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Scott's Pizza Chronicles: Pizza Menu Time Machine

A note on the menu indicates that the pizzas are all 12 inches. A "Plain-Cheese" pizza is just $1.15 and every topping is twenty cents more. The most expensive pie is the "Twin Trees Delux," ringing in at a whopping $1.65 for sausage, mushrooms, onions, peppers and anchovies. Pepperoni is an option, but a letter from the owner tells me it wasn't on the menu when he started making pizzas in 1962. My favorite detail is the spelling of "muzzarella," which hints at the Rescignano family's pronunciation. More

Serious Entertaining: A Cold Fried Chicken Picnic

The issue of cold fried chicken can be a divisive one to say the least. More than once it has tested the resolve of my marital vows. See, I'm firmly on the cold fried chicken is awesome camp. Like pizza, it acquires something during an overnight stay on the counter or fridge that fresh-out-of-the-fryer chicken lacks. The extra-chickeny flavor of the breading, which softens to a stuffing-like texture. The dense bite of cold chicken meat, totally different form the slippery meat that comes off in shreds from hot chicken. More

Serious Entertaining: Taco Night

Crappy tacos are one of those food items that I just don't love, not even in the it's-so-bad-it's-good kind of way, but I have always liked the idea of taco night. Who doesn't like tacos and/or a mini-fiesta? I decided that there had to be a way to enjoy this kitschy American tradition in a way that was both tasty and fun. In my opinion, this menu of grilled chicken tacos with pumpkin seed sauce, chili roasted pepper salad, and cara cara cocktails strikes that balance. And fine, you can bring a bag of Tostitos if you want. More

Serious Entertaining: Hello, Morocco

It may seem counter-intuitive, but in the middle of snowy weather the best places to look for menu inspiration are those that don't really get winter at all. Take Morocco. The geography of this country is a hybrid of dazzling coasts and arid deserts. As a result, Moroccan cooks know how to make the most of limited produce as well as how to cook up some awesome seafood. Try a Moroccan-inspired meal with these recipes for Blood Orange and Cured Black Olive Salad, Beet Salad with Cinnamon, and Grilled Colossal Shrimp with Charmoula. More

Serious Entertaining: Hanukkah Dinner Party

Hanukkah is a fun holiday. There are games (dreidel) with better-than-cash prizes (chocolate coins), and a free pass for indulging in fried foods. Though a really good, freshly fried doughnut is undoubtedly a treat, my favorite Hanukkah food is and will always be the humble latke. So on this menu I serve latkes with apple ginger chutney as the main course, with a few delicious bookends: cauliflower soup with crispy shallots and orange olive oil cake with candied walnuts. More

Serious Entertaining: Summer Lunch

What ever happened to the lunch hour? What ever happened to taking a break in the middle of the day to pause and refuel? Grabbing a turkey sandwich at your local deli and eating at your desk doesn't count as lunch, and reheating last night's dinner in the office microwave (after cleaning up someone else's tomato soup mess) should really be considered working. So take back your lunch hour. Martinis optional. More

Serious Entertaining: Bringing The Biergarten Home

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grab some friends and spend a leisurely day sitting outside in a biergarten. With endless beer, brats, and board games, I could make my visits a weekly habit—if it weren't so hard to get a seat. With too many crowds, the obvious move was to bring the biergarten home. And so can you, with this menu of light and tasty German food and, of course, some large pitchers of good brew. More

Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Is it Memorial Day weekend yet? This whole week we've been gearing up to the three-day weekend and official start of outdoor grilling season. Here's a mess of recipes we'd happily chow on with friends around a grill, on a rooftop, at a park, or wherever. Everything from sweet potato chips to burgers and skewer-able meats to roasted potato salad, and of course a cold basil lemonade to gulp down. More

Serious Entertaining: Memorial Day

We're entering summer territory and my heart lifts at the thought of barbecues, sidewalk dining, and post-work "I can't believe it's still light out" drinking. I like to kick off my summer season by inviting over some friends and cooking up the types of dishes I look forward to most, such as blue cheese biscuits, spicy carrot salad, and cherry pie. More

Serious Entertaining: Royal Wedding Party

British newspapers are estimating that up to one billion people world-wide will watch the Royal Wedding on Friday. Even if you (claim to) think this is all a big hoopla over nothing, consider this: It's another excuse for a party. And shame on you for denying anyone the right to turn one more ordinary day into an extraordinary excuse to eat scones. Americans will have to get up at 4 a.m. or earlier to watch the wedding live, so here are some British wedding treats to serve your bleary eyed guests. More

Serious Entertaining: Greek Easter

Easter is a big deal in Greece. The rituals and celebrations start on Good Friday (the Epitaphio), continue to Holy Saturday (Megalo Savato), and culminate in a lamb roasting, wine drinking, Lenten fast breaking party on Easter Sunday. Greek Easter feasts often take days to prepare and hours to eat. Not to worry—you can still make these traditional recipes even if you don't have the proper equipment to roast a whole lamb on a spit. More

Serious Entertaining: To Have or Have Not

This week's get-together is inspired by one of the literary world's greatest partiers: Ernest Hemingway. In the 1930s, Hemingway lived in the Florida Keys and this tropical paradise became the setting for his novel To Have or Have Not. Hemingway's tale of intrigue and daring would be perfect at your next book club meeting. It would also be fun—apologies to my English teachers—to give a showing of the movie instead. The important part is to hear the ocean breeze, crack open some crab claws, and pour yourself a daiquiri. Hemingway would have approved. More

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