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Challah Fame

Diamond Bakery makes an excellent loaf of challah, just don’t go when you’re in a rush. Even if you pre-order, it can take well over an hour just to pick up your order during the holidays, says PaulF. ... READ MORE

Return of the Oysters

Oyster aquaculture may help save the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. READ MORE

Freshly Fried Fish

At 99 Ranch and other Asian markets around town you can choose live fish and the butchers will deep fry them for you. Rex sole, black pomfret, and tilapia are all great for frying, elmomonster says, but whatever’s on sale is always a good option. ... READ MORE

At Stop and Shop, a Lobster Roll for Bargain Hunters

At the deli counter in the Stop and Shop in Glendale, Queens, they’re not big on portion control–which means more lobster for us. Order a $4.99 lobster roll and the staff will often shovel in a staggering amount of lobster salad ($20-plus per pound when READ MORE

French Toast Secrets: Bourbon, Bananas, Creme Brulee

A dash of bourbon in the maple syrup might be the intoxicating difference in the French toast served at brunch at the Spotted Pig. Roasted pears come alongside the toast at the popular Village gastropub. Best version ever, swears livetotravel. ... READ MORE

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a staple in many pickling recipes, but it’s a staple in many Chowhounds’ kitchens for general use, as well. It works well in potato salad, drizzled over cooked greens, mixed with melted butter and poured over fish, and for cri READ MORE

Teddie Peanut Butter

Teddie peanut butter is made in Everett, Ma., and is a hometown favorite in the Boston area. It’s a fresh, clean-tasting peanut butter. ... READ MORE

Okra Ideas

piccola oven roasts okra pods whole, in two different ways: either sprayed with oil and seasoned with salt and pepper; or dipped in egg and coated in breadcrumbs. They’re a great side with sandwiches, or wherever you’d serve fries. ... READ MORE

Save Those Papaya Seeds!

The seeds of ripe papayas have a peppery flavor, and are nice to toss into a salad dressing. Cheese Boy dries them and mixes them with peppercorns. ... READ MORE

Ephron Eaten for Breakfast

Users of eGullet had a snarky field day with Nora Ephron’s kvetchy New York Times op-ed that ran a few weeks ago, ruthlessly mocking her call for salt on the table, free tap water, and dessert spoons. READ MORE