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Chili Con Queso

Thank you all for your recipes! I have tried the one from Homesick Texan but found the consistency a little thick for my taste (though I may have erred in the execution of it). In my experience, queso fundido is typically baked and served in a shallow dish. It comes with warm tortillas (not tortilla chips)...What I am talking about is definitely called Chili Con Queso (or as most people call it, just Queso). It's served in a bowl with tortilla chips to dip in it. I've had both and definitely prefer the Queso over the Fundido. (My Houstonian boyfriend has confirmed that all Texans should know the difference)

@Piano Thanks! That makes sense!

@Leebo LOL. Thanks for the pass :) Just to clarify, I didn't sing the praises of Berryhill's - only mentioned that the previous commenter might have been referring to their white queso. I will, however, eat Polvo's, Matt's El Rancho's or Maudie's queso before nuking up some Velveeta and Rotel.

Chili Con Queso

Also, not sure if this makes it any more specific but restaurants serve it with a side of chips as a starter. It's really to die for!

Chili Con Queso

Basically, what I am looking for is a bowl of melted cheese. A lot of places add jalapeno, ground beef, onions, cilantro, etc. I feel like the white queso (perhaps from Berryhill's?) is a good start. I want to know what cheeses to use and how to prepare the dip. I also am adamant about NOT using Velveeta (or keeping the amt. to a minimum) or Rotel. Hope this helps!

Top Chef Contestants - Least Favorite

As a resident of Oregon, I DIED tonight when he mispronounced the state name. You CANNOT love wine and still not know how to say Oregon. Best Pee-Not Nors ever. I really dislike Angelo (ummm..did he say he made love to his beef tonight?) and I wish he would've been the one to go, but it appears he also makes great tasting food. Sigh. Why do the d-bags always win this thing?!

Crazy Goat Cheeses

Ditto what @flamingo & hmw0029 said. But I LOVE to crumble goat cheese on a salad with a good lemon vinaigrette (add pine nuts and bacon).

Lettuce Wrap Recipe Request

We just made lettuce wraps the other night. My friend has the recipe for the sauce, but I believe it was just soy sauce, mirin, hoisin, sugar, sesame oil, cornstarch and red pepper flakes reduced down. Then add grated ginger and some sliced scallions. Very good and very spicy depending on how much red pepper flakes you use. We also made an accompanying peanut sauce - just roasted peanuts, peanut butter, hoisin, and peanut oil blended up in a blender or food processor. It's definitely chunky, but very good! Good luck!

Fuel City: The Best Taco in Texas?

It's been two years since I lived in Austin, but there was a taco cart (not sure if it's still there) at the corner of E Cesar Chavez and Pleasant Valley that had the best carnitas tacos ever. I am still trying to replicate them. They had fresh chopped onion and cilantro on them and the meat just melted in your mouth.

Salmon Ceviche

I made this last night. It was fantastic! I added one cubed avocado, too and I served it on flax and poppy seed chips. The only thing I might do differently next time is to cut the salmon into smaller cubes instead of slices, to make it easier to pick up with the chips. Thanks for the recipe!

What would you do with Manchego?

For dessert with honey and spicy toasted almonds. Die.

What Are the Absolute Must-Visits in Portland, Oregon?

PokPok is a great restaurant for sure. You don't want to miss it. You can also try Foster Burger - by one of the owner's of Pok Pok. It was recently named one of the best 10 new burger places in the country by Bon Appetit, Also, I can say enough about Andina in the Pearl District. It's Peuvian and I've never had anything I didn't like there. Podnah's or Screen Door both offer good Southern food, but for really good BBQ I recommend Russell Street BBQ. Let's see - what else??? For shopping and an AMAZING lunch experience go to EVOE on Hawthorne - part of the awesome Pastaworks european-style market. Yum! You're gonna love it here!


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