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The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Prime Rib

For Christmas I bought a $100 piece of prime rib and for that amount of money I was desperate to not. mess. it. up. I used Kenji's low-temp reverse sear method and it worked beautifully. We had juicy medium-rare meat for DAYS. Thanks Kenji!

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: The Toll of Owning Your Business

Thank you for this series. I love it so much. It is not only the best thing I've ever read on SE, it's one of the best series I've ever read, period.
As a sidenote, thanks also for introducing your SE readership to shou sugi ban. My husband's big hobby is carpentry. I sent him a link to your post about using shou sugi ban in your new place. Within a week he had made me a new patio table, a new spice rack, and a pot rack, all using shou sugi ban. It is such a beautiful and functional thing.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: My 18-Hour Work Day

I too love this series. It is my favorite thing I've read on SE in a long time. Mr. Ho, time to write a book. You, sir, are fantastic.

Valentine's Day Video: HeartBeet Pasta Filled with Goat Cheese

Those are not heart-shaped. Ahem.
I too scrolled down to make sure I wasn't the only person having this thought.
Happy Valentine's day! Lady Parts Pasta for everyone!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

When I was 6, my brother brought home a plate of pernil (Caribbean roast pork) that our Puerto Rican neighbors had made by digging a giant hole in the ground and roasting a pig in banana leaves for 2 days. It was indescribably good, and my family quickly adapted the recipe for our oven. It has become an annual favorite.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

Really rich dark chocolate cake with caramel pecan frosting and dark chocolate drizzled on top. Dear lord, yes.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

The pierogies and potato pancakes from Teresa's near Court St. in Brooklyn. Light as air, unbelievably delicious.

Cook the Book: 'Gourmet Today'

My first cookbook was the Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian. I was 7 and hijacked it from my parents' cupboard before picking out a recipe that involved chicken thighs, white wine, cream, and capers. It was delicious and I still make the dish!

What Is Superman Ice Cream?

I grew up in Florida and saw it there. I'd say the flavor it most resembles is bubblegum. I was not a fan.

Frozen meals: yay or nay?

Not anymore. The aftertaste and smell that comes from the plastic and cardboard creeps me out.

Cook the Book: 'Rustic Fruit Desserts'

Strawberry rhubarb pie. No others need apply. I have loved it since I was a child and my mom would pick up a pie from Publix on Friday nights.

"Too much" cheese- 4 types in my fridge

High class mac and cheese with the gouda and goat. Roasted tomatoes (split romas tossed with olive oil and garlic and roasted on 250 for 2 hours) topped with the gorgonzola.

help me remember the name of this puffy snack!

Czken, oh lord, I know the things you're talking about -- the rasher of bacon chips. I know longer remember the brand, but I love them. I also love -- love! -- the snacks that are shaped like, and supposedly taste like, sausage (cajbaika), and also the ones that taste like chicken and potatoes. I don't know what weird chemicals they use to produce that flavor, but I don't care. They are like salty heroin.

What would you do with really ripe bananas?

Banana bread pudding with rum sauce, my friend.

Roasted Rice Powder

Cool, thanks. I think I'll try the home recipe, as I have sticky rice in the pantry.

help me remember the name of this puffy snack!

I've seen something like this in Asian countries. Any chance it's Asian? I've also seen it in the Czech Republic, where they were called something like Arasidy Puf or Arasidy Tycinky.

Needed: a meal that would win a man's heart!

I have won hearts with drunken Thai noodles and steamed broccoli with yuzu and garlic.

Costco Will Accept Food Stamps at Two NYC Locations

JerzeeTomato, your comments are idiotic. The Costco membership fee is $50, but the food savings from shopping there over the course of a year equal far more than the membership fee. Which means that, if the impoverished family receiving food stamps can scratch up the $50 fee (which the government does not and will not pay for), then that family can actually make taxpayers' money go farther on their $200 or so per month in food stamps, thus (possibly) obviating the need for further increases in assistance. Why should a poor family have to pay $5/pound for hamburger at Fairway here in NYC when they can get it for $2/pound at Costco?
And the ability to pay $50 PER YEAR for a Costco membership doesn't mean that family doesn't deserve food asistance! The ability to pay $50 doesn't meant they don't need the $2400 or so they get for the year. And there are a lot of reasons why poor people might want a Costco membership. For instance, I am recently unemployed and don't have a penny to spare at the moment, but I pay for a Costco membership in part because of the food savings and in part because I don't have vision insurance and it's the absolute cheapest place for me to get eyeglasses.
And lastly, let me add that your comments about people who "have a slew of kids" are hurtful and ignorant. Most people on foodstamps don't have a slew of kids. Food stamp recipients range from the single to families to the elderly -- some of them have suffered misfortunes, and some of them are just plain struggling.

Sesame Cupcakes

Ooh, the ginger's a great idea. I'm going with orange-ginger, i think. Thanks guys!

I Caved In and Ate Grocery Store Fried Chicken - Yuck!

You clearly were not eating Publix fried chicken, which is pretty much poultry crack. God, that stuff is so amazing.

Cook the Book: 'Bottega Favorita' by Frank Stitt

Penne with ricotta, lemon zest, bacon, and spinach. Lots of cracked black pepper. Replace lemon zest with a dash of balsamic if you like.

Served: The Ballsy Waitress

I have been one of those customers! Sometimes, particularly when it's a big group of peope, the math gets wonky and the tip gets miscalculated. The one time it happened, the waitress did exactly what you did. We took a look at the bill and a look at the tip, and then realized we were shorting her a well-earned $20. I was so glad she spoke up -- I would have hated to be an inadvertent miser. I always pride myself on giving decent tips because I know that serving is a tough job.

Has Anyone Had Sister Schubert's Rolls or Marshall's Biscuits?

Oh yes. My Floridian mother swears by Sister Schubert's breakfast rolls. We are particularly fond of the orange ones, though the blueberry are also spectacular.

Serious Screwup?

It will probably taste just fine -- maybe it will have a slight olive taste, but as long as you're OK with that, it's good. Taste if later on today and if you're concerned, I would add several chopped up, sauteed garlic cloves and about a half cup of red wine. Those are both flavors that will go with the rest and will help tone down the olive flavor.You can also try adding half a teaspoon of dried thyme leaves or a few bay leaves.
Not anywhere near the worst screwup I've heard of!


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