Category Archives: Something Else

The tyranny of leftovers

Tired of turkey? Sick of stuffing? I’m writing this on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and, if you’re still struggling with leftovers, I hereby give you permission to a/pick the remaining meat off the carcass and freeze in a zip-loc bag; b/make a … Continue reading

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A tour of Saratoga mineral springs

My baker friend Tom turned me on to the Cooking Issues podcast of Dave Arnold, who is an artisanal cocktail maker in Brooklyn among many other skills. Arnold recently visited our fair city to sample and make cocktails from the ubiquitous … Continue reading

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Five most popular non-recipe posts on Burnt My Fingers

We have a few big shifts in these guys as we celebrate our fifth anniversary. What’s the best flour for baking bread? Yes, that’s a good question and we answer it along with an explanation. The sauce that made Mr. … Continue reading

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Is it okay to eat in the car?

If you are a regular Burnt My Fingers reader, you’ve surely asked yourself this question at one time or another: Is it okay to eat in the car? Of course, we’re not talking about a handful of chips or nuts, but that bahn … Continue reading

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LocalFlavor won’t honor credit requests

Like a lot of my readers, I use Groupon, LivingSocial and LocalFlavor (formerly DoubleTake Deals, and affiliated with Clipper Magazine) to save a few bucks when I go out to eat and try a new place. You pay in advance for … Continue reading

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Cheap Tricks

UPDATE: This cheap tricks post was originally about an outfit called TryTheWorld and a special offer they featured at holiday time. Apparently I misunderstood the offer, and it’s not online any more to verify. The deal is that you get … Continue reading

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What a great meal!

I put together a Yelp list of my regular dining rotation in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was embarrassed to discover I’d used the word “great” in almost every review although maybe never coming out and just saying “what a … Continue reading

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How not to close a restaurant

The middle eastern place closed down in my town. I figured this out by showing up two nights in a row at prime dinner hour and finding the door locked, the room dark, with no sign of activity. I called … Continue reading

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How do you like your olive oil to taste?

The folks at California Olive Ranch are conducting an interesting marketing experiment. In my supermarket currently are 500 ML bottles of their Extra Virgin Olive Oil, evenly distributed between olive oils that say “Mild & Buttery” and “Rich & Robust”. … Continue reading

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David Murdock, the pineapple king

While writing my recipe for Carrot Pineapple Jello I experienced the following unusual economic behavior: Unlike almost other canned fruits and vegetables, there was no store-brand alternative available in my local supermarket. Only Dole. Unlike other products which offer a … Continue reading

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