Getting Into NYC Restaurants Without Reservations

Getting into NYC Restaurants Without Reservations

If you are visiting NYC and want to maximize your chances of getting into a hot restaurant without reservations, what should you do? Go there for lunch during the week. Here's why: The place probably won't be crowded. Places I've had to wait over an hour to get into for dinner during the week have been completely dead at Friday during lunch. I was one of 10 people at one of my favorites places at 12:30, the middle of the lunch rush. You can chat with the staff without them…

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Rethinking Cheese On Tacos

Rethinking Cheese on Tacos

Cheese on tacos is usually boring and bland, but it doesn't have to be that way. Cheese has some pretty cool properties: It can be melted and crisped. I regularly tweak my taco meat recipe, so last week I was searching for inspiration while I probably should have been working. I stumbled across an article from Serious Eats where Josh Bousel argues that we are going about cheese on our tacos all wrong. Instead of  just sprinkling cheese on our tacos like n00bs, we ought to melt our cheese directly to…

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Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

We like to mix up our hotdog toppings in the Grimmett house so that we feel a little less guilty about eating hotdogs. Sometimes it is cucumber kimchi. Sometimes chili, cheese, and fritos. Sometimes sauerkraut. Sometimes coleslaw. Sometimes ginger scallion sauce. Last night it was quick-pickled cucumbers, radishes, and green onions with a spicy mayo.     Ingredients for the quick pickles 1 Kirby Cucumber 4 medium radishes 2 small green onions, greens and whites 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon white sugar Juice from 1 small lime   Instructions for the quick pickles Slice the…

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Sous Vide Turkey Breast For Sandwiches

Sous Vide Turkey Breast for Sandwiches

If you have a sous vide circulator, making your own turkey for sandwiches is incredibly easy and the result is tastier than the stuff at the store. N.B.: You'll notice that in the photos I left the skin on the turkey breast. That was a mistake. I highly recommend that you remove the skin and as much fat as possible before cooking it. I attempted to sear it before slicing, but I ended up removing the skin from what I actually ate. Just looking for time and temperature recommendations for turkey breast? 145F (~63C) for…

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Ham And Black Bean Soup

Ham and Black Bean Soup

Now that it is winter, we eat soup every week. This ham and black bean soup is high on the rotation. It takes longer than some other soups to make, but it is delicious and filling. Perfect for the cold, windy weather. Ingredients 1 Cottage ham 1 lb of dried beans, pre-soaked or boiled 2 medium carrots 1 medium onion 2 celery stalks 1 green bell pepper 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp oregano Salt and pepper Instructions Put the whole cottage ham in your soup pot and put in enough water to…

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Simple Pesto

Simple Pesto

September 30, 2016 Note: I've revisited my pesto-making style. I no longer make it this way. Check out how I make it now. There are so many variations of pesto these days that it is almost a catch-all title for green sauces. I'm not against that, but it is hard to know what to expect when someone says pesto. I prefer the simplicity of the classic version, both in taste and ease of preparation. Classic pesto is made with fresh basil, garlic, pinenuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil all ground…

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Making Hot Dogs Without A Grill

Making Hot Dogs Without a Grill

Happy National Hot Dog Day! When summer roles around and it gets hot outside, I start to get a craving for hot dogs. I prefer cooking hot dogs on the grill, which became a problem last fall when we moved into an apartment without a porch or access to a grill of any sort. I don't like to eat boiled hot dogs (sorry, Dad!) and my grill pan leaves a lot to be desired (namely the lack of smokey grill flavor), so I had to search for another way to make…

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