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Raw Milk...yay or nay

interesting. i thought i'd get more yay-sayers on here.
It's surprisingly hard to find even unhomogenized milk...

i think it's fascinating that people consume all kinds of items that are industrially processed without a second thought, but when it comes to something more traditional, we're so scared...and yet incidents crop up from mass-produced food all the time.

How to Grow an Edible Garden, The Basics

Very excited about this series, too! I tried a rooftop garden in Hoboken, NJ 2 yrs. ago -- some critters got to it and demolished it before anything really had a chance. This year we live in Jersey City and have a little backyard of our own! We have 4 little veggie/herb beds and I'm going to check out all of the resources you posted! Thank you!

The Crisper Whisperer: Zuni Cafe's Radicchio Salad

The recipe doesn't tell you how to integrate the hard boiled eggs. I guess chop and toss them with everything.

Needed: great weekend lunch recipe

@Cassaendra, thanks for your great suggestions! In the veggie ciabatta sandwich, do you use fresh baby spinach, or cooked spinach?
Also, what is crumbled grilled fish?

The Crisper Whisperer: Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Mmm, one of the best combos ever to be concocted!
I love to add some chopped water chestnuts to my spinach-artichoke dip. Adds some lovely crunch and subtly nutty flavor. Try it!

Chipotle Mayo - The new #1 condiment?

YUM. Keep an eye out for Spike Mendelsohn's (from Top Chef, Season 4) upcoming cookbook, The Good Stuff Cookbook. Chipotle mayo recipe, along w/lots of other simple, amazing mayo recipes. mmm

Group of 14 - NYC Restaurant Ideas?

I went with a group of about that many to Alta, on W.10th St.
It's tapas, but we ordered lots and shared everything. It was perfect.

Where to buy dried chiles?

I live in Hoboken, NJ - right outside NYC so I have access to Latin markets; I just have to find them. :)

The cookbook I'm currently using keeps calling for "dried red chile (preferably Japanese), whole"

Thanks for the tips!

Book for Thai Cooking

Another good one is Su-Mei Yu's The Elements of Life. The author gives you a chart to find your Home Element and you are encouraged to make recipes based on this...fascinating stuff. Great recipes, check it out!

Bon Appetit to replace my Gourmet subscription?

The photography in BA has been so awful.
All those close-ups, everything dark and shadowy...not appealing at all!!

Need Lard in NYC

tap, this thing on?
New Yorkers aren't into lard (not going into pie crusts)?

The Crisper Whisperer: Shrimp, Spinach, and Swiss Wrap

As a Hobokenite, I love the Hoboken shout-outs!
As a food lover, I just love reading your pieces.

Definitely remember Food 3663 (never realized what the numbers stood for, though, duh, thanks) and its quirky menu & employees. I seem to recall a veggie sandwich with vegetable cream cheese and some strange addition...pickled onions? Can't be sure, but it was weird and tasty!
I'm up for trying this curious recipe, too - thank you!

The Crisper Whisperer: Hairy Gourd Bread

Had me cracking up in my cubicle, too.

I've been getting this hairy gourd from the same CSA and using it like zucchini, but peeling it first, as I was instructed in your garage by a fellow CSA member.

Just last week I sauteed some onions, bell pepper, and peeled hairy gourd (i'm always going to call it this now, thanks!) in olive oil with s&p and nestled the veggies in a crisp tortilla with shredded cheese and some shrimp I sauteed in red enchilada sauce. Hairy gourd & shrimp quesadilla -- delicious!

Favorite Food fiction

I'm reading The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones and she mentions Anne Tyler's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.

NYC food writers' group

This sounds often would you want to meet?

Cook the Book: 'What We Eat When We Eat Alone'

Alone, I like to eat Korean ramen noodles with an egg, cut up hot dogs, and American cheese mixed in. Don't tell! ;)

For the laddies- Hottest Food Network Dude?

Jamie Oliver all. the. way.
And Pat Neely's pretty attractive, too, now that you mention it. :)

Scenes from Slow Food's Rainy, Porky Grill-Off at Water Taxi Beach LIC

Fun event!! Thanks for posting this write-up and great pics!
That lettuce wrap really was gorgeous and hapa-licious! :)
Find out more about Hapa Kitchen here.

Fresh Mozzarella

This is the best I've ever had.
SO delicious.

Everyday Food...

Awesome!! Congratulations - I'm going to try the salad for sure.