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Great Tahini Is the Star of This Roasted Eggplant and Lentil Dinner

I have both The Food Lab and Zahav. I don't see how you can compare them, but if I had to? Food Lab 4evah. I've made a ton of things (and some multiple times) from The Food Lab, but I've only made a couple from Zahav and haven't been that impressed. My husband made the tahini from Zahav and we both make the one from Jerusalem a lot.

While the Zahav version is good, it's just so much work for what doesn't feel like that much of a difference from the Ottolenghi's version in Jerusalem. But because of your love of it Kenji, I'm going to try making it again one day.

All of this is a long winded way of saying that The Food Lab was robbed, it totally should have won Piglet.

The Vegan Experience: Welcome to Year 5

I'm super excited, your vegan recipes are fantastic. One of my favorite easy things to make to this day is your vegan udon from a few years ago. I'm committing to cooking one of your vegan recipes every weekend this month (I cook on the weekends, husband during the week). Hopefully he'll do one or two during the week too and we'll have some new stuff to call on throughout the year.

Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti With Black Pepper and Pecorino Romano)

Third time's a charm! My first attempt clumped terribly. Second try was better. But Kenji, your instructions were perfect and I nailed it. This is now my go-to meal when I'm not in the mood to work too hard.

Chengdu Taste is the Best Sichuan Restaurant in America. Here's What to Order.

I was in LA two weeks ago, and we spent an afternoon recreating your trip through SGV. My favorite was, hands down, Chengdu Taste. We got the fish in green pepper sauce and the lamb toothpicks.

My husband, however, likes the cumin lamb at our local place better. He also didn't like the fish, but that didn't surprise me. That fish was outstanding and now I'm on a quest to find something like it in Austin.

The beef roll at 101 Noodle Express was absolutely the best version I've had.

The Good Bagel Manifesto

I am aligned with you in every bagel fact in this article except for two:
1. The order of flavors after everything (with caraway seeds of course):

No other flavors are acceptable. Period. My husband raves about something called Superegg. I don't know what that is.

Slathering flavors:
Plain, scallion, lox, and my super secret favorite: green olive. Pimentos are fine in it as well, but not required. I have turned so many people on to this. On an everything bagel, it will give you an umami bomb of epic proportions. It's especially great if for some reason, you can't do lox.

Sichuan-Style Asparagus and Tofu Salad

Oh yeah, I noticed the sesame/sesame oil inconsistency--I did add a splash of sesame oil to the dressing and ended up adding the seeds at the end. Still delicious!

Sichuan-Style Asparagus and Tofu Salad

I made this for dinner tonight and it was outstanding. The best part was there was still some residue in my spice grinder from when I made the Xian wings last month, so I got a bit of that "licorice" flavor in there was well. While I used this as a side to the beef and broccoli stir fry posted recently, in the future, I'm going to make this a meal. I could see using the sauce and varying the veg/protein too.

Chinese Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf (Lo Mai Gai)

Oh how I wish I weren't low-carbing because I want to eat this so badly. I can't wait to try it since it's one of my favorite dim sum treats.

Hot and Numbing Xi'an-Style Oven-Fried Chicken Wings

I just made these for the first time, using plain old red pepper flakes because it was too much of a pain to try and get Instacart to find me Thai style. At any rate, to quote George St Geegland & Gil Faizon, "Oh hello."

These are now in the regular rotation of wings. My husband and I eat a keto diet and wings are a staple. I already use the baking powder and salt method to make them in the oven and we just vary our seasonings with our mood. I've made up a big batch of this seasoning now and it's going to get used a lot, I can tell. I'm not worried about the brown sugar with keto since it's such a small amount spread over a batch.

An Insider's Guide to Tartine Bakery in San Francisco

God I love that place so much. This just reminds me I need to get back to SF ASAP and spend every morning at Tartine.

Dinner Tonight: Kimchi Jigae (Kimchi Stew)

I just made this and OMG. Total mouthgasm. I'm not Korean and haven't eaten a lot of Korean food, but this is now in my regular rotation. DAMN.

Win a Copy of 'Plenty More'

My dad used to make a mushroom, green onion and swiss cheese salad with a basic lemon vinaigrette that was amazing.

Win a Copy of 'Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food'

Crispy fried egg (runny yolk) on top of roasted asparagus topped with shaved Parmigiana Reggiano

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Fish Sauce?

I have a giant bottle of Squid fish sauce (the cheap stuff) and a bottle of Red Boat. I can't tell the difference, but I use them interchangeably in everything. That and Maggi are my pumper-uppers to just about anything, Asian themed or not.

More Than Ma La: A Deeper Introduction to Sichuan Cuisine

These are all standards for me at one of three local Sichuan joints in town. The green beans, fish, ma po and dumplings are my measuring sticks for any Sichuan restaurants. Maybe I'm strange or my places tamp down the spice due to my whiteness, but I just don't find it all that spicy.

12 Must-Eat Breakfast Sandwiches Across America

Thank Monopod. I'm going to Boulder in a couple of weeks and I'm going to try that sandwich!

We Try All 18 Kinds of Trader Joe's Trail Mix

I buy the just a handful version of the Simply Almonds, Cashew and Chocolate mix for that very reason. The individual bags are tough to open and I'm lazy enough that I'll give up.

Our Top 10 Burgers in Atlanta

Interesting, if you have a lot of love for Moxie and they're outside of your top 10, then I believe I'm going to really enjoy all of these next time I'm in the ATL. My Moxie experience still has me and the husband talking about how great that burger was nearly two years later.

Summer Grilling the Cypriot Way

Haloumi is one of my favorite things. Lately my husband grills it up and tosses it with watermelon and mint for an awesome summer salad.

Cook the Book: 'The Homesick Texan's Family Table' by Lisa Fain

Breakfast tacos and BBQ! And Frito Salad!? I haven't had that in years! I can't wait to see the recipe this week.

Robyn Lee Is Leaving Serious Eats a Mere 7 1/2 Years After She Got Here

Wow, I didn't even realize I'd followed you since the beginning. It's been fun to watch you over the past 7 years. Can't wait to see what you do in the future as I can tell it's going to be great! Bon voyage and best of luck!

Yotam Ottolenghi's Favorite Cookbooks

The only books I've cooked from in the last year are his three. Last weekend alone I made his kofta from Jerusalem (which I like better than my Lebanese father's), chicken with lemon, sumac and za'atar from Ottolenghi, the eggplant on the cover of Plenty, and my husband made the fatoush from Jerusalem. We doubled it all and have been eating it all week.

I should branch out and try some of his favorite books, but I just can't quit him right now.

The Fresh Ramen Kits From Sun Noodle Will Knock Your Socks Off

Squee! I just checked the link and the little Japanese market around the corner from my house has them. I'll be checking these out soon.


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