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FA-JI-TAS......FA-JI-TAS.............Now that smells good!!!

Oh wait! I just read your profile, and you live in Hoboken!! I miss that town so much it hurts sometimes--San Francisco has nothing on Jersey.

Seriously, if you haven't tried Charrito's yet, do it. I avoided it for years because it looked so "eh." I was pleasantly surprised, but I do prefer La Isla for lunch specials when I'm downtown.

And the little takeout burrito place across from CVS on Newark and Washington is also tolerable, but they're really taking it to far when they call themselves "light Tex-Mex."

Avoid the place claiming to be Mexican food closer to 5th near Symposia bookstore. They suck and everything tastes like it was cooked in sesame oil.

Let me know if you find anything good!

Apr 14, 2010
ms.sarah in Manhattan

FA-JI-TAS......FA-JI-TAS.............Now that smells good!!!

As a Texas transplant who spent the past four years in NYC and the surrounding area, I'm afraid that you're choices for authentic Tex-Mex are pretty limited. I didn't find a single authentic Tex-Mex restaurant in the entire time I lived there. If you're getting really desperate, check out Lisa at http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/#main . Her blog is wonderful, reminds me of home, and is full of great tips on finding delicious Tex-Mex in the city.

If you're willing to take a short trip across the Hudson, Charrito's in Hoboken has excellent fajitas. They have two locations, both on Washington St. The one closest to the PATH train in between 2nd and 3rd is my favorite (plus, you can go right next door to Rita's for dessert).

Good luck!

Apr 14, 2010
ms.sarah in Manhattan

Tiny Food for Unreal People

OMG!

I want to make these--but out of actual food. I want to make dollhouse sized eclairs so badly!

These are the cutest things I've ever seen!!!!!

Apr 05, 2010
ms.sarah in Features

Need Hamburger Recommendation After Long Road Trip: Anywhere from Brownsville to Houston

If you can hold out for a little bit and wait until you're north of Corpus, you should definitely stop by Crofutt's. I haven't been there in years, but they have a killer burger and great baked goods.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/crofutts-restaurant-bayside

You can't go wrong with Whataburger. It's a Texas tradition.

And once you get closer to Houston you have to stop at Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse for the best Turkey Jerky you will have in your life. I've been eating there on road trips to Houston for as long as I can remember.

http://www.praseks.com/

Have fun!

Mar 02, 2010
ms.sarah in Texas

lemon cookies

So, this is clearly shameless self-promotion, but this is the best lemon cookie recipe I've ever made.

You don't need to make it a sandwich cookie, but it's super fun when you do.

http://bottomlesscookiejar.com/2009/02/28/lemon-cream-sandwich-cookies/

And here's a list of all the lemon cookies that I've tried. I really liked the lemon drop cookies. And they have the added advantage of being super easy.

http://bottomlesscookiejar.com/?s=lemon

~Sarah

Feb 23, 2010
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Most complicated and impossible recipe you know

I'm sorry Rojellio, but no one in your video looked very happy to see the haggis.

Feb 12, 2010
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Dipping While Driving

Whataburger has had a similarly styled package for years. YEARS!

Feb 11, 2010
ms.sarah in Features

This sandwich was amazing.

First things first--I'm not from Austin, so I'm not cool and I can't read minds. I also don't know about Zippy mustard. But I really wish I did.

So, maybe I'm just uninformed, or maybe I've lost all of my reading comprehension skills, but I swear you didn't mention the name of this magical sandwich shop. I dearly want to stop by the next time I'm in town. What restaurant is this at?

Feb 08, 2010
ms.sarah in Austin

Wine shops

The Wine House at 129 Carolina in Potrero Hill. Everyone is so helpful, they have a website, and what I consider to be a really good selection.

Check 'em out @ www.winesf.com

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Wine House
129 Carolina St, San Francisco, CA

Jan 21, 2010
ms.sarah in San Francisco Bay Area

Am I the only one who lives in a magic house? A lighthearted look at ourselves & food safety

I almost lived in magic house. It had a pastry workstation built into the kitchen, more cabinet space than you could shake a stick at, and a fireplace in the breakfast room. :(

Jan 19, 2010
ms.sarah in Not About Food

Making butter with tweens

I just (re: this afternoon) joined the California Culinary Academy chapter of Slow Food. Our chapter has recently started working with James Lick Middle School in San Francisco, helping them start a community garden and teaching the children about local, sustainably produced food. I've been asked to give a talk/demo to a large group of 11 and 12 year old kids. I would normally try and tie the demo in with something in season from their garden. But it's January, and nothing is growing. I thought I could give a presentation on something that is available year round and rarely made at home: butter.

I'm just worried that they might be too old to really take an interest in shaking up heavy cream in a mason jar long enough to turn it into their own butter. The shaking does take about 15 minutes, and while it can be fun, it does start to get tiresome.

Do you think that an inner-city tween would find making butter interesting?

Jan 14, 2010
ms.sarah in Not About Food

Steak in Amarillo

There's that big steakhouse with the giant cowboy front. I've never been there, but I'm assuming they make a pretty decent steak. At least Amarillo has more of a selection than Pampa.

Jan 13, 2010
ms.sarah in Texas

Crunchy Mac and Cheese? Can it be done?? Please help!!!

UPDATE!!!

I did it! I made delicious, crunchy, tex-mex, mini-mac and cheese bites!

I took all of your advice--I added marscapone and pepper-jack to the standard cheddar mix. And then, I buttered the inside of the muffin cups and dusted them with a half-panko, half parmesean mixture. Barely filled the cups and topped them with more parm. Baked them at 425* for 15 minutes, and voila--the best appetizer ever!!!!! The parmesean doesn't overwhelm the garlicy-cuminy-spicy goodness like I thought it would. These are perfect.

Thank you!

~Sarah

Jan 13, 2010
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Crunchy Mac and Cheese? Can it be done?? Please help!!!

No. Baked macaroni and cheese in a smaller form. Like this--but a heck of a lot tastier.

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/th...

I'm also thinking of using smaller pieces of pasta. I think the elbow macaroni might be too big for this project.

Jan 06, 2010
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Crunchy Mac and Cheese? Can it be done?? Please help!!!

So, I've gotten it in my head that I am going to make mini mac and cheese bites for tomorrow night's bowl game. Since my Horns are playing (and hopefully winning!), I want these cheesy little buggers to be chock full of Tex-Mex flavor.

Here's the idea---mac and cheese doctored up with garlic, onions, peppers (jalepenos, serranos, or bell--I haven't decided on the spice level), tomatoes, & cumin and baked in mini-muffin tins. They'll be the right size, but I want I them to be crunchy on the outside and creamy spicy on the inside. I've seen the fine living recipe for parmesean crusts, but I don't think that'll fit the flavor profile.

If I can't figure out how to crunchify these things I might have to pull a Paula and wrap 'em in bacon and deep fry the heck out of em.

Please help me avoid that terrible fate.

Please.

~Sarah

Jan 06, 2010
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Most underused spices in home cooking?

I have never heard of any of these three spices! I think the only time I've ever even seen the word Sumac has been on a crayon!

If you ever did use those spices (and you must, because they are in your pantry) what in the world did you use them on?

I obviously need a bit more experience in the savory side of the kitchen. :-/

Dec 21, 2009
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Kid Friendly for dinner in Hoboken

You could try Sushi Lounge on 2nd and Hudson. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is really chill. The music can be a bit loud sometimes, but it seems to sooth the babies rather than antagonize them.

Alternately, Casual Thai on 10th and Washington is delicious and actually kid friendly. The decor is a little blah, but you will love the music! They just put someone's ipod on shuffle over the speaker system and let it do its thing.

If you want something other than Asian Fusion, your choices are pretty limited. My favorite Italian place in town, Leo's Grandezvous, on 2nd and Grand, has the best Penne Vodka I've ever had. And they're also really family friendly. I've never been there when there weren't kids around.

Wherever you end up going, try not to get there too late. It is Hoboken--during the World Series--after all. The drunkies are out in full force after 9pm any day of the week.

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Sushi Lounge
200 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Casual Thai
1006 Washington St Ste A, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Nov 02, 2009
ms.sarah in General Tristate Archive

Baking Question

You could put them in a plastic bag and leave them on the counter, but you'd have better luck freezing the finished cookies in said plastic bag and thawing before serving.

Alternately, if you have a free half hour on Thursday night, you could freeze the unbaked cookie dough that you prepared on Monday, pull it out on Thursday and bake it fresh then.

Depending on the type of cookie (drop or sliced), you can either roll the dough into little balls and freeze them on a metal baking sheet for 2 hours and then transfer them to airtight plastic bags for long term storage (keeps for a month or so!), or you can roll the dough into long slice and bake style logs, wrap the logs in parchment paper, and then in saran wrap. I like to shove the logs inside of a cardboard paper towel tube to help them keep their shape. You can then bake the cookies directly from the freezer. You just need to add a minute or two to the original baking time.

I hope this helps!

Oct 05, 2009
ms.sarah in Home Cooking

Buffalo wings?

If you're willing to make the trek to Hoboken, Black Bear has an amazing wing special on Tuesday nights. You get a bucket of the best wings ever created and a pitcher of Yuengling for $13. It might be worth the trip.

Mar 03, 2009
ms.sarah in Manhattan

King Syrup

You can buy it online at http://www.carriagehousebrands.com/ki... I'm still looking for the the big 5lb tin that we had growing up.

Nov 19, 2008
ms.sarah in General Tristate Archive