The Real Story of Gumbo, Okra, and Filé

I was a bit saddened that there was no recipe at the end of the article :(

Good article though.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: My 18-Hour Work Day

And this is why, despite many people telling me to, I refuse to open a restaurant. I just don't have it in me for those kind of days.

More kudos to you!

How to Make Italian-Style Eggplant Parm (Melanzane alla Parmigiana)

This is exactly how my grandmother made it. Except she used Scamorza.

Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With Pasta

I'm also from a traditional Italian american family, but it makes me sad that my siblings have no interest in this. Both brothers and my sister don't see the importance of this as I do. I still start my sauce at 6:00 on Sundays before Mass! Let it simmer all day and use some for dinner and freeze more for dinners during the week.

Now that we(my wife and kids) live in NY, we just aren't close(distance wise) any more to my siblings to do this.

We just moved up here so maybe I should try and find people to do this with.

Cinnamon-Apple Baked Oatmeal

Does this keep well? My wife and daughter are the big oatmeal eaters in the family and I'm wondering if I could make it for one day and save the rest for the next morning.

Crème Brûlée for One From 'Paris Pastry Club'

I've....never had it before. I think I'm going to need to change that.

Coconut, Vinegar, and a Whole Lotta Pork: An Introduction to Filipino Cuisine

My wife is Filipino and I never had it until I met her family.

I'm proud now to say, I make a better caldereta than her Mom! I'm working on the other dishes now. ;)

The Best Food to Order at Panda Express

Sadly, I would get Panda Express before my local options. The one that delivers is overly greasy and very bland and the sit down one I haven't been that impressed with. I'm new to the area so I'm still exploring though!

I will say, Black pepper chicken with fried rice is my go to.

We Taste 9 Fast Food Vanilla Milkshakes (and Risk Permanent Brain Freeze)

Before I opened this article, I knew Chik Fil A was going to win. All their milkshakes are awesome.

Coffee Maker History: The Moka Pot

As a Italian this was used pretty much daily in our household.

Poll: Frozen Mini Burgers: Way or No Way?

I'm with rondertaker, the White Castle ones aren't half bad. And they were perfect when we did not live anywhere near one.

NYC/NJ Restaurants Advice!

judyep: More info would be great! Like I said, we are completely new to the area. Our realtor down here is "interviewing" realtors up there to find a good one for us but any info you have would be great. My wife has family up there but they are farther away from NYC and their info isn't all that good.

You can email thorvard at gmail dot com with any extra info you have!

On the food topics, it seems like I'm going to have a field day trying out all these new places. I'm thrilled about the Italian stuff, down here there are only a couple markets in DC and a few in Baltimore. I need MORE MORE MORE! ;)

NYC/NJ Restaurants Advice! dogs? Yes please!!!

Glad to hear there is a Ethiopian place, I always enjoy it, my childhood neighbors were from there and they always had the best food!

Sounds like there are plenty of places for us to check out!

judyep: That is what was recommended by my wife's new co-workers and her family up there. She will be commuting to NYC and found, in Florham park, there is a shuttle that takes her to the South Orange train station for Livingston(I Think?). In addition to Florham Park, her family also mentioned Morris Plains(for the schools) but it seems to be waay out there. She does commute for about 80minutes now and that is her max time she wants to spend commuting.

Really, we are renting right now while she gets settled at work and while we find a buyer for our place here.

We live in surburbia now(it's OK, I was raised in DC so its a culture shock for me) and one of our top criteria are schools. Unfortunately there aren't many places to rent in Montclair(for the time being) that take dogs.

We are going up on the 29th and the 5th to get a general feel for the area and see if we can find some decent places to stay at for the time being. Any help would be appreciated!

The Food Lab: Hasselback Potato Gratin (These Might be the Best Potatoes Ever)

After seeing this on /r/Fooporn, I'm bummed it didn't come out pre-Thanksgiving. I really wanted to use it for then.

Oh well, I guess its going on the Christmas menu!

Mashed Potato Pie

I hope this comment gets noticed, can this be made ahead? And is there anything special to do to let it keep a few days?

Jalapeño Kicker Sandwiches Could Be Coming to a McDonald's Near You

I had one, it wasn't half bad. But a couple of the jalapeño crisps were very hard. The smaller pieces were much better.

Dinner Tonight: Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Ah yes the old peppers and eggs. I make this a lot, its perfect for breakfast.

Growing up in PA my Dad used to eat them all the time.

Roast Chicken With Saffron, Hazelnuts, and Honey From 'Ottolenghi'

If I have family members who are allergic to nuts can I just do without? I know it seems to be a integral part, but the recipe sounds so tasty I want to try it.

Poll: Would You Choose a Healthy Side Over Fries at McDonald's?

Doubt it.

I would however take a water over soda if it wasn't a extra cost. I hate how every fast food places charges extra for water.

McDonald's Debuts Mighty Wings in Atlanta, They're Actually Mighty Good

They seem to be taking off, I got a 5 piece here in MD the other day.

They were surprisingly fantastic.

How to Pour A Beer: It's More Complicated Than You Think

I hardly ever do that..Just one more dish to wash ;)

The New Twinkies: Actually the Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever?

As a kid, I never liked them. I used like butterscotch krimpets. Oh man, if needed I could down a box of those in a sitting.

Reality Check: We Try Wendy's New Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Ever since they changed fries I've only been there a handful of times. I miss the old fries :( I do like their burgers though, so I may have to try this soon.

I love their chicken sandwich though, but I'd sooner go to ChikFilA(I know I'm a awful person) then Wendys just because their fries are better.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Chinese Takeout Order?

I'm boring, Gen Tso's chicken extra spicy, fried rice and a egg roll.

My backup is 3 chicken wings with fried rice. Oh man does that hit the spot.

Chain Reaction: Famous Dave's

We used to go there before I bought a smoker. Once I got one, I just don't see the appeal. Unless to get their fries, which are outstanding. Of course by the time you get them home they are not as good.

NYC/NJ Restaurants Advice!


In January my family(me, my wife and 2 kids) are moving to NJ from DC, and we are looking for some good local places to try out.

We don't have the area finalized yet, but we are looking at Montclair or Florham Park.

We've never been to NJ before and only have been to NYC a couple of times.

We'd like to find good Thai, Chinese, Japanse, Indian and breakfast places. And ideally places that are good for young kids(5 year old and 1 year old). We don't care about Italian(I'm Italian and do all the cooking :P) or Filipino(that would be her ;)).

Also if anybody knows of a good Italian market and a good Asian market in those NJ areas that would be super!

High Calore, Low Carb Meals

My wife just found out she is pregnant with our 2nd(yay!).

Because diabetes runs in her family, both parents and 3 outta 4 grandparents, her Dr wants her to be on a low carb and high calorie diet. I think her calorie total is 2300-2400 I think.

Right now, she has eggs with guacamole for breakfast, almonds during the day, sometimes yogurt and a grilled chicken breast with salsa, cheese and guacamole for lunch.

Because I'm Italian and she is Asian we used to use a lot of rice and pastas with our meals which I am going to have to cut back on. I'll still make them, just not as much. So I'm trying to find some new meals that will be good for her.

Graham Crackers with.....Butter?!

I told my wife the other day I wanted to get some graham crackers so I can have them as a snack with a little butter spread on them.

She immediately recoiled and expressed her disgust at such a horrible idea in her mind.

When I was growing up this was a popular snack in our house. Am I just weird, or has anybody else heard of this? (and enjoys it)

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