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Our 21st Year of Eating, Drinking and Telling You About It! 

HOUSTON Saturdays and Sunday 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods 

SATURDAY: Over the years, a lot of Italian cooking has made its way to Houston by way of Italy, but the new Luca & Leonardo in the Woodlands serves the first we’ve encountered that came to America by way of Mexico. So far, all we can say, after several dinners there, is “muy, I mean, molto bene.” And we recognize the new NFL season in this week’s Grape & Grain segment, tasting the impressive wines of Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil. Turns out, the name “Vermiel” (Ver-MAY) is originally French, and the guy grew up in Napa. Who knew?

AUSTIN Saturdays 10-11 a.m., Talk 1370

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods 

As the Eddie V’s concept keeps on growing, taking seafood to the culinary heights of a prime steakhouse, we thought it was high time to visit the original location in downtown Austin. We interview several key players while eating and drinking ourselves silly. And we recognize the new NFL season in this week’s Grape & Grain segment, tasting the impressive wines of Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil. Turns out, the name “Vermiel” (Ver-MAY) is originally French, and the guy grew up in Napa. Who knew?

This Week’s Delicious Mischief Recipe

DEEP SOUTH FRIED OYSTERS 

Now that we’ve finally gotten back to a month with an R in it – which traditionally equates to a month with cooler temperatures, we can sidestep that old wive’s tale and knock back some serious fried oysters. 

24 to 36 Texas oysters, raw and shucked

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups cornmeal

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons flour 

Drain oysters. In a bowl, beat eggs; add drained oysters and let stand for 10 minutes. Mix cornmeal, sugar, salt, pepper and flour. Dip oysters in cornmeal mixture and fry in batches in deep hot oil or shortening — at about 370° — until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serves 4 to 6.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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