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Cioppino in Houston

Tony Mandola's has a pretty good one.

Aug 29, 2014
Richard L in Houston

Houston Recs

I believe Richard's was acquired by Spec's a while ago. It is a larger store than Houston Wine Merchant and has a broader selection, but not as well curated.

Feb 19, 2014
Richard L in Houston

Where to buy Oaxacan-style big blue tortilla press, galvanized coal stove, clay cazuela, clay comal?

Black clay comal from Colombia:

Interesting about the square tortilla press being metal; all the square ones I have seen are made of wood.

Nov 18, 2013
Richard L in Cookware

MOMA Kitchenware Offering

Looks like the Matfer Bourgeat colander. Still not cheap, but I would only want to upgrade a few items instead of buying the whole box.

Aug 28, 2013
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I'm not a "guy"!

It just means you're being served by a Yankee who doesn't know the proper second person plural is y'all.

Duck Fat in Houston

Central Market usually has some in the refrigerator case across from the deli meat/charcuterie counter.

Oct 21, 2012
Richard L in Houston

Opinions on the Char-Griller Akorn steel kamado-style grill?

Actually, if you look it up you will find that, unlike most metal grills, it is double-walled, insulated, and porcelain lined. So it is an attempt to duplicate some of the characteristics of a ceramic kamado without the weight and fragility.

Sep 28, 2012
Richard L in Cookware

If you wash Riedel wine glasses in a Miele dishwasher . . .

I have had a Futura Dimension for about 5 months. It does not have the glass holders in the lower basket, and only along one side of the upper basket, so it will only hold 4 of the red wine glasses at a time. I use the Miele detergent, rinse-aid, and water softener salts. I normally just run the regular cycle (heated drying), but so far no problems with etching or breakage. The glasses are usually spotless, but some water pools in the base.

Jun 02, 2012
Richard L in Cookware

lime chicken soup

Traditionally, it's a Yucatecan dish called sopa de lima or sopa de limon (Google will get you lots of recipes for ideas). The spices you may be missing are allspice and mexican oregano. Many recipes call for cinnamon as well, but I don't particularly care for it. I usually squeeze a couple of limes and add the halves to the broth which gives a slight bitter flavor. Another (non-traditional) addition I like is a little adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers.

Apr 10, 2012
Richard L in Home Cooking

Revival Market

I wander by every now and then (especially if I stop by Penzey's), but today they had the best selection of Rancho Gordo beans that I've seen there. It's also very convenient to buy Anson Mills grits and cornbread in small amounts. And of course the lard.

Apr 03, 2012
Richard L in Houston

How to Find Home Vinegar Making Supplies.. carries oak barrels and mother of vinegar. I've got a toasted barrel for red wine vinegar and untoasted for white wine vinegar. The wooden taps sometimes drip a bit, but I've been very pleased with the barrels.

Mar 20, 2012
Richard L in Cookware

Kitchen Torch Recommendations, Please

I agree with the larger butane torch suggestion (Iwatani is one brand). The hardware store propane canisters are tall enough to be quite tippy while the smaller butane torches sold for kitchen use just don't have enough heat output. Restaurant supply stores are a good source for both the torch and the canisters.

Since the OP was interested in safety, I think that probably rules out the red hot irons and the fire to heat them in.

Jan 22, 2012
Richard L in Cookware

Please help me choose a knife steel/whetstone

I don't know how I ran across this, and I apologize to the spouses of the truly obsessive, but:


This is sure to give me hours of entertainment and hundreds of dollars of sharpening stones.

Nov 01, 2011
Richard L in Cookware

Please help me choose a knife steel/whetstone

I really have liked the Shapton Glass stones because of the no-soaking. They have introduced a Pro line that is well reviewed, but I have not used it. I have not used the Naniwa stones, but the availability of a 2-sided no-soak stone is very appealing for travel/second home use.

Oct 27, 2011
Richard L in Cookware

Perfect Quenelle Spoon?

I use Nigella Lawson's Tablespoon and demi-Tablespoon measuring spoons. They've got a relatively deep bowl and the shape works for me.

Sep 01, 2011
Richard L in Cookware

Installing Japanese knife handles

I recently got one of Devin Thomas' "mid-tech" knives with a Wa handle on it and like it so much I'm thinking of going for one of his custom knives. You might try to e-mail him and see if he has any suggestions. Be careful, though. Looking at his bars of damascus steel could get expensive in a hurry.

Aug 30, 2011
Richard L in Cookware

Interesting popcorn toppings

Duck fat instead of butter.

Aug 05, 2011
Richard L in Home Cooking

Okra tonight

Leave them whole, brush with a little olive oil, grill until you get some black marks, and sprinkle with sea salt.

Aug 04, 2011
Richard L in Home Cooking

Survery: Your knife sharpening method

Mostly b), but on occasion g) with an EdgePro. I mainly use 4000 and 8000 Shapton stones, and occasionally a leather strop when I'm feeling particularly obsessive.

Aug 03, 2011
Richard L in Cookware

Knife Toolsteels... What Do We Really Know? An Earth-Returning Counterexample

What I want to know is how the chainsaw is on slicing ripe tomatoes in the kitchen. Would you mind slicing up a bushel or so in the kitchen and posting pictures?

Aug 03, 2011
Richard L in Cookware

KitchenAid Artisan Burr (coffee) Grinder

Is this the same as the Pro Line burr grinder? That shows as still available from Amazon.

Jan 17, 2011
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sour cherries

You could also turn them into Cherry Bounce like Martha Washington would.

Aug 27, 2010
Richard L in Home Cooking

Wire racks for half-sheet pan

Williams-Sonoma sometimes has them in stock. carries them for a lot less ($3.87-- they call them "pan grates") and also carries the size to fit quarter-sheet pans. I have ordered some of the 1/4 sheet size and they have been shipped, but I haven't seen them and so can't vouch for the quality.

Aug 23, 2010
Richard L in Cookware

Kitchen Island/Carts

I second the Metro recommendation. They're quite sturdy, you can get a butcher block top, and easy to adjust/customize. Not terribly cheap, though. The Container Store carries them if you one is nearby.

Aug 18, 2010
Richard L in Cookware

Gumbo in Houston

I second the Danton's recommendation if you like dark, thin gumbo. I can't stand the light brown, overly thick and floury stuff that most places serve.

Aug 15, 2010
Richard L in Houston

Brass rivets

Lee Valley stocks them.

Jul 14, 2010
Richard L in Cookware

replace Sabatier?

He may also be attached to the French shape of blade rather than the German one. If you want to replace the Sabatier, has some old carbon steel ones that I like a lot. They also have them in stainless, which have the same blade shape but I don't think they take as keen an edge.

Jul 09, 2010
Richard L in Cookware

Bon Appetit Issue with Kitchenware and Furniture?

The April issue had an article on "50 Easy Kitchen Updates."

May 10, 2010
Richard L in Cookware

What is your favorite vintage kitchen item?

How about aluminum storage canisters? I have a set from my wife's grandmother (in order of descending size): flour, sugar, coffee, grease. The grease one has a built-in filter for bacon fat.

Mar 08, 2010
Richard L in Cookware

Recommendations for cookware for vacation rental

If available, I recommend IKEA. It's not great, but it's stainless steel, cheap, with a disk bottom. Also, many of the pots have measurements printed on the inside, so when someone steals the measuring cups (I know, why would anyone do that? They do.) you can approximate. A supermarket non-stick pan is fine because it will be destroyed. Utensils are difficult; I don't like the IKEA ones, but as long as you've had to walk through the store, they'll do the job. Knives? All the other posters are right. Go cheap; anybody who cares will bring their own.

Mar 05, 2010
Richard L in Cookware