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Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Chicken breasts stuffed with asparagus and cheese.

Upcoming Burger Events: Hamburger Festivals, Burger Battles, and More

Also, the Denver Burger Battle - August 22nd at Mile High Stadium.

Power outage while using slow-cooker: would you eat this?

Last night we were trying to decide once and for all if we were going to eat it or not, and right then our friends called to see if wanted to go out for pizza with them. Problem solved! We tossed the chicken dish and ate pizza instead.

Power outage while using slow-cooker: would you eat this?

Thanks everyone. It's a Thai chicken dish with onions, green and red peppers, chicken, and a peanut/soy/chili sauce. My husband cobbled together the recipe, and he always cooks it for about 24 hours. It smelled so good when I left the house this morning!

DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Pimm's?

We had a beer cocktail party last weekend and I made a Pimm's cup with Crabtree Brewing's Ginger Bee beer instead of ginger ale. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who can find a gingery beer (actual beer) in their area!

Goodbye, Dumpling

I am bawling at my desk right now. I wish I could go back home and squeeze my two dachshunds. I am SO sorry for your loss. :-(

Cook the Book: 'The Sriracha Cookbook'

Chili, tacos, stew, pot roast, sandwiches. I haven't tried it in a dessert yet though!

Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies

I made these last night and also thought it was too thin when it was baking, but it did puff up and came out just fine. It was hard to get the dough all the way to the edges of the 9x13. I was convinced that the cookies wouldn't come out well because the dough seemed so weird, but they were actually quite good! Very minty.

@nerditry - I always make a ton of cookies for people (usually gingerbread and Mexican wedding cookies), but last year I made an almond citrus liqueur for my dad (similar to a limoncello). I found the recipe in a magazine, otherwise I would post a link here. It was really easy, but I think it's something you need to start around Thanksgiving.

Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies

YUM! I am totally making these tonight. I might even pretend I'm sick so I can leave work early and start baking!

Cook the Book: 'The Gourmet Cookie Book'

I am quite partial to my peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I need a cookie cookbook so I can expand my horizons!

Cook the Book: 'Good Eats 2: The Middle Years'

We'll be eating out on Kauai on Thanksgiving Day, but we might do a brined turkey with all the usual fixins the weekend before.

The Best and Worst of Halloween Candy

LOVE: Mini Reese's cups, candy corn, Smarties, pretty much any mini chocolate candy bar (Twix, Snickers, Butterfingers, Hershey's, etc...), Blow Pops (and like Mini Eggs said above, NOT the grape ones), Jolly Ranchers.

I actually like the mini Reese's cups because there is less peanut butter. Don't get me wrong, I love peanut butter - I just think the Reese's peanut butter is not great, so I need about equal amounts of PB and chocolate.

Hate: NECCO WAFERS!!! What in the hell is wrong with these things? I thing Serious Eats needs to do an investigation into this disgusting conspiracy. I actually drove past the Necco Wafers factory last summer and cursed its very existence.

Also, circus peanuts... I've never eaten one, because they look horrible and inedible. Based on the other comments here, I now know I made the right life choice.

I don't like anything banana, grape, or root beer flavored. And I'm not overly fond of Reese's Pieces for some reason.

Cook the Book: Barefoot Contessa, 'How Easy Is That?'

I'm not sure those two words go together in my house, but I do occasionally roast chicken with vegetables in the oven, and since other people said that I'll just copy them. :-)

Video: Iron Chef America 'Secret Ingredient' Compilation

My favorite is the incredulous way he says "FROZEN peas???" My husband and I still say that to each other whenever the subject of peas comes up.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate: How Dark Is Too Dark?

I love the dark chocolate/peanut butter combo. More often than not, this is accomplished by digging out a spoonful of peanut butter, licking it off the spoon and throwing a handful of dark chocolate chips in my mouth. It's a heavenly dessert, and I only have one utensil to wash afterward!

Cook the Book: 'Fiesta at Rick's'

Well, I'd never pass up an invite to a party at Rick's house... but I'd have to say Anthony Bourdain. I was just telling my husband last night how much I would love to meet him!

How to Prep a Chicken Paillard

I'm going to try this! I usually pound out my chicken breasts, but I've never used this method. One thing I've learned over the years is that wax paper seems to work much better than plastic wrap (in my opinion).

Win a FastPass Ticket to Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Succulent sauce drips
Slowly down my happy face.
Why did I wear white?

Three Peanut Snacks from the Philippines

How about Wha Guru chews? I used to eat those all the time when I was growing up in Boulder, CO (although, they are actually made in Oregon). Mmmm.... I might have to see if I can find a store that sells them around here.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 120: Party Tactics and Strategies, Anyone?

Please don't beat yourself up! Only a robot could resist the spicy soppressata pizza from Motorino.

United States of Pizza: Colorado (Denver)

Protos..... oh yes, Protos. Best in Denver (and Boulder, Longmont, etc) if you like thin crust pizza.


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