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All things Goat

Homestead Farm in Keller has grade “A” raw goat's milk. Maybe cheese.

Mar 25, 2014
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Cowboy chicken cobbler

If it's "cakey", it's probably a Deep South style cobbler, also known as a 1-1-1-1 cobbler. My grandmother made this as far back as I can remember.

1 cup (self-rising) flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, 1 stick melted butter. 1 can fruit pie filling or similar amt fresh fruit with sugar.

Mix all ingredients (except fruit) together lightly. OK if a few lumps. Do not overmix. Pour mixture into an 8x8 or 9x9 or similar volume glass casserole. Empty fruit into center of mixture. Do NOT stir. As it bakes, the batter will rise up and over the fruit and fruit will spread some.

Bake on 350/375 for 40 min-1 hour plus - all depends on size of the baking dish. Bake until bubbly and golden on top. Serve topped with cream or ice cream.

These recipes are passed along generation to generation, so there is no a hard-core recipe.

If you want something a bit more tangible..... http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2011/07/...

Jan 28, 2014
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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Ah yes... Fairly common knowledge that a good Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with oysters, but if one prefers a less sweet choice, Pinot Grigio is an excellent choice.

Feb 15, 2013
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Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Lol! Perhaps that's the difference. I prefer an oyster to taste like the ocean, not a fruit or vegetable. And honestly, if they resonate any taste of metal, I send them back - regardless of originating coastline.

Feb 15, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Interestingly, not all would agree that ocean selections are more flavorful that gulf options. I believe it's a personal taste, which only you can decide. I find the brininess of the Gulf oysters much more appealing. But that's how my taste runs. You should find somewhere that has both and try each - standalone, without red or Mignonette sauce.

Feb 15, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Conference at the Anatole

So pleased to read of your successes!! And do come back!

Feb 15, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

Nearby on McKinney Av - S&D Oyster Co. New Orleans style oyster bar, long-time independent, casual with beer and limited wine. My personal favorite, trusted source for (raw and fried) Gulf oysters.

Within a 4-5 block walk of the Melrose, Pappadeaux's - regional chain, casual, full bar.

Feb 09, 2013
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Wild Boar

PBS, Ch 13 DFW, tomorrow (Sat, 2/8),11am - TX Parks and Wildlife discusses hunting, trapping and cooking feral hog.

Feb 08, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

Once you arrive and if you decide to come to G'vine, repost and I'll route you directions through a "back way" to avoid the often-time traffic congestion (particularly during peak and early evening hours) due to extensive highway construction through G'vine.

Feb 07, 2013
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Must Eat Restaurants-Downtown Dallas or Arlington

Just for info - Lupe's is definitely more (Mexican) restaurant than bar. The others mentioned are more sports bar with menus.

Feb 06, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Good places around Arlington, please!

I hope you thoroughly enjoy your "foodie crawl" time while here.

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

That question is probably better asked closer to your arrival time. D/FW is not huge on the crawfish front, but there are a number of restaurants that have them, though not all the time, depending on price and availability.

Pappadeaux is a large regional chain, so it's not a surprise their quality control wanes at times. I would say the same of Uncle Julio's Mexican, but if they have a particular dish to your liking, then jump on it! :)

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

The outlet is in Grand Prairie. I'm of no help there.

Feb 05, 2013
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Good places around Arlington, please!

Sorry, I don't know about the goat. Once you arrive, I'd call them direct as it may be a seasonal item.

You should be arriving right in the middle of crawfish season. It began the beginning of Jan. this year.

RE: Babes - You order your meat entree, salad and *all* the sides and biscuits are served family style and unlimited - honey and molasses are staples on the table. Dessert and drink is extra. No alcohol - not sure if that location is BYOB.

Feb 05, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Good places around Arlington, please!

Yes, there is an Uncle Julio in Grapevine - Wm D Tate @ Hwy114.

Tamales: while in G'vine, Tommy Tamale is your best bet, but they are for take "home'' and heat. I'm going to tell you he purchases them from multiple local sources, freezes them, then sells to the public. You're going to read "freezes" and say "bleh....". Not so! Google Tommy Tamale and read others' reviews. His tamales are undeniably good. Hopefully you will have access to a micro while here, but if not, he usually keeps the more popular ones "ready to eat" in a crock pot - so if you want to buy some of those and "tailgate" it, that would be an option - call ahead to place your order.

He also has various salsas, tamale toppings, jellies and chips available, but the tamales will stand on their own, plain. Steve and Jan are both great people - Steve LIKES to talk! :) http://tommytamale.com/

Feb 05, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Good places around Arlington, please!

It sounds like you liked Uncle Julio's - there's one in Grapevine as well as other notable restaurants. Also check out a couple of well-liked taquerias (El TacoH and Burritos Locos) and Tolbert's for dinner and live music most nights. https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/Default.aspx
http://www.tolbertsrestaurant.com/

Bishop Arts is about a 15 min. drive east and south. There are a number of well-liked and reviewed, independent restaurants in the area. While driving there from I-30, you'll likely pass Smoke - great daily breakfast and Sunday brunch as well as lunch and dinner. http://bishopartsdistrict.weebly.com/
http://smokerestaurant.com/

Fried Chicken! Babe's Chicken Dinner House (local chain) in Arlington. http://www.babeschicken.com/our-kitch...

Feb 05, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Must Eat Restaurants-Downtown Dallas or Arlington

A city's skyline is always a unique view not seen anywhere else. You could enjoy a cocktail and appetizer atop Reunion Tower (the ball) at Five Sixty (happy hour Mon-Thur). http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...

Feb 05, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Don't like tex-mex. Help me change my mind.

"Stellar" restaurants is hardly the topic. Why the snarky Grapevine hate?

Feb 03, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Don't like tex-mex. Help me change my mind.

No need to hate on G'vine - particularly when you're wrong.

Feb 03, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Conference at the Anatole

Smoke being considerably nearer to the Anatole than Bishop Arts' Oddfellows.

Feb 01, 2013
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Andouille Sausage - What grocery or specialty stores in Plano/N. Dallas

They have a very small (about 3 tables) eatery. The boiled shrimp in the case are quite alluring, but if you're tempted to order a plate of fried shrimp, you'll be sorely disappointed when you are served frozen popcorn shrimp. :( That said, the fried oysters were small (a couple of months ago), but tasty and barely cooked, as they should be.

If you cook red beans and rice, be sure to pick up a bag of their Camellia brand beans. You'll be surprised at the creaminess of the finished bean and liquor as compared to the local grocery store brand.

Jan 30, 2013
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Conference at the Anatole

Take a look Smoke, relatively near the Anatole (opens at 8am) or, just east of downtown Dallas in Deep Ellum, AllGood Cafe (opens at 9am). Given morning rush hour, AllGood is probably further than you wish.

Jan 30, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Andouille Sausage - What grocery or specialty stores in Plano/N. Dallas

Bayou Boys in Lewisville (ok, not Plano) has Savoie. http://www.thebayoumarket.com/Cajun_D...

Jan 28, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Interesting eats in NE Tarrant County??

Looking at Southlake's newly opened Rockfish Grill's menu today, they have a quite extensive beer menu - both domestic and craft.

Jan 25, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

What are the best bakeries in Dallas?

An excellent multi-generational bakery is Stein's - SW corner Preston/635. Been around since the 1940's - old-school, so nothing "artisinal", just simple and good. They have a handful of bread selections, which I've never tried - the sweet baked goods are not not cloyingly sweet. Top picks: cherry crowns, gingerbread men, petit fours, fruit pies.

Jan 24, 2013
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Coffee House in Grapevine ??

Buon Giorno roasts their own beans.

Jan 23, 2013
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How do you reply with an iPhone?

Well, full capabilities were mysteriously restored overnight. I did notice I was having issues with other sites, some giving Java Script error msgs. I wasn't under the impression Java was loaded on any Apple product. In any case, the sun spot turned away and all sites are functioning properly today......

Jan 18, 2013
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Dallas - Thin Crust Pizza

I just went to Eno's about a month ago. I had the Northside and found it generally lacking flavor, even though the menu listed a number of usually flavorful aromatics. I would expect to find a mild, sweet, European basil on pizza, but here, they chose to use the more pungent Asian variety (that, I did taste). The listed ingredient of salami was visually non-existent, so needless to say, that flavor also was non-existent. Disappointing.

Stick with Cane Rosso and order anything with the hot soppressata.

Jan 17, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

What are the best bakeries in Dallas?

So it's not Dallas, but back in summer, a neighbor was talking good things about Anakaren Bakery in Arlington - don't know the exact location.

Also Breadhaus in Grapevine.

Jan 17, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whats are some Favorite/Specialty items you buy at Central Market and Whole Foods?

I added brine up about 1/3 the way. Those lids fit pretty tightly, so I keep the container at the front of the fridge and give them a flip-over every few days. I usually eat them within 2 weeks and they're fine. I don't like paying for brine either!

Jan 16, 2013
CocoaNut in Dallas - Fort Worth