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Jumbo Lump Crameat-Pastrurized

I saw what is marked as lump crab at HEB Bunker Hill today for 11.99, but it's not jumbo lump. Your best bet is probably Airline Seafood on Richmond or the retail market of Louisiana Foods on W. 19th just outside the Loop. It's open 10-3 on M-F, call or go before 11 and after one as lunchtime gets really busy.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/louisiana-foo...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/airline-seafo...

1 day ago
James Cristinian in Houston

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Raw oysters, boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, fried fish, fried oysters, fried shrimp, chicken fried steak, a theme emerges.

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

Always red pepper for me, a splash of lemon if I have it, and copious amounts of garlic, even better leftover.

Acceptable Behavior ?

OP states the hungry couple arrived early.

Acceptable Behavior ?

Only ex-wife got pissed if I started eating first, former girlfriend got pissed if I waited for her, "What are you waiting for it'll get cold!" Rudely. If ex-wife and I went out to eat we had a discussion of type of food and then restaurants. Former girlfriend, "You're the man, you decide." Rudely. Ex-wife expected me to buy panty hose and feminine hygiene products. No problem. Former girlfriend totally flipped out at my suggestion of buying those two products. Sometimes you just can't win.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

If touching is an illegal battery call the police.

Prime Rib - Monmouth

Maybe you could have stacked one on top of the other and pretended it was a double cut. There's nothing better than a big, thick slab of beef.

Mar 27, 2015
James Cristinian in New Jersey

Too Beautiful To Eat

Nice.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Of course it's all on you tube. I was wrong, Spider gets a .38 to the foot, the .45 is to the chest later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4Vxe...

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

All the guys are sitting around playing cards and Spider, Michael Imperioli, forgets Tommy's drink, hence the mirage, pay no mind line. After a string of four letter words Tommy tells Spider to, "dance, dance the drink over!" Spider doesn't dance and dodge bullets quickly enough and ends up with a .45 to the foot.

Later on at another card game the bandaged Spider in a similar situation tells Tommy, Pesci to go f... himself. This does not sit well and Spider catches six to the chest.

This is pretty much all true according to real life gangster Henry Hill in the excellent Nicholas Pelagi book Wiseguy.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I got ignored once and I did the ole Tommy, Joe Pesci from Goodfellas line, "What I'm a mirage? I'm on your pay no mind list?" I really did this and if I had a gun someone would have got shot in the foot, kidding really unless their name was Spider. I did use the line, however.

Too Beautiful To Eat

Scaling really isn't necessary depending on the preparation but since the wifeacita and I prefer speckled trout and red snapper fried skin on scaling is needed. I use a spoon in short strokes so I don't get them all over the kitchen. I'm not sure it's possible to scale the massive scales on a redfish, I filet, flip over and run the knife against the skin.

Too Beautiful To Eat

A different take, Too Beautiful To Clean, as in a really large speckled trout or redfish with that beautiful bronze color. I'll leave it on the kitchen counter and marvel at it, snapping a few photos and wait until the wifeacita gets home so she can share in the moment. Same with a nice limit of trout. Eventually its filet, fry and enjoy.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

You will.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Troy, you left off Heinz Ketchup. I've got a twenty year old beef I'll hold for later in what surely will be a lengthy thread. Can we name names? Mods?

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

I've never seen Pacific Oysters live here but I did see them in jars a few weeks back at my normally abysmal Kroger seafood mini counter. I was somewhat taken aback and "panicked" and did not buy any. Kroger is not my normal grocer but if I see them again I'll definitely buy some.

I eat it my way

I like my smoked oysters with a touch of tobacco sauce.

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

Because where I live un shucked are available in 25 or 50 pound sacks, a bit much to process in my small kitchen, and if I do buy that much I'm not going to eat them all and not having adequate refrigerator storage will have to shuck them all and store in the 'fridge anyway. I can buy them by the dozen in Galveston or Seabrook, 100 mile round trip which I do around once a year, usually for the shells for oysters Rockefeller.

Yes I do know how to shuck my own and have a nice oyster knife that I've used many times.

Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

I was always intrigued by On the River but never made it. We like Red Snapper Inn in Surfside for lunch on the scenic way back door to Galveston I usually stay with the po-boys, fish, shrimp, and oyster a very good value. They come with home fries, really freshly made potato chips that can be a bit soggy, fine with me but the wifeacita gets hers crispy. I've always wanted to try a half pound char broiled burger that lots of the locals get but I can't drag myself away from the seafood. Po boys and burgers available only at lunch 11-2 closing time until dinner.

http://www.redsnapperinn.com/menu.html

Mar 26, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

It's actually Golden Chick, a small and growing chain. I like it a lot, the wifeacita not as much. There's one in Refugio I've eaten at a couple of times and there used to be on in Rockport that I enjoyed but no more. Speaking of Rockport no trip is complete there without a visit to Panjo's Pizza, the same Panjo's that was in Houston in the 80's. Thin crust pizza with a charred bottom, fewer toppings or just plain cheese is better.

http://panjospizza.com/

http://goldenchick.com/

Mar 26, 2015
James Cristinian in Houston

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

I failed to consider that.

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

They do not dry out at all as they are kept with their liquor in plastic or glass containers. I had some yesterday that were shucked 7 days prior and all the flavor was there. Virtually every oyster dish in every restaurant is prepared with previously shucked oysters and getting any shucked the same day or even two or three is not going to happen due to logistics.

Oysters are shucked at the processor, sent to a distributor, and then to the restaurant. So, even if a restaurant gets two day old oysters it's highly unlikely that they will be consumed that day or even the next. I know it's hard for people to believe but shucked oysters last a long time. I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast and have been eating them for almost fifty years, most not freshly shucked on the half shell.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Done deal, I was off today and I surprised the wifeacita with fried oysters. She is killing off the last four as we speak. A happy wifeacita=a happy marriage. I do love her so much!

First Dickey's BBQ in NJ opens in East Brunswick today

Please don't mistake this place for real Texas BBQ.

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

Oysters and shrimp, what a horrible time to get sick.

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

How were the shrimp? They always seem to have beautiful shrimp.

How long will my freshly shucked oysters stay good in fridge?

Troy, you are going to pay a pretty price for a quart of fresh shucked in Austin. Remember, places like Misho's, run by Croatian immigrant Misho Ivic so the price is apt to be much lower.Misho's not Misha is a very reputable producer being in business since the late 80's. I love Katie's in Galveston, also Sampson and Son's nextdoor. Curious what you paid for a quart? I just got on for 13.50 here in Houston.

http://www.katiesseafoodmarket.com/

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Tonight, asado de Puerco in fresh flour tortillas from a Houston taqueria. Tomorrow, fried oysters I'll make at home for the wifeacita, as she's extended no meat for Lent to Wednesdays. This weekend or maybe next, or both, I'll be messing up the kitchen with boiled crawfish.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

I had a hip and knee replaced last year. After the hip I had all you can eat Blue Bell ice cream from the freezer across the hall. It took me several months to shake that addiction.

After the knee, it was pretty much mushroom risotto and sautéed mushrooms, so I'm told, I was quite high from the drugs. It's a small surgical hospital with pretty good food, the wifeacita stayed in the room for four days, and I actually enjoyed my stay. I didn't want to go home.

Chicken Fried Steak

I always pan fry. Here is an authentic Texas, for sure recipe learned from my mother and by extension probably my grandmother.

Get the leanest cut of round steak you can find. Trim all fat and I cut into several pieces, cutting any fat out. Pound with the large side of a meat cleaver, place both sides in salted and peppered flour, pound flour in with small side of cleaver. Dip again in flour, egg and milk, back in flour and pan fry quickly, do not overcook.

It's real deal Texas chicken fried steak as good as any you'll find in Houston, and we've got quite a few that do it well. Simple but a tad bit messy.

If you do find it up there, make sure it's hand breaded in house, otherwise don't waste your time and money on it. Good luck.