Category Archives: Eating

Judging BBQ at Troy Pig Out

Last Saturday I judged the team barbecue competition at Troy Pig Out in upstate New York, for the second year in a row. One of the seasoned judges shared some tips he learned from his KCBS mentor, and they’re good … Continue reading

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Curd Nerd Utopia at NYC Cheesemonger Invitational

Ryan Skrabalak is a cheesemonger at Cheese Traveler, a wonderful shop in the DelSo district of Albany, NY. In this guest post, he shares an insider’s look at the Cheesemonger Invitational, an event held in tandem with the New York Fancy … Continue reading

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Snows-style BBQ brisket for 4th of July

For the 4th of July meal, I decided to try Snow’s BBQ brisket technique as described by pit boss Kerry: rub the meat all over with salt with some pepper mixed in (I used about a 1/5 ratio) and let it … Continue reading

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On the floor at the New York Fancy Food Show 2016

This year I saw the Summer Fancy Food Show from a different perspective compared to previous visits. I was a guest of the team from Putnam Market, an excellent source of gourmet takeout and boutique food specialties in my home … Continue reading

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These ain’t no burnt ends

A friend alerted me to the “burnt ends” being served by a local barbecue emporium. He showed me a dark photo in which the pieces were suspiciously large and uniform. I also noticed they’re a regular menu item, always a bad … Continue reading

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How to eat dandelions

Hindbeh recipe I was looking for spring ramps in the Adirondacks last weekend and instead found a bounty of dandelions. Dandelions in all stages of growth: from barely recognizable to robust and flower-less to flowering to puffball. I picked specimens … Continue reading

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A rating system for great barbecue (in Texas and elsewhere)

It’s been a while since I published my list of factors I consider in rating barbecue, and we’ve got a bunch of new readers, so let’s take a fresh look. Especially because I will be in Austin over Memorial Day … Continue reading

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Oh Ricey Pho Bo (instant pho)

I am a pho fanatic (who refuses to say “pho-natic”) so was interested in the run down of instant pho packets in the latest Lucky Peach. Fortunately their top rated choice, Oh Ricey, was available at my Asian Supermarket so … Continue reading

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Chasing down Cornell Chicken at Brooks Barbecue

Since my exploration of Cornell Chicken I have had the good fortune to eat at the original Brooks Barbecue in Oneonta, NY. This is truly a temple of cuisine—winner of a James Beard Award for excellence in a regional restaurant—and … Continue reading

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2 new tools for pickling and home fermentation

When I did a round up of pickling techniques a couple years back, I gently scoffed at those airlock gewgaws which sit on top of a wide mouth mason jar. But now I have a two-pack of FARMcurious mold-free airlock … Continue reading

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