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Dinner Tonight: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Sauerkraut on Rye

I used to make a version of this all the time when I was vegetarian and craving a reuben. Just like a reuben, it's good with thousand island or russian dressing!

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: More Regional American Beer

I bought a six pack of Genny at a drive through once (they were out of Black Label). First of all, the six pack came in the bottom of an opened 30 pack box. Second, it cost me like $3. The drive through attendant proudly stated that it "makes you hyper and drunk at the same time". Yeah, I'll never buy it again.

Cocktail 101: All About Bitters, Part 1

Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters.. go buy it now!

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle as a gift a week ago, and I'm literally putting it in tap water at this point. If you get some, try adding a half shot of good bourbon in the bottom of a champagne flute, adding 5 or 6 dashes of rhubarb bitters, and filling the glass with ginger ale. We call it the Kenny D and it's one of the best cocktails I've had recently :)

The Food Lab: More Tips For Perfect Steaks

@kenji, the secret to the broiler is to start with a room temperature steak and put it as close to the broiler as you conceivably can.. like almost touching. It smokes quite a bit, but the result is as close to a grilled sear as I can get!

The Food Lab: More Tips For Perfect Steaks

I don't have a grill, so I've done a lot of kitchen experimenting. I've found that broiling can give you a really juicy flavorful steak. I usually salt right before broiling, but I may have to try to let them sit in the fridge overnight!

Our Favorite British and Irish Crisps, Candies, and Other Snacks

I was in an international junk food swap a few months ago, and completely fell in love with King's Cheese and Onion and Elite Chocolate Kimberleys (basically a slightly gingery and much more moist Moon Pie). Irish snacks are the best, I love Tayto too!

Spice Hunting: Old Bay

I use Old Bay as my standard addition to basically anything I'm sauteing. It's so awesome on caramelized onions!

The Nasty Bits: Pig's Foot

This is so timely, I'm making Crubeens for St. Pats next week (an old Irish street/fair food, it's basically crunchy breaded pig's feet). Here's the recipe I found if anybody else is curious:

http://www.europeancuisines.com/Crubeens-Cruibini-Crunchy-Pigs-Feet-Trotters

I went to my local offal-friendly supermarket last week, and they were actually out of trotters! I thought it was a good sign :)

The Nasty Bits: Pate

I still remember a tin of duck confit mixed with fois pate that my boss brought me from France. It was one of the meals that totally changed the way I think about food.

Tea Technique: How to Steep White Tea

Thanks for the great advice, I hope this is a new column!

Cook the Book: 'The Just Bento Cookbook'

Spicy crab salad with cucumbers and maybe a few cherry tomatoes!

Mapo Tofu, When Low-Brow Just Hits the Spot

I'm plotting Shake N Bake fish for dinner as we speak..

If salt/pepper were a given, what would be your one other spice?

Does Old Bay count as a single spice? If not, smoked paprika..

Cook the Book: 'The Sriracha Cookbook'

Definitely Sriracha mayo!

The Rachael Ray Hot Dog Bracket: Our Search for the Best Hot Dog in the U.S.

Go Dirty Franks! So excited to see them on this list!

Can You Do Anything with Nut Shells?

Somebody on Craftster recently used pistachio shells to make a broach!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=321292.0

Personally, I plan to use them as exfoliant in homemade soap... just grind and go!

Alabama Law Firm Sues Taco Bell For Misleading Labeling

Taco bell is really good about subbing ground meat beef filling product with beans, and it's a few cents cheaper.. just saying...

Lemon Salt with Fennel and Chili

What a great idea! This would make a fantastic inexpensive foodie gift too, I'll have to try it out.

Video: Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time

I am completely memorized by this..

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Schlitz Classic 1960s Formula

I actually really like the new/old Schlitz, but
A: It might be packaging, you're right
B: It gives you the beer Schlitz... just saying..

Great article! For the sake of argument, my favorite cheap beer is and will always be Black Label.

Celebrate Elvis's 76th Birthday with His PB-Bacon-Banana Sandwich

Beatles and Rum and Coke comes to mind :)

Celebrate Elvis's 76th Birthday with His PB-Bacon-Banana Sandwich

I actually recreated the Fool's Gold Loaf a few months ago!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317927.0

Our Favorite Burgers of 2010

Great article, but my Ohio-based heart (and stomach) are saddened that I apparently have to go to California, New York, Atlanta, or Philly to get a good burger. Anybody have a shout out for Michael Symon's B Spot? I haven't gotten there yet, but I hear they make an insane burger.

Your Favorite Meal?

1. Caprese salad and bread
2. Prune's Veal marrow bones on toast (ala Fergus), my grandma's potato salad, and rhubarb pie. And a Guinness :)

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I usually make mine with a good quality cocoa, dry milk, sugar, and (believe it or not) a box of chocolate pudding. Yours has fewer chemicals I'm sure, but one box of pudding produces a thick and rich hot cocoa!

Cranberry Butter?

Anybody have a good recipe for cranberry butter (like apple butter, not butter in which you add cranberries to make a spread)? I'd like to be able to hot water bath can it for shelf stability. Should I just wing it? The acidity in the cranberries will more than take care of canning safety issues.

Bonus points if I can make it in the crockpot!

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