Umami-Dusted Burgers with Port Wine and Stilton

Umami Dusted Burger

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

Pasta with Poached Eggs

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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Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Red Cabbage and Avocado Crema

Blackened Tilapia Tacos

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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Dark Chocolate Stout Frozen Custard

Dark Chocolate Stout Frozen Custard

I have been extremely lucky in that I have known all of my grandparents and almost all of my great grandparents. In fact, my last-remaining great-grandmother passed away just a year and a half ago, when I was 28. In the generations preceding mine, families were younger. Couples married straight out of high school and… 

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