Seriously dedicated home cook

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  • Location: Orange County, CA
  • Favorite foods: Thai, pizza, medium rare cheeseburgers, fish tacos, any pasta, sandwiches, spinach, sausage, sushi
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Dinner Tonight: Orzo Carbonara-Style


Also, Jesus H, people. Chill the **** out. It's pasta with fatty pork goodness, peas, cheese, stock and cream. It's DELICIOUS. Who cares what it's called?

The Secret Ingredient (Avocado): Mémé's Avocado Carpaccio

That's absolutely lovely, Kerry. What a great, fresh idea for a starter plate. Or a side to my homemade black bean soup.

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

Slow roasted pork shoulder, bacon, prosciutto, pancetta, ham. I don't think I could pick just one.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Southside Market Sausage, Chicken, and Steaks

I've only been living back in Texas a few months and we really like Feedstore BBQ in Southlake. I have a feeling once I try Hard Eight in Coppell, though, it's all over.

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

It may be boring, but I like it on, well, Asian foods. Dumplings, stir fries, spring rolls. All the usual stuff!

All-Purpose Gravy

This is an absolutely fantastic gravy. I made it tonight to save myself some stress tomorrow and I am so, so glad I did. Somehow it tastes like Thanksgiving, even without any turkey parts being involved... and now I really can't wait to serve it on the turkey and potatoes. Thank you so much Joshua!!

Easy Skillet Braised Chicken with Peppers and Paprika

Made this tonight. Very tasty. The chicken itself was crazy good, but I think next time I will a) add salt to the sauce pre-oven - even with a bit of salting, it still needed a good shake or two at the table - and b) reduce the amount of chicken stock significantly so that my sauce is more, you know, saucy. :)

Thanks for introducing me to braised chicken, Kenji!

Sauced: Tahini Paste

I was shopping today and almost bought tahini for $6 until I remembered you had just posted this. Bought sesame seeds from the bulk section for $2 and am making my own jar tomorrow. Thank you Joshua!

Who Else Is Obsessive About Their Pantry? (This Obsessive?)

Just copied and pasted your list into Excel so I can make it my own. Thanks, dude!

Who Else Is Obsessive About Their Pantry? (This Obsessive?)

Another reason I adore you as a fellow food person, Kenji. This is soooo me. all. over. I can only chuckle in appreciation. Bravo.

Served: Leaving Restaurants for Groceries

Groceries! Of course! :D This is fantastic news. All the best to you.

Foods You'll Only Eat at a Restaurant

Sushi. Pho. Ramen.

I can't imagine not doing everything else myself.

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 182: Goin' Fishin'

All the best for August, Ed, while you take a much-needed breather from this space. I love this column, though, and love that you are constantly thinking of ways to retool and reinvent it.

I am also tossing my name in the ring if you include other serious eaters - I lost 35 pounds in the last 10 months and am still losing, at a great pace, and while eating delicious food. I do cook 90-95% of my meals myself, though, so that helps quite a bit...

Serious Entertaining: Chili Night

I love this whole menu. Beautiful photos, great recipes.

Quinoa with Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado, and Lime

I made almost this exact salad twice in a row last week, except the dressing had toasted ground cumin along with the lime and jalapeno and it really sent it over the edge. This is a perfect, perfect summer dish!!

Served: What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

Hannah, I know our backgrounds and our careers are vastly different, but reading your column this morning is an enormous comfort, as I am in the process of beginning to look through resumes submitted over the weekend by people applying for my job. I will be leaving my "comfortable home" after 8 years and it's making me sad and frightened. However, like you, I am trying to look for the emotions underneath - the excitement at figuring out where I need to be, that next step that I hope is both a joy and a challenge. I hope you find the same and I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world. Change is hard, but you (and I) can do it! All the best to you, and good for you for making a leap in a new direction that many people would not.

Pie of the Week: Blueberry

That photo is crazy beautiful. I can taste that crust. Bravo.


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