• Favorite foods: Chinese and Italian : noodles, pasta, rice, Chinese soup dumplings, ma pao tofu, osso bucco, fegato alla venezia, tripe, sushi, chicken soup, hot cross buns, roast beef, suckling pig, Peking duck, char jian mien, dim sum in all its forms.

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In Praise of a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

You can barely feed two people, normal appetites on one duck unless you are doing it Chinese family style with about ten other hefty dishes! And if Thanksgiving includes many friends, well, that doesn't make it too practical. Cornish Game Hen is also pricey, and turkey, even white meat need not be dry - I think the dryness problem usually stems from ordering a large bird which of course takes longer to cook.

Win a Copy of 'Marcus Off Duty'

Fried rice with egg and whatever else I can find in the fridge that works together.

The Hollywood Effect: How Fried Green Tomatoes Became a Southern 'Classic'

In the late '60's, one of my colleagues who came from Hudson County, New Jersey, used to have fried green tomatoes regularly at dinner. His wife, who was also not from the south, made them. So the article confirmed something I had suspected when I first heard about fried green tomatoes being a "Southern" specialty. Never actually had them myself.

Win a Copy of 'Plenty More'

I don't know if this qualifies as unusual but for me chickpeas, onions, garlic and greens hits the spot.

Win a Copy of 'Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food'

Fried rice with bacon, egg and frozen peas - the rice being already cooked.

Win a Copy of 'A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus'

My favorite festive meal was Easter lamb with asparagus and potatoes, lemon merengue pie for dessert. Maybe a salad, maybe not, depending on how the space swtacked up. Potatoes roasted at the end with the lamb.

Win a Copy of 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

Chicken noodle soup if only I could get the wonderful soup I had whenever I was sick in Singapore and my father would drive down to the open air market to get it for me, intense chicken flavor with little noodles and seasoned with ginger, scallions and a dab of sesame seed oil!

British Bites: A Guide to Quintessential London Eats

Isn't it axiomatic that only in the North do you find decent fish and chips and no southerner knows how to do it? You can keep your steak and kidney pudding, pie for me, the suet crust brings back memories of boarding school. Institutional food was so awful that we took to Indian restaurants as a refuge in Cambridge, but there weren't any decent Chinese ones when I was up, those you could only find in London. And the Brit version of curry with the addition of raisons was just plain awful to me too. (And I am not referring the the "mince" a semi-spicy dish of mystery meat that appeared every so often on the lunch table and caused deep distress to some sensitive types. We then got "proper curry" a far cry from what I knew fron Singapore, but that is another culinary variation.)

Balsamic-Glazed Acorn Squash With Shallots and Rosemary

This was a large acorn squash right? I tend to buy smaller ones. There is no indication of size in the recipe, I am going by the number of servings.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Saltines, butter with cheddar cheese on top, or sometimes peanut butter instead, always unsalted butter. Yeah I know it isn't heart healthy, but that's my snack.

Equipment: The Best Chef's Knives

I have three chef's knives, a six inch, 8 inch and 10 inch. All Wusthof - my first good knife was actually a Henckle's but I think they are not quite as good as they used to be. I use all three of the knives for different things. I just like the feel of the Wusthof in my hand. But I agree with you - knives are very personal things.

Cook the Book: 'The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home'

This would vary with the season, but it is a dank and miserable day today so my favorite deli lunch would have to be chicken soup with matzoh balls with some rye toast on the side.

Scenes From Meatopia 2013, San Antonio, TX

It looked wonderful and I wish I could have been there in the beautiful city of San Antonio.

Bake the Book: The Complete Nose to Tail

My favorite dessert is chocolate mousse and I made one once long ago in college, it is only clever because of the kitchen limitations under which I worked. On the other hand the cleverest dessert is I think Baked Alaska because of its intricacies.

Marcella Hazan: Rest in Pizza and Pasta and Everything We Love About Real Italian Food

Well not having grown up in America, my first Italian cooking bible was not Marcella Hazan but Elizabeth David, specifically her "Italian Food". While Hazan's cookbooks were much better organized with well written recipes, David's book was my personal inspiration with her evocation of Italy. You never desert your first love and the memories of trying to recreate the food on a limited budget with takings from a Cambridge food scene before the food revolution in the '60's.

Cook the Book: 'The Catch'

Going back to atavistic roots: shrimp with lobster sauce.

Open Thread: What's Your Most Memorable College Dining Experience?

I went to Girton College, Cambridge where the food was dismal. My most memorable night was fish that definitely had seen better days. It was liquid on the plate. Went to Washington University in St. Louis for law school. The food there was rather better, but I didn't live in the dorms so experienced mainly lunches which actually were not too bad at all.

My range died and I need recipes

Nuked a sweet potato tonight which did turn out all right. The new range has been delivered and looks so nice but they couldn't remove the old one. Waiting with bated breath for a kit and then someone to connect the new stove and put the old one on the porch to await removal!

My range died and I need recipes

I will try to cook the pasta in the microwave - butter and cheese was one of my favorites and I may actually have a container of homemade sausage and pepper sauce in the freezer. I am now having issues with installation as I have propane and not mainline gas (no gas mains in my town) and am probably going to be rangeless until Monday! Tonight I did fish in the microwave with string beans and reheated brown rice. At least it wasn't rotisserie chicken. Thanks again people. The saga continues.

My range died and I need recipes

@Bob from Pittsburgh and finsbigfan: No money for restaurants with the added unexpected expenditure alas. Not even take-out Chinese or pizza.

My range died and I need recipes

Yes I have a crockpot and that thought struck me too! No Vesuvius here nothing quite so fancy. I have ordered a range and the good news is that the delivery date is Thursday and not Friday which makes the likelihood of getting the propane people back to unlock the flow that much better. Another meal of rotisserie chicken tonight accompanied by reheated brown rice, some spinach brownies my friend made (delicious!) and a tomato salad.

Stove and oven broken

I feel for you - mine just did the same! It's a gas one and I have no choice but to get a new one as there are serious leaks with the old guy! As I have been out of propane since Thursday I have done microwave reheat and actually tried cooking a meal in it - the little red potatoes did not do well! Got a rotisserie chicken for Sunday dinner and did a salad and couscous. But I too have just posted for recipes. After all Jerome and Ozzie would like to have a nice hot dinner too! Their food of course can be prepared with water heated in the microwave! No electric skillet or grill here! (The gas grill outside is dead too!)

Remembering Big Nick's Burger & Pizza Joint, Another Departed UWS Institution

Not being an Upper Westsider (my days in NYC were strictly downtown and Chelsea) I never knew Big Nick's. But over the years I have noticed that section of the Upper West Side becoming more and more a settlement of chichi fashion boutiques and upscale stores with absolutely no connection to real live people. The closing of Big Nick's is another manisfestation of the disease!

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite No-Cook Meal?

I look forward to the huge Jersey beefsteak tomatoes to make tomatoe sandwiches with either mayo and a slice of onion or olive oil with fresh basil. Also bread salad. Salad Nicoise. I also love love love cold noodles with sesame sauce, but you do have to cook the noodles,