Husband got all excited about making pizzas when we got the glorious new 16 C Cuisinart which showed how to make pizza in it on the video. He ordered two different oven pizza stones, one grill stone and a pizza peel. I can make wonderful pepperoni pizzas for the grandkids and the adults have been trying all kinds of things. What do you especially like on your homemade pizzas?
I love Restaurant Week in Dallas and Fort Worth. It gives us a chance to dine in the really fine and really pricey places without breaking the bank. The problem with having all the restaurants do this the same week means you are limited in the number of places you can physically and financially go in seven days. With the terrible economy and people cutting back on fine dining, wouldn't it make sense for them to split up and have some restaurants do August and others do the other months that are "Slow"? When things were booming it was different and restaurants didn't have to compete that hard for us. We have cut our fine dining (check of more than $150 for two) down to once a month.
My grandmother would not share her recipes. Once the aunts decided to try to trick her and over a period of months each one would ask about one ingredient. Aunt Ebbie would say " Mama, how much baking powder do you put in your biscuits?" No one ever was able to reproduce her biscuits. Do you have a recipe that you absolutely will not share?
Today I put up my first batch of bread and butter pickles from the cukes and onions from my garden! I am so proud of these as they only cost about $25 a jar so far given the raised beds with stone walls, and load after load of topsoil, compost and mulch, fertilizer and organic bug killers. I realize the cost will go down as we harvest and it is good exercise and tastes soooo much better than store bought. What have the rest of you started doing with your produce?
I now have my new Kindle 2 and the free Cooks Illustrated Kindle Cookbook. I have been cooking from it and have to say the Blackberry Cobbler is wonderful. I am a little frustrated by the lack of ease of navigation and am wondering if anyone has any tricks. I do want to thank Cooks Illustrated for the lovely cookbook!
Today is my husband's birthday and since it is icy out, I decided to make him a special dinner instead of reservations. I have coq au vin simmering, a pie crust in the fridge for making apple crumb pie, green beans ready to steam and then be tossed into some bacon grease to finish, and potatoes to mash. I am combining comfort food with comfort food for his special day. What is your birthday special food?
My men are going on their annual family duck hunt. In the unlikely event they actually bag any ducks, does anyone have an edible foolproof way to cook them? Our rule is that we eat what they shoot so I have tried a lot of ways to make duck palatable but have yet to find anything anyone wants to have seconds of.
KRLD Restaurant Week in our area started last weekend. We have visited Lonesome Dove which was wonderful and tonight is Chamberlain's Steak and Saturday is Mercury Grill. Next week is Chamberlain's Fish Market and Bistro Louise. If I can still fit into anything I own, does anyone have other surefire pleasers for the rest of "Restaurant Week"?
I have finally tracked down an awesome sherry vinegar and having made a nice vinagrette, I now need other ideas.
My biggest splurge is the chili cheeseburger. When I was pregnant with my last child, I had a condition which required me to eat NO SALT for 8 weeks, leaving me with shredded wheat and grape juice as a diet. When the baby was born I sent my husband to Ruby Red's ( sadly no more) in Houston to get me a chili cheeseburger and it was the most heavenly thing I have ever eaten still to this day. Chili's had a pretty good version but to my dismay, yesterday the server said they are taking it off the menu because they are trying not to be so regional!!! Who else makes a good one?
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