Tim Cebula

Recent Posts By Tim Cebula

2 Apps That Help You Make Better Seafood Choices

At its core, seafood sustainability is about preserving the health and size of the world’s fish stock populations. As certain fish species become dangerously overfished, watchdog groups both public and private put out warnings to avoid them. But because populations are ever in flux, it can be hard for shoppers to stay current with the latest recommendations on which fish […]

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Today’s Special: Andrea Reusing’s Stuffed Savoy Cabbage with Tomato Sauce

Chefs cooking for their families on rare nights off face a delicate balancing act. They need to serve food that both kids and adults will love, and without so much work that it feels like, well, work. North Carolina star chef Andrea Reusing (The Durham Hotel, Lantern) has it all figured out: Her stuffed cabbage rolls deliver convenience for the […]

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Shake Shack’s Lobster-Topped Burger: No. Just, No.

Yesterday, the revered burger chain Shake Shack launched a special menu item in its Boston and Connecticut locations: the Surf n’ Shack burger, a ground beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and Maine lobster salad. As a native New Englander, a lobster purist, and a burger aficionado, I feel compelled to voice my outrage. Let it be known that I love […]

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4 Tasty Sauces for Any Seafood Dinner

While great seafood often doesn’t need much more than a squeeze of lemon, sometimes you want a little something extra. Seafood sauces, particularly in the summer, are best when they’re light and bright, so they don’t clobber the delicate flavor of the fish. A fresh herb sauce is a natural accompaniment for seafood. This one has some minced shallots for […]

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5 Tasty Toppers for Your Seafood Dinner

Dress up your cooked fresh seafood with these simple, quick topping ideas. Crispy breadcumbs: Toss 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or fresh breadcrumbs with 2 teaspoons olive oil to moisten; toast crumb mixture in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Stir in a 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley or chives; spoon over cooked […]

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Wellfleet Sea Salt: A Taste of the Cape

I miss my native Massachusetts most of all in the summer. Growing up, my summers were spent on the Cape, scarfing whole belly clams, lobster, and oysters, sweet-briny flavors that perfectly distilled Cape Cod’s terroir (merroir?). Alabama summers are different: My time is spent rushing from one air-conditioned environment to the next, hoping to dodge the inevitable—and often quite violent—daily […]

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What’s the Difference Between Over Easy, Over Medium, and Over Hard Eggs?

If you’ve been to a diner and ordered fried eggs, you know the server’s next question is, “How’d you like them, hon?” If you know the jargon, you’ll save your busy server time, and yourself a lot of unnecessarily detailed explaining. You have four options. Sunny-side up, as you probably know, is an unflipped fried egg, with the yolk still […]

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Four Flavorful Oils for Frying Eggs

Typically, you fry eggs in canola or vegetable oil: fats with neutral flavor and a high smoke point, meaning you can cook the egg at medium-high heat and not worry about the oil smoking and giving the egg off flavors. But you can easily add a little pizzazz to a simple fried egg by using flavored cooking oils. These oils […]

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Today’s Special: Johanna Ware’s Grilled Steak and Tomatoes with Creamy Tofu Ranch

Ripe heirloom tomatoes in the heart of the season make Johanna Ware swoon. “There couldn’t be anything I love more,” says the chef of Smallwares, in Portland, Oregon. “They’re sweet and juicy, and I almost cry when their season is over.” It doesn’t take much to make the most out of garden-fresh tomatoes: A little salt and fresh ground pepper […]

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Salad: Will It Grill?

Yes, silly! Flame-kissed greens are one of the best treats of the season. The grill gives salad lettuces depth and complexity: a hint of smoke, some subtle char, a little caramelization. Sadly, many folks don’t even consider it an option. The tricks: – Use sturdy lettuce. Think romaine, radicchio, even iceberg if that’s your thing. But butter lettuce will just […]

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