'Blake Royer' on Serious Eats

Meet & Eat: Blake Royer, 'Sausage City'

Blake is a part of the old school. In the blog world, that means he's been writing for Serious Eats since early 2007—years before he even thought about living in Chicago. But in a general sense, it's also true. Sure, he's made his own bacon before, but how many other people have had to butcher the pig first? More

Chicago: Best Food Neighborhoods?

Blake Royer of The Paupered Chef (and Serious Eats Dinner Tonight contributor) is moving to Chicago and asks, "Which are the best neighborhoods for eating and cooking? Nick lived it pretty fancy in beautiful Bucktown, which reminds us a lot of Brooklyn. . . Sing the praises of your Chicago neighborhood!" What say you, serious eaters?... More

You May Also Substitute Vermouth

Because it spoils quickly and most people store it improperly, dry vermouth has acquired an unsavory reputation over the years. With a little care, however, it can go from stand-in to starring role in recipes and drinks. The Paupered Chef duo on storage and use—including a recipe for mussels. More

OJ: The Real Thriller

Anyone who has over bought fresh-squeezed OJ knows it bears a hefty price. Nick Kindelsperger and Blake Royer, working collectively as The Paupered Chef, turn their frugal eyes on homemade orange juice. More

Celery: More Than Just Diet Fare?

This staple of the produce aisle always goes forgotten in the fridge, then goes limp, then gets trashed. In fact, it's difficult to remember the last time we actually used an entire bunch of celery before tossing it. What interesting creations could come from a vegetable which even the most authoritative texts say is best thrown in stock? More

Wine by Any Other Name

Some grapes go by different names across different languages, countries, and regions. Pinot Noir, for example, is known as Pinot Nero in Italy, Spatburgunder in Germany, and Blauburgunder in Austria. If people are paying $60 a bottle for Barolo while the humble Spanna is sitting on the same shelf, what other regional secrets exist? Photograph by Nick Kindelsperger "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet." —William Shakespeare When we lived on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on York Avenue, a location with all the no-subway pain of Alphabet City with none of the cool, there was this wine shop called In Vino Veritas. Nobody really knows about it;... More

You Want Fries with That?

Some of the most respected chefs and restaurateurs in the country are using frozen french fries in their establishments. With that knowledge, the Paupered Chef tries three varieties of iced spuds at home, hoping to make a perfect, crisp, golden-brown batch of potatoes at home. More

Signs of Spring: Asparagus

When there is a warm day in March, spring recipes begin to seem practical. Asparagus, spring’s tender manifestation, has indeed been showing up in produce markets—not gray and woody, but green and flexible. The Paupered Chef provides a quick and easy recipe for this early-bird vegetable. More

Pizza Hack: Broil Your Pies

Trying to make pizza at home? Forget baking stones and peels. We used London chef Heston Blumenthal's unprecedented technique, which is radical and simple and produces remarkable results. The only equipment you'll need is a cast-iron skillet and your oven's broiler. More

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