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How to eradicate tiny black bugs on my potted cucumbers

Thanks very much. I get the standard green aphids on my eggplants, and those are easily eradicated with neem oil, which is why I thought the cucumber bugs might not be aphids as they are smaller and black and neem oil doesn't seem to harm them. I'll grab a tweezer and see if I can't get rid of them the old-fashioned way.

about 6 hours ago
small h in Gardening

Biggest, most expensive bullshit at a fine dining restaurant.

I was just thinking of that movie the other night, the scene in which Griffin Mill sends his water back because it's in a red wine glass, and he wants it in a water glass.

about 16 hours ago
small h in Not About Food
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Moving to New York from the UK. Shopping advice needed!

The chile relleno is also very good, but it's not always available.

about 18 hours ago
small h in Manhattan
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Here's some old (possibly stinky) intel. When Hou Yi was on Eldridge St. - it's since moved to Hester - there was a whole page of "crispy smelled bean curd" dishes on the menu. Jim Leff and I both saw it, neither of us ordered it, and I have no idea whether those dishes are on the current menu. But if you're in the area, maybe check it out:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8485...

1 day ago
small h in Manhattan

How to eradicate tiny black bugs on my potted cucumbers

They are poppy-seed-size, round, and immobile. My research indicates that they might be flea beetles, but they don't jump or even crawl. They are on the undersides of the leaves, and to a lesser extent on the flowers and fruit.

The plant is still in pretty good shape, but some of the leaves are yellowed and/or "scorched," and I think some of the fruit is yellowing, too (although those could just be un-pollinated). I've tried neem oil, which doesn't seem to do anything.

Thanks in advance for any information or help you can provide. The plants live on my balcony, so I can't throw ladybugs at them or anything like that. There's a bumble bee that comes by a few times a day, but no other visitors.

1 day ago
small h in Gardening

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

You are seriously misinformed about Roundup. Roundup is an herbicide, and it is not being "genetically engineered into" anything. Rather, certain crops are modified to be resistant to Roundup, meaning that Roundup can be sprayed on those crops without killing the crops (it just kills the weeds).

Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, I cannot say. But it is a true thing. More info (from a reputable source) here:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/20...

Jul 24, 2015
small h in General Topics
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Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

I devoutly hope there will be at least one show devoted to Pastafarianism.

Pea soup

My point is that I didn't realize butter was the worse choice until I tried it. I see that your pea soup recipe calls for either butter or olive oil. I advise you to use olive oil rather than butter if you plan to serve the soup cold.

Jul 24, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Pea soup

If those are the only ingredients, I don't see a problem. But if there's a fat involved, I suggest you go with oil instead of butter. In my opinion, cold soups made with butter are kind of gross. I just made one - an otherwise perfectly fine celery soup - which is how I know.

Jul 23, 2015
small h in Home Cooking
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Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Cautiously optimistic. I will explore this option. But the cheese needs to be American, and Parisi may be too fancy for that.

And not to put too fine a point on it (too late for that, I know), it should be an egg & cheese sandwich + potato, not a potato & egg sandwich + cheese. Patrons of Edie's in Little Silver circa 1984 will know what I mean.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe Will Take Over City Crab Space

I used to work a few blocks away and went there every so often for raw bar & martinis at happy hour. It was fine for that. And pretty terrible for everything else.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Union Square Cafe Will Take Over City Crab Space

This makes me happy. Even though I haven't been to Union Square Cafe since...good lord, 1986.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Good luck. I don't eat Shepherd's Pie, but it would be nice if someone in Manhattan could make a decent potato, egg & cheese on a roll. It's a pain to make at home, and it's also a pain to have to go all the way to New Jersey for breakfast.

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Shepherd's pie with lamb available here:

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

Jul 22, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Bitchin' Kitchen: You Sexually Harass Nadia, She’ll Message Your Wife

Good for her. I would've sent a message to his mother as well.

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

The pit keeps getting bottomless-er.

Where to eat/buy pig ears in NYC?

You can get a pork ear taco at Taqueria Tehuitzingo.

http://www.tehuitzingo.net/ShowMenu.t...

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Whole turmeric

Best Foods at Essex Market. And I've seen it at Whole Foods Union Square, in the refrigerated case across from the bottom of the escalator.

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

"Bacon" from seaweed

Obviously people like what they like, but I find it baffling that you would dismiss one imitative food (without even trying it) while embracing another. The two are equally "fake," so you're apparently not against fakeness on principle. The topic almost demands to be overthought.

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Food Media & News
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"Bacon" from seaweed

You used the fear-mongering term "Frankenfood," usually reserved for lab-created stuff, to describe fried seaweed. If you've decided "Frankenfood" actually means "food that emulates other food," then mashed cauliflower standing in for mashed potatoes would also fit your definition. I think you'd have a hard time convincing anyone that mashed cauliflower is a "Frankenfood."

Jul 18, 2015
small h in Food Media & News
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"Bacon" from seaweed

<As I said; something made to be something it's not.>

How come it's not okay to selectively cultivate seaweed, but it is okay to selectively breed pigs? Unless you're claiming that farmed pigs are identical to their evolutionary forebears, and bacon just happens on its own.

Now look what they've done to organic white bread!

I think that if no mold spores reach the bread, the bread won't get moldy. Maybe that's what happened. Mold doesn't spontaneously generate on old bread.

Gluten free eggs benedict

It sounds like you'd like the bottoms to be relabeled "hearts" and the hearts to be relabeled "flowers." Fine by me. Write up the petition, and I'll sign it.

Jul 16, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Gluten free eggs benedict

Ok, but then what shall we call the item in the can labeled "hearts" in order to distinguish it from the item in the can labeled "bottoms"? Because they are clearly not the same thing.

Jul 15, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Gluten free eggs benedict

But there is a distinction between heart and bottom, yes? The heart is cone-shaped; the bottom is saucer-shaped. When I prep full-sized globe artichokes for stuffing, I scrape out the choke with a spoon and leave the rest of the heart intact. I assumed that those cone-shaped choke-less portions were what Roland sells as hearts. Perhaps I'm wrong about that, but heart & bottom must still be two separate things.

Jul 15, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Gluten free eggs benedict

I must disagree. The heart (fig. 1) includes leaves. The bottom (fig. 2) does not.

Jul 15, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

There's No Such Thing As Bad…

My theory is that if you've never had bad sex, you're probably a carrier.

Vegetable gardens 2015

At some point we should start a thread to showcase our "differently-bodied" vegetables.

Vegetable gardens 2015

There's no catfacing on this tomato - it's oddly shaped, but its skin is unblemished. I do have blossom end rot on a couple of others, though. I'll keep an eye out for more superblooms so I know twins are on the way.

Jul 14, 2015
small h in Gardening

Les Enfants Terribles returns as Les Enfants de Bohème, and not a moment too soon

Many of the participants are Coop Village residents, so the posts are mostly about LES stuff in general, rather than food stuff in particular (although there's plenty of chatter when a new restaurant opens). But if you've been wondering where to complain about car alarms or opine that Shelly Silver got a raw deal - he's done so much for the neighborhood! - this is the place:

http://lesonline.proboards.com/

Jul 14, 2015
small h in Manhattan