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CHEFS TIPS FOR NOVEMBER

PICK OF THE CROP

One-time only Wednedsay,
Pre- Thanksgiving Market at T'afia!

Just to make sure you have all you need for Thursday, the Midtown market folks are hosting a special market Wednesday, Nov 21, from 8 to 12.
Come by and get cheese from the experts at Houston Dairy Maids- it's the easiest part of the meal!
Note: There will be no market on Saturday, Nov 24th to give them all time to recover.

t'afia
3701 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002

THERE ARE MANY LOCAL GROCERS & FARMERS' MARKETS
IN THE HOUSTON AREA THAT SELL HARMONE AND PESTICIDE FREE
FRESH ORGANICLY GROWN FOODS.
HERE ARE A FEW:

McCain's Market

Houston Organic Farmers' Market
Location: Onion Creek Coffee House
3106 White Oak between Studewood and Heights Blvd
and Rice University Campus

Midtown Local Farmers' Market
Location:t'afia restaurant / 3701 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002

Bayou City Farmers' Market
Location:the intersection of Richmond and Eastside

Market Street Farmers Market
Location: 9595 Six Pines Dr. The Woodlands, TX
Saturday 8 to 11 a.m.
Phone: (281) 419-4770
E-mail: jtaylor@trademarkproperty.com

CLICK HERE For a limited list of certified markets in other cities by the US Dept of Agriculture

OR IF YOUR IN THE MOOD YOU COULD GRAB A BASKET AND PICK IT YOURSELF:
CLICK HERE for a list of 22 Texas Orchards Worth Visiting

GET OUT!
In Houston there are great ways to get off that couch
and take in great cuisine at the same time. Here are just a few:

HOME SWEET HOME Gingerbread Bash
Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz) hosts HOME SWEET HOME Gingerbread Bash 5 to 7 pm. The evening will feature one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses created by local chefs. These holiday masterpieces will be auctioned off to the highest bidders and proceeds will benefit CMH’s educational exhibits and programs. Tickets are $100 for adults, $50 per child and $225 per family of four.
When:Saturday December 8, 2007 – December 15, 2007
Where:Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz)
How:For tickets and information, contact Elizabeth Greehey at 713-535-7250 or egreehey@cmhouston.org.

Meet the Face of Change photo exhibit
Meet the Face of Change™, a national traveling photo exhibit will be on display at the Galleria Mall. Produced by world-renowned photographer, Rick Smolan, and sponsored by Novo Nordisk, the exhibit documents – and celebrates – the lives of a diverse group of the more than 18 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes. Come for FREE health screenings on December 13th.
When: Dec 13th
Where:Galleria Mall
How: For more information:Novo Nordisk Telephone: 212-485-6893 Contact name: Catherine Fitzpatrick

Citrus Festival
Urban Harvest
and the Bayou City Farmers’ Market will host the Third Annual Bayou City Farmers’ Market Citrus Festival on two consecutive Saturdays, December 8 and 15. The event will celebrate the peak of the citrus season in the Houston area and will feature many varieties of locally-grown citrus fruit, including unusual citrus varieties that are not available in stores. In addition, local celebrity authors will be on hand to sell and autograph their garden books.
When: Dec 8,15th 8 am to noon.
Where: 3000 Richmond at Eastside (between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway),back parking lot.
How: For more information visit www.urbanharvest.org.

International Festival of Flavors Week
Michael Cordua and Cordua Restaurants present the inaugural International Festival of Flavors Week, which will celebrate the flavors of Perú. Artista restaurant, located inside the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, will be the venue for a series of informative cooking classes and exotic dinners led and prepared by notable Perúvian chefs. Visit www.cordua.com for more information on the festival, including a schedule of events.
When:Monday January 7, 2008 – January 12, 2008
Where:Artista restaurant, located inside the Hobby Center
How:For reservations, call Artista at 713-278-4782.

 

 

 

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Recipe Of the Month

Drunken Cranberry Sauce
This month I share my families favorite cranberry sauce recipe.
Just be sure that you make enough for everyone!

Original Recipe - Copyright 2007 Chef Natasha Treu’ Fletcher

 

Ingredients:

 

2 c cranberries

1/4 c cognac (can sub brandy or even dark rum)
juice and zest of 1 med sweet orange 1/2 c sugar
zest of 1 lime 1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves
kosher salt to taste
  • Directions:

    1. In a small saucepan combine cranberries, orange juice, zests, cognac, sugar and mint.
    2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmering and cook until cranberries are just tender, (they should pop when you poke them or the juice should come out) stirring occasionally.
    3. In a small container make slurry whisking the cornstarch and 1 tbsp water.
    4. Whisk cornstarch mixture into cranberry sauce and cook, whisking, until sauce thickens.
    5. Taste and add more sugar, if necessary and salt to taste.
    6. Serve warm or pour into a mold and chill for 24 hours and serve cold.

    Makes 6 servings. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

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Rants n' Raves

REVIEW- Shade

Bombay Paradise
By Chef Natasha Treu'

In the heart of the historic Heights lies a restaurant with food that is truly inspired my the cuisines of Houston. Shade is a sophisticated café with a calming décor and impressive wine list.

When we entered, we were greeted by a formally dressed hostess who took my umbrella, and quickly got us to our table. A lovely list of quality beers, single malt whisky and wine was presented along with a creative menu. Most of the entrees and other items seemed clearly inspired by the diverse cuisines of Houston and native cooking styles of Texas. I choose the JALAPEÑO ORANGE GLAZED GRILLED SALMON with Hominy Johnny Cake, Sautéed Mustard Greens, Guajillo Mole and Avocado Relish $22.00. While my husband ordered BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTOwith Pan Seared Scallops, Shiitake Mushrooms, Arugula Chimichurri and Crispy Leeks $19.25. Both come out shockingly fast and we dig in. My first bit is heavenly. Sweet glaze over the extremely hard to find, perfectly cooked salmon hits the spot. The crispy outside of the Johnnycake followed by a warm burst of steam and creamy hominy inside. Even the mustard greens are tender and hearty. The flavors pare perfectly.  

It’s a few minutes before I leave my trance and notice the odd pile that my husband’s risotto is in. I take a bite and notice it is a bit al dente. We debate if it is intentional or not and how much better if would be if cooked properly before he decides to ask the waiter. He quickly explains it is improperly cooked and whisks away the plate to have the mistake corrected. 

We share my mouthwatering morsels until the plate is wiped clean, then wait, and wait. Finally out comes a plate of overcooked risotto. Ah well, such is life. Even overcooked, (and I might mention missing the promised leeks) the sweetness of the perfectly seasoned squash paired with the lightness of the impeccably seared sea scallops is delightful. In spite of the mishap we both decide that we would most certainly come back, and order the dishes again. 

The server coaxes me into dessert so we anxiously await the PUMPKIN PIE SPICED PLANTAIN CHARLOTTE With Sweet Corn Pudding and Cinnamon Whipped Cream. With our bellies full this dessert sits a but like a soaked brick, but the flavor is nice and its warm so it gets half eaten. The sweet corn pudding was fabulous although used more like a garnish.  

All in all, it was a lovely meal, and Shade has a warm inviting Houstonian atmosphere that makes this world traveler feel quite at home.

Shade
713-869-7500
250 W 19th St. 77008

Hours:
Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2:30
Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm, Sun 5-9pm
Brunch Sat&Sun 10-3
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Take Advantage of Our Rewards Program!

For all our current clients that are telling their friends, family and colleagues to use Indulgence we just want to express our appreciation. We will now be offering a $50 referral bonus toward your next service, whenever anyone books and gives your name as a referral; or when you show us that you gave us a good review on Citysearch.

Just our way of saying thanks.

 

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Seasonable Selections
Why eat seasonal?  

From a Chefs view:

Seasonal food is at its peak of flavor.
Its fresher and so it tends to be tastier, more
colorful, easier to work with, less expensive
and more nutritious.

Buying seasonal produce also provides
an exciting opportunity to try new foods
and to experiment with seasonal recipes.

From the Earths view :

By purchasing local foods in-season, you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, your food dollar goes directly to the farmer, and your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.

It also helps to to reduce the energy (and associated CO2 emissions) needed to grow and transport the food we eat.

NOVEMBER: What's In Season Locally in Harris County

HERB / FRUIT

Lavender (year round) Pick your own
Mix Herbs (year round) Cut your own

Apples Pick Your Own
Cantaloupes
Citrus Pick Your Own
Honeydew
Grapefruit
Lemons Pick Your Own
Limes Pick Your Own
Oranges Pick Your Own
Persimmons Pick Your Own
Watermelon

PEPPER / VEGETABLE

Beets
Bell Peppers
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cucumber
Greens
Mushrooms
Potatoes
Spinach
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes (year round) Pick Your Own
Turnips

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Sharing food is a great way to
have fun with those you love!

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