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The Food Lab: This Creamy, Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin Just Might Be the Side Dish of Your Dreams

If I wanted to make this a vegetarian dish what would be the best substitute for the bacon - mushrooms? Or just leave it out and do up the brussel sprouts in all their creamy buttery glory?

Crunchy Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are super-duper easy! I added some toasted slivered almonds for extra almondy-ness. Mine didn't turn out like the picture, they were much poofier and not so flat. I also only refrigerated the dough for about 15 minutes, and it probably didn't even need that much time. I think this recipe would be great with any nut butter, especially cashew or pecan butter :)

Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

These cookies are SOOOOO GOOOOD. And so easy with using just the one bowl! When I made the dough I thought it seemed a little wet so I added a bit of extra flour, but that was probably unnecessary. I also made them smaller (2 tbsp. instead of 1/4 cup) and as a result needed a little more brown sugar to roll them in. They also needed quite a bit longer than 9-11 minutes in the oven. But other than that this recipe is perfect. I think adding some nuts or maybe toffee to these would be fantastic too.

Kenji's Top 10 Vegan Bites in Manhattan

I'm wondering how a Southeast Asian restaurant substitutes fish sauce in its dishes? I feel like that would be something that is difficult to imitate.

Pineapple Duck Curry From 'Everyday Thai Cooking'

I made this recipe tonight and it was fantastic, but it's hard to go wrong with coconut curry :) The sweet pineapple and acidic tomatoes went really nicely with the creamy coconut. I went with chicken instead of duck, because duck is expensive and not readily available where I live. I also used lower-fat coconut milk to lighten it up, and added the chicken 5-10 minutes after adding the eggplant as per the note above. I served it with rice noodles. And I had friend over for dinner, she loved it too!

The Food Lab: This is How Hot and Sour Soup Should Taste

Does the fact that this soup supposedly loses its aroma and kick so quickly mean that it won't be good for leftovers? I'm all about making a big batch of soup and eating it all week.

Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

I made this recipe yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! But they aren't kidding when they say it's decadent. I agree with CakeGirl, unless you want an insulin explosion I would decrease the sugar. I cut the sugar in the apple mixture down to less than a 1/2 cup, and in the crust/topping I reduced it to about 2/3 cup. It was still plenty sweet. There was also extra caramel (not complaining about that, because it was the bomb) and my pan overflowed a little while baking.

Flourless Orange-Saffron Cake

A citrusy, gluten-free (and possibly dairy-free if you replace the butter) cake??! Love.

Make-Ahead Curried Coconut Quinoa with Shrimp and Basil

I'm not a big fan of curry powder - think this would work with Thai curry paste instead?

Pumpkin Spice Cake

This looks amazing! But what is mild molasses? Is it different from regular molasses? I feel like I've only ever seen one type of molasses at the store...

Staff Picks: What Do You Eat When Nobody's Looking?

Nutella and peanut butter doesn't sound disgusting, it sounds like a g**damn match made in heaven!

Hot Dog Cookies

I made these last night, and while they were delicious and ADORABLE, I ended up needing considerably more red food coloring than 6-7 drops - I think I used almost a teaspoon. I also ended up baking them for about 18 minutes. And, I think it's worth noting that the dough warms up pretty quickly, so when shaping the dogs and buns you should try to work quickly and/or keep some of it in the fridge.

Cakespy: Hot Dog Cookies

These are so kyooooot!! Love the addition of coconut as saurkraut :D

Lorraine Wallace's Skewers of Sage Chicken with Sweet Italian Sausage

Seems weird to make all that garlic-rosemary oil when you only need 1/2 a cup... but whatever, garlic-rosemary oil is delicious.

Chocolate Dirt Pudding Pots

These are soooo cute! What a classy take on a childhood favorite. Can't wait to try them :9

Crème Brûlée Pie

You could try it under the broiler but you want to make sure to protect the crust first. I tried bruleeing a tart just yesterday under the broiler, and it burned the crust pretty bad.

Video: How to Kill and Eat an Iguana

Man this is crazy that this video was posted! A couple years ago my (now ex) boyfriend told me that for Valentine's Day, he wanted to buy an iguana from a pet store to kill and eat it - presumably in my kitchen. I reacted with an emphatic negative, not because I am opposed to slaughtering and butchering my own food, but because I had no idea how to do it and could imagine it going badly. If only I'd seen this video before then...

Popeye Tso's Chicken (General Tso's Chicken Made with Popeye's Chicken Nuggets)

I just made this and it's so awesome it might make my head explode. I used Popcorn Chicken from Sonic and it worked perfectly. I might need to make more tomorrow, especially since Sonic is right across the street!

Momofuku's Ginger-Scallion Noodles with Tofu

Momofuku's ginger scallion sauce is the bee's knees. It is good on just about everything :9

Do You Have a Breadmaker You Use and Like?

My friend bought this breadmaker because she doesn't have an oven in her apartment (weird I know). She loves it! It makes very tasty loaves with a nice texture. She's also used it to make dough for things like cinnamon buns, which she then bakes in someone else's oven. For her, lacking something as essential as an oven, I think it was an excellent buy.

The Pizza Lab: The Complete Updated Guide To Grilled Pizza

Ooooh, I'm glad you made this guide! Gives me some more ideas for grilled pizza toppings :) I've been making grilled pizza for my friends the past couple of weekends, and they can't get enough! Also for some reason everyone was shocked that I was grilling the pizzas themselves and not just the toppings. They were all like, "You're grilling pizza? Really? ... You can do that with pizza??"