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Giveaway: Frank Sinatra's New Best of the Best Album and DVD

The one that goes, "Da daaa dadadaaaa dadadaaaa dadadadada...."

The Food Lab: Deep-Fried, Sous-Vide, 36-Hour, All-Belly Porchetta (Or, The Most Freaking Delicious Thing To Ever Come Out Of My Kitchen)

@ Kenji

I find this post highly offensive to the third-leg-enabled peoples of the world.

(And truly, if you are calling this one of the best things you've ever made, I'm going to have to try it... after robbing a bank to pay for the sous vide machine I've been valiantly resisting buying!)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

I have no high-quality knives, but as long as I have a sharp 8" chef's knife I'm happy.

Cook the Book: 'Serious Eats'

Too many to choose from as others have said, but I'll mention "Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Tomato and Avocado Salsa," posted by Ms. Russock, from the Sunset Cookbook.

(Not to dis Kenji and all the others. Many, many favorites!)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

I just chew the beans. (J/k. Black no sugar.)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Serving prosciutto? On an Italian hoagie!

The Food Lab: How to Roast a Whole Suckling Pig

@ Kenji

You're the man. Thanks for the info, and when I feel "flush" I'll definitely try the suckling pig. And I'll buy your book even if I'm poor!

The Food Lab: How to Roast a Whole Suckling Pig

@ Kenji

Thanks for your replies, as always. So here's another question for you:

You say to bring the pig to at least 160F, and then blast it at 500F for another half hour, and then of course rest it for a half hour. Wasn't there one of your discussions based around an article of yours recently that called for a much lower temp for pork, due to the fact that a long resting time would accomplish killing bacteria etc? Or am I mixing up my meats? And if I am right, why the difference here?

The Food Lab: How to Roast a Whole Suckling Pig

@ Kenji

Sorry for asking that stupid last question. I should have read the rest of your article first, where you did adress sourcing!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Southside Market Sausage, Chicken, and Steaks

My favorite barbeque joint is pork shoulder.

The Food Lab: How to Roast a Whole Suckling Pig

@ Kenji

I went to the LaFrieda website to see what one of those suckers (sucklings) costs, but couldn't find one there. Probably I'm missing something, but any hints on where to get one would be much appreciated, and thanks in advance.

Cook the Book: 'American Flavor'

Gotta agree with many commenters: The American Flavor is the great diversity of cuisines we have available. God bless America!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Recchiuti Chocolate Bars

Quality dark chocolate with red wine. With coffee comes in a close second.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Nice gift package for sure, but... Where's the lard?!

My fondest pork memory is Ned Beatty. Ooooooooooooeeeeeeeeeeee!

Maple-Glazed City Ham

@ Kenji

OK, I'm making this for Thanksgiving, but I'm definitely not putting it on a rimmed gacking sheet as per step 1.

Fast Food: Wendy's Chili

I say "thumbs up" to Wendy's chili. Far be it from me to give it the finger.

The Food Lab: Roasted Pear Salad with Winter Greens, Blue Cheese, Pomegranate, and Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Why does salad suck? Ask your fodder.

Serious Salads: Asian Chicken Noodle Salad with Ginger-Peanut Dressing

(Copied from an email I just sent to my sister)

When I found this, I knew it was a summery-type dish... but I knew it was going to be soooo good. So I made it tonight for the first time (in freezing cold weather) for Mom, Richard and the fambly. WOW, is all I can say. Made it almost to the exact specs. Everyone almost died, it was so good! Including me, my worst critic. But the credit really goes to the creators of this in the first place.

If you want some hints, call me. The only one that I would definitely recommend, which I got from one of the comments, is to sub 1 TBS fish sauce for 1 TBS of the soy sauce. (And btw, I use the real Japanese Kikkoman soy sauce, not the crap from Wisconsin.)

A Sandwich A Day: Meatball Sandwich from George's Sandwich Shop in Philadelphia

You're getting me hungry! Thanks for the heads-up on George's; will have to check it out on my next visit to Philly!

Not your mom's thanksgiving turkey

This doesn't give you that usual bloated after-Thanksgiving dinner feeling. Good recipe!

Fast Food: My McRib Confession

@ Kenji

Yup, McDonald's can move mountains! Or the markets, anyway...

Fast Food: My McRib Confession

To some of the commenters above:

I was mostly having a laugh when I brought up the "special order" issue. But if you want to get all serious, why not carry it to its end:

(Oh, and I forgot to mention: When you place your special order, it's likely to a minimum-wage cashier who was just hired yesterday with minimal training, who will, after fumbling with the keys for 3 minutes will have to call a manager over in order to place the darn special order. You know it's true.)

Why can't you order a gluten-free bun, and demand they bake one for you? How about a McRib without sauce (I believe the patties come in sauce from the factory)? The list could go on and on...

I'm not going to argue anymore about this. It was meant in fun, with just a touch of peevishness thrown in. Let's celebtrate the glories of the great McRib! ;-)

Fast Food: My McRib Confession

Kenji

The article linked above was interesting; it too touched upon the pork price theory.

Fast Food: My McRib Confession

Yo, FlavorFlav:

You obviously have never worked in a high-volume restaurant. And what's psychotic is not taking the pickles off yourself, or just ordering something you actually like!

P.S. Try to tell a real restaurant chef to "make it your way." Many of them will chase you out of the place with a meat cleaver.

Fast Food: My McRib Confession

@ KidRisky

I know this isn't you, because you said you don't do it, but along those lines: Special orders DO upset us!

I hate getting stuck behind the guy in front of me, saying "No pickles," or "no onions," or whatever. Just order the damn sandwich! Take the onions off if you don't like them. Please understand that this is a high-production, quick-turnover operation here, and don't throw a monkey wrench into the works!

I love the McRib. Had my first one of the season the other day. I don't know what the season is either. Is it the "artificial pig-wrangling" season? Or maybe it's when they can get those little piglet-shape pork products from Costco...

Drink recipes are unnecessary

If you drink, like to drink, and are of a fairly mature status in life, here is the only drink recipe that you'll ever need:

Get a bottle of something, preferable the most expensive one you can afford

Pour it into a glass, almost to the top

Add, if desired, a small spritz of something, whether it be ice, water, lime, tonic, whatever... the operative term is "small"

Drink it. It's good, and it is how it's meant to be.

Slideshows are tedious

Is there some site-driven necessity for posting an article with photos as a slideshow? My guess is that some statistic somewhere shows a higher readership for slideshows as opposed to normal articles, but I find them to be tedious and time-wasting. Is it a bandwidth sort of thing?

This is supposed to be "Serious Eats?!"

OK, I've been around here for a month or so, and frankly I'm getting a bit sick. I'm a "serious" cook, and I didn't come here to hear a bunch of housewives cackling about "we are what we eat," or fat people's supermarket impulse buying, or anything remotely related to "PBJ," which also sounds a bit too much like "EVOO" from the seriously non-eats Rachael Ray.

I'm serious, people. Get a grip. Make this a serious food site, and not another Food Network. (There is some good content here, btw, or I wouldn't have checked it out in the first place.)

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