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Spinach and Ricotta Manicotti

I have much better luck soaking no boil noodles in cool or warm water - whenever I use boiling they stick. Am I doing something wrong? Using cool water works fine, just takes a little longer. Also I found I had too much filling and needed to soak more noodles. Otherwise a great recipe. I've tried the crepe version and liked both

The Food Lab: Punch Up Sous Vide Leg of Lamb With Briny Black Olives

@kamelion If you put your meat in a low oven for that long you're just going to end up overcooking it and making the sous vide step kinda pointless. Ovens don't hold an accurate temperature - they swing above and below the set point by around 50 degrees. And I believe the lower you go the less accurate they are. That's the whole reason for doing sous vide in the first place - if ovens could accurately hold a temp of 130 you wouldn't need a water bath. Personally I've never had a problem just using paper towels as long as the pan you're searing in is as hot as possible

For the Crispiest Chicken (and Turkey) Skin, Grab the Baking Powder

If you did a wet brine plus a dry brine you would end up with an overly salty bird. There's benefit to wet brining over dry as far as I can see.

Have Leftover Egg Whites? Make This Creamy, Yolk-Free Mayonnaise

Interesting. So without the egg yolks, what is the emulsifying agent? You said the mustard is optional, so it can't be that. Is it as stable as traditional mayo?

The Best Salad Spinner

I've got the oxo spinner and I'd also like to know how it stacks up. I've had it for years and while it works ok it never gets the leaves totally dry. Would be willing to get a new one if it's really that much better

The Best Way to Store Fresh Herbs

If you get cilantro with the roots on should they be cut off? They tend to last longer in the fridge than the trimmed kind without doing anything special, so wondering how they'd do in water

Frittata With Bacon, Corn, and Gruyère

Any reason not to flip the frittata as in the last recipe posted?

Scrapcook: Turn Leftover Roast Pork Into Easy Pork Fried Rice

I can usually find shishtos at farmers markets or H Mart. I'm sure you could get the at Japanese markets too

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Pork Satay I've Ever Had

Do you think a hibatchi would work for something like this? Right now I only have a gas grill but I've been thinking about getting a small hibatchi for the times when I need the heat of coals. Also any recommendations?

Tortilla Española (Spanish Egg and Potato Omelette)

If I wanted to halve the recipe, do you think an 8 inch pan would work?

Star Crunch: The Galaxy's Best No-Bake Cookie

Never even heard of star crunch but damn are these amazing. Very simple candy to make, great taste and texture. I think I could have added a bit more cereal to mine since a few of the scoops were more caramel than crunch, but other than that a bit hit. I used a 40% valrhona milk chocolate which made it not too sweet, but didn't do anything bad to the texture. Definitely making again, might try caramelia chocolate next time

Star Crunch: The Galaxy's Best No-Bake Cookie

I know you said no dark chocolate, but how about one of the darker milk chocolates? Will 30-40% milk chocolate be dark enough to ruin the texture? I really like the balance in dark milk chocolate in most places but I'm never sure if the higher cocoa content will mess things up

The Best Way to Cut a Mango

I never have a problem just using a paring knife. Though I have occasionally noticed bitterness when cutting a very ripe atualfo mango so maybe I'll try the glass thing. Either way I don't see why a peeler would be better than a paring knife. Feel like it gives me more precision to cut off the thick skin

Why You'll Never Find Unbleached Cake Flour in My Pantry

So do you have a brand recommendation? The only reason I've bought unbleached cake flour is that King Arthur stopped making bleached and I trust them to make flour that has a more consistent protein content than some store brands.

Preserved Lemons

Is it worth spending the extra money for organic lemons in this case? Just wondering if whatever they spray on conventional lemons will effect the end product.

How to Make Lemon Meltaways That Truly Melt Away

I only looked in one store, but I just wanted to warn people that while I did find an organic powdered sugar with tapioca starch, the first two brands I checked out had organic cornstarch in them. So definitly check out the ingredient lists before you buy. But now that I've got my bag looks like I've got a lot of baking to do

We Made the Portal Cake: No Lie, It's Delicious

Just wow. Can't wait for your book to finally come out :)

How to Make Tart, Extra-Silky Lemon Bars

Looks beautiful. One question about baking pans. I like the USA pans that are aluminized steel. I have no idea what that mean exactly, but they're light colored and never stick. Do you know if that's different from anodized aluminium? Will it work the same?

How to Make the Creamiest Risotto alla Milanese

Looks beautiful, now I just need to think of something spring appropriate to serve with it

@VeganWithaYoYo - I usually make polenta in my rice cooker on the porridge setting. It's not quite as smooth as the stir frequently type, but still great when I'm feeling lazy. Unfortunately I don't know if it would work in the cheaper type of rice cooker, but polenta is cheap, I'm sure it's worth a try.

Can Cinder, the World's Most Precise Griddle, Replace Sous Vide?

Sounds interesting. How does it prevent splattering? Is it just physically contained in the cinder?

Cambodian Grilled Lemongrass Beef Skewers

Another plea for the authentic ingredients, which it seems many of us do have access to. I appreciate figuring out substitutions for those that don't, but I bought a kaffir lime tree on amazon last year that I keep in a pot indoors and I'm always looking for more ways to use up the leaves. Looks really tasty either way

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes as a Food Lover

Thanks for all the great ideas, I've been dealing with gestational diabetes for the past month and it can get so frustrating. I do feel really lucky that I am able to still eat carbs, especially in the evenings, as long as I watch portion sizes. Breakfast is definitely the biggest challenge and I really find myself missing fruit. It's especially hard when you have a toddler running around eating all the things you can't - really going to make me think twice about whether to do this again. I just have to keep reminding myself that it's only temporary, and it always helps to read about how other people are handling the same situation.

How to Make Cemita Rolls, The Ultimate Sandwich Bun

Those look fantastic
@WhirlwindMonk - most bread freezes really well, especially small pieces like rolls or slices. Whenever I make bread I put any that I'm not going to eat in the next two days in the freezer wrapped in foil or plastic. You should be able to let the rolls thaw at room temp in an hour or two, maybe pop them into a 350 F oven for a few min if you want to recript the crust

The Real Rules of Making Polenta (Hint: They're Not What Everyone Says)

I usually use half milk half water like a few others, and it's rare that I don't finish it with some cheese. I'm wondering if you tested cooking the polenta sous vide at all. I tried it once and it came out perfect - no stirring needed other than squishing the bag around half way through cooking, then poured into a bowl so I could whisk in butter and parmesan. Of course the next time I tried it I think I used a different recipe and it came out tasty but lumpy. I would love it if someone would test out the ideal time and temp, because fully hands off polenta with minimal dishes to clean is so nice.

Knife Skills: How to Clean, Trim, and Prepare Artichokes

Could you just add some citric acid to the water instead of using lemons, maybe keeping one lemon aside for rubbing cut surfaces if needed? Unless the lemons are adding flavor, I always feel like I'm wasting a bunch of lemons