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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

Austin Food Truck App?

I'll be visiting from Houston this weekend and want to fit in some food trucks. Is Roaming Hunger the best app for Austin food trucks, or can someone recommend a better alternative? Thanks!

Nov 17, 2014
arashall in Austin

Are Meyer lemons in season now?

Ours in Houston are just about ready. We usually harvest the first ones in December, depending on the weather in any given year.

Nov 13, 2014
arashall in Los Angeles Area

housewarming gift?rude

I'd say it depends on how well you know the friend, and the situation. If it's someone you've known for many years, and you happen to know that they have just managed to get boxes in the door, but not get to the grocery store, it might make a nice gift. A more casual acquaintance, and an official housewarming party, maybe a little odd.

Nov 10, 2014
arashall in Not About Food
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Solo dining in downtown Houston vicinity that won't break the bank?

Pappas BBQ is just around the corner. It's not the most fabulous ever, but it is good enough that it's full for lunch most days. Massa's Seafood is also about a block away. Again, not the most fabulous seafood you've ever eaten, but very good, and very nice service. If you don't pick the priciest thing on the menu, you can easily do dinner for $40. You would probably need a reservation for lunch, as it is full with business lunches. A couple of blocks away is Bouray's Burrito Bar & Pho. An interesting Houston hybrid and popular spot for lunch. One side is build your own burrito, and one side is build your own pho. A husband & wife operation.

Just FYI- a yellow cab to anyplace downtown is a flat fee of $6 cash.

You could take longish walk, or a cab to Phoenicia Specialty foods and eat very well.

There's plenty of good food around. I'm sure the staff at the Doubletree can help you find whatever you're looking for.

Nov 10, 2014
arashall in Houston

More and more Whole chickens/turkeys coming WITHOUT giblets?

They were in Thailand, so you just buy the chicken out of the butcher shop. They were not wrapped. Just stuffed down inside. I think that's how they missed them. I think they just ate around the edges.

Nov 10, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Pseudo-Ice Cream cake recipe ideas?

If his focus is more on the ice cream than the cake, we used to assemble a nice dessert as follows in a pie tin:

- graham cracker, oreo, whatever cookie you like as a crust

- icecream flavor of choice

- dress-up topping or mix-ins of choice

Our favorite was an oreo crust, peppermint ice cream, sprinkled with chocolate chips, or drizzled with chocolate syrup.

You get the idea. It could be sized to whatever container would fit in your freezer.

Nov 10, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

More and more Whole chickens/turkeys coming WITHOUT giblets?

That makes me laugh! I gave what I thought were very detailed instructions to friends of mine who were baking their first whole chicken, but I apparently left out one little detail. I my defense, I was giving the instructions from literally halfway around the planet. Although the instructions told them to wash out the chicken, and to put herbs and such inside, they somehow managed to bake it with the giblets inside. Yuck! I'm glad I wasn't there to actually witness the results! :-)

Nov 10, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Cheaper Alternative to Skirt Steak for Beef Taco?

My favorite taco is barbacoa. Hopefully this won't start an argument about "authenticity". In the average-American, busy-family kitchen it can be made from shoulder roast in a slow cooker. If you're up for it, you can slow cook on the grill, then shred. If you're really up for it, get the pickings from a cows head from your butcher. Alternates also include cabrito and pork.

Nov 06, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Meyer lemons

Choose your recipe carefully, because the flavor is not as tart, or acidic, as standard lemons. Since you don't have enough for trial and error, I'd look for a recipe that specifically calls for meyer lemons.

Nov 05, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Graham cracker crust vs pastry crust

It's fun experimenting with different cookies. Gingersnaps are delicious for cheesecake.

Nov 04, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Repurposing Regular Potato Chips

This falls into the "don't ask, don't tell" category, but they make a nice ice cream topping.

Nov 04, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Slum Dwelling

It probably has something to do with childhood and comfort food, but my sister loves the blue box mac & cheese, and will skip fancy homemade versions.

Nov 03, 2014
arashall in General Topics

Please help finalize Chiang Mai destinations (researched!!)

Maybe it's just a difference in style, but this sounds rather pressured for Chiang Mai. It's not that big, or complicated. I'd say relax, and allow yourself more time for wandering around markets, exploring at leisure, and pointing to what looks good. Just in the area of the night market, there is enough food to keep you occupied for a while.

Local cane syrup?

I got curious, and started searching. There is actually a Heritage Syrup festival in Henderson, TX. It seems like you should be able to buy local syrup there, or someone can tell you where to buy.

http://myetx.com/24th-annual-heritage...

Oct 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

Local cane syrup?

I can't help you with where to find syrup now, but I just had to chime in that we had a conversation just this weekend about my great-grandfather. He owned the local syrup mill in Bon Wier, TX. He produced all of the syrup for farmers in the area, on a share plan. Now I'm curious to see if any remaining family members know when he stopped making syrup.

Oct 22, 2014
arashall in Houston

OMG, Williams Sonoma

Me too. Something fun to look forward to.

Oct 21, 2014
arashall in Cookware

Emeril?

My parents recently went to both and report that Emeril's was great, and NOLA, not so great. That may depend somewhat on what you order.

Oct 15, 2014
arashall in New Orleans

Eva Airlines - has anyone had their food?

I flew EVA frequently when I lived in Bangkok. Food is pretty much "airline food" with Asian leaning flavors and dishes. It tends to be better out of Taipei than LAX. I was never in first class, so perhaps if you are, it will be better :-)

pumpkin pie recipe

I accidently did that one year when I was living overseas and didn't have the recipe in front of me. Everyone said it was the best pumpkin pie they'd ever had.

Oct 07, 2014
arashall in Home Cooking

Another Best Pizzaria List

Very proud that Pizaro's, in Houston, made the list. They are about a 45 minute drive from my house, but worth the trip. I love that they are a very friendly, family-owned place. Totally relaxed, but serious about the pizza. I just hope the notoriety with the various lists they've made lately doesn't make it impossible to get a table.

Sep 26, 2014
arashall in Food Media & News

"Maine" lobster rolls in Houston?

Just a quick follow up. We did not go with the entire family, as previously planned. However, my parents went to the Kingwood location for lunch and reported it pretty terrible. They said the amount of lobster on the roll was skimpy, and not fresh. Probably frozen, possibly even not real lobster? Since they have lots of seafood dining experience all over the world, and did several weeks in Maine last year, I trust their assessment. They did report that the fried clams were fairly good.

Sep 25, 2014
arashall in Houston

6.97 whole Red Snapper at HEB

Sounds fabulous! I might have to go grab some.

Sep 11, 2014
arashall in Houston