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Win a Copy of 'A Change of Appetite'

The farro salad that recently ran on SE - we can't get enough of it!

Win a Copy of 'Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook'

Pork shoulder when we "only" have a day to smoke; beef brisket when it's a several-day affair.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

I'd love to have one for my husband for checking pork shoulder on the smoker, and myself for checking pan seared/oven finished beef ribeye! British racing green, of course.

Win a Copy of 'Vibrant Food'

An heirloom tomato, with gems of balsamic and olive oil

Where to Eat and Drink Outdoors in Milwaukee, 2014 Edition

The first time I took my ex-husband to Barnacle Bud's, he thought I was going to murder him and hide the corpse among the industrial buildings (in retrospect, it might have been a less-expensive solution, but I digress). It really is hidden away but still very popular and with good reason. Thanks for including it!

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

Sausage, mushrooms, onions.

The Easiest Way to Store Grains is a Cheap Plastic Pitcher

I find that storing grains in plastic makes them kinda stinky and "turn" a lot sooner than in glass. Unless I had a walk-in cooler - I bet then plastic would be fine there.

Manner Matters: Dealing With the Drunkety-Drunk

Oh, Tea, I'm so glad it's not just me. I know it's a minor quibble in the greater scheme, of course, but it's nice to know I'm not alone in my quibbling.

We Eat All of the Tortas at Xoco in Chicago

Last January we were in Chicago for my birthday. We grabbed a quick bite at Portillo's right after getting into town, then wandered down the street and ran into Xoco. I was SO sad we were already full but we still stopped in and got hot chocolate and churros - absolutely fantastic. And the tortas look and smelled fabulous. We're planning another trip soon just to try them.

How to Make Real-Deal Soft Frozen Custard at Home

Leon's, of course is not a chain. And you missed Gilles which *used* to have multiple outlets but is back down to one, and no longer makes the Gilles' custard sold in stores although it's a damned fine product as well.

Yeah, we're kinda funny about our frozen custard here in Milwaukee.

Giveaway: Win a Pair of California Wine Country Prints

Kiami Wines because A) one of the owners was in my WoW guild and B) the wine he sent me was really very, very good. I think he liked the Penzey's spices I sent in exchange...

Cook the Book: 'My Irish Table' by Cathal Armstrong

My ex-husband was from Belfast and had never seen corned beef and cabbage til he moved to the States - so while I adore corned beef, I eschew it on the holiday. I'll have a large Guinness and a cottage pie, please.

Which Cocktails Do You Think Are Overrated?

Very little judging goes on at my home bar - which is where I'll drink if my drink of choice doesn't pass muster. Plus, I fricking adore a Moscow Mule in the heat and humidity of a July afternoon.

Introducing Our New Etiquette Column, Manner Matters

We once were invited by my FIL to a large group dinner at a prixe fix event - it was about $55/plate and my husband and I bought a bottle of wine (or two?) to share. About three days later, my FIL sent out an email asking who had ordered a Diet Coke as he had not been reimbursed for it. I was aghast at the time but now it's risen to the level of inside joke lore that we still giggle about.

Poll: Which Standard Burger Toppings Do You Secretly Despise?

I voted for tomatoes, even though I love a good seasonal tomato on my burger in place of ketchup. The problem is, I never *get* a good seasonal tomato - I get a wintry pale imitation of a tomato and I do not want that.

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

Bought my husband two different smokers so we can try different temp levels

What's the Worst New York Restaurant Meal You've Ever Had?

Okay, I admit, I laughed at ooopete1983. I'm sure it was stunning at the moment but it's a great story in retrospect.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

If I got it today, that prime rib sitting in the fridge. Next week? Pork shoulder on the smoker.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms - all fresh

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: High Road Ice Cream 6-Pack

I guess it's more legend than fantasy - Ben & Jerry's Rainforest Crunch. I miss it so...

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Perfect Steak Set from Double R Ranch Co.

Ribeye seared then finished in the oven, served with bearnaise.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Perfect Steak Set from Double R Ranch Co.

Ribeye seared in cast iron and finished in the oven, served with bearnaise.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Secret Weapons Pork Kit

Bacon fat. Also, we met Herb Eckhouse at a La Quercia/Carr Valley/New Glarus Brewery dinner this year and he's just as nice as you'd expect!

Cook the Book: 'Japanese Soul Cooking'

Tonkatsu, and really good miso soup.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Pork shoulder on the smoker

Waffle Iron with Removable Plates

So, I decided to try a recipe that put cinnamon roll dough into the waffle iron for Valentine's Day - and I'm STILL trying to get the crusted-on brown sugar off my non-stick waffle iron. I'd like to replace it with a waffle iron with removable plates so I can soak them in the sink (no dishwasher here - rather, I AM the dishwasher). I'd consider an all-in-one item that includes a panini press, since I have the same challenge with that appliance as well.

What experiences have people had? It looks like a George Foreman grill might fit the bill but I'd really like to hear what other people use.

Early 1960s party ideas

I did a couple searches here and came up with nothing, so I apologize if this is redundant.

I'm turning 50 in January, and am planning a "come as if it's 1961" party. I'm looking for suggestions for food and beverages. So far we've come up with:

Food:
Devilled eggs
Fondue
Cocktail meatballs and wieners
Rumaki
Shrimp scampi or cocktail
Oysters
Stuffed mushrooms
Pigs in blankets
Cheese puffs
Cheese balls
Filled celery (blue cheese/cream cheese)
Chex Mix
Wellingtons
Jello molds

Beverages:
Martinis
Daiquiris
Punch with ice ring
Manhattans
Schlitz
Mai Tais

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