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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.

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: '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!

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?