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  • Favorite foods: sushi, raw meat (steak tartare and lamb kefta), samosas, carnitas on corn tortillas topped with salsa verde, avocados, roast chicken, couscous, lobster rolls, eggs every which way, salmon chowder with bacon and fesh corn, french fries and aioli.

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Giveaway: Win A Limited Edition "Zelda Collection" from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

A Whiskey Smash! A little tart and refreshing with the warmth of whiskey.

How to Make Fried Pork and Cabbage Dumplings With Homemade Wrappers

Kenji, this is one of my favorite tutorials yet. That slideshow has my mouth watering - I know what my weekend cooking project is going to be!

Win Tickets to the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 9, in NYC

Menton (Barbara Lynch)! She's a fellow Bostonian, an amazing chef and business person and the food at Menton is spectacular.

Sushi Week Part 1: A Sushi Style Guide and How to Make Sushi Rice

Also, are you going to go over how to roll temaki? Because that would seriously awesome. My temaki never really stay together like they should.

Sushi Week Part 1: A Sushi Style Guide and How to Make Sushi Rice

I love this! Thanks so much, Kenji, I'm really looking forward to reading the whole guide.

What to Eat and Drink on Cinco de Mayo

@LexieLo, I think they're the pan-fried fish tacos with white sauce listed in the "Tacos" section of the post.

The Vinnie Pie Lives on at Vincent's Pizza Park in Pittsburgh

Wow, that pizza looks amazing! I'd kill for some of that sausage, and what a crust. My mouth is watering.

Cinco de Mayo Poll: Mild, Medium, or Hot Salsa?

The only jarred stuff that I think is actually any good is the Frontera (Rick Bayless) line of salsas - the chipotle one is out of this world. Still, it's super simple and quick to make homemade salsa.

Family recipe you're glad to have

My grandmother's recipes for meatballs, stuffing and gravy. Knowing that I can make that those things and instantly have a taste of home is incredibly comforting.

Cook the Book: 'In The Green Kitchen'

Pork doesn't have to be cooked until it's grey and dry! It can be consumed while still a bit pink.

Cook the Book: 'Molto Gusto'

Rod Dee, a Thai restaurant - thanks goodness for their Pad See Ew with fried tofu!

Jamie Oliver - Taking On Obese America?

I have nothing to add, except to say that I'm horrified at how nasty this thread is.

Passover 5770 (2010) ~ Seders and other menus

@Gator Pam - thanks so much for the recipe! I can't wait to try it out. : )

Passover 5770 (2010) ~ Seders and other menus

@ Gator Pam - Any chance you could post your entire Maztah Ball recipe? It sounds delicious and I've never tried making them by separating the eggs!

What do you eat as an adult?

I think this was alluded to above (somewhere), but organic food vs. processed food is a false dichotomy. Processed food items can be organic. It all depends on how define "processed", I suppose, but - strictly speaking - there are plenty of healthy food items that are processed.

What Are the Must-Eats in Your City?

In Boston:

Neptune Oyster, for upscale, incredibly fresh seafood. Their raw bar is out of this world.
Mike & Patty's, for breakfast and sandwiches. Small and welcoming, with creative use of local ingredients.
UBurger, for the make-your-own burgers (they have vegetarian burgers and chicken). The meat is ground in-house, the french fries are fresh every day and the array of potential toppings is unrivaled.
Xinh Xinh in Chinatown for pho.
Flour - either of the locations - for amazing pastries. They also serve gourmet sandwiches and soups.
Modern Pastry in the North End for cannoli and cappucinos.
Toro for the BEST tapas I've had outside of Spain. The mussels with chorizo are to die for, as is just about everything else on the menu. Their cocktails are also stellar.

Restaurant Breakfast - Frustration in a Plastic Menu

I've never found that I'm forced to choose between blandness or sweetness when eating out for breakfast. Nor have I found that the only way eggs are served is scrambled. In any case, if you wanted to avoid eggs entirely, there is usually yogurt and granola, toast, bagels with a variety of toppings, hash browns, fruit salad, grits (sometimes), sausage, bacon, fried catfish (sometimes), and oatmeal to choose from. There is also, depending on where I'm eating, a variety of smoked fish, knishes and potato pancakes. Maybe you need to try better breakfast places?

Grown-ups should not eat SpaghettiOs

My mom would never let me have Spaghetti-Os when I was little, so, of course, I thought of them as terribly exotic. I became obsessed with trying them. One day I was over a friend's house after school and, wonder of wonders, her mom decided to serve us Spaghetti-Os as a snack! I was so excited...until I tasted them. The verdict: mushy, bland and faintly metallic-tasting. I've never had them again.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Superfoods

My fave superfoods are blueberries (in goat's milk yogurt smoothies), quinoa (I like to add tons of different veggies and dress it with a garlicky vinaigrette), Manuka honey (good addition to the smoothies), beets (roasted and in salads, or pickled), avocados (slathered on toast and topped with crumbled feta, olive oil and cracked pepper), and rainbow chard (sauteed with an anchovy, a squeeze of lemon and olive oil, topped with parmesan).

Ruth Reichl - Really?

Oops, that was meant to read "come off".

Ruth Reichl - Really?

I've never seen the show, but I've read all of her books (and her blog and her Twitter feed) and I adore her writing. She has never - at least to me - came off as ignorant or obnoxious in her writing.

Maybe she's just one of those people that doesn't translate well to TV?

Serious Heat: 25 Things To Do with Hot Sauce

My favorite is Sriracha mixed with mayo and put on just about any sandwich. It's also great on/in sushi.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Trying char siu bao for the first time - I had never had pork belly before, and it was a revelation.

Negative Associations Ruining Your Food?

Tequila, because I've gotten epically sick off of it. And ramen, because I associate it with having the stomach flu (I used to eat it while recovering).