A Civil Engineer by day, but a passionate amateur cook and generally food obsessed nerd by night.

  • Location: Brooklyn, NY.

The Secrets to Making the Best Shrimp Cocktail

I'm a pretty big microwave fan. No need for all these crazy steps!

Order a Sloppy Joe in Jersey and You Won't Find Ground Beef

One thing not mentioned here is the cost. My wife grew up around these. I, being from NY state, only learned about them recently when we moved to Maplewood. I've ordered that exact sandwich from Towne Deli in South Orange. The verdict? Great. The cost? Silly. I think they run $23 for a "full" size.

How to Clean and Cook Morel Mushrooms

I think that's probably just how Daniel likes them. Makes since to me!

Curried Singapore Noodles: Probably Not From Singapore, Still Delicious

I don't know if there's anything better in the world to pair Sriracha with. one of my favorite dishes.

Forget Totchos, Nugchos, and Spamchos; Steakchos are The Ultimate Nacho Hybrid

How to Make Meatball Pizza

Could chicken fried meatballs be next?

The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

There will always be a soft, tender spot in my heart for the lowly chicken cheesesteak, with white american and ketchup. I couldn't have made it through 4 years at Villanova otherwise.

The Le Creuset Wooden Scraping Spoon is My New Favorite Spoon


Thanks for the suggestion. I just ordered myself a Spankette!

Cook This Now: Deep Fried Avocado Tacos

Dude, this bro is such a Cali-bro, now, bro.

How to Make Menemen, the Turkish-Style Scrambled Eggs That Haunt My Dreams

This dish needs to be a part of my life.

Thank you, sir.

Win a Copy of 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

A nice hot bowl of beef chili the way my Mom used to make it. That included a few lengths of spaghetti and diced tomatoes right out of the can. Sophisticated? Hardly. Delicious? Undoubtedly.

Super Simple Friday Night Meatballs

You can skip the microwave step and taste the raw mixture for seasoning and/or fun. I've been doing it since I was a kid. :)

The Food Lab Turbo: Forget the Flank, Skirt Steak is the King of Stir Fries!

14.99/lb at my local Whole Foods, and worth every penny!

The Best Ice Cream, Gelato, and Soft Serve in NYC

I'm sure everyone's making lots of money, but the last thing I come to SE for is to read about new reality shows starring "The Situation".

Feels cheap.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Very simple answer - MEAT!

Oh, and blue, please.

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Soy Sauce?

I feel like this is a good time to remind everyone to NEVER drink a pint of it, NEVER.

Taste Test: The Best Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

That was pointed out only four comments above your own.

Hot Dog Taste Test: Chicago's Vienna Beef vs. New York's Sabrett

You know, I just tried those Thumann dogs and I have to tell you, I wouldn't get them again. Didn't love 'em, at all. This just confirmed to me that I'm a Sabrett guy, through and through.

A Beginner's Guide to Onions

I would encourage everyone to use the British pronunciation of 'shu-LOTS' while reading this article. It's waaaay more fun.

The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

People, Villanova is a university. I went there! I didn't see a single pizza!

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make The Best Egg Salad

I think there's another discussion here concerning the bread chosen and resulting stability of the sandwich. For example, what percentage of the egg salad ends up on the plate? White bread does a fine job of holding it all together whereas a nice roll, as above, with a bottom bed of lettuce creates some serious slippage issues. Ever try egg salad on a toasted bagel? Literally impossible to eat.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Italian Ingredients on Arthur Avenue

@Chris E. Crowley

Agreed, and that's a great way of putting it. Westchester is a bit of a strange place in that most people associate with the city rather than "upstate". Also, they say "on a wedge".

Great guide.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Italian Ingredients on Arthur Avenue

And how exactly would you describe Westchester-ese?

Kenji's NYC Bucket List: What I'll Miss Most

Peeps, Kenji has stated that he's not leaving SE, just NYC for SF. See?

Fun read, Kenji. Best of luck with the move!

Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger: What's the Best Burger at the Billy Goat?

Honestly? They all look pretty dry and boring. Maybe after a few bourbons...

What should I do with some leftover Andouille sausage?

So I made a great big pot of jambalaya Saturday night for a big group which has left me with a couple packages of very good (and also expensive!) andouille sausage. Any ideas for recipes?

I typically only use it for jambalaya and would like to steer clear of gumbos, etc. My thoughts so far are to scramble it into eggs, maybe a soup, or a quesadilla...

Time For a New Chef's Knife

My Santoku serves me well, but I really need a new 8" chef's knife for general duty. Thankfully, my wonderful girlfriend has agreed to provide one as a gift this holiday season.

So...I've begun comparison shopping. I don't need anything exorbitant, as much as I love the Ken Onion for $200, just a reliable sharp, no-frills knife that will serve me well for a few years. I'm thinking of a budget around $50, give or take.

Any suggestions, folks?

Is there some industry standard brand that the pro's use that I'm not aware of?

Slow Cooker Cookbook?

So I've recently decided to pick up a decent slow cooker (crock pot) since the girlfriend and I have moved in together and been cooking quite a bit more. Therefore, I'm on the hunt for a good slow cooker recipe book. As for style, definitely a newer, more progressive set of recipes, not the old school crock pot cookbook my Mom had growing up. I like all sorts of cuisines, like to be adventurous, love spicy foods, etc.

Any suggestions?

Cheeburger Cheeburger Opening in Park Slope

So there's a Cheeburger Cheeburger opening right down the block from me in Park Slope, 3rd Street and 7th Ave.

The space has been vacant since Miracle Grill shuttered almost a year ago. The fact that something has finally occupied the space is certainly good news, but not sure how I feel about a Cheeburger Cheeburger. We do have a Five Guys a few blocks down which will certainly be direct competition. Those fries are addictive.

Anyone been to one? Thoughts? The internet buzz seems fairly good, though I haven't been able to find out if you can order to temp.

Finding a decent sammich in Flushing

I, regrettably, work in Flushing, Queens. (hey, its a job, right?) Been here for nearly eight months now and still can't find a decent deli to get a decent sandwich. I'm talking the cold cut variety.

Any suggestions?

By the way, no knock against Queens, I'm just more of a Manhattan/Brooklyn bloke. :)

Headed to Montauk. Dining rec's?

The better half and I are spending this July 4th weekend in Montauk, my first time. Plan to do at least one night out at a decent restaurant to satisfy my foodie cravings. The boss suggested East by Northeast, looks like it has potential.

So, any recommendations SE'ers? Any 'can't miss' local spots I should drag her to?


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