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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!

Cook the Book: 'Simple Thai Food' by Leela Punyaratabandhu

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.

Shake Shack is Expanding to Multiple Cities This Year (and Next)

I'm going to swap out Five Guy's for P Terry's in Austin and do my own taste test when Shake Shack opens later this year. I cannot abide Five Guy's.

The 'Influential' Burger (That Influences You to Order Chili Dogs Instead) at The Varsity in Atlanta

I grew up going to the Varsity with my dad, where he always had chili dogs. I hate chili dogs so I always got cheeseburgers. And this is why, while I love my dad dearly, I HATE the Varsity with a passion. That is one terrible burger.

Perfect Pan Seared Pork Chops

It's a long standing thing in my family that not one of us can cook a pork chop. It's so bad that I don't eat them at all anymore. So I sent this to my mom for her to try and she tried it that night with a heritage breed pork chop from her butcher. She has vowed to never cook a chop another way again, declaring this as the best.

And with that, I think I'm going to give it one more try soon.

Taste Test: Frozen Versus Fresh Pearl Onions

When my mom and grandmother make creamed onions, they use jarred. When my friend taught me to make fondue, his family always used jarred onions for that as well. I honestly don't know if I've had any other kind.

Open Thread: What Do You Want to Know this Thanksgiving?

Ideas for two. We're laying low this Thanksgiving. It's my favorite meal of the year and I love leftovers, but cooking all of that for two people is silly. Should we do something different at home, go out, say to hell with it and just order a fried turkey from Popeye's (if you've never had it, your seriously missing out)?

Taste Test: The Best Anchovy Fillets

I believe I need to try a different brand of anchovies at home because I buy the Bellino all the time and I love them, even eat them straight from the jar. I put them on my nicoise salad and my pan bagnat and even pizzas.

On second thought, maybe my mouth won't be able to handle the brilliance of the #1 brand.

Butterscotch "Salty Oat" Cookies

My absolute favorite cookie to make.

Paul Qui and the Hole In The Wall Team Talk Ramen Shop

The chicken tortilla ramen they make is insanely good. Hands down my favorite version of ramen, and just what you need when you're feeling crappy. Also what you need when you're feeling great. I want to go get a bowl right now, but I don't want to deal with the campus area. Luckily, they're opening a shop walking distance from my office this fall!

Cheese Curd, Asparagus, and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

This has become a weekly staple. We almost always have everything necessary to make it on hand and it's pretty easy. It's a little on the dry side, so I just add back a bit of the pasta water to help coat.

Staff Picks: What College Food Item Did You Depend on for Survival?

I tried eating in the cafeteria my freshman year, but that was NOT happening after the first time or two. So I ended up eating tons of ramen and mac and cheese cooked in a hot pot. Also, lots of dill pickles and Kraft singles. Most people gained the freshman 15, I lost it.

When I got an apartment sophomore year (and through the rest of college) with a friend, it became all about the bar diet: Carnation Breakfast Bar (and a Diet Coke) for breakfast, Nutra-Grain bar for lunch, and drink at a bar for dinner. Occasionally we'd throw some mac and cheese or an ET bagel toasted with cheese in there.

Meet Vendy Awards Rookie Finalist Toum

Grrrrr, this makes me angry. Angry that this isn't in Austin! That kafta looks so good that I'm about to lick my monitor. Austin has a lot of good food, but Lebanese isn't in that category unless it's at my house. And I'm unbelievably lazy, so that means I don't get it often.

Best Egg Roll in NYC

Visiting NYC this weekend and one thing I can't get where I live is a good egg roll. I'm talking bubbly egg roll wrapper, pork, maybe shrimp too. All we get where I live is stupid gross fried spring rolls that are flaky and mushy on the inside. I'm looking for the old fashioned egg roll of my youth from the 70s/80s. We'll be in Manhattan and won't have time to head to Queens or Brooklyn.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

What to make with pork jowl?

I bought a little over a pound of pork jowl at the farmer's market this morning. I've had it at restaurants and loved it, but I don't really know what to make with it. Any suggestions?

History of the Theta Burger?

I live in Texas, but went to school in Oklahoma. Up there, I discovered a burger at a few places called a Theta Burger. It's bbq sauce (usually called Hickory Sauce though), shredded cheddar cheese, mayo and dill pickle slices. There's one place here in Austin that I know of that serves this burger, but outside of Oklahoma, I've never seen it.

I've tried looking it up on the web, but can't find any info about it. Does anyone know where this burger came from?

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