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Gastronomy
Stock Tips

Stock Tips

Rachel Fershleiser once said “If I die, tell the New York Times I liked soup.” Then she made this soup zine with her friend Ami Greko. I think the Times will be able to figure it out on their own. Most of the zine (which you should buy at Housingworks) is made up of recipes,...

Sixth Borough Punch

There is no photo for this punch. I hadn’t planned to blog it, but the audience that drank it last night at the Con Vivo gala demanded I post the recipe. They did this after they drank it, so blame them for the lack of art. This recipe uses all of my cheap tricks in...
Breakfast Pork Stew: lime, masa harina

Breakfast Pork Stew: lime, masa harina

So I’m going to start blogging recipes the way I learn them, with fewer details, less measuring, etc. This is to get me to actually post recipes. A couple months ago my grocery store had giant hunks of pork shoulder on sale, so I bought a couple, poached them, pulled the meat off the bone,...
Two quick cocktails

Two quick cocktails

Since the hurricane, Jersey City’s been a mess. At our house, we’ve got all our utilities back, but our friends haven’t been so lucky. So our house has become a bit of a coworking space since the storm. As a result, I came home to two of my friends hanging out on the internet, and...
Arugula salad and lime vinaigrette

Arugula salad and lime vinaigrette

There’s no recipe here, really. But you know what? Arugula is totally awesome with lime vinaigrette. And when I say vinaigrette I’m overstating the case considerably. I’ve always done this since my parents showed me how to skip the whole “beating oil and vinegar together” thing by serving salads this way for my entire childhood....
First mint of the year is in the bottle

First mint of the year is in the bottle

I learned this trick last year, and it’s awesome. You take a bottle of bourbon (cheap is best, given what we’re going to do to it), you pour out a shot or so, and stuff in as much mint as you can possibly fit in the bottle. Then you wait two days, then you pour...
Kir Bourgeois

Kir Bourgeois

I didn’t realize until I started writing this post that I might have to worry about the gender of the adjective in the name. I probably screwed it up. Anyway. We know about the kir royale: creme de cassis (made from blackcurrants) and champagne. But we’ve started buying this blackcurrant concentrate/syrup/squash from our favorite local...
Grapefruit Old Fashioned

Grapefruit Old Fashioned

I haven’t been blogging a lot of cocktails recently. I apologize. I’ve been distracted by two things. 1) Writing a 20-some minute piece for Rhymes With Opera in two months, and 2) really getting to know the Old-Fashioned. I’m a solid whiskey-drinker, and I like my cocktails, so I suppose it was only a matter...
Useless Whiskey & Pear cocktail

Useless Whiskey & Pear cocktail

Why useless, you say? Well, how often do you get pear cider from Ikea AND Rogue whiskey? It is tasty though: 20 grams Rogue whiskey 80 grams Ikea pear cider (I suppose another, better cider would be fine, too) splash Angostura aromatic bitters Just put them all in a glass and stir. Ice if you...
Korean Superbowl Chili

Korean Superbowl Chili

This dish has origins basically nowhere. Standing in a Korean market yesterday, my girlfriend said “let’s have chili.” I said okay, and put some garlic sambal and gochu chang in my basket, and here we are. This stuff is awesome. It’s meaty, warm and spicy with a background sweetness that makes it very hard to...
Apples and Bourbon are kind of distracting

Apples and Bourbon are kind of distracting

This is my first cocktail recipe in a while. In part that’s because of Thanksgiving and the associated craziness, in part it’s because of visiting people and throwing parties and not being at home to invent things, and in part it’s just because my prior recipe for bourbon and non-alcoholic apple cider is just so...
It's that orangey bourbony thingy!

It’s that orangey bourbony thingy!

Hello drinkers of cocktails. I’ve been mixing this for a while, and Victoria Nece seems to quite like it. Occasionally she asks me to make her one of these, but it turns out I can’t remember the proportions. Sometimes even the ingredients escape me. She’s trying to vote now, so I thought I’d work out...