Category Archives: Eating

Father’s Day sausage: Rolf’s Pork Store vs. Chester’s Smokehouse

Residents of New York’s Capital District are fortunate to have access to several eastern European-style delis. Two of the best-known are Rolf’s Pork Store in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood and Chester’s Smokehouse near Honest Weight. I generally stop at the latter … Continue reading

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Dominic Colose and the restaurant alternative

The other night I tried the new Mediterranean menu from Dominic and Jennifer Colose of Yawning Duck. Flavors were bright, complementary and perfect for summer. But Chef Colose, recently of Chez Nous in Schenectady and before that the Wine Bar … Continue reading

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Benton’s is the piggie that just keeps on giving

In my post on Benton’s Country Hams, I noted that the “Aged Whole Country Ham Deboned & Trimmed” with product code AWCHDT promises to deliver a number of pre-sliced ham steaks plus the bone and skin wrapped separately. The latter … Continue reading

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Healthy mail order meat from ButcherBox

I tried ButcherBox because of a special offer from ChefSteps (which may still be available… read on). I give them a thumbs up for shopping if you’re in an area where healthy meat (humanely raised and free from antibiotics and … Continue reading

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Wok-Fired Croutons!

Turns out the wok is the perfect vessel for making crispy, garlicky croutons. Who knew? The method and benefits: *Start by heating olive to the smoking point, turn down a bit, add chopped garlic and toss, away from the heat, … Continue reading

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Recipe: German-Style Head Cheese (Souse)

A friend gifted me half a pig’s head so, naturally, I decided to make head cheese. It was already out of the freezer a couple of days when I picked it up so I had to move fast. I started … Continue reading

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Burger Boo

My blogging colleague Daniel B had an interesting idea: a tasting tour of seasonal burgers served at the food stands of upstate New York’s Capital District. Winterizing is expensive in this harsh climate, so many food places open only from … Continue reading

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Bella Viva Orchards: the Steph Curry of dried fruit

The other day I was in San Francisco and stopped by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to, as is my custom, stock up on dried fruit from Bella Viva Orchards. Sadly, they were out of unsulfured white nectarines. This prompted … Continue reading

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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

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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

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