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Grilled Chocolate Sandwich

This takes me way back to my childhood when we used to smash chocolate covered nuggets and put there between two soda crackers. Yum!

May 30, 2009
ncs821 in Recipes

Best cost and time efficient appetizers

I haven't tried this, but it sounded good -- and easy. Put a dollop of goat cheese and about 3 edamames on a rice cracker. What could be easier than that? Let me know if you try it.

Jan 22, 2008
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Best Texas Wine

Llano Estacado

Nov 20, 2007
ncs821 in Wine

One night/ two days in Houston - where should we go?

One of my favorites is Churrasco's -- it's South American. There is one at Shepherd and Westheimer and another at Gessner and Westheimer. Magnolia Grill on Richmond for Cajun, Qin Dynasty on Buffalo Speedway & Westpark for Chinese, also Hunan's on Post Oak, Pappadeaux for seafood (several locations). That's just a few. Enjoy your stay.

Nov 20, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

NW Houston new eateries

This reply is about three weeks late, but I just now saw it. In case you haven't found Pita Gourmet Express yet, it's on the north side of 290 at Hollister. Go in the entrance where James Coney Island is and keep going to the little strip center on the right. It's next to that Cajun place on the corner. I was there today and it's great. They are now only open for breakfast and lunch, but after the 15th, they'll stay open until 8 p.m.

Oct 01, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

NW Houston new eateries

I'd like to recommend India Grille on Jones Road near West Road. They have a great luncheon buffet and the best naan I've ever had! We haven't eaten there for dinner but they have a very large menu.

Pita Express at Hwy. 290 and Hollister is a great little place for lunch. They serve a variety of items on pita ala Subway style. They also have a sampler plate that's good and usually have a Greek item of the day such as pastitzio(sp?). I don't think they're open evenings or weekends.

Sep 09, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

(HOU) Thanksgiving Catering Question

The Junior League used to have Thanksgiving dinner take outs. You might give them a call if you're interested.

Sep 09, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

Eats in Houston (NW, near 249)

There is a new Indian place that has excellent food and is reasonable. I think it's called India Grill. It's on Jones Road about a block west of West Rd., behind the big Krogers. Also, across the street and east of West Rd. is Esarn Thai that is quite good. It's near the Randalls store. Taco Milagro on 249 just north of 1960 is very good and not expensive. It's owned by Robert Del Grande who also owns Cafe Annie. I don't know if you want to go as far as 290 and Hollister, but there is Lyndon's BBQ that has pulled pork that's the best. Enjoy your stay.

Aug 23, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

Last Minute Dinner Challenge: a Pound of Ground Meat - Now What?

When my kids were growing up and budget was tight, we ate lots of ground meat. One recipe that I remember making went something like this (sorry I don't know exact amts): In a heavy skillet, melt a couple tablespoons white sugar and brown the meat in it. Add some sliced onion, mushrooms and french cut green beans. When they are nearly done, add cornstarch dissolved in water and soy sauce. Serve over rice.

Jun 17, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Bad experience at Collima's in Rice Village, Houston

My husband and I took his sisters to eat at Collima's last Thursday night and it was not a pleasant experience. It was so loud that we had to shout at each other even sitting at a small table. The service was very slow and the food was mediocre. I got a "designer" salad priced at $7.99 which was nothing more than a small handful of mesclun, 4 slices of pear, four canned mandarin orange slices and a sprinkling of pecans all drowned in dressing. Granted, I should have asked for the dressing on the side but forgot. The sisters each ordered pasta with eggplant, peppers and tomato sauce. It was so spicey that they hardly ate any. The eggplant was undetectable. My husbands eggplant parmigiana was good tho skimpy. The focaccia was excellent, however. So much for a pleasant evening out.

Jun 03, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

Copper River Salmon

Copper River salmon is now available at Costco for $9.99/lb. I fixed some last night with olive oil, lemon juice and capers. Wow, what a treat!

Jun 03, 2007
ncs821 in Chains

Post your favorite Trader Joe's item!

Ginger snaps. We don't have a TJ in Houston but my daughter brings them from Chicago. Every time I go there, I beg them to put a TJ in Texas!

May 26, 2007
ncs821 in Chains

Mazatlan -- Good eats?

I'll be in Maz next week and would like some recs for good cheap to moderate places to eat. Staying in Golden Zone but will spend time in El Centro. Love seafood -- fresh fruit. Thanks.

Apr 18, 2007
ncs821 in Mexico

One Houston Mex-Mex lunch: Pico's or Otilia's

Do you know that Pico's on I-10 is closed? From what I've heard, I'd avoid Mamba's but Tampico's is a pretty good bet for Mexican seafood.

Mar 06, 2007
ncs821 in Texas

Clay Cooker

I just bought a Romertopf(sp?) clay cooker and need some recipes. Anyone have a favorite?

Mar 04, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Cozumel eats

Can someone recommend a couple good non-touristy places to eat in Cozumel. We'll only be there for a day. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2007
ncs821 in Mexico

Frozen Tilapia tastes earthy

I've quit buying farm raised fish for that very reason. My husband says it's the algae in the water -- the "fish farmers" don't keep it cleaned out or killed or whatever they do to destroy it.

Feb 27, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking
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Seeking a yummy chicken casserole recipe

How about King Ranch Casserole? It's easy is you don't mind cooking with soup. Just Google the recipe.

Feb 10, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Need help with 1/2 turkey!

What should I do with about 6 lbs. of turkey besides roasting or frying it? Nothing complicated, please.

Jan 30, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Brie snacking....

I get raves and requests for recipe when I make this baked brie: slice a wedge or round of brie through the center horizonally, place a thick layer of jalapeno jelly or raspberry chipotle sauce on the cut side, top with the other half. Use refrigerated crescent rolls to wrap it in, mashing together the perforations. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake according to directions for the crescent rolls or until the pastry is browned.

Jan 25, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

What to do w/key limes besides pie?

The best fajitas I've ever had were marinated in plain lime juice. Chicken is also good marinated in it You can actually freeze them whole for use later.

Jan 23, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Preserved lemons?

If you're anywhere near Houston, you can get them at Phoenicia on Westheimer.

Jan 20, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Bread Dough

Thanks for the ideas. Frying sounds like the way to go.

Jan 19, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Bread Dough

Help! What can I do with bread dough that doesn't rise? I refrigerated it, reshaped it, put it in a warm place and it still does nothing.

Jan 19, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Cancer Treatment Radiation = Mouth Sores = Poor Nutrition. Soft, delicious solutions?

If she can handle baby food, that's what I ate one time when my mouth was raw. I wonder if acidolphus would help her?

Jan 19, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

A Costco product to avoid

Normally, I love Costco produce and most everything I've bought there -- EXCEPT the waxy stuff they put on their apples. It's like grease -- won't come off.

Jan 18, 2007
ncs821 in Chains

7 Steak Gumbo

I don't have the recipe but saw Paul Prudhomme make it on a cooking show. That was too long ago to remember what went in it. It's probably in one of his cookbooks.

Jan 17, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Help with Side Dish Ideas

Toss cubed potatoes and sliced onions in olive oil and rosemary. Roast at 450* until potatoes are almost tender, then add kalamata olives and cherry tomatoes. Finish roasting until the tomatoes are nicely cooked and potatoes are done.

Curried rice is always good. I make mine by sauteeing sliced onions, raisins and sliced almonds until onions are carmelized. Stir in curry powder and salt to taste and simmer until it's fragrant. Add cooked rice and mix until the rice is a nice yellow.

Jan 17, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Need Finger Food Idea

A tray of fresh veggies with a sour cream dip plus a fruit tray with a sweet dip would be easy. A tray of various cheeses and meats with small rolls already sliced along with mustard, etc.

Jan 16, 2007
ncs821 in Home Cooking

Unexpected Freezable Foods

I just put them in there "naked". I haven't used the rind; it's a little discolored and seems softer than when they're fresh.

Jan 16, 2007
ncs821 in General Topics