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KB in Toledo

  • Location: Guess
  • Favorite foods: pizza, burgers, Skyline chili, seafood, potatoes in any form
  • Last bite on earth: today? Lou Malnati's deep dish with sausage

You Asked, We Answered: Thanksgiving Edition, Part 1

You did not use baking powder in your prior post on this method. Is this an amendment to your tried and true, or an option?

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Brining Chicken or Turkey

All I can say is that I used a wet brine for several years, and have used the dry brine method for the last 2 years, and the results were far and away superior taste and texture to the wet brine. I have been documenting and refining my own trials, tribulations and methods in my own "Turkey Prep and Recipes" instructions for the last 10 years or so. I'll save my time and money and stick to dry brine.

Win a Copy of 'Marcus Off Duty'

Win a Copy of 'Heritage'

Peruvian Party Food: How I Dug Into Pachamanca

The Food Lab Turbo: Why You Should Really Be Grilling Your Cabbage

If they don't over char, why don't you put the olive oil and seasonings on first? That would be my instinct. Or does the oil burn??

Win a Copy of 'Fried & True'

Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc recipe.

Fig- and Manchego-Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Port Wine Pan Sauce

I take my turkey out at about 145-150. No one's died yet. I believe the USDA over compensates.

Fig- and Manchego-Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Port Wine Pan Sauce

Fig- and Manchego-Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Port Wine Pan Sauce

Missing some instructions for the jam...

Fig- and Manchego-Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Port Wine Pan Sauce

You had me at fig and manchego...

Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen's Favorite Cookbooks

I've posted this a number of times, but add Deb's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake to the recipes you must try.

Win a Copy of 'Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen'

Potatoes. Fries, chips, hashbrowns, gratin, cheesy, baked, casserole. Hey, I'm Irish.

Win a Copy of 'Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen'

Peruvian grilled chicken with green sauce

Manner Matters: Help, My Friend Chews With Her Mouth Open

Just read her the old poem: "The gum chewing girl, and the cud chewing cow, are quite alike yet different somehow. And what is the difference? I think I know now. It's the intelligent look on the face of the cow."

Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Guide to Eating in Cleveland

Met Jonathan briefly at the Food & Wine event for Veggie U couple years ago. Busy, hot, late and he still took time to take photos with everyone. Nice guy, great food. Go Tribe!

Budget Wine Hall of Fame: 24 Great Bottles for $20 or Less

Personally, the more wine I drink (clears throat), the more I find myself inching above the $10 mark and closer to the $20 bottles. My regular favorite right now is Bogle Zin which Kroger has for $11.99. But when I meet a friend at our local wine bar, we usually get $18-$25 bottles. Not all are better, in my opinion, but most are. It's all a matter of taste. I'm sure some of you would think the Bogle was swill. I like it. Love their Phantom.

Win a Serious Eats Edition KettlePizza Baking Steel Combo for Father's Day!

Didn't matter, as long as he had a Genessee or PBR to go with it.

We Eat All of the Tortas at Xoco in Chicago

I LOVE the Ahogada, and if anyone can replicate that arbol chile broth for me (Kenji??), I would be eternally grateful. I made his tomato broth from another recipe, but it's just not the same. Anyone??

From the Archives: Peruvian-Style Grilled Chicken With Green Sauce

Agreed. Make this now. It's one of my favorite recipes. And if there are any leftovers, make quesadillas with the chicken and sauce.

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

I think you probably under estimated how much reader's "used" Talk. Although I've only posted a few questions myself, I read it daily and found it very informative and entertaining. So now no one can pose a question directly to the community? In my opinion, you just took away the one unique aspect of this site that, for me, seperated you from the others. I'm not saying the content is not unique and valuable. But Talk added that "community" feel that will now be gone. It's a shame.

Cook the Book: 'Coi' by Daniel Patterson

Where to eat at Ohio University in Athens (bobcatsteph?)

Meet the Bronx Italian Importer Conquering New York's Restaurant Scene

Not paragraph 2, but the 2nd paragraph under the photo...

Meet the Bronx Italian Importer Conquering New York's Restaurant Scene

Paragraph 2.."But everything 'changed' when ..?"

Do you get specific toppings on pizza from different places?

I have a habit of always ordering bacon and pineapple whenever I order an "eight corner" from Jet's, mushroom and pepperoni when I get a Marco's (a Toledo based chain) pizza, and a white Greek pizza from my favorite local place, Calvino's, and usually a white pie whenever I make my own. Does anyone else have specific toppings for each different pizza place?

Ham bone...beans.

I've been tasked with making a ham and bean soup with the Easter leftovers. It's not my favorite, so I don't have a "tried and true" recipe in my binder. Anyone have a favorite recipe?

chili bean paste - ssamjang vs. toban djan

I'm going to be making Momofuku's bo ssam with ssam sauce. His recipe calls for ssamjang (Korean). I have some toban djan (Chinese). Both say "bean chili paste," but I understand there's a difference in taste. Do I need to get the ssamjang or will the toban djan work? I have a couple Asian markets nearby, so it would not be a hassle to get some.

Check Splitting-Why so difficult?

We had dinner in Chicago this weekend. Eight people. We asked, before ordering, if we could split into 4 checks. Everyone on the same bill sat next to each other. There were no split appetizers or sides between the groups. The waitress said they don't usually allow it, but did. When the checks came out, all hell broke loose. Apps were on wrong bills, glasses of wine were on the wrong bills. Things got heated, she blamed it on the check splitting. The total bill was over $1,200, so each bill was in the $200-300 range. With so many people using debit and credit cards these days instead of cash, it's hard to go out in a group and not split. Why do some places seem to have no problem with it, and others do. Is it the system they are using? I have great respect for the service industry and someone really has to have bad attitude for me not to tip well (and we tipped well, regardless). So I'm not slamming wait staff, I just want to understand.

Thai Basil

I have a beautiful Thai Basil I grew this summer, and have yet to use it. (Constantly using my sweet basil) Wonder how a pesto would be with this? Any suggestions? I'll google, but thought I'd see what some of you come up with.

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