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By Max Silvestri, GQ
If you've thrown a few drunken potlucks or impressed a date with a recipe you read in the New York Times Magazine, you may find yourself emboldened with unwarranted hosting confidence. Heck, you skim Bon Appetit in the airport and sometimes watch Good Eats: your parents ain't got nothing on you. Sure, they spent their entire lives putting great home-cooked food on the table for their family and friends, but they have never even read a blog! That arrogance may be how you end up inviting your parents to come spend Thanksgiving with YOU. A big mistake. You are in over your head, but I've compiled a simple guide to make your parents think you've got it figured out, even though your roommate breeds snakes and the novel you're working on is just a Word doc with 45 page breaks, chapter numbers, and no sentences. (If you start it after the first of the year and write 800 words a day, you'll be done by Labor Day. Why rush into it now?)
I've tried to make this easy.
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By Stan Parish, GQ
You avoided candied-yams duty, but now you're responsible for the Thanksgiving dinner's grand finale. Relax-this dessert is all about playing it safe while looking like you went all out. You say "crisp" and they think "apple." Then you drop the plot twist: It's pear crisp (because pears are at their peak right now) with a hit of ginger (for zing, though the fact that it's a digestive aid doesn't hurt).
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The "techniques" involved-slicing fruit; mixing butter, pecans, and brown sugar with your bare hands-are all skills a hyperactive 9-year-old could handle. I know, because I was 9 when my mom taught me how to make this dish. Look for Bartlett or Anjou pears, which have the sweetness to stand up to ginger and do well in the oven. The hardest step: remembering to pick up ice cream.
3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- GQ Magazine | Fashion – Mon, Nov 14, 2011 1:56 PM EST
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By Lauren Bans, GQ
He was dubbed "The Hipster Cop" a little over a week ago, a few days after pictures trickled online of a plainclothes detective-dressed more like an actor from Dead Poet's Society than NYPD Blue-patrolling the Occupy Wall Street protest. Then the Hipster Cop Twitter jokes started: "He only uses pepper spray ironically." "Sure I have a nightstick...I bought it on svpply.com." And in October, The New York Times ran the first interview with Rick Lee, a 45-year-old community affairs detective with an addiction to Ralph Lauren, a.k.a. The Hipster Cop. Or rather, a.k.a. The Country Gentleman. (You'll understand after you read this interview.)
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GQ: Tell me about what you're wearing today.
Rick Lee: This is pretty average for me. For work anyway. The jacket and cardigan are Ralph Lauren. The tie is Burberry. The shirt is Ralph Lauren, too. These are J.Crew pants. And Ralph Lauren shoes. Lot of Ralph Lauren. My best friend works for Ralph
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By Katherin Wheelock, GQ
Ina Garten has thrown more dinner parties than Martha, written six cookbooks, and spent forty years making meals for one man: her husband, Jeffrey. She knows a few things about crowd-pleasing food. She knows, for instance, that even if you like your eggs organic and your stock homemade, you might not pass up a bowl of Kraft mac and cheese at 2 a.m. on a boozy night. She also knows you'd be similarly powerless to resist an adultified version of that meal-a creamy, crunchy, oven-baked dish you can proudly serve to a tableful of grown-ups.
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The rules, like Ina, are gentle but firm. Use pasta the cheese sauce can cling to, like corkscrew-shaped fusilli or cavatappi, or good old elbow macaroni. The cheese is pretty much your prerogative; Ina likes a combination of Gruyére and aged Cheddar. Blanket the pasta with real breadcrumbs and a layer of thin tomato slices. If you think the tomato part is sacrilege, ask
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Stretching, kick bridges, and yes, even planking, in your office will help you avoid the perils of office death. Use our guide to defeat the desk doldrums.
Your daily gym run is great-but it may not be enough. "If you do everything right in the gym and everything wrong the rest of the day, it's eight hours to one," says Craig Friedman of Athletes' Performance in Phoenix. Try these moves at home or (if you have a door) in the office.
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It's the most important muscle group in the body-abs, glutes, lower back, etc.-and it softens to Jell-O in a desk chair
Do a plank, then lift your left arm and hold it. Return to the starting position and raise your right. Do eight on each side.
Okay, this one's embarrassing in public. Lie on your back with your knees bent and push your butt off the ground into a bridge position. Lift one leg, then lower it. Switch legs. Do eight reps for each leg, two sets.
Pietro Criscuolo, chef-owner of Dongió in Milan, makes his meatballs quickly. Photo by Fred WoodwardBy GQRead More »from How to Make Meatballs Magnifico
Pietro Criscuolo makes meatballs, he waits for nobody. Not even a reporter desperately trying to jot down his recipe. Criscuolo, 71, is standing in the middle of his family's Milan restaurant, Dongió, and is performing something of a meatball clinic.
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He cracks two eggs onto a mound of ground beef, tosses in a few spoonfuls of bread crumbs, adds plenty of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, a touch of salt, some more Parmigiano, a few more bread crumbs, and then kneads the mixture until all the ingredients are well integrated. Every now and then, he looks up at me, smiles with his big droopy eyes, and says something in Italian that I can't understand.
I'm having enough trouble keeping up with him as he speedily rolls out about forty polpette. Although truthfully, there is not much to be confused about. As Pietro's son Antonio says in somewhat broken English, The simpler the recipe, the better the taste. And Pietro's recipe is indeed
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By Austin Leslie, fry cook, Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans, GQ
Frying chicken is the culinary equivalent of shaving with a straight razor: Anybody can take a whack at it, but with an unsteady hand it's a messy, dangerous affair.
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Austin Leslie, a New Orleans food-world fixture for more than forty years, says most people are scared of the fryer. Scared of the skillet. So they stand wa-a-a-y back here, he says, illustrating with an invisible chicken leg. That way the grease won't pop 'em.
Chicken falling from a height of even an inch or two loses its coating of egg wash and flour in the splashdown. Then you're working with inferior chicken. I never drop the chicken, Leslie says. Even when I'm angry, I never drop the chicken.
Serves two to four
• 1 1/2 cups peanut oil, for frying
• 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
• 1 cup water
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• Salt and freshly ground white pepper
• 1 chicken (3 1/2 pounds),
- GQ Magazine | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 8, 2011 5:36 PM EDT
By Stan Parish, GQ
"Family meal" takes place every night in restaurants everywhere-from temples of molecular gastronomy to the s---ty grill joint where I cooked in college. It's a pre-service ritual in which the staff eats a hearty lo-fi supper before the first seating shows up and all hell breaks loose. The dishes are usually simple to make, but they need to satisfy everyone from the pastry chef to the busboy.
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Put another way, family meal is exactly what you want when you have a crowd to feed. If football season means your house will occasionally be overrun with dudes, you're looking for a dish that'll keep people fed without chaining you to the stove for the first half. And by week three, everyone is sick of pizza and wings.
This one-pot family meal comes from Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station, California. More specifically, the recipe comes from cook Margarita Carmona's grandmother. Margarita worked at a now defunct Mexican