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The Food Lab Turbo: How To Make The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Normally I go for shredded sharp sharp cheddar on day old sourdough, but I gave this a try tonight and I must say I'm impressed. I'm not saying it's the only grilled cheese I'll ever make again, but a damn fine version that I'll be adding to my repertoire. The salt was really nice addition. Thank you Kenji.

Ask The Food Lab Anything, Thanksgiving Edition

Any great coconut custard (not cream) pie recipes? I'll be traveling so the pie will need to be made at least one day in advance.
Also I wanted to thank you; we used your stuffing recipe and dry brining technique last year and they were both huge successes.

Ask the Food Lab Anything, the Thanksgiving Edition

First off, thank you so much for handling all of these questions, also my family followed your recommendation of a dry salt brine last year and it was our most flavorful thanksgiving bird ever.

So I'm considering making a bread pudding as one of the desserts this year. My family, however, has a mandate of one dessert per adult. Therefore, the desserts need to hold up as leftovers for a few days and my mother is convinced the bread pudding will dry out after the initial go round of desserts. Any suggestions for a bread pudding that will still be tasty as breakfast on Friday and Saturday?

A Sandwich A Day: The Pork Rabe Saturday Special From Cutty's in Brookline, MA

Just grabbed a wheat berry and beet salad from Cutty's for lunch (trying to be healthy). I've never had a true Philly roast pork sandwich, but I've devoured a few of Cutty's and they are amazing.

Goodbye, Dumpling

I'm so sorry for you loss Kenji, Dumpling seemed like a great dog and I can't think of a better owner for a hungry pup.

Taking A Look at Irish Whiskey

Redbreast is my favorite, Jameson or Powers for everyday drinking, I find Tullamore Dew to be too sweet, and never Bushmills; that's Protestant whiskey.

Classic Sage and Sausage Stuffing (or Dressing)

Made this recipe today for a Fakesgiving potluck, couldn't be happier with the results. Perfect consistency, great flavor, and very easy recipe. I used the Jimmy Dean sage sausage mentioned above. As far as stuffing is concerned I like to keep it simple, but flavorful and this recipes delivers.

Comment of the Day: AHT-Loving Vegan

I must say it's kind of sad that after a vegan posts something in praise of AHT two of the first comments are on the negative side. Although my girlfriend and I are currently omnivores, she previously was a vegetarian for about 14 years. Every time this fact comes up two to three people have to jump in and ask her a litany of questions, always wondering why she would do such thing. Vegetarians and vegans often get pegged as self-righteous and judgmental, however, I find that it is normally the omnivores who are doing the judging.

Cook the Book: America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

Triumph- Turning an entire batch of chocolate chip cookie dough into one giant cookie, I was 12 and my mother had left the dough unattended.

Do You Know What a Chunky Is?

I love Chunky, I'm 30 and grew up in RI so maybe it's a Northeast thing.

Do You Have a Favorite Brand of Butter?

Cabot for daily use, and if I feel like splurging Vermont Butter and Cheese Company.

Top 5: Kenji Lopez-Alt's Favorite Burgers in Boston

Well I went and tried the burger at Tory Row last night, and was greatly disappointed. Although the burger has great potential, good meat to bun/veggie ratio, solid pickles, crisp bacon, and decently seasoned meat, they cooked it well beyond the point of juiciness. I ordered it medium-rare and got a well-done burger. It might just be a one time occurrence, but I'll stick with M.o.S. if I want one of their burgers in the future.

Top 5: Kenji Lopez-Alt's Favorite Burgers in Boston

Can't argue with your picks, although I haven't tried the Tory Row burger yet. I would have liked to see The Druid's burger up there, but now this gives me an excuse to branch out and try Tory Row.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

The Silver Palate's Corn Bread-Sausage Stuffing With Apples

Have You Ever Deep Fried a Turkey for Thanksgiving?

Please don't ever fry a turkey on a wooden deck. Keep the burner and hot oil as far away from any flammable surfaces as possible. The last thing you want to do on Thanksgiving is burn your house down.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

The Silver Palate's Corn Bread-Sausage Stuffing With Apples

Cook the Book: 'Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating'

His writing has convinced me to eat less meat. At least 3 days out of the week I consume only fruits and veggies. He's also turned me into an oatmeal addict.


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