Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wow, Kirstie Alley is all but jumping up and down on Oprah's couch.

RAHM EMANUEL, in case you were wondering.

click to enlarge. (Heh-heh.)

From The Stranger, via Decorno

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Up My Sleeve

Danielle's post on the awesomeness of butter reminded me that I wanted to tell you about my two new favorite things in the kitchen:

Letitia introduced me to this. I use it anywhere Tony's doesn't really go. Last week I made a roast with just Krazy Salt and pepper, and I thought it turned out pretty well. This is even better proof of its magical powers: I ate a salad last week with no dressing, just Krazy Salt. Don't worry, by "salad" I really mean tomatoes and avocados. Krazy Salt is a soulmate for avocados.

Picture it: Sicily, 1901... or maybe it was Lombardy, 2007 ... anyway: at a hotel restaurant I was served gnocchi alla Romana with balsamic syrup lightly drizzled around the edges of the dish, and it was all I could do not to lick the plate. But gnocchi alla Romana is really a variation on mac and cheese, and I hardly need another reason to eat that. However, the other day I used the balsamic syrup on some pork chops that came out a little too bland and too dry, and it made them almost edible. I think the syrup could be really great drizzled over chèvre, or with roasted potatoes, or over scallops. You know, anything white.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What mamacita is ...


So, so funny.

Sadly, not as funny.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cute Shoes at Target

N.B. Go up a half-size.

And these. I had to look at three different Targets for my size, and the only ones available on the website are size 5.5. But yay for me, because I gots 'em.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Is there a recipe for chicken spaghetti that isn't completely revolting? Do tell.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Calling Bullshit

via Will Leitch

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Grow, Dammit

Grow, Dammit, originally uploaded by houston mamacita.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday, I'm in Love

Every now and then I fall in love with Lifehacker all over again. To wit:

Michael Ruhlman on Freeing Yourself From Recipes
Ratios! Alton Brown/ Cook's Illustrated fans, rejoice.

Track Your Purchases As They Happen at Xpenser
Greatest invention since Book Burro. I pity the fool who doesn't use Book Burro.

Download 773 Free MP3s from Amazon

Yard Sale Treasure Map Plots Out Your Weekend Plundering
Haven't used it yet, but I'm already hyperventilating over the possibilities.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

BB's Cajun Cafe

Fried Pickles (bad lighting courtesy of neon signs)

I went with Uncle John to BB's Cajun Cafe on Tuesday evening. First things first -- I was excited to see fried pickles on the menu. Did I say excited? I probably meant ecstatic. Anyway, I was a little surprised when the pickles came out in a cornmeal batter, but hey -- I'm ecumenical about frying materials. They were pretty good, I have to say, especially since fried pickles are a little hard to find in Houston.

I asked for the 1/2 poboy & cup-of-soup combo: fried shrimp poboy with shrimp etouffee. I'm sorry to tell you that the etouffee was that typical, goopy stuff you get in restaurants. The shrimp poboy wasn't bad, though. Nice bread, but the shrimp might have been a bit overcooked.

Unfortunately, Uncle John decided to take Robb Walsh's advice and order the grits and grillades. Uncle John should have known better, as we have discussed on many occasions how very wrong Mr. Walsh is -- he is wrong about barbecue, about Tex-Mex; for all I know he parts his hair on the wrong side and ties his shoelaces incorrectly. Anyway, the grits and grillades were disappointing. The gravy had an odd flavor I couldn't identify (but was apparently not poisonous).

So if you're really dying for a poboy, or fried pickles, you could do worse than BB's. [Ragin' Cajun comes to mind immediately when you say "worse."] I wasn't real impressed with the rest of the menu.

Also, according to Mr. Walsh, BB's doesn't have a liquor license yet, so the daiquiris are being made with wine. If that's true, it's kinda sad. I hope they clear that up soon, because they're the only place (I know of) in Houston that sells daiquiris to go. One day I'll tell you all about the drive-through daiquiri shacks of Southwest Louisiana. Good times...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Heloise

I almost forgot about this auspicious day. Okay, here's my Ode-to-Heloise tip: If you're taking a salad to a luncheon [I know this happens to you all the time, Punter], line the bowl with lettuce leaves. That makes the bowl look pretty, and when the luncheon is over you can just toss everything left in the bowl, including the lettuce leaves. Then the inside of your bowl won't be quite as disgusting as you transport it home.

*deep bow*
Thank you very much.

What mamacita is...

During a THREE-AND-A-HALF HOUR wait at the doctor's office yesterday. Did you know you can get HPV in your mouth?

I have no idea what's going on at any given moment, but I like the show anyway.

I have to say, I didn't love it. Dolly's voice is as beautiful as ever, but the music is very synthetic pop. When Dolly's voice -- or pop music -- is stripped of its context, the resulting album suffers. This post brought to you by Pitchfork and Kraft, the makers of Velveeta Cheese.

If that's your sort of thing, though, I should point out that you can get three bonus tracks if you order the CD from Cracker Barrel.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Pictures

Emmet, stop making faces.

I said quit!

Oh, to hell with it.

Becca, could you please be still for a minute?

Rebecca, be still!

I give up.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

As long as I'm offending you...

This is the best song ever written about Jesus. Happy Easter, y'all.

Friday, April 10, 2009

And none of these people is Kenny from The Cosby Show

It started out, innocently enough, when I asked Letitia, "So who is that colored fella on the cover of Rolling Stone?" [that's a joke, y'all] or something like that. I've always been confused about the difference between T.I. and T. Pain, and I didn't understand which one of them was Li'l Wayne. So Letitia drew me this helpful chart. I wouldn't have thought to include The Game, but Letitia is evidently annoyed that we've (allegedly) had five conversations about him and I continue to claim I've never heard of him.

As you can see, she went on to illuminate the difference between Nelly, Nellie Furtado and Kelis. [Kelis is the one who wore a green wedding dress!] But we have to give Liz Lemon some credit -- she is the one who stopped me from pronouncing it "Shah-millionaire."

As for the remaining lacunae in our knowledge, Letitia eventually looked up T. Pain on Wikipedia, but if you can provide us with the name of Houston's answer to crunk, we would be most obliged.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Letitia Has a Blog

Go check out Letitia's blog for ideas on cooking with children, complete with cute cartoons and a great bibliography of children's cooking books. [You can't take the librarian out of the girl.]

Letitia is teaching a children's cooking class this Friday, and a one-week cooking camp this summer. Let's wish her luck. I know I couldn't be trusted around knives and preschoolers.

Emmet watched Judge Hatchett yesterday and tried to convince Papi that he should get a DNA test on his children. "Everybody should get a DNA test, Daddy!"

Thursday, April 2, 2009

To-Do, 4/2/09

1. Buy stamps
2. See my enemies crushed before me and hear the lamentations of their women.
3. Tequila night at Berryhill with Shana and Veronica.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Food Day

The very lovely Meg of Pigtown Design (a great blog, BTW) is one of the bloggers behind April Food Day. Inspired by Meg, I am writing to ask you personally if you would please make a donation to your local food bank today.

As you may know, I work at a church, and I can tell you without a doubt that
the number of people who approach us for help has increased in the last six months -- even though Houston's economy isn't in such terrible shape as other cities'. At work, we always direct people in need of help to the nearest food pantry, so I know that those organizations are seeing an increase in traffic right now. Meg writes:
Do you know that...
  • One in eight Americans are at risk for hunger?
  • Four million Americans receive assistance from Feeding America each week?
  • Children who are hungry have slower emotional, social and educational development?
  • Millions of elderly Americans go to bed hungry every night?
It is so critical that those of us who are not in this position help those who are. So many people who never thought they would need food assistance are now asking for help from their local food bank. They have lost their jobs through the massive down-sizings and layoffs. They have exhausted all of their resources. Elderly people on fixed incomes are finding that costs are out-pacing their incomes.

First-time requests at food banks are at an all-time high, but the shelves are bare. Corporations and foundations have decreased their donations and individuals are so uncertain about their own finances, that their giving has slowed.

We are asking that you make a donation, even if it's just a dollar or two. It will help someone who may be less fortunate than you are.

Here's the link to Feeding America, an affiliation of more than 200 food banks across the country. Chances are that your local food bank is a part of this network.

We're all in this together, and that's the way we will come through it... together.

Please help today. The need is great and the time is now.

Thank you so very much.