Category Archives: Eating

How to eat dandelions

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 at all … 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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Cooking with vinegar?!

Enter “vinegar” into the search box at right and just about the entire blog will pop up… seems like it’s almost impossible for me to cook without acetic acid (or its BFF, citric acid). In the spirit of TBT*, here’s … Continue reading

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How to make NYC pushcart-style hot dogs at home

I bought the above hot dog from a Sabrett’s cart in New York City last week. It was a good value at $2 but otherwise unremarkable except for one element. You could totally replicate the bun, the dog itself, the mustard … Continue reading

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How to reuse pickle juice

Don’t you hate it when people use the same word to describe two completely different things? “Grilling” is an example. It’s cooking things on a grill, obviously, but many say “grilling” when they refer to the process of frying on … Continue reading

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Corned Beef is on sale! Here’s what to do with it.

The best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is not the green beer, but the ridiculous loss-leader prices on corned beef. I like to stock up on a few points and flats for future experimentation. Here are a couple that have … Continue reading

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In praise of processed cole slaw

You know I love cole slaw in all its forms… and that even extends to the pre-packaged stuff you see in your grocer’s cold case. I was reminded of this recently when my local ran a BOGO special from the … Continue reading

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