I am a high school student who loves to cook and eat out. I appreciate food of all types (from fine restaurants to lowest-of-the-low fast food) and love to spend time on cooking projects.

  • Location: Watertown, MA
  • Favorite foods: Mac and cheese, risotto, mangoes in any form, Greek yogurt, apple-raspberry crisp, homemade pasta salad, good sandwiches, Japanese curry, any soft, creamy cheese, any kind of REALLY fresh produce... I should probably stop here.
  • Last bite on earth: I don't know!

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Open Thread: What Do You Want to Know this Thanksgiving?

Interesting seasonal vegetable sides, beyond squash, sweet potatoes, and green beans.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I live in Boston, and everyone who I know around here waits in line. I've only heard "on line" in New York.

Sugar Rush: Chocolate Truffle Cake from Sacred Chow

Looks delicious! One typo - I think "sense" was meant to be "dense."

Dinner Tonight: Mushroom Fried Rice with Pickled Ginger

Thank you for giving pickled ginger the appreciation it deserves! I will definitely be making this.

The Pizza Lab: How To Make New England Greek-style Pizza At Home

This looks absolutely delicious. As a girl from the suburbs of Boston, the Pizza Cognition Theory has worked its magic, and I love good New England Greek pizza (although I only recently learned that the style has a name). I'll have to try this sometime soon.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Freezer Cuisine

Every Thanksgiving, we make a huge vat of cranberry sauce, and every summer we make pesto. With their respective roasted poultry and pasta, they usually last most of the rest of the year.

Pop Star: Fizzy Lizzy

I've never had Fizzy Lizzy, but I am an Izze fan, so I'l have to give it a try.

A Sandwich a Day: Hi-Rise Bakery's Sin Sandwich in Cambridge, MA

Want. Now. I live near Cambridge and have been to Hi-Rise, but I've never had this. This will change soon.

Regional Chain Restaurants

I live in the suburbs of Boston, which grants me access to Bertucci's (I love their pastas and the roasted tomato sauce appetizer) and Not Your Average Joe's. My true guilty pleasure chain restaurant is Friendly's (usually for the chicken fingers and sundaes).

What is it and how do you eat it?

I drink anything I can get away with, cold or hot, out of a mug. I always eat my least favorite part of a dish first and save the best for last, even if that means eating it strangely. When I eat a salad that comes with dressing on the side, I make a point of saving the dressing so I can dip things in it. I love drinking out of glass bottles.

Thumbs up for Drinks

Agreed, myrnie_twin. I don't have a problem with caffeine, but being several years under the legal drinking age, I'm glad to see plenty of non-alcoholic drinks featured.

Taste Test: Cream Soda

I love cream soda - I always describe it as tasting like vanilla cupcakes baked from a mix, in the best way possible. I'll have to try the winner.

So, you're saying DON'T learn from FN/CCTV?

FN chefs tend to be the object of Serious Eats snarking, but that's mostly just because they're easy targets - we have to find an outlet for our sarcasm somewhere. In reality, many of them are good chefs, and if you find that watching the cooking as it happens is helpful, then by all means take advantage of FN/CC shows. I like Ina Garten (though I prefer her cookbooks to her show) the best, but many of the others are also good.

SE Staff Picks: Our Favorite Girl Scout Cookies, and How to Eat Them

Caramel Delites/Samoas (is there a difference?) are the best.

You have a Star Trek food replicator. Would you still cook?

Yes, I would, at least sometimes. There are some foods that I like to cook almost as much as I like to eat. However, there are also foods that, no matter how good they are, simply aren't fun to cook, so if I could get a decent replicated version of them, I'd go for it.
I love the fact that people are backing up their opinions with actual examples from Star Trek.

Macarons - Am I too late? Have they jumped the shark?

Trendy or not, if they're delicious, people will eat them.

School Food we actually LIKE...

My school food has good days and bad days. Pasta (with choice of sauces), macaroni and cheese, anything served with mashed potatoes, fajitas, BBQ chicken or pork sandwiches, "breakfast for lunch" days, and teriyaki-style beef with broccoli and rice are all good. Decent salad bar is served daily, as well as vegetarian versions of non-vegetarian meals (if you do not like tofu or tempeh, beware) and fruit, yogurt, etc. Some recipes I've only seen served once. There are also some truly horrible days, but those are rare, and thankfully most meals come with some kind of side like rice or potatoes and veggies, which are generally edible.

8 Recipes for Lunar New Year

Some of my friends from middle school used to have a tradition (one of them was Chinese) of having a dumpling-making party every lunar new year. I'll have to come up with a new plan this year (I'm not Asian, but that doesn't mean I want to miss out on the fun), and I'm sure some of these recipes will be part of it. Thanks!

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Usually it's based off of a roughly equal mixture of soy sauce and rice vinegar. Ginger, sesame oil, and/or chili oil can be added if you like them.

Would You Eat Human Cheese?

Human milk is certainly edible and is just as good for human consumption than animal milk, and probably tastes fine, so I'm not going to try to justify this, but the idea just sounds off-putting to me. No reason, just a gut reaction. However, if people do want to use human milk for culinary purposes, I certainly see nothing wrong with it, although as some people have pointed out, there may be more important uses for unneeded human milk.

5 Ways to Fix Your Restaurant's Website

Totally agree that background music is annoying, that out-of-date menus are useless, and that simple web pages are much better than PDFs. Contact information should be easy to find, but not necessarily on every page. Flash doesn't really bother me unless it's too long or annoying, but many restaurant sites misuse it so it is.

Do you remember?

I remember learning how to make mac and cheese and apple pie with my mom when I was five. I also remember helping my grandma make dinner every Friday after she picked me up from school at about the same age.

What to Eat for Breakfast on Christmas Day

Homemade blueberry muffins! Actually, it tends to vary from year to year, usually tending towards pastries. Hot chocolate (usually for the kids a.k.a my brother and I, but sometimes the adults have some too), coffee, OJ, apple cider, and chocolate sneaked out of your stocking when no one can see you eating chocolate for breakfast complete the meal.