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Old 01-08-2007, 12:17 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by cent96
I am in Spring Hill, just south of Olathe. Thanks for your reply. We have really been focusing on adjusting to our surroundings. We have found a couple of places where we have been pretty happy. We go to La Mesa off of 135th street for Mexican food. And we have been going to Rosatis for pizza, but it is always cold by the time we get it home. It is good though. Any recommendations you have would be great. And feel free to set me up with any recipes you want to share!

Talk to you soon
Hi, I am close to you Louisburg.

Tons of good food in Kansas I would agree with you about Spring Hill I think
the only good food there is bbq. I think it is called K&M bbq.
For mexican go to Mi Rancheto (sp) there is one in Olathe very good or Manny's which is downtown KC.

for close Italian I would recommend Carabas it too is in Olathe. For pizza
I personally like Minskey's. Now for seafood McCormick and Schmidt it
is on the Plaza and well worth the drive.

A great steak place is CC broiler off 151st and 69 just a block or two west,
very good.

You have to have been right off I-35 and 119th there is many resturants.
Also get on mykcfox and look at the new blogs there is one created
named reviews on kc resturants. Keep looking and trying new things
here I think your tummy will be very satisfied, but sad to say I don't think
you will find much in Spring Hill, same with Louisburg. Nor do I think you
will find a good Polish place in town. I have been looking for good Polish
food and can not find any. We have family in Chicago we have the Polish
food shipped here.

For grocerys I would recommend seafood from Hen House, meat too
and of course when it is winter best produce. I would also recommend
Hy-Vee for meat I think it is just as good as Hen House but not as pricey.

If you want spec meat Rancher's meat is really good.

Good Luck

Good Luck

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Old 01-08-2007, 01:06 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by cent96
Thanks for the advise. I will have to look for a stovetop smoker. Take care
To smoke a pork butt will take an outside smoker as it takes anywhere from 6 - 12 hours too cook - maybe more depending on the size. An stove top smoker will be good for chicken breasts, pieces of fish, even vegetables.

Katie E. - I take it you are cooking MUCH smaller portions - maybe even individual pieces?

I also recently did a pork butt in my oven as the temperature outside wasn't worth fighting to keep the smoker hot enough. Rub down with olive oil, salt, pepper, a bit of brown sugar, and if you want a couple dashes of liquid smoke (I don't care for it though).

Cook on 225 degrees until internal temperature reaches 200 - It took 20 hours for mine to cook and the next time I will place a large pan under it filled halfway with apple juice and place the pork butt directly on the rack. That meat was like butter but I didn't like the way it sat in all the juice grease for so long. The apple juice in the pan will also impart a lovely flavor. Let the outside get crusty - that helps seal it and keep the inside juicy!


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Old 01-08-2007, 01:09 PM   #13
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I smoked a pork butt over the weekend yummy, I thought you were looking
for other stuff than bbq? You should be able to find pork butt
everywhere in Kansas. All the stores I go to call it pork butt.
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:02 PM   #14
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Katie E. - I take it you are cooking MUCH smaller portions - maybe even individual pieces?
Actually, no, I usually smoke about a 5- to 7-pound pork butt in my smoker. I can smoke meats as large as 12 pounds in it. I have a Cameron's stovetop smoker and smoke all kinds of things in it. I also have their smaller one (about half the size as the big one) and use it to smoke vegetables and cheeses.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:32 PM   #15
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I'd like to be able to give you advice as to where to find certain products, but as a 'veteran' (in more ways than one) I can tell you that sometimes you have to just learn to live with the restrictions of a new location.

You haven't said WHERE in Kansas you are. It is a large state, and I assume you aren't in a metropolitan area if you can't find good Mex or Pizza. The answer for Mex is to drive south, you'll find it. For pizza of your taste, whatever it may be, you might just have to learn to make it. Living only a few hours from Chicago, I was surprised to learn that the local taste for pizza is the neopolotan thin crust, which thrilled me because that is what I like. Mexican is also to a particular taste. I have lived among Mexicans all of my life, and if you can't find "good" Mexican, you must not have a restaurant in town at all, or you're looking for something that is specific to a restaurant near where you used to live. The only reason we have restaurants in this country is because Mexicans are willing to do work no one else will do. So go looking for places they shop and eat. I've found that of all the cuisines I love, good Mexican is the easiest to find. I've found it everywhere, yes, even in rural Kansas. that, by the way, is where I found some of the best Vietnamese food~

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