Tomato Schenectady, NY!

I miss and love tomato pie. Its such a strange food, cold tomato sauce and all. Such a staple of an upstate New York childhood.

Win Two Extra Mooga Tickets to the Great GoogaMooga

Big Gay Ice Cream and M. Well, I miss it so much!

How Do You Pay the Bill at Restaurants?

My boyfriend and I are both super poor graduate students, and we figure this out by not going out to eat with friends unless they are similarly poor or if we want to see a big group of people we will go somewhere to a bar for appetizers and drinks (a great way to try a variety of NYC restaurants). We also save up enough money by pinching pennies during the week so that we can happily go out with our friends on the weekends. This is all to say, we almost always split the bill evenly or pay our fair share and it is rarely a problem that we are more than a few dollars short. This is including a friend of mine who NEVER pays her share of the bill.

When Is It OK to Order Domino's?

Oddly...never. It is likely because we actually have decent pizza and egg sandwiches in Astoria on seamless web, so I don't even have to get up from the couch except to grab the bag. That being said, I am totally on board with stopping at McDonalds on the highway or Pizza Hut when we are visiting my parents upstate.

We Eat Every Dipping Sauce at Pommes Frites

Yeah, I'm partial to the roasted garlic mayo and the curry ketchup. Mmm.

Super Bowl Giveaway: The RUB BBQ Wings vs. Ribs Giveaway

giants 21, patriots 16

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

jamon serrano

What's for Christmas breakfast?

We used to do some kind of individual fancy egg thing (shirred eggs, omelets etc.), toast, bacon or sausage and fruit salad. It was easier when there were just five of us for Christmas. Now that there are 12 people in the immediate family we are more likely to just have a big bagel spread or waffles. This year I am going to the BF's family's house for the first time, and I think we will end up with pancakes. All I need is coffee before the hours of present opening.

Poughkeepsie, NY: Soul Dog's Got Great Toppings, Needs Better Dogs

I can't believe that no one has mentioned Babycakes yet. MM breakfast.

Cook the Book: 'American Flavor'

being able to try a million different cuisines all at once

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

just a little bit of milk

Poughkeepsie, NY: Soul Dog's Got Great Toppings, Needs Better Dogs

Yeah I also went to college in Poughkeepsie, and Soul Dog is literally the only place we return to when we go visit Vassar. I like the caramelized onions, but the boyfriend swears by the thai peanut sauce. So good!

Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

What about a white bean dip with crostini and vegetables? I usually make mine just with a clove of garlic, a can of white beans, lemon and olive oil. It is one of those things that is super creamy but light and not too filling.

Cook the Book: 'Cook this Now'

lidia bastianich, she seems like the best italian grandmother in the world

Cook the Book: 'The Mozza Cookbook'

The pasta tasting menu at Babbo, it was really intense but ridiculously delicious.

Where to eat in NYC when Babbo is booked??

Yeah if you are committed to Italian I would say try Del Posto or Marea. Slightly more expensive but similarly special-occasional Italian.

Cereal Eats: The Troubled Relationship Between Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams

I absolutely HATE the way that Cinnamon Toast Crunch loses its sugar to the milk and gets soggy really quickly, so no. Golden Grahams were the only sugar cereal I was every allowed as a kid (and only during the summer), so I have a soft spot for it.

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Cereals

Yeah we were never allowed to eat sugar cereal as kids, the furthest my mom would go is Kix. Now I like to mix cereals, a little bit of granola, some chex or crispix, a little bit of cheerios or whatever else is in the house. Topped with yogurt and fresh fruit, with very cold milk. Mmm cereal. The BF insists on honey-nut cheerios, so we constantly have those around too.

Lunch and Dinner in Cooperstown, NY: where to go?

Yeah we recently went to Cooperstown for a night and had a great time. Ommegang was an amazing experience and the food in the cafe was really good.

We had dinner at the Blue Mingo, a gorgeous spot on Otsego Lake with extremely good food. It was an odd place, right in a boatyard and through a weird gift shop but the food and atmosphere were wonderful once you got into the actual restaurant.

Cook the Book: 'In the Small Kitchen'

My first kitchen was relatively okay by New York Standards. We had a tiny but four-burner stove, and a little apartment fridge. The biggest problem was absolutely no counter space, like not even enough for a cutting board. The kitchen table came in very handy.

Where To Eat Near Times Square, NYC

I would also add Times Square Hot Bagels for breakfast, they are way better than they need to be in that location.

recommendations in Sunnyside, Queens

I really like Claret, it is a nice place to grab a glass of wine and its on a pretty block. Food is pretty standard for a wine bar, but the macaroni and cheese is quite good and their cheese and meat selection is interesting. I make the trek from Astoria pretty often to go there.

AHT Giveaway: Fatty Melt Meal for Two at Rub BBQ (Plus a Look Behind the Scenes)

One time I accidently ordered a Double Shack Stack instead of a Double Shack Burger at Shake Shack. The guy was like whoa that is like off menu ordering way to go. It was two shack burgers plus a shroom burger. It defeated me.

What's for Dinner, Tuesday May 24?

The BF is making meatloaf stuffed with spinach and cheese (his favorite) and corn on the cob, with steamed green beans and salad. There might also be some biscuits if he is feeling really industrious.

Dinner Party Help!

oh man, I didn't even think about dessert.

Dinner Party Help!

So I am having a group of about 7 women over for dinner tonight. We don't know each other that well, so I want to impress people, but it should be pretty relaxed. I don't know the dietary restrictions so I figured I would do a menu of heavy appetizers with a few vegetarian and a few meat options. Bear in mind that I need to keep the budget pretty low, and have to execute everything in a total of two hours.

So far I have:
green pea and parmesan dip with crudite and crostini
pesto, sundried tomato, and goat cheese pizza (dough is already made and rising)

What I can't figure out is, I want some kind of meat thing that isn't Italian but I don't want to buy a ton of specialty ingredients. Thought about chicken satay, but I'm really unsure.

I also want to do some cheese option but I don't know what, was considering brie en croute.

Help! The party is tonight and I can't decide

Birthday Breakfast

My birthday is this weekend, and the lovely boyfriend asked me what special breakfast he could make to celebrate. For some reason, I can't come up with anything that I want. I was just looking for some creative and fun special breakfasts for two. I eat everything, and the only parameters are that I really prefer savory breakfasts, and if they are sweet they need to be sweet and savory together. Obviously, I could just leave this up to him to decide, but he wants my input! Thanks!

italian sausage

I have some sweet italian sausage that I have to cook tonight. I am looking for a recipe using it that is a departure from the usual sausage and peppers or tomato sauce. Most importantly it should be as cheap as humanly possible, this is a bad time of the month for my budget. I would really appreciate any advice you guys have!

cheap food adventures

Since it is winter, which obviously is a perfect time for wandering around the city, I am looking for great cheap food adventures in the five boroughs. Beyond the obvious like Flushing, Chinatown, and the East Village, are there neighborhoods that I might not know about that are wonderful just to go to, wander around, and try different kind of food/particularly delicious foods. It is mostly important that it is accessible by subway and extremely cheap, since I am looking for ways to spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons that don't kill my miniscule budget. Thanks!


Does anyone know a really good but relatively widely available (I just need to be able to buy it in New York city) brand of olive-oil packed capers? Thanks!


I have a three pronged question. I am having a dozen friends over for a potluck dinner party this weekend. I will provide a vegetarian pasta dish and they are bringing dessert, sides and bread. It really needs to be vegetarian, since I am the only meat eater who will be attending. So. First, does anyone have any good recipes for vegetarian pasta dishes? I would prefer if it is something baked, becuase then I can get ready and clean up while it is in the oven and before people get there. Small apartment, so I don't really have room to be cooking while people are trying to bring sides and re-heat on the stove etc. Also, I am thinking lasagna, but I was wondering if anyone has a clue why my mother's recipe always has watery tomato sauce and the ricotta gets this weird grainy texture. I would love to make that, but I need some suggestions for fixing it. Third, how much do I make for twelve people? Four small eaters, four medium, and four big. Thanks everyone!

Blanking on Dinner

I need help. I cannot think of something to make for dinner tonight. My boyfriend is coming over, so it can't be my usual fried eggs and toast. No pork or shellfish (roommate keeps kosher), but does anyone have any suggestions for a fall-like simple dinner that is just the tiniest bit special. Also nothing that even remotely resembles chili, I had it for four meals last week. Thanks!


So I attempted carbonara for the first time this weekend, with mixed results, and I want some advice. I got guanciale that looked fattier than it does in pictures, but I figured it would be okay, and followed Batali's recipe. For some reason, it was just overwhelmingly porky, to the point where I didn't want to eat the pieces of meat. Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be? Am I just not used to the intensity of this type of pork, or is there a possibility the piece I had was way too fatty?

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