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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.

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

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.


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