I eat and drink. I cook so I can do both more and better. I exercise so I can do both longer. I'm not big but I'm not dainty either. "Yes I will add the fried egg to that." - Only in Pittsburgh is a fried egg considered a condiment.

  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Favorite foods: Spaghetti Carbonara, Steak, Hot Peppers, Cheese (all types), Salamis (all types), chicken wings, garlic, cilantro, pizza. . .

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Wanted - Quality Vegetarian Cookbook

thanks for the suggestions of the books. It seems that the same books come up a lot. . . Anyone care to share a recipe out of the book they cooked that they liked?

How to order my very particular type of eggs?

Over hard might get you what you want. But if you have a single specific way you like your eggs and only eat them one way you should probably get pancakes when you eat out for breakfast. But eat all you like at home!

Bake the Book: Crêpes: 50 Savory and Sweet Recipes

I like crepes with nutella or peanut butter best. But also a nice crepe wrapped around thin sliced parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and melon. I do mean thin sliced.

Cook the Book: 'The Country Cooking of Italy'

I would love to make flavored vinegars, jams, chutneys, and sauces.

carbonara techniques

Carbonara is a sexy dish. I love to make it. I meditate on it. The quality of the ingredients make the dish better. Good cheese, bacon (I've never used guanciale), eggs, and pepper.

This isn't a recipe. Just thoughts. I like slab bacon cut thick and slow cooked in a pan. Drain half the grease I like to put diced garlic in the leftover bacon grease and add it.

Mix the eggs in a bowl let come to room temp and reserve some pasta water and temper the egg mixture to keep it from scrambling. Use the eggs, cheese, and water to make the sauce silky and not creamy. It should shimmer and coat the pasta. Add it all to hot pasta and toss at the table. Definitely best to serve immediately with fresh ground pepper.

This is a practice, practice, practice dish. it gets better the more you do it.

No peas, no chicken, and no milk or cream. Only dried spaghetti. Other noodles are too thick or thin.

I've never warmed a dish for this. Never noticed any congealing. But I bet that a warm bowl wouldn't hurt. And I totally disagree about leftovers. Leftover carbonara is great for breakfast the next day lightly fried in a pan with some oil. I like to toss it with fresh parsley.

Cook the Book: 'Guy Fieri Food'

Italian Hoagie with capicolla, mortadella, sopresseta, provolone, and gardinera.

Cook the Book: 'The Heirloom Tomato'

fried green tomatoes, salsa, caprese, blt,sprinkled with cheese and baked.

Tried anything new recently?

I ate chicken feet today. I don't like them one bit. It was like eating nothing but gooey chicken skin. . . The broth had good flavor.

Pulled pork in smoker/kettle grill

When I began to use my smoker somebody here directed me to Amazing Ribs. This site has been a great help to me (and my friends). I have nothing but great things to say about it.

Help! Raspberries going bad in the Fridge!

You can drink your raspberries.

Muddle them with a mint leaf in a Collins glass, add simple syrup, ice, more mint for garnish and rum.

Cook the Book: 'Fiesta at Rick's'

Either Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, or Alton Brown. I'd never be able to choose so they'd have to draw straws to get to meet me.

Food to bring when flying

. . . so I'm not sure what you can bring. I suppose if you can buy it at the airport you can eat it on the plane and dispose of it if need be at customs.

Sorry I hit post too soon.

Food to bring when flying

I always bring a trail mix (containing chocolate) and beef jerky on any trip. But I've never flown to another country.


I have a lot of it growing wild in my back yard.

A microwave and an oven. What can I make?

Tupperware stuffed oven baked microwave oven is awesome! It's loaded with essential plastics and heavy metals.

I'd get a friend to come visit and bring me my skillet, a pan, and a wok.

Red beans and rice for cheap, healthy, and vegetarian.

electric stove, dealbreaker?

I've never owned a gas stove. I grew up with electric, had electric in college, and have an electric in my house now. It's fine. I'd rather have gas. And in my next house I probably will.

What's the story behind your SE screen name?

My name has nothing to do with food.

My nickname in college was "Joe Boo" (or is the proper way to spell it "Jo Bu" anyway I spell it "Joe Boo") as in the voodoo guy from the movie Major League. It comes from a drunken night, "Hey Bartender! Joe Boo needs a refill. . ."

On the internet I never want to be JoeBoo158736234234 or whatever number I need to add at the end of it to get a unique user name. So I added the Q as in John Q. Public. And voila! Here I am. Joe Q. Boo by screen name. Joseph Querulous Boo esq. in formal settings. Or just plain Boo to my friends.

Poll: Do You Toast Your Pop-Tarts?

@soozm32. Those fiber one things don't taste so bad (just too sweet), but I feel their fiber is lacking. No matter what it says on the package nutritional information. I think they don't use the best type of fiber. So even though it sort of gives you more fiber it's not as good.

When does a Hamburger become a Meatloaf Sandwich?

I'm going to disagree. One of those things is definitely not a hamburger no matter how good it tastes. Once you go beyond meat and spices then add binders you've just created meatloaf. Tasty. But meatloaf. No big deal, you could call it a loaf burger.

It's like a pizza versus a calzone. Similar ingredients but two different things. Both delicious.

Has Anyone Ever Tried Tuaca Liqueur?

I love Tuaca. You can mix it in Red Bull. It's very tasty.

Cook the Book: 'The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual'

Carbonara. Also greens and beans with sausage and pasta. Pasta con sarde.