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  • Favorite foods: cheese, any kind of pasta, the occasional burger, mousses or creme brulee or any creamy dessert
  • Last bite on earth: spaghetti carbonara

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Celeste: The Italian Restaurant Every Neighborhood Should Have (But Doesn't)

Celeste has been one of my favorite places in the neighborhood for years... next time, try the pasta with the shrimp and cabbage. It sounds a little strange, but it's one of the best things on the menu, in my opinion. I've even tried to recreate it at home... recipe here if you're curious.

What baked treats are you making for the holidays??

So far, I've made a couple kinds of cookies: chocolate peppermint cookies, chewy ginger cookies, and some macarons. I also made some chocolate mousse for our first family holiday dinner.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Holiday Food Gifting

Last year, I made these brandied maraschino cherries that were a big hit. They go wonderfully in manhattans or your favorite cocktail.

What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

I make turkey pot pie, it's delicious and uses up a lot of leftovers. It also freezes well unbaked, when you can't look at turkey anymore but don't want to waste it.

Weekend Cook and Tell: A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

I am also thinking about a butternut squash lasagna or maybe some butternut squash gnocchi? And I always make brandied cranberry sauce, which is a family favorite.

Weekend Cook and Tell: The Body on That Buttermilk

I use buttermilk in my sage biscuits which were pictured on photograzing here! Buttermilk is so traditional for biscuits, and these are light but buttery and delicious!

Win Two VIP Tickets to the 2012 Vendy Awards on Saturday, September 15th

Love waffles & dinges with caramel sauce and whipped cream on a cold day!

Win Two VIP Tickets to the 2012 Vendy Awards on Saturday, September 15th

Love waffles & dinges with caramel sauce and whipped cream on a cold day!

Staff Picks: What's the Best Sandwich You've Ever Eaten?

Totally impossible to choose just one...I'm sure my favorite would have to be some sort of a grilled cheese made at home with lots of cheddar or maybe taleggio and fig jam. Most memorable might be the first Thanksgiving sandwich I ever had from a little sandwich shop in Lenox, MA. Also, the porchetta sandwiches at Porchetta. And maybe my favorite breakfast sandwich of all time, pancetta, egg, and cheddar on an english muffin in the kitchen at home.

Monte's in Lynn, MA, or, Why Don't We See More Chopped Onion Slices?

That looks amazing and totally reminds me of a place in PA that I went with my grandparents when I was a little a kid many years ago. I doubt it's still around, but the memory lives...

Weekend Cook and Tell: Summer Seasonality

For savory dishes, I love doing a simple raw tomato and basil sauce over capellini. It's great for hot days when you don't want to heat up the house and fresh summer tomatoes don't need to be cooked. It's on photograzing here.

For desserts, I love the little strawberries at the farmers market. My favorite dessert is a fruit tart, and this strawberry one is a show-stopper! It's on photograzing here.

What to do with stale biscuits?

Grind them up and use for fresh breadcrumbs...the buttery texture should keep meatballs, etc nice and moist!

Dinner Tonight: Shaved Asparagus and Mint Salad (via Food52)

Thanks! That's actually my recipe on Food52! Excited to see it reposted here!

Homemade Milanos

I ended up finding powdered milk at the 3rd store...for some reason I didn't find the texture quite like milanos but the taste was similar!

If you could have one cooking item...

I'm another one wishing for better counterspace (and better kitchen lighting), but as far as gadgets go, I'm hoping for a madeleine pan and a second pair of tongs...they're the most useful kitchen instrument, but I never feel like buying them when I'm in a kitchen store surrounded by exciting things....

The Country Cooking of Italy's Favas with Pecorino

I love favas and pecorino, but I make my version of this salad with some arugula and mint to dress it up a bit. It's always the first hint that spring is coming! Luckily, in NY we still are getting some favas at the farmers market.

Melissa Roberts' Peanut Butter Noodles

One of my favorite recipes that I've made recently was similar (called sesame noodles, but basically with peanut butter as the base of the sauce). I pair the sesame noodles with chicken meatballs, and it's one of the biggest hits around the apartment. Thinking about it makes me want it tonight!

Basic Barbecue Sauce

I recently made barbeque sauce for the first time, and it was amazing. Similar to this recipe but with a few embellishments, and it's so true-- it's so quick and easy that you might as well not even bother with bottled! If you're interested in my recipe, it's here. I've tried it on chicken and burgers, can't wait to try pulled pork!

Homemade Milanos

I'm having trouble finding powdered milk, I checked 2 supermarkets already. Is there any substitute?