Category Archives: Eating

Ribbon cutting day at Chester’s Smokehouse in Albany

Chester’s Smokehouse is a throwback to the days when refrigeration was spotty and every town had a smokehouse to preserve meat. It recently opened in an ungentrified district of Albany, taking over a building that allegedly housed a pretty rough … Continue reading

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How Cheese Traveler sells artisanal cheese in the land of mild provolone

Eric Paul was one of the first food people I met when I moved to upstate New York in 2008. He’d been depicted by Daniel B of FUSSYlittleBLOG as an iconic figure who roamed the land in an overcoat filled … Continue reading

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Trends from the Fancy Food Show, Winter 2016 edition

Spent two days this week at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The two unmistakeable trends were healthy snack bars, typically a combination of fruits and grain, and definitely unhealthy jerky in a blizzard of flavors and fabrications. Obviously … Continue reading

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Pickled meal in a jar!

During a stop at my local smokehouse, my attention was riveted like a raptor who’s spied a wounded stegosaurus. In a section of the cooler identified as “things not for sale” I saw a near empty glass container with a label … Continue reading

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Gochujang is the new Sriracha

2016 is going to be the year where we will all be squirting and spooning gochujang, or Korean chili paste, on our fried rice, hot dogs and what not. It’s like ketchup with an umami note, a bit of sweetness, … Continue reading

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A New Years shocker for sour slaw fans

Sour slaw is one of the most unforgiving of all foodstuffs. Too much time in the cure and it becomes wilted; too little and it has an unpleasant barnyard taste and smell. And since the cabbage itself varies from one … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Roadfood

The other day I got an email with some of the sweetest food writing I’ve seen, describing a phenomenon called Nashville Hot Chicken: “These quarters and halves are ferociously seasoned down to the bone; and their crust, which strips off in … Continue reading

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My Thanksgiving clips post

The great thing about Thanksgiving (the way we celebrate at my house anyways) is that it’s the same year after year. So, no reason to break new ground when a bunch of existing posts cover the subject well enough: We’ll cook … Continue reading

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More photos from my trip to Snow’s Barbecue

One tends to act like a deer in the headlights when one finally gets to the front of the line at Snow’s, but it’s much more than brisket and ribs. Here are few more memories from last weekend’s visit.

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Spilling the beans at Snow’s Barbecue

Another transcendent visit to Snow’s on a rainy Saturday, with my brother in law and his neophyte guests who had never had this experience before. They first wondered why you would get up early and drive 75 minutes to Lexington, … Continue reading

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