Category Archives: ingredients

Whole Foods Lakewood Apple Wood Smoked Bacon

I’m going to go on record and say that the best bacon I’ve purchased in the Dallas area is the Apple Wood Smoked Bacon at Whole Foods in Lakewood.  It’s thick.  It’s delicious.  They told Hubbard that they smoke it in-house.  It tastes like it.  Closest thing to curing your own that I’ve come across.  And I LOVE it!

Spicer’s Wild & Cultivated Mushrooms

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Future sauce…


Tonnino Yellowfin Tuna Fillets with Garlic in Olive Oil

I’m really liking this stuff.

It’s way more expensive than canned tuna (approx $7 a jar).  But, I don’t like canned tuna.  I like this!  I usaully spend $7 or more on fish for a dinner salad.  That’s how I justify the cost to myself.  My husband even likes it.  I’ve never seen him eat a bite of canned tuna in the 20 years I’ve known him.  The guy at Central Market told me when I sampled the tuna that the olive oil was great for salad dressing.  I haven’t tried that yet.  How could that not be good?

Peeled Skate Wings

We’re talking fish, not bird.  I bought some at Central Market on Lovers this Sunday.  Simply delicious.  I have only been served skate once at York St.  So, I tried a simple pan searing with a butter sauce of chopped tomatoes and scallion.  Did I forget to take a picture of the finished product?  Yes, I did!  But, check out Snooty Foodie’s site for a picture of what skate looks like as a prepared dish.  It’s there with the York St article.  And, in case you didn’t know, it’s in the ray family of fish.  Ray, as in manta ray.  Now that’s different.   Here’s what it looked like before I cooked it.  Funky, huh?

Let’s Talk About Ramps

I recently visited Spicer’s FM 1410 to grab a pound of ramps the day they arrived in shop.  At $18 a pound I was a bit hesitant.  But, I own Tom Colicchio’s book, “Think Like a Chef” and there’s a whole section devoted to dishes that contained ramps, asparagus and morels.  Never having seen ramps available in a grocery store here in Dallas, I felt like I just had to try them.

So, what is a ramp?  It is an alium that looks basically like a green onion or scallion.  They are also called wild leeks.  I have read that some ramps are stronger than others.  But, mine had a very slight garlic taste to them.  I decided to cook them with potatoes and saute a few in olive oil to see what they tasted like straight up.  I have a few observations to offer after finishing my afternoon with ramps…

 First of all, these were tiny.  Most were thinner than a typical green onion.  So, once I had cleaned and chopped up all the white parts I had about a cup and a half of ramps.  $18 for a that?  The biggest ones were saute’d.  They had a slightly sinewy quality that I didn’t enjoy too much.  They tasted fine, but not $18 fine.  The potatoes were cooked as a gratin-type dish.  Basically, just potatoes, salt and pepper, ramps and a mixture of cream and chicken broth with some cheese tossed on top at the end.  I really enjoyed the flavor the ramps gave this dish.  Very light and smooth.  Reminded me of leek and potato soup.  But, again…  $18?

While I really liked the potatoes, I don’t believe that any side dish should cost more than $20 unless it has truffles or something more substantial involved than onion.  I liked my ramps.  Not sure I’ll be going back for more, though.  I did find a site called Earthy Delights that will ship you ramps for $11.50 a pound.  Of course, the shipping is $28.50!