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  1. That sounds great. Kind of like the classic Texas dish, chili & eggs. Which you top with grated cheese & chopped white onions. I've got a few bags of my chili in the freezer, and always plenty of my salsa, of course. Think I'll give your omelet a try really soon. 🙂
  2. My favorite omelet is the classic uncheffy 'foldover style.' I always have a vat of my salsa (recipe on egullet somewhere from an earlier eon) in the fridge. So I drop a generous handful of grated cheese onto my omelet, fold & finish, slide it onto the plate, ladle about a half-cup of my salsa on top, and Roberto's your tio.
  3. That looks great. And never thought about using salsa. Don't know why not. Such a great idea. I did add some za'atar to punch it up a bit.
  4. Foraging around in my pantry, I came across several cans of stewed tomatoes. Remembered I still had some eggs in the fridge. So made Shakshuka. Didn't take photos. But am recommending it as an option to consider for other foragers.
  5. 😄😄😄 Love that visual. Me, too. Or beanbag the house in case of a flood.
  6. I buy the biggest corned beef brisket in the Sam's meat case. Cook in the Instant Pot. Serve with potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, cabbage & all the trimmings. It's a huge favorite meal in our house. The Instant Pot makes cooking it a breeze.
  7. Jaymes

    RIP member joiei

    He was as kind and generous a man as ever drew breath. When I moved to Springfield MO to help my father take care of my mother who was dying of Alzheimer's, Larry, who lived just down the road in Tulsa, began suggesting that we meet up at various locations in between. Larry and I drove all over the central midwest. They were such pleasant and welcome breaks from the difficulty of my family situation. I was planning another road trip north from south Texas when he got his diagnosis. Selfishly, I wish he could have prolonged his life just for a little while so I could have seen him
  8. Hey - glad to see my squash recipe getting a little love. So simple but so good. And your photos of the landscapes, the sunset, the birds, the dog were so wonderful. Like an LL Bean catalog!
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    Red Velvet Cake

    Recently received another request for this. Thanks to Smithy for retrieving it from those old files! But after some comments that this recipe isn't "chocolatety" enough, I do want to add a very strong caveat: Do not add additional chocolate to this recipe. If you want a chocolate cake, then make a chocolate cake! If you want a Red Velvet Cake, then make a Red Velvet Cake! A Red Velvet Cake is NOT a chocolate cake. It's a tangy cake made with vinegar and buttermilk. A very little chocolate is added to give it a rich undertone. Chocola
  10. Just looking for this recipe. Glad to have found it again.
  11. Looking back at this thread from 2+ years ago and I'm struck by how much things have changed. Katy is now the liveliest, most happnin' culinary spot in the greater Houston area! Think I'll check back here to see if anyone else shows up and, if so, elaborate further. But no need to waste time telling myself what I already know.
  12. Personally, I'd go with warm amaretti right out of the oven.
  13. Well, I'll just go ahead & throw in my opinion and our family's preferred method (actually, it seemed more like a strict rule to me when I was growing up): Cold apple pie got a wedge of good Cheddar Hot apple pie got cream of some sort I was far too small ever to glean how, why, when, where this started. My father joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 to go fight the Nazis in his B-17, and then come home. But instead, he stayed in, a career Air Force officer for nearly 30 years. He, and we, traveled the world, picking up bits and pieces of far flung ideas and customs. So
  14. I want to second every one of these excellent suggestions. A legged Dutch oven with a flat top is a must. So versatile. You can even put that lid upside down onto the hot coals & use it as a griddle. And an old-fashioned percolator coffee pot is also great for heating up hot chocolate or tea for non-coffee-drinkers.
  15. Just now getting a chance to respond. What a great report, Smithy. And what grand luck I had that you were in my neck o' the Central Texas woods. Meeting other eGullet folk has been one of the best delights of my recent geriatric life. Without exception, each one has been knowledgeable, friendly, personable and enjoyable. Not a dud in the bunch. And tops on that list is Smithy. Let me tell you, any of you that have an opportunity to meet her should grab it eagerly. She is a brilliant, fascinating, deeply-intelligent woman. It felt as though I were sitting down to dine with Marie Curie
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