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Cathy Erway
Cathy Erway is New York's leading expert on not eating out. She writes the blog Not Eating Out in New York, a collection of recipes, tips and home-cooking events for the busy-but-thrifty, and hosts the weekly radio show, Let's Eat In, on Heritage Radio Network. She is the author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, and writes for food and lifestyle publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

Entries by Cathy Erway

10 Gifts NOT to Give the Cook on Your List

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:22 PM

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It's been a while since we've played Scrooge. In 2011, I compiled 10 things not to give the home cook for the holiday season. Last year, I offered 5 "alternative" gifts...

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Giving Thanks in a World of Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:05 AM

I made a buckwheat-crust apple pie recipe recently. But that's not really what I wanted to write about this week. In light of the Paris and Beirut attacks and continuing threats from their perpetrators, it's awkward for me to talk about the relative pros and cons of...

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Race Is Not All Black and White Today

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 9:43 PM

The curious incident of Rachel Dolezal and other mysteries, it's been deemed by the media. We the public all get to weigh in on this woman's racial identification, based on her dubious self-identification as black. We know that she was pretending to be black, although she...

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How to Make Time for Cooking? Turn Off the Tube

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 7:12 PM


There's been talk about how cooking is in the elites-only club. I've heard plenty of this sentiment anecdotally, and I've seen it expressed in so-called studies--especially since last fall, when a report was released that said cooking...

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5 Alternative Gifts for the Food-Obsessed on Your List

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:22 AM

The holidays are supposed to be about throwing your hands up in the air and relaxing, but those weeks just beforehand are a frenzy of anxiety and anticipation. Some of this is very unfortunately caused by the lovely tradition of giving. As a co-worker made clear today (with "I haven't...

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4th of July Food, World Cup Edition: Steak 'Shoulder Bites' With Chimichurri

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:16 PM


Who hasn't been enjoying watching the World Cup lately? Despite the U.S. packing their bags, there's still so much drama, intrigue and high-stakes tension to soak in. It's a fantastic spectacle -- not only of physical agility,...

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5 Things the Girl Scouts Can Do to Step up Their Food Game

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Cross-posted from Civil Eats

When Katie Francis of Oklahoma broke a record recently for selling 18,107 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in seven weeks, the world took notice. All eyes were on this ambitious young woman with a creative approach and an impressive work ethic. But...

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With Robert Sietsema's Departure, The Village Voice Loses A Voice of Integrity

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 11:25 AM

We all know that Robert Sietsema inspired a generation of food writers to explore New York City's outer boroughs for undiscovered, authentic restaurants serving a wide array of ethnic foods. This legacy of his has been mentioned in numerous reactions to his firing from the longstanding alternative newspaper...

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An Heirloom Potato Primer

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 6:09 PM


Oh my gosh, the winter farmers market is getting smaller by the minute. There is barely any seasonal produce besides root vegetables and maple syrup. This, most post-jogging, baby-strolling, dog-walking, casually-shopping New Yorkers might assume,...

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Three Ways To Cook One Tough Radish

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:19 AM

I brought these black radishes home from the market for the precise reason that they were so difficult to love. Do you have a friend or family member like that, who constantly seems to wage war with you in a bet to lose your loyalty? We have relationships with food...

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The 10 Best Food Innovations of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 4:46 PM

'Tis the season to reflect on the year. Before we go making lists of to-dos for the coming one, we might gain some insight from what's been accomplished in the food world so far. I've loosely based this top-ten list of events, discoveries and movements as "innovations" -- rather than...

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10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Don't Suck

(16) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:43 AM

Do you try to cook something new on the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, when it seems that there can never be too much food? I often do, and sometimes these fledgling recipes soar. while other times, crash-land on the table to a piteous chorus of what-if-I'd-done-that-insteads. Adding a new dish to...

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NYC's Urban Farms Face a Climate Change Reality Check

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:04 PM


When Sandy hit BK Farmyards' youth farm site at a school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, it was especially frustrating for the site's farmers. The foursome of young women are committed to providing fresh food alternatives in an under-resourced community, and they had already weathered...

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How to Better Experience the Seasons? Through Food

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:36 PM


Not everyone in the city has the time or means to go apple-picking in the fall. I know this because I've been searching online the past few days for an apple orchard in some autumn rural...

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Why I'm Still Swooning Over Obama Four Years Later: As a Bi-Racial

(12) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 11:29 AM

There are a lot of negative words and harsh economic realities being tossed around during this presidential election season. But one powerful message from the last one in 2008 seems to be lost into the ether. It has to do with the forces that bring us together as a country...

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How (And Why) to Keep Home-Cooking Away From Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 12:58 PM

There come times when you've just got to get out of dodge. But, if you're like me, after maybe a day or two of this blissful relaxing and twiddling your fingers uselessly, creating knots in your hair for no reason, realize that you've just got to cook something. Often, this...

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Why It's Ethical To Eat Meat? To Set A "Good" Example

(377) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 11:12 AM

Last weekend was the deadline for an essay contest held by the New York Times, which asked readers to answer in 600 words, "Why it's ethical to eat meat." I didn't enter the contest, because I couldn't articulate the reasons I thought it was possible for meat-eating to...

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Salty Caramel Banana Ice Cream

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 10:26 AM


When no longer firm enough to enjoy fresh, bananas take on dramatic flavor that carries far. It's like a second career as a lounge singer instead of receptionist. Pocked with brown age spots on the peel, the overripe flesh is perfect for mashing up...

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Our Food Is Not Just Entertainment, Paula Deen

(334) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 1:33 PM

If you had to draw a line between instructional food media made for "entertainment" and those meant as actual advice, I would have to take the side of producing the latter. I'm making that clear now so there's no confusion down the line. I don't think I'm alone, either. But...

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Reason for Not Eating Out #49: Getting Over Your Food Fears

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 4:55 PM

I made unagi recently. And I didn't produce the Japanese specialty by unwrapping a vacuum-packed fillet of fully prepared, barbecued eel -- I went to a seafood market after having dim sum with friends in Chinatown, took home a sack of fresh eel, and prepared it from that. This was...

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