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6 Great Condiments to Complete Your Cheese Plate

This is the place where Food in Jars meets Serious Eats. Why subject top quality cheese to industrial preserves when it is a snap to make jams, jellies, conserves, and even mustards from scratch? My late night snack yesterday consisted of thin slices of Parmesan smeared with a lucious balsamic-fig jam. We watched football this fall while enjoying Brie and a hot & spicy tomato jam. Both jams were home-made. My advice: be nice to your cheese, don't stint.

Pasta With Chickpea Sauce

Delicious. I've made plenty of variations on pasta & beans. The combo is one of my favorite, busy-night go-to meals (I keep ample supplies of pre-cooked beans in the freezer.)

25 Hearty Winter Stews

25 recipes and SE can only come up with 2 vegetarian?

The Best Way to Mince Garlic

Thanks, Daniel. You answer some questions I've had for quite some time. I do know (and now I know why) that I prefer knife minced garlic for any quick-sauté applications. I've never tried microplaning garlic, primarily because I fear I'd shear finger tips in the process. But maybe I'll get brave.

The Historic Problem With Hoppin' John

I agree! Southern Exposure has a wonderful selection of seeds. That's where I find mine. Field peas are also ridiculously easy to grow: once established, they don't need much by way of water or fertilizer and they're so thick they smother most weeds. Most varieties want to climb but there are a few bush types if space is an issue.

The Historic Problem With Hoppin' John

I've gotten around the problem of commercial black-eyed peas by growing my own cowpeas. This year's crop included pink eye and brown crowder. As with just about anything home produced, both of these peas are immensely more flavorful than anything produced on an industrial scale. The brown crowder's are especially earthy, with a lovely, meaty texture. But as an aside, not all field peas (aka cowpeas) are 'crowder' peas, a distinction that becomes clear on examining the peas in their pods.

How to Export Your Recipe Box When Ziplist Shuts Down

On further investigation, the problem seems to be that if you try to log onto Ziplist directly, their log on protocol asks for an email address and password. When we log onto Serious Eats, we provide a User ID and a password. Different information, and information that is not compatible with Ziplist. That's why going through our own recipe boxes works whereas the direct log on does not (at least in the case of those without their own, independent Ziplist account).

How to Export Your Recipe Box When Ziplist Shuts Down

@Datwheezy: THANKS A MILLION! Your tip worked. Which is good. The directions I got from the Ziplist help staff were so badly written that there was no making heads of tails of them: they directed me to non-existent links, non-existent pages .... no wonder they're going out of business.

How to Export Your Recipe Box When Ziplist Shuts Down

After many futile tries to export my recipes I've contacted ziplist support. I hope it works. But this experience has soured me on these third party storage sites. A good, old-fashioned bookmark may be the only reliable way to go. Or paper, which, of course, defeats the whole purpose, which in my mind is to reduce paper.

The Best Squash Lasagna

What a great use for some of the squash heaped in my barn aisle. Thank you, Kenji!

Do Yolk and Grease Really Ruin Egg Whites for Beating?

Thanks, Daniel, as someone faced with cracking the durable shells of truly free range hens, it is a challenge to keep the whites completely pure. I have a follow up question though: what happens to the whipped egg whites when baked? Does the presence of fat cause any problems there?

Easy Lentil Soup With Lemon Zest, Garlic, and Parsley

I made this for dinner. It is amazing. The gremolata makes the ordinary ethereal. Love it! Thank you, Kenji!

Manner Matters: How to Deal With Lateness

My time is valuable and I have a ten minute rule (or fifteen, if I'm feeling generous). If the person hasn't shown or contacted me inside that window, I move on: serve dinner, start without, or leave to do something else.

Manner Matters: How to Deal With Lateness

My time is valuable and I have a ten minute rule (or fifteen, if I'm feeling generous). If the person hasn't shown or contacted me inside that window, I move on: serve dinner, start without, or leave to do something else.

What Cookbook Would You Buy For a First-Time Cook?

I vote for Joy of Cooking too. Though I rarely open it these days, it was immensely important to me when I first started seriously cooking.

What's the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, Compote, and Conserve?

Great explanation! Thanks. Now, to the increased availability of sugar. That actually began to happen much earlier than the 19th century with the intensification of sugar production in the Mediterranean in the 14th century then really taking off in the 17th century when large-scale sugar plantations appeared in the West Indies. This was made possible through the use of slave labor, and sugar accounts for the overwhelming majority of the 10 million enslaved Africans who were forcibly hauled across the Atlantic to the New World. Nowadays, however, most commercial sugar is derived from beets grown in places like North Dakota. Cane sugar is wicked expensive to produce in the absence of forced labor.

It's at this point that I like to toss a bunch of candy to my students and watch then recoil. Sugar has an ugly and brutal history. But man, the beet stuff is great in jelly!

7 Ways to Use a Cast Iron Frying Pan (Besides Frying)

Tortilla press, weighing down the lid of a steamer full of greens. I love my cast iron. If I had to grab one pot and run, this would be it.

What's the Best Way to Store Tomatoes?

I agree with Kenji. It would be useful to run this test on tomatoes that hadn't already been subjected to gassing and or refrigerating.

What's the Best Way to Cook Whole Grains?

I gave up on the pressure cooker years ago for the reasons outlined in the article. It didn't produce a superior enough product to justify the extra clean up (let's not forget that pressure cookers have more nooks and crannies to clean than a plain-jane pot). I especially don't like it for beans because of the blow out problem. I'd rather take my time with a long slow cook and get beans that retain their shape. Now, if I were to abandon my vegetarian ways and want to cook a nice elk pot roast, then yep, the pressure cooker would come out of the cupboard.

What's the Best Way to Cook Whole Grains?

I gave up on the pressure cooker years ago for the reasons outlined in the article. It didn't produce a superior enough product to justify the extra clean up (let's not forget that pressure cookers have more nooks and crannies to clean than a plain-jane pot). I especially don't like it for beans because of the blow out problem. I'd rather take my time with a long slow cook and get beans that retain their shape. Now, if I were to abandon my vegetarian ways and want to cook a nice elk pot roast, then yep, the pressure cooker would come out of the cupboard.

10 Amazing Late Night Restaurants in Washington, DC

Jack Rose is amazing: we went in for the whiskey and were bowled over by the food. It is a win-win destination.

Extra Large, Cage-Free, and More: How to Shop for Eggs

@Sobachatina, you are so right. Chickens are the ultimate omnivore. In fact, I tell people that they really don't want to know what my hens eat ...frogs, lizards, dog shit, manure, bugs of all kinds .... HarHarHar!

Extra Large, Cage-Free, and More: How to Shop for Eggs

@monopod, I've got a small flock too, and don't wash my eggs until I use them. When I do, I usually scrub them under warm water with soap. This was the recommendation of a biologist friend/fellow flock keeper.

Savory Grits With Slow-Cooked Collard Greens From 'Afro-Vegan'

That's it. I'm buying this book.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Why does Hambone have shaved ankles?

Home gardening?

What with the 17% jump in home gardening since 2008, I'm curious how many SE'ers are among that number. Who grows a part (or even all!) of what they consume? Do you grow stuff and then figure out what to do with it later, or do you grow to meet a known need (ie: plant okra because you love it and can't buy locally)? Got any labor-saving tips to share? Do you save your seeds or buy new? Garden in containers, community plot, or the back forty? Do you preserve your harvest, or gobble it down in a frenzy of seasonal eating? Tell all!

Oodles of Eggs

The girls are now producing 6-12 eggs a day (young hens, longer days, what can ya' do?) and while I have a good friend who will take many of them off my hands, I'm left with a 'fridge full and am in need of fresh ideas for using them. My preference is for recipes that 1) use serious numbers of eggs and 2) can be frozen - either before or after cooking.

Thanks!

The Food Lab Turbo: Creamy Brussels Sprouts Lasagna

If ultimate indulgence, supreme creaminess, and a ridiculous amount of tasty goo are what you're after, this recipe—a layered lasagna with mushrooms, seared Brussels sprouts, and plenty of cheese—is a good way to get you there. The mushrooms and Brussels sprouts? Yeah, they're in there too, but they are there entirely for the sake of pleasure. I add Brussels sprouts to my rib-stickers not because they're green and healthy, but because they're damn delicious. The green and healthy part is just an added bonus. More

Social Circle Macaroni Pie from 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

The name "macaroni pie" is confusing on multiple fronts. This recipe, from Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart's Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is neither a pie nor made from macaroni. It also obscures the fact that the dish in question is actually just custard-style macaroni and cheese. But this old-school title is also a reminder of the history of the dish. More

Time for a Drink: Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is, of course, a staple of the American brunch and a universal hangover cure. The drink's origins are oft-rumored and still open to the kind of disputed bickering that is absolutely painful on a weekend morning, so it's best to move onto the heart of the matter: what's essential in your Bloody Mary? More

Pickled Red Tomatoes

Late summer and its joyous glut of tomatoes is a bittersweet time for a canner. Tomatoes signal the end of summer fruit and bring with them the knowledge that the growing season is nearing its end. However, there's just so darn much that can be done with tomatoes that the possibilities make this preserver positively giddy. More

Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Jam

This jam is insanely delicious; equal parts sweet and sophisticated. The balsamic vinegar adds depth of flavor and brings out the juicy, sunny taste of the strawberries. And the thyme, oh the thyme! It provides an addictive, lemony, herby essence.... More

Rosemary Lemonade Cake

I developed this recipe for folks who can't seem to get enough lemon. The addition candied lemon zest lends some texture and gives the cake a beautiful appearance. I've added rosemary to highlight the tangy flavor of the citrus, but you may substitute chopped thyme if you prefer. The cake is finished with a "lemonade" soaker, which gives it tang and keeps it very moist. More

Rachel Allen's Brown Soda Bread

For many years, I assumed that Irish soda bread always meant a slightly sweet, caraway and currant laced bread easily mistaken for a giant muffin. Frankly, I never liked this version of the quick bread, much preferring to eat "real bread" with my soup. It's a good thing I was mistaken about the scope of soda breads. Most of these loaves, like those featured in Rachel's Irish Family Food, are a much simpler (and more appealing) combination of flour, baking soda, and buttermilk. Rachel Allen's brown soda bread adds a bit more oomph with a hefty dose of whole wheat flour, a couple tablespoons of mixed seeds, and just a touch of butter. The resulting bread is an exemplary accompaniment to any number of soups, pickles, marmalades, or a generous swipe of butter. More