An avid eater, medical student, and former dancer learning to cook to fuel my passion for eating!

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The Buttery Truth Behind Portland, OR's Best Doughnuts

Thank you for featuring Blue Star! Whenever people come to visit, they always want to go to Voodoo, but I tell them that it's just a gimmick, but Blue Star is where the true deliciousness is at. I love their doughnuts!

The Food Lab: The Science of Pie Dough

Holy blueberry peach pie, Batman! This was the best pie crust I've ever had! EVER! Thank you so much for this incredible (and incredibly easy) recipe! this is why the food lab column is my favorite!

Cook the Book: 'The Country Cooking of Italy'

Pasta. Not too hard, and I already have the maker.

Knead the Book: Kneadlessly Simple

My favorite is a crispy and chewy ciabatta. Yum!

Cook the Book: 'Home Cooking with Jean-Georges'

A simple salad with perfectly cooked and seasoned fish. Yum

Announcing Serious Eats Chicago

Yes! I'm so excited about this happening!

Cook the Book: 'Cooking Without Borders'

I like it! I think it's a very creative way to explore cuisine. Just not when they are claiming to be authentically one thing or the other.

Labor Day Giveaway: Tenderloin Filets and Cedar Grilling Planks

I just bought my boyfriend a smoker for his birthday and we've been making some amazing ribs on it! Pure joy!

Cook the Book: 'The Glorious Pasta of Italy'

Wild boar ragu on gnocchi at spiaggia in Chicago. Mmmmm....

Cook the Book: 'Salad as a Meal'

Seared Salmon Salad with Miso Vinaigrette!

Cook the Book: 'The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat'

After reading an omnivore's dilemma, I try to make more deliberate choices when buying meat.

The Burger Lab: How To Make Any Cheese Melt Like American (Almost)

This is incredible! I have the same question as wee eats, though. Could this hold up as a thick dipping sauce?

Sunday Brunch: Green Eggs and Ham

This looks great! And way healthier than the traditional way of doing green eggs and ham...with copious food dye!

Spice Hunting: 10 Ways to Pair Spices with Summer Fruit

I saw that you mentioned amchoor! Another common pairing in India is chaat masala with any tart-sweet fruit like guava and apples. In fact, at some street stalls they sell you cut guavas sprinkled with chaat masala without the option to get the guava plain!

Drink the Book Giveaway: 'Homemade Soda'

I had an amazing pink peppercorn and thyme soda at Green Zebra in Chicago. I'd love to recreate it at home.

Sunday Brunch: Eggy Bread

My parents make a wonderful, Indian version of this that they, amusingly, call "Indian French Toast." They make a basic Indian omlette mix (eggs, onion, cilantro, chilies) and dip bread into it and cook it in the same manner and eat it with ketchup. It's delicious!

Goodbye, Dumpling

Kenji, I'm so sorry for your loss. Clicking through the weekly slideshow was such a joy because of Dumpling's adorable face. I'm so sorry.

It's Almost Corn Season! Charred Corn and Zucchini Tacos

This looks amazing!

The way that I usually char corn is directly on the stove on the gas flame. That's the way my grandma made it for me when I was growing up. She would peel back the husk, and twist it up to use it like a handle, and continuously rotate it over the fire. It's delicious and just takes only a few minutes! It gets nice and split and stays smoky and sweet.

My Latest Obsession: Baby Bananas

These are the types of bananas that I eat when I'm in India! They are the best. I entirely agree with you about sizing, one normal banana is way too big for me, but one tiny banana is the perfect amount! Love them!

Cook the Book: 'Super Natural Every Day'

Big chopped salads with whatever fresh veggies I have in the fridge that can be eaten raw.

Cook the Book: 'The Book of New Israeli Food'

I was in Israel two summers ago. Everything I ate was delicious and super fresh. I also got addicted to a eggplant dip that I ate at every opportunity I got. It was delicious!


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