This No-Knead Olive-Rosemary Focaccia With Pistachios Takes Just 15 Minutes of Prep

Made this the other day with just rosemary and finished with truffle oil--sublime.

How to Turn Beans Into a Creamy Vegan Pasta Sauce

Made this last night (used canned chickpeas) and it was just great. I tossed some grilled chicken in there cause hey, I'm not vegan. But it was really awesome.

Which are the Best Inexpensive Mandoline Slicers?

I bought a knife glove just to use for the mandoline for about $15 on Amazon. I've only cut myself twice badly in the kitchen and each time was on a mandoline. Since the glove, no issues. (Knock on wood)

How to Make Meatball Pizza

I grew up with sliced meatball pizza in NJ. Also weird sliced sausages on my pizza.

I am starting to question everything.

The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Buying and Cooking Hams

Naive question, I've never had cooked country ham--so what is the final texture/taste of a rehydrated and roasted country ham compared to a city ham as well as raw prosciutto?

The Food Lab: How to Make an Herb Butter-Rubbed Spatchcocked Roast Turkey in Under 2 Hours

@J. Kenji López-Alt My friend ordered a 22lb turkey, should I drop the temp a bit and add more time or keep at 450 and just add more time?


The Food Lab: How to Make Pull-Apart Stuffing-Flavored Rolls

Think this would bake in one of those aluminum sheet tray-thingers for easy travel?

The Food Lab's Emergency Cooking Kit: How to Fit All the Tools You Need in One Small Box

I travel with my thermapen. I'm a sicko.

Breadmaking 101: How to Mix and Knead Bread Dough Like a Pro

When's the next post? Please post soon as I'd love to get started!

Solbeso: Chocolate's Boozy Cousin From South America

I had solbeso at a blind tasting recently and it was delicious. It was very drinkable straight up with ice and was amazing in a cocktail. Very cool to see it here!

How Katz's Deli Makes Their Perfect Pastrami

This is one of the few "tourist" places in NYC that is worth the hype.

What's New York's Best Shawarma?

Kosher Deluxe has a great shawarma (maybe lacking on toppings though.

The Complete 2013 Serious Eats Guide To Turkeys

Quick question: How do you hold the breast meat at 145 for 15 min without it continuing to cook past that?

The Food Lab: Ultra-Crispy New Potatoes With Garlic, Herbs, and Lemon

How long will they stay crispy for?

Sous-Vide 101: Pork Belly Buns

"that pork belly is going to spit more than Alice Waters at a Monsanto party"

Great line.

D.C.'s Sweetgreen in the NoMad Hotel, a New Hope for New York Salad

Am I the only that thinks this place is much more expensive than most salad chains in the city? I work in Midtown and I tend to pay $4 as a base for greens and usually a few toppings gets me to $8ish. I am sure it tastes great but still, pricy for a lunch.

What's Your Favorite Ramen in New York?

Packaged from $1 store.

The Burger Lab: How Coarsely Should I Grind My Burger?

If the burger is on top of the condiments, does that make it a salad sandwich with a burger garnish?

Poll: Is Okonomiyaki "Japanese Pizza"?

I had that when I was in Hiroshima, it was one of the best things I've eaten. Also would love to have one for a hangover cure.

Ask the Critic: What Celebrity Chef Restaurants Are Really Worth It?

Pig and Khao--I always see Leah Cohen hanging outside or in the restaurant when I walk by.

Win Two Tickets to Pig Island, September 7th

Pulled pork or bacon.

How to Fix What's Wrong with Your Coffee

Great picture, made me laugh.

Win Two VIP Tickets to the Vendy Awards, September 7th

I love the fruit cart on 46th and 6th. They give you way too much fruit for $3.00

Oddball Liquor Laws Around the U.S.A.

I'll echo the PA law sentiment. I went to college in rural PA and we could only buy cases of beer instead of six packs. Fortunately, it was really easy to find people to split a case with. Also crazy, if you are caught underage drinking, you can loose your driving privileges...even if you were no where near a car when busted.

Also, I believe that you cannot serve booze in NYC until noon on Sundays. Always go to a place known for a good boozy brunch at 11:45 if you want to skip the lines and just wait to order at 12.

All the Ramen at Ippudo's New Midtown Location

Still grumpy that they don't allow you to wrap up any of your food. We had a friend that had to leave the meal a little early, unexpectedly, and they wouldn't wrap up her half eaten bowl of $15+ ramen to take with her. (downtown location)


I will be in Atlanta/Buckhead area for work this weekend. Where should I eat? I have one-two meals in the area. Anything I shouldn't miss? I was thinking of Flip Burger by Richard Blaise or maybe Woodfire Grill. (Top Chef themed, ha). Are they worth it? Anything better?


Knife Sharpening

My Wusthof blades need to be sharpened. I can either take them to a store in NYC to get sharpened or I can buy a home sharpener. Is a home sharpener a good idea? I figure that it costs about $7 a per knife to get them sharpened at the store while Wusthof brand sharpener is only $20. What do you think about the Wusthof sharpener or should I get a different one, if I go that route?

Day off in NYC-where should I eat for lunch?

I have the day off in NYC and I want to eat somewhere awesome for lunch. Not necessarily a full meal, but a great sandwich should suffice. I've been to Parm, DeEspana, Mile End, Van Horn's, Cheeky's, Tiny's as well as some others. Yup, this is a vague request but I figured I'd ask anyway.

Fall entertaining suggestions

Hi alll,

I am having a few friends over for dinner this weekend and I would like to make something that is "fall-ish" and good for a medium-sized crowd. I would to braise something. Right now, I'm thinking about maybe a stuffed pork loin or short ribs. Any suggestions?

Cooking classes in NYC?

Hi all,

I've taken a few great classes at ICE in NYC, but they are a little pricy. Can some one recommend some cheaper classes? I'm looking to do maybe a cheese course, a wine course, or an Italian class.


Kitchen Vent in small NYC Apartment

Hi all,

I live in a small place in NYC. My gas stove does not have a vent or a hood of any type. I've now set off the smoke alarm 3x this week by cooking things that would never set the alarm off in other places. There are no usable windows in my kitchen/living room. We have one window and that window opens into the apartment's garbage room so I will not open it in fear of odors or vermin. I have a small fan going but that also isn't doing it.

Any suggestions on how to stop smoking myself out?


Dry Rub

Hi all,

I am interested in putting a dry rub on a steak this evening and tossing it on the grill. Any recommendations for a tasty (but not spicy, please) rub combo?


Jalapeño peppers

I read somewhere or saw on TV that the jalapeño peppers that we commonly see have been bred to be less spicy than they are naturally. Has anyone else heard this or can offer some insight? Through experience, it seems that jalapeño flesh (excluding the seeds) aren't as spicy as I once thought. Is it me or the pepper?

Healthy after work dinner?

What do you usually make for dinner after work that you'd consider healthy? I cannot look at any more roasted/baked chicken.

It doesn't have to be ultra healthy (e.g. lettuce) but not mac and cheese, either. I am just looking for interesting "lighter" suggestions.


Last second NYC Chinatown question

I have a few friends coming into NY today and they want to grab lunch in Chinatown. Any good suggestions on where to eat? I think we would prefer a regular restaurant versus dim sum place as dim sum seems intimidating since I am not super familiar with the menu items.
We are leaving soon and I just thought to ask here.


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