HELP! My Bialetti Moka pot stopped working

The gasket is one of a multipack that I bought years ago. So it's the same as the ones I've put in before. I am wondering if the gasket is dried out.

Make-Ahead Zucchini and Roasted Potato Puttanesca

Would a dash of vietnamese fish sauce add a similar 'depth of flavor' to anchovies or anchovy paste?

Introducing Serious Fashion: We're Probably Cooler Than You

Well played SE. Well played indeed.

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I have to admit that I love Brach's Bunny Basket Eggs - now called 'Easter Hunt Eggs.' They're candy-coated marshmallow eggs. Every Easter I buy a few bags. Unfortunately they are getting harder and harder to find.

Jelly Belly's are a year round favorite for me. I've been buying them since the Reagan administration.

Braised Eggplant With Pork in Sichuan Sauce

What steaming method do you recommend for thos of us who do not have a bamboo steamer. Thanks!

How do you take your coffee?

1) I brew Cafe La Llave in my Bialetti Moka pot. I pour the coffee, skim milk & a little agave nectar in my travel mug
Lately I've been pouring the hot coffee with skim milk & agave nectar over ice in my plastic iced coffee cup.

2) Black eye with Splenda/sugar and skim milk or a double dirty chai latte

3) A little milk and some Splenda/sugar.

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I have a purple travel mug that is my companion on my 40 mile commute to work every day. My art deco inspired Mickey Mouse mug has been my go-to ice cream bowl since I was 15.

What do you mean, you hate _________?!

I cannot stand beans or peas. I'm from the South. Someone is always making baked beans for the holiday meal. They always tell me 'You'll like *my* beans.' Blech! All beans taste like vomit to me. This also makes New Year's day problematic as well because one is supposed to eat black eyed peas for luck.

What Are Jordan Almonds?

I like Jordan almonds but I LOVE French Dragee. Dragee are basically what the Jordan Almond was aiming for. They have a thin candy shell and a really good almond inside. I haven't been able to find real dragee recently. I really miss them :-(

Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: Paying More Attention to Aperitifs

I love to drink a kir royale as an aperatif,

Is Your Pet Named After a Food (or Food Critic)?

I work in a store called Plat du Jour that sells Italian and French ceramics. The resident bird is a cockatiel named Brie. If he misbehaves I call him Brie en croute.

Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: The Gin Boomlet

I have been drinking Swordsman, a London Dry Gin in Blackberry Tom Collins and with Pink Grapefruit Izze with a squeeze of lime.

Do you have a recipe you won't share?

I do not share my great-aunt's recipe for macaroni and cheese with anyone except family.


So I decided to perfect my mint julep this summer. I bought the silver cup, crushed the ice, made the syrup and started making juleps. Whoo that's a lotta work... and the juleps were mmmmmokay. I tried the smash last night - delish! This is going to be my summer drink!

Recession Candy: When the Going Gets Tough, Do You Buy More Sweets?

I am indulging my annual Easter craving for Brach's Bunny Basket Eggs - the marshmallow inside/candy outside nuggets of goodness. i try to get the bags with the most whites and oranges and the fewest pinks.

For non-Easter candy my thing has been Chewy Atomic Fire Balls. Think super hot cinnamon jelly beans, For ultimate economic downturn sweets -there is the stash of extra dark Lindor truffles I took from the centerpieces at the end of a wedding reception I attended. The best things in life are free.

I don't go there, because I can't eat the food


My mother used to make the canned pork n beans with hot dogs thing at least once a week for dinner. Sometimes she would use ground beef. Usually it was canned beans, onion, mustard and ketchup. I do not eat any form of bean to this day. Fortunately I learned how to cook so we made a deal. I would cook and she would do the dishes. My parents sure missed me when I moved out though. :-)

Healthy & Delicious: White Chicken Chili

This looks tasty. However I do not like beans. If I make this without beans do I have to adjust the liquid or other ingredients to compensate and get the right consistency? Thanks!

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When I heard that one of my ancestors was liberated in the early 1800's (way before the Emancipation Proclaimation) It seems his owners made enough money from Smithfeild hams that they did not need to keep slaves.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

When I was a child we always had both bacon and sausage at breakfast. Once, when I was having breakfast at a freind's house, I was asked whether I wanted bacon or sausage for breakfast. I remember thinking "Or?"

The workplace potluck/carry-in: like or loathe?

My work team recently had a pot luck holiday party. The boss brought spiral cut ham and my co-workers brought cornbread, "garbage" mashed potatoes (they had sour cream, chives and bacon in them), asian noodle salad, and green bean casserole. I brought home made mac & cheese. Everything was wonderful and we had enough food for an army

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

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I pretty much make whatever I feel like eating. Sometimes it's pizza for one made out of a wrap that is spread with my quickie pizza sauce, fresh mozzerella and an assortment of toppings. If I have a craving for something specific, I will ,make it for myself. Last week I had a craving for chicken wings. I sectioned and marinated them in a chili ginger, garlic, lime and pineapple marinade. After they were marinated, I broiled them on both sides. Then I brushed them with a glaze and roasted them for a short time. They turned out great!

Cook the Book: 'Screen Doors and Sweet Tea'

Depending on the time of day and my mood I enjoy the following:

iced coffee
crisp white wine like a sauvignon blanc or a vinho verde
a spicy shiraz with barbecue

HELP! My Bialetti Moka pot stopped working

I have had my Moka pot for several years, and have changed the gasket before. However this time, after I changed the gasket, it no longer brews. I get steam out of the top part instead of coffee.

I have tried boiling water to see if it was blocked. The water came through fine when there was no coffee. I also tried changing the filter. Still no dice.

All other factors are the same as before (kind of and grind of coffee). What has gone wrong and how do I correct it?

Winter Caprese Salad

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Essentials: Baked Ziti

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