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What's your favorite snowed-in comfort food?

Chicken and dumplings (some people call it chicken and noodles - same dish with flat strips of rolled out dough) followed by a movie and a nap. Repeat if desired.

Jan 12, 2011
soonerhound in General Topics

Downtown on a Sunday?

That is exactly what we did! We were far too full of holiday treats to try the churasco-style dining, but we had outstanding seafood dishes (scallops on coconut rice for me). The locaton was also conveniently located and we were able to walk to Wortham center. Highly recommend.

Jan 03, 2011
soonerhound in Houston

Mexican inspired holiday dinner

Thanks for the update! Sounds fantastic!

Jan 03, 2011
soonerhound in Home Cooking

Downtown on a Sunday?

Dear hounds-

Headed to downtown Houston for a 7 pm show tonight. Does anyone know of a great place to eat that will be open on a Sunday night? We are adventurous eaters. Any help would be appreciated!

Dec 26, 2010
soonerhound in Houston

Gender and Food

They don't eat quiche? Or so I have heard. I am a lady and I don't care for it, either.

Dec 21, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

How do you tell your mother-in-law her dinner parties/family dinners are not fun?

I really hope everything turns out ok. Take care of yourself and your family, rm.

Dec 21, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

What would you do with a cheese hater?

I thought it was funny, like most family teasing. :)

It reminded me of an unfunny big work lunch today, though, where my boss ordered an appetizer of cured meats for the table. I could tell that my (new!) co-worker absolutely did not want to try any of them, but the boss wouldn't let it go- she kept trying to make the new girl try these meats. Talk about awkward. After several awful minutes, I finally intervened and said, in a joking-but-not-really-joking way, "She DOESN'T WANT to eat the MEAT!"

Dec 20, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

Mexican inspired holiday dinner

That does sound wonderful. I'd suggest adding fried plantains as an "in-between" course. Also you could have different non-traditional ceviches for variety of flavor and color in apps. I have had some with orange, mango, and lots of other flavors. Let us know how it goes!

Dec 19, 2010
soonerhound in Home Cooking

How do you tell your mother-in-law her dinner parties/family dinners are not fun?

All right, I can tell when I've been outnumbered, but I can't resist one more:

First:

"people go to their parents home forever for the holidays there is NO declining the invitation, full stop."

This is a huge overgeneralization that fails to take into account that some families are not just quirky and add-a-glass-of-wine exasperating- they can be abusive, demeaning, and nasty. I would guess you don't intend to include those situations, but in your indignation you did include all "people."

With respect to OP, I hope she and her husband make the right choice, because MIL and FIL's transgressions sound pretty mild. But I don't think I get to say they are bad people if they limit their interaction with the folks to the other 364 days of the year.

Dec 08, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

How do you tell your mother-in-law her dinner parties/family dinners are not fun?

I don't think second class citizenship is at issue. I think it is far more respectful to attend their party as they have planned it, or else decline to do so, than to try to force the grandparents to host the party in the manner the second generation would prefer. OP brought up an alternative plan once, in a kind way, and they chose not to go for it.

That doesn't mean people shouldn't offer to help, but I think it is fair to assume that OP and the rest of the sibs have been offering to help for years to no avail.

Dec 07, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

How do you tell your mother-in-law her dinner parties/family dinners are not fun?

Yes- I wish I had said that, instead. Will be stealing it.

Dec 07, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

How do you tell your mother-in-law her dinner parties/family dinners are not fun?

Very polite, c. I don't think we really disagree. It is ok to bow to the old folks- certainly it is what I would do in OP's situation; but it helps to remember that there is no obligation we don't choose to undertake. Also wine helps.

Dec 07, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

How do you tell your mother-in-law her dinner parties/family dinners are not fun?

I love the holidays and all their complexity!

I think it is important to understand that your in-laws are beyond your control. Certainly, if you could gently nudge them to allow the siblings to take a bigger role in the prep, that would be great- conflict avoided and holiday saved! I would wager you already tries this approach and it didn't work out. In that case, I think you are left with only those choices available to any good dinner guest: accept their invitation and attend the party on their terms, or decline the invitation. You could start your own holiday tradition with your nuclear family, and work to meet the grandparents and other siblings at other times throughout the year. There is nothing wrong with that. In my opinion, it is preferable to attending a miserable dinner, but I understand that your priorities could be different, particularly given the scheduling nightmare you must have trying to coordinate 6 sibs and spouses! Best of luck.

Dec 06, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

Gross Holiday Foods You Put Up WIth?

"Salads" that are pink or green and involve cool-whip. Popular with some of the more senior Thanksgiving guests, but I just hate them!

Nov 21, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

What's Your Earliest Conscious Food Memory?

I think mine was KMnC too- appr. 4 years old. I was visiting next-door neighbors and they made some- we were living in South America and they had brought it back in their suitcase from the States. I remember racing back home as fast as I could to tell my parents about this mind-blowing orange food. It also could have been some shrimp my dad grilled- my mother and I ate every batch he cooked on our little grill before he had a chance to get them to the table- but I don't know which came first :) Both are great memories. I still love KMnC and grilled shrimp.

Nov 16, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

Opinions wanted re: Paris v. Somewhere in Italy

Just wanted to follow up and let you know that we had the best time imaginable in Paris- even though we did not "splurge" here. We spent our anniversary at Perraudin, and had a great meal for a great price. We are determined to return to Paris for the all-out extravagant meal in the future. Thanks to all the French Chowhounds for your help.

Jun 23, 2010
soonerhound in France

2 weeksin Florence

We followed Chowhound recs for a trip to Florence in April - we thought Sostanza and Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco (I think open on Sundays) were both outstanding. We balanced our budget with trips to the deli at a grocery store.

Jun 23, 2010
soonerhound in Italy

So I want to have a BizarreBQ at my place...

Too funny- I actually snorted!

May 23, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

So I want to have a BizarreBQ at my place...

How about desert vegetables in honor of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas? I have never done it, but you could serve some edible cactus. Or some yucca chips?

May 22, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

Organic Produce: A beautiful lie

I don't mind that people unthinkingly purchase "organic" produce, because I think the movement has helped me out. Here is my purely anecdotal evidence:

A few years ago, the teenagers at the checkout line at my grocery store would marvel at the thought that I was buying cage-free eggs. There were no free-range eggs, and there was no convenient way to buy fresh eggs. There was some outrageously expensive organic chicken trucked in from somewhere far away, and I bought it when I felt I could afford it. I guess it made me feel like I was doing something better than sticking with Tyson. Lots of other people must also have done this, because we now have a selection of more ethically raised eggs at the grocery store. Lots of organic produce and meat. But what's really interesting is that now we have several stores in town where we can buy fresh eggs from our local farmers. And produce, and beef, buffalo, and cheese. The farmer's market and food co-op are doing really well. And this is all being supported in my little chain-restaurant, mega-mart suburban town.

I think that when people first make the decision to invest more in their food for nutritional or ethical reasons, they are more inclined to keep thinking about it over time. And people thinking about food is a good thing for hounds.

May 12, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

Is the cuisine so boring or just bad that you have to ask for alternatives?

Interesting post. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Europe (still meaning to write up the restaurants on the Italy and France boards). We had carefully researched and planned for several special dinners at local places, and happily ate street fare and groceries most of the rest of the time. Since we were visiting the typical touristy sites for much of our trip, however, we found that most of the places open for lunch were the typical touristy lunch places- and they were expensive! In Rome, we learned a trick of stopping by a Chinese restaurant near our hotel at mid-day for a dirt-cheap and tasty snack and a couple of drinks to tide us over until our dinner reservations. Also there was just something funny about eating Chinese food in Rome- and vacations are about having fun :)

May 09, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

Coffee by the Carafe (at a nice brunch)?

I don't think it would be rude to ask.

Mar 29, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

Tulsa and Okalahoma City---How are these picks?

Can't speak for Tulsa, soccermom, but Cattlemen's is a geat OKC pick. Still, I hope you plan to spend the night, as the meals are heavy! Please be sure to get some lamb fries to start.

Mar 17, 2010
soonerhound in Great Plains

Weekend in Oklahoma City

I think the best bbq is at Leo's: http://www.leosbbqfactory.com/info.html

There is often a special little free treat for your meal, like dessert, or some stewed greens, etc.

Happy eating!

Mar 17, 2010
soonerhound in Great Plains

Best High quality Fine Dining Oklahoma City

The Coach House is just what you're looking for:

http://www.thecoachhouseokc.com/

It has a wonderful staff and great atmosphere as well as delicious food. The other high-end places are typically steak-oriented (Boulevard Steakhouse in Edmond, and Red Prime in Automobile Alley).. Since you are probably spoiled in the sense of fine dining, I'd recommend you also make sure to eat some of our more traditional fare- chicken fried steaks, okra, and catfish- during your visit.

Mar 16, 2010
soonerhound in Great Plains

Old olive uses....

If you have kids, they can learn about ancient egyptian mummification techniques and make their own mummies out of dollar-store dolls. OK it's a little weird, but I would hate for it to go to waste.

Mar 16, 2010
soonerhound in General Topics

Kids' menus at restaurants. Really? [From General Topics]

This! In reading above, I couldn't help but flash back to one of my most vivid childhood memories- "The Night They Couldn't Make Me Eat Stewed Squash." It was an epic battle, ending with lots of tears on both sides and no real winners. In time, the exposure to nutritious foods served me well, and there were no more sad tales after I was ten or eleven. So I am sure that there are plenty of children who naturally gravitate toward healthy choices, like salmon, but there are plenty who have to grow into it. Certainly, if these healthy choices would sell well on kids' menus, the restaurants would sell them!

I would certainly take issue with parents who think chicken nuggets are appropriate night after night for their kids, or that restaurant menus are a good representation of what is delicious or healthy, but that is a different issue.

Mar 15, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

Opinions wanted re: Paris v. Somewhere in Italy

This is correct. (After all, it is only our 2nd anniversary- I hope that as our marriage grows our budget will as well!)

Mar 05, 2010
soonerhound in France

How much do you tip when at a buffet?

When I worked as a server, the restaurant had a buffet for Sunday lunch. This was the worst shift to work because it was so busy and people tended to tip poorly or not to tip at all. At my place of work, it was understood that any server benefitting from a good station on a Saturday night would also be required to deal with the bummer of the Sunday lunch buffet crowd.

Mar 03, 2010
soonerhound in Not About Food

Opinions wanted re: Paris v. Somewhere in Italy

Thank you all for your thoughts- I am no more decided than I was yesterday, but at least I am more informed :)

Mar 03, 2010
soonerhound in France