• Location: West Linn, Oregon

Win a Copy of 'Downtown Italian'

I had an extraordinary Italian meal at a small restaurant in Basel about 30 years ago, more memorable than anything I'd eaten in Rome. It started with a rich stew involving several varieties and just kept getting better.

Win a Copy of 'Marcus Off Duty'

tonight it is chicken-apple sausages with cheesy grits.

Win a Copy of 'Baked Occasions'

I just made my English son-in-law a sticky toffee pudding for his birthday.

Win a Copy of 'Heritage'

Shrimp and grits, or cheese grits with almost any topping.

Win a Copy of 'Plenty More'

Not all that unusual, possibly, but our family is the only one I know that mashes carrots and parsnips together for holiday meals.

Win a Copy of 'Ovenly'

"Crack" made with saltines. And @mynde, do tell more about Snickerdoodle bread!

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

Win a Copy of 'A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus'

Dishes that can either be chilled or in the oven by the time my guests arrive, so that I can relax and enjoy their company.

Win a Copy of 'Huckleberry'

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

I'm with tereza -- peas and cheddar. But I might try it with mozzarella the next time.

Win a Copy of 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

Mac and cheese.

Win a Copy of 'Seriously Delish'

Pumpkin pie. Especially since I discovered Serious Eats Extra Smooth recipe.

Win a Copy of 'The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook'

Eggplant, sliced, breaded and sauteed, served with home-preserved tomatoes.

Win a Copy of 'The Ginger & White Cookbook'

anything with fruit and whipped cream

Win a Copy of 'Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food'

Chocolate mousse.

Win a Copy of 'Paris Pastry Club'

Panna cotta with berries.

Win a Copy of 'A Change of Appetite'

Stone fruits. Smoothies. Fruit smoothies.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Caramel -- and racing green would be perfect.

Win a Copy of 'Vibrant Food'

Glowing peaches.

Win a Copy of 'Mother Daughter Dishes: Reinventing Loved Classics'

Sticky toffee pudding.

Win a Copy of 'Fruitful: Four Seasons of Fresh Fruit Recipes'


Cook the Book: 'The Nourished Kitchen' by Jennifer McGruther

I bake most of my own breads and biscuits.

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

Everything on the grill.

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make The Best Egg Salad

@Swearj4, my family recipe is the same as yours.

Bake the Book: A Lighter Way to Bake

Meatloaf with Oatmeal?

Our themed dinner group is doing comfort foods this weekend. Our hostess handed me a "classic" meatloaf recipe that calls for oatmeal and tomato juice. I've never put oatmeal in a meatloaf and never even heard of using tomato juice. (My usual recipe calls for bread crumbs and lots of finely chopped veggies.)

What I'm wondering is whether this is a regional difference. She grew up in Illinois, while I'm from the north east. Any thoughts?

Spiced Pumpkin Pudding Pie

Barbara Kafka's Vegetable Love is a love letter to the endless possibilities of hundreds of vegetables, both common and obscure. Being that it is about the sensual pleasures of vegetables rather than simple or ascetic vegetarian eating, I thought it... More

Hot Dog of the Week: The Jackalope from Frank in Austin, TX

The food at Frank is just as awesome as the concept, where about half of the artisan sausages are made in-house. The Jackalope is one of the most popular, but they also do all sorts of weekly specials like the Venison Corn Dog and the In-and-Out tribute Animal Style dog, an all-beef Vienna topped with grilled onions, American cheese, iceberg and Thousand Island dressing, only available during SXSW. More