I'm a nursing major & lifelong kitchen addict seeking out ways to make food that's cheap, (sometimes) healthy, and most importantly, DELICIOUS

  • Location: 76sq mi surrounded by reality-Madison, WI
  • Favorite foods: Quinoa, chocolate, shrimp, red wine, dark beer, cilantro, crusty homemade bread, cheddar (a given) etc, etc
  • Last bite on earth: My grandma's chicken noodle soup... more noodles than soup ;)

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Guinness Week: Beeramisu

This sounds fabulous, thanks!

Guinness Week: Stout Beef Stew

I am so making this Thursday :D

Sauced: Garlic Chili Oil

This has actually become a traditional Valentine's gift to my SO. He's so happy every time he unwraps it :)

Cooking Bone Marrow

So jealous-wish I could find marrow for sale around here! @climbhighak, Meat Butter is right :P
My SO thinks I'm crazy for liking it; I think it creeps him out that I have no problem eating marrow and then going to my job as an Nursing Assistant on an Oncology unit where I take care of children who've received bone marrow transplants. I've tried to explain the difference, but to no end...

Coffee Traditions: Turkish Coffee

In high school my SO hosted a Turkish foreign exchange student who introduced me to Turkish coffee. It was so strong, but delicious! Afterwards, we'd tip our cute little cups over onto the saucer and "read" (i.e., make up) our fortunes in the grounds :)

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Win a Chocolate Truffles Box from Gail Ambrosius

My boyfriend just made me chocolate lava cake for my birthday-mmmm :D

Garlic Powder vs. Fresh Garlic

Personally, I love garlic in all it's shapes and forms. I usually keep at least 3 if not all 4 types around. They all have their advantages, depending on how much time I have or what dish I'm cooking. Free garlic love!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

Filet mignon, although judging from the other comments I need to give ribeye more consideration ;)

Cook the Book: 'My Sweet Mexico'

I've since forgotten the name of it, but I had a wonderful, flaky layered pastry from a shop in Mexico city. The shop's permanently etched in my mind-towers and mounds of breads and pastry, all so scrumptious looking, that you wandered about with a tray, feeling blissfully overwhelmed :D

The Physiology of Foie: Why Foie Gras is Not Unethical

Man, if I had a nickel for every case of ad hominem in these comments... I wish that certain people (on both sides, mind you) had found it in themselves to speak about this calmly and rationally; that's how the best debates work! Insulting people or threatening to call the fates down upon them generally isn't too persuasive ;)

That being said, thank you Kenji for the thought-provoking article. I'd never even considered eating foie, but as I accept that eating humanely raised animals can be morally permissible and feel that you have proved that Moulards can similarly be raised in responsible, cruelty-free settings, I'm interested in sampling some from a farm such as La Bella :)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Truffle Lovers Pasta

Only once: I this summer I had truffle risotto at an outdoor restaurant in Maui. It was undoubtedly one of the most blissful food experiences of my life.

Would You Eat a Non-Browning Apple?

Based on other "new & improved!" foods that have been tweaked (by whatever means) to help make them sturdier or more durable, my main concern would be whether or not they managed to make a non-browning apple that doesn't taste like cardboard.

Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: Flipping Out for Drinks with Whole Eggs

Oh my goodness. I just made my first flip thanks to this post. Where has this drink been all my life?

@Katie Potato-farm fresh eggs from someone you trust are great for raw-egg recipes, but you can also find articles like this one that'll help you pasteurize your eggs on your own. I hope that helps!

What are you cooking/baking today?

Alton's "The Chewy" chocolate chip cookies, but made w/ mini chips and formed into tiny cookies-I'm selling them as "Elf Cookies" at my hospital's Holiday bakesale :)