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Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

Open Thread: What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

I went through a big Digiorno phase in high school. I also have a soft spot for those ones (Jeno's?) that are tiny and weirdly sweet with a crust like a soggy saltine. I guess it's just a childhood leftover.

Eating Roasted Alligator and Spider-on-a-Stick at the Explorer's Club 110th Annual Gala

I will never be this adventurous. I'm ok with that.

Have You Ever Tried an Opal Apple?

I tried one at Trader Joe's. I liked that it was big, but I didn't think it stood out from Golden Delicious as anything special. I'll stick with Honeycrisps and Fujis.

The New Ben and Jerry's 'Cores' are Pretty Mindblowingly Delicious

I want to eat this!

First Look: A Palatial Ladurée Tea Salon Opens in Soho

Staff Picks: What's Your Least Favorite Dessert?

Things that combine chocolate with fruit (except banana, which is tasty) and things with floral flavors like rose or lavender.

We Try the Diner Double Beef, a '50s-Themed Burger From McDonald's Japan

Those fries are terrifying.

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

Cast iron skillet

Balsamic-Brown Sugar Short Ribs With Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Any easy substitutions for the wine? More balsamic?

We Eat Our Way Through An Epic Four-Day Indian Wedding Feast

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I can't wrap my head around how that slicer works. I wish I could see it in action.

Pok Pok and Xi'an Famous Foods Ring in the Lunar New Year

Did the Kaeng Jeut contain "egg, tofu"? If not, what's egg tofu?

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Run a half marathon with my husband, eat tasty foods

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: 17th Street BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

My 30th birthday celebration was built around driving 2hrs to San Diego so my husband and I could take advantage of my front-of-the-line pass at Phil's BBQ - totally worth it.

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

I had a somewhat similar experience recently. My husband took me to McDonald's for lunch on a "junior high date." It was the first time I'd eaten there in years. I had my old favorite, #2 combo. Sure, the fries were amazing. The cheeseburgers tasted pretty much like nothing, though. Then, after consuming nearly a day's worth of calories in one sitting, my stomach felt kind of odd. Plus, I was still hungry again an hour later. It was fun, but I'm ok with leaving fast food (In-n-Out excepted) in my past.

Snack Time: Handi-Snacks, Revisited

I totally loved these as a kid. I remember the crackers being somewhat sweet. I think mine may have been an off-brand, not Ritz. They were completely delicious, though. Ideas for future columns:
-Fingos: the cereal invented to be a snack food
-Nutter Butter
-Cheez Its: We bought them at recess with a cup of salsa that cost a nickel (No, I'm not 90. It was tiny). It was my most exotic snack.
-Animal Crackers: The ones in the circus box, please.

I Tried My First King Cakes in New Orleans, and They Were Awesome

I really want to eat the traditional cake. Baked good + cinnamon = joy.

Snack Snack Munch: We Try Takis For the First Time

I can attest to the popularity with school kids. I'm a substitute teacher, and Takis are wildly popular in elementary and middle schools. I even saw a kid bring Takis for a treat to share on his birthday instead of cupcakes.

Know Your Sweets: Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are amazing. I find them to be disappointing at most bakeries, but when they're right - they're SO right! Cinnamon has also been shown to have positive health affects, so I don't think I'm going to fret for my liver's well-being when I enjoy my favorite baked good.

The Best and Worst Coffee Beans at Trader Joe's

I got the Piñon once and thought it was terrible. It had a weird, "flavored" taste that I did not care for. I'm usually happy with Joe's Joe, but I've switched to decaf recently, so for that I prefer the Smooth & Mellow.

Staff Picks: What's Your Recipe Deal-Breaker?

I don't like cookies that require rolling out dough because I'm just bad at it. I skip things that call for more than a few tablespoons of alcohol, too. I don't drink at all, so I don't want to buy booze for a recipe or use a large amount of some substitute.

We Try Jamba Juice's New 'Whole Food Nutrition' Smoothies

The thing that out me off Jamba Juice (and similar chains) as a healthy choice is the "juice" in their offerings. Unless you order something with orange juice, what you'll get is a concentrate from a machine, not unlike the syrups for soda. I guess maybe the benefits of kale can balance that out, but I think I'd rather just eat my veggies and drink fresh oj.

Bacon, Cheese, and Scallion Waffles

Is City Bakery's 'Baker's Muffin' Bread Pudding, Monkey Bread, or Both?

I don't care how you define it. I just wish I could eat it!

Open Thread: Do You Give Up Sweets in the New Year?

I don't make any New Year's resolutions. I just try to make good choices all year, which includes indulging in my favorite sweet treats in moderation and balancing that indulgence with regular exercise and servings of kale. Cinnamon rolls and ice cream are essential to my mental health.

Good apple butter?

I had some St.Dalfour pumpkin butter a few months ago, and I loved it. From smearing it on crumpets to mixing it with Greek yogurt, I pretty much polished off the jar myself. I know they also make apple butter, and I'd like to buy one or both of these, but I'm having trouble finding it. Any tips on where I can find it? Or suggestions of another good source? I don't want to fuss with making it myself. I've tried the Trader Joe's kind, but it's a bit more syrupy and sweet than I'd prefer. I'm looking for not-too-sweet with a good thickness for spreading.

Abuelita chocolate

We have a bunch (10 oz. or so?) of Abuelita semi-sweet chocolate left over from the last time my brother made mole. Any suggestions on what I can do with it? I checked the website for recipes, but nothing looked very appealing. Can I use it in any recipe that calls for semi-sweet chocolate? It's just sitting there in the pantry, taunting me, begging to be used in something delicious!

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