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A Bake Sale for Liam

This is truly a wonderful cause. Pediatric cancer is a tragedy no family should have to endure, and Liam, Gretchen and family have been tremendous through it all. There is always a huge bake sale in Richmond in September (9-10 this year), and I encourage you to arrange your own or donate to the cause. You can also read a little more about Liam here: http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/2011/01...

Jan 28, 2011
NYCubsFan in Features

How to Make James Beard Furious

The Microwave Gourmet helped me make it through the months without a stove when they were repairing the gas line to my building. While there were somethings that would never look right out of the microwave (especially meats) it helped me avoid months of delivered dinners.

Mar 24, 2010
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Grading the Gastronomic Trend-makers

Why is gluten-free food in the "Interesting" column and not "That's So 2009". And what exactly is "exotic citrus"? Meyer lemons?

Jan 26, 2010
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Guacamole

Like any mole, guacamole can be made many different ways, and it is the freedom for signature touches that I think makes it so interesting. I've made it many different ways, because I'm constantly finding new combinations of flavors. At Toloache in NYC they serve a guacamole trio, one traditional, one with pureed chipotle and crumbled cheese and another with diced fruit and pomegranate seeds. Toasted nuts can also be a nice addition. I usually go with what I have on hand or what looks good in the store: tomatillo, shallot, corn, tomato. I just planted cilantro and hot peppers with the hope of having some on hand for all the guac I'll be bringing to summer BBQ's.

May 26, 2009
NYCubsFan in Recipes

Grilled Corn with Cayenne, Lime, and Cotija

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I believe Cafe Habana serves it with neither. They use a softer version of cotija, Tajo. It has been awhile since I've been there, so now I'm going to have to go check it out. There was another place with a similar name near Union Square that served something similar on frozen ears, but it wasn't nearly as popular. They always use fresh corn at Cafe Habana and its one of their most popular items.

May 26, 2009
NYCubsFan in Recipes

Tomato recall still in effect?

Had they told you which county, would you have known if it was on the cleared list? My point is really that from what the FDA and CDC have said, if it even was tomatoes, the fact that they are from Florida, Mexico or anywhere else doesn't matter much. Since new cases continue to turn up after the alert and subsequent pulling of tomatoes from menus and shelves, the chances that contamination occurred somewhere along the supply chain (e.g., a distribution warehouse in Texas) is more likely if it even was tomatoes. Therefore, you could be getting them from California, Ohio or anywhere else, and they can still be traveling through the same supply chain and still be at risk.

Jun 30, 2008
NYCubsFan in General Topics

Tomato recall still in effect?

The counties currently shipping tomatoes from Florida are on FDA's cleared list http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopic...
and there is no evidence the contamination occurred in Florida. The rarity of the strain in association with tomatoes makes it likely the contamination is from a single source, but the way tomatoes are co-mingled and repacked, the source of the tomatoes is irrelevant, the source of the contamination is what is important.

Jun 26, 2008
NYCubsFan in General Topics

Favorite Corn Dish

The sugar converts to startch once the corn is picked, so you might want to try letting the corn sit for a day or two on the counter. The conversion is much slower when refrigerated. You'll have to experiment with it.

Jun 05, 2008
NYCubsFan in General Topics

Favorite Corn Dish

Creamed corn made from fresh cut kernels, sauteed in bacon fat with some heavy cream added (and of course that crumbled bacon that gave you the fat) is a great indulgent side for any time of year, but at heart I'm more of a purist. Grilled corn in the husk with butter, lime and red pepper is a staple for grilling season, but I'll also microwave it in the husk and eat it straight as a snack throughout the year.

Jun 05, 2008
NYCubsFan in General Topics