25 year old self taught "chef." Looking to learn as much as possible as well as share what I have learned. I love food!

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  • Location: San Diego
  • Favorite foods: Pizza, Cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, all Italian food, bagel (from NJ/NY), fish tacos (SD only), any fish, any meat....
  • Last bite on earth: My moms baked ziti with meatballs.

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iPhone Apps

Does anyone use the pricier apps; ie Gordon Ramsays or any other famous chef ones. Im not sure if its worth the money. 7.99 for a app seems a bit much. I love the free ones!

Leftover ground beef...need a good burger recipe..

Id just form the patty, season the beef liberally with salt and ground pepper, then grill them up. Whip up some chipotle mayo. Butter the rolls and toast them on the grill. Slather some chipotle mayo on the bottom of the bun, cheese your meat, then enjoy!

What's your favorite dumpling dipping sauce?

Trader Joes Soyaki sauce is incredible for dumplings.

Its grilling season and so far I have grilled...

@dhorst - Is pizza on the grill tough to do? Id love to try that out.

The Burger Lab's Top Ten Tips for Making Better Burgers

Which type of steak do you recommend for meat grinding?

Food magazines

Wow i really appreciate all this feedback. I didnt expect such a large response. In any event, I am going to subscribe to Saveur and Bon Appetit and I think maybe Cooks Illustrated, just maybe though. Congrats to everyone who suggested them and again thanks a lot.

To respond to the comments about the internet and tv and no need for paper clutter from the magazines...I have a two reasons for this...

1. My father in law works for the USPS so buying magazines helps keep them a float. I am all for going green, but I need to support the in-laws in this tough economy.

2. I like the old fashion recipe box concept. Don't get me wrong, I am all for the internet and blogs and recipes online and such, but having recipes to pass down to loved ones as they grow old seems more sentimental when given as a recipe box rather then sending them an email.


Irish Soda Bread...

Here is what I use....

In a large bowl put in 4 cups of flour - sifted, then add 1.5 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of salt to flour and mix together.
In a separate bowl mix 3/4 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp of melted margarine, and 1 cup of raisins together.
Toss this mixture in with the flour mixture.
In another bowl, mix 1.5 cups of buttermilk and 2 eggs. (set aside a small amount to brush on bread). Mix the rest in with the flour mixture.
Grease and flour a loaf pan. Pour in the mixture. Brush the top with the remaining buttermilk/egg mixture.

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

**After 20 min of baking "knife" and "X" in the top of the loaf.


I love putting cream cheese on mine

Where should we eat in Vegas?

I HIGHLY recommend The PepperMill. The food is awesome and the place is very old school Vegas.

Chili sauce? Do you use it?

I also use it with meatballs. Toss it in with some grape jelly and let simmer. Delicious.

Looking for good BYO restaurant

I recommend jumping on the SeaStreak ferry either at East 34th street or South Street Seaport, heading to Atlantic Highlands, NJ, getting off and walking two blocks to a restaurant called AMA Ristorante. The place is BYOB and the food is out of this world.

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Las Vegas,' Season Finale Part 1

Kevin is the man! Michael is a prick. Bryan is awesome too. I miss Jenn.

Wine suggestion please

**Forgot to add that we do prefer red wine.

Great tool for finding restaurants featured on TV!

Great idea for a site. I am a big fan of going to any and all Diners Drive Ins and Dives places. To date I have been to 15 restaurants featured on the show. I also have been to a few Man V Food places. The site will really help in the future.

The website does however need something. Its a little boring. Also it does not work very well. I tried doing a search for San Diego and it kept saying error on the page. I know for a fact there are about 10 places in SD that should be on there.

In any event, the website is cool. Thanks for doing it!

Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving - 3 questions

Thank you everyone for all the ideas/tips.

I am actually very lucky and only driving 10 minutes at most. If we are eating 10-20 minutes after we arrive, I can make them before and try the "top chef" cooler/towel method. Im also going to look into the bain-marie method. Thanks again.

I will also run all these ideas by my wife and see which she likes best.

Trader Joes Petition - Middletown NJ/Monmouth County NJ

Oh I heard that was open. Still a little far. I am just being greedy and would love one really close to my home. Right now I drive to Westfield and/or Florham Park.

Pork Roll/Taylor Ham

Slaters deli in Leonardo NJ has the best pork roll sandwich I have ever had.

Apple Pie in NJ - Please help...

My fiance does make an incredibe dutch apple pie, but I was looking for something to buy. Maybe even take a day trip to have a slice.

Animal Crackers - How Do You Eat Them?

I eat the appendages first also. I like any plain animal cracker.

Fun Fact:
Did you know the Barnum animal cracker box has a string on it so you can hang it on your xmas tree as a decoration when done eating them?

Tomato sauce too sweet! Help!

I always add a teaspoon of sugar to my sauce. I dont mean to sound cocky, but I have never tasted a sauce as good as mine.

Also I call it gravy.

Green Foods at Restaurants on St. Patty's?

I make green eggs and ham every St Pattys day. I also make a great Irish Soda bread, mmmmmm.


@HeartofGlass. Do you shop at Walmart?