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Bake the Book: 'The Sugar Cube'

Vanilla ice cream with sea salt and olive oil from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

Cook the Book: 'Rice & Curry'

Real Thai cooking is what I have in my head to get into next.

Cook the Book: 'My Pizza'

Lahey's no-knead bread got me started baking yeast breads, and the fact that it was on a 24-hour cycle--meaning I could start it one night after work, and then finish it the next night--meant we baked the vast majority of our own bread over the next few years. I'm mostly making kneaded breads these days, but I still pull out the no-knead method for pizza dough occasionally.

Knead the Book: 'The Italian Baker'

Whole wheat farfalle with an unholy but tasty combination of leftover tomato cream sauce and pesto.

DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Pear Liqueur?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a not-too-expensive but decent brandy to use in projects like this, cooking, etc.? I use Pierre Ferrand Ambre for cocktails, which is great but, at $30-$40, seems a bit of an overkill for something like this. I've heard pretty bad things about the cheapo domestics like Christian Brothers. Maybe a basic VS cognac? Any names to look for would be helpful.

Win Pop Chart Lab's "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" Poster

Most recently, I was on a bit of an apricot brandy kick.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

A great nakiri knife, although I don't know the manufacturer

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

We've got a wonderful nakiri knife, but I'm not sure who the manufacturer is.

A Cookie A Day: 'One Sweet Cookie'

Probably not a whole lot; at the party we host every year, people usually bring tons of desserts, so it's up to me to provide the other stuff.

Cook the Book: 'Serious Eats'

Picking just one is a crapshoot, but I'll go with the no-knead pizza dough.

Serious Reads: Bitters, A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All by Brad Thomas Parsons

Angostura, Peychaud's, Fee Bros. Orange, and a variety pack of little Bitter Truth bottles; I think it has Celery, Jerry Thomas Decanter, Old Time Aromatic, Orange and Creole

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Depends on my mood: sometimes black, sometimes with milk and sugar. But then, I'm mostly a tea person anyway.

5 Apple Brandy Cocktails from The PDT Cocktail Book

Well, Manhattans are always welcome, but I also like making Old-Fashioneds with Apple Brandy and apple cider syrup.

Win Two Tickets to the 2011 Wines from Spain Great Match

Lopez de Heredia ViƱa Gravonia. Or pretty much any sherry I've had so far. I can't decide!

Drink the Book: 'Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes'

The most memorable milkshakes were the ones my parents used to make. Only thing is, the way we made them was just frothing milk in a blender, and then adding some cinnamon; I'm not even sure if they were sweetened at all! Completely different from what most people think of as a milkshake (which are wonderful in a completely different way) but tasty nonetheless, and we could have them as often as we wanted.

Cook the Book: Anjum's New Indian

We don't get the Cooking Channel, but her show looks like fun; more exposure for Indian home cooking is always a good thing.

Cook the Book: The Sunset Cookbook

A combination of the Union Square farmer's market, and all the root veggies and greens we have stored away from our CSA

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolate

Honestly, I think chocolate chip cookies has to win it for me.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

mmm, fried eggs with hash browns. Add some seared tomato slices and sauteed mushrooms and I wouldn't mind, either.

Cook the Book: 'In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite'

A column drawing from places around the world that, for whatever economic/religious/etc region, developed significant vegetarian traditions: i.e. India, Ethiopia, Japan.

Also, a vegetarian column that wasn't apologetic about being vegetarian :-) I like the Temporary Vegetarian a lot, but if you think a column has enough material to be worth it, why assume that you have to soften the concept somehow?

Time for a Drink: El Floridita Daiquiri

The floridita is a great drink, but you might want to change the pull text up top; it makes it sound like there are strawberries in the featured drink, which isn't actually the case.


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