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As a kid, riding the monorail at Walt Disney World was nearly as exciting to me as boarding a boat in Pirates of the Caribbean. Getting a bird’s-eye view of the park as we chugged around Epcot’s Spaceship Earth and through the Contemporary Resort was all I needed to let my imagination go wild. As an adult, I feel the same way about the New York subway as it rises onto elevated tracks in the outer boroughs, ditching the subterranean darkness for an always-changing panorama of storefronts and signs.

If you’re ever inspired to spontaneously hop off the subway and explore, as I am, Andrea Lynn’s book Queens: A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City’s Most Diverse Borough is a book you’ll want to keep in your pocket.
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Why Do I Own This Food Mill Rig Thingy?

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor September 22, 2014

“Various expensive appliances can do versions of this same task—a Cuisinart food processor, a Vitamix, the food grinding attachment for a KitchenAid stand mixer—but they are loud and lumbering, and they don’t strain and puree in one handy step. My rig is just as efficient, and the clockwise motion of the wooden pestle rolling in its groove is both cathartic and hypnotic.”

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Snapshots: The Little Goat, Chicago

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 15, 2014

“As the casual sibling to Chicago’s justifiably lauded Girl & the Goat, the Little Goat Diner takes the idea of an all-day, all-night diner and schmancies it up just a touch. Yep, there’s a classic Formica countertop punctuated by spinning chrome-edged barstools, but you don’t always see a communal table with rows of pristine white Eames chairs at your local greasy spoon.”

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The Bar Cart: The Ruddy Mary

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 8, 2014

“The Ruddy Mary—a twist on the classic tomato-based brunch drink—gets a hit of subtle sweetness from freshly roasted red bell peppers and just-picked basil, and a slow burn from a whole jalapeño. (Oh, come on, it’s not that spicy, ya wimps.)”

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Caramel and Sea Salt Sticky Buns from The Messy Baker

Casey Barberby Casey Barber September 1, 2014

” ‘Messy’ in this sense refers to the layer of caramel sauce hidden under these soft, doughy cinnamon rolls as they bake: flip or scoop the finished buns from the baking pan to discover their intensely caramelized tarte tatin-like underside.”

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