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Bat Charcuterie

Oh man, my bat party might get trumped by the "Hot Dog Hoedown!" tonight at Brentwood Elementary. My daughter really wants to go and that's most important. I....cannot.....wait to be in line with a hundred plus kids for a hotdog. You are all welcome to join me. Amysue?

12 minutes ago
rudeboy in Austin

Favorite brown bag lunches that don't require reheating

TDQ is getting a Thermos!

about 1 hour ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking
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Bat Charcuterie

I really should get one of those! I can't remember if we had this conversation previously, or if it was over on home cooking. I see that they are cheap on Amazon.

about 4 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin

Fork and Taco

I tried, and could not find one.

about 15 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin

noodle side dish request

Seriously, or is this all in good humor?

about 15 hours ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

noodle side dish request

This sounds good. I have cheated by using Better than Bouillon Lobster base as the salt in the boil, and a boatload of macerated garlic in the boil. If I can manage to reduce it to nearly au sec and control the salty.........then toss around in butter to serve, kids go all locust.

about 16 hours ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

What is the nutritional breakdown for this recipe?

In terms of fat - high.Most of these recipes do not drain any fat. Where's the milk?

about 18 hours ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

noodle side dish request

I have also tried cooking the pasta in a small amt of water after boiling macerated garlic and salt into that water. Almost like a risotto, and ending up with very little water at the end. I was trying to copycat the noodles at a local viet place.

about 19 hours ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking
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Bat Charcuterie

Didn't think about taking Lamar, as the #3 is at the end of my block. But we could easily drive over and park on the street. I'll check the route. Thanks! If not for tomorrow, for future reference.

about 20 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin

Bat Charcuterie

Well, plus, for a pizza of that quality, I'd like to eat it in the store piping hot! We can't leave til 6, and there might be traffic heading up. I bought some sopressata and 18 month cheddar and some other stuff this afternoon. My 4 and 6 year olds gobble it up. Mother wants to buy lunchables and I refuse. Will go to Phonecia later for feta and various olives. I haven't challenged them too much with anything other than black olives.

I'll go on about my kids and endure rolling eyes (not like the Austin board is extremely active lately). It is interesting to challenge them food-wise, and not offer alternatives ("This house is not a restaurant!"). I'm not trying to brag, because I'm a scientist, but they will eat almost anything except for kale. Lucky to have the restaurants that we do in Austin - some towns are lucky to have a Cracker Barrel. Went to a thai place yesterday and they did ok and consumed the fish sauce preparation. My 6.5 yo daughter can endure a two chile spice pretty easily now, but it took a while. Starting to teach her knife skills with an 8 inch chef. I know, it's like when someone starts going on about their cat and your eyes glaze over!

about 20 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin
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Texas Monthly BBQ Festival 2014

To add to this with regard to festivals in general, I may be changing my mind. Heard on K-UT today that the "Great Lawn" of Zilker will be cordoned off to prep for ACL, perform the two weekends, and repair. I went to ACL the first three years and had fun, but then it got lame. I think I heard three month's total. I wonder what the average Austinite is getting out of this. They do have decent food there, though. I read in this week's Chronicle that the City Council is considering a proposal for the organizers to increase reimbursement to the City up to 100% of the City's cost.

And SXSW has turned into a Bacchanalian boozefest with little food value.

about 21 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin
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Bat Charcuterie

Thanks kosheri - they have improved the service along burnet rd to downtown. Still kind of a long walk for my young children. But still an option.

about 22 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin

Beef Stew - what are your secrets or tips for making a really good meal?

Thanks for the tip, happygoluckyinoregon. I'm about to make a stew this week and will be sure to follow your advice. After all, it is "cooling down" to 90 degrees here in Texas!

about 23 hours ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Bat Charcuterie

Wow, thanks y'all. We will do this tomorrow. I just checked the train schedule and the commie wagon only runs until 6:30 PM, so I'd have to take a rickshaw back home. So Round Rock it is! Checked the Fire in the Hole website.....is it really good? Just asking because of the prices. I'm trying to be on a budget with food and drink. I calculated what I spent the year before last and it is rather embarrassing.

about 23 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin

Bat Charcuterie

This explains why I saw bats a couple of times coming home from Dallas along I35. I figured that they were the Congress bats taking the risk of entering Williamson County. Obviously, the Wilco bats are more reliable than those damn hippie Austin bats.

I too have had the experience of the damn bats not emerging on Congress. Actually, I have never seen them emerge, but I haven't tried to see them too many times.

about 24 hours ago
rudeboy in Austin
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Bat Charcuterie

Thinking of taking the train with my kids to see the bats before they all fly away to Mexico. I can find the predicted bat emersion times, but does anyone have recent experience with actual times and a good location from which to view.

1 day ago
rudeboy in Austin

Dinner Menu for Wine Club Gathering

Sometimes, a lowbrow menu works well in these situation...a bit of kitsch to offset the garishness of a wine tasting. For my age group, I'd do 70's style canapes, a hotdog fondue pot, and green jello with some sort of grape or berry floating in it. And I'm not kidding.....just something to consider. Play Herp Alpert and other such music all night.

But if that's not the cup of tea, one suggestion I have is ravioli. You can buy very nice prepared ravioli with a variety of fillings. I was at a friends the other day, and after boiling them, she pan seared in a sage/clarified butter until slightly toasted. I'd never done that, but I thought it was wonderful.

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

How long can I keep this lamb?

I think that it will be perfectly fine, but I tend to push it a bit. If you can reheat it well without destroying the dish!

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

As a sociologist, I read many of the responses here. Living proof of the decline in Western Civilization! ;-)

1 day ago
rudeboy in Features

Liquid at the Bottom of Crock Pot

Also consider reducing that liquid a bit on the stove and combine with a roux to use for a sauce. Depending on the saltiness.

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

North Central - the zone for unique ethnic treats

I must go there, as one of my best restaurant experiences was at an Afghan restaurant in the East Village NYC. My sister and I had been wiped out by overdoing museums and walking and such, and this place had a cushion table in the window. We sat there for three hours, soaking up appetizer plates of food and cheap wine. I can still remember my feet thanking me with feelings of relief when we sat down. Can't remember any of the dishes, though.

1 day ago
rudeboy in Austin
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Recipe for best pancakes ever (Cafe Luluc)?

Well, if you normally cook for many people, maybe return and get something less expensive to use for pancakes. I get the late night munchies, so i would use it for searing little steaks, small but thick cuts of fish, reducing pan sauces, a coupla sunny up eggs, etc. The pouring spouts hinder the usage, as you can't cover it.

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Beef Stew - what are your secrets or tips for making a really good meal?

Maybe I'm just too drunk, but none of this makes any sense to me. But I am always wide-opened to enlightenment.

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

"Old school" people who fry in cast iron . . . .

Is that less safe than Mitt Romney?

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Beef Brisket ideas

Sheepishly admitting that the fact that I kept calling the Eagles "the Beagles" did not go over too well. I had to purge that from my lexicon!

1 day ago
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Beef Brisket ideas

That's wonderful that it turned out well. I've been smoking briskets in TX, but am wanting to try out some oven preps this "winter."

Also, I'm a cowboys fan, but my wife is from Philly. I watched a Cowboys Eagles game in Lansdale. Me, the sole cowboy; them, fifteen rabid Eagles fans. Y'all beat the hell out of us that time. Something like 56-10. It was a great time, and congenial. (Which is surprising for eagles fans ;-).)

Sep 21, 2014
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Beef Stew - what are your secrets or tips for making a really good meal?

cstout, FWIW, I had the same questions about pudding and loonie sized!

Sep 21, 2014
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Recipe for best pancakes ever (Cafe Luluc)?

Do it! That pan would be good for searing scallops or something later. Tell us what happens. I was going to try it this AM, but SO issues prevailed.

Sep 21, 2014
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Recipe for best pancakes ever (Cafe Luluc)?

I have some second-had copper/steel ones that look like this:

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/mauviel...

Here's an affordable one that has a similar shape:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

These links are crazy huge - sorry.

Sep 21, 2014
rudeboy in Home Cooking

Recipe for best pancakes ever (Cafe Luluc)?

Agree with the shape of the skillet that produces this pancake. That looks right. Just sneak into the kitchen and say "Oh, I was looking for the restroom!"

Sep 21, 2014
rudeboy in Home Cooking