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1. Snapshots from the UK: The English Foodstuff Lexicon Venturing into an English gastropub is dangerous business unless you are armed with the appropriate dictionary. Herewith, a preliminary lexicon to introduce you to the terms and traditions of English cuisine.
2. Serious Cookies: Cocoa Snowflakes, from Gina DePalma "When Ed asked me to contribute some holiday cookie recipes for serious eaters, I instantly thought of something I haven’t so much as glanced at for at least a dozen years—my mother’s time worn recipe box that sits on her kitchen shelf. The irony is that the ignored recipe box exists entirely because of me; I made it for Mom as a Christmas gift when I was about 10 years old."
3. Goofy Kitchen Appliances (Please Don't Buy That for Me!) "I was out Christmas shopping and of course I had to check out the kitchen gadgets and whatnot at the stores, and as usual I was stopped in my tracks by a device that I just couldn't believe. As in, who would want one of these things? It was billed as an automatic doughnut machine."
4. Kellogg's Saves Mother's Cookies Mother's Cookies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, but Kellogg's announced it would acquire trademarks and recipes to the famous Circus Animal cookies.
5. In Videos: Dog Eats Bean Burrito in 1 Second This video isn't all that food-related, but it's pretty amazing. The title says it all.
6. Serious Eats Gift Guide: For Bacon Lovers
If you're a Serious Eats regular, chances are you're also a bacon lover. We've created a holiday gift guide especially for you to share with your friends and family to ensure your holidays are bacon-filled. You can thank us later.
7. 5 Tricks to Baking Perfect Sugar Cookies
You all really liked Gina DePalma's writing this week! Her tips for perfect sugar cookies are a nice supplement to her No. 2 Cocoa Snowflakes post.
8. McDonald's Filet-O-Fish: Yea or Nay?
"Something about the Filet-O-Fish creeps me out. In my opinion, McDonald's meats are beef and chicken—Big Macs and McNuggets. Fish just doesn't fit into the equation. The sandwich is basically a deep-fried flat and wide fish stick, and some tartar sauce on a bun. But wait. There's a slice of CHEESE? For real? Horrifying."
9. Grocery Ninja: Sticky, Caramelly, Stroopwafels
"It’s not just that these stroopwafels—hailing all the way from the Netherlands—taste amazing. They are also functional. They’re meant to be placed atop a steaming mug of coffee or tea, with three truly noble effects."
10. It's Not Worth It to Make _______ When I Could Just Buy It
On the flip side of dbcurrie's post, what have you ever attempted to make, and found completely unnecessary for the amount of work you put in? In other words, what short cuts do you justify?