Raising the Bar: Excellent Small Bites in the Tavern of Gramercy Tavern

omg the sweetbreads! so good. went there with my husband to celebrate after i got to argue a case at the first department (court house is nearby), had the sweetbreads . . . i haven't been able to stop thinking about it, and it's been three years.

frugal or stoopid?

slate had an article recently about food bacteria - apparently there's two types, and apparently the kind whose effects you can see (the kind that causes spoilage/rotting) are not the kind that make you sick.

i still scrape off the mold though because feeling icky doesn't have to get backed up by science.

Wow...It's ALWAYS Good

i love chicken salad! after 13 years, i quit being a vegetarian last year, and now i can't get enough chicken salad. i really like my own, which i make with red grapes, apples, red onion and lots of dill and not too much mayo - just enough to hold it together.

Goat cheese favorites?

dittoing goat cheese in salads, omelettes, on toasts with honey, in a sandwich with roasted vegetables (eggplant, peppers, etc.). i also love to have it stirred into pasta (while it's still warm so it gets melty) with grape tomatoes (heated enough so they start like splitting open), add olive oil, salt and pepper, any herbs that look good to throw in.

Egg yolks - What should I do with them?

custard! pasta carbonara and sabayon both sound tasty to me too. (why am i always so hungry?)

Candy for wedding favors?

we got married in the central coast of california, so we gave out small paper bags of local salt water taffy, among other things. the wedding was outside and used a lot of local flowers, local ingredients, etc. (nothing like california for local bounty!), so i thought it was a nice little detail that evoked the setting. (and the leftovers came in super handy the next morning when i didn't have time for breakfast!)

this is such a fun thread! there are so many good suggestions and it's nice to read about people's personal stories.

Baseball Game Snack

whatever you decide to bring, you should throw in some orange slices too - anyone who played as a kid will appreciate it!

Best Thing I Ate Over July 4th Weekend

home-smoked pastrami - totally awesome-sauce.

Los Angeles: 8 Ice Cream Sandwiches We Love

how is diddy riese not on the list? it's an institution!

A Sandwich a Day: Beet & Egg Salad at Nectar

i love nectar! i usually get the sweet potato + avocado sandwich, which is amazing, but i think i'll have to switch it up next time and try this out, it looks so good.

Do you have a food craving that you wish you didn't have?

not so much a specific food, but the 4:00 snack craving. it hits every time i'm at my desk and i need to start being better prepared and bring something useful to eat, because otherwise i end up running to starbucks and picking up something awful.

enhancing strawberry flavor

would adding a little strawberry jam help? i like the idea of adding in rhubarb or another berry too.

10 of Our Favorite Pancakes in America

no mention of clinton street baking company? really? they make the only pancakes i have ever loved.

The Brunch Dish: Burger and Bloody Mary Deal at Apartment 138

it looks delicious in the pic - but last time i went, a colleague pulled a giant piece of paper out of his burger :(

If you were going to The Strand tonight where would you eat?

another vote for dos torros! have also heard good things about stand and num pang.

Unique food-related birthday experience?

another vote for blue hill at stone barns. last year my friend had her birthday party up there and everyone took a class on canning your own food, which sounded pretty cool (I unfortunately couldn't make it, but it seems like a fun idea).

When you're all alone...

hm, sunday night the mister was gone and i ate half a bag of potato chips (salt and vinegar baked kettle chips), a glass of red wine, and handfuls of chocolate chips. i felt trashy when he came home and woke me up from where i'd passed out on the couch watching tv, covered in chip crumbs and melted chocolate.

the people's supermarket

you mean this place?

i'm not a member, but i've eaten food purchased there by friends who are - good food and affordable prices.

Bread and melted cheese, duh!

in high school, a favorite lunch was a bag of breadsticks, which was massive and you could get for like two bucks and the pizza place down the street, and then dunked in ranch dressing. i don't know how i subsisted on that for so long, or why . . . oh wait, cos it was delicious. would definitely have eaten my breadsticks in cheese sauce too if that had been an option!

Is it bad form to mess with someone's family recipe?

if the nuts are so important to your husband, why don't you add them to the cake? (just curious)

i think a lot depends on the presentation. if you tell someone, i'm making this exactly the way so-and-so made it because i know that's how you like it, then it would be fair for them to be disappointed if there are noticeable tweaks. but if you say oh i'm making this food item, i took some tips from so-and-so's recipe, then they shouldn't be expecting the exact same thing and shouldn't be upset that they are eating a different kind of fried chicken, or whatever (especially since you're the one making the meal, not them!) so basically, i don't see any problem with changing mom's/sister's/whoever's recipe, so long as it's clear to other folks that the meal they are going to get is not the one they grew up on.

What's on your Foodie Christmas List?

a new kitchen floor! our building is ancient and the linoleum is peeling and DH is not being cooperative in my efforts to replace it.

also would like: immersion blender, a new whisk (broke mine), a fancy chef's knife, a dutch oven, and piles of fancy ingredients.

Christmas breads

i second the panettone - my mom looooooved it, so we always had some around the holidays, so it always makes me think of her.

Pantry Tomato Sauce Tips

i use the same, plus olive oil and red chili pepper flakes, fresh basil if i have any, and cheese grated on top. since you say you are using bulk spices, maybe your spices have expired and so don't have the same punch?

I know you're all thinking it - CRANBERRIES

you could make cranberry infused vodka - i haven't tried this recipe, but it looks easy enough:

and as others have mentioned, cranberries do freeze well. i also like the muffin idea.

Restaurants in NYC with gluten-free options...

champs bakery in williamsburg is a new vegan bakery with gluten-free options, and their stuff is amaaaaazing.


I recently found myself the owner of a sizeable bag of popping corn. I was thinking maybe I could make some to pack as a snack during work. I'd like to get more creative with it than just drenching it in butter (especially since I won't be eating it hot). What are everyone's favorite toppings/mix-ins for popcorn?

blueberry chutney!

i picked up a jar of this amazing sweet-spicy blueberry chutney at a new (to me) farmer's market i visited today. i was planning on serving some small bites at a halloween party i'll be hosting this upcoming weekend, and was thinking this could make a good addition to the menu, but i'm not sure what to do with it. i was thinking maybe paired with some creamy mild cheese on toast points, but thought i'd see if the serious eaters had more ideas. thanks!

chicken for a picnic

being sadly barbecue-less, we'll be picnicking on memorial day. i wanted to make a chicken to bring (i would serve it cold), but didn't know what would be best - roasted? fried? any suggestions?

study break snacks

We're having a potluck study break on Thursday, and I want to bring something delicious and good for you . . . most of us eat like crap during finals (constant eating out, lots of greasy food and vending machine snacks, plus ten bazillion cups of coffee . . . ), so I wanted to bring something that's kind of good for you too. Needs to be something that can be served room temperature/cold, probably around 20 people?

I was thinking of maybe making the beer bread from TJs that was on here a few weeks ago (lazy, I know, but I have finals too! And it's pretty tasty), but I want your ideas! What would you want to eat during your study break?

fresh ginger

tastes and smells so good, but it's always sold in this big huge knots and i only ever use a little bit of it. before the thing starts rotting in my fridge, anyone have any good recipes that make use of fresh ginger? vegetarian/pescatarian recipes preferred, please :)

gift basket items for visitors

hello serious eaters! my in-laws are coming to the city next month, and i wanted to greet them with a basket of new york goodies! some ideas i had were: chocolate from mast brothers, baked goods from amy's/blue ribbon, cheese from bedford cheese shop/murray's, pickles from the pickle guys, charcuterie from...somewhere...any other suggestions? FIL is diabetic, so not too many sweets, but other than that, they are pretty good eaters :) thanks in advance!

cauliflower gratin suggestions

hello all! we're having a dairy seder again this year, and one of the sort of main dishes i was thinking of making was a cauliflower gratin (cauliflower, heavy cream, cheese - basics), and i was hoping for some suggestions on any special extras that i could add in to make it a little more exciting. no meat, no bread-type items, no corn - other than that, i'm open to any recommendations! thanks for the help!

vegan dessert ideas

it's my birthday party on saturday, and a bunch of us are going to a bar around the corner from my house. late nights they don't serve food but are pretty amenable to outside food being brought in, so i'm planning on making a cake. my best friend, however, is vegan, so i'd like to also make a little something that she can enjoy. i don't want to spend the day of my party engaged in labor-intensive baking so requirements are:

1) vegan
2) not too difficult or expensive
3) easily transportable (the bar is close by, but still got to get it from my kitchen to bar table)

i've never baked anything vegan, so before venturing out, wanted to know se'ers thoughts on the tried-and-true!

too eggy :(

don't get me wrong, i love me some eggs. but, like most good things, only in moderation.

tonight i tried my hand at making a strata for the first time (i accidentally bought an extra loaf of bread, thought i'd branch out and try something new). i used: 6 slices of bread, one big onion, a couple handfuls of spinach, 3 portobello caps, half a bag of fake meat crumbles, 2 cups of milk and 8 eggs (recipes i'd looked at prior to my experiment used 9-12, so i thought 8 would be ok). i seasoned it thoroughly (thyme, oregano, garlic, red pepper, s&p), covered it with real parmesan (not the flavorless sawdust kind), and when it came out, all i could taste was EGG.

do i add more things? use less eggs? if i do that, will it all fall apart? will it be worth it to avoid feeling like im just having scrambled eggs for dinner?

brussel sprout smell

does anyone know a way to mask that scary brussel sprout smell? i love eating them (usually just sauteed/steamed lightly w/olive oil, s&p) but am embarrassed when i take my left-overs to school and heat them up and they stink! what can i do?

Seriously Malaysian: How to Make Rendang

Rendang are dishes that are as integral to Malaysian cookery as laksas or satays. A rendang is a dish of meat stewed slowly in a coconut-curry liquid. Aromatic pastes are added in the beginning. As the meat stews in the paste and coconut milk mixture, the liquid reduces until only the oils of the coconut milk remain. To finish, the meat is lightly browned in the remaining coconut oil. The resulting dish is intensely flavorful and tender yet crisp and sticky on the outside with bits of browned aromatics. More