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Can We Talk About Ice Cream Cones?

Sorry for the typo ... that should (of course) say "occasional" ... oops!

Can We Talk About Ice Cream Cones?

With the exception of the occasionaly Big Gay Ice Cream Salty Pimp, I'll only eat ice cream cones from Doumar's in Norfolk, VA. It's an absolute must stop every time we visit my in-laws, and earlier this year, we brought back a big container of them, which we're eating slowly.

Ask the Critic: What Celebrity Chef Restaurants Are Really Worth It?

Del Posto for a week-day lunch. I've seen both Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich there on different occasions, and the food and service for the price price are a great deal.

Hummingbird Pudding Cake

Could a can of pineapple in juice be substituted? The kind in syrup is way too sweet for me. Thanks!

Taste Test: The Best Italian Combo Sandwich in Little Italy

The best Italian combo is at Casa della Mozzarella on Arthur Avenue!

Ask the Critic: Actually-Good Pre-Theater Dining, Central Park Picnic

The problem (which, I've had) with Don Antonio pre-theater is that they don't take reservations, and get crowded very quickly. We got there at 6 thinking that should have been plenty of time for dinner, but had to wait 40 minutes for a table for 2. Our waiter worked with us to get us out the door in time for an 8pm show, but we had to wolf down our food to do it.

The Pizza Lab: The Best French Bread Pizza

Thank you for the recipe for my favorite item from the Hot Truck, a WGC (Wet Garlic Bread with Cheese!)

Bake the Book: Nigellissima

Zabaglione and pignoli tarts (with marzapan filling).

UES dessert spots?

I second Two Little Red Hens.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

My first "Cheeseburger in Paradise" actually in paradise ... at Margaritaville in Montego Bay, out on the deck overlooking the bay. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the sun was on my back until I had a wicked sunburn, but it was still my best burger memory!

Homemade Biscoff

Is the soy flour necessary? It's such a small amount of something that I'm not sure I'd use frequently, so I'm not sure I'd want to buy it. Can anything else be substituted that might be more common?

Knead the Book: 'The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking'

I just made croissants for the first time this weekend, and I'm hooked. I'd love to master them.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Daily, with milk and splenda. If it's good quality coffee (like the blue mountain I brought back from Jamaica), then just milk.

A Cookie A Day: 'One Sweet Cookie'

I make 3-color (rainbow cookies), chocolate chip, double chocolate hazelnut biscotti, peanut butter blossoms, pecan crescents, cherry almond shortbread, and gingerbread (all together, its about 50 dozen cookies.) These go to the landlord, the neighbors, the mailman, the dry cleaner, the guy that cuts my hair, and I bring a big tray to work.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

milk and splenda (horrid, I know, but I can't have sugar, and I need it a little sweetened.)

Searcing for wood sawdust

oops. That should say "searching"...

Best Rainbow Cookies - NY Metro Area

Torrisi has the only rainbow cookies that I like. All others that I've tried have been too dry, or the flavor has been cardboard-like.

For the record, I make my own every Chrismas, and my co-workers and neighbors start hounding me about them at the end of November, so I'm hard to please.