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

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

The 20 Best New Sour Beers in the World

YUM! I love sour beers! We are really enjoying the variations made by Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA. Our favorites so far are the Mainer Weisse and the Cape Codder Weisse!

Bake the Book: First Prize Pies

anything with blueberries.

Cook the Book: 'My Irish Table' by Cathal Armstrong

My ultimate meal is a beef and stout pie with a Guinness. I also have to have Irish Soda Bread!

Cook the Book: 'Kitchen Confidence' by Kelsey Nixon

Oh gosh. Probably my husband's chili or my mom's macaroni and cheese.

Which Cocktails Do You Think Are Overrated?

My favorite underrated cocktail is the Hanky Panky! Great name and delicious with just enough funk and bitterness.

Cook the Book: 'Down South' by Donald Link

chicken fried steak

Bake the Book: The Model Bakery Cookbook

crusty breads, scones, and lots of fruit-based items (tarts, etc)

Win Pop Chart Lab's 'Cooking Measurements Tea Towel'

Hmm, probably when I made zucchini olive bread. I included about double what the recipe actually called for. The bread was still pretty good but very, very zucchini heavy.

Cook the Book: 'Spain' by Jeff Koehler

Bake the Book: The Irish Pantry

We always have chili powder, green chiles, dried beans, flour, pasta,etc

Cook the Book: The 'Roberta's' Cookbook

Oh goodness, I've never thought of my recipes as creative. One of my favorites though that I made up all by myself was a rice and red quinoa salad tossed with smoked salmon.

Sugar Rush: Chocolate Ganache Cake at Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, Austin

This brought such a smile to my face this morning! I miss Quack's so much after many, many long hours spent studying there in college. My favorite was always the gingerbread, but this looks wonderful too!

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

On the grill (probably with it snowing out). Then I would probably top it with a pat of herb compound butter

Cook the Book: 'Daniel: My French Cuisine' by Daniel Boulud

Julia Child's Beef Daube

Bake the Book: Puddin'

7 Great Asian Noodle Soups in Boston

My favorite is the Nabeyaki Udon at Toraya in Arlington!

Cook the Book: 'Whole-Grain Mornings' by Megan Gordon

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: 17th Street BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Learned to smoke it ourselves since we live up in Boston these days instead of our native Texas!

Snack Time: Handi-Snacks, Revisited

These are the BEST! I also subscribe to the method of "use just enough cheese for full cracker coverage while still leaving a little to eat by itself when you're out of crackers." as some others have mentioned, I also really loved the breadstick variety!

Cook the Book: 'One Good Dish' by David Tanis

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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