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Charred Salsa Verde: The One Salsa to Rule Them All

I know it wouldn't be traditional, but is there a substitute for the cilantro? I'm one of those people who finds it tastes funny. Thanks so much. It otherwise looks delicious.

Soft and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

What kind of peanut butter should we use? Natural or homogenized and sweetened? Thanks

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Airplane Foods

To those who asked about how to keep things cold: While ice packs aren't allowed, I've had no problem using frozen fruit and vegetables as ice packs. They're thawed by destination so you either have to eat them or throw them out, but it works really well. Except for the time my bag of frozen blueberries got a hole. I've used a cold bag and frozen fruits and vegetables and everything has stayed refrigerator cold for 10-12 hours.

How to Make The Best Tomato-Basil Pasta Salad

@Daniel Try bionaturae brand. I felt similarly about off texture until I tried that brand.

How to Make The Best Tomato-Basil Pasta Salad

@Daniel Would this work with whole wheat fusilli or would the flavor overwhelm the tomatoes? Thanks

The Baking Steel Griddle Has Arrived

@Kenji I love my baking steel, but it accidentally got dripped on and I didn't notice until a rust spot formed. Is there any way to get the rust off without damaging the surface? How do you dry the small hole in the steel to keep that from rusting? Is this new griddle the same material as the steel?

Confessions of a Maple Syrup Smuggler

@Frackle. Believe it or not, the potential kosher issue with maple syrup is that some producers use non-kosher animal fat as a de-foaming agent. It's not enough volume to be listed on a label but it is relevant from a kashrut perspective.
@Max. I definitely did this in college with the dining hall.

Make Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi in Less Time Than it Takes to Cook Dried Pasta

Could I do this with matzoh meal on Passover, assuming one can get ricotta?

Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Bean and Pasta Soup)

@Daniel Why not puree the aromatics with the beans, or are they out of flavor?

The Vegan Experience: Welcome to Year 4

I'm really excited about ramen and dumplings. Could you possibly design some recipes that have much of the seasoning added at the end? My kids don't love strong flavors and heat but I don't want to eat bland food all the time.

Win a Copy of 'Huckleberry'

Plum cake made with Italian prune plums.

25 Recipes for Your Rosh Hashanah Feast

@Lisa. Meren is actually Yiddish. The Hebrew for carrot is gezer, but that sounds like the word for "decree" so it actually works in Hebrew too.

The Food Lab: Use the Oven to Make the Best Darned Italian American Red Sauce You've Ever Tasted

@ Kenji. Nothing about fish sauce is inherently unkosher. There just aren't any kosher certifying agencies that check the processing (to make sure it's only made with kosher fish) so a strict kosher consumer can't buy fish sauce because no one is certifying it. There just aren't that many people who keep kosher who want kosher fish sauce. There's one made of tuna but it's a totally different product than the real stuff.

The Food Lab: Use the Oven to Make the Best Darned Italian American Red Sauce You've Ever Tasted

Is the anchovy worth adding since I can't get kosher fish sauce? Also on the subject of fish sauce, is there anything I could make at home that might sort of approximate it? I'm willing to ferment as long as I can keep my apartment from smelling like it. Thanks for the recipe!

Chinese Aromatics 101: Stir-Fried Shrimp With Eggs and Chinese Chives

Any substitutes for shrimp/pork? Could I use a different fish?

Where to Eat Ice Cream in Phoenix

Thanks all. I live in NYC and have access to excellent ice cream so if there isn't excellent ice cream in Scottsdale we'll do something else. My three year old will be happy with touristy ice cream. The rest of us will skip.

Where to Eat Ice Cream in Phoenix

@Cynoo. The wedding is in Old Town Scottsdale. We're definitely trying to avoid a car rental given that the flight out is at 6am. But we might get a car for one day so that we're not stuck in one place. Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Where to Eat Ice Cream in Phoenix

Any suggestions for Scottsdale? My family has 36 hours there in June for a wedding and we won't have a car.

Chinese Greens 101: Chinese Broccoli With Oyster Sauce and Fried Garlic

Any substitute suggestions for the oyster sauce for someone who doesn't eat shellfish? Thanks

Manner Matters: How To Dine Out With Kids

I have a three year old and a one year old. I would suggest brunch or lunch rather than dinner. Children are less tired than at dinner so less likely to misbehave and I generally see other children eating out as well at the earlier hour. For dinner time, particularly since I don't like to eat at 5pm, I hire a sitter.

How to Make Sprinkles Ice Cream (and Set Your Inner Child Free)

As I was taught it, sprinkles are rainbow colored and jimmies are chocolate flavored. The name may be a referent to Jim Crow, i.e., the chocolate flavored sprinkles are dark colored. Once I learned that I stopped asking for jimmies.

The Food Lab: Hearty Vegan Mushroom Bolognese

Eggplant is about the only vegetable I can't stand. Any substitutions even if they're not as good? The recipe looks otherwise delicious and I'd like to try it.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

@Cookiez Turn each pan so that the cookies that are closest to the oven door are now the ones closest to the rear wall. Then move the pan that was on the top rack to the lower rack and move the pan that was on the lower rack to the top rack. This is standard technique for getting two pans of cookies to cook evenly at once.

Where Do You Get Vegan Food in NYC?

Does anyone know if the new Kajitsu location shares a kitchen with it's non-vegan lunch only sister restaurant or if they have separate kitchens? The meal I had in the east village location was the best I've ever had.

Vegan: Fried Green Plantains With Guacamole

@Kenji Anyway to pre-cook the plantains several hours in advance? I really want to serve them for a Jewish sabbath meal but every time I do it in advance they plantains get tough. Thanks! I love vegan month!


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