Why My Fridge Is Never Without Shirataki Noodles (and Yours Shouldn't be Either)

Kenji, Can you and Hungry Girl do a Girl-fredo food lab? :D It would be so hilarious and amazing!

Philadelphia in mid-july?

It doesn't matter what you have for dinner as long as you save room for Franklin Fountain for dessert :)

Ask a Bartender: What Cocktail Should Disappear Forever?

It is disappointing that they didn't feature at least one female bartender.

I'm very disappointed, SE.

Do you have food allergies?

I am allergic to bananas, fresh or cooked. It makes my mouth so itchy.

I'm also allergic to melons--basically any melon you could use to make a fruit salad makes my mouth itch and taste like I licked a rusty spoon for days.

I miss bananas. Someone please eat banana pudding for me! (the allergy appeared shortly after puberty)

I'm also allergic to wine, red and white. It makes my mouth feel itchy and raw. Safe to say my relationship with a wine store manager didn't last.

Popeyes' New Louisiana Leaux Menu: 'Healthier' Naked Chicken Options

I love this article :) Great Job! I'm crying from laughing about the lunchable.

I will trade you soggy chicken for my BBQ dads new invention of overnight marinating of chicken in CITRUS juice. I'd take soggy over weird and broken down any day.

Field trip to philly and I'll make you some awesome red beans and rice. My brother and SIL live in New Orleans and my SIL is part cajun!

What's Your Drunk Pizza of Choice?

Well, I will eat any kind of pizza while drunk. Like another poster said, I will eat any topping and it will be delicious.

Let's talk about the time I lived directly across the street from a Checkers/Rallys for a year. So many drunk french fries and milkshakes! Then back the next afternoon for hangover cokes and chicken sandwiches.

Those were the days...

Food Commercials? Which ones tempt you (or not) the most?

My mother, the woman who vacations in RI, goes bonkers for Red Lobster commercials. Not that she'd ever eat there, but she says it makes her want to lick the TV screen. She admits to not even knowing where the closest Red Lobster is...

Serious Eats Day 2012: What Day Should We Celebrate?

The 18th because the 19th is my birthday! See you in Philly everyone :)

Fast Food: Dunkin' Donuts Smokehouse Sausage Sandwich

So you walked into it knowing that you wouldn't like it, then complained that the egg was microwaved (like you didn't already know).

Why did you waste my life with that article, then? I'd like that 5 minutes of my life back. Paid in strawberry frosted doughnuts and caramel iced coffee kthanxbai

Where is there a good Philadelphia Hoagie in NYC?

I will ask my brother if he knows anywhere. It seems like something he would know.

I go visiting to nyc fairly often from philly. I'm happy to make a delivery for a fellow foodie.

New at Wawa: Pepperoni Pizza Hoagie

I am in Philly and my brother lives in new orleans. He says that if you blindfolded him and asked him to sniff, he could tell he was in a wawa just by the smell.

They do all smell the same...glad the gods provided for you!

(also their new fake frapps are delish! caramel all the way!!)

creamed chip beef

I always made it with the stuff they sell next to scrapple.

Am i missing out on some sort of epic yummy? do tell!

though I usually just get it at the diner--no dishes!

College Care Package - what reheats well in microwave?

Does she have fridge space/freezer space? If she has a teeny fridge, there won't be much room and the freezer will be non-existent.

Homemade cookies are the best. I would come home begging for roast pork and sauerkraut. I loved some real bread- think crusty italian or french bread.

Happy Birthday, Dumpling!

Happy Birthday Dumpling!!!

I think my heart exploded from the cuteness!

S'mores Brownie Bars

When I was in high school, my friend and I attempted to make some variation of s'more brownies every week. We failed miserably until my other friend taught us:
make box brownie mix, pull out 5 mins early, sprinkle mini marshmallows, squares of chocolate, and smashed graham cracker bits on top, put back in the oven for 5 mins. cut into squares and pop in the toaster oven for perfect fresh toasted marshmallowyness.

I cannot wait to surprise her with these this weekend!!

Little Rock: You Want A Burger With Your Pie at Hunka Pie

@PiggyWoo Not wrong. Just propose right there.

It's Fasnacht day! Where is the love for this PA Dutch treat?

My dad went to the bakery this am but I was already at work, so I have to wait until I get home :(

Best bake sale recipes?

Cocoa krispie treats.

Instead of marshmallows you mix butterscotch chips and peanut butter.
The trick is to put them in the freezer until they set and just break it up by hand.

Sooo good.

1/2 c. peanut butter
1 (6 oz.) pkg. butterscotch chips
3 c. Cocoa Krispies

Melt peanut butter and butterscotch chips in the microwave or over double boiler. Add Cocoa Krispies and pour into 9"x13" dish. Do not cut until they are set.

I'm a vegetarian and my boyfriend will not eat vegetables :(

I'm a carnivore and my girlfriend won't eat meat :'( God forbid I'll die if I don't eat steamed broccoli.

I'm still upset that he picks the onions out of his home fries! it's my favorite part.

While all of the above advice is good, it seems like your BF is just like my best friend. She will not eat anything green. She will not eat onions. She will not eat tomatoes if she can tell it's a tomato. Salad? forget it. Anything that didn't come in a box? over it.

If you make dinner and she bothers to eat it, then be prepared for the long haul. She will comb through every morsel on the plate to pick out onions, garlic, anything not a carb. It makes me want to cry.

I call it a hopeless case. I don't cook for her anymore unless I'm dying for mac and cheese or pizza without veggies.

the moral: some food issues stem from bad experiences and some stem from control issues surrounding food.

It seems like you might not be able to win this one :(

Italian food!

If you were hiring us to do your blogging for you, you might get different results.

My favorite has to be margaritas!

Favorite Food Joke?

I love the muffin joke!

-Knock Knock
Who's there?-
Orange Who?-
-Orange you glad to see me :)

19 Breakfast Sandwiches We Love

My brother lives in new orleans and he was really missing pork roll. It was on sale 10/10 at the grocery store, so my dad bought him tons of it. He took it in a cooler on the plane and when he was at the airport going through security and the people were whispering "what is that? is that a KIDNEY?" and he says "it's pork roll." They look at him funny and keep whispering so he says "It's meat!!!" and they couldn't stop laughing!

Food souvenirs from New Orleans?

The day you are leaving, stop at any grocery store and pick up a king cake. They are in season and just as yummy as the fancy bakery ones. I brought back tons on the plane with me last time. mmm.

Definitely go for a jar of olive salad.

Who amongst us, has the best pickiest eater story?

I'm actually allergic to bananas and when i eat melons I get that "rusty spoon" taste in my mouth, but I will politely decline.

However, if you sit next to me on the train and try to eat a banana, I will tell your butt to move to the next car.

I really dislike the smell of sour cream, but if I don't know it's there, then I'll eat it happily. I don't like mayo on sandwiches, but I think that's fairly common.

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: 40s of Malt Liquor

Dear Kenji, you've ruined everything!

Dear Kenji,

We all love you because you are a food expert and I'm fairly certain you know everything worth knowing and then some.

But your perfection comes at a cost...

I'm NEVER eating cod again.

You have taught me how to jazz up my ramen, make awesome snacks, you have eaten crappy food in the name of science (and so I wouldn't have to), and you answer all questions posed in the comments section of your articles.

You may know everything, but I prefer to nom my fish and chips in blissful ignorance.

And now I am panicked--what other creepy food facts do you know? what other foods are you about to ruin for me?

Let's get this over with the bandage off in one fell swoop, shall we?



P.S. feel free to post your gross food facts. It's best to compile my DO NOT EAT list all at once. :)

share your easy vegetarian lasagna recipe

A good friend's birthday is on Friday and I'm looking for a vegetarian lasagna recipe. I did a search here, but nothing struck my fancy.

I'm going for not too work intensive, as it's merely something to eat before the bar, so I don't want to slave all day for soon-to-be drunk people. It has to be meat free, but can have dairy of all kinds.

Also, what to serve with it? A salad of some sort? I'm not quite sure. hmm...

Let's say around 8 people for dinner.

epic meatloaf sandwich! Share yours.

I love meatloaf sandwiches. I have dreams the night after we have meatloaf about the epic sandwich I will make.

Base---what is your go-to meatloaf recipe? Are you a purist or do you throw some mix-ins in there? Do you heat it or eat it cold? Sliced thick or thin?

Bread-- I like some sort of white toast. Do you go toast? Bread? Roll?

Condiments- I love spring mix and some garlic-herb cheese. Do you go naked? Just mayo? Am I missing something awesome?

Please tell me I am not the only one that looooves a leftover meatloaf sandwich (though I am not crazy for non-sandwiched meatloaf)

Pumpkin Beer in Philly?

My friend and I want to try pumpkin beer, but I don't want to commit to a whole case from the beer distributor.

Any places in the city that have pumpkin beer? I don't mind if it is bottled or tap...I just want ONE, not 24. Unless it is amazingly good.

Also, I tried to get into the pumpkin latte thing, but to me it just tastes like burnt pie crust.

birthday dinner at home ideas

So my birthday is coming up in 2 weeks-ish. I am planning on having 10-15 people over for birthday dinner. (They RSVP'd but we'll see if they show up. Last year it was me and 2 friends.)

My birthday is on a weekend, so I have plenty of time to cook. My birthday dinner is usually new orleans style bbq shrimp, but I overloaded on them during my trip in October.

I was thinking doing breakfast for dinner or possibly a giant pot of meatballs. Possibly something warm as the weather in Philly is pretty chilly.

Any ideas/recipes? I'm open to anything- I'm just lacking in creativity this year.

Thanks :)

too many clementines!

My dad went to a produce store the other day and when I got home he said "I bought you clementines!"

He bought me a box a few days ago, too. At this rate I'll be 80 before I eat them all.

Are there any recipes (baking/cooking) that use clementines? Or am I destined to share them or pelt them at the pesky kids next door?

Best veggie sausage for recipe?

I'm a card carrying carnivore, but my friend asked me to pose this question:

She wants to make "sausage balls" which is essentially sausage, bisquik and cheese rolled together and baked.

They were a traditional holiday food for her and now that she's veggie, she misses them.

What brand/type of fake meat would be best for this recipe?


bourbon for eggnog? And an egg question

I wanted to make alton brown's recipe for eggnog for a party my friend is having on Saturday.

I'm not much of a liquor person, so is there any advice for what brand of bourbon I should use? I'm a college student, so it needs to be somewhat affordable.

(I live in PA under the evil PLCB and I am car-less so jaunts to delaware for cheap hooch aren't an option)

Also, in theory, I'm freaked out about the raw egg thing. Should I really be worried? And if I do decide to cook it, will it be any different? I can make it to whole foods if organic eggs make any difference here.

Thanks for your help!
Happy Holidays!

How do you like your brownies? (and help fix mine!)

Hey everyone,

I know there are tons of bakers/food science nerds here and I was hoping for a little help.

My boss gave me a great recipe for her "famous" kahlua brownies.

These are the best things that she bakes, yet I would like to experiment with the recipe a little bit.

They're a little on the cake-like side. And today I'm in the mood for something a little more moist...

The recipe calls for 3 eggs- should I just knock it down to 2? Should I just throw some kahlua in a different brownie recipe?

What is it exactly that makes a good brownie (besides great chocolate, of course)?

And what is your favorite kind? Are you one of those cake brownie people or a fan of the really gooey kind you have to eat with utensils? What about icing? (my cousin does that and I'm still not sure how I feel about it)

Happy Friday everyone :D

Help me with my Mom's recipe (and other questions)

I have a confession and as I type this I might get struck by lightening. I love my mother, but she can't make chicken soup to save her life.

I forget about this little tidbit until the weather turns cold. Now I'm sick and she made a 50 gallon drum of chicken noodle to cure me. (I'm a college foodie and live at home.)

Aww, how sweet, right?

Don't get me wrong, my mother can cook lots of things, but I suspect there's a reason this soup is awful: bullion cubes.

She will follow the Joy of Cooking to the letter, but I cannot pry those awful foil wrapped nuggets from her claws. She boils chicken parts and everything, so why is the soup apparently flavorless without the squares of MSG?

This is also the same lady that made meatballs with only one ingredient- ground beef- because it made her feel rich. Happily, she tried the meatball recipe from gourmet magazine and now uses that as her go-to recipe.

My question is two-fold:
1. please provide a chicken soup recipe that I can trick my mom into making (a la gourmet meatballs)

2. Anyone else's mom have an obsession with the cubes or something equally awful? I know I can't be alone!

PS. this is the same lady that makes me new orleans bbq shirmp on my birthday. I love her more than anything.

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