I love old cookbooks. I used to work at the Perry Castaneda Library in Austin on the UT campus and we had some great ones. There was a cookbook by Frida Kahloff, one by Vincent Price, and a lot of those old archaic tomes (what to do with your scullery maid, how to assign duties to a household kitchen staff, etc) Fun anthropological forays into old ways of cooking and eating, whether they are useful in the kitchen or not.
Weird about recycled paper towels! I wonder why they put metal in them? Also, could you do without the paper towels? I am wondering if you put them straight on the plate, would you preserve more of the oils (rather than have the paper towels soak it up)? Maybe in between two plates?
Baked Spring onions stuffed with local Dai Due sausage and cooked rice and topped with homemade herb tomato sauce and parmesan, dressed with fresh basil and mozzerella.
I love the raddichio salad at Botticelli's restaurant in Austin: Raddichio, pancetta, caramelized brussel sprouts, shallots, cranberries and pistachios in a sweet potato vinaigrette, topped (upon request) with plump grilled shrimp. I have dreams about that salad!
I love Sriracha with mayo on fries.
I tried the Group Recipes one and really liked it. I didn't have pectin either so I used a T. of corn starch.
Czech Stop has always been a pilgrimage for us if we are ever going north for any reason. I used to have friends in Dallas and I would go see them just so I could stop there. Their deli sandwiches are pretty great, too.
I'm walking distance to this place and really excited about it's opening. I just need to figure out what time to get there to beat the LINES. Same reason I haven't eaten at Franklin yet. 3 hours in line for barbecue and it better get me drunk.
The Breville sounds awesome, though I am on more of a $50 budget than a $250 budget. I may price out what it would cost for someone to service our old oven and compare it to the Breville. I am hoping whatever is broken is fixable and cheap.
I would like a bamboo handle, but I'm afraid of getting the wrong thing. I am interested in this one: http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-21-9978-Classic-Series/dp/B002AQSWMU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1344541535&sr=8-5&keywords=joyce+chen+wok
or this one: http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-20-1140-Pro-Chef-14-Inch/dp/B00004RBTH/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1344541535&sr=8-6&keywords=joyce+chen+wok
or this set: http://www.amazon.com/Joyce-Chen-Traditional-14-Inch-Bottom/dp/B0000DDVUE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1344541535&sr=8-4&keywords=joyce+chen+wok
Can you see anything wrong with any of these? They seem the same?
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