Monthly Archives: February 2011

Quazy Energy

Shortly after moving to a northern suburb of New York City in 1965, my new schoolmates asked me to choose a side in a classic rivalry. The Mets vs. Yankees could wait until later (I chose the Mets), they wanted … Continue reading

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Meat Popsicles

I braved the cold for the monthly meat CSA pickup, which was strangely devoid of people. Maybe I showed up at a lull, but this was the first time ever that I was able to walk up and grab my … Continue reading

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“Brick” Chicken

I was looking for something unusual to make for She Who Must Be Obeyed for a Valentine’s Day diner when I saw this recipe in Momofuku. How could I pass it up when it began with this introducton? Your goal is to … Continue reading

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Kimchi Consommé for Oysters

It took some convincing to get me to make my own kimchi, but I knew if I ever wanted to have bo ssäm that it would be a necessary ingredient. However, once we had consumed the pork shoulder in a … Continue reading

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Charcutepalooza!

I follow Michael Ruhlman on Twitter, and recently noticed that many of his retweets contained the #charcutepalooza hashtag. A quick search turned up this page, which explains that Charcutepalooza is a year-long series of monthly challenges in which a different … Continue reading

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Market Meltdown

I don’t go through winter vegetables as quickly as I do summer fare, so I can usually wait out bad weekend weather before braving the winter farmer’s market. It also helps when the huge piles of snow in the parking … Continue reading

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Sausages and Laws*

This was gong to be a straightforward post about my first attempt at making sausage, but I realized that I was engaging in Urban Homesteading™, a term that is the center of a ridiculous trademark infringement claim by the Devraes … Continue reading

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Boiled Chicken, Leeks, and Aïoli

Boiling gets a bad rap as a cooking technique. It’s too easy to over-boil something and wind up with mushy vegetables and tasteless meat, which is the usual condemnation of British food. But in the hands of an attentive chef … Continue reading

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Recipes for Success?

When I began cooking for myself, someone bought me a subscription for a set of 60 Minute Gourmet recipe cards. Every month twelve cards would arrive, each bearing a new recipe, with each set attempting to maintain a balance between … Continue reading

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Momofuku Chicken Wings

With the Patriots out of the running for the Super Bowl, our annual get-together became more of an opportunity to hang out and eat while two teams named after American corporations battled it out in the background. I opted for … Continue reading

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