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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

Sounds Like Rachael Ray

Coming soon to a boom box or cell phone near you, RACHAEL RAY! READ MORE

Seeing Red

San Francisco gets its own Michelin restaurant guide, and just about everyone’s got an opinion about who’s in and who’s out. READ MORE

Let Them Drink Shiraz

This month’s Food & Wine has a fascinating fly-on-the-wall story about a Shanghai dinner party, called “The Toast of China,” that makes a couple of pungent points about wine, wealth, and Westernization. READ MORE