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Cook the Book: 'Eat with Your Hands'

Corn on the cob with so much butter I drop the dang cob more than once.

Vegan sandwich ideas

Wow, Thanks for all of the ideas and suggestions. I'm excited to try an array of these ideas. I think that they will be pleasing to all of my guests. I might even put them in my own recipe rotation! Thank you so much, you all are great!!!!

Cook the Book: 'The Glorious Pasta of Italy'

My dear grandmother, Nana, was from a small village in northern Italy at the base of the Alps. Any simple pasta Nana made with browned butter and cheese was my favorite. I miss my Nana!

What to do with 13 jars of pickle brine?

Pickle pops! Also, I freeze pickle juice in icecube trays, and then add one or two to my bloody mary on the weekend. I also put chopped cucumbers in the empty jar with juice- quick pickles and really good on salad.

Annoying Lunch Habits of Coworkers

I have a co-worker who eats the most disgusting concoctions. One day I observed him pouring a bowl of cereal. Innocent enough, right. Uh Uh, because then he dumped a can of SARDINES on it- liquid and all- and proceeded to pour soy milk over the whole crazy thing. I haven't been the same since.

Help! My oven is broken!

I also need to replace the heating element in my oven, but I live in Phoenix and it's too hot to use it now anyway. I have a set of "camp" cookware that I use on my grill- I can boil water for pasta, or cook whatever I need to. I have different grill pans for fish and veggies. You can also fashion cookware out of foil! I also use a toaster oven quite a bit to re-heat food or bake small portions. I'm only cooking for one though, if your trying to cook for a family, stick with the grill. Think of it as an adventure!

what are your motivations to head to the ethnic grocer?

I go to the local Mexican Carneceria's and markets, and the Asian grocery stores as a way to escape the mundane. I can spend hours just looking around. When I finally leave, I feel like i've been somewhere special that no one else knows about, sort of like how you feel when you finish reading a really good book. Magical.

The Nasty Bits: Black Eyed Peas with Ham Hock

If those are nasty bits, that's my favorite nasty bit in the world.

Cook the Book: 'River Cottage Every Day'

I like tuna melts on rye with smoked gouda melted lovingly on top.

Can you explain the Success of Little Debbie snacks?

I used to tell people that if I was lesbian, Little Debbie would be my girlfriend because she makes good cake. :)

Cook the Book: 'Avec Eric'

I would love to adventure through Northern Italy, cooking and eating locally.

HELP! with short ribs

That's happened to me too. I usually add some V8, not all the way to the top, but just a splash or two. I think it add's more flavor.

Thanksgiving Bloody Mary Station

Ditto on the the Zing Zang. Love the stuff- used to like Mr and Mrs T's, but never again. Although I prefer to make mine with V8 and my own spices.

How about beef sticks to use for stirring? My sis-in-law makes skewers with pickles, salami, and olives to sink in hers.

I am craving a bloody mary right now! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

The artichoke, parmesan, sourdough dressing looks de-lish!

What's for dinner tonight?

Bacon, honey, and brie on a baguette. Can't wait!

Out-of-Town Guest Disappointment

I'll go with you! I'm sorry, that is a real disappointment when people, especially your family is like that. I have a sister that will only go to mainstream chains so when she visits I feel tortured! I wish she would be adventurous, but i'ld rather have her feel comfortable than go somewhere she won't even try the food. Now, I on the other hand, will try anything. Maybe I should visit you! :)

A Lasagna Showdown: Sandra Lee vs. Matilda Cuomo

@ shady lane-

I can't make it through a kids party without getting trashed.

Cook the Book: 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

My Italian grandmother made the most delicious food from her summer garden- my favorite- sauteed green beans, with a warm bacon vinagrette topped with chopped cherry tomatoes. Yummmm. Oh, and ears of roasted corn slathered with fresh butter. Oh, I miss my nana!

The Schumwich

I think I would try it, but without the jalapeno's. I would also probably try it with extra extra EXTRA pickles.

Your "Poor Era" Eats

My roommate and I lived on mac and cheese with tuna and peas. One time she splurged on canned salmon to make salmon patties with the mac and I was in charge of opening the can and chopping onions and celery. When I opened the can I was horrified- there was an entire fish, bones and all, stuffed into the can! Of course I threw it out. When she got home she was furious with me for throwing it away, she had splurged after all. I was very embarrassed to learn that canned salmon is supposed to look the way it did. Alas, only tuna ever after for me!

Serious Eats Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificates from Threadless

"If you can read this make me a sandwich"

Seriously people, if you can read this make me a sandwich!

What Would You Do?

I'm ashamed of what I did for a Klondike Bar.

Cook the Book: 'Gourmet Today'

My first cookbook that I bought for myself when I was 19 was a CIA cookbook that I bought from a traveling salesman. It was a huge book and I thought it was a huge bargain because the guy was only selling it for $5.00! I used it a few times, but every recipe turned out pretty bad. It turns out the book was a misprint! The guy had probably picked up a case of them for next to nothing and sold them to unsuspecting ladies. That was about 25 years ago and I still have nightmares about the "Meatloaf Incased in Mashed Potatoes" that called for 4 tablespoons of salt!. Bleck.


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