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  1. I just relocated to Nachtiches, LA, and was wondering what the ethnic and gourmet market situation was in Shreveport. We'll probably be going "into town" every couple of weeks to see friends, and it would be nice to be able to stock up on some specialty items. Thanks.
  2. Just had to bump this back to the top, and say that's a thing of beauty. I've always been a "pig in the ground with banana leaves" guy, but that device has me completely envious.
  3. Dug up this post to show a friend, and thought it deserved a bump. Best damn post ever. And best of all, central Texas BBQ is "beagle approved".
  4. when garnishing a plate meant a leaf of kale and an orange slice? when fresh herbs meant curly parsley?
  5. Apparently, there is a reprint out for $40 and the discount code from page one is still good. $52 dollars with shipping to Texas. Ican't wait. http://www.archambault.ca/store/Product.as...02081738&type=5
  6. Cure a couple. Duck proscuitto, duck bacon, duck pancetta... And there are always terrines to be made
  7. I noticed quail eggs the last time I was in the market at the Hong Kong shopping center, south of burnet on 183. They were fresh, I have no idea if they carry them year round. ← There used to be a quail farmer at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market who had eggs, but he wasn't there this past weekend. He may have moved to the downtown market, or he may have just skipped a week.
  8. Everyone seems shocked that they would use Eric Ripert in an "outdoor" setting. I got the impression from both of his cookbooks that camping and outdoor cooking are near and dear to his heart. There is even an essay in "The Le Bernardin Cookbook" about camping trips he took with his family and all the food they would drag along. As well, in "A Return To Cooking", his excitement at having a huge fireplace in which to cook was palpable. As soon as I saw the preview, I though it was a great fit.
  9. The gentleman pontificating to Tony on the subject of BBQ sauce at the party (pale yellow/tan suit) is my good friend Buff, a proud son of South Carolina. Through complete happenstance and unknown to me, he happened to have my copy of Kitchen Confidential in his pocket, and it is now sitting proudly,on my shelf, autographed by the man himself. "Cook Free or Die" indeed. Buff's description of Tony, in typical understated fashion, "...couldn't have been nicer"
  10. It won't help the knee pain, but consider investing in a new matress/bed. I went through a period in my mid 20's of excruciating back pain, but switching over to an extremely firm futon pad instead of the cheap soft mattress I owned pretty much cleared it up. A couple of other recommendations from a line cook lifer: Shoes/insoles-very important. I've never found a pair of kitchen clogs I like, so I now work exclusively in Montrail hiking boots. They are a bit on the heavy side, but after breaking them in, I can be on my feet for 10+ hours a day in comfort. Which, at 40, ain't bad. Work smarter-if possible, rearrange your station/mise so that you aren't having to do as much repetitive bending/squatting during service. Could help. Massage therapy-Assuming you are in a decently sized metropolitan area, there may be a massage school offering discount massages by students. Having a strong skilled set of hands give your back muscles a workout can do wonders. Good luck.
  11. Something to remember about "bbq production", is that the open pits that places like Kreuz's and the Salt Lick use is that they are for holding/finishing/serving only. Full disclosure: I was the opening chef at a Salt Lick satellite location. All the meat we used was the exact same product that was used at the original location, the only difference was that the meat was "finished" in an enclosed smoker on site, rather than in the open pit at Driftwood. We even often used the same wood. It all comes down to the wood, the quality of the meat, and the skill of the pitmaster I wish these guys all the luck. BBQ can be a cruel mistress sometimes
  12. Sweetbreads, soaked in buttermilk and fresh sage, then poached, pressed, dredged in flour and pan fried in clarified butter. Tastes like KFC WISHES it could taste. Roast duck oysters. My prep cooks would save them all for me on duck roasting day, I'd come in to work and there would be a little pile of them on my station, just waiting for me. Wrap in a tortilla with a little fresh cilantro and a squeeze of siracha. Now that's how you start a shift! And raw ribeye, thinly sliced, with sea salt and tabasco. I'd always have a little snack when I was cutting steaks, the latinos all thought I was crazy. The would all sit and watch me, shaking their heads.
  13. I'm putting together a Butcher Packer order, and I'm a little confused by the Bactoferm varieties. Which of the products has everyone been using, and for what specific applications? Thanks in advance.
  14. Just got back from Central Market Westgate in Austin. I was picking up some Molinari and Sons Copa and Salami in the deli, and asked if they were planning on stocking Jamon Iberico when it became available. The counterman replied that they didn't have it in stock "yet", but they had the lomo and the chorizo. The lomo is $90/lb. Jokingly, I said "Guess there's no chance of getting a sample", to which he responded, "Sir, I can give away as much as I want"!!!!! It was divine, mood altering, bordering on life changing. Thinly sliced, when held to the light the meat was red and almost transparent, with a spiderweb of fat running through. I almost cried. If charcuterie and salumi interests you at all, get thee to CM. I'm already saving money to buy some.
  15. Try a s'more made with a peanut butter cup.
  16. Another variation on the peanut butter and banana riff is french toast. Just make a peanut butter and banana sandwich, dip it in egg batter, and fry it up. Simmer some chopped pecans and bourbon with maple syrup and top.
  17. When "under the influence" (cough), one of my favorite treats was peanut butter and chocolate cookie sandwiches. Being peanut butter smeared between two chocolate chip cookies, not chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter on bread, although... A fairly common party snack here in Texas is pickled jalapenoes stuffed with peanut butter, spicy vinegary peanut buttery good. I also used to serve Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes on a brunch menu. Add diced bananas and peanut butter chips to a basic pancake batter.
  18. I was just being snarky, its all good Specifically, as Kent mentioned, they are much richer, especially the yolks. One of my current projects is charcuterie, I want to make a duck pancetta, then use it in a carbonara-esque dish, featuring duck pasta, duck eggs, and duck "bacon". Should be unbelievably rich. Just can't seem to find the eggs.
  19. Whataburger would NEVER serve "plain old ketchup"! They serve FANCY ketchup. Says so right on the label
  20. Sounds vaguely like my recipe for cocktail sauce: ketchup, fish sauce, siracha, horseradish, lime, and honey. Right on top of a shucked gulf oyster and ...slurp.
  21. I sat down today to my fast food burger of choice (Whataburger, double meat, cheese, bacon, and jalapeno mmmmmmmmm) and as I reflexly mixed up my fry dip of choice, I started wondering, what do people dip their fries in? Ketchup, mayo aioli, etc. Other that the classic Belgian frites with mayonaise, are there regional differences, both international and in the states? Oh, and to start things off, mayonaise and siracha
  22. MT Supermarket was my last gasp, and nothing. Stacks and stacks of salted eggs, but no fresh. Hong Kong Supermarket on Research carries the incubated eggs, but again, no fresh. Maybe I'm going about this wrong, and I should just start shopping for ducks for the backyard. Don't know how the roommate (and the cats ) would feel about that. And as to "Why duck eggs?", I can only say "Why NOT duck eggs?"
  23. I've checked about every place I can think of, and nobody in Austin sells fresh duck eggs. Anyone have an idea where I can score a dozen?
  24. That was me. I'd love to get Brian on, if only to congratulate him on the book and the restaurant. Based on the website, he's doing, to quote Bourdain, "God's Work" I haven't cooked anything out of the the book yet. The holidays are a busy time of year in the food business, but as soon as I have some free time, I'm building a cold smoking/curing chamber in my garage.
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