Fruits and Vegetables

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    August 25, 2014

    Spice Up Labor Day with Bravado Spice Hot Sauces

    Cruising the hot sauce aisle at Whole Foods Market, I stumbled upon the three Bravado Spice sauces: Jalapeno & Green Apple, Pineapple & Habanero, and Ghost Pepper & Blueberry, increasing in heat. With varying levels of heat and sweetness, all three hot sauces are great accompaniments to chips and gr ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Torchy's Tacos Challenges You to Earn the Burn

    This month, Torchy's Tacos features four spicy tacos of the month. Each week, the fast-casual Tex-Mex spot releases a special taco, and as the weeks progress, each one gets spicier. And when we say spicier, we mean hot as hell. The first week, Torchy's unveiled The Barn Burner. It's a simple taco f ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Fire Up The Roasters, It's Hatch Chile Season at Central Market

    Hatch is the word - or for at least until August 20. Central Market is hosting its 18th annual Hatch Chile Festival and on Thursday, August 8 the specialty grocery store kicked off the celebration of all things hatch chile by firing up the roasters for the first time. Outside the entrance of the pr ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen and the Reason People Call Her Houston's Enchilada Queen

    Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen 6401 Woodway Drive Tel: 713-334-7295 This is Part 3 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we became acquainted with a woman who plunked down all her life savings into a restaurant at the ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Whataburger's Green Chile Double Cheeseburger

    John Kiely​Houston has many of the best hamburgers in America, but my favorite fast-food burger comes from Blake's, a New Mexico chain whose Lotaburger with green chile and cheese is iconic. Blake's motto speaks for itself: "If you are what you eat, you are awesome." However, Blake's is a on ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Southwest on Washington

    Anyway you spell TQLA, it's fabulous.

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    March 22, 2011

    Garden Fresh: Green Hot Chile Peppers

    ​The hard part of moving to Houston from Albuquerque was getting cut off from an endless supply of Hatch green chiles, the best peppers in America, or so I thought. Like Chuy's, nearly every restaurant in New Mexico has a pepper item, and I once saw a tray of green chile brownies disappear in ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Scientists Create Jalapeños Specifically for Jalapeño Poppers

    The NuMex Jalmundo: jalapeño peppers without the bite.​Sports bars, bowling alleys and the frozen food section at your local grocery store are ruling our lives more than you already know. How so? Because the increased demand for the cheddar- or cream cheese-stuffed jalapeños that these join ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Yankee Chili

    ​This just might prove to be my last Shiftwork Bites column. Not because I'm going to stop cooking at work, but because I might be forced to stop writing about food in Texas, or living in it, for that matter. You see, I'm kind of a Yankee. Let that one sink in. Okay. Are you guys (note the ab ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Top 5 Roughage Foods

    justmakeit​After a weekend of meat and carb, that immovable-brick-in-the-stomach feeling is inevitable. If you need a little kick-start to get things, um...moving, eat a lot of this stuff and get your body back on track. Just keep your social calendar free as you wait for the magic of Mother N ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Recipe Review, Part 2: Giada's Spicy Baked Macaroni

    ​If my review of Giada De Laurentiis's delicious recipe for Spicy Baked Macaroni inspired you to try it for yourself, here is the recipe along with my suggestions for success. Remember to reduce the pasta to 10 ounces, frequently check the consistency of the boiling pasta, and slightly incre ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Wood Duck Farm

    ​WHAT: Gorgeously fresh local produce from a guy who's had more careers than Liz Taylor's had husbands. Yes, Van Weldon has had a rather unorthodox career path. He's gone from tractor salesman to oil purveyor to stockbroker to energy trader to farmer. If that last one sounds odd, keep in mind ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Random Ingredient of the Week: Lychee

    QuintanaRoo​What is it? Lychee is a type of fruit grown in warm, humid climates - subtropical, to be exact, according to Wikipedia. Originating in China, with a cultivation that is supposedly older than Jesus, the lychee tree is now grown commercially around the world, even here in Texas. Th ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Memorial Day Party Planning, Part 3

    ​The weekend is upon us (praise be!), and Memorial Day deliciousness lies ahead. You've invited the people and bought your preliminary supplies, so your workload should be pretty straightforward. Here's a couple of food ideas, plus a quick checklist:

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    May 24, 2010

    Pasta Night at Baba Yega

    Photos hastily taken with iPhone: When pasta is involved, I don't mess around.​The Tuesday night special at this longstanding Montrose institution is pasta. That doesn't sound too exciting, does it? But how wrong you are. If Sunday brunches at Baba Yega are the Montrose equivalent of enormous ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Houston's Growing Garden Party

    Chef Ryan Pera tends the garden at the Grove.​If food is fashionable, local food is the flashiest piece on the Paris runways. These past few years have seen the locavore movement skyrocket like mad in Houston. The city now boasts dozens of farmers' markets, and people are beginning to explore ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Berries Over Ice Cream

    ​It's a very satisfying feeling to be able to throw together something delicious from what you have hanging around in the fridge and pantry. Summer fruit is so lovely that there's very little you need to do to it to make it delicious. If you make a point of keeping a carton of vanilla ice crea ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Healthy Alternatives: Mongo's Bowl

    ​Mongo's Mongolian Fire Pit (11200 Broadway Street, Ste 400, Pearland) is one of our favorite dining establishments in the relatively new outdoor mall that is known as the Pearland Town Center, despite its location on the outskirts of town. Though there isn't anything particularly original abo ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    $7 at Taqueria Lulu

    ​Where: Taqueria Lulu, 4320 Almeda Rd. What $7 gets you: A fajita chicken torta ($5.25) and a veggie taco ($1.50), with 25 cents to spare - not including tax. The torta was mediocre, but satisfied a craving for beans, guacamole, shredded lettuce and cheese on a bun, plus it came with some mon ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Easy Dishes to Serve at a Tapas Gathering

    lucylarou​ Tapas were created to accompany cocktails, beer and wine -- pub grub de España, if you will. And anything built solely to meet the snackage needs of drinkers is a mighty fine idea, no matter the origin. If you decide to brave the world of Spanish bar food in your own abode, these i ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Fish Soup

    ​Whenever my mother-in-law visits, she usually asks what my wife and I would like her to cook. My wife's response usually includes this soup. Canh chua (pronounced like "con chew-ah") is yin to the yang that is ca kho (pronounced like "ka caw"), whose recipe you can find here. The reason th ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Recipe: Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon

    ​After Julie Powell's online rendezvous with Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, everyone started talking about Child's Beef Bourguignon. Before Powell, and then Meryl Streep, breathed life back into this traditional French beef stew, only professional chefs and skilled cooks ha ... More >>

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    April 16, 2010

    Healthy Alternatives: Baba Yega's Black Bean Burger

    ​Fellow Houstonians, in case you haven't noticed: summertime is very near. We can feel it as the sun's rays turns our parked cars into saunas and feel it as the balmy air ruins our carefully styled hair. And though this is a somewhat welcome change after the harsh winter we endured, we know t ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Warm Weather Drinking: Caipirinha

    ​ Now that warm weather has made its presence known throughout Houston, the natural flocking of the masses to outdoor activities and patio drinking is underway. A tangy, tropical drink to get you in the mood for the future sweatfest to ensue in the following months is a Brazilian caipirinha.

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    March 29, 2010

    Picnic, Phoenicia-Style

    ​Every trip I take to Phoenicia (12141 Westheimer) for basic grocery shopping somehow culminates in a giant picnic at my house afterwards, owing to the bounty of ready-to-eat food in Phoenicia's deli section (which is getting ready to move out of the store itself and into its own, adjoining sp ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 18, 2010

    Meat and Potatoes

    Frank's Chop House stands firmly in the middle of the road.

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    March 17, 2010

    Top Ten Springtime Vodka Infusions

    Nic Launceford​ When it comes to infusions, there is a great debate about which types of liquors best absorb which flavors. We have been experimenting for years with many types of alcohols, fruits, veggies and herbs. What we have discovered is that often it is simply a personal preference not ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Broccoli Rabe ala Robb

    ​I sautéed thin slices of leftover barbecue sausage with some garlic in a lot of olive oil and then chopped up this six-ounce bunch of broccoli rabe and tossed it with sausage and covered it. Then I mixed the sausage and greens with two cups of cooked macaroni and hit it with some parmesan. I ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 4, 2010

    Scintillating Sichuan

    You can tell it's really Sichuan at Sarah Place by the hot pot bullfrog and the flaming hot pepper chicken.

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    February 9, 2010

    The Appeal of Banana Leaf

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttStir-fried egg noodles with seafood: a crowd pleaser.​It's been a little over six months since we reviewed Banana Leaf (9889 Bellaire Boulevard, Suite 311) -- the cozy outpost of Malaysian cuisine in New Chinatown -- and it occurred to us over the weekend that we ha ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Sunny Fruit Stand

    ​Cut-up melons, mangos, cucumbers and coconuts were among the fruit cups on sale at the Sunny fruit stand on Saturday morning. The lady behind the counter was also selling hot elote (sweet corn) on a stick or in a bowl, along with chile powder-covered mangos on a stick and half coconuts. I had ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    The 5 Smelliest Foods You Should Never Bring to the Office

    Photo courtesy of Passive-Aggressive Notes​Two things happened this week that predicated this post. Number one: We brought a vegetable tray to our weekly staff meeting. This was onerous enough in and of itself, as the Houston Press staffers are accustomed to chips and cookies of indeterminate ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    A Farmer Cooks You Dinner

    ​Garden slugs, green activists and organic food lovers will gather for cocktails from five to seven p.m. tomorrow night at Last Concert Café at a mixer sponsored by Houston Green Scene. Drinks will be followed by a dinner to benefit Last Organic Outpost's community gardening efforts. The Liv ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Recipe: Crab and Veggie Boil

    ​We are huge fans of good old fashioned crab boils. Screw the temperature - they make us feel like we're at an ocean-side resort, steps from warm, white sand and gently lapping waves. A recent trip to one of our favorite purveyors of specialty foods, Phoenicia, revealed a magnificent find: two ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Salad City

    Green papaya salad at Asia Market​It can be a struggle to find a good salad in a town so fanatical for Tex-Mex. And barbecue. And burgers. But we know they're out there somewhere. It's still early enough in January that you might not have broken all of your New Year's resolutions... So where d ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    First Look at Haven

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttCorndog shrimp with tabasco mash remoulade​It can't be easy for Randy Evans right now. Once the executive chef at Brennan's -- one of Houston's most perenially popular restaurants -- and now the man behind what is easily the most anticipated restaurant opening of th ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Yuca Frita con Mojo

    ​This Christmas we decided to combine the best parts of traditional Cuban and American cuisine for our big dinner. While the flavors ended up working perfectly with one another, one dish was such an unexpected hit with everyone that we've decided to make it again for our New Year's Eve Party. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Giant Watermelon Radishes

    ​Here's a radish that you could snack on for a few days. It's called a watermelon radish. The first time I recall seeing one was at Soma, the upscale sushi restaurant on Washington. Here's what I said about it in the review: "The salad came on a glass plate with one cobalt-blue edge. It was ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Crawfish Ravioli at D'Amico's

    When we first heard about the crawfish ravioli at D'Amico's Italian Market Café, we weren't sure what to think other than, "That's worth a try." But watching the dish (and other homemade ravioli) being made in the cafe kitchen last week turned that thought into, "When do we eat?" The stuffing ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Mini Thanksgiving

    photos by Liana Lopez​If you don't have to entertain an entire family for Thanksgiving dinner this year but still want to have a feast, here's the recipe for you. This is all you need to make a mini-Thanksgiving dinner for up to four folks. Okay, our recipe is not exactly turkey but it is poultr ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    Highland Village Farmers Market Thanksgiving

    Photo by Experience LAFree range turkeys, making their way to a roasting pan near you...​For the down-to-earth and/or most ambitious of us, Olde World Farms is offering a limited supply of free range turkeys at the Highland Village Farmers Market this Saturday. It's part of a huge push on th ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Masala Dosai

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​After last week's Battle Grilled Cheese, we received a gentle prod from one of our readers and favorite local food mavens, Dr. Ricky: "I think there need to be more creative choices for the food battles. Down to grilled cheese sandwiches?"It was with a heavy sigh and a ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    $13 at Raia's Italian Market

    Photos by Olivia Flores Alvarez​Where: Raia's Italian Market, 4500 Washington Avenue, 713-861-1042, What $13 gets you: We'd been driving by Raia's Italian Market for a while, always meaning to stop but never quite getting there. The steady stream of customers shoul ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    New Menu Items at Ra Sushi in Highland Village

    Photos courtesy of RA SushiA banana split at a sushi restaurant? Yes! Read on...​RA Sushi's corporate executive chef Tai Obata has come through with some new menu items -- several with a Tex-Mex influence -- and we made our way over to a media tasting to try them out at the Highland Village locati ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    In the Little Stalls Behind Caninos: Got Guayaba?

    ​The first guavas of the season are starting to appear in the stalls behind Canino's. Guayaba is the Spanish word for guava. The fruit is native to North America, and the word derives from the Arawak tribe of the Caribbean, who called a guava tree a "guayabo." The green-skinned, white-fleshed ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    A Vegan Dinner at a Meatatarium

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttAppetizers: sweet potato chips and truffled carrots, radishes and turnips​Vegans may take our cheese (and milk and meat and butter and even honey), but they may never take...our truffles. This seemed to be the rallying cry on Monday night at Beaver's Ice House as seven ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    How To Make The Perfect: Marinara Sauce

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​If you're looking for an authentic marinara sauce recipe, or one that only requires a few minutes of your time, you should probably stop reading right now. The following recipe is neither authentic nor is it a time-saver. It is, however, very simple to cook, uses ingre ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Crisper Drawer Cast-Offs: Stuffed Artichokes

    ​If you love artichokes, but want to cut down on the nutritional benefits, you can dip them in mayonnaise or melted butter. That's what I used to do -- until I encountered the artichokes at Mint Café, a hip little Lebanese restaurant that went out of business last summer. The artichokes ther ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    From Rice to Potatoes: How to Switch Gears and Become a Cooking Contest Winner

    Photo courtesy of the U.S. Potato BoardCheesy Southwestern Potato Crisps​Okay, so William "Trey" Smith went to Rice University, where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in economics. Following a not-unexpected career path, he enrolled in law school at the University of Oklahoma. Along the wa ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Overripe Mango Wrestling

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Giant mangos are $11 for a box of six at the Airline Farmer's Marketing Association. But you can pick up a box of overripe mangos for a mere five bucks. I took two boxes of the nasty-looking fruit home last weekend and showed my assistants how to cut them up. The 12 mang ... More >>

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