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The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

@ymandel "then leave pot with eggs under running water for a long time (30-45 minutes)." That sounds soooo wasteful. I am curious as to why this method versus soaking in cool water and changing water a couple of times?

A Sandwich a Day: The Chocolate Cake and Salted Peanut Gelato Donut Sandwich From Black Dog Gelato

These sound amazing!

5 Summer Flavors to Grab at Graeter's This Summer

Love Graeter's! Was never a fan of the hallowed Black Raspberry Chip (something about the texture and taste of the chocolate threw me off) but OMG during the fall their apple sorbet, cinnamon and pumpkin ice creams cannot be beat- especially together! The place is magic.

6 Great Bars in Louisville, Kentucky

I moved away from my beloved hometown 5 years ago and my has it aged well! The slideshow is indicative of it's splendor- you can find the quaint, the eclectic and the refined, often in one place!

Open Thread: What Oreo Flavor Do You Wish Existed?

Dark cherry- can't beat chocolate and cherry, but it would have to be authentic cherry, not awful artificial flavoring.

Bake the Book: Bakeless Sweets

Lemon gelato with some fresh basil!

(Something Not Exactly Like) Derby Pie

The best part of a Kern's Kitchen Derby pie(the name Derby Pie is actually trademarked and in Louisville the pies flood local stores about a month before Derby as they can be frozen) is the topping- I believe a pecan and butter and sugar crumble. The whole pecans just don't do the pie justice b/c the textures are a huge part of the glory that is Derby pie. ~A Louisville native

What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid?

Leftover (day old) Kraft mac and cheese on white bread, cold. Gag.

Pizza Hut Debuts 'Crazy Cheesy Crust'

Cereal Rant: Why Buzzfeed Is Wrong, These Cereals Should Not Be Obliterated

I have to agree with the Krave comment- absolutely gross. I didn't know chocolate plus cereal could be so gross... oh wait yes I did due to Special K with chocolate- chocolate colored wax, yay! Those are my two votes for obliteration.

Where to Take a Date to Eat: 11 Pretty Affordable Restaurants in San Francisco

Ragazza is nice but I found the toppings on some pizzas to be incredibly sparse. My husband and I ordered 2 pizzas there last week and both were more crust than anything; he ordered the Moto and I ordered a veggie (can't remember the name). I am sure it was an off night but I was a bit disappointed. We came back later in the evening for small desserts which were quite nice.

Cook the Book: 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

A great egg drop soup (lots of green onions please) and veggie stir-fry or chicken almond ding.

Scallion Pancakes from 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

I never knew they were so easy... bad bad bad b/c I can eat a couple orders worth!

Bake the Book: Mad Hungry Cravings

Dark chocolate covered caramels with a touch of sea salt or anything with gooey piping hot cheese. Yum!

Bake the Book: Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Fennel, buffalo mozzarella, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and loads of a great quality sausage!

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

I spent so many nights at Nick's and Mother Bear's. Bloomington has a great array of food stops, mostly low key and casual but very vibrant and unique. That is the glory of large college towns! I hope to see a Princeton where to eat some day soon!

Foie Gras to be banned in California July 1...

@ missmochi-
Thanks for the info. I was a RVT for 10 years as well. I appreciate your information, but was trying to make a statement to the conditions that animals in the food chain live in and what some endure to get to our plates. As every yuckster has stated and I am well aware, yes, the food chain exists. It still doesn't mean that I want to feel that animals went through a terrible life to get to my plate. I am just wondering where you got your information that the young ducks are killed before basically any clinical signs? I was not trying to state that avian hepatic lipidosis is definitively painful, but having worked in a critical care/emergency clinic where I saw more than enough feline cases and the misery that ensued, I am not comfortable with the thought of my food having come from deliberately causing the condition. If studies state that they are happy little ducks with no physical pain (aside form tubes being stuffed down their throats daily, which seems to be California's main concern) resulting from the method of fattening them, I have no problem with act.

Bottom Shelf Beer Olympics: Holland (Heineken vs. Grolsch)

I am hoping that it was sarcasm, but did the author genuinely feel that he had to do any form of clarification as to where one might view a Van Gogh or does he really feel that readers of SE are that dim?

Anyway, a classmate of mine at U of MD was from Amsterdam. He proclaimed how terrible he and his friends found Grolsh and he didn't seem to love his Heine, either. Any time we were out, he and a guy from Sweden drank German beers like most people drink water.

Spanish Tortilla with Broccoli, Chorizo, and Onion

The "Get the Recipe" link for the tortilla appears a dead end, just goes to an all orange page with the SE logo in the center. Hope it gets fixed soon, looks like a great meal!

Stir-Fried Velvet Chicken with Snap Peas and Lemon-Ginger Sauce

Just made this for dinner! The dish is packed with a lovely flavor, and the snap peas really mesh well with the tender chicken. For myself, the sauce was a little too thick, but I may not have drained off enough of the cornstarch mixture from the chicken. Fairly easy, and a crowd pleaser for picky eater.

Foie Gras to be banned in California July 1...

I don't think that it has anything to do with eth government "telling you what you can or cannot eat," as many have stated. If there is a HUMANE way to produce fois gras, then nobody cares. What the government and enough people are against is the cruelty to the animals; and it IS exactly that- cruelty. There is a reason you can find free range chicken in most grocery stores, and cruelty free meats is better stores- most people do not want to eat the crap that comes from the Walmart's of the meat production world- cheap meat that is raised with little care and live horrid lives. I believe most people are willing to spend a couple extra dollars to buy free range, antibiotic free, or their equivalents of other meats. Fois gras is fatty liver, a condition in veterinary medicine called hepatic lipidosis which is painful and makes the animal feel horrible that we give pain medication to alleviate; you are okay with the same condition being deliberately caused so you can have your fois gras?

Best Fast Food Ice Cream and Milkshakes

^^ Steak n Shake freezes are so good; I'm a fan of the orange as well. What I wouldn't give to have one in our new home state...

Again, unable to log in

I was able to post b/c I changed from Firefox to Explorer, as I said. The problems seem to be solely when using Firefox. The problems are intermittent, but have occurred for a couple of weeks- links that are essentially dead, or have an error attached. Thanks for looking into it.

Highlights from the 2012 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Am I the only person disturbed by the marshmallow guns? It seems like another way to waste food, something our country is ridiculously guilty of- you know kids aren't going to a sanitized room where it's cool to pick the mallows off the ground and eat after playing! Maybe I'm too sensitive, but that just seems totally wasteful (though probably better for kids that eating those puffs of sugary goodness).

Again, unable to log in

I posted a couple days ago about having difficulties logging in to the site- had had difficulties (basically log in link was not responding at all) off and on for a couple of weeks. Did not get much resolved with that post.
Today, I am taken to a page that is headed with Movable Type and states this: Publish error in template 'Login Form': Error in <mtinclude> tag: error in module sidebar: Publish error in template 'sidebar': Error in <mtif> tag: Error in <mtinclude> tag: Can't find included template module 'talkPostPromo'
This is while using the current Firefox, without any plug-ins. Currently I am in Explorer, without the issue but the message box keeps scrolling to the top of the message I have written so far. Goodness!
Anyway, hope that gives you some more information on the problem that I have been having for a coupe weeks. SE is the only site I have had issues with anything of this sort. Happy weekend!

Log in not registering

While trying to leave a comment, I logged in to my account. I got the name and password entered, hit "Enter," and the site took me back to the page I wanted to comment on; however, I still wasn't logged in. I tried logging again, but now get no response when trying to click the log in link. Have been trying this for a couple minutes, reloaded page, left site and came back, etc. This was on the Candy Expo post, by the way. Thanks for any help!

Talk forums- same page over and over

When I am trying to get past the first page in the Talk forum, and click "Older," the next page is mostly the threads from the first page. When I click to go to the third page, I still get a couple of the threads from the first page (though less than the second page), and so on to the forth. Hope you can fix this! Thanks!

Not just Cinco de Mayo, but Derby, too!!!

Having lived in the Louisville area for my first 29 years of life, and missing my forth Derby in a row, I am looking for some ideas on a Ky Derby/Cinco de Mayo lunch tomorrow for some friends. Mint Juleps plus mole do not sound great together, so I am looking for some suggestions on a way to blend some good old KY style foods with some popular Mexican favorites. Any suggestions would be great! No Derby pie suggestions, please- DE/MD does not seem to carry it in even the most upscale areas.

(And C'mon Serious Eats, throw out some Derby suggestions for more than ways to use bourbon- Derby parties are popular even out of KY!)

Soft Tofu Restaurant (So Kong Dong) in Fort Lee, New Jersey

A mainstay of the Korean table, jjigae literally translates as stew, and there are hundreds of common varieties. Soondubu jjigae is my favorite. Flavored with pork, beef, or seafood in a broth similar to a Japanese dashi flavored with sea kelp and dried anchovies, it's laced with fiery red pepper powder or fermented gochujang pepper paste and often a handful of chopped, garlicky kimchi. The bulk of the dish is made up of tofu of the soft, silken variety, which develops an ultra-creamy, smooth texture as it heats in the boiling hot broth. Sinus-clearing, nutritious, and easy to down by the dolsot-ful, it's perfect restorative fare. More

Dinner Tonight: Jamie Oliver's Steamed Asian Chicken "Parcels"

While quick chicken recipes are pretty common, many of them can be boring, using the same old techniques with little variation. But in years of cooking, I've never seen anything quite like this. Raw chicken thighs are blended up with aromatics like ginger, garlic, and scallions to make a paste, which is then quickly folded into cabbage leaves and steamed. It actually comes together far more quickly than you'd think. More