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Crayfish anyone?

If it were a different time of year, I'd tell you to go to large grocery chain and ask the seafood counter if they could order live crawfish for you. Since the season is over, maybe you could ask if they could order frozen in the shell? I don't think they can be frozen with the head on. Maybe somebody else has better ideas.

Jul 17, 2014
arashall in Miami - Fort Lauderdale
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biscuits & gravy w/ eggs, country ham

I grew up on this kind of food. It's not fancy, and you make do with what you have. My mother and grandmother both make gravy with a fork, nothing else. Of course you can make eggs in a regular pan. That's what people did before non-stick pans :-) Whatever ham you have will be good. Some are better than others, but it's all good. Enjoy!

Jul 17, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

We all do it........7 foods for better bowel movements!

I don't know if the apple sauce is about getting stopped, or just being bland. When I needed the diet, I was in India, so apple sauce wasn't really available. Just green bananas and plain rice, or plain yogurt. Slooowly, in tiny amounts :-)

Jun 20, 2014
arashall in General Topics

We all do it........7 foods for better bowel movements!

Green bananas for BRAT.

Jun 20, 2014
arashall in General Topics

3 days in Seattle, first time, need help to please foodie husband!

Really? That's a bummer. I'll have to remember that for my next trip. Still, the public transportation was very nice and easy to use (coming from a huge city that has terrible public transportation).

Jun 17, 2014
arashall in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle, first time, need help to please foodie husband!

We stayed at the Marriott Pioneer Square because it was much less expensive. It's really not actually "on" Pioneer Square, so there was no issue with nightlife. There was still very easy access to Pike Place, etc. on the free downtown bus (can't remember what it's called). The train from the airport stops 1 block away. We also used the bus/train to get other places. VERY easy public transportation. Since we're from Houston, everything seemed very close together and easily accessible compared to what we are used to. However, be prepared to hike up and down hill a lot when you walk :-)

We also used the bus to get to Ballard and eat at http://lacartadeoaxaca.com/carta.html

Absolutely worth the trip! That black mole is one of the best things I've ever eaten! And Ballard is a nice place for an after dinner walk.

Jun 17, 2014
arashall in Greater Seattle

Noteworthy HEB/Central Market Products

We have to herbes de provence turkey at the big, but not to fancy store in Atascocita.

Jun 11, 2014
arashall in Austin

FDA Says No Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging

Oh dear lord! Do they have nothing better to do?

Jun 10, 2014
arashall in Food Media & News

Growing veggies in the front yard

My dog would be the one stealing the tomatoes! He's currently plotting how to get over, under, or around the fence that's keeping him from stealing. He LOVES tomatoes!

But seriously, my Dad grows lettuces and peppers in the front flower bed, and some tomatoes in pots that outside the back fence and easily accessible from the golf course. He has never had any stolen Also in a high-end neighborhood in a high-crime city. You don't make much cash from reselling them :-) As someone else notes, birds and squirrels are a bigger concern.

Jun 10, 2014
arashall in Gardening

Food-centric weekend

We have tons of great choices just down the road in Houston :-)

Jun 06, 2014
arashall in Southwest

Learned from experience?

I just thought of this. The first thing I ever impressed my friends with when I first started to get into cooking was "real" whipped cream on chocolate mousse. The mousse was the old "Chocolate Elephant" recipe from the Frugal Gourmet, and I'd seen Emeril do the whipped cream on TV. Everyone was amazed by the real whipped cream and thought it must be magic. I'm still surprised by how many people have never had anything but Cool Whip and are so easily impressed. This is an easy trick to learn :-)

Jun 05, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking
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Carrabba's Kirby/Voss Favorite Dishes

Love the shrimp Damian, too! Excellent choice.

Jun 04, 2014
arashall in Houston

Learned from experience?

If you are using a recipe, read through it twice, and assemble the ingredients and tools. That way you won't miss some instruction on first glance, and be frantically trying to do whatever it was that you overlooked.

Jun 04, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking
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Carrabba's Kirby/Voss Favorite Dishes

Cozze in bianco. Mussels in white wine and herbs. Love them! They will do a 1/2 portion appetizer if you ask nicely (the regular one is huge), and that way you have room for other stuff.

Jun 02, 2014
arashall in Houston
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Fig Newtons, what am I chewing on/spitting out?

I thought I was crazy when I noticed that in a recent package of Fig Newtons! Glad to know I'm not. I don't eat them very often, but I was sure I didn't remember ever having to spit out pieces of unchewable twig, or whatever. It was annoying enough that I considered calling to complain.

Jun 02, 2014
arashall in General Topics

What's your summer guilty pleasure?

I don't feel guilty, but when August gets here and the Houston heat is unbearable, I break out the frozen Thin Mints. The only Girl Scout cookie that makes it till summer in my house.

May 19, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Young palate and wallet / formal Prom Night on the Waterfront

I'm not from Seattle, I visit, but I immediately thought of the Pink Door. Honestly, when I visited, I didn't think the food was fabulous, but the atmosphere is suited to high school romance.

May 01, 2014
arashall in Greater Seattle

Bringing food/coffee into another shop

That could be a cultural issue. One thing I like about living in Thailand is that it is perfectly fine to bring food from one shop to another, particularly if a group want to dine together. If it's the same in Vietnamese culture, then that may explain why the waiter was unconcerned.

May 01, 2014
arashall in Not About Food

Broccoli romanesco, a psychedelic (looking) vegetable!

That's so cool! I'd love to have it for a center piece!

Apr 30, 2014
arashall in Greater Boston Area

Beginner question on roasting vegetables

I like to use any ceramic casserole type pan because the cleanup is easy. Not fancy, I find useful sizes for cheap at discount home stores. Just experiment with herbs and seasonings. It's pretty hard to go wrong if you're using seasonings that you generally like.

Apr 28, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Thursday lunch in Houston

Ya'll must all drive slower than me, or maybe you don't go down 59 to downtown :-) But Pappadeaux and Jimmy G's are reliable, too. If you just want to escape the airport, there's also Pappas Seafood (same chain, a little less Cajun emphasis then Pappadeaux) a few minutes north of the airport on Highway 59.

Apr 23, 2014
arashall in Houston
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Thursday lunch in Houston

If you like Hugo's, chef Hugo Ortega has several other restaurants in Houston. You might consider Backstreet Cafe, although the time in traffic will be longer. His newest offering, Caracol, has been earning rave reviews, but I'd be even more concerned about traffic.

http://backstreetcafe.net/location.html

Apr 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

Thursday lunch in Houston

The same area as Hugo's has tons of great restaurants, so you don't necessarily have to venture further for great food. You can get to/from Hugo's from IAH in an hour (or less, depending on traffic). I think you have time. Do you have another kind of food you're interested in? That would help us give you better suggestions.

Apr 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

Dual-Use Kitchen Stuff

Good idea! I never know what to do with mine. It's wrapped around a rolling pin, but doesn't quite stay in place.

Apr 17, 2014
arashall in Cookware

What food have you lost a taste for?

James,

I don't think it comes in single serve, but when you're able to walk and carry a big carton, check out the new salted caramel Bluebell. It's my dangerous new addiction. Wishes for a good recovery!

Apr 15, 2014
arashall in General Topics
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Caracol (Hugo's owned new restaurant) last night

Yes, I did too! That's what made me pick Caracol for my celebration lunch. I'd not been able to make up my mind because there are so many good places to choose from when I'm spending the company's money instead of my own ;-)

Apr 11, 2014
arashall in Houston

Caracol (Hugo's owned new restaurant) last night

I get to visit Caracol next month to celebrate 10 years with my company. Can anyone who has been recently recommend dishes that you've really enjoyed? Thanks!

Apr 10, 2014
arashall in Houston

Good Pizza Place That Delivers Near Town & Country/ Memorial Area

When I worked in the energy corridor, I used Brothers for big meetings with a couple of hundred guys. They can handle a big order if you plan ahead. They were always on time and the order was correct. Not fancy pizza, but consistent NY style. And I like that they are a family-owned place.

Apr 07, 2014
arashall in Houston
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Taking my mother to dinner

I was thinking about the far west side of town, and Le Mistral came to mind. I don't know about fun, but it has a very nice atmosphere and delicious food. It please my Mom, and she can be tough to please :-)

http://www.lemistralhouston.com/

I'll also second, or third Hugo's. The menu at Hugo's is also fairly meat oriented.

Apr 07, 2014
arashall in Houston

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

I was just going to mention this. I had very good pizza in Amsterdam, and everybody in the place ate with knife and fork. They looked at us like we had lost our minds when we suggested cutting the pie into pieces. However, I've also eaten pizza in Italy, with Italians, who ate it American style, by hand.

Apr 07, 2014
arashall in Not About Food