Food enthusiast trapped in a lawyer's body. Note - in no way do I consider myself (or approve of the term in general) a "foodie."

  • Location: Atlanta

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Good Mail Order Steaks?

Try Lobel's - we always order our Christmas prime rib from there - quality is tops

Bake the Book: 'Entenmann's Big Book of Baking'

I have a nostalgic sweet spot for Entenmann's cream cheese-filled coffee cake - my family would get one every now and then and we had to apportion the interior slices (no one wanted the ends that skimped on the filling)

Super Bowl Giveaway: California Avocado Gift Box for Guacamole-Making

God, we eat them constantly with everything - but it's hard to beat the simplicity of a perfectly ripened avocado with lime and sea salt

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

tough decision - gotta go ribs or bacon (slow roasted pork shoulder a close third)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Cured Meat Experience

with an awesome antipasto platter with good mozzarella, olives and marinated peppers and crusty bread

Hickory Farms Warmest Wishes Gift Box, a Big Letdown

I go through this problem every year - I think generally if you avoid gift packages and go for high-quality single items (knock em all you want, the Harry & David box of pears has always been well received, and you can generally get coupons for free shipping or other discounts) you can do ok with mail-order food gifts. Williams Sonoma, Zabars, Dean and Deluca, Allen Brothers and D'artagnan have quality selections and no, it will not be cheap for quality. (I miss Mari's NY brownies - anyone know what happened to them?)

Holiday Giveaway: Sara's Kitchen App by Sara Moulton

from scratch hot chocolate with lots of Baileys and fresh whipped cream

The Food Lab: How to Roast a Whole Suckling Pig

"curled up likes he's ready to take a nap"

lol - that's right little piggy, just go to sleep - in my tummy, that is

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Cured Meat Experience

Wrapped around melon or on a antipasto plate with good olives, bread and parm

Bake the Book: 'Momofuku Milk Bar'

fresh baked, everything made with full-fat, primo fresh ingredients, zero calories

Favorite popcorn toppings?

I like to melt a little butter and drizzle over with grated Parmesan and a squeeze of lemon juice.
I also love this recipe from Heidi Swanson, but it's a little more intensive (good for parties)

I also make my popcorn in the microwave - no shaking the pot and no added oil if you don't want. Just pour about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of kernels in a paper lunch bag, fold it over tightly (i sometimes use regular, non-metallic tape to secure) and pop in microwave. (I use popcorn setting on my microwave which is pretty accurate but just nuke until the popping slows)

Where to eat in Atlanta

For meat and three southern lunch, try Carvers, Busy Bee Cafe or the Colonnade. For more modernish-southern, JCT or Empire State South. Also recommended: Holeman & Finch, Abatoir and Miller Union. Varasano's is pretty good but I'm also a fan of Antico for pizza. I could keep going but if you give more clues as to location/cuisine I can be more specific and more helpful.

Sponsored Giveaway: Enter to Win Tervis Products

I used to have a maroon plastic cup - it was nothing fancy, I'm pretty sure it was from Target, but it was the perfect travel beer cup. We got rid of all our plastic (or it was lost in the shuffle) but I loved that cup. Now I like mason jars, especially for cocktails and margaritas.

Goodbye, Dumpling

I just got a little teary eyed. Rest in peace, lil' Dumpling - I hope there's plenty of tasty snacks where you are now.

Drink the Book: 'Jelly Shot Test Kitchen'

Spiced-apple cider with infused rum and pumpkin pie with whipped cream vodka - but I used too much gelatin and they weren't quite as satisfactorily jiggly - def could use some guidance on proportions

Atlanta: A 'Mac' Worth Attacking at Local Three

Despite the mostly favorable press I hadn't been all that motivate to get to Local Three - until now. This just brought it to the top of the list.

French in a Flash: Olivey French Lentil and Barley Salad

I made this last night and really enjoyed it. Since there's only 1tbl of tapenade for the whole salad you don't really taste it - you just get that salty-briny hint. Added just a splash of red wine vinegar on top to finish it off - very good.

Weekend Giveaway: 'The Food Matters Cookbook'

Been hitting local farmer's markets, buying eggs that are supposed to be organic/cage free, buying local sustainable meat and diary and fish (fish is a tough one)

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Ron Botran Anejo Oro Rum

I pretty much loved this. (Except for you aversion to the beach - who *doesn't* like drinking and passing out in the hot hot sun?)

Enter to Win a Copy of the 'Alinea' Cookbook

I'm not sure how "experimental" this is but when I hosted my first Thanksgiving my attempts at being avant-garde including sweet-potato profiteroles with pomegranate seeds and cucumber-ginger sorbet as a palette cleanser. My family def considered it an experiment.

Serious Eats for pets

Since apparently this topic is permissible, I just saw this recipe the other day for cat treats. I have not actually tried it, though. I know cats don't really need grains so the flour/wheat germ put me off but in such small amount as a treat it probably wouldn't matter much if they're only getting 1-2/day