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How to Make Chinese Lotus Seed Buns to Rival Any Bakery's

This is really interesting. I'm not a big fan of these buns, but seeing how they're made and the components make me want to try and give them another shot now that I have a sense of context (versus comparing them to typical western pastries).

So You Want to Pitch a Food Article? What to Do (and Avoid)

This is really thorough and I personally really appreciate it a lot. There are so many talented writers out there who have no idea what to do once they've written a great piece. I think one of the things that plagues writers is what to do next. I would love to see one of these stories play out in a similar arc to the BBQ joint series.

Requiem for an Egg Cream: In Search of a New York Classic

Brooklyn Farmacy is great on paper but everything there is just the worst. Overpriced and terrible exeuction. Their gigantic sundaes sound so good, like red velvet cake sundae, and taste so bad. But they do great business with all the Carroll Gardens yuppies, so good for them I guess. Tom's is awesome though. Everything about that place is tops, except for the ridiculous wait, ha.

Chinese Velveting 101: Stir-Fried Chicken With Mushrooms and Oyster Sauce

Lots of haters lately :-/

I really like these posts. They are so simple but teach basic techniques that I didn't know about Asian cooking.

A Foreigner's Survival Guide to Ordering and Eating Peking Duck in Beijing

Now I need to go to china to get some. Are you getting kickbacks from the Chinese tourism board? ;)

Would love to hear your recs for best approximation in NYC! Besides Peking Duck House, I am at a loss.

Ideas in Food vs. S'mores: Meet the S'mores Cake

any reason not to make the cake in round tins instead of a sheet pan?

A Closer Look at Your Italian Bakery's Cookie Case

court street bakery in carroll gardens has good italian cookies (and awesome olive bread though their lard bread is meh). there's another bakery on court street a block or two away, the name escapes me, that has ok cookies but awesome lobster tails. on the subject of italian bakeries, mazzola's on union and henry has lard bread to die for and a decent if not small selection of cookies.

Cook the Book: 'Simple Thai Food' by Leela Punyaratabandhu

tom kha gai (chicken coconut milk lemongrass soup?) but i can eat those working man noodles til the cows come home!

Taste Test: We Try Every Flavor of Cheez-It Crackers

original are the best, but them i am old and stuck in my ways. when i was a kid (does high school still count as a kid?), i ate cheez its and grape pop for breakfast at least 2-3x / week. boarding school, the freedom to make bad breakfast choices!

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Puff Pastry

what the what just happened here? anyway, this article was useful for me. we buy puff pastry and weirdly enough, these have generally been our only two choices so it's nice to know the difference.

The Serious Eats Field Guide to Asian Greens

This is a great article! Really well done, love the side by sides for different variations, really clear, super helpful.

You guys have seriously stepped up your game with awesome Asian cuisine coverage lately!!! Loving it! :)

Chinese Greens 101: Chinese Broccoli With Oyster Sauce and Fried Garlic

this is literally my favorite chinese food veg dish. loving this series so hard, keep them coming! :)

Quick One Pot Hungarian Chicken and Noodles With Cabbage

adgxxxxxxxxx - couldn't you just chop the onions and cabbage while the onions are cooking?

this sounds good, always like a good cabbage recipe!

What Ethnic Cuisines Do You Want to See in NYC?

hope someone hears all the requests for hawaiian. i cannot understand how poke is not HUGE in NYC. i would like more ethiopian choices. i also would like to see laksa joints come near the proliferation levels of ramen joints. topper's biscuit world real southern biscuits.

15 Salads We Love in NYC

the kale salad at northern spy is good, but i think it's even better at lavagna (the best best) and ichabod's (very good)

Leftover Pizza + Waffle Iron = Delicious Crispy, Gooey, Cheese-Stuffed Snack

i get a similar effect from the frying pan method. start cheese side up, finish cheese side down. glorious burnt cheese!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

beef wellington! we tried it on christmas and it was a sad fail.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

aaaaah, to get it in time for the christmas dinner of beef wellington. but would be great to have for turkey, so turkey would be the first thing

Steakcraft: A Special Deal on Steak au Poivre at Restaurant Row's Le Rivage

very attentive and kind service. appetizers were quite good, steak was solid, desserts were nice, very reasonably priced wine list. a hilarious mix of the blue hairs and the blog generation and a few large and exuberant (loud) groups of people speaking in russian. i found it entertaining. we were there super early before most of the tables were filled up. the older gent at the next table nodded off complete with full on shake the walls snoring. i thought it was funny, but the poor waitress was mortified. she gently woke the guy up only to have him fall asleep less than 10 minutes later. i think that i especially enjoyed it because they were so super nice and also i am need a break from hipsters and trendy people. my fault for living in brooklyn, but still. anyway, thumbs up!

Ask the Critic: Birthday Cake Delivery in Manhattan

what's wrong with milk bar? cake truffles and crack pie are excellent, though some of the other offerings can be uneven.

Perla's Michael Toscano Wants You to Eat Whole Animals and Off-Cuts

looks delicious! i love that the off cuts seem organically integrated rather than being a pop of shock factor that seem to pop up in some other places. looking forward to trying it out.

Ask the Critic: Birthday Cake Delivery in Manhattan

above listed cakes are all amazing. since she's young, she might get a kick out of the momofuku "birthday cake" cake. they'll deliver to anywhere in manhattan though i think it's a hefty charge although cake itself isn't too bad (like $32).