24-year-old grad student trying not to starve while simultaneously supporting the environment. Tips are appreciated.

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  • Location: Allentown, PA
  • Favorite foods: Penne alla vodka, fuji apples, guacamole, malai kofta, roasted brussels sprouts, banana pancakes.
  • Last bite on earth: Dark chocolate.

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The Good Bagel Manifesto

Was that a thinly veiled "Office Space" reference I detected in this article?

The Best Ice Cream, Gelato, and Soft Serve in NYC

Yo, on the whole I can take or leave ice cream - but I LOVE a good soy ice cream. Is that weird? It's just always so creamy and never overly sweet. Way better than the dairy stuff.

The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

That's funny. I've always started my eggs in cold water AND pinpricked them, and I never have any trouble peeling. Am I merely an egg wizard? Can I put that on my resume?

Where to Eat in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago

I don't live in Chicago and have never heard of this place, but "Merchandise Mart" sounds like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel.

How do you avoid overspending?

For me, it couldn't be simpler: I'm poor. If I spend more than $40 a week at the grocery store, I will not have money for gas to get to work. I accept that fact, and I don't spend more than $40.

It helps that I tend to buy the same 20 things every single week. Then, when I've gotten those, I usually have about five bucks left in my budget to buy something I don't usually get, and that's my treat for the week.

I don't get this "overspending" thing. Either you have the money to get those chips, or you're spending your rent money on chips and you have a problem.

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen?

No I don't have one. And I know that I should.

Open Thread: When Did You First Fall in Love with Pizza?

I used to hate pizza. The only pizza I ever had access to as a child was school cafeteria breadtangle pizza, and too-sweet slightly-burnt frozen "pizza."
Then in college I discovered the wonders of authentic, small-town, brick-oven-fired pizza, and that was all I consumed thenceforth.

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

I, too, am anti-social media. But thank you for lettig us know about these changes and listening to our feedback.

Korean Fried Chicken Will Make You Sing at Seattle's Stars in the Sky

Is it pizza? Is it corn? Is it cheese?
The world may never know.

When Breakfast Gets "Weird"

If I had my druthers, I would have the traditional every morning: eggs and toast, or oatmeal, or pancakes.
However, in the name of transparency, the following is a list of things I HAVE eaten for breakfast, and my God have mercy on my soul:
-Half a package of Fig Newtons
-Ramen noodles with a raw egg in them
-V8 juice and tequila
-Chocolate frosting on saltine crackers
-A cold kimchi sandwich

Home gardening?

My mother is practically a home farmer. She has three huge beds that take up most of her small property, and spends most of her free time out there "tending the crops." Last years we had: corn, tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, soybeans, bell peppers, blackberries, raspberries, carrots, and even pumpkins. This year she's adding sunflowers and watermelons to the list!

Simple Pleasures

Just recently, I had been doing some hot and sweaty work, and when I came inside there was lemonade in the fridge. I swear, that glass of lemonade was the single most beautiful and memorable thing I've ever put in my mouth. It was heaven.

What do you guys prefer plastic or wooden

Wooden. I used to have a crappy plastic cutting board, and I can't tell you how many times my ultra-sharp knives sliced right through its top.

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Veggie Burgers

I've always thoughts Morningstar Farms makes some great products. A lot of them do fall into the "pretending to be meat" zone, but their protein content isn't bad.

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

Water in between alcoholic beverages is key. Also, don't go to bed raging drunk. I always try to stay up until the worst of the spins have worn off, or else the next day is twenty times worse.

What's for breakfast these days?

Every morning I have two egg whites, an english muffin, and half a grapefruit. Although on weekends I like to switch it up and make banana oat pancakes.

Chain Reaction: We Try McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse Sandwiches

I think I could listen to you describe that bun all day.

Open Thread: White Chocolate, Yay or Nay?

Nope. Too sweet. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Ugh. When paired with something VERY tart, like grapefruit.... maybe. Only maybe.

Paleo Diet Craze- Love it or leave it?

All I know is that a guy on the paleo diet recently told me he gets half his calories from fat. I'm sorry, but I will never believe that is healthy no matter how many self-proclaimed "experts" tell me it is.

(moderately) enraging little debbie clickbait...

I shan't hear these false words uttered about Zebra Cakes!

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Lily looks like someone I would invite to parties.

Food-related deal breakers when dating?

I don't understand this. If an allergy or a lack of skill in the kitchen is the cause of the disintegration of a loving relationship, you have your priorities all kinds of screwed up.

The only thing that would be a "deal breaker" for me would be behavior indicative of a larger personality issue, like the refusal to try anything new.

Taste Test: We Try Every Flavor of Cheez-It Crackers

I have never even heard of most of these flavors! I am partial to the Hot&Spicy myself. They are just barely spicy enough to notice it, so that you can easily eat half the box without having to stop for a drink. Not that I would know that or anything.

Chain Reaction: We Try the Dunkin' Donuts Eggs Benedict Sandwich

The instant I heard the first radio commercial for these, touting the "flavor of Hollandaise" (meaning, no actual Hollandaise was harmed in the making of these sandwiches), I thought to myself, "I can't wait for Serious Eats to slam these."

Open Thread: What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

I have never found a frozen pizza that didn't make me want to hurl. The sauce is always either too acidic or too sweet, and the cheese never melts right.


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