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my husband keeps me from killing the patio pots garden. I love all vegetarian foods I'm not allergic to (minus bell peppers, yuck). When not cooking, reading, or thinking about food I am a violist with a legal admin day job.

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  • Location: Rockville, MD
  • Favorite foods: Thai, vegetarian pho, anything curry/Indian, pizza, ice cream, sushi, Italian, Middle Eastern, civiche, Dim Sum, Kosher meatstravaganzas
  • Last bite on earth: Tasty Bite's madras lentils with perfectly cooked basmati rice and my husband's saag (really Madhur Jaffrey's recipe but with browned butter and CSA greens).

Win a Copy of 'Tacolicious'

I LOVE FISH TACOS! Mmmm, fish tacos in corn tortillas with fresh pico, chipotle mayo, shredded cabbage, and extra cilantro. YUM!

Win a Copy of 'The Ginger & White Cookbook'

Beer float with chocolate stout and vanilla chocolate swirl ice cream.

Taste Test: 1 Day, 23 Pop-Tart Flavors

Unfrosted Apple Cinnamon was my favorite, they were apple-like handpies that were mostly moocher crust, but they were eatable cold and not messy to eat in the car, important factors for HS breakfast foods!

How to Make the Crispiest Shredded Hash Browns

can SE please do a review of shredded (using a food processor or stand mixer attachment) potatoes vs. hand grated potatoes? I'm thinking specifically for latke and hash brown purposes.

Bake the Book: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts

a huge, fresh oatmeal raisin cookie

Taiwan Eats: Pan-Fried Rice Noodles

My babysitter used to make this for us when I was a kid, now I can make it too! Ultimate snow-day comfort food without having to buy greasy take-out!

What's Your Favorite Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago?

Giveaway: Win a Sunday Funday Kit from Mrs. T's Pierogies

Spring Veggies is a classic, but the smoked salmon variation sounds like a fun party food!

Coq au Vin With Veal Sausage, Thyme, and Merlot From 'Joy of Kosher'

what kind of sausage? spicy, mild, other?

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

I was vegetarian for 14 years until I met my husband and he made me fried chicken for our third date (we met at Hillel, so he thought I just at vegetarian when eating out!). Now I have 4 sets of dishes, Vegetarian (not dairy), Meat (the nicer set, for shabbat), Passover Dairy, and Passover Meat. Younger Me would totally mock Now Me.

Have You Ever Tried an Opal Apple?

These were my favorite apples in February, then they disappeared from the store! I didn't realize they don't brown at the time, but looking back I remember that they didn't when I brought a friend apple slices when she was in the hospital. What a yummy pear-like apple!

Snack Attack: What's Your Favorite Snack Cake?

TastyKake Apple Pie, or Peach Pie, or French Apple Pie --AKA apple pie with raisins in it and frosting on top. They're even better heated up in the toaster oven (or, more authentically, forgotten on the back of a volvo station wagon in the summer on the way to swim team and eaten on the way home, all smooshy and hot).

The cake ones are always too sweet, I

Wake and Bake: Sesame Flatbreads with Salted Honey Butter

OMG, that looks so tasty! The first photo made me hungry for my afternoon snack an hour early (Sunbutter and apple slices)

We Try Knudsen's New Nature's Peak Vegetable Juice Blends

I'm excited to see (after checking their website) that the green juice doesn't have any citrus in it! I'm stupidly allergic to pineapple, oranges, and grapefruits, which makes it hard to find packaged green juices that aren't insanely expensive/freshly pressed -which are delicious, just pricey.

Serious Cheese: A Cheesemonger Tells All on Picking Favorites

what, no mention of Manchego? Was there a secret limitation to only cow cheeses and not sheep. Not that I don't love cow cheeses, but I'd rather have a REALLY good cheese toast than fondue any day. Or maybe I just love bread a little bit more than cheese....

What's the Weirdest Ice Cream Flavor You've Ever Tried?

purple ubi fruit in Thailand (I ordered it because it was purple and the picture on the sign was of a brown blob and not a berry, also to weird out my brother). It was delicious, now I seek it out at every SE Asian grocery I can!

We Eat All the Sandwiches at Potbelly

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

ricotta, fresh spinach, and anchovies. OR grilled eggplant on a plain NY slice.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Boozy Eggnog Cake

try cloves, they're holiday-y too

Ask the Critic: 'A 10-Year-Old Foodie's Quest of NYC'

a visit to Zabar's (food AND upstairs gadgets) and Sahadi's or some other welcoming ethnic grocery! SE's done profiles of a few. This kid needs an awesome grocery/deli experience with samples and ingredients they may not be able to get back home. Also: Shake Shack 'Shroom Burger, skip the fries and go for 'tots and a concrete (salted caramel is my favorite, but go nuts!). The best part about being a kid is that the caloric count of your meal never matters :)

Turkey Porchetta

YUM! I'm excited that this can easily be made kosher by using a kosher turkey breast, going easy on the salt, and subbing olive oil for the melted butter. This is going to be awesome!

The Food Lab Answers All of Your Thanksgiving Questions, 2013 Edition

RE: KOSHER BUTTER SUBSTITUTES, other than kosher schmaltz (in all it's tasty poultry variations) Earth Balance is, IMO, the least gross of the butter-like substitutes and is actually pretty good on a roll. Just don't expect it to melt and brown in the same way butter would in a pan and; and be sure read the company's recommendations for which of their products to use in what instance, they really do help.

Bake the Book: The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie

pumpkin donuts stuffed with cranberry jelly, for Thanksgivikkah!

Chinese Eggplant- how do they get it so silky?

is steaming what lets the eggplant stay purple too??? When mine is cooked through in the wok it's starting to get mushy and gone from purple to brown!

too much basil (Thai and sweet/Italian)

I need more ideas using fistfulls of Thai Basil? No shellfish please (though we have access to veg/mushroom "fish sauce" for Thai cooking).

If I'd known how happy my basil plants were going to be in my suburban MD patio garden, I would have only planted 1 of each of them. As is I have 4 Thai Basil plants, 7 Genovese Basil, and 4 purple Italian plants (though they're noticeably smaller).

We're getting tired of thai-themed stirfry or Thai Basil Chicken/Tofu/Eggplant 2 nights a week, and other than making a simple syrup for cocktails I'm out of ideas for eating up the Thai Basil as quickly as it grows.

The Italian Basil is easier, pesto freezes well and watermelon season is coming up soon (basil+watermelon+feta=bite of heaven). It's also just less sharp and easier to munch on raw in salads and other lighter/summer preparations.

Any and all ideas welcome!

What should we eat and see around Traverse City/Interlochen, MI?

I'm going back to the Grand Traverse Area for the first time as an adult (IAA and IAC alumni). I've looked online and there are an overwhelming number of awesome foodie places to visit and eat at!

Moomers is obviously on the list, but ice cream alone for a week will give me a tummy ache. Where should two budget minded and adventurous vegetarians eat or visit?

(We already plan to see the Music House Museum, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan Maritime Museum, and LOTS of shows at Interlochen.)