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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Coffee Rubbed Flank Steak

Coffee-Rubbed Grilled Flank Steak

A coffee-rubbed flank steak!?! What is this, the 1980′s? Hang on, I need to slip into a pair of Jordaches and go meet Emilio Estevez for an early dinner at Indochine. Seriously? We’re eating this? We sure are. Okay, maybe rubbing coffee into beef seems like a trend whose time has come and gone, like… 

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Blackened Tilapia Tacos

Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage and Avocado Crema

A few weekends ago, we drove down to San Diego for Comic Con, the convention of nerds, creators, vendors, cartoons, costumes, comic books, big budget superhero movies, fantastic television shows, low budget science fiction, smelly crowds, uncool guys, sex-ay girls, and Stan Lee. It was a spectacular spectacle, even outside the venue. Across from the convention center,… 

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Maine Lobster Festival: Seafood Cooking Contest 2014: A Photo Story

September Giveaway: “Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road”

To celebrate the end of summer, we are very pleased to be giving away a FREE copy of our new book, “Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road.” Published in Maine by Tilbury House, this collection of 115 recipes, 50 restaurant reviews, and seven food-themed road trips through Maine make the… 

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