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Lean Times
March 5, 2010, 2:08 am
Filed under: Food, Tomatoes | Tags: ,

The recent cold weather in Florida has caused a major shortage of tomatoes in the rest of the country.   This has caused some fast food restaurants to stop using tomatoes in their food unless specifically asked to.  Not that this is a bad thing based on how bad those tomatoes usually are.

On the bright side, I’ve ordered my seedlings rather than starting seeds this year.  With so many varities available as live plants it seemed like too much trouble to start my own.  But the snow had better melt soon as I asked for a “first half of April” delivery.

What was I thinking?



Pho Sure!
January 25, 2010, 6:44 am
Filed under: Food | Tags: ,

We were saddened last November when our favorite Vietnamese restaurant Little Saigon closed.  Great food, great Pho and really close by in Montclair. 

To our delight we received word last weekend that, as rumoured, they’ve reopened in nearby Nutley.   Same menu same smiling faces welcoming us.  For those of you who are nearby they’re at 358 Passic Ave in Nutley (sorry, no website).

And somehow in the process of figuring out where they were I stumbled upon this wonderful site:  Pho Fever.  Primo’s already got his eye on a “Pho Shizzle” t-shirt.



The Eternal Debate
May 22, 2009, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Food, Kitchen | Tags: ,

“Give me two bricks and an oven rack and some wood, and I’ll cook you a better steak than any expensive gas grill, hands down.  It might look good in your garden, it might be more convenient, it might impress your friends, but it’s not going to cook you a better steak.”

-Chris Schlesinger, Owner, East Coast Grill, Cambridge, MA

 

I take a pretty hard line when it comes to the debate of charcoal versus gas for grilling.  When someone tries to extol the benefits of gas to me I usually reply with a comment along the lines of  “If I wanted to cook with gas, I’d stay in my kitchen”  I took a class with Chris Schlesinger once, who, when asked about cooking times for a gas grill on whatever he was making replied: “I don’t know.  I don’t cook with gas.” 

 When I lived in an apartment and gas was all I could get away with, I used gas.  But ever since we moved into our current house, I have sneered at the gas-aholics whenever the subject came up.

Until a few summers ago.  That’s when after years of toiling in our non-centrally-air-conditioned kitchen I hit upon the idea of usuing a gas grill as a sort of “outdoor oven” to keep the heat down in the kitchen.  With a company awarded gift certificate we aquired a cheap s*#t gas model from Sears.  Since then we’ve baked bread, tarts, crumbles and roasted oven-dried tomatoes in the damn thing.  Between the heretic gas grill and the BGE, we rarely turn the kitchen oven on at all during July and August.

Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the summer grilling season, so I ask you, loyal readers to weigh in.  The gloves are off.  Which do you prefer?

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