McDonald's New Maple and Fruit Oatmeal

I have had McDonalds oatmeal several times and the quality of the oatmeal is directly related to the employee preparing it for you....when it is prepared correctly, it is delicous and some of the best quick-oatmeal you can find--and according to one of my friends who is diabetic, this oatmeal has a reasonable grams of sugar before you cross off this oatmeal from your list, try again. I just had some for breakfast today and was very pleased! And yes, eliminating the brown sugar helps.

What time do you eat dinner ?

During the week, I like to be done with dinner and have the kitchen cleaned by 6:30 p.m. In bed by 9 p.m. and up around 4am....on weekends, I only eat twice so I will have dinner around 4-5 pm....unless, of course, I have an event to attend....I like eating early for digestion reasons.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Must be the universal favorite NYC breakfast--and I am no different--bagel, lox, cream cheese with chives, capers, a bloody mary--and for me, a macarron....

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

a pork loin drenched in dried fruit--cranberries, apricots, apples--delicious

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

Chocolate bread pudding...nothing better in my mind.

Cook the Book: Easy Gluten-Free Baking

Hard to pick just one--rhubarb crisp first and close behind, lemon bars....nothing better than homemade baked goods!!!!

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking, Vol. 1'

Grilled vegetables, green salad and juicy peaches, all from the yard or the farmer's market....yummy

Threadless T-Shirt Giveaway: Pancake Mountain

I love apple cinnamon pncakes with a sharp cheese and some bacon nearby--delicious!!!

Cook the Book: 'Modern Spice'

I would love to cook Persian and other Middle Eastern foods!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Edible Chocolate Box from Charles Chocolates

warm, delicious chocolate pudding, homemade of course

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Pork ribs and sauerkraut, which was enjoyed throughout my childhood....and always eaten with corn. This remains my favorite food from childhood.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: D'Artagnan Boneless Heritage Ham

Spicy mustard, a tad of mayo, swiss cheese and tomato

Cook the Book: 'The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook'

a fried egg with spinach, garlic and currants...delicious.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey Here!

Cornbread stuff from Silver Palate....can't wait to have that!

Best produce ever

Small bananas in Bangladesh, known as colas, as I remember. I had them in 2000. I recall that Bill Clinton, then president, and a visitor to Bangladesh that year too, liked them so much that he took several of them back on Air Force One!

Recession Grocery Shopping: What Are You Doing Differently?

Here in Saint Paul, we are blessed with a farmer's market that lasts through November and one that is staffed by several Hmong farmers who grow the most incredible vegetables--not just the garden kind. It is hard to spend more than $20 for weekly produce there-the prices are so fair. I have yet to make any major adjustments at the grocery store, though I know I am much more aware about eating out less and bringing my lunch to work. I also am careful about even going to the more upscale grocery stores in the's all about simplicity.

What's Your Favorite Food on a Stick? It's Gotta Be Served at the Minnesota State Fair


Every year I go to the Minnesota State Fair, I try a new food on a stick--this year it was the tator tots. They were fabulous...made me want to try cooking them at home--very flavorful.

Today's the last day of the fair and there are several convention-goers in attendance due to the shorten convention schedule.

Wake N' Bacon Alarm Clock: The Best Sleep-Ending Device Ever

apple pie would get me up in the morning.

Cook the Book: Serves One

Steamed Edamame, cashews, raisins, with a light mixture of vinegar, sugar and mayo--crunchy, salty,sweet...satisfies every taste bud!

Cook the Book: Lidia's Italy

a delicious vodka penne pasta and acranberry dessert

Cook the Book: The Oprah Magazine Cookbook

Believe it or not, Bill Moyers. Since he is from Texas, I imagine we would have some great barbecue and endless conversation from Kennedy to Bush and everyone inbetween.

The Dessert Truck: For Desserts on the Go

Just one word FRANCHISE!!! Here in the Twin Cities, a fortune could be made. Really good desserts are hard to find!

Cook the Book: The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Very difficult to choose just one...Creme brulee for starters, then lemon bars, and then mango sorbet!!!

Cook the Book: Nigella Express

using a slow cooker to make all sorts of healthy recipes--not always easy with the recipes available!

Serious Easter Artisanal Chocolate Egg Giveaway

My mother's lamb cake; she uses an old Polish pound cake recipe with a cream cheese frosting...makes one for every child and grandchild.

After that, very stale peeps!

Recommendation needed for Gluten-free cookbook

I am looking for recommendations for gluten-free cookbooks that contain delicious recipes that can be made without traveling to far flung places for ingredients. Please let me know your favorite gluten-free cookbook--and why! Thanks, dear readers.

Cooking with Amaranth

I have a package of Arrowhead Mills whole grain Amaranth and am looking for recipes to make salads or main dishes. And suggestions? Any advice from those who have used amaranth in salads?

State Fair Food-Chocolate Covered Bacon!

It's Minnesota's Great Get Together here in Saint Paul--and State Fair time brings out new (and crazy) food combinations. This year, one of the most talked about new fair foods is Pig Lickers, which consists of 4-5 short slices of crisp bacon covered in a thick coating of dark chocolate...described as smoky, chocolately and porky. Also new this year is a Pickle Sickle--frozen pickle juice push-up.

What are some unusual foods showing up at your state fair, serious eaters?

Need recipe for Tomato Swiss chard quiche

Today's farmer's market here in St. Paul (MN) was a kaleidoscope of colors. I came home with a basket of tomatoes, bundles of swiss chard, dill, parsley, eggplant, basil, garlic and purple peppers. I am looking for a recipe for a tomato-swiss chard quiche. Any recommendations from SE readers?

Using Kefir-Your ideas?

Help! My doctor has advised me to have two 8oz servings of (unflavored) Kefir a day. Besides adding it to my morning smoothie, I am at a loss for ways to incorporate kefir into my diet.

Newman's Own Chocolate-Your Opinion

Earlier this evening, I treated myself (or so I thought) to a piece of Newman's Own (as in Paul Newman) Butter Toffee Crunch. While I like Newman's efforts and contributions to charity--and even his acting--I was not impressed with this chocolate bar. What do you think about Newman's Own chocolate? Is there one you would recommend--or is the packaging better than the product. Is Newman's Own chocolate just plain old chocolate?

To Sift or not to sift?

Having spent the day making both large and small pound cakes for gifts, I end the day wondering, is sifting flour really necessary? What difference does it make in the texture of the final product? So I ask, dear Serous Eats readers, do you sift or not, and if so, why?

Best Food to cure a cold??

Thanksgiving brought me a whopper of a cold--runny nose, congestion, sore throat. What food cures the nasty cold best? I need to be well by Tuesday when I fly to Bangkok.

Heirloom Beans--Any Knowledge?

My organic squash farmer just gave me samples (1 cup each) of three different heirloom beans--dutch bullet, arikara and Boston Favorite. Any suggestions for recipes?

What to do with 50 lbs. of squash?

Here in the Midwest, squash is aplenty and I am picking up 50lbs of acorn/butternut squash later this week. What's your favorite squash recipe? Besides soup, what else have you made with squash?

Magnolia Cupcakes in NYC--Overrated or Underrated?

I brought my aunt from Chicago to NYC this weekend and because of a NYT article about red velvet cake, we spent 25 minutes standing in line today to taste a Magnolia cupcake. I want to know--was this a waste of time? Are magnolia cupcakes really THAT good?

Healthy desserts

Has anyone out there had the pleasure of enjoying healthy desserts or coffee cakes from Over The Top company?

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