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  1. Excellent---thanks everyone!
  2. Does anyone out there remember the name of the now-defunct "cafeteria" located somewhere on Park Avenue South---it was there from the 40s through the late 70s, a real greasy spoon and favored by cabbies. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  3. They played hard, and they drank harder: but what do we think the likes of Dorothy Parker, Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway ate after tying one on just a little bit too tightly....? And do we think that Carver really ate menudo? The curious want to know..... Thanks all.
  4. Please let us know when your piece runs Marlena---we look forward to it!
  5. Everyone knows that the only place pork is kosher is in an eggroll.....Bravo Arthur! My bubbe is smiling down on you!
  6. As cash-strapped newspapers are depending more and more on freelance contributors covering everything from general food-related reportage to actual restaurant critiquing, the budgets provided to these freelancers are also dwindling. No one ever seems to talk openly about the inequities involved in the freelance reviewing process: as a former freelance critic, I was expected to make repeat visits to restaurants with multiple guests on a budget of $150 per restaurant (not per visit). How to accomplish this? Maintain anonymity and pay any overages out of my own pocket (commonplace practice); or dispense with anonymity and accept free meals while reviewing (also commonplace practice, although never done by me). Working with such miniscule budgets, are freelance critics reviewing restaurants fairly? Should they be expected to front money for the sake of the by-line and out of dedication to their papers and editors? When the restaurants cry foul--that they weren't covered sufficiently because there wasn't enough money in the budgetary coffers, that not enough dishes were tasted to make a reasonable if subjective qualitative judgment--where does the blame go? How to remedy this situation? What would Giles Coren do?
  7. Droolworthy. Craveworthy. Barfworthy. Compulsively edible. Melded. Set atop. Piled high. Pan-braised. House-cured. House-filleted. Honey-glazed. Miso-glazed. Mojito-glazed. Pepper-glazed. Long-cooked. Quick-braised. Oven-fried. Tuscan-style. Pan-Asian. Tuna cubana. Coppa cubana. Copacabana. (?)
  8. First cooking attempt involved veal cutlets, which I was of a mind to stuff with something called pancetta that had been minced and rendered with shallots. Rolled them up, toothpicked them, threw them into pot with about a stick of sweet butter and a bucket of marsala. Add mushrooms at some point. Cooked until done. Somewhere in neighborhood of 4 or 5 hours. Otherwise known as Stuffed Leather Rollups in marsala butter sauce, served on buttered rice. Which is why I am now on Crestor.
  9. Agreed- do it by the handful. Conversely -- and if you can find them -- individual petite mini-butterheads (someone help me, I forget the official name) make a nice presentation. Don't dress ahead of time; toss the greens with whatever else you're adding (honey roasted walnuts, dried cherries, etc) but let diners dress their own so that leftovers will keep longer. Also, it is true: if you're serving buffet style, very little salad will ultimately be eaten, so it's safe to err on the side of less is more in this case.
  10. I tried a new restaurant in New Haven this weekend, called Ahimsa, which purports to be vegan (it is), raw (it sometimes is), and kosher (it always is). As a food professional, my blinders are off when it comes to great food, whatever it is and however it's prepared. But what is the general feeling on holding up vegan restaurants to the same standards as non-vegan restaurants? Can a vegan establishment be GREAT by non-vegan standards? Or can it just be compared to other vegan restaurants? Lost in translation. BC
  11. BeefCheeks

    Porchetta

    I'm about to bone out a pork butt (skinless, unfortunately) and I want to make porchetta....Any fab recipes beyond the usual garlic/herbs/wine/marinate for 3 days plan? Thanks. BC
  12. I worked there in the 80s and sold tomatoes for $4.00. Each.
  13. BeefCheeks

    Chef Attire

    I have a nice woman's jacket that comes from Chefwear.com; it's a little pricey and a bit fancier than I usually wear, but I tend to wear it for demos and tv when anything else makes me look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Or Girl. This is it (below) and it has a tie in the back, which nips in the waist a bit. ttp://www.chefwear.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=12&DEPARTMENT_ID=73
  14. While we're on the subject of Celeb Chefs products that don't deliver (like, maybe, books), did anyone happen to see the following letter to the editor of the Weekly Standard (I don't read it EITHER, but there's definitely something here): <<Food Fight and more. 9/1/2007, Volume 012, Issue 48 FOOD FIGHT VICTORINO MATUS's exploration of the cult of celebrity chefs ("Bam!" August 20 / August 27) deftly describes the decline in the number of cookbooks being published, which has been brought on by the availability of recipes for free on the web. It is even more disheartening that the gastro-celebs who actually get published now are receiving outrageous sums for books that they sometimes have nearly nothing to do with. On one hand (as a trained chef as well as food editor), I applaud Rachael Ray for getting her viewers back into the kitchen and interested in food again; using frozen onions is better than running out to the local fast food establishment. At the same time, I agree with chef Anthony Bourdain's quest for real food that hearkens back to the days of Child and Pépin, but the majority of the Food Network viewership just isn't going to "get" that. When Johnny Carson went off the air, he was replaced by the Food Network; Rachael and Emeril and Giada are there neither to impart culinary wisdom nor their Nonna's recipes--they are there for strict entertainment value. This is yet another nail in the coffin of the "family around the hearth" ideal; when that tradition is bolstered, however, a return to serious cookbook publishing and serious home cooking will happen as well. Until then, there's always the used bookstore. >>
  15. In the course of reviewing restaurants featuring indigenous foods of the above regions, I have found myself coming across a thick, sort of sweet, sort of roasted tomato sauce; it's very often drizzled with a yogurt sauce. Can anyone out there tell me what this is called in the above regions, and provide me with a recipe? Thanks much, BC
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