I am a foodie thru and thru. My dream has always been to be a personal Chef, but right now I'll have to be satisfied with being a personal Chef to my DH and two beautiful children. I love to read, be by the ocean, and of course eat!!!

  • Location: Atlanta, GA (in flesh) Boston, MA (in spirit)
  • Favorite foods: Lobster and steamers with butter; seared scallops; artichokes; steak; good italian bread with cheese and fruit; figs; cherries; eggplant parm; a good italian sub made the Massachusetts hole-in-the-wall mom n'pop sub shop way, with extra "hots";
  • Last bite on earth: a perfectly steamed lobster tail with melted butter.

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Videos: McD's Quarter Pounder for Men, Burgers = Heroin, and Pineapple Madness

Maaaan, that PSA about childhood obesity was just a bit melodramatic. Yikes.

The Burger Lab: How to Make the Ultimate Patty Melt

When I was growing up, heading to Friendly's or Brigham's for a patty melt and a cup of chowdah was a delightful outing my Dad and I would share together. I loved those patty melts, and this one looks like it would satisfy that nostalgic craving.

Cook the Book: 'Planet Barbecue!'

Pork chops with maple glaze and corn on the cob with chili/lime/butter

Cook the Book: 'The Heirloom Tomato'

Sliced with fresh mozzarella, basil chiffonade and a drizzle of good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with just a few grains of sea salt on top.

what a great site!

Welcome, Jane. And hey to all my peeps -- I've missed you. Been away for a few weeks, but I'm back and ready to eat!

Unusual BBQ suggestions

I have a delish, easy BBQ sauce that tastes great over any pork or chicken...I mix it up and use half of it to marinate the meat pre-grilling, and then warm the rest of it on the stove-top to pour over the meat post-grilling. So simple and so finger-licking good: 1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's Brown Sugar BBQ sauce, 1 cup of pinapple or orange juice, 1/2 cup of bourbon (I like Maker's Mark or Jack Daniels), 1 cup of brown sugar. If you are having a large crowd you may need to double this.
Some may turn up their noses at using a bottled sauce as a base, but I'm telling you, this stuff is good. If you have a few pork tenderloins, and simply season those up and throw them on the grill, and then pour some of this over the slices afterwards, you'll not be disappointed!

Halibut Cheeks?!

I love 'em fried! do a nice beer batter or cornmeal batter and serve them with a chunky homemade tarter sauce. YUMMMM

Poll: How Long Would You Wait In Line?

It depends -- if I'm just having lunch in the middle of my work day then it has to be quick. But if I'm on vacay, I've been known to wait a loooong time for a good lobster roll.

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

We had a huge blackberry thicket in our backyard when I was younger. I'd go out with a big colander and fill it with plump, juicy blackberries. Once I forgot to wash them before bringing my bounty to work with me, and we had red ants in the office for days...but nobody complained...they all loved the berries!

Cook the Book: 'Pig: King of the Southern Table'

marinated grilled pork chops on the bone -- the cheap cuts....especially when the fatty pieces get crispy and the bones get all smokey and flavorful and once you tear all of meat off them, you just keep gnawing the bones. YUM

Cook the Book: 'Seasonal Fruit Desserts'

Fresh mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries) served over lemon pound cake with fresh whipped cream.

The Return of Ben & Jerry's Limited Batch Key Lime Pie

For those of you within any distance of a Publix (i'm talking primarily to my Southern fellow foodies here) they have a GREAT version of this Key Lime Pie ice cream in their premium flavors -- it has a great carton too....emblazoned with a hawaiian-shirt bedecked parrot and the whole box just screams "Jimmy Buffett down in Florida on a hot summer day" to me -- which is what originally prompted me to pick up the carton and try it. I fell in love, and -- dare I say it -- it blows B&J's out of the water! Trust me!! It comes with the graham cracker crust pieces you all seem to be craving, and is tangy and sweet and definitely worth the trip.

Childhood memories

My grandpa intoduced me to my love of lobster, steamers and butter...and big steaks cooked over a charcoal fire and smothered with A1 sauce. My summers were spent splashing in my little kiddie pool in their backyard while Grandpa stood over the coals with his apron on, getting the perfect sear on those thick, delicious steaks -- or we'd eat our New England "clambake" of steamers, lobster and corn on the cob on the back porch of our house on the Cape, so that we could get as messy as we wanted. He also always had a nightly gin martini with extra vermouth. I cannot smell any of those very distinct aromas without thinking of Grandpa.

Is there one thing you *must* order if you see it on a menu?

My husband MUST order shrimp from the menu wherever we go. He's even been known to order the grilled shrimp bruscetta as a starter and then the shrimp linguine, which will have the same exact shrimp he just had as a starter, only this time over pasta. It drives me sort of crazy.

I always order steamers if they are on the menu, and will generally order any type of bread pudding if they are offering it.

Comforting Pizza Toppings

my favorite "comfort food pizza" is the Nolio -- which has is a lemon cream sauce over the wood fired crust, then topped with caramelized onions and prosciutto. The sweetness of the caramelized onions plays off the saltiness of the prosciutto and the decadence of that lemony cream sauce is, well...heaven. That being said, I'm also just as happy with a good old fashioned 'New York Slice' of cheese....when it's so hot and gooey that the oil has collected on top just a bit, and the cheese is like molten lava so that you burn the layer of skin off the roof of your mouth. :o) (though that might sound like the opposite of comfort, I know there are people out there that would agree with me!)

Family recipe you're glad to have

Definintely my Nanny's meatballs and gravy. When I squish the meat and bread and milk and egg and cheese in between my fingers, and when my little girl's hands are right there in the bowl with mine, and we're rolling those lovely balls of meat together, I can't help but think of Nanny and be greatful for all the moments in the kitchen I was able to spend with her, doing the same exact thing. Then to smell them cooking with that delicious sauce with lots of garlic and basil...mmmm...the house smells fantastic. It is the best recipe ever and most treasured by my family.

Win Tickets to the Los Angeles Vendy Awards

I have to say my hometown of Boston -- between all the vendy trucks in and around MIT and Harvard which cater to the myriad of students, to the good ol' sausage n' pepper guys outside of Fenway Park -- you just can't get better eats than that!

Brooklyn Man Attempts to Eat Nothing But Pizza in Month of April

Wait, this guy gets his 15 minutes of fame over eating pizza for only a month? My son spent his entire 8th year of life doing the exact same thing.

affordable food

@Amandarama -- I know what jakey's talking about -- by the time you buy the pasta and the cheese (which not everyone is going to have on-hand, and even if you do, it cost you something to begin with) and the milk and butter it will cost considerably more than a box of Kraft mac n' cheese. I've long lamented that to eat healthyand homemade often costs more up-front than eating things which are pre-packaged. Just look at the cost difference between canned veggies and fresh. It costs more to make a simple salad than to eat cans of veggies which can be purchased for under a dollar. This can be very challenging for a large family in a tough economy. I feel jakey's pain, and encourage people to keep sharing ideas on how to eat cheaply and fresh/homemade. Obviously eating fresh/homemade is better for you, better for the environment and tastes MUCH better....but it does cost more.

Bedtime Hunger

I always get the munchies right before bed, and find it really hard to quiet my "hungry" when I try to sleep without eating something. I found keeping a baggie of roasted unsalted nuts near my bed really helps. Just a small handful usually quiets my stomach and satisfies the hunger pain, and it's still healthy.

Roasted Leftover Pork - Ideas?

Go Greek! Make a tzaziki and put some sliced up pork in a flat bread with the yogurt sauce, cukes, onions and tomatoes.