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Cook the Book: Mac and Cheese with Soubise

@cosmicook - Fresh cracklin's on top. Why didn't I think of that?

The Comfort Food Diaries: Grilling in Winter

I stopped reading right after the words "propane tank"

Perfect Prime Rib

Forget about the bones. They don't really add flavor and you want a crust all around the meat.Use the bones to make jus to augment any pan drippings

Low and slow, 225-250, until the core is 125, then sear at very high for a couple of minutes at the end for crust.

Be warned that low and slow with reverse sear will yeild very little drippings.

I Don't Know From Goose: A Jewish Christmas Story

One year I decided to roast a goose outdoors in my smoker. Had to buy a pressure washer to get all the fat drippings off the patio.

Bright Christmas: What the Holidays Taste Like in Florida

Crepe Myrtles don't have foliage on them this time of year.

Stuffing on the Side: How to Make Southern Cornbread Dressing

Hey Daniel. How did you get my recipe?

Seriously, I grew up watching my grandmother and my mother making skillets of cornbread (no flour no sugar thank you very much) a few days before Thanksgiving. It's a tradition.

Classic Pecan Pie

I'm fortunate to live in a part of Florida that still has many local cane syrup makers. I attend at least two cane squeezin'/syrup making event each fall. I always have dark and light syrups on hand. The difference between the two is the degree of reduction of the raw cane juice; the further the reduction, the darker and stronger the flavor.

I use a light syrup which is a 10:1 reduction of the raw juice and it makes a terrific pecan pie.

The DIY recipe for "cane sugar syrup" works as a sweetener, but it lacks all the essential chemical compounds that make real cane syrup taste like cane syrup. It's fine as a substitute sweetner, but it is to pure cane syrup what Aunt Jemima is to real maple syrup.

Slow-Cooker Pulled-Pork Chili With Cornbread Dumplings

I am a chili purist, but this looks too good to pass up.

I'll fiddle around with the beans because I prefer pintos, and I'll use a mixture of Ancho, New Mexico, and Cascabels. Also, the bland Jalapeno will get displaced by Serrano's.

But the rest is very inspiring.

Why Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey Is the Best Deal In Booze

In accordance with 27 CFR 5 : 27 CFR 5 I don't think they can label their applejack as BiB any longer:

(3) The words “bond”, “bonded”, “bottled in bond”, “aged in bond”, or phrases containing these or synonymous terms, shall not be used on any label or as part of the brand name of domestic distilled spirits unless the distilled spirits are:

(i) Composed of the same kind of spirits produced from the same class of materials;

(ii) Produced in the same distilling season by the same distiller at the same distillery;

(iii) Stored for at least four years in wooden containers wherein the spirits have been in contact with the wood surface except for gin and vodka which must be stored for at least four years in wooden containers coated or lined with paraffin or other substance which will preclude contact of the spirits with the wood surface;

(iv) Unaltered from their original condition or character by the addition or subtraction of any substance other than by filtration, chill proofing, or other physical treatments (which do not involve the addition of any substance which will remain incorporated in the finished product or result in a change in class or type);

(v) Reduced in proof by the addition of pure water only to 100 degrees of proof; and

(vi) Bottles at 100 degrees of proof.

In addition to the requirements of §5.36(a) (1) or (2), the label shall bear the real name of the distillery or the trade name under which the distillery produced and warehoused the spirits, and the plant (or registered distillery) number in which produced; and the plant number in which bottled. The label may also bear the name or trade name of the bottler.

Why Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey Is the Best Deal In Booze

By the way, the man on the OGD bottle is none other than Basil Hayden.

Why Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey Is the Best Deal In Booze

I'm glad the author failed to mention my favorite BiB. Bourbon aficionados know it for its "white label".

I'll be glad when the trend lemmings find something else to obsess about, maybe then it will get easier to find good stuff that is reasonably priced.

The Real Origins of the Boiled Peanut

@LemonyZest - Dried peanuts can be stored for many months. Fresh green peanuts can't because they spoil quickly after harvest.

If you're not in a peanut growing region, you're getting peanuts that have been dried and then boiled. It takes many more hours to cook dried peanuts and they don't quite have the flavor or texture.

You can't boil roasted peanuts at all.

The Delicious Secret Behind Your Favorite Whiskey: The Best Spirits from MGP

If I want to make a rye based cocktail it's Rittenhouse Rye. I like sipping Bulleit.

But I only sip using artisanal hand blown glasses in which the silica has been extracted from sand obtained from Mexico Beach Florida.

Because I care.

The Delicious Secret Behind Your Favorite Whiskey: The Best Spirits from MGP

I don't care about "craft", "locally sourced", "free range", "gluten", or "insert your favorite buzz word". I can't taste pretentious snobbery.

If a whiskey tastes good and is affordable, I'll buy it.

Charcoal Versus Gas Grills: The Definitive Guide

Satan uses a gas grill. That's all you really need to know.

The Real Origins of the Boiled Peanut

cooking42 -Peanuts that have been dried and then boiled really don't taste anything like fresh peanuts. I ate those predried and boiled things for years without knowing any better. It wasn't until business took me to South Georgia and I ran across peanuts fresh from the fields that I had a goober epiphany.

The Real Origins of the Boiled Peanut

Great article. I have the fondest memories of living in the heart of Dixie, smack dap in the middle of the Goober belt. There is nothing that compares (except fresh-on-the stalk soy bean pods) to getting fresh peanuts right out of the fields.

Tour Guide and Author Lesley Tellez on What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mexican Food

Kenji - I suggest you scrub FoodWriterOfNote off this discussion until he gets psychiatric help.

Tour Guide and Author Lesley Tellez on What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mexican Food

"Californians are especially obnoxious about not recognizing anything but Baja and native Californian cuisine, while Southwesterners only recognize Tejano/Tex-Mex cuisine"..

We can all thank scalfin for relieving us of the burden of scouring the Internet for todays stupidest bloviation.

The Best Fried Chicken on the Planet: An Opinionated World Tour

In a little alley off the main road in front of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force base in Hayashi, Japan, sits a place called Sanpei. Master, as he was called, learned to make fried chicken while cooking on that base when it was under control of the occupation post WWII.

His chicken is legendary, and people from America have been known to travel back there just to eat the chicken. It's really that good. Whenever I've been back to the Tokyo area, the first trip I make is the hour and a half train ride to Sanpei for many plates of fried wings and cold Kirin lager.

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

@Max - "Best" is subjective. I've been traveling around the country for the better part of 40 years. I can't name an exceptional BBQ joint that uses gas. I can easily remember the best places I've ever been to that burned wood. Franklin's, Southern Soul, Scott's, Bryant's, Kreuz, etc.

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

Gas or (egads) electric smokers are to cooking as velveeta is to cheese.

Japanese Potato Salad With Cucumbers, Carrots, and Red Onion

Having lived in Japan for 9 years, I ate this many times and there are two distinct variations of it. One, found often in Bento is bland. The second does indeed have a nice karashi bite and is often found in sandwiches. They are wonderful at 4:00 am when you wander into a Lawson's or 7-Eleven looking for a bite.