• Location: Troy Ohio
  • Favorite foods: Pizza, Fries and Cake, in no particular order, washed down with a good Riesling.
  • Last bite on earth: Anything my mamma makes me .. or cake.

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Alton Brown's Peanut Butter Fudge in the Microwave Trick

We use this recipe. Make it just as Alton directs and it is fabulous. It was hard for us to believe it could be *that* good, but when Alton says it, believe it.

Weekend Book Giveaway: 'Roadfood'

Crabills, Urbana Ohio

From the Cookie Aisle: New Pepperidge Farm Milano Melts

definitely meh. The original is way better, we tried them a the office this week. Thumbs down

The Best Fast-Food Fried Chicken Sandwich?

Chick Fil A. none better.

Ahhh! So much leftover ham!

just made killer ham and bean soup. Hope there is enough left for ham salad (so i can use my excellent new kitchen aid food processor).

Poll: Are You Making Pie or Buying It?

BerkelMan could you share your recipe for Hoosier Cream Pie. I've been trying to recreate based on my mother-in-law's recipe of "this and that" and i'm not quite there. (also off topic .. Indiana Stromboli ROCKS! I still think back wistfully to ones I use to get in high school).

On topic: Will bake my own pies, pecan and pumpkin, but I cheat on the crust.

A kitchen appliance you are scared to use

pressure cookers scare me!

Mixed Review: Barefoot Contessa Outrageous Mint Chocolate Brownies

ditto. i don't mind mixes.. but $11 for a brownie mix. no.

How do you brew your coffee?

Toddy Cold Brew. I love a good cup of coffee, but I'm the only one in my house who drinks it and I don't have much counter space. I used a French Press for years, but my son made me an utterly fabulous cup of coffee one day and it was made using the Toddy Cold Brew system. I've never had better "home" coffee.

What is the Greatest Compliment You Have Received on Your Food

Pralines. "Just like my mamma made them!" Now IMHO when you can actually make somethin' like mamma. That's good eats!

Standing Room Only: Jeni's Ice Cream

LOVE NORTH MARKET! Anyone headed to Columbus needs to check it out. The Brisket is to die for.. the cheese monger had a simple, yet awesome cheese sampler.. And Mozarts Bakery, yummy treats and the best cappuccino I've ever had. And of course.. Jeni's!

Cook the Book: 'Good Eats: The Early Years'

I come from a large Family so the married kids are urged to spend Thanksgiving Day with their in-laws and such and our family gets together on Saturday.

However I found out that on Thanksgiving Day they had no one to share the day with as they were working on the Saturday party and they ate at Waffle House (not that there is anything wrong with that!) But since that day I have the anti-Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday for the 4 of us and who ever else needs a place to land. I enjoy cooking for a SMALL group and I let my mom handle the LARGE group on Saturday . (We all pitch in with sides btw)

On Thanksgiving we get a yummy Beef Tenderloin and as a homage to Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Roll and Cheescake (this year low-carb).

Mom enjoys the day as she gets treated to an excellent meal (on her wedding china that I inherited from her) and I love giving THANKS for such wonderful parents, and enjoying them all by myself before I have to share them on Saturday with the Sibs!

Halloween Carry In Suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions..

Halloween Carry In Suggestions

As always, the flavor/quality out ranks creepy-ness. But I like the subtlety of Devil's Food Cupcakes -- besides they are chocolate and cake -- really can't go wrong.

I don't have the patience/time for the candy corn .. probably because it is not one of my favorite things; you know like cake!

Halloween Carry In Suggestions

Yes -- but its more of an all day EAT fest ...

My Pizza Oven: Nick and Robin Gladdis, Paso Robles, California

I'm in love....

Needed: dinner roll / biscuit recipe! (flakey layers)

Thanks to Lemonfair. I didn't know what Fan Tans were and when I googled and saw the picture, it had to be what you were looking for. Let us know if "we" figured it out!

I love it when the Food Detectives work together for good and not evil! And throw in Grandma and we have to solve the riddle!

Needed: dinner roll / biscuit recipe! (flakey layers)

Needed: dinner roll / biscuit recipe! (flakey layers)

I'm thinking these may be a yeast roll. too.. My mom use to make tender flakey rolls that came apart in layers, and they were a sweet roll recipe like Parker House roll.

So close your eyes, think back .. Was it yeasty or biscuity?

The Best Thing I ever Ate ...

Well I can get to Cleveland for Corned Beef Hash, maybe not Portland 8-)..

However is your boyfriend's dad givin' up the Cheesecake recipe? I really like "eye closing" cheesecake!

@squeezebottle: My mom asked me the other day why I liked oysters, I told her if you've only have oysters from a little white container, you've NEVER had oysters.

City Flavor Guide: Cincinnati

Enjoyed the Cincinnati foodie update! Keep them coming...

T - 50 miles North

Gadgets: The Aebelskiver Pan

When I went to the aebelskiver site, all the pans I looked at said "not for FLAT TOP ELECTRIC stoves". So sad.. that is what I have. Is that because it's cast iron? Because I do use cast iron on my flat/electric stove, but i'm very very careful 8-)

Gadgets: The Aebelskiver Pan

Could someone please tell me how to SAY that word?

Facinating.. how could i live this long and NEVER heard of these?

What makes you feel better?

A really good cookie.

The Best Thing I ever Ate ...

On FN one of the rare shows I have come to love is: The Best Thing I ever ate.

I will admit, I DVR it and watch it the next night to eliminate all the fluff and commercials, but it is interesting to see what chef's find amazingly yummy.

Anyone else like this show? and of course.. what is the best thing you ever ate?

me: The first time I ate Creme Brulee .. or perhaps my first Krispy Kreme donut -- hot off the rack in North Carolina? hmmmmm donuts...

Cooking with Grandma on Friday's

Hey Maury has Tuesdays, I have Friday's. My 13 year old grandaughter and I have Friday's together and we've been playing together in the kitchen. I love to bake so last week we made pumpkin muffins (a favorite of hers and I happen to have left over pumpkin) and No Bake Cookies (wow. I forgot how good those are).

So I'm looking for some ideas for future Friday. Easy, Fun, sure fire confidence builders.


County Fair Pork Chops

We just got back from a local festival and I am coming down off a pork chop high. Does anyone have a recipe for grilled pork chops like they do at fairs and festivals? It was a thick, bone in pork chop, served on a bun.

All I can tell you about it's awesome-ness is it is not BBQtype pork chop, it is not spicy, but incredibly flavorful. They state they use "17 spices" and they were cooked over a grill, the rest is just a haze after that. I'm assuming they were brined as they were very tender.. and did I mention -- they were fabulous!

help me .. i need more and the fair is over tomorrow!

Where should we eat in Birmingham, Alabama?

We live "far far away" from Birmingham AL and we need to arrange a dinner meeting (15 people) in Birmingham, Alabama, and we have no contacts to ask for advice. We need a NICE but reasonably priced place to eat in the metro Birmingham area.

So my trustworthy SE'ers, I'll await your suggestions.


Cook the Book: Blackberry Upside-Down Cake

Flip it onto a plate and remove the parchment to reveal the beautifully fruit-studded surface. The blackberries I used gave this cake an almost stained glass appearance, with the juices staining the cake purple-black to a light lavender color, it was gorgeous. Oh, and it tasted pretty incredible, too. Just sweet enough to be a perfect candidate for some à la mode action. More

In Season: Peaches

When ripe, peaches ae rich and heady jewels that are best eaten fresh, but since it can be difficult to polish off the dozen or so that come in a tray, here are some of our best peachalicious recipes--in salads, with pork, or puddingified. More

Nostalgic Peach Cobbler Help

I used to go to a restaurant in Atlanta when I was young. It was Pitty Pat's. I have been trying to find a recipe resembling their peach cobbler. Can anyone help? THANKS!!!... More

Summer Nectarine Scones With Nutmeg Sugar

Photograph from 5 Second Rule Beautiful summer mornings call for equally beautiful baked goods, like these nectarine scones with nutmeg sugar from blog 5 Second Rule. And they're perfect for weekend guests or lazy mornings, because, as author Cheryl Sternman Rule notes, "they're very easy to make in advance and freeze. When everyone wakes up, all you have to do is brush the tops with cream, sprinkle them with sugar, and pop them directly in the oven."... More

Gooey Cake? Anyone ever heard of it?

I'm trying to track down a recipe that belonged to my father's grandmother. She called it "gooey cake" and NO there is no chocolate and no box cake mix. Father's family is of German descent (lived in Baltimore), if that... More

Grilling: Tomatillo Salsa

With the amount of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes I've served up here, it should come as no surprise that Cinco de Mayo is probably my favorite cooking holiday. I start trying out party menu items weeks in advance, taking every... More

Served: Why Not to Date Customers (One Day I Will Learn)

I blog by day and wait tables in a New York City restaurant by night. I'm excited to bring you Served, dispatches from the front of the house. Enjoy! Yesterday was one of those days: I was feeling pretty awful. I had a vast number of pages to write, a deficit of sleep, and my head throbbed annoyingly. To top it off, a mighty constellation of pimples had materialized on my chin. I tried to work some magic with concealer before I left for work. But makeup wouldn’t do it. The pimples were too red and vicious and gross. I felt totally, unbearably gross. But I Soldiered On Once I got to work, things started to look up. I had... More

Mario Batali's Grilling Tips

As far as I'm concerned it's never too early to crank up the grill, no matter where you live. I went to college in Iowa, and I have fond memories of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs in January wearing a ski parka. So grilling in April is a piece of cake, or should I say a piece of meat, to me. Starting this week we're going to bring you grilling tips from some of the biggest names in cooking. Batting lead-off for our brigade of grill-mad chefs is Mario Batali. His Italian Grill is a worthy addition to any serious griller's library.... More

Served: Reservations or Lack Thereof

Glitches can seep into even the most meticulously planned reservation book. Sometimes, a blameless party will have to wait for the table they reserved. Nobody wants this—not the diner, and certainly not the restaurant. But it happens. More