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Toys That Will Never Enter My Kitchen

23 Feb

When I was Upstate visiting with the family, I went to Target. I know we have one here in the City now, but still, there’s something about the Albany Target. It’s huge! All the cool stuff is still there because people in Albany have no style! etc, etc. Anyway, I digress. While I was there I saw this Egg & Muffin 2-Slice Toaster and Egg Poacher. I was shocked! I mean, how hard is it to toast an english muffin and poach an egg?

On Monday, back in the office, I showed this to a few co-workers expecting them to think it was as funny and over the top in a McMansion way as I did. Much to my horror, it was the very opposite, they wanted one! My first problem with this is, it’s HUGE! Why would you give precious counter space over to this thing? I mean, the egg poacher jobbie is bigger than the one counter I have! My second problem with this (and yes, it’s a tad A.B.) is that it’s a uni-tasker. It only does one thing, and I’m dubious as to how well it even does that!

In response to my amazement that someone would even want that thing, one of my co-workers showed me this Hot Diggity Dogger, and then another admitted to owning one!

So, as a public service to my co-workers I present simple, step-by-step guides on how to poach eggs and how to cook a hot dog.

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The Magical Elixir

23 Feb

I was totally amused when I got into the office yesterday, and found the Times Dining Section was in a chicken soup mood too. I was a little surprised that general consensus maintains that chicken meat tends to dry out when it is cooked in the soup. I’ve never found this to be true, but then again, since I do not make my own stock (waaaaaay too much trouble, even if I was that ambitious, it would make too much to store in my newly defrosted teeny tiny freezer!) or roast my own chickens I may never have made “real” chicken soup that would stand up to Mr. Levine’s sophisticated soup palette. But maybe someday… In the meantime, I stand by the flavor of my Sick Day Soup and her kin. They’re delicate in flavor, easy to make, satisfying and downright tasty!

The sidebar provided a good list of places to get chicken soup here in the City, but I wanted to submit some of my favorites as well:

  • El Maguey Y La Tuna – their pozole can be ordered with either chicken or pork and is supremely divine!
  • Pho Bang – as the name suggests, this place is all about Pho, they do traditional beef parts Pho, but also a luscious chicken option.
  • Veselka – it’s not just the chicken soup here, it’s all the soups. They remind me of my grandmother’s cooking.
  • B&H Kosher Dairy – Okay, since this is a kosher dairy, there’s probably no chicken in their matzoh ball soup, but I do love every soup I’ve ever had from here. Go for the split pea, stay for the pierogis.