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how to clean pot used to make cheese dip

Fill pot with warm water. Add a fabric softener sheet. Put lid on pot and let soak overnight. Next day rinse and wash.

Sep 03, 2012
danhole in Not About Food

Quinoa as a side dish, not a salad

Someone brought me some food and one of the dishes was quinoa, which needed to be heated and had all kinds of herbs in it, but I haven't gotten the recipe for it from her yet. I loved it and bought some organic quinoa to use as a side dish, but NOT a salad. Suggestions please,keeping in mind that my DH is super picky so it has to be pretty simple. Can I just use it like rice? And how do I rinse it, and then toast it? Thanks.

Sep 01, 2012
danhole in Home Cooking

Best Jewish style deli in Houston?

No beans! And thanks all for the welcome back!

Aug 31, 2012
danhole in Houston

Best Jewish style deli in Houston?

This may be an old thread but thanks for sticking up for me about the cheese. I do know what a "traditional" corned beef sandwich is but sometimes you just want some cheese to add to it. I do love my cheese :)

Aug 31, 2012
danhole in Houston

Passing of Sam Fujisaka - Please share Memories

Most of us had never met Sam face to face, yet we all knew him, and he knew us as well. No matter what the situation he had a unique way of helping each of us, and that is what Chowhound should be about - helping each other, in the kitchen and everywhere else that we can. He did, and I miss him. His daughters can only be richer having had him as a father.

Oh, and he looks just like what I imagined him to!

Apr 15, 2010
danhole in Site Talk

Major fire at Mai's in Midtown

Pho Binh on Mangum is highly recommended, and in our neighborhood. Never did have pho at Mai's, but really liked the other food there.

Mar 09, 2010
danhole in Houston

Why do so few BBQ joints have mac & cheese?

James, I know they have indoor smokes and pits around those parts, but wasn't aware of the cheese. Have to talk the DH in making a road trip, but he loves BBQ so shouldn't be hard. Just tell me the best place to go to! Used to go to San Marcos and there was a BBQ restaurant that had a buffet that served just about every side you could think of. Pretty good, but best part was it had a gift shop and had some darn good jerky! Wasn't in San Marcos, but on the way.

I think the laws in Houston (and I may be repeating here) don't allow you to have all the pits and smokers inside, unless you have proper ventilation going to the outside. I'll have to ask a pitmaster I know to be sure.

Feb 24, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Help! Fundraising Nightmare! Cooking for High School kids!

Back to the "on a stick theme" (which is a great idea, as most people will eat just about anything on a stick)
Sausage on a stick
Corn dogs (need mustard for that)
Large whole pickles on a stick
Even Paula Deen has her Velveeta fudge dipped in chocolate that is on a stick!

These can be presented in tall clear glasses or containers:
A variety of Fruit chunks on a skewer
Cheese and fruit, garnished with mint on a skewer
Mozz, squares, basil and grape tomatoes on a skewer

Also you could consider ground beef tacos with soft tortillas or hard shells. Keep it simple and just offer cheese as a topping.
Pot of spaghetti, or a spaghetti bake that can be cut in squares

Feb 24, 2010
danhole in General Topics

"Double Concentrated" Tomato Paste in a tube? Huh?

"There is a formula--sounds like you'd half the called-for amount." Well, slap me silly! And it won't take much, as I already feel like a silly goose! When you put it like that I can get it. Wish WF would have put that on the tube. And thanks for the google tool link - never saw that before.

Feb 24, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Lomo al Trapo

sparky,

what size pork loin do you think you will use? Did she give you a recipe for the brine or just state the ingredients? Wonder why you brine the pork and not the beef. It may be obvious to some, but I don't usually brine anything, so I'm pretty clueless. Can't wait to hear your delicious results.

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in Home Cooking

Lomo al Trapo

Sorry about that! Try this one:

http://www.primalgrill.org/season2/re...

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in Home Cooking

"Double Concentrated" Tomato Paste in a tube? Huh?

Perilagu - seriously? That's scary. I doubt that the stuff I have is that potent. Geez, hope it isn't!

This was a gift that I wanted, only for the fact that I was looking for a recipe for a french dish and people kept insisting it had tomato paste in it. I found a similar recipe and it used some tubed tomato paste to give the dish a deep flavor, without you realizing that tomato was in it. So, I have it now and wish I could remember that recipe! LOL!

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in General Topics

When did they Supersize my beloved Cheetos Cheese Puffs?

The puffs I bought didn't say Giant on the bag and they weren't shaped liked marshmallows, but I do agree with Seriouseats. This is not a good thing! Taking a perfectly good puff and inflating it, well . . . I already said all that!

And speaking of "good things", I haven't seen the Pop Chips before, but I think you are clever to describe them as "pretty damn good stuff in a very Martha Stewart way." Wonder if she will put them on her list? I do love cheesy snacks, and will have to keep an eye out for these.

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Why do so few BBQ joints have mac & cheese?

Oh Naco! You should know better than to make broad generalizations. I am a beef eater, and a Texan, and beef does not equal bbq. I thought that was a yankee thing ;-) Boy, is bbq a hot button issue around here!

I have never seen, or heard of, a bbq place serving cheddar as a side for bbq, and by bbq I mean good old smoked sausage, brisket, pork, chicken or turkey. (Key word is "smoked", not just thrown on a grill and cooked to order. But I digress.) I agree that cheese and cheesy things are not great side dishes for bbq, but that is just my opinion. And I DO love cheese. And anything is possible when ity comes to bbq menus.

Texas is a very large state and I can imagine that what is normal in West Tx is not what I am used to here in SE Tx. And it varies from one place to the next. As Will said "I guess it all depends on where you go and what you want..." So true. My favorite side is a baked potato (sounds kind of weird when I put it in writing) and some good meaty beans. No potato or macaroni salad for this woman!

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Why do so few BBQ joints have mac & cheese?

Really, when you get down to it, comparing a BBQ place in Lockhart to one in Houston is not fair! I don't think you can have a BBQ restaurant with a pit, unless you have it outside. I could be very wrong though, and I will admit that. As far as desserts being outsourced I know some places do that, and then there are the ones that make "mama's" recipe on site. Recently found out that one of the restaurants that I really like, and especially the desserts of pies and cakes, advertises them as homemade, and they are, but not made on site! Brought in everyday! Tricky phrasing don't ya think? Even so, the place they get them from is great, and I will continue to buy a dessert from this restaurant.

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Miso paste in Houston/Clear Lake?

You would think it would also be available at the 99 Ranch Market (I-10 and Blalock) since it is an Asian market. I have never been there myself but sure would like to wander through that place.

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in Houston

Lomo al Trapo

DallasDude - The recipe looks really good, and you can cook it inside, which is a plus, especially on a cold day like today is. The drawback is using a 15 - 16 pound rib roast! That is a major money investment! It had better be good! Have you eaten this at one of Tim's restaurants? The link has some other delicious sounding recipes, especially the Roasted Turkey w/Pancetta, and the Braised Pork Shanks. Thanks for the link.

Sparky - Boy does that pork variation sound good, and more budget friendly. I had seen Jose Andres, from Made in Spain (PBS), make a salt crusted pork once and it looked so good. It was a special where there were 6 chefs cooking, and his was simple, yet seemed to be liked by all of them. He presented it all sliced up with something else, like pancetta or along those lines, stuffed in between the pork slices, and they just ate it off the plate like it was a finger food dish. Made me drool! I'll bet the recipe you got will be very close, but better, since it will have that wonderful smoky flavor to it.

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in Home Cooking

80th birthday party food theme

Hi! Are you specifically looking for a caterer in Houston? Or are you looking for help planning a menu? It makes a difference, because this may be better on a different board (like General Chowhounding Topics) if it isn't Houston specific, if that makes sense! Let us know so we can help you.

Feb 23, 2010
danhole in Houston

When did they Supersize my beloved Cheetos Cheese Puffs?

Haven't been shopping a lot over the last few months, Just get the necessities and scram. But I had time to linger over the chip aisle decided to get a bag of Cheeto Puffs. Opened it yesterday and good golly they got really big! I mean huge! Maybe 4 times larger than what I had the last time I bought them. I don't get them that often, but after eating them for the past 20-30 years I was stunned to see what they had turned into. And they don't taste the same at ALL! Too much puff and not enough cheese. What the hey-who happened? There was no hint, on the package, that I got the super sized version, so is this how they will be from now on? Gosh, I sure hope not! Anyone else seen this or is it a cruel joke only here in Houston?

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Endangered and Extinct: Taco Flavored Doritos

ChrissyMc - You beat me on this post! I bought a bag of the "Late Night - Tacos at Midnight" Doritos when I saw them about a month ago. They tasted just like I remember them from back in the 70's, but that was a looong time ago! I gobbled the bag up. Just like any flavored Doritos, some had more seasonings than others, but all in all they were very satisfying. Next time I went I tried the "Late Night all nighter Cheeseburger" flavor, they didn't have a bacon cheeseburger one though. The first couple chips did have the cheeseburger flavor, but not all of them did. Some just tasted like the cheese doritos, and no burger taste. I did like them, though, but haven't finished the bag as quickly as the Taco ones.

The cheese filled bugles is one of those "junk treats" I eat alone! A jar of squirt cheese, think it's called Easy Cheese, and a bag of Bugles while watching a good movie in my pj's! Good times! Can't resist squirting some cheese on my fingertip every once in awhile, and that is why no one else sees me eat that treat! Bugles are also good with creamy peanut butter! Fingers work well also, but don't tell. Maybe a combo of cheese, PB and bugles would be even better! Hmmm?

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

"Double Concentrated" Tomato Paste in a tube? Huh?

I received this as a gift, because I asked for it and didn't know where to get it. It is from the Whole Foods Everyday Value brand, and that is what the label says, but there are no instructions, so I'm not sure how much to use. If I want 1 tablespoon of paste, do I use 1 teaspoon instead? More? Less? Believe it or not, I am really good at math, but when it comes to cooking I am as blank as a board. Usually there is some sort of formula to help with the correct amount, but not here, Someone please give me a clue. Thanks.

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Made Fresh Daily

That is a truly excellent point ipsedixit! Do you work in advertising, by chance? Just joking! I have in the past and there are all kinds of ways they can turn a phrase to state one thing and totally mean another, and people eat it up - literally in some cases! LOL!

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Square Hot Dogs?

It is a sad day when we, as parents or caregivers for children, have to be told that food is risky if it is round or cylindrical. I did not just fall off of the turnip truck, so I actually knew that giving my toddler a grape was dangerous if I didn't cut it up in small, triangle shaped, pieces. But that isn't square so . . . I'm so bad! Next we will be given special "cutting devices" so we don't lose our minds and forget to be cautious and make sure every piece of food is just right, according to gov't standards. Reminds me of a Monk episode where he was so excited over a square tomato because it fit the sandwich bread perfectly.

Please don't think I am making light of the situation that elfcook mentioned about the child dying because of choking on a hot dog. It is tragic, but it happens, hopefully not too often. I choked on some chex mix the other day (obviously it wasn't too serious) but it was square, not round! Of course I was "pigging out" on it, so my fault. (Chew Dani, chew!) You just never know, and with kids you take that extra step to prevent choking - without having someone mandating it.

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in Not About Food

Why do so few BBQ joints have mac & cheese?

Will,

"Texas joints aren't likely to have it because it requires an oven." That seems like an odd comment, because ovens are standard in Texas BBQ places. How else would you explain all the cobbler served at BBQ places ;-) Can't imagine a kitchen not having an oven, bbq or not. I think mac 'n cheese is a national american dish regardless of where you live. It is offered fancy (with lobster, other seafood, etc.) or just with cheese, or a mix of cheeses. It is served just about everywhere they serve american cuisines, but not as common as beans and potato salad as far as BBQ goes. I think that is what the OP was getting at.

Hey DallasDude - banana pudding is fine, but cobbler or pie rules in my book!

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Lomo al Trapo

I posted this link on the thread that was on the Texas board, but thought I would add it here for anyone who may be curious about Raichlen's method:

Here is Raichlen's recipe with full instructions:

http://www.primalgrill.org/season2/Re...

I hope sparky sent Raichlen a note and gets a response. I sure would like to hear what he says! I would guess that you would use less salt with a pork dish, but since I haven't tried it, I'm not too sure.

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in Home Cooking

Wedding Menu Ideas

That sounds pretty cool to have your wedding/reception at a baseball stadium! I am a big baseball fan myself, and we have a great stadium here but it's 30+ years too late for us! I think your original ideas are right on track, with the gourmet hot dogs, sliders, fajitas, pizza, etc. And the popcorn idea is brilliant!

My daughter had her reception, at a rented "hall", catered by a local fajita place, and the wedding was more formal than what you are describing. It was a hit! There were beef and chicken fajitas, chips, queso, salso, rice, beans, guacamole, and the needed fixings for a fajita meal. I think people were happy for a change from the so called normal wedding food. As far as guests showing up in formal wear, or tuxedos, well . . . I was shocked at how many showed up in clothes that were more appropriate for a day at the grocery store! I would not take that (their outfits) into consideration when planning the menu!

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Why do so few BBQ joints have mac & cheese?

I know of 2 Houston BBQ places that have mac 'n' cheese. Gabby's BBQ (3 locations) and Big Daddy's BBQ (4 locations), but I have never had it at either place. I really am not a big fan of mac 'n cheese. I also have to admit that since we found Pierson's & Co. we don't try much other BBQ, and I know they don't have it. We used to like Gabby's, good stuff and lots on the menu, but haven't been for 2 or more years. Only went to Big Daddy's once, and I guess it wasn't too memorable. Never went back, but remember it did have lots of sides to choose from, sort of cafeteria style (not the meat.) There are probably more than that around here. You don't have to go to NYC for mac 'n cheese. It is too abundant here - IMO! Now give me a place with Dirty Rice as a side, like Luther's used to have! That's really good with BBQ.

Feb 22, 2010
danhole in General Topics

Major fire at Mai's in Midtown

Looks like Mai's will be closed for quite awhile. The fire destroyed the 2nd floor with the roof collapsing. It is a shame, whether you liked the restaurant or not. My daughters have been going to Mai's for quite a long time, and introduced me to it a few years back. We even got my DH to try it, which is saying a lot! The pork spring rolls were the best, as was the Bo Luc Lac (?) It was a gathering place for one daughter's birthday celebrations, and her children have cut their teeth there. Mai, the owner, says they will rebuild, but who knows how long that will take. Sort of ironic that it burned the day before another "institution" in Houston, namely Brennan's, is set to re-open. Shouldn't take Mai's as long to rebuild, though. Now, to find another vietnamese restaurant we all like . . .

Feb 15, 2010
danhole in Houston

Bringing your packed meals to the food court mall

Personally I have never gone into any waiting room, especially at a medical facility, that did NOT have a sign that read "No food or drinks allowed in waiting room." I love my water, too, but tough it out in those situations.

If a mall food court forbid people from bringing in their own brown bags of food, where would all the employees from the surrounding stores eat? My DH used to work at a mall long time ago, and we would have gone broke if he had to purchase food in the food court. He took his meal, along with napkins, and plastic utensils, and would buy a drink at one of the spots. If it was crowded he would offer up a spare seat to anyone who looked like they needed one. Most of the tables have at least 2 seats, if not more, and people are willing to share a spot if they are hungry and tired!

Feb 09, 2010
danhole in Not About Food

Would you ever not visit a restaurant based solely on negative reviews on chowhound?

I don't base my restaurant visits on any persons reviews, chowhound or otherwise. I am an adult and can make up my own mind. As others have said, there are so many different things to factor in and they can change from one visit to the next. You may get a truly rotten server one time, but a real jewel the next. The wait can vary greatly, also, especially depending on when you choose to visit. Another problem with reviews is the date of said review. There is one brunch spot we really like, but the place got trashed for insolent servers, poor quality food, and long waits. Most of the reviews are at least a year or more old, and yes there were real problems, but we stuck it out (loved their quiche) and so many improvements have been made that you wouldn't think it was the same place (quiche is even better!). Yet people won't try it again because of the previous reviews. Their loss and our gain! We have had experiences, from highly recommended restaurants, that left us baffled because we thought it was a cruel joke played on us. Going back a second time it was well worth it we were very pleased. Off night? Chef out of town? New servers or kitchen help? Who knows! But it was worth trying it again.

I do draw the line at noise levels, as akq pointed out. I just can't tolerate loud places, and even if it is supposed to be great, if it is loud enough that you can't converse, then I will not enjoy it no matter how good the food is. The workaround for that is to go early enough before the noise level climbs, if possible.

Simply put, I do enjoy reading my fellow CH's reviews of local places, and take them into consideration, but ultimately it isn't a deal breaker if so & so hates the place, even if I have agreed with them on other places. Bottom line is I like what I like, and you like what you like, and we don't have to follow the herd just to eat a good meal.

Feb 09, 2010
danhole in Not About Food