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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!

The Baking Steel Griddle Has Arrived

Why not just use the other steels as a griddle? That channel really make that much of a difference?

The Food Lab: Why Chicken With Pan Sauce Is Always Better at Restaurants (and How to Make Yours Just as Good at Home)

Kenji, what are your thoughts on Better Than Bouillon (I use the reduced sodium chicken base) in comparison to Swanson and the other brands out there? Also, do you have a recipe or plans to make something like a Chicken Stock Base that mimics the better than Bouillon product? I really like the stock base format versus the huge amount of space homemade chicken stock takes up. Its to the point that there is not even enough room in the freezer so why even bother making the stock from scratch. With the base, this is completely eliminated. I hope there is something in the works!

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

Torture? Really? If I want no salt because I want fresh fries and I want to add the level of salt that I want is now some how akin to torture a poor employee whose very job it is to fulfill orders such as this?

Soon you are going to tell me that asking to add ketchup and onion is going to make me a prison ward at Abu Grahib.
Give me a break. Torture.

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

@monopod,

Nonsense. I can't tell you how many times I have ordered no salt on fast food fries, gotten the absolute freshest tasting fries, salted them myself, and had the salt stick like glue. You get the fries right out of the fryer as they cleaned the entire station and you get the batch straight from the fryer. Salt sticks no problem. Try it. You will see a vast improvement in your french fry experience. Even if I don't do the no salt request, I usually have to add salt anyways to my fries. I love salt.

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

LOL@ StephanieF

"Game the system", "cause extra work and delay for no good reason" Oh brother. You do realize that is part of their jobs and is certainly not asking too much. Its not their job to question why you want something a certain way or how you want it. Their only job is to make it the way you say you want it (which is part of their job description) so that you can pay your money for it. Did you forget that the employee's are getting paid and that it is in their job description to make sure orders are fulfilled and are correct? I think the huffing and puffing attitude is precisely why when most people go to fast food, they can never get any nice things. Quality drops, customer service drops and mediocrity becomes the expected norm. I say screw that.

Franchise owners and anyone in corporate would be pissed (or should be) if they found that they had an employee huffing and puffing and not fulfilling a valid customer's request. In this case, the freshest food possible.

I already made note that you can ask for anything to be freshly cooked. However, even if you ask, you may not always receive. I simply provided an alternative to getting the freshest possible food 100 percent of the time from any fast food place.

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

Adamvs Maximvs,

Steak and Shake has their Milkshake act together. Cookout also has it together.

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

Kenji, you don't have to tell any fast food that their first batch or what have you tasted stale. As you order, just ask "can you drop the fries fresh" and can you put all the other items in separate bags? The separate bag thing makes sure nothing gets crushed and they also make it fresh usually at that request as this used to be/still may be an order request of a higher up looking to check the quality of their food and service so they will go the extra mile with the order. Try it, you may be surprised.

Also, another way is, (not that you have to do this, but you will get fresh fries every time) is to ask for fries with no salt and then salt them yourself or ask for salt packets. You will get fries cooked fresh and not the ones that sit around.

You can ask for everything to be cooked and made fresh and they will do it and not have any problem with it. You are paying money and do not have to have the leftovers sitting for 10 minutes. This goes for any item at at any fast food place.