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How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Finding a Space is Just the Beginning

I seriously cannot wait for this spot to open up. Date???

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Would be great if we could add the ability to "like" or "recommend" comments! I always learn great tips from other SEers in the comments section, and it'd be awesome if you could bubble or filter the best ones to the top.

Ideas for egglant puree other than baba ghanoush

Mexican Eats: Don't Scoff the Hard Shell at Castro's in Clinton Hill

Castro's is pretty good, but I am, and have been, a diehard follower of Castro's main competitor, located just down the block. If you like Castro's but want something a bit more unique and robust, check out Tepango. Specifically, the chicken tinga and the pollo enchipoclado. HEAVENLY.

Indian Pre-cooked Instant Entrees

After some Google searching and Facebook input, I'd like to add Trader Joe's Indian Fare and Jyoti's Heat and Serve to that list.

Best Store Bought Tortillas?

I actually really adore the Trader Joe's brand White Corn tortillas. Delicious and a very simple ingredient list.

Cook the Book: 'Serious Eats'

It's hard to pick just one, but off the top of my head, I'm a huge fan of the Crisper Whisperer Zucchini and Corn Fritters from a couple of years ago.

Cook the Book: 'Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch'

Alas, out garden apartment affords only a few hours of direct sunlight so for now, some thyme and French tarragon live on our window ledge.

Cook the Book: 'Street Food of India'

Crepes in Paris. Holy moly.

Cook the Book: 'The New Portuguese Table'

I would like to get better at actually making east Asian foods (authentic Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.) There's so much variety and only so many meals in the day!

Bold Flavors Having a Big Moment in Cocktail World

I am compelled to try any cocktail that lists either fresh jalapeno or fresh ginger as an ingredient.

@treboR - I agree with the chile-infused tequila concept - super interesting but beautifully simple.

Cook the Book: 'My Bread'

I don't know why I have such trouble with this, but I've never been able to successfully make chapati. It's wheat flour and warm milk, and yet still, I mess it up every time...

Cook the Book: 'The Art of Eating In'

I love the time in the kitchen with a glass of wine, unwinding after my day and seeing my work actually come to fruition (something that doesn't always happen at my uber-corporate job!)

Cook the Book: Ad Hoc at Home

I'm going to have to second Dumont. It's my favorite restaurant in New York, and conveniently just a 10 minute walk away!

French Ovens: Le Creuset vs. Fontignac

I do have a birthday coming up, but the thing is, I've saved the money for the LC. The issue isn't exactly the money, it's more the extent of the price differential. For the less expensive Fontignac, I could have a dutch oven AND most of the Cuisinart food processor I've had my eye on for awhile.

Now I just need to decide if I'm ready for the fancy kitchenware, or if I'm still more of a mid-range consumer. Or find someone with an incredible Williams-Sonoma discount :)

Thanks everyone for your input!

Gadgets: Herb-Savor by Prepara

I am obsessed with cilantro, and it kills me how much of the stuff I end up throwing out because of wilt.

I might have to try this out.

Cook the Book: 'Jamie's Food Revolution'

Saturday night, we made spinach dahl and served it over rice steamed with bay leaves, cloves and cardomom. Delicious. And a super quick clean up too!

Serious Eats Holiday Giveaway: Two Little Red Hens Cheesecake

To get into business school!

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

Cornbread! Always cornbread, and with everything. Cornbread and chili, cornbread and turkey, cornbread dipped in gravy with mashed potatoes on top...

Who needs pie when you have cornbread!

Seriously Asian: Thai Curries, Part One: Lobster in Yellow Curry Sauce

If you were to replace the lobster with chicken, would you cook the cubes of chicken first? Fully cook them or partially cook them? I'm imagining stir frying the chicken cubes and then letting them simmer in flavor from the yellow curry. Right?

Kluckr, an iPhone App for Wings Lovers

Is this worth a dollar? Anyone have it?

What Londoners Think of New York Food: The 'Madison Avenue Bagel'

When I was a child, my parents would take us to India for the summers, and about a month or two in, we would crave pizza, McDonald's, and all sorts of other representatively American foods. We would whine until my parents buckled and took us to the "Pizza Hut" (total knock off). And of course, every year, we would be terribly disappointed by the Indian version of American pizza. Tomato ketchup instead of tomato sauce, and not nearly enough cheese.

Dinner Tonight: Chipotle Beef Tacos

Oooh - this look delicious. Any thoughts or comments on how to modify the dish for chicken instead of beef? Longer marinade times?

Seriously Asian: Searching for the Perfect Wok

This is a fantastic piece - I'd love to hear more on cookware, as my collection is a pathetic exercise in miscellanea picked up from thrift stores and departing roommates...

Speaking of Curry Hill: Good Non-Veg Indian Food in Manhattan?

I'm not sure about the price, but Chola on the East Side (in the high 50's...I want to say 58th) is excellent. They have a fantastic lunch buffet, bring you fresh naan and chaat and all things delicious. That restaurant group owns a lot of places, so if Chola is too pricey, maybe another one will work for you?

Missing: Graham Ave L Stop Halal Cart Guy

My dear friend, East Williamsburg Halal Cart Owner, usually stationed at the southeastern corner at Graham and Metropolitan, hasn't been around for almost two weeks!

We miss you desperately. Please come back. Your chicken and rice is so much more flavorful than the options around Union Square.

Love,
Hungry by Cooper Park

Indian Pre-cooked Instant Entrees

I'm wondering if anyone has done a taste test comparing all of the Indian pre-cooked meals that are now available out there. The brands I'm familiar with are Tasty Bites and Kitchens of India. I know there are others out there too. Any thoughts on which ones are the best?

Best Cheese Fries in NYC

I'm from Texas and I LOVE my cheese fries. Not the cheese fries that come in that processed nacho cheese sauce goop. I mean beautifully crisp fries covered in cheddar (or any other real cheese), broiled to melty perfection, and then served with toppings like bacon and scallions and ranch dressing dips.

Mmm. Help!

French Ovens: Le Creuset vs. Fontignac

I've been planning to buy a Le Creuset Dutch / French oven for several weeks now, and have comparison shopped quite a bit, but I was at Bed Bath and Beyond and noticed another cast iron oven brand, Fontignac by Staub, also a French company.

I know Le Creuset is the gold standard in terms of Dutch ovens, but the Fontignac brand felt heavy and well-fitted in the same way as the LC. And the price differential was huge. $235 for a 5.5 qt LC, but $99 for a 5 qt Fontignac??? That is a big price difference, and one I just can't ignore.

Anyone have a Fontignac, have an opinion on the two, or know whether I'm better off going for the more expensive Le Creuset? In fact, any advice on the matter would be appreciated.

Latin American Cuisine: Colombian Arepas

The most basic arepas in the Bogotá region are made with starchy white corn flour pressed into cakes about 1/4-inch thick then griddled. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. You'll find arepas stuffed with cheese and baked on hot stones in coal-fired ovens. Arepas with sour milk cheese worked right into the dough. Arepas made like a pancake with sweet corn on a hot griddle. Golden yellow deep-fried puffy arepas split open and stuffed with an egg. Tiny arepitas eaten as a snack. Move out of Colombia into Venezuela, and you'll find thicker arepas split open and stuffed with fillings ranging from cheese and beans to pork or shrimp. More

Serious Eats' Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce 

Manhattan is home to many smells, but perhaps the most delicious is the chicken-y, savory scent that emanates from from the city's countless halal carts. Serving lunch to late-night, these carts dish up a container full of chicken rice that tastes like nothing else, crave-worthy and totally singular. To taste this particular chicken and rice you can get yourself to Midtown or try the home version, Kenji's Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce, a spot on rendition of the street food classic. More

Chipotle Relaunches iPhone App

A new Chipotle-ordering iPhone App allows you to customize orders and even pay for your meal without pointing to a single salsa tub in line, according to Business Insider. Technically it's not new, but there were some previous kinks that should be gone now. Download it here.... More