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Old 08-31-2011, 03:02 PM   #1
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Outside of NYC, but still within the U.S., where do you like to eat?

what's the coolest noise made by food?

Guilty pleasure late-night snack?

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Old 08-31-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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Outside of NYC, but still within the U.S., where do you like to eat?
In Chicago: Tre Kronor, Bin 36, Ribs and Bibs; In Boston: Rialto, Santarpio's Pizza, Hamersley's Bistro, Turner Fisheries, Summer Shack, can't remember the name of the clam shack in Essex!; In NoCal: Scoma's, Zuni Cafe, Zin, Bistro Jeanty and of course, in New Jersey... Madame Claude, CulinAriane, Lorena's, Light Horse, Edward's Steak House, still searching for good pizza!

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CRUNCH!

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Peanut butter and Guittard chocolate chip sandwich. Homemade ice cream.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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I think there's another thread to visit for this sort of question, but looks like you might be a good person to recommend a lobster restaurant in the Bar Harbor, ME, vicinity. Might you know of the one to look up for a vacationing lobster-lover?
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:41 PM   #4
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...can't remember the name of the clam shack in Essex!; ...


Woodman's?
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:15 PM   #5
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first dish you cooked?

first dish you messed up? (who was watching?)
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What was your "ah ha moment" when you knew that you would make cooking your life's work?

Other than Julia, who has been/still is your biggest inspiration (famous or in your life)?

Who is your best critic?
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Woodman's?
definitely not. have never cared much for Woodman's Clam Rolls. I'll have to find out.
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first dish you cooked?
That's a hard one. I started out in the kitchen at 3 cutting out Christmas cookies; at 5 I was making the gravy for Sunday dinner. But the first dish I remember cooking was something called "Shrimp Wiggle." I think it was from "Miss B's First Cookbook." or something like that. I was probably 8?

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I don't have recollection of very many mess-ups. but for sure I remember the first Christmastime my folks were coming to MY house to stay for the holiday and I was making Christmas Eve dinner. Mom was famous for a sour cream coffee cake we all loved, and I wanted to make it for dessert. However, my oven was waaaaaaaaaay off temperature. I had never thought to test the temp before. and no matter how long I left the cake in the oven, it didn't bake. At all! I tossed it and made a batch of brownies, which I had to leave in the almost cold oven for 3 or 4 hours, but they did set up properly. Thank Heavens for brownies' forgivingness! The day after Christmas I called the gas company to come out and reset my oven!

No one was watching, but my whole family learned about it when we sat down to dinner Christmas Eve.
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What was your "ah ha moment" when you knew that you would make cooking your life's work?
I didn't have one. I was out of work, and pretty despondent over being passed over for jobs I was already overqualified for. A good friend suggested I start a catering business, and -- in fact -- shoved me into it. She was a PR writer, who not only named my company, but helped me write a letter of introduction to 100 friends and acquaintances (which I copied longhand onto hot pink stationery). And I was in business.

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Other than Julia, who has been/still is your biggest inspiration (famous or in your life)?
My mom and her sister, my Aunt Eleanor. They were the two best cooks I knew then, and they still qualify for that pantheon I call "Truly Great Cooks." Neither of them ever cooked anything that I (nor anyone else I knew) didn't like, or want to eat again. In today's vernacular, "they rocked!"

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do you mean of my cooking?
that would be/have been my former catering partner and also my cousin who has been my business partner for eons. They keep/kept me grounded.
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