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Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

There are a couple guilty pleasures that I just can't do anymore because the high sodium content makes me miserable. I grew up eating mac & cheese from a box, even though my mother could certainly cook, and I made a mean doctored m&c. Unfortunately even the organic ones have a zillion milligrams of sodium.

The other thing is my favorite brand of frozen pizza, which is definitely declasse. I buy a nice frozen crust (at several times the price of the terrible pizza) and make my own now, and it just isn't the same.

about 7 hours ago
foiegras in Home Cooking

Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

I always wondered looking at the Avon catalogs of my childhood, 'Who buys this stuff? Who collects cologne bottles shaped like cars?' And then I found out. The effect of a houseful (I'm talking every surface) is really stunning.

And btw, if you're wondering how to know whether you've arrived or not, let me ask you ... Do you own a Cracker Barrel franchise? (This is considered the pinnacle of achievement in that branch of the family.)

about 20 hours ago
foiegras in Home Cooking

Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

Well, it may look that way ... but I'd like everyone having these parties to know that I have relatives who make red-eye gravy, whose entire houses are decorated with Avon collectibles. For whom no accessory is more important than the spittoon.

I can bring it toooo! I am genetically qualified. Just sayin'.

1 day ago
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Your "evil food" (super unhealthy) recipe?? :)

Why does no one invite me to these white-trash theme parties?!

Apr 15, 2014
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Please suggest a wedding gift

Have mercy.

Apr 15, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

We'll know it's bad when people start registering for IVF.

Apr 14, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

The only registry that really struck me as excessive was the one for Elizabeth Taylor's 8th wedding.

Apr 14, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

Wow. Although it's awfully nice of them to include an option for someone who has only a dime (and a nickel) to spare.

A member of my own family had (for a second wedding) both a normal registry and a honeymoon registry where you could spring for dinner, massages, golf, etc. It was called Honeypot ... or something. Some people may have loved that option--I did not. I got white everyday dishes from the sparsely-populated normal registry.

Apr 13, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

Not really, unless you count the three in a row failures to rise over 20 years ago. I have not used yeast since, but it did occur to me years later that it probably was simply dead yeast (in a three pack), and had I thrown out the remaining two, I would probably still be baking yeast bread today.

I too am a believer that all can be fixed, and it drives me absolutely batty to hear a coworker talk about his dishes that don't turn out. Last time it was a bread pudding recipe where he used half & half instead of heavy cream. I suggested three different ways he could have fixed the situation, but he had already thrown it out in disgust (even though it tasted fine!). Argh ... I hate to see food wasted like that.

Apr 12, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

Kitchen cabinets-quote that almost gave me a heart attack!

That is exactly why the cabinets I inherited are just fine! Some paint and new hardware and we'll be good.

Apr 12, 2014
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Fried Catfish

I was sure I had no idea what you were talking about, and I've been to Zeke's many times ;) Over in Poly (Wesleyan neighborhood), there are mom & pop soul food places, including a fantastic diner that probably serves fried catfish at least on occasion.

Zeke's doesn't do much but fry, even the vast majority of the vegetables are fried, but that has clearly been enough. What I find quite memorable about it is the inlaid red and green linoleum "Zeke's" as you walk in. That and the very interesting drive-through, where you'll be asked to circle around if someone's behind you--it has some of the worst paving in the city.

Apr 12, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Your favorite Le Creuset color

It's totally done ... I'm sure LC is dying for you to do it!

I have cherry red, Dune, Linen, and Aubergine. The colors are intended to look good together.

Apr 12, 2014
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Fried Catfish

Wow ... nowhere near Texas Wesleyan! I usually get the fried shrimp ... will have to try the catfish.

Apr 11, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Please suggest a wedding gift

I thought of this thread when I saw mentioned in a magazine article that the best wedding present the author received was a pair of Groucho Marx glasses/eyebrows/noses to be worn during fights, still in use many years later. I bet they didn't register for those ;)

Apr 11, 2014
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Please suggest a wedding gift

I've had a similar experience with my own taste developing ... it is certainly not what it was in my 20s. I still have and use things I acquired at that time, and it's not that I hate them now, but they're no longer what I would choose. It took awhile for my taste as it is now to develop. I also think that one's home, if it has character, helps set the standard of appropriateness for acquisitions, and of course, few 20-somethings have one yet.

I really appreciate the family items I have, even if they don't rise to the term 'heirloom.' For me, that would be a lovely gift.

Apr 10, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

Hope it comes back, il Divo.

Apr 09, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

All things Goat

Has anyone run into friction when ordering goat? I have found that I have a lot of difficulty getting goat in an Indian restaurant.

Once (even though I ordered by number) I was brought chicken instead. When I insisted on being served goat, they dragged their feet & eventually brought it to go.

Just the other day (different restaurant, different town) I was told they were out of goat, and that I should order the (once again!) chicken. Awhile later the waiter came back and allowed that they might have some, and I did end up getting it. I was the only woman and the only non-Indian in the restaurant (not counting employees).

Anyone else have this issue?

Apr 08, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

Hmm, that's kind of unusual for foodies I think, to be judgy about someone else's palate ...

As you might guess, I like foie gras, but I know plenty of people who don't. It is a lot of fat/very rich, and that is not for everyone.

I have texture issues with fish, and I can't recall anyone telling me to get over it. Also not a fan of caviar, beer, and red wine.

I generally go with my first instinct on something, and very rarely try to 'develop my palate.' I feel it's plenty broad. The only exception that comes immediately to mind is white wine. I'm a supertaster and had to develop a taste for it. I decided to do so because I wanted to be able to drink away from home, and here in the Bible belt there are many places without a full bar where your choices are beer or wine.

I was reading on Ruth Reichl's blog recently about how she developed a taste for natto. Probably 'That's just crazy' crossed my mind while I was reading ...

Apr 08, 2014
foiegras in Not About Food

Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

Here you go: http://www.marthastewart.com/315433/b...

I pack the baking dish with carrots, and I may make extra sauce too ... it's been awhile, so I don't remember. Leftovers are excellent over pasta, like a ragu.

I grew up eating barbequed brisket, but I don't think my family ever braised it either. It *is* wonderful. My Dublin Dr Pepper short ribs are TDF too ;)

Apr 08, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

Passover brisket: Joan Nathan's Mothers or "My Favorite?" Input please!

I'm not Jewish, but I love Martha Stewart's brisket recipe. It has a piquant tomato based sauce (you rub the brisket with spices), and is braised with carrots. In fact, I'm probably going to crave it now ...

Apr 07, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

turkey burger

Rodeo Goat has one on the menu ... but you'll never find out from me what it tastes like ;) Their beef burgers are excellent--a favorite of mine is the Sugar Burger.

Apr 07, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Wedgwood or Apilco?

As a collector of vintage, I don't find that strange at all :)

Apr 07, 2014
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Wedgwood or Apilco?

You could try Replacements if you want older production ...

Apr 05, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

Exactly :) I used to call my Honeycomb Frito feet. It is a cute little smell--especially if you like Fritos ;)

Apr 04, 2014
foiegras in Home Cooking

Your favorite (non-smelly) one pot/one dish recipes?

Maybe you can put some dishes of baking around in inconspicuous places ...

And I must say I love the smell of home cooking & baking! For me it would be a feature ;) Like today when I came home for lunch I could smell the granola I made last night. Love that!

Apr 04, 2014
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What do you want to find in a vacation rental kitchen?

What I don't want is a can opener I can't figure out how to use (this has happened). I've owned several different designs, and this one was none of them.

Apr 04, 2014
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Farmers Market in Plano, TX

Yes, I hadn't realized how old most of this thread is at first.

Apr 03, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Le Creuset new Matte color line

Hmm, not really a fan. I like the shine of normal LC. It's true that less scrubbing does lead to a less shiny appearance ... but not the chalkiness of this Matte. Of course, I don't really like the chalky matte paint I see everywhere either.

I suspect some of our major LC fans here are really gonna hate this ... so I'll sit back now & wait for those comments ;)

Apr 03, 2014
foiegras in Cookware

Innovative in Dallas--April 5-7

Wow, poutine with foie gras. That butcher isn't just blind, he's crazy. I'll have to check it out ...

Apr 02, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth

Farmers Market in Plano, TX

Do you consider Mexico local?

Apr 02, 2014
foiegras in Dallas - Fort Worth