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The Future of American Cheesemaking Is in Vermont

@christine colby, I'm in the Upper Valley too! Good to know there are other local people passionate about food around here...

Street Food: The Treats Truck

Kim is a friend of a friend, and made a ton of yummy treats for my husband's bachelor party. Everything she makes is amazing, but I am addicted to the rice krispies treats!

Road-Trippers: Where Did You Go and What Did You Eat?

We had a relatively boring road trip through upstate new york, but I am proud of what we accomplished in a12 hour stopover in Buffalo (including sleeping!)

Wings at Anchor Bar (Suicidal and BBQ, not impressed with either)
Custard at Anderson's
Donut and coffee at Tim Horton's
Tacos at Mighty Taco

We figured we're never going back to Buffalo again, so let's get the famous stuff over with! :) I do wish we had gone to Duff's for wings, but Anchor Bar was more convenient (and it was already 11:30pm when we arrived!)

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 2

I can't believe no one has mentioned the best line of the episode- when Gail said, "Well, I love VODKA, but..."

Love me some Gail. Can't wait for Top Chef: Just Desserts!

Slice Poll: Best Frozen Pizza?

American Flatbread! It's available in New England, but they have it in the Whole Foods in NYC as well...

Win Tickets to Housing Works 'A Taste of Home' Celebrity Chef Benefit

Anthony Bourdain, hands down. Yes, I know he's not exactly an active chef anymore, but he's so entertaining!

Cook the Book: 'My Bread'

My favorite has to be the pretzel rolls that I bake to go with kielbasa or bratwurst! So good!

Cook the Book: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow

The immersion blender- I'm not sure how we lived without it!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Culinary Adventure Society

Food is always a main part of my travels! The one that comes to mind is our honeymoon dinner at Club Chasse et Peche in Montreal...absolutely fantastic.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

I just miss brunch! Not really a concept here in Northern New England, at least as much as it should be...

Apple-Brined and Smoked Turkey

I don't have a smoker, but I think this brine sounds wonderful. Do you think it would work to brine it and then cook in the oven? Any other suggestions are more than welcome- this is my first Thanksgiving that I won't be cooking in a tiny Manhattan apartment, so the sky's the limit!

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

Mmm....cranberry, apricot, and fig stuffing!

Embarrassing dining moment, do I go back? (Gross out caution!)

While at brunch 3 years ago in Tribeca, my (now) husband and I witnessed a grown man vomit all over the waitress station near the bathroom. He seemed relatively unfazed or embarrassed, while the rest of us were disgusted. We have always referred to that restaurant as "pukey brunch" when going through various restaurant options.

My point is, the restaurant will probably not remember you. But all the people who were there when she vomited will. Lucky for you, they probably won't eat that restaurant anymore! :) In all seriousness, she's three- it's totally forgivable. Just make sure you don't throw up!

Cook the Book: 'Dishing Up Vermont'

Well, I just moved to Vermont from New York City, so I am still discovering the wonders of the state! So far it's been Harpoon and Long Trail beer, Cabot cheese, and heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market!

Win Tickets to Blue Point Brewing Company's 10th Anniversary in Long Island

It's a tie between 120-minute IPA from Dogfish Head (DE) and Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat (VT)!

Win Tickets to Taste of Tribeca

The Bouley lunch I had on my birthday this year was phenomenal!

Served: The Ballsy Waitress

Clearly, the people who have issues with asking a guest about their tip have never worked as a server. In NYC, you generally receive little or no compensation other than your tips. When you bust your @ss for that trying table only to get a few bucks, it's frustrating. When I served (similarly, in a wine bar) I would often let it slide but there were definitely some times when I would mention it, and if you do it right no one feels awkward. It's also helpful to have a supportive manager or host to do the asking.

Cook the Book: Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook

We have friends over frequently, but just this Saturday we had two friends over for dinner, and I made a fantastic shrimp risotto with seared scallops. I was proud of it because it tasted amazing, but also because it was a recipe I had created by cobbling a few others together!

What to eat with one hand?

Thanks all, this has been really good! It seems like it would be easy to come up with ideas, but keep in mind he is eating most meals on the couch instead of sitting at a kitchen table (we live in NYC and are frequent couch eaters). I thought soup was a slam dunk, until we realized he needed one hand to hold the bowl, and one hand for the spoon. :)

Win Tickets to Thomas Keller Event This Weekend

When I was a kid, we were broke, so the only "in a bag" meals we had were the boil-in-bag frozen meals like salisbury steak and turkey with gravy! Sodium-tastic!

48 Hours in Montreal: A Guide to Eating

This is perfect- my fiance and I will be in Montreal for a mini-moon of 2 days after our wedding in 2 weeks! Thanks for the tips!

The verdict! Anne Burrell's new show - Did you watch?

I can't speak for the recipe, because I haven't tried it- but I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was super-tasty, because she is Anne Burrell and regularly makes amazing food.

However- I couldn't help but feel like I was watching a crazy person making Muppet voices. I can't imagine she is normally like that, so maybe it was nervousness/bad direction? Also, something tells me that she doesn't normally keep a "thanks for coming" bowl- it just seemed a little too RR-contrite to me.

S'Mac Birthday Means $1 Mac and Cheese for All

As of about 20 minutes ago, there is no line, and this mac is awesome. :)

In Videos: $240 Worth of Pudding on 'The State'

Hooray! I love The State! So many good food-related sketches: the mailman who delivers tacos, Blueberry Johnson, eating muppets... )


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