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New Rockfish Seafood and Grill Concept

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I was very excited several months back because one of the new buildings in my neighborhood put up a Rockfish Coming Soon sign.  My family and I have eaten at the Plano and Lewisville locations several times.  We love the fly fishing cabin theme and the peanuts that you just drop the shells on the floor.  Not to mention the great food.
The Rockfish logo looked a bit different to me and they had the word "Grill" in the name.   I was intrigued.  I watched as they added a patio and put up wood siding with great anticipation.  There was never any doubt that we would eat there.  There are not many options for nice sit down restaurants in The Colony.  Lots of fast food and casual dining concepts.  Some of the sit down options have severely gone down hill and we don't even bother to go there anymore.  We do eat locally sometimes, but tend to travel to neighboring cities for the most part.  Therefore, any new local place is greatly appreciated.

Imagine my excitement when DallasFoo…

Chicken Tikki Masala

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We recently got to see an advance screening of the movie The Hundred Foot Journey. It is a very good story and I went in with fairly low expectations. I was completely impressed and left having seen a great movie. Helen Mirrem is great along with the other actors.  The story is basically about 2 competing restaurants that are across the street from one another.  1 Indian and 1 classical French. They are in the French countryside. Lots of food porn for the foodies, rom com for those who like that, and lots of family laughter.  So having been inspired by that.... I had to make something Indian. Chicken Tikki Masala!!!
I headed to my local Kroger Marketplace since I figured they would have the spices  that I needed....NOT! They did not have garam masala. Luckily, I have the whole internet in my pocket, so I found a Pioneer Woman recipe that included the ingredients of garam masala.

Next up was to make the sauce.  I cut up an onion, minced garlic and ginger and sweated them until slightl…

John Tesar's Knife Modern Steak Review

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My wife, the Dutchess, recently got a promotion so it was my job to create a celebration. The last time we celebrated something wonderful we did it at Spoon, Tesar's seafood joint.  It was one of the best meals that we have ever had.   I decided that I wanted to check out John's latest gig, Knife Modern Steak, as I have heard many good things about what he is doing.
First thing I noticed is that his new place doesn't have many (if any) signs pointing you to its location.  I didn't even see a logo or signage telling where to get in the front door, yet the place was full.  Knife is located inside the Palomar hotel and we ended up asking the front desk how to get there.  Needless to say...you have to know about this place or mistakenly wander into it.  As soon as you walk in you see a window to the Dry Aging Room.  A small room that is actively aging meat right before your eyes.  Primal cuts of meat, at various stages of aging.
We were seated at the counter, which is their v…

Saffron, Flounder and White Bean Stew

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The Dutchess and I took Zachary to Galveston for some beach and  memory making with good friends. We had a nice and relaxing time at the bay.  We naturally gravitated towards the  abundance of fresh seafood.  Boiled shrimp, red snapper, oyster po boys and seafood gumbo were quite anticipated and enjoyed.
I decided to take advantage of the fresh seafood shops on the seawall.   I bought a whole flounder and 2 lbs of stone crab claws.  I was VERY  close to coming home with a LARGE red snapper, but I didn't press my luck. I was 6 hours from home, but I had a cooler and a whole lotta ice!
I cheated a bit...culinarily speaking, by having the fishmonger clean, filet and skin the flounder for me.  I was actually looking forward to attempting it, but after seeing them all, I decided to leave that to the pros.
Checking the largest cook book ever known, the internet, I found a recipe for saffron, flounder and white bean stew. Been waiting for a reason to justify spending  $20 for a few red …

Chicken Enchiladas, Homemade Refried Beans and Mexican Corn Crema

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I was craving enchiladas so chicken was the obvious choice. My mother always made the best chicken enchiladas, but  I didn't use her recipe.  I just made this up on the fly. I cheated a bit and used a prepared sauce, but everything else was all me baby!

First up I cooked some pinto beans simply with some bay leaves. I held it in the fridge until ready to refry.

I choose thighs to keep the meat juicy and flavorful.  I pan fried them till almost done with some green chilies.

Once it was almost cooked, but not quite as it would still cook a bit when rolled up with cheese.

I sliced the thighs pretty thin to somewhat resemble pulled chicken.  I then chopped up the chilies and some scallions and I mixed it all together.

I dipped the corn tortillas into the sauce to make them pliable and add some moisture, then rolled up the filling and arranged them in a casserole dish.

I poured the rest of the sauce over and then sprinkled a nice layer of shredded cheese.

Popped into the oven to heat …

Crab Briks and Couscous Fennel Salad

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I havent posted in quite a while, but I felt that I just had to for this one. This is something I saw on Jamie Oliver's tv show 15 minute meals.
My family loves crab and fennel, so this was a  no brainer.
First off...$15 worth of lump crab meat!!!
I mixed this with cilantro, lemon zest & juice and a little sweet chili  sauce.  JLiver used preserved lemons and harrisa.   I couldn't find either.  

Take 3 or 4 sheets of filo dough and wrap up the crab mixture so that it looks kind of like a deck of cards.

Here is a close up of what the crab mixture looked like.

A few glugs of olive oil and lightly pan fry the briks. Make sure that you do not burn them, or you may  spontaneously burst into tears. Lump crab is expensive!

The sides are tomato couscous with pine nuts and shredded  fennel, caraway seeds and mint salad.  Jamie used pomegranate seeds, but I couldn't find those either.  I substituted the pine nuts.   I went to FOUR grocery stores to find the missing ingredients …