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On the Beer Trail: The Alchemist's Heady Topper IPA in Vermont

A friend of ours brought us some Heady Topper. It is so, so good, on a par with 3 Floyds Zombie Dust and Bell's Hopslam. To my mind, anyway.

Also, come to Lexington, Kentucky. We have good beer things happening here.

Grilling: Fish in Parchment

^ Thank you.

Our Secret List of Banned Words

"It just doesn't jive with our general style."

Kenji, don't you mean "jibe"?

French in a Flash: Sweet-Tart Duck Breasts with Fresh Cherry Sauce

I so love magret de canard.

12 Days of Christmas Beer: Bell's Christmas Ale

It's been on tap at The Beer Trappe here in Lexington for the past couple of days. It's a tasty Christmas Ale; you can drink a couple without getting the palate overload that comes with a heavier beer. I do agree that it's not as good as Two Hearted.

The Food Lab Thanksgiving Special: My Favorite Fall Salad

I made this today and it was awesome. Thanks for the recipe. I'm such an emulsified mustard vinaigrette person; I never imagined using honey or balsamic for an emulsified vinaigrette. So thanks for that, too.

29 Touristy Spots in America That Are Actually Good

If you go to Pamela's in Pittsburgh, prepare to wait, and prepare to pay with cash. That said, it has a place on this list, as does Primanti's. You might have to wait at Primanti's too. Fortunately, they both have several locations in tahn.

Lexington, KY: Exceptional Doughnuts from Spalding's

I've lived in Lexington for 5+ years, and I have never had a Spalding's doughnut. Heresy, probably, but 1) I don't like doughnuts, and 2) you have to get there early, and I'm not a frequent worm-getter.

Anyway, my point in posting is to give a "woo-hoo" for the Lexington love, and also for BraveTart. I eat at Table Three Ten about once a week, but I have only had her desserts twice (I don't have a sweet tooth; see my dislike of doughnuts above), but both times, the desserts were sublime. We are fortunate to have her here.

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Pumpkin Beer

I know this is The Bottom Shelf, but you must try Southern Tier Pumking Ale, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, listed in my order of preference.

I thought I hated all pumpkin ales until I tried those (I've been lucky enough to get them on tap in my town). The Southern Tier is the only one I've had from a bottle as well, and it still shines.

BraveTart: Everybody Loves a Clown (Cone)

You guys, I've eaten some of Bravetart's dessert creations. She's pretty amazing. I'm happy to see her on SE. :)

Snapshots from Dijon: Torsade Flammande from Boulangerie Paul

I hope this doesn't harsh your buzz, but Paul is a chain. It's got good products, but it's still a chain.

My Favorite Summer Drink: Pernod

Don't know anyone in France who buys Pernod; most of my friends/family over there buy Ricard or some other brand, but not Pernod.

John M. Edwards is right: faut pas le noyer.

And here's a little tip: if you have, uh, the runs, a shot of pastis (neat! And cul sec!) will help stop things. :)

In Season: Fava Beans

I can't believe nobody has come along to say "with liver and a nice chianti." Sheesh. ;-)

Dinner Tonight: Iceberg Wedge with Warm Bacon and Blue Cheese Dressing

We have a local restaurant that serves a twist on this classic: the chef grills the wedge of iceberg, then puts the bacon, dressing, chopped tomatoes, and onion on top. It's fabulous.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Coppa Combo

I like to use prosciutto (among other cured meats) when I bust out my raclette grill.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

A bloody Mary, an omelette, and some kind of fried potato.

United States of Pizza: Kentucky

Woo! Thanks for including my commentary!

Unfortunately, this article came a bit too early for our future best pizza joint in Lexington; Table Three Ten, which opened in November, will eventually have pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven (they are just waiting for a chimney inspection). If their pizzas are anything like the rest of their food, they'll be fantastic. Table Three Ten is a welcome addition to Lexington's downtown dining options.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Belle Farms Foie Gras

So hard to choose! But yes, I agree with the previous poster who wants it with crispy skin.

Awesome Pizza in Kentucky?

And while its beer selection can't rival Pazzo's, the Grey Goose does have Kentucky Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale on tap.

Awesome Pizza in Kentucky?

The Grey Goose on Jefferson St. in Lexington has great pizza if you like a thin crust. I tend to get their white pizzas, which are usually the pizza special. All the pizzas on the menu are tomato-based.

What's Your Favorite Gas Station Convenience Store for Snacks?

Heyyy...you weren't on I-90, you were on I-79. (I went to college in Meadville. It's off of I-79.)

And you can get good wings there, too. The best place was a dive off of Route 27 between Meadville and Titusville, called Hunter's Inn. Yeah, I know it's not Buffalo, but back in the day it was close enough.

The Salmonella Scare: Are You Eating Fewer Eggs?

I get half a dozen eggs a week in my CSA share. So, no.

French in a Flash: Marseilles-Style Spicy Clams and Mussels

I made this tonight. It was fantastic!

Have You Ever Experienced Pine Mouth?

I keep my pine nuts in the freezer, but don't know if that's helped, or if it's just a question of sourcing.

Walnut mouth, however, I do have experience with. But that's merely the feeling that the inside of my mouth is all ripped up.

Canelés, Another Dessert Inspired by Nuns

Clotilde of Chocolate & Zucchini blogged about these a few years ago. I wanted to compare the recipes, and it turns out they're the same. As in, word-for-word same. :/ I know people copy and paste recipes all the time, but I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

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