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  • Favorite foods: raw cheese, local produce, anything sour/pickled, all things lamb, cocktails,

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Beyond Baking Soda: The Best Way to Deal With a Stinky Fridge

Ah, Jolie, I love when my internet friends find my other sites. I adored your book and look forward to seeing more columns at SE. There is so much work for you here as every kitchen item needs its own set of special cleaning instructions.

The Comfort Food Diaries: My Coke Habit

Did anyone get Coke syrup as "medicine" in the 70's and 80's? This was dispensed over ice cubes to sip when I had an upset stomach or some kind of flu. It was the same syrup that comes in 5 gallon bag-in-box for use in fountain soda systems. Mom had a small (maybe 4 or 6 ounce) brown glass bottle of it in the bathroom medicine cabinet. This was the same bottle that prescription cough medicine came in, minus the label. I actually think it was bought from a pharmacy.

The Mad-Libs Method for Perfect Fruit Salad in Any Season

What a refreshing take on a too-often overlooked side.

How to Make Italian Seafood Salad (Insalata di Frutti di Mare)

Looks great. I love seafood salad with tons of parsley (or cilantro)!

Trial by Fire: My Life With the Culinary Director of Serious Eats

Great story, made me nod and smile a lot. My husband and I generally don't cook together but I think it's more important that our food preferences complement each other.

The Best Matzo Ball Soup

Instead of butter or schmaltz, I use Orville Redenbacher Popping and Topping oil. It is colored and flavored like butter, but is non-dairy so the balls are parve. It's a great oil to use for cooking or sauteeing. I keep a bottle near the stove and haven't put it on popcorn yet. You can find it in the supermarket next to the popcorn.

How to Upgrade Your Kitchen and Save Money at a Restaurant Supply Store

there's always for mail order. I totally agree about the kitchen/bar towels for napkin usage. Much more absorbent than cloth napkins. Or get a big stack of washcloths or handtowels from Bed Bath and Beyond on the clearance table.

The Comfort Food Diaries: Crab Sticks, the Bologna of the Sea

Love the Krab sticks. I also love real crab. They are 2 totally different items and if you appreciate each one for what they are, everyone wins.

The Comfort Food Diaries: Whipped Cream Is All That Matters

Though nothing beats (ha!) fresh whipped cream, wouldn't it be great to find unsweetened whipped cream in the aerosol containers? Are you listening, Reddi-wip?

Remaking Mom's Hot Dog and Cabbage Soup: A Tale of Two Kapusniaks

I remember sliced hot dogs in soup from my childhood. Generally canned vegetable soup.

An Embarrassment of Richness: Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Much better than the insipid Skippy recipe. Also try it with almond butter and almonds for a nice change of pace.

Reinvent Retro This Holiday With A Trio Of Updated Cheese Balls

My mother in law would make them small (marble-sized) and put a pretzel stick in each one so there were no errant toothpicks around the house.

The Cuccia Connection: How a Sicilian Dessert Spans Generations

I look forward to trying this. Have you (or any other readers) ever tried making wheatberry pudding like rice pudding? That is, cooking the berries in milk with some sugar and maybe a cinnamon stick.

Step-By-Step: The Best Gingersnap Cookies

Will this dough work for gingerbread men?

Eating With Ed: On Tipping, Texas Barbecue, and Rich-People Food

In any part of America, kitchens would collapse without immigrant labor. Here in south Florida, most kitchens skew either Cuban or Haitian.

The Food Lab: The Book Has Arrived

Congrats!! Guess I am destined to read this as I also weighed six pounds nine ounces when I was born.

Staff Picks: Our Favorite No-Shame Snacks for When No One's Looking

Bologna rolled up or folded around mustard or horseradish sauce. Fake Krab, right from the package, drizzled with the same horseradish sauce. Cheetos dipped in sour cream.


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