Baked Beans: Putting the BB in BBQ

  Baked beans, cole slaw, and smoky meat are the holy trinity of barbecue.  Take any one of them away and it’s like sitting on a two-legged stool.  You’ll be keenly aware that something very important is missing. We’re enormous fans of baked beans, and between the two of us we can’t remember ever having…

Jalapeño Poppers à la Carolina

  The first time I tried Palmetto Cheese, it was a revelation. I became a pimento cheese snob. I have always loved pimento cheese. It was the stuff between slices of Wonderbread that made my heart sing.  But Palmetto Cheese is next-level stuff.  Theirs is the first pimento cheese I’ve ever had that included bits…

Hickory Smoked Pork Tenderloin

We asked the building management if we could please, please, please set up a Big Green Egg on the roof of our building.  The answer was polite (we love our building and management!) but firm.  Nope.  No dice.  It’s in the lease.  But we have a lovely electric grill on the roof. And we totally…

BBQ and the NYPL

We’re librarians by day.  True story.  And just to dispel a few quick misconceptions, there’s nothing meek, mild, or bookish about us.  We are meat-eating, beer and bourbon-drinking, loud-laughing librarians.  We’re the kind of librarians who want people to come into the library, bring their intellectual curiosity, make some noise, find something amazing, and go…

Spicy Wings Are Beautiful Things

New York City has a stunning sunset.  We love being on the Queens side of the East River because we get the gift of watching the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline.  There aren’t too many things that can improve on an NYC sunset–but perfect chicken wings in the foreground definitely make the list (priorities!)….

Beef Ribs – Texas Style

I was born in Texas.  I only lived there for a few years, but I really believe there’s something about arriving on the planet somewhere in Texas that creates a predisposition for the true and uncompromising love of beef ribs. Don’t get me wrong–I love pork ribs too!  Never let it be said that I…

Late September peppers

Growing peppers on an 8th-floor balcony in Queens isn’t the simplest gardening experience I’ve had, but it has been both challenging and rewarding every summer.  In years past I’ve grown jalapenos, pepperoncinis, and Thai bird’s eye chilies, but this summer called for something different. This morning’s small harvest represents the end of our late summer peppers. …