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AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

another vote for Le Tub! I was even trying to get my parents to visit when they were down in FL this week.

How Do You Pay the Bill at Restaurants?

I find that the non-drinking, just got a salad crew are always more than happy to grab some of my appetizers, take a sip of my drink and a bite of my dessert...oh and are you going to finish that side cause mac & cheese is my FAV!

while there are certain exceptions I would say that 99.9% of the time people "put in what they owe" I end up having to stick and extra $20+ in there not to mention that in reality while they only ordered a salad they ate half of the appetizers and desserts too but since the words didn't leave their lips apparently it doesn't count on their bill? kinda of like when I eat cake in front of the fridge in the dark... if your not sitting and no one sees you it didn't really happen!

also the non-drinking crowd sometimes forgets non-alcoholic beverages at $3 each (or $5+ for an espresso etc) can really add up too.... I might sip one glass of $9 wine but your 5 cokes in the glass bottle are actually more expensive

The Complete, No-Nonsense, Slightly Neurotic Guide to Making Great Latkes

I used this recipe for my annual chrisma-anukah party and they came out amazing.... the cheesecloth helped make it so much drier so they got nice and crispy

once we got the oil up the right temp (we used a giant brazier instead of the dutch oven I usually use to fry bc the brisket was occupying it) they were fast and easy to fry... we could fit up to 9 at a time!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

I got a 6" henkel chef knife last year and so far its my favorite... but I hope to have many more in my life!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Filet Mignon Roast from Pat LaFrieda Meats

filet is my absolute fav.... been trying to get full tenderloins and cut them down myself lately

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Recchiuti Chocolate Bars

lately I can't seem to stop with the butter toffee.....covered in chocolate and nuts of course

Next SE Road Trip: Great Sandwiches in New Jersey

i just did a tasting of 8 hoboken sandwiches

my favorites were the Piccolo's Cheese Steak and Park & Sixth namesake

Best Food You've Had at a Music Festival?

short rib & cheddar covered fries from iron chef jose garces' village whiskey at DMB caravan in Atlantic City... definitely not diet food but absolutely delicious (if a bit messy for someplace where I haven't washed my hands in 12 hrs)

Kitchen Tricks: Squeeze Bottles with Built-in Recipes

if you aren't up for making your own recipes there are some pre-made glass bottles that have recipes already on them
amazon link

Kitchen Tricks: Squeeze Bottles with Built-in Recipes

if you aren't up for making your own recipes there are some pre-made glass bottles that have recipes already on them
amazon link

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Two-Pound Cowboy Chop

its hard to say which cut isn't my favorite! though steak isn't exactly like pizza there are a few in my life that I wish I hadn't

AHT Giveaway: Fatty Melt Dinner for Two at Rub BBQ in NYC

the le tub burger was amazing but I think replicating the scene would be more important than the burger

What to do with extra self-rising flour

wilma is right on..... beer bread is amazing! and don't be shy about adding scallions or cheese or bacon or anything else to it

Shopping you stick to it ???

at my normal store - like many I make my list based on whats in the circular for the week -- so its rare that I find something on sale that I wasn't expecting. I plan my meals around what is going to be on sale that week so usually there aren't many surprisese but if I see something very interesting or the broccoli etc looks bad I might sub something else for it

I don't buy cookies/crackers/cheeses and that type of stuff unless its on sale and then I stock up for parties/unexpected guests

if i go to some gourmet market however all bets are off -- I will come home with 3 types of cheese, cured meats, olives, pickles etc - basically the making of a lovely chartucherie plate which is my foodie weakness

Matzo Toffee With Almonds

requested for the 3rd year in a row from the "in-laws" in fact I was told don't worry about bringing anything else just bring lots and lots of this!

Dinner Party with a Vegetarian

pasta dishes are always great for vegetarians as well as good for the wallet

if you have a bunch of big latte type mugs (MUST BE OVEN SAFE!) you can even make individual pasta bakes which means that meat-eater can get a splash of pancetta or bacon while veggies stick to the basics here is to my blog w some ideas for that

also you can check out some other things I have done - stuffed portobella mushroom caps (some w/ and some w/o chicken sausage in the stuffing), pot pies (again some w chicken and others just vegetables)

risotto isn't really no-work but if you had it ready just about when they were coming you could stick it in the oven to stay warm for a bit... maybe have some nice seasonal asparagus or peas in it

Dinner For Unwanted Guests

we live close by friends and often have people over for after dinner drinks (cans of PBR) and tv/sports/conversation ... in general I don't mind having a full house but I do hate when the list of likes/don't likes/don't eat/diets/vegetarian/lactose intolerant/gluten free etc comes out as I am taking something out of the oven and 2 minutes away from sitting at the table

if you want to come hang out that's great, and I almost always have leftovers so if your hungry make a plate but this isn't a diner.... I don't take requests! I feel like my mother saying that but seriously if you don't like it you don't have to eat it...just don't expect me to make you something else

A Year Later, FDA Proposes Menu Labeling Requirements

I love it - it helps me make better choices even when I do want to splurge (hmmm... cookie, chocolate croissant or a giant coffee drink?) seeing those numbers makes it very real as to what I am about to eat. I don't see how this is so difficult to calculate and its not like its going to require teams and teams of food scientist - you do on a website put in all your ingredients and then divide by the number of servings.

not to mention at this time the rule only applies to stores with more than 20 locations... lets not pretend these are small mom and pop shops operating on a "shoe-string" budget

Healthy after work dinner?

I use to do a lot of uncased sausage with white beans and greens (spinach, kale whatever) or uncased sausage with pasta and tomato sauce..... add in some zucchini, peppers and onions if you want more veggies

the pasta isn't super healthy but its not terrible either if you use whole wheat

What's for Dinner, Thursday March 24

chicken thighs seared then baked w a bunch of peppers, onions, mushrooms, chipotle, cilantro chili powder etc and left over dips from a party.... bean dip as the base and cilantro sour cream as the "sauce"


hmmm just got my annual email - up to $600 this year! yikes


i think the other commenters have it pretty much covered:

the good - awesome veggies, different veggies, forced healthy meals (or they go bad), fresh from the farm, help support local farmers

the bad - not always a lot of variety, can have bad yield bc of weather/pests/animals, no picking what you like, not much cheaper than the normal farmers market

another issue I have with my CSA is its based on Stay at home Mother hours...which means that when I get home at 6 pm from working all day all that is left is the nasty smushed share that has been sitting in the sun for 8 hrs

Weekend Giveaway: 'Clean Start'

i can't wait for my CSA share to start up --- tons of veggies that I have to eat each week makes for a very different meal plan