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Where to Eat Frozen Custard in Milwaukee

@foodandscience, yep, Kopps' custard actually is better, and that wafer cookie is the best thing ever. Hmm, now I wonder if I know you...

Where to Eat Frozen Custard in Milwaukee

Some of my best memories include sitting on the hood of my friend's 20-year old 1974 Mercury Cougar (that we nicknamed "The Battleship") and having a turtle sundae at Gilles. I don't live in Tosa anymore, but when I drive through I have to have one, and it always takes me back.

Manner Matters: Should You Tattle on Kids Sneaking Food?

Seriously. This is not your business, and speaking as a former fat kid, there are better ways to encourage healthy behaviors than going to her parents so they can scold her for sneaking food. Also, this behavior is not all that rare or indicative of major issues.

Also, I don't believe LW for a second that if the kid was skinny, they would still find the sneaking a huge problem. I agree with mcwolfe that it ways more about LW's issues with food than it does with the kid.

6 Grapefruit Cocktails to Get You Through Winter

Ooh, I will, Znachki. Thanks for the tip; I love Campari!

6 Grapefruit Cocktails to Get You Through Winter

Man, I miss grapefruit. I can't have it anymore because of some medications I'm taking. Sad face.

What Alcoholic Drinks Do You Hate?

Can't stand vodka. Tastes like burning. Anything oaked is a nightmare for my tastebuds. Sambuca. The brandy extended family.

Indian Prawn Patties

This looks fantastic, but unless I'm nuts, this is listed as "vegetarian" at the top of the post.

I'm allergic to crustaceans. I wonder what else would be good as a possible substitute...

Poll: What's Your Favorite Non-Mozzarella Pizza Cheese?

@dhorst, I really feel like Muenster doesn't get the love it deserves. It melts just beautifully, but still gets stretchy, which I love on pizza.

Hearty White Bean and Spinach Soup with Rosemary and Garlic (Vegan)

Oh yum! I love simple soups like this- during the winter months here in WI, I sometimes lean toward heavy, fatty, cheesy, casserole-y, meaty stuff, and this really sounds like it would hit the spot. I've got some leftover cooked, shredded collards sitting here all uninspired; I might sub that for the spinach and give it a go.

What to so with leftover donut batter

I might throw some fruit and cinnamon in it, with crumbs on top, and eat it as a coffee cake. But I love coffee cake.

Will We Drink Soda Differently in 2013?

Gah, I'm so late on this, but if anyone's still out there... @Jed, I actually won a Audrey Schloss' _Homemade Soda_ from Serious Eats, (yay, thanks, guys!) and there are great ideas there. It's actually illegal to reproduce the recipes online, right? If so, I will just say that in the cola recipes, they straight-up use Kitchen Bouquet for the caramel color (duh, why didn't I think of that?)

But really, like you say - why try to recreate Coke? Instead, I find myself gravitating toward stuff like coconut milk syrup (coconut milk, sugar, cinnamon); spicy ginger syrup (ginger, sugar, and chile of your choice); and other fruit/spice/herb mixes.

When I'm feeling lazier, I'll just mix the fizzy water with a tablespoon or two of plain old cheapo frozen-from-concentrate can shizz, like pink lemonade or limeade, HFCS and all. What can I say, I'm lazy.

Will We Drink Soda Differently in 2013?

I have a SodaStream; it's really fun to use, but I find myself making my own syrups and stuff to mix with it. This isn't a problem for me, because I'm into that kind of stuff, but my family uniformly hates all of the SodaStream syrups. They taste so... Shasta, you know what I mean?

Bake the Book: Edible DIY

Pickled grapes. At first people are all, "Ew, no." But then they try them, and they're on board.

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Hot-ass molten sugar.

Bronx Eats: For Your New Year's Hangover, Homemade Cotechino on Arthur Avenue

Oooh deh puppeh! Soooo cuuuuute!

Ahem.

That cotechino looks boss. I admit, I've never tasted it (sorry Nonna).

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

A grilled porterhouse, in November in Wisconsin, no less. Luckily it wasn't snowing yet!

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Artichokes and red pepper flakes!

10 Wisconsin Cheeses You Should Try

All awesome! But no Hooks?

We Eat All the Candy from Ferrara Pan Candy Company

Appleheads were once called Johnny Apple Treats, right? And sarcon, do you remember the crossover from Cherry Chan to Cherry Clan, which featured a just-as-racist group of caricatured faces wearing conical Asian hats?

What is your Achilles Heel?

Sometimes I feel like I can (and if faced with it, nearly will) eat my weight in lox. And I'm not skinny.

HEY, [_______], BRING BACK [_______]!!!

Hey McDonald's, bring back lard!

lemonfair and Mr. Nick, here in Madison I could swear I see Bird's Eye Fordhook lima beans in a frozen box whenever I go to the store. I think they still sell them...

Five Guys Tops National Consumer Survey on Favorite Burger Chain

I dunno. I had my first Whataburger this summer in Texas, and *man* that was a good double.

What's Your Favorite International Soda?

Also a fan of Bundaberg ginger beer, San Pellegrino Limonata, Schweppe's bitter lemon, and Inca Cola.

But sometimes it seems like I'm the only person in America who likes San Pellegrino's Sanbitter. Anyone?

The Food Lab: How to Grill a Whole Chicken

Smashing! Once again, solving the mysteries and settling the bets about How the Hell to Do This Thing.

Why 'Chopped' Is Such an Addictive Show

@RangersGal11: Argh, you're absolutely right! Adding to game...

What do I do with this Grano?

Hey all. On a whim, I bought some grano the other day. The package says it's an ancient Italian grain, and some internet research seems to point to it being wheat with a little of the outer bran removed. I'm guessing I can just use it in recipes where you'd use farro or wheat berries or bulgur. Which brings me to my question: anyone have any great recipes/ideas that will make this grain really shine? Supposedly it tastes a bit like pasta, but has more chew (and nutrition, yay). Whatcha got?

Hunting for Hot Links in Wisconsin

So I was recently in Texas visiting my in-laws, and for dinner we had these delicious hot links made by Longhorn. We're having a barbecue this summer and want to snag some, but there aren't any at the grocery stores or specialty meat shops, and unless I'm looking incorrectly, I can't seem to order them anywhere either. The in-laws said they'd ship them, but I'd like to avoid having them go through the hassle.

Anyone who's familiar with these, do you have a Great Lakes hookup? The Longhorn brand ones tasted a lot like Mexican Chorizo to my tastebuds, only firmer and in an edible casing (very finely ground, accented with chilis, etc.). So I'd be willing to buy another brand if it tasted similarly. Does anyone know of a way to get these here in Madison?

I need your best cheap cookout recipes!

So we're having a cookout in a couple weeks, and as it turns out more people than we expected have RSVP'ed yes. This is wonderful, but we're trying to stay on a reasonable budget. I don't want to have a potluck because I'm an annoying control freak and want to control the menu. Anyone willing to share their favorite cheap cookout-friendly recipes? I'm a skilled cook so it doesn't need to be easy, just not extravagant. Ways to stretch meat as well as things that would be good for vegetarians are welcome, as well as apps, sides, and desserts. Any secret recipes?

Granulated Tapioca in Pies?

So, I'm trying to make a cherry pie using tapioca, rather than cornstarch. I have frozen tart cherries and granulated tapioca that I whizzed in the coffee grinder until it was fine. Can anyone take a quick gander at my plan and see if this seems okay?

I'm thinking of macerating the thawed cherries in sugar, collecting the juices that come out, and putting the tapioca in the juice, letting it sit for about 15 minutes. Then I'll mix everything together, put it in the dough, and bake.

This is how it works, right? Or am I nuts?

Anyone have Good Edible Gift Ideas for Weddings?

I was recently asked, in a pinch, to sing at an acquaintance's wedding. They hired me to sing (I'm getting paid a little), but graciously also invited me to the reception. We're all broke graduate students, but I'd like to give them a handmade food gift to wish them well. Here are my limitations:

1. I don't know how to can, and frankly I'm terrified of it. I own the Ball canning guide, but am still convinced I'll kill someone.

2. I don't own a car, and so I have to rely on a sort of lackluster grocery store because the wedding is Sunday and don't have time to take buses for hours and hours.

On the upside, other than canning I am fearless in the kitchen and willing to try anything, sweet or savory. You all always have such great ideas - - can you help me out?

Favorite Ramen Toppings?

Okay everyone, I need to tap into your creativity. I just love ramen, and have had some really great stuff - one of my favorites was at a Japanese restaurant in New York that had sesame paste, pickles, and pork. I want to make some at home. Aside from the nasty 12-for-a-dollar packaged kind, this will be my first try.

Anyone have any favorites they'd like to share as I venture out? Any tips for broth-making? I am, sadly, allergic to shellfish. Help a sister out, will ya?

Favorite Outdoor Summer Apps?

I have to bring an appetizer to pass for a memorial service being held outside. I'm all out of ideas, and I'm sick of the same old stuff I always make. Anyone have any ideas they want to share?

So, Vegetarian Marshmallows. Can they be done well?

I told a friend that I would make anything for her birthday that she wanted. She chose vegetarian marshmallows. Not being a vegetarian, I had no idea how to approach this, and so far an internet search has revealed that 1) Agar-agar is a great alternative to animal-based gelatine. 2) No, it totally isn't, especially in marshmallows. 3) But there's this stuff called Emes Kosher Gel that totally works! 4) Except it was revealed that their gelatine had animal products in it, and a bunch of vegan candymakers almost went out of business. Back at square one.

I'm lost. Any ideas?

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