The Obscene Jedi Master of Turkey Sandwiches

December 1, 2008

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Who is this “Neal”? And why does he love turkey sandwiches so much?

Turkey sandwiches are among my most favorite things in the whole world. In fact, prior to my resignation as President and Chairman of the Fat Pack, virtually every time I visited a diner I ordered a Turkey Club Sandwich, on whole wheat toast, with extra crispy bacon. I would consider myself a master at all forms of Turkey Sandwich construction, an authority on how all Turkey Sandwiches and their derivatives (such as the BLT, which forms the basis for any excellent Turkey Club) should be judged, and I didn’t think it was possible that somebody could be more obsessed with Turkey Sandwiches than I am. But I have discovered that I have a nemesis, and I am outclassed.

His name is Neal Stewart. I’m not sure what this guy really does for a living, or if he’s ever been subjected to a DSM-IV, but this guy is one Turkey Sandwich short of a carving station for a Hassidic wedding. He has dedicated AN ENTIRE BLOG to Turkey Sandwiches. Normally, anyone this obsessed with a single food object I would suggest seeking professional help — like my buddy Adam Kuban over at Serious Eats, who founded A Hamburger Today and Slice.  Adam by all accounts is clearly out of his mind. But compared with “Neal” he’s practically shelf stable.

Neal is funny. Neal is irreverent and foul mouthed. And he’s clearly insane. But this man knows Turkey Sandwiches.

Welcome Cookstr!

November 19, 2008

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The Cookstr web site launched this week is the first recipe site to partner with cookbook publishers and includes celebrity chef recipes from cookbooks.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Cookstr, a new recipe web site that will feature selected content from actual published cookbooks, which includes the celebrity chefs you all know and love (Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, Julia Child, etc) as well as non-celeb but hardcore cookbook authors such as Mark Bittman or Madhur Jaffrey, and famous four-star restaurant chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud. This differs significantly from other recipe-type sites such as Recipezaar, where the content isn’t vetted or even tested, or even recipe sites like Food Network’s where the recipes are limited to what their own specific celebrity chefs have cooked on TV. If you want Nigella’s actual cookbook recipes, you either have to buy her cookbooks — or go on Cookstr.

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A perfect Labor Day, courtesy of Professor Wiviott

September 1, 2008

Despite the worry for my friends in New Orleans today — which it seems may escape the worst of Gustav’s wrath — Rachel and I had a pretty ideal Labor Day, thanks to Gary Wiviott’s Master the Weber Smokey Mountain in 5 Easy Dinners Course.

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Gary Wiviott’s Online WSM Course is a must for any prospective Smokey Mountain owner.

We’ve been messing around with our WSM for a few weeks now, and while we’ve made some very tasty stuff, it would be arrogant to say that we’ve mastered its use and gotten ideal results with it every time.

I was recently directed to Gary Wiviott’s web site and his five steps to excellent barbecue course. I met Wiviott a few years ago on a visit to Chicago, where both Ron Kaplan and I had a very meat-filled dinner with him at Fogo de Chao restaurant, a Brazilian Rodizo place. Until recently I had no idea that he was such a ‘Q fanatic, but I knew he was a food nut — he runs the food discussion site, which specializes in Chicago restaurant talk.

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FAIL Foods.

August 23, 2008

From the meme that brought you Faildogs and Failblog, and Engrishfunny, we now have… Fail Foods.

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The sad thing is some of my own cooking attempts frequently look like some of the stuff depicted on this site.

Podcast #48: An Edge in the Kitchen by Chad Ward

May 30, 2008

Click Here to listen to the Chad Ward / An Edge in the Kitchen podcast

Related Link: Click here to go to Chad’s website,

HarperCollins author Chad Ward, in his Raleigh, North Carolina kitchen.

An Edge in the Kitchen will be available in bookstores on June 10th, 2008. Click on the photo above to buy it on

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NYC Dining: 2008 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Web Site Launches

May 24, 2008

The 2008 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Web Site has now launched. You might recognize some of the photos used here, courtesy of Off The Broiler :)

We will be returning to this year’s event as usual, with some spare tasters in tow. Atkins baby, Atkins. Until then, have a look at last year’s photos and podcasts.

Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

March 19, 2008

Read the complete article on ZDNet (click)

Guess who else needs to go on a diet?

March 3, 2008


Does Windows need to go on a diet? Read my column at ZDNet.

Here we go again

February 26, 2008

I’m not sure if I am a glutton for punishment or just a glutton. But do I know one thing for certain, I love Windows Server 2008.


February 14, 2008

I review Microsoft’s latest hypervisor-based paravirtualization product, Hyper-V, on ZDNet’s Microsoft blog. What the heck is a hypervisor, you say? Read on.