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Five Spice Powder for Fish and Sweets

Chinese five spice powder is most commonly used when cooking duck and other meats, but Chowhounds offer tips for using it with fish and in dessert-y preps. ... READ MORE

The Venerable BLT

Bacon, lettuce, and tomato on toast is just about the perfect sandwich, and easy to make. Most prefer the bacon to be crisp enough that it breaks with one bite. Thick-sliced crisp bacon will give you even more bacon flavor. ... READ MORE

Favorite Foods by Mail

Shopping online is fast and convenient, and a great way to get something special or products you can’t find locally. Here are links for some favorite online purveyors. ... READ MORE

What to Do with Plain Yogurt

Drink it, make cheese with it, cook with it instead of sour cream or buttermilk. READ MORE

Sweet, Sour, Salty, What?

Americans have historically hated bitter tastes, while other cultures loved them. Until now. Chefs are playing with bitter in new ways, and U.S. diners are finally appreciating it. READ MORE

Jimbo’s Bar: Greek Bites for Astoria Nighthawks

Neighborhood bar, live Greek music, broiled octopus with lemon and oregano. What’s not to like about Jimbo’s? OK, maybe the boring white bread–though it’s slightly improved by a run under the broiler. ... READ MORE

Inwood Update: Fresh, Cheap, Hearty Dominican

Inwood’s International Food House lays out an unusually fresh buffet of hearty Dominican chow, reports JackS. Highlights include roast pork with crispy, sticky skin and decent rotisserie chicken, good but perhaps a step below other neighborhood favorite READ MORE

Fried Pies

The deep-fried peach pies at Memphis Minnie’s are a flaky package of hot, peachy heaven, says mercuryflyin. The crust is light, crisp, and not too greasy, and the peaches inside are tender and delicately sweet. ... READ MORE

Sausage Gravies of Our Lives

The special sausage gravy at Sunny Side Caf READ MORE

“The Right to Be Stupid”

As the debate continues over New York City’s proposal to ban trans fats, one restaurateur gets downright patriotic in expressing his outrage. READ MORE