend at work recently introduced me to the fajitas at Rosie's. I may need to do an A/B.

Feb 20, 2015
tim irvine in Austin

Help doctoring "crab casserole" leftovers

Frittata or panini or stuff it into a steak.

Feb 18, 2015
tim irvine in Home Cooking

Seeking durable kitchen pot holders, the kind you can use for really hot pots and pans

Have not seen any for years. We made this one.

Feb 18, 2015
tim irvine in Cookware