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Recipe Review: Bacon Infused Whiskey for Bacon Old Fashioneds from PDT & NY Mag

Recipe Review | Prepared, written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Original recipe from PDT (and NY Mag)Overall Rating: 4

Denny’s will tell you, every single culinary element in existence can be improved by adding bacon.  Liquor is no different with some companies specifically producing such items. If you don’t have a distributor offering such gems near you, there is hope and a simple recipe to follow. Continue reading

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Recipe Review: Captain Crunch cookies from Miss In The Kitchen

Recipe Review | Prepared, written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Original recipe from Miss In The KitchenOverall Rating: 3

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Recipe Review: Milkshakes from 1st Milkshake and Smoothie Recipes

Recipe Review | Prepared, written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Original recipe from 1st Milkshake and Smoothie RecipesOverall Rating: 5

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Recipe Review: Buffalo Chicken Dip via Frank’s Red Hot

Recipe Review | Prepared, written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Original recipe from Frank’s Red HotOverall Rating: 5

Frank’s Red Hot is a Central/Western New York institution. Tabasco may have its stronghold on other areas but not in this neighborhood. Keeping that in mind, I’m not sure there’s a more praised application of the sauce than with this (affectionately called) Buff Chix Dip.  It’s a hit at everything from classy contemporary adult parties to college ragers where it gets eaten both hot and cold. That versatility (and its incredible ease to create) make it a must for any novice cooks out there. Continue reading

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Recipe Review: Homemade Pop-Tarts via Smitten Kitchen

Recipe Review | Prepared, written and photographed by Nathan Mattise

Original recipe from Smitten KitchenOverall Rating: 3

This. will. impress. your. friends.  Smitten Kitchen provides a great idea on how to upgrade a rather bland, but familiar treat from childhood (…or last week for those of us still in college). Pop-Tarts are just simply a stuffed pastry when you get down to it, so making them taste better than cardboard is an easy task even for the extreme amateur. Continue reading

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Introducing: Recipe Reviews

Site Info | Written  by Nathan Mattise

Did you know Diners Without Frosted Tips has a “recipes” category/tag?  Apparently we forgot about it too.

The heart of this site is promoting diner culture through news and first-hand reviews. It always will be.  At times, recipes don’t find a nice niche within that.  However, while we won’t become another recipe-driven blog, we’ve got a few unique ones to share.

Our idea? Recipe reviews.

Similar to the approach on diners, we want to experience a recipe then convey that for interested parties. There are less factors to consider when handling a recipe, but three rateable aspects (“1” being low, “5” being high) stick out:

Overall Ease – Do I need any techniques your average home cook can’t handle? Are there a lot of touch and go moments where you need a good feel for the kitchen before attempting? No matter how great the cook book picture looks, if the text next to it reads like a thesis rather than simple steps, the recipe is a pass.

Common Ingredients/Tools Needed – How many of the items being called for do you need to obtain specially for this recipe? The more effort to gather, the more hassle overall.

Idiot-Proof Flavor – You can’t judge the overall taste of a recipe since this is such a vast spectrum of human error impacting its outcome. However, you can judge how hard it is to screw up the recipe despite your level of cooking prowess.

Look for a fresh batch of recipe reviews coming soon.  In the meantime, make your way to your favorite Sunday diner to stretch your stomach for the evening’s festivities.

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Old Forge Pizza means home for the holidays

Food Essay and Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise

The holidays season is quickly approaching which means travel plans are quickly arriving. “Home for the Holidays” is a concept that seems to resonate no matter who you are or where you’re from. The concept incorporates friends, families,  unique traditions… and food.

My December always means a visit to the greater Scranton, Pa. area.  Northeastern Pennsylvania subtly offers strong cuisine like wings, Sheetz, coneys,  etc.  The undisputed king of my hometown food scene is Old Forge-style pizza however.

Every time I’m there I need a “tray” (that’s right, not “pie”) of either Lou’s or Andy’s. I can settle for Duke’s, Barrett’s or even a grab-and-go from the “Archbald Express Mart” (a.k.a. Propst’s)  as well.  It’s a distinct approach only available in NEPA – typically square cuts, sweet sauce, multiple cheese blend, softer crust and as good cold as it is hot. A slice of it feels like home as much as (or probably more so at this point) sleeping on mt parents’ couch.

With Holidays 2010 already underway or just days away, what food makes you feel at home in your area?

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