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Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

I see that now. Sometimes my pedantry locks my sense of humor in a closet and won't let it out.

about 9 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

<ps.. pickling is so cool. I have not worked the nerve up yet.>

Fermentation pickling can go south on you, but quick pickling (which is what I'll do to the ramps) is almost absurdly easy. If you can measure ingredients and boil water, you already have the necessary skills.

about 9 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

I'm so glad you asked. One third will be this:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

One third will get grilled. And the rest, I'll pickle and save for my next dinner-of-cold-things.

about 11 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

I'm very pleased. Only one vendor had them, but she had plenty. And I didn't make it over there 'til 1:30 - she must've had a veritable mountain of ramps this morning.

about 12 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

Here is a $4 bunch of ramps I bought at Union Square today. As you can see, it's 3.9 oz, so about $16.50/lb.

about 13 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

A hydroponic (i.e., artificial) field of wild ramps is an oxymoron. I think - and someone please correct me if I'm wrong - that ramps are foraged rather than cultivated, which is one reason they're pricey. That, and the hype. Fortunately, I can afford to spend $10ish dollars on ramps every spring, which is all I really want anyway. They're just the prelude to asparagus, as far as I'm concerned.

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

We're on the same RAMPage.

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

Yes, once more vendors start selling ramps, the price should drop. But it's also possible that I remember wrong. Thanks for your firsthand report.

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

Fairway is out of control. According to Lucy's Greenmarket Report, Mountain Sweet Berry had ramps this past Saturday at Union Square. I'm pretty sure they were about $15/lb last year.

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan

Not your mother's Gefilte fish

<Every year, I wonder who buys those jars???

Me. I like jarred gefilte fish. A lot. I've tried some upscale versions, like Russ & Daughters and Gefilteria. They're okay, but they don't taste "right" to me, the way onion dip made from scratch doesn't taste like the Lipton's soup mix kind, and fresh-squeezed vegetable juice doesn't taste like V8. So while I'm sure I would very much enjoy the salmon and halibut Passover terrine, it would not be what I'm in the mood for when I'm in the mood for gefilte fish.

1 day ago
small h in Home Cooking

Double carbs - or carbs with a carb filling... is that wrong?

And of course, the chip butty.

Apr 21, 2014
small h in General Topics
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Double carbs - or carbs with a carb filling... is that wrong?

And once your partner has acclimated to the existence of pierogi, you can bring him to meet the knish.

Apr 21, 2014
small h in General Topics
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General Mills - "No Sue"

I do like how fast the backlash happens, allowing me and my short attention span to immediately begin searching for the next outrage.

Apr 20, 2014
small h in Food Media & News

General Mills - "No Sue"

I didn't realize it was up to me, but sure, you have my permission. Go forth and consume the GM foods of your choice.

Apr 20, 2014
small h in Food Media & News

Dimes Makes a Very Good Breakfast Sandwich

Is Dimes the place for you? Yes, if you want a very satisfying breakfast sandwich, with perfectly scrambled eggs, cheddar, avocado and pickled peppers. Also very good hot sauce, if you like your hot sauce on the sweet side and not all that hot, as I sometimes do. But you also have to enjoy being thisclose to the table next to you, and not mind paying $5 for a thimble of (admittedly excellent) juice, or being served by women who appear to be sleepwalking.

Apr 20, 2014
small h in Manhattan

General Mills - "No Sue"

General Mills says, "Never mind."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/bus...

That was quick.

Apr 20, 2014
small h in Food Media & News
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"Just eat it, you'll like it"

There's a mainstream part? I have much to learn.

Apr 17, 2014
small h in Not About Food
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"Just eat it, you'll like it"

My point - which I'm sure you got, I just feel the need to make it again - is that what we do with our bodies is our business and no one else's (obviously I'm not planning to run on the Republican ticket any time soon).

Apr 17, 2014
small h in Not About Food
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"Just eat it, you'll like it"

I wonder how you would respond to someone who described herself as sex-venturous and wanted to help you be that way, too. Someone who enjoyed listening to you explain why you can't/don't engage in a certain sex act, or why you decline to have sex with a particular person. Someone who insisted on learning the "real reason" why, because after all, you might SAY you're monogamous, but people cheat all the time. And you might SAY you only have sex with people of the opposite gender, but maybe that's because you've never tried having sex with people of your gender. Would you acquiesce, as you seem to hope others will to your food-venturous doggedness?

Apr 17, 2014
small h in Not About Food
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How To Eat An Apple

Maybe in my next life, if I come back as a horse. In my current human form, I'm going to continue not eating the core and the seeds.

Apr 16, 2014
small h in General Topics

kossar's

They're open on Saturday now, and the quality is a little better, I think.

Apr 13, 2014
small h in Manhattan

Tomatoes 2014

I plant in 3" peat pots, 2 seeds per pot. I start hardening off at the beginning of May, and a couple of weeks later I put them outside, some in containers on my balcony, and some in the ground at our weekend place. I'm only about 70% as successful at growing things as I'd like to be, but I'm also not willing to do much more work to get better.

@gilmlis1mum: Glad to know that the Bloody Butchers are productive. I could definitely use a better yield from my full size tomatoes. I got about a million grape tomatoes last year, so no problem in that department.

Apr 10, 2014
small h in Gardening

Is anyone taking this course with the old NY times restaurant critic ????

I don't know. Can you remember that far back?

Bruni's point isn't really about youth. It's about nichification, and that affects all ages. You weren't nichified in the '60s, 'cause there weren't as many niches.

Apr 09, 2014
small h in Manhattan
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UES Ramen with kids

A couple of years back, someone I don't see on the boards anymore recommended Tatany for its cooked dishes. One of these days I'll check it out. Discussion here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7635...

Apr 09, 2014
small h in Manhattan

UES Ramen with kids

I haven't found a really good noodle soup place on the UES (Tatany's ramen is pretty lousy). Vermicelli and Tang Pavilion both have noodle soups, and they're both alright. Neither is Japanese, though. I think you can watch the cooks make dumplings at Tang's.

http://vermicellinyc.com/index.html
http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Apr 09, 2014
small h in Manhattan

pet peeves for other 'foodies'

Not a pet peeve, exactly, but I'm mystified by people who refuse to eat certain foods because they're trendy. To me, that's no different from insisting on eating certain foods because they're trendy. Either way, those people are letting someone else limit their choices.

Apr 09, 2014
small h in Not About Food
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Is anyone taking this course with the old NY times restaurant critic ????

Maybe not. Here he is being all old and stuff, bitching about these kids today and their crazy inability to understand his references.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/opi...

Apr 09, 2014
small h in Manhattan

Sales tax on food consumed at the bar

The tax is the same at the bar as it is at a table. I have been asked to settle bar tabs before moving to the dining room, which I assume is to ensure that the bartender gets tipped, as you said. But it's rare.

Apr 09, 2014
small h in Manhattan

Online Menus...How often should they be updated?

Is there a correct answer other than "whenever the menu changes"?

Apr 08, 2014
small h in Food Media & News
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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

A bagel with a schmear ain't going anywhere. And I don't mind the thing you're talking about, either. It's just sauce on the bottom instead of the top. If you don't like it, drag your food through the sauce and then flip it over. Problem solved.

Apr 05, 2014
small h in General Topics
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