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Making Beef Bourguignon without a Dutch Oven

Thanks for the advice, although my comment was more directed at whether putting my stainless steel pot in the oven will ruin it?

Making pizza at home: what do you like on them?

We are always experimenting with different toppings, but some of my favorites are bacon and pickled jalapeños, white pizza (mozzarella and asiago) with Old Bay shrimp and white pizza with pesto sauce.

First Timer in New Orleans: Where to Eat?

I've been to New Orleans numerous times and just off the top of my head I would recommend Mr. B's, Bayona and Jacque Imos. So many more...

What to do with a smoked turkey carcass?

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going to go ahead and make the stock tonite.

Goodbye, Dumpling

I'm truly sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in the many memories you have of him.


Just got back from New Orleans so to continue the Mardi Gras festivities I will be making jambalaya and drinking Abita Amber.

Mac & cheese question

I've made this recipe before, with good results and I have to agree the key is constant stirring over low heat. Once you think you've stirred it enough, stir it some more. It's a bit time consuming, but well worth the effort.

"Treat or Else!"

Butterfingers, M&Ms, Baby Ruth, Crunch Bars and Sour Patch Kids.

Need a good Sangria recipe

I just used this one from Bobby Flay's "Boy Meets Grill."

Passionfruit White Sangria
2 bottles Sauvignon Blanc
3/4 cup cognac
1/2 cup triple sec
3/4 cup simple syrup
3/4 cup passion fruit puree
2 cups fresh oj
3 oranges sliced thin
2 lemons sliced thin
3 green apples sliced thin
1 cup of blackberries

Recommended reading/viewing for a kitchen novice?

The Joy of Cooking is a must-have cook book. It covers all the basics and much more. I find myself using it on an almost-weekly basis.

Donate Food Today

Try City Harvest:

Restaurant Heebie Jeebies?

Dirty, greasy looking menus are a huge turn off.

Do you shop Farmers' Markets or belong to a CSA?

I joined a CSA this past summer and love it. When I received vegetables I was unfamiliar with, I found it fun to look up recipes and do a little research. Without my CSA I probably wound not have discovered how yummy swiss chard is. Dealing with the over supply issue, I simply froze any excess veggies. Just this past week, we enjoyed some summer corn.

New Orleans Restaurant Recommendations

Wow thanks for all the recommendations. I love Mr. B's BBQ shrimp, one of my favorites! Hope to be able to get to a bunch of these places.

Appetizer Ideas

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful suggestions!

Blanking on Dinner

How about roasted chicken with potatoes?

Girl's Night In --Recipes needed!!

Baked Brie with Apples and Walnuts
1 wheel of brie
1 cup of walnuts
2 Granny Smith apples cored and sliced
French Bread

Bake Brie at 350˚ for 20 minutes
Sautee apples in butter until tender add walnuts
Serve with warm French Bread

Friday's chicken. Okay or toss?

I would most definitely not eat it.

BBQ 2009: Your Successes?

Thanks for the advice! I too will be BBQ-ing well into the fall-winter months.

BBQ 2009: Your Successes?

I just started experimenting with dry rubs and using indirect heat combined with smoking hickory chips. I've done both chicken and ribs. The ribs came out delicious, the chicken came out pretty good, although the skin can be a bit rubbery. Any tips?