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La Carta de Oaxaca - good?

Oh no! I hate to see this. I went 2 years ago when I last visited, based on what I'd seen about the black mole. I thoroughly enjoyed the rich complex mole, but admit that whatever my sister chose (not mole) was good, but not fabulous. I was going to drag the whole family up there in August and make them all order the mole, but it sounds like it may have gone downhill. I'm from Houston, so we have every kind of Mexican food from the gifted Hugo Ortega to cheap, greasy Tex-Mex. We certainly don't need any more Mexican unless it's really outstanding. Opinions? Has the masterful mole lost its mojo? Thanks!

about 3 hours ago
arashall in Greater Seattle

Peeps!!!!!!!

What a great idea! We used to do that with Tootsie Roll Pops. Wish I had thought of the Peeps.

Mar 25, 2015
arashall in General Topics

Is it possible to connect bread together?

Where are you in Thailand? If you have an Indian restaurant nearby, chapati make an acceptable substitute. And I'd bet that any Mexican restaurant in Bangkok or Chiang Mai would sell you a few tortillas.

Mar 24, 2015
arashall in Home Cooking

Tilapia (farm raised)

There is tilapia that is farm-raised in the U.S., and in South America that is farmed under much better conditions than the infamous Chinese import. However the price might reflect the difference in quality. A good alternative for you might be U.S. farm-raised catfish. It's very mild in flavor, and can be cooked in any way imaginable.

Mar 17, 2015
arashall in General Topics
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Closeby small town places where you like to eat for a mini roadie

And great chocolate malts made with Blue Bell at the Dairy Cone!

Mar 17, 2015
arashall in Houston
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Texas Itinerary Help

Yes! We want a trip report!

Feb 13, 2015
arashall in Texas
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Bleach usage in the kitchen

Ooh! Thanks for the great idea. Why didn't I think of that?

Feb 13, 2015
arashall in Cookware

A more lemon-y lemon bar?

Based on my experience, plain lemons make better lemon bars than Meyer lemons. They Meyers are not as tart or strong in flavor. If you want to use the lemons from your tree, you might try adding just a touch of lemon extract along with including the zest.

Texas BBQ

Love Louie Mueller!

Feb 09, 2015
arashall in Austin

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

We use Wolf Brand, but "real" chili dogs always call for canned chili.

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

I have a marinade recipe that calls for something ridiculous like 1/2 Tbsp of minced onion. I just threw in onion powder on a lazy day and could not tell the difference. Now it's standard practice for that recipe unless I happen to have onion already chopped.

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

Our family tradition is making peanut brittle for Christmas. We use Parkay because my grandmother's recipe says "oleo". We know she used Parkay later in life, so we stick with it. I would not touch it for anything else. We always throw away the rest of the box after making a few batches of peanut brittle.

Jan 22, 2015
arashall in Home Cooking
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Opions of popcorn poppers

I've got one, too. I nursed a garage sale version from the 70s until it died and I had to get a new one. Easy and good popcorn.

Jan 21, 2015
arashall in Cookware

Texas Itinerary Help

Another opinion. I'd skip Chuy's. Maybe the old one, but definitely not any in the suburbs. Too many better options.

Jan 19, 2015
arashall in Texas
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Texas Itinerary Help

I'm all about that moist brisket, too. Ribs are OK, but brisket's where it's at. They will pretty much cut it however you like it.

Jan 19, 2015
arashall in Texas
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Texas Itinerary Help

Yes, it does. Also true of Houston. Almost as well known for Asian as Tex-Mex. I'd get off the River Walk in SA. I have fond memories of the Blanco Café when I was in college, many moons ago.

Jan 16, 2015
arashall in Texas

What are you lusting after?

A pizza oven in the back yard.

Jan 16, 2015
arashall in Cookware

Texas Itinerary Help

Prepare to be bombarded! I'm in Houston, but Texas is a really big place, with lots to eat, and lots of opinions. The Tex-Mex list for Houston alone could take months to work your way through. Off the top of my head, I'd add Louie Mueller BBQ (Taylor, TX), and Gatlin's (in Houston). Killen's for steak in Houston. Oh, and Hugo's for Mexican (non Tex-Mex). See how tis goes? Are you skipping seafood? That's a big category in Houston, too.

Your kitchen in a word (or two, or three...)

Oh, I'm jealous of that!

Dec 31, 2014
arashall in Not About Food

Cooking whole 6lb Halibut on big green egg - HELP!!

I do whole flounder on the grill, in foil, with various herbs and stuff.

I'm thinking that if you don't want to wrap the whole thing in foil, you could use grill sheets if the fish will fit. I get them at Lowes, and have seen them at our grocery store. They are heavier than foil, like a disposable pan, and have small holes all over. Even if you had to double them up, they would hold the fish and aromatics, and still allow the benefits of the egg. If you can't find them in your part of the world you could make some from a disposable roasting pan (the first ones I knew of were home made, before they turned up commercially).

Our loves we will not admit

King Ranch chicken is a Mexican-ish casserole with many variations involving tortillas, chicken, mushroom soup, tomatoes, chilies, Ro-Tel, cheese,more cheese and occasionally sour cream. Despite the name, there does not seem to be any real evidence that it originated on the King Ranch.

Dec 22, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Our loves we will not admit

I work at a large corporation and order lots of catering for meetings. There are lots of fancier things I could choose, but the guys all love that goopy King Ranch casserole.

Dec 22, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Specifics on making a meyer lemon shrub?

Thank you.

Dec 18, 2014
arashall in Spirits

Specifics on making a meyer lemon shrub?

Yes, I've done some research and looked at other threads, but I need a little specific guidance, please.

I would like to make meyer lemon shrubs to give as gifts. Can someone advise proportions of lemon, sugar, and vinegar (recommend the best vinegar choice)? Should I include pith? Some say yes, some say no.

The lemons on our tree are very large, relative to grocery store-sized fruit. More the size of a large orange, or small grapefruit this year.

About how many will I need to yield a pint jar of shrub?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Dec 18, 2014
arashall in Spirits
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barbecue "alternate" meats

Just so you don't feel too bad about your local prices, I ate at Louie Mueller BBQ last weekend. It's consistently rated one of the top places in Texas. Brisket and ribs are $19/pound. And worth every penny! I'm paying for their skill and hard work, in addition to the fabulous meat.

Most useless/useful kitchen thing you've ever been given?

Useless - huge, heavy, rectangle, stainless steel, "fish turner" spatula from my Mom, who saw it in a fancy cookware store.

Useful - light, flexible, nicely angled, silicon fish spatula.

Nov 25, 2014
arashall in Cookware

dessert uses for egg yolks

Crème brulee!

Nov 21, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with a small single oven

Ha! You brought up some memories :-) My roommate in college made stovetop stuffing and boxed mac & cheese in one of those electric kettles.

Nov 20, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Frosting without Butter?

This got me to thinking. Can you get corn syrup in Korea? If you can, you could make homemade marshmallow fluff (egg whites, corn syrup, flavoring, coloring) and use that to decorate. It would be really sticky, but the kids would probably like it. If the kids don't really have a baseline idea of what a cupcake should me, then they won't know the difference, and will enjoy the special project and all of that sugar!

Nov 19, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Austin Food Truck App?

I will. Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
arashall in Austin