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The Food Lab's BLT Manifesto

There is zero noticeable taste difference between vine-ripened and counter-ripened as long as you pick at first blush, because tomatoes ripen from the inside out.

Check the blossom end for a sign of color change and you're good to pick 'em. Here is a color chart that should be helpful for identifying ripening stages.

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The Food Lab's BLT Manifesto

Tomatoes do not have to ripen on the vine at all. Once the fruit starts blushing, (turning pink,red, orange, yellow, etc..) you can pick it and let it ripen inside with no difference in taste.

Video: How to Make Cacio e Pepe (Roman-Style Pasta With Cheese and Pepper)

Kenji, why haven't the pasta brands gotten the memo yet on correct cooking times for their product? Everyone always says to cook it a minute or two less than the package. You would think they have gotten the memo by now.

Classic Mayo-Dressed Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Loved the recipe and ratios. Came out perfect and was probably the best and easiest Tuna Sandwich I have made. The red onions become nicely sweet once drained and the amount is just perfect. I will keep this on rotation for sure!

Easiest Summer Ever: How to Make Your Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Even Better

Kenji, I wasn't sure where to put this comment, so I will add it here. Perhaps the greatest accident in history was when Homo Erectus at around 1.8 mya decided to put some sort of meat or vegetable in some fire.

:) Happen to read your submission last night to The Atlantic.

For Better Tuna Salad Sandwiches, With Mayo or Without, Add More Fish

Can't wait to make this! Love some tuna salad and have been on a quest to find an amazing one. This looks like it will be it. I may bake some bread for this. If I don't bake some bread, Daniel, any recommendations for bread?

Classic Mayo-Dressed Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Can't wait to make this! Love some tuna salad and have been on a quest to find an amazing one. This looks like it will be it. I may bake some bread for this. If I don't bake some bread, Daniel, any recommendations for bread?

Star Crunch: The Galaxy's Best No-Bake Cookie

This is awesome and could not come at a better time Stella. I was at the grocery store the other day and found myself in the nostalgic snack isle and spotted some Star Crunch cookies and picked them up thought about how much I used to like them and then thought, why can't someone make this a little better. (Used to love them as a kid). I still nearly bought them. I did end up with some Twinkies though-the chocolate covered ones-(not that great and need improving) which are begging for your treatment Stella!

I am excited to make these and will report back when I do. Thanks so much again for doing what you do Stella! Please don't ever leave us.

Key Limes? More Like Key LIES

Whats wrong with Chicken Nuggets and Mac and Cheese? How does that equate to "Simpleton" tastebuds. Please explain.

Key Limes? More Like Key LIES

Authenticity of anything is just something made up anyways. I have no idea why people always cry afoul "Thats not authentic!" when it comes to food, and then proceed to give their dead great grandmother's recipe (which they never made) and proclaim their genuine holiness above everyone else. What I do is this, either ask them for pics of said recipe or make their recipe and give an honest opinion about it. 9 times out of 10 it will suck, just like anything made with "Key Limes" will.

Buttermilk Vanilla Waffles

Incredible success with this recipe! I paired it with your syrup and its easily the best waffle I have made. The texture is perfect with a crunch on the outside and a nice soft chew in the middle. They have now become my standard waffle and they take just a second to mix. One of the best recipes on here!

One Bowl, No Fuss: My Favorite Buttermilk Waffles

Incredible success with this recipe! I paired it with your syrup and its easily the best waffle I have made. The texture is perfect with a crunch on the outside and a nice soft chew in the middle. They have now become my standard waffle and they take just a second to mix. One of the best recipes on here!

Homemade Pancake Syrup

Awesome syrup! I made it and it came out perfect with your waffle recipe! I love having the choice of syrups to use and find this as every bit as good as a maple which I am obsessed about. No reason to just have one on hand, why not both! Keep up the great work!

Sicilian Pizza With Pepperoni and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Some flours labeled 00 are lower protein I should clarify and some are 12-13 percent. King Arthur`s 00 clone was low protein from what I recall unless they changed the formulation.

The reason why '00' flour doesn't work well at low temps is because it's not malted - meaning it has very little enzymatic activity and not a lot of starch is converted to sugar thus hampering browning.

Sicilian Pizza With Pepperoni and Spicy Tomato Sauce

@Brithans, why would you bother with 00 flour in a home oven? 00 flour is meant for higher temperatures that are used in wood fired ovens and are lower protein to prevent browning from the blast of heat. The texture will also be lighter.

Its pointless really to use 00 flour in a home oven.

The Food Lab: How to Make New York's Finest Sicilian Pizza at Home

Oh I meant to add "5tpcg" or "5tpck" is the code for "Fresh Packed Tomatoes".

The Food Lab: How to Make New York's Finest Sicilian Pizza at Home

I have a tomato tip for everyone. If you want a VERY good tomato, get Great Value brand at Walmart Crushed tomatoes. The code on the can on the bottom should read "5tpcg" or "5tpck" and say "Grown in USA". These are the SAME tomatoes in Escalon brand 6 in 1 which is used in many Pizzerias.

I also suspect that the Great Value Whole Peeled is the same as Escalon whole peeled. They source from the same tomato growers.

Aglio e Olio: The One Pasta Sauce You Absolutely Must Know

Love this because I can just make single 4 oz servings if I want!

The Food Lab: Building a Better Egg McMuffin

Kenji, what brand of Muffin and Cheese do you recommend and use?

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

I was just looking for variations of this but could not find anything decent to make......UNTIL NOW! Thanks for all of your hard work Kenji and your book rules!

Look forward to cooking "with" you this new year!

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Carne Asada

Just stopped by to say that I pre-ordered your book and can't wait to get it on Monday! Question, will you have a forum/message board for your book? If so I want to join it!

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish Cakes: An Editor Says Farewell

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

You were one of my favorites! I will continue to follow your work my friend!

Chicken-Fried Chicken With Cream Gravy

This is Kenji at his finest once again!

Good to see things like this. Will definitely make this!