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Can I Substitute Dried Beans for Canned?

I cooked my beans in the oven once instead of on the stove top. They turned out beautifully. Maybe there should be some tests in the future on cooking methods and their impact on beans texture and appearance. My pressure cooker seems to do well too at create whole beans as long as I don't over-cook them. I go with dried for the cost factor.

Why Are Bay Leaves Always Used Whole?

I have a copy cat recipe for Chipotle's beans that calls for throwing the whole bay leaf into a blender with some other aromatics. I tend to run it through my spice grinder a couple of times because I don't trust my blender.

Ground bay leaf seems to be a common dish in many Indian spice blends.

Open Thread: Do You Lick Your Beaters?

"Beater licking ends when you have kids."

This (and letting spouse have honor) seems like the only time not licking a beater would be acceptable.

Serious Entertaining: Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps Ramps

I don't know if ramps are available in Indiana farmers' markets but I will be looking for them. My Internet searching leads me to believe that if we have them, they will be in the markets right when I get back to Indianapolis. If I can't find them, I'll have to console myself by finding morels.

Tamales...warning rant follows

I made tamales once per Alton Brown's recipe. It was good and not that hard! But I do agree with what Bittman wrote. It's not about difficulty; it's about time. Now, this is the first I've heard of pupusas. I'll have to make some one day.

A Very Unofficial Snack Cake Field Guide

Do they still make Raspberry zingers? When Hostess returned raspberry zingers did not.

Are Shooter's Sandwiches Really Worth a Damn?

What about a vegetarian version, Kenji?

Shellfish Paella (Paella de Marisco) From 'Spain'

I know a source for them! They have them at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. I would probably still skip them because they are super expensive if I recall, and that's already a ton of different seafood.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Walter White attempted to throw those pizzas on a roof but missed.

Chipotle Introduces New Vegan Burritos and Tacos Across the Country

You guys got me craving a Chipotle veggie bowl! Man, the town I am currently at has a Qdoba and not a Chipotle! I usually don't have loyalties towards one franchise or another (if there are both in the same area, I go with Chipotle always, but I like them both). But I have a gift card at Chipotle, and I don't want to spend anymore this week.

Roasted Chickpea and Kale Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Sounds great! Think I may make this for my folks when they come to visit this weekend (and a non-vegan pizza). Or I might just make it for myself for the next several days. How common is sherry vinegar in super markets in your corner of the world? In the Midwest, I can never find it and used red wine vinegar instead.

Roasted Chickpea and Kale Salad With Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

If you're storing in fridge, do you wait until the day that you serve it to dress the salad?

Chipotle Introduces New Vegan Burritos and Tacos Across the Country

Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't the black beans always been vegan?

The Vegan Experience: Triple Garlic Pasta With Oven-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Bread Crumbs

Some people don't eat garlic for religious reasons. That's the only reason I would think not to eat garlic :)

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

"I'm more for ramping up legislation so that the food stamp budget can increase, instead of doing that but that's ONLY my opinion, an opinion out of many out there."

I would like to see vouchers for farmers markets added to food stamps. It would help both farmers by creating a new market and the people who are living in poverty by providing them with fresh produce. Win-win.

May I ask how much your food budget is?

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

And Paul, I am sorry that you are hungry. I personally try to keep my food budget at around 25 dollars/week. But I often fail at that.

It is a shame that people go hungry in what is supposedly the greatest, wealthiest nation on Earth.

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

Okay, so here's the problem with this, Paul, poor people are not a cohesive group. People in different states get different amounts in food stamps. They have differing tastes. Some may well be vegans.

Furthermore, different markets have different costs. When I am back near my parents I can get great produce near a local market for super cheap. When I am in Indy for school, most of the produce is crap and can costs 30 cents more than Jungle Jim's back home.

Kenji's blog has never particularly been budget minded. It's been about making "the best," and the best can be expensive. There are other blogs out there that revolve around doing things on a budget.

A No-Heat, No-Filter Technique for Making Cocktail Syrups

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think osmosis works with sugar and oil."

Sugar can only be brought into a cell through active transport or facilitated diffusion. Still, water can leave a cell to go to an area of low water concentration.

But I could be wrong myself.

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Drinks

Best part about PBR? Kroger around here was selling the 24 oz for 1 dollar. Perfect for taking to BYOB parties. Built-in drink limit too. Drink 1 24 oz PBR and hang out for a few hours until you are sober. Remember, your third drink will lead you astray (You really are a hipster if you can id that lyric)! The one time I ignored that advice was a bad time. I mean, it was a good time until it was bad time.

Vegan: Spinach and Hominy Enchiladas With Spicy Cashew Cream

Well, it obviously is. Processing food isn't necessarily bad. Processing grains allow us to store food for the winter! Cooking makes nutrients more easy to digest. Other forms of processing makes foods less nutritious due to the insane amount of sodium in them. Really, we need to make this distinction. Most people are talking about the latter group when they say "processed food." Some people get confused and take the notion that all processing is bad and reject foods like tofu.

My food goal is to eat food that is food. Not health food, not junk food just food. I fail at this goal regularly as I am about to get food from Taco Bell after I stressful day at work.

Vegan: Spinach and Hominy Enchiladas With Spicy Cashew Cream

This looks like it would be good for my next pitch-in. Any advice for reheating?

Ed's Head: I'm Going Vegan This Month To Keep Kenji Company

There's never been a successful society. The Mayans? Don't exist anymore. The Greeks? Conquered by the Macedonians. The Macedonians? Conquered by the Romans. The Romans? Conquered by the Christians. The Christians? Replaced by the Secular Humanists. Guess they all should have eaten more meat.

Ed's Head: I'm Going Vegan This Month To Keep Kenji Company

MandyEats, I don't get it. It's that something vegan people hear argued a lot? There are certainly segments of Indian society that have been close to vegan that I guess were successful in that they existed for a long period of time. I don't think a successful society can be built on the standard American diet... long term.

@Bill Woods... I always assumed that was the reason, it was in February. I am entering my second month of vegetarianism with one small slip-up when I ate a fast-food burger and immediately got sick to stomach. Went back to vegetarianism right after (actually, I have added fish and shellfish to my list of things I can eat, but I just haven't had any yet).

Ed, I respect yours and Kenji's dedication!

What's Up in Pizza: Pizza Perfume, Maxwell's Transformation, and More!

Maxwell's is now a pizza place? Finally, a suitable venue from the Pizza Underground.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Sorry, misread your comment, Les ah. Now it sounds like I am bragging. I'm sure my definition of "rice that doesn't suck" is different than most people's.

Another Newbie in Need of Dough Help (Lahey no-Knead)

So, I successfully made a couple of NY Style pizza per Kenji's recipe while I was visiting my parents. I wanted to try the Lahey no-knead since I am sadly without food processor 'cause I can't afford the size I want.

The dough seemed promising at first and was very pliable. However, it kept springing back like crazy when I tried to stretch it out. And it seemed a little sticky. After not fixing it upon adding some more flour, I gave up and made it into a calzone.

I've already seen the video with Kenji and have added more flour to the other three dough balls that are now chilling in the fridge. Any other ideas? My kitchen is super cold (62 degrees), could this be the issue? Dough seemed to pass windowpane test.

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