Chorizo Mac & Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin

Chorizo Sage Mac and Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin

The turducken is a modern abomination. Food should not be sewn inside other food like an edible chimera. It is, in fact, a form of engastration, which is a recipe method in which one animal is stuffed inside the gastric passage of another. Stuff your turkey all day long in its natural cavity, the way God intended. Stuff… 

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Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie

I am having a hard time coming to grips with the switch from summer to fall. It’s not that I don’t love fall. I adore fall. The fall air has healing powers. It is crisp and cleansing, burning just a bit when it enters your nose and hits the back of your throat. Everything buzzes… 

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Sea Salted Caramel Apples

Sea Salted Caramel Apples

I am getting ready for the infamous Cumberland County Fair Apple Pie Contest. I am nervous excited and need an outlet. I have been obsessively baking pies. Starting with my Almost Award-Winning Apple Pie recipe from last year, I have been making small tweaks. Will it be better if I reduce the cinnamon by half… 

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Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pickled Peppers

8 Inspiring Ideas for Reinventing Pork Chops

I love pork chops. Actually, I’ll correct that. I LOVE ME SOME PORK CHOPS. They’re super cheap, pack tons of flavor, and any time I can eat an animal’s fat…I’m on board. Sometimes, though, your standard-issue pork chops aren’t the most inspiring ingredient. Once you’ve pan fried them, then pan fried them again, then pan… 

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Umami Dusted Burger

Umami-Dusted Burgers with Port Wine and Stilton

When Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman launched the first outpost of his now-famous burger chain back in 2009, it was with a simple goal. Fleischman was determined to bring “umami,” the so-called “fifth taste,” to the American burger landscape. Umami describes a savory, satisfying flavor, distinct from the salty, sweet, sour, or bitter flavors we… 

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Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

Thai Coconut Curry Corn Soup

I could go on about the perfection of fall for another forty years, and probably I will. Fall makes you feel. Eliot is of course right about spring, specifically April, mixing memory with desire. September, conversely, combines longing with nostalgia. It’s the same sort of sensations only deeply different. All things seem possible, hopeful in the autumn…. 

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Pasta with Poached Eggs

Tri-Color Penne with Creamy Ricotta (and a Poached Egg)

Malcolm and I moved in together for the first time in the summer of 2000. We sublet a one bedroom apartment from a graduate student that was convenient to my job at the head shop and Rudy’s, our favorite neighborhood dive bar. There was a crappy pizza joint up the street, where we went every… 

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Spiced Cider Cocktail

Spiced Cider Cocktail

I am about seven years late to the party, but I have become enamored with Mad Men. It took me a few episodes to become committed, but right around Betty Draper’s tenth vodka gimlet, I fell in love with the perfectly tailored gray suits, curve hugging dresses and thinly veiled alcoholic rants. The characters are… 

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Old Bay Shrimp Salad with Avocado

Old Bay Shrimp Salad with Avocado

The first time my parents came to visit me, after I moved into one of my first apartments in Astoria, Queens, I worked hard to make all of the preparations. This included preparations typical for someone in their twenties (scrubbing the grout in the bathroom, making sure the four-footer was put away), as well as… 

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