Author Archives: Burnt My Fingers

Amazon’s Prime Sweets Button

What if you could press a button and, two days later, a box of delicious ribs and brisket showed up at your door? And each box was from one of America’s finest pitmasters? Would that be something you could get … Continue reading

Posted in Eating, Something Else | Tagged | Leave a comment

Why I hate restaurant coupons

I’ve pretty much stopped using restaurant coupons—those pay-in-advance online purchases through Groupon, LivingSocial or LocalFlavor which typically take 50% off the price of your meal. Part of the problem is the bad juju fostered by LocalFlavor, which I’ve written about … Continue reading

Posted in Eating | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Food for Thought: Teff Love

I blundered on Kittee Berns’ Teff Love on Amazon while looking for injera recipes. I don’t think I have ever seen such glowing reviews for a book. I bought it, and committed to sourcing some of the ingredients like ajiwan … Continue reading

Posted in Food for Thought | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Recipe: Different Wilted Lettuce

Another from the Pi Beta Phi Cookbook, contributed by Helen Rounds of Athens, Ohio. What makes this different wilted lettuce “different” is the addition of a beaten egg. Mrs. Rounds added it along with the other liquids, but that would … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes, Sides | Tagged | Leave a comment

Recipe: Harvard Beets

Harvard Beets is one of those grandma holiday side dishes that’s actually quite delicious, especially if you improve it with a bit of orange marmalade like I did. Based on Jean Trevor’s recipe in the Pi Beta Phi cookbook which I really … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes, Sides | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Live Uni: one and done

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I indulged in a bucket-list checkoff: ordering live uni from Santa Barbara Fish Market. Overnight shipping is a ridiculously cheap $9.95, to California addresses only. (Elsewhere it’s $49.95.) The sea urchins themselves are … Continue reading

Posted in Eating | Tagged , | Leave a comment

How to order steak in a seafood restaurant

Yelp has a lot of good insights, but there are a few bozos lurking here and there. Among them are people who go to a restaurant that is known for one particular type of cuisine, order something completely different, then … Continue reading

Posted in Eating | Tagged | Leave a comment

Recipe: Texas Barbecue Beans

This formula is as close as I can get to the manna served at Snow’s without putting you in the pickup and driving to Lexington, TX. These are Texas barbecue beans, not “barbecued’ because no smoking is involved. Serves 8-10. … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes, Sides | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Albany shows how to do Restaurant Week right

Local Upstate NY chef Dominic Colose writes a lively blog in which, among other topics, he rails against restaurant weeks. He feels they pack his establishment with loutish bottom feeders (my words; he’s more polite) who swoop in for the … Continue reading

Posted in Eating, Events | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Benton’s Country Hams make mighty good eating

I was watching a cooking show on TV, probably the excellent “Mind of a Chef” season with Ed Lee, when it occurred to me I had not eaten any country ham in way too long. Thank goodness we have the … Continue reading

Posted in Eating | Tagged , | 1 Comment