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This Needs Hot Sauce

Abigail Koffler
A newsletter and community by Abigail Koffler about cooking, dining out, and making the most of it.
Created 15 May 2018
  • What's on your grocery list?
    03 May 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Yesterday afternoon, I went grocery shopping. Dale and I met at the store with a bunch of reusable bags, sprung for an uber home, and carried everything up the stairs. After unloading everything into ...
  • My noisy refrigerator
    29 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    I moved into my current apartment almost a year ago. With the help of Dale, Julia, and my parents, I avoided hiring movers and we lugged everything up the stairs in masks (Dale already lived here so t...
  • Appetizers for the table
    26 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    For the past few weeks, I’ve had a thought every time I put on my bright blue puffer jacket, “Is this the last time?” I cannot wait to shove that jacket in a closet until this fall and head outside. S...
  • The Vegetarian Agenda
    22 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Happy Earth day/Taurus season/springtime (it’s technically been spring for over a month but it was 37 degrees this morning, yikes). We all know that food production, especially meat production, has a ...
  • The birria spot with my new favorite quesadilla
    19 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Hi friends, What a week! Yesterday, Erica and I led a meal prep class with over 50 attendees. I’m still riding the adrenaline high and I’m thrilled my fridge is stocked for the week (you can purchase ...
  • Behind the scenes of recipe development
    15 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hi friends, As I’ve taught more cooking classes and taken on some additional projects, I’ve been spending more time on recipe development. I really enjoy this work and have learned a lot in the proces...
  • Backyard Drinks in Boston
    12 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Hi friends, You know what I’ve missed? Going over to my friends’ houses. There’s something so wonderful about seeing a friend’s space, filled with their favorite foods, books, and these days, their ma...
  • Meet Erica Adler, meal prep extraordinaire and Cheez-it fan
    08 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    It’s a special week in TNHS world—it’s my three year freelance anniversary. My last day at my non profit job was April 5, 2018, a Thursday, and I started freelancing the following Monday (my calendar ...
  • Meet me at the park
    05 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 1 2
    Hi friends, Welcome back to This Needs Hot Sauce. I visited two parks yesterday: McGolrick in Greenpoint and Herbert Von King in Bed-Stuy. There’s nothing like visiting a park in early spring—you can ...
  • Letter of Recommendation: Omsom
    01 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hi friends, There’s a sound going around TikTok of someone saying, “A fun fact about me is I’ve never been relaxed. Ever.” That definitely resonated with me—my notes app is littered with ideas and rem...
  • Different from all other nights
    29 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hi friends, Welcome back to This Needs Hot Sauce. It’s Passover, which means I never know what to eat for breakfast (this morning’s matzoh avocado toast was tasty, but hardly filling). On Saturday, my...
  • Goodbye to my first New York Apartment (and kitchen)
    25 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 4
    Hi friends, The school I teach at is on spring break, which has given my days a little much needed breathing room. This happily coincided with Julia’s move, which I was able to help with. I was most u...
  • It's Time to Clean Out the Fridge
    22 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 3 2
    Hi friends, Welcome back to This Needs Hot Sauce. It was heartbreaking to learn of Thursday’s mass shooting in Atlanta, which targeted Asian American women. It’s been such a hard year (more than a yea...
  • A second pandemic Passover
    18 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Hi friends, Last Passover was unforgettable. It was the first major holiday I marked over Zoom and every part of it was fraught. Julia and I had to visit three stores to find Matzoh, wearing makeshift...
  • Countdown to Spring
    15 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 7 2
    Hi friends, Welcome back to This Needs Hot Sauce. After a delightfully warm week, we’re back to chilly temperatures (it’s 27 degrees as I write this). I’m eager for spring and more chances for outdoor...
  • Notes from March 11, 2021
    11 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 4
    Hi there, I’ve been planning on writing about the pandemic anniversary for about a month. It’s hard to grapple with, but harder to avoid. Last week, I found myself working like crazy. I was waking up ...
  • A Spring Wine Trio and All the Best Toasts
    08 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Hi friends, Yesterday, I saw an ice cream truck outside of Fort Greene Park. It sped down the street playing a jingle and stopped at a corner. It was after 5 pm, in the low 40s, and we were about to h...
  • All the links
    06 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Read this week’s newsletter Sign up for a cooking class (they’re fun!) Read this week’s bonus newsletter (for paid subscribers) Follow Abigail on twitter Read Abigail’s latest articles See press for A...
  • Letter of Recommendation: Julia Turshen Cookbooks
    04 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 2
    Hi friends, I get asked a lot about my favorite cookbooks. I love this question because it’s an excuse to introduce people to the work of Julia Turshen. Julia has a new cookbook out this week (my copy...
  • One Meal at a Time
    01 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 3 4
    Hi friends, Rabbit, rabbit. It’s March! I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed by the week ahead. On Thursday, I got my second dose of the Covid vaccine (you can read about my experience with the ...
  • The Great Hamantaschen Bake Off of 2021
    25 Feb 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Hi friends, You may have seen that my hamantaschen tweets made it all the way to a certain New York Times column on Tuesday. I was not contacted by the author and was dismissively referred to as “a wo...
  • In the hot seat: What's your favorite hot sauce?
    22 Feb 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    Hi friends, I want to give a warm welcome to our new readers (thank you to Rachel and Sidekick for the shoutout). I’m Abigail Koffler, a freelance writer and born and raised New Yorker. I started this...
  • How to make better soup (no matter what recipe you're following)
    18 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    Hi friends, It’s been a week since our first cooking class and I’m still riding a high from it (I finished my leftover soup on Tuesday, the garlic bread was gone way sooner). I got some really great f...
  • Hamantaschen are good
    15 Feb 2021 • 7 min read • 1 1
    Hi friends, I certainly never expected to start a conversation about Hamantashen this week. If you’re not on Twitter, here’s what happened: I teach part time and am going to make Hamantaschen with my ...
  • Celebrating Love in 2021
    11 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Hi friends, It’s a big day in the This Needs Hot Sauce world. Tonight is our first cooking class! This is a big step and I’m that classic mix of nervous and excited. My tripod is set, I have all the i...
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