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If You Could Only Drink One Beer Forever...

I'm a die-hard boozy 100xIPA kind of guy, but if I had to choose only ONE beer to drink forever, it'd be Sam Smith's Winter Welcome. Impossibly drinkable, and for a seasonal beer, the quality has been quite consistent over the last 20 years.

Nov 03, 2014
kebyar in Beer

Stellar cocktail recommendations needed

Middle Branch, 154 E 33rd St. (or Milk & Honey or Little Branch, but I like Middle a bit better). Hard to find, tough to beat.

Aug 28, 2014
kebyar in Manhattan

Roasting joint for Chilli?

I tend to use a combination of a bit of chuck roast and short ribs, with a few segments of oxtail thrown in for added beefiness (just tear off the usable bits at the end and throw the rest out). Would that be more cost-effective?

You certainly have to skim off some fat (like a lot), but the end result is worth it, I think.

Aug 25, 2014
kebyar in Home Cooking

Substitution for flour in cream sauce?

You could also go with an Arrowroot slurry...

Jun 25, 2014
kebyar in Home Cooking

Smoke and BBQ, California Style

Incredibly nitpicky point of order, but I knew Lou Harrison, and he was a vegetarian. But he certainly wouldn't begrudge anyone a good plate of BBQ!

May 21, 2014
kebyar in Features

At the end of my rope -- please help

This gives you some great, easy go-to technique...not just for curry, read the notes at the bottom to adapt this for multiple uses.

May 07, 2014
kebyar in Home Cooking

What to make with 20 drumsticks

Chicken Savoy!
Works best with skin-on dark meat of both varieties.

Apr 08, 2014
kebyar in Home Cooking

Soup Skimmer

I find it a bit easier (if using a ladle) to prop the pot up on some towels or potholders, then skim from the "shallow" side.

Jan 31, 2014
kebyar in Cookware

Dinner near Barclay's Center in Brooklyn

I like Berlyn ( a block or so north on Lafayette, across from BAM.

Sep 27, 2013
kebyar in Outer Boroughs

Vietnamese Lamb Chops

I made these tonight, and they were exceptionally good. Not quite as pretty as the picture, but cooked perfectly. I would advise marinating in a zip-top bag (which I did) and using a liner of some sort in your cooking vessel (which I didn't...just finished a life-or-death struggle with the Corningware dish and a magic eraser...victorious). Might back off on the fish sauce by an ounce or two next time, but highly recommended.

Sep 24, 2013
kebyar in Recipes

Chow Supertaster cancelled

This ain't right. The videos have been much better over the last 2+ years, but James was the glue that held them together, IMHO. Big mistake. I'm sure Chow's CBS overlords and their focus groups have something much more bland in store. Maybe another homey Rachael Ray-esque personality who'll make everyone feel good about themselves while using a can of Duncan Hines frosting and will test well in the high-disposable income demographic.

What are you baking these days? June 2013 edition (thru June 26th)

Flatbread with herbs on the grill.

Jun 18, 2013
kebyar in Home Cooking

Hot2Go!: Laziest Coffee in the World

I think the old Wolfgang Puck self-heating coffee-like beverages from about ten (?) years back were slightly lazier. Didn't even need the microwave thanks to a napalm-hot potentially lethal chemical reaction. I think they were all recalled because of....well....their napalm-hot potentially lethal chemical reaction.

May 04, 2012
kebyar in Features

Ann Arbor/ Detroit Area Birthday Weekend

Writing as a frequent visitor to this area from just inside the Ohio border...

Can't speak for accommodations or attractions, but the Dark Horse Brewery/taproom is in Marshall, barely 40 miles to the west. Some of the best brewpub action you'll find outside of Ann Arbor (but not as far as Bell's or Founder's in Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids).

Plenty of accommodations and attractions in Detroit....I can't go to a Tigers or Lions game without a visit to Slow's BBQ (again with a great beer list). Also the Cadieux Cafe on the lower east side is a gem if your boyfriend is into the whole Belgian beer thing....incredible Belgian food, too (mussels, et al). Michael Symon's Roast in downtown DTW (ignore the creepy post-apocalyptic 'does anyone live/work down here?' vibe) is also really, REALLY good.

Apr 03, 2012
kebyar in Great Lakes

Passover Etiquette Dilemmas

I'm sorry, but if you're inviting a non-believer to your Seder (or any other religious feast/observance/etc), you should probably do everything in your power to prepare them for how long the thing is going to be, and exactly what it entails. As for saying "how annoyingly WASPy can a question get" (looking at you, misterkot), some people have children and babysitters to deal with, and having to leave early isn't necessarily dictated by "boredom" but by "responsibility." I've been to two very long Seders and one very, very, VERY long Brahmin wedding, but each time my hosts made it incredibly clear what I was getting myself into. Doesn't sound like that was the case here.

Mar 20, 2012
kebyar in Features

Simple food which you love

1.) Garlic bread. Even bad frozen garlic bread.
2.) this one might raise an eyebrow or two, but it s from my childhood.....Campbell's Chicken and Stars soup and a bologna sandwich. Cut the sandwich into little bite-size squares, smoosh them so they don't fall apart, and drop them into the soup. Repeat. A rare occurrence now....
3.) Wasa light rye crispbread (or good seedless rye bread) with a smear of butter and some rolled-up ham.

Dec 10, 2011
kebyar in General Topics

Cutting Butter Into Flour--What Instrument Do You Use and Why for Pie Dough

Hands. Takes longer, but you have absolute control. And you develop Popeye forearms, so there's that, too.

Dec 06, 2011
kebyar in Home Cooking

The White Castle Slider and Other Dark Moments in Burger History

Sorry, but I still love the occasional sack o' sliders. I know they're not good, even vaguely terrible, but my dad used to surprise me a couple of times every summer when I was a kid and home from school, taking half a day off work to take me to White Castle and then a movie ('The Empire Strikes Back' being a particularly memorable instance). Maybe twice each summer, but it meant an awful lot to me as a kid. So they're beneath the contempt of the average self-proclaimed 'foodie,' so what? Your snark is not welcome here.

Sep 15, 2011
kebyar in Features

Back in Chicago after 30 years - where should we go?

If you can't get a Bayless reservation at Frontera/Topo, for the love of all that's holy, go to XOCO, Rick's sandwich place on the northeast corner of his empire. the food is absolutely jaw-droppingly good, and the fresh churros and hot chocolate made-to-order will bring you to your knees. Even for breakfast.

May 23, 2011
kebyar in Chicago Area

The Best Holiday Seasonal Beers of 2010

Hear hear. Moved and seconded.
Also Southern Tier Krampus. Had it on tap this week and it was a life-altering experience.

Dec 21, 2010
kebyar in Features

Best Corned Beef Sandwich in Michigan...

Yeah, got to go with Zingerman's. YES, it's a little on the expensive side, but they can also probably tell you the name of the cow your corned beef came from. If you're into that sort of thing.

Sep 07, 2010
kebyar in Great Lakes

single serve coffee--who's the best? Senseo, Keurig,Tassimo?

I got a Keurig for work in an attempt to cut out my daily coffee runs to the local nautically-themed national chain that will remain nameless; it certainly isn't 'coffeehouse' coffee, but it's certainly better than the slightly caffeinated brown water they brew in my faculty break room. I also appreciate, as someone who left Oregon for a job in Ohio, that you can get Coffee People coffee pods; the Black Tiger isn't QUITE what it was in the Northwest, but a welcome enough reminder!

Aug 17, 2010
kebyar in Cookware

Where to take an 8-year-old budding foodie?

I had two great meals at Bar American (as in Bobby Flay's) last week, and observed several children of that age amongst the other patrons, having a grand old time. The staff is certainly warm and accommodating, and the food isn't <too> far out for an ambitious 8-year old (personal note: the Monday fried chicken special is really, really good).

Also, just because I never get tired of talking about it, the liege waffles from Wafels and Dinges waffle truck (different locations every day, posted online and Twitter) are about the best darn things I've ever shoved in my pie hole. I would have wanted to run away and join them, like the circus, when I was 8 or 9!

Jul 19, 2010
kebyar in Manhattan

Post-graduation dinner, Chicago recommendations

Hmmm.....want to show off Chicago, and I'll assume you don't want to go the Morton's/Ruth's Chris/ubitquitous a la carte steakhouse route...
Well, call me crazy (and I'm sure some holier-than-thou 'how dare you' foodie will), but I've never had a bad meal at Ditka's. Can't get much more Chi than that. Pork chops. 'Nuff said.

May 25, 2010
kebyar in Chicago Area