• Location: Philadelphia

Cook the Book: 'The Nourished Kitchen' by Jennifer McGruther

fermented anything

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

In butter in the cast iron pan.

Cook the Book: 'Nom Nom Paleo' by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong

Eggs and avocado

Cook the Book: 'The Adobo Road Cookbook'

I would call it "healthy" american - with lots of italian and asian influences.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Lately, Sketch in Philadelphia.

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

dark and stormy or white russian

Cook the Book: 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

Crab rangoon or pan fried dumplings

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Win This Prime Rib

includes steak and good red wine.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Brisket cooked over charcoal was good while camping. I'd love to try this barbecue though!

Bake the Book: Edible DIY

Spiced nuts of some sort - a nice alternative to cookies around the holidays.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Cook the Book: 'The Great Meat Cookbook'

Prime rib roast. I'd love to try to make porchetta.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Minetta tavern

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Aioli or with eggs

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Nothing! All of my cooking thermometers are broken or never worked properly in the first place - I need to win this one.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

salty meats - pepperoni, salami etc...

Cook the Book: 'Salty Snacks'

chips and dip

Cook the Book: 'This is a Cookbook'

scallop "noodles"

Bake the Book: The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking

pie crust or streusel topping

Cook the Book: 'Susan Feniger's Street Food'

Win Pop Chart Lab's 'Breweries of the United States' Poster

Lancaster Brewing Co.

Need advice re: NYC trip for graduation present

Hello SE community,

I'm hoping you all might have some suggestions regarding a trip I'm planning to NYC as a present for my sister's high school graduation.

Right now I am torn between looking for a budget hotel to stay one night overnight, or to just do a day trip and take the train home in the late evening (Philly locals).

Regardless, I'd like to plan dinner out at someplace memorable, and a splurge is okay for that - if we could keep it to $250 or under for dinner that would be ideal. Otherwise, we'd like to do some sightseeing, see Central Park, probably eat some other good food. I will eat anything, and she is a budding adventurous eater.

With this backstory in mind, I am looking for recommendations for:

(1) restaurants for the Saturday dinner - in mid May for 2 people

(2) possible neighborhoods/hotels you might recommend

(3) thought on whether this is do-able as a day trip, if the hotel proves too expensive.

Thanks in advance for any of your thoughts in response to this poorly framed question...

Glaze suggestions for spiral ham?

I've got a spiral ham I'm cooking for Thanksgiving, and I'm looking for some glaze suggestions as an alternative to the packet that came with it. There are almost too many glaze recipes online so I thought I would go to the experts!

Anyone have any favorite recipes or suggestions?

Stuffed squash seasoning suggestions?

I want to stuff delicata squash with some ground beef I have around for dinner. I found a recipe that calls for a taco-type seasoning and finishing with cheddar melted on the top, and I may make that, but I was looking for some other ideas.

I tend to like the delicata's with something spicy or sweet, but I wasn't sure how to fit the ground beef into the picture, especially with sweeter flavors.

Anyone have any seasoning suggestions?

Homemade sriracha peas?

I've been kicking around some ideas for homemade holiday goodies, and would like to try making a homemade version of sriracha peas (like the wasabi peas). The commercial sriracha peas are waaaay to sweet in my opinion.

I'm hoping someone has an idea about a method of preparation. Most of the recipes online call for frozen peas, which seem to shrivel up and dry out. I do have a store where I can by the plain peas - that already look like the regular wasabi peas/sriracha peas, just without the coating.

Any thoughts on coating ingredients or cooking method?

Dinner Tonight: Kimchi Jigae (Kimchi Stew)

Maybe it's the falling leaves, or just the slight chill in the air, but I was in need of something restorative and filling. During such times, my mind drifts towards the warming powers of kimchi, and of the Korean stew kimchi jigae. Even though I've written about a fine version of the recipe before, I was coerced into trying this recipe by Marc Matsumoto of the food blog No Recipes. "In the same way that every family has their own secret family recipe for kimchi," he writes, "the recipes for Kimchi Jigae vary widely by household." If the recipe differs so widely, why can't I write about another version? More