I'm 28 and an engineer in the suburbs of Boston. I was born and raised in a small town in NE Texas. After graduating from the Univ of Texas, I lived in LA for 1.5 years before moving to Boston.

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  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Favorite foods: TexMex, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, biscuits and gravy, smoked brisket, okra, tomatillos, winter squash, cilantro, greens, grilled pizza, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, peaches, French food

Win a Copy of 'Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen'

Win a Copy of 'Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook'

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

I would give it to my dad to use out on his grill, as he doesn't have a meat thermometer. And I would get him the black one.

Win a Copy of 'Vibrant Food'

Win a Copy of 'Mother Daughter Dishes: Reinventing Loved Classics'

My favorite is my mom's homemade peach ice cream that she makes each summer!

Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

We made these for the 4th of July, and they were wonderful! Agreed that halloumi is expensive ($10 for 8oz at my supermarket, similar to what monopod mentions above), so it will not be a regular menu item for us, but it was ridiculously good.

Enter to Win a Ham Independence Day Package From La Quercia

I ex-speck to win this competition!

Win a Copy of 'Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen'

I've never had Peruvian food!!

Why You Should Buy Tanqueray's New Old Tom Gin

Very interesting -- I will have to give this a try. A Martinez is one of my favorite cocktails using Old Tom (I currently use Hayman's).

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Cook the Book: 'The Nourished Kitchen' by Jennifer McGruther

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Win a Serious Eats Edition KettlePizza Baking Steel Combo for Father's Day!

Pepperoni and sausage!

Cook the Book: 'The VB6 Cookbook' by Mark Bittman

I actually don't cook many vegan dishes, but I would love to try more!

Cook the Book: 'Simple Thai Food' by Leela Punyaratabandhu

Bake the Book: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts

Cook the Book: 'The New Southern Table' by Brys Stephens

Bake the Book: Teeny's Tour of Pies

Cook the Book: 'Afro-Vegan' by Bryant Terry

Probably Mom's chicken spaghetti or something similar. It's East Texas comfort food.

Cook the Book: 'Yucatán' by David Sterling

Traveling through the different regions of France trying local specialties!

Bake the Book: Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop

blue bell vanilla for store-bought, butterscotch for homemade

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

Cook the Book: 'Joy of Kosher' by Jamie Geller

my first trip to a Jewish deli was such a delight! i loved it!

Cook the Book: 'The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone' by Deborah Madison

Bake the Book: Frenchie

Anyone been to Bimini?

I'm heading to Bimini island in the Bahamas in August for a friend's wedding, and I was wondering if anyone in the Serious Eats world has ever been there.

If so, are there any restaurants, bars, markets, or foods that we should be sure not to miss? I definitely want to try lots and lots of conch, but I'm having trouble finding much information about Bimini. Thanks so much!

Google Reader Interface

Is anyone else noticing some issues when reading Serious Eats through Google Reader? After going to the SE website to see the new layout, I noticed that there were lots of articles that I hadn't seen before. For some reason, only a handful of articles are showing up in my Reader feed these days. Anyone else having that problem post-redesign?

London Recommendations

My husband and I are taking a 4 day trip to London in June, and we're both fairly unfamiliar with the city. Our favorite part about traveling is the food, and we like to try local favorites and specialties, whether it's fine dining or a dive.

The problem is that I'm having trouble finding a source to guide us toward good places. I was hoping someone in the SE universe would be familiar with London and could help us out. Can anyone make some recommendations of restaurants/pubs/markets/coffee shops/etc that we shouldn't miss while we're there?

We do not know where we are staying yet, so unfortunately I can't request a particular area. I do know we'll catch a show in the West End, but otherwise recommendations in any part of the city are welcome. Thanks so much!

NYC Pizza and Bagels near Penn Station

I live in Boston, and my parents are visiting me this week from Texas. My Dad's father grew up in Manhattan, so my Dad would like to take a day trip to the city to see where his dad grew up. I've only visited New York a couple of times, so I'm quite a newbie myself.

We are taking the train down from Boston and will be staying close to Penn Station. I really want to try a good pizza place (I'm thinking traditional by-the-slice pizza) and a good bagel place, so does anyone have any recommendations for this part of town? Thanks so much! I can't tell y'all how much I appreciate the help!

Eating Out in NYC

Hey guys! I live in Boston and am taking some friends down to NYC this weekend. We'll be there all day Saturday and Sunday morning, and our hotel will be close to Times Square.

The trouble is that I've only been there once before, and I'm not really sure where we should try to eat while we are there. Does anyone have some "can't miss" suggestions? Also, we're all kind of "beer snobs" so if there are any good suggestions for bars with great beer selections, that would be great too! Thanks so much!!

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