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bareneed

A proud Canadian. I am a grandmother of four beauties and have been retired from medical field for seven years. I love to travel and I enjoy belonging to Serious Eats - it is fun and informative and I love to read everyone's comments.

  • Location: London, ON, Canada
  • Favorite foods: My very favourite foods are roast meats, vegetables, fruits - in fact, I like almost everything that isn't organ meat, offal or "out of the ordinary" (ie chicken feet, frog legs, snake meat - stuff like that puts me off! I guess I am not adventurous.
  • Last bite on earth: Roast lamb with a lemon, garlic and rosemary crust, gravy, roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, with something green like peas, brussel sprouts or butter beans.

In Our Community Corner: Meet Michael Therieau (aka: 'Pavlov')

Hi Pav - nice article - it is always a pleasure to read about your take on things - you are always refreshing - people should know you have a Canadian connection (Acadian -thus the Rappie pie!)

Pistachio paste - what to do?

Or, the middle of a frosted cake. I have a recipe for a pistachio cake utilizing a pistachio pudding mix - that would be good!

The Serious Eats Guide to Sherry

I know that the Duoro region in Portugal makes Port, but don't they make some fine Sherry as well?

Favorite Sangria

My sister always make a fabulous white Sangria - she marinates fresh fruit like black cherries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (whatever is in season) for a day in some sugar and brandy & a bit of Triple Sec. She then uses Prosecco and adds some of the fruit compote to the glass with ice. It is really delicious and I love the sparkle of the Prosecco. The juice of the fruit colours the liquid to a lovely pinky colour.

Hot Soppressata

It is delicious, I just had it for the first time last night! Our host was Polish and he got the Soppresata from a Russian deli - go figure. I would figure that most deli's would slice off a bit to see it you like it, before you commit - you might like the medium better than hot.

How much food do you take on vacation?

When we go to South Carolina, we try to eat breakfast at the condo, pack a picnic lunch for the beach and pool, then go to local joints mixed with some upclass places as well. We are always open to local people recommendations and we have found some reasonably priced fabulous places that way - many of them are not advertised in the tourist books. I usually bring tea bags, salt, flour, spices from home, but buy everything else locally. I have been to a Trader Joe's, thanks to this blog, Publix, Earth Fare and enjoy visiting different places than we see in Canada. I have also bought various brands of food that I have read about here to try - it is part of the fun of being somewhere different. Most of all, we enjoy the ready access of buying wine and beer in the supermarket. That is new to us and soooo cool.

Sangria and Cheese party?

Try adding a different sangria - my sister makes a fabulous one in which she marinates fresh fruit in brandy, Cointreau & some sugar and then adds it to Prosecco - it is delicious and I would certainly eat cheese with this.

Do you have food allergies?

@Desert Dryad - I have a story similar to yours. My granddaughter's boyfriend is allergic to garlic - he can't risk eating out in restaurants and has to carry an epipen wherever he goes. He kissed my granddaughter about five hours after her supper and had an immediate reaction. His entire face became swollen and his eyes were little slits and his lips were bigger than Mick Jagger's (just kidding!) It turned out that she had some garlic in her meal! Poor kid, I do feel bad for him.

Tacos

I love tacos but only the hard ones that have been in the oven for 5 or 6 minutes - always remove the fat if you are using hamburger before adding the spices. I love them with mild raw onion, bits of tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream & shredded lettuce and LOTS of hot sauce over top. Remember to wear a bib or your oldest shirt! I know very little about Mexican food and these tacos are probably the "Americanized" version, but they will get you started.

Catering/Food Business Supplies

What did you end up calling your catering business? Just curious as I remember the thread about suggestions for a name a while ago.

Family Food Traditions

Boxing Day (Dec.26) is always tourtiere, leftover turkey for sandwiches (however, now that the family is reaching 30, we have to cook an extra turkey just for the sandwiches!) We usually also have a huge pot of beans lovingly cooked all day. For dessert, we have English trifle made from scratch - when I was a kid (60 years ago!) and lived on an inhospitable island, we aways had tinned fruit salad or mandarin orange slices, but now we have fresh raspberries - I loved the way Mom layered the top with (real) whipped cream and studded the entire bowl with almond slivers that stuck up like little posts and placed the fruit in between. We also have 7 cup pudding with caramel sauce (it used to be rum sauce but the kids didn't like it.) We were all gutfoundered in the evening.

Traditional British cakes and tarts, anyone, anywhere?

I live in London, ON, and there are a couple of British stores here - one of them imports pastries and cakes from somewhere in Toronto. I would call up a few British themed stores - if they don't sell pastries, I bet they know where you can get them.

Desperately seeking steak help

If I am cooking sirloin, I ask the butcher for some extra suet. They are happy to comply. Or, you could just buy a delicious strip loin or t-bone and say they were out - lol

Traditional British cakes and tarts, anyone, anywhere?

I am in Canada, and even though my British Mom has been here since 1945, that doesn't stop her from visiting one of the local "British" stores for her Eccles Buns and Battenburg cake fix!! Do you live in a city big enough to have a specialty store for British products? Ours has a freezer and sells British Bangers, black and white puddings, tarts, cakes, etc. I always buy my Yorkshire Gold there and Marmite as well and there is a vast array of other items.

I need a lemon filling for Pączki (donut)


The lemon curd at Trader Joe's is good - perhaps there is one close by. I just bought it a couple of weeks ago when we were visiting Charleston, S.C. and I was able to visit my first Trader Joe's. I went complete with a print out from Serious Eats of all the reader's favourite items from the store. It was great fun.

Cook the Book: 'Rustic Italian Food'

It was in a tiny restaurant in the Trastevere district of Rome. The waiter told us it was "lamb bones" - we went with it - it turn out to be tiny lamb chops, marinated in rosemary, garlic & lemon and grilled over a hot fire - just amazing.

Business Name Inspiration

@LizLemon - as a total novice, I would like to say my idea for "Table Umbrella" includes the phrase, "your food needs covered" - I would not take this to mean an umbrella for the table. It is dumb I guess, but it conveys an idea.

My understanding was that @Traveller was hoping to start a business to include other things besides baking and she was hoping to target things like baby and wedding showers, graduations, funerals/wakes - events that the host would benefit from leaving the catering totally to someone trustworthy and professional.

I had to organize a funeral reception for my brother four years ago. Our family was overcome with grief and the last thing I wanted to think about was catering to a large crowd of people. However, I did want to arrange a gathering worthy of my brother's memory and thank God, I was directed to a service similar to what @Traveller is looking to provide and I put the responsibility in their hands and was then able to turn my mind to other things. It was such a relief.

Business Name Inspiration

@Traveller - great idea - I have needed that resource several times over the years and haven't known where to turn - "Table Umbrella" - Your food needs covered - this says it all. You could then offer a menu of several items like Appetizers, Cold Buffet, Hot Buffet, Sweets & Desserts, Beverages so that people could choose. I think having multiple price ranges really helps as many have no idea of the amount of food needed and your knowledge will be very helpful. Your goal would be to completely remove the "hassle" of feeding guests from your customer. This would also include decorating & supplying equipment needed (something to aim for as your business grows.) Good luck!

Ever ruined something by trying to turn it healthy?

I remain unconvinced that substituting "healthier" ingredients in recipes is ever of benefit in the finished product. I guess it may be better for the consumer of the product, but, no, the product does NOT "taste the same" or "better."

Bottled Barbeque Sauce

Thanks all for the comments and tips - it sounds like Sweet Baby Ray's is the winner - with my luck, I will go to the shelf and find that there are 10 different flavours of SBR's! Also @dmcavanagh, thanks for the McCormick's tip - I have a nephew who works at the factory here in London, ON, so I will check with him to see if they make/sell it in Canada, although I don't recall seeing it. There is one local Barbeque joint on Folly Beach, so I will check there for sauce. We are there for a month and I don't feel like buying a lot of condiments, so I will bring some spices, etc. from my pantry.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

I have a Henckel's knife that I got as a wedding gift 43 years ago! It still works, but I would LOVE to try a newer model knife.

Favorite sauce for pasta besides tomato or cheese?

Alio oilio - with a few toasted breadcrumbs, minced garlic, and good oil - I personally like red pepper flakes, hubby likes lemon zest.

Bread bowls for soups

@Amandarama - sorry, I too am not a baker and I cannot answer your question. However, I thought I would share a tip with you that I just saw on an episode of Chuck Hughes this week. After hollowing out his bread, leaving about an inch all the way round, he actually stuck them into an oven and let them cook for a few minutes - he said the bread bowls would stand up better - made sense to me and I, for one, would not have thought of doing this.

What Foods Have Been Ruined?

Way back in the early 60's, if we were really good, my Mom would bring home a box of Appian Way pizza mix. You made the dough with yeast and water, let it rise, then add a sauce in the packet and top it with some parmesan in a little foil container. "Pizza" was a foreign, exotic food in those days, there were no corner pizza stores up here, and Appian Way pizza was a treat fit for a King. It was really something. Nowadays I can't believe it passed for pizza.

Eat This and You'll Feel Better

@Traveller - very similar for me from my British Mom - when I would feel bad from monthly stomach cramps, my Mom would give me a drink of hot milk, mixed with sugar and Scotch whiskey - it worked, it really worked - snore!

Good quality electric meat grinder

I have been toying with the idea of buying a little meat grinder and buying chuck roasts from a local source and using the meat to make hamburger. Now, for the umpteenth time there is a recall in Canada for tainted hamburger products on several brands of hamburger patties and bulk meat. I have made up my mind - I would probably only use it for this one purpose so I don't want to spend a fortune. Can anyone recommend a good quality grinder that is user friendly and dishwasher safe? I have done a little research and many mention the Waring Pro MG800 Electric Meat Grinder, that is brushed stainless steel. I am not sure whether it is dishwasher safe however. Thanks for any help.

Bottled Barbeque Sauce

Hubby and I are escaping the stormy weather in Canada for a month. We are heading to South Carolina and I am looking forward to visiting the new Trader Joe's (my first trip!) I will be feeding a couple of Snowbirds who are dropping by on their way home from Florida. I don't intend to do a lot of work, I am taking a well needed rest. I thought I would do a Crock Pot pulled pork recipe I have. It calls for my "favourite" bottled barbeque sauce and I would like to try an American favourite, as they are unavailable in Canada. So how about it, folks - let me know your go-to bottle of sauce. Nothing too spicy - I love it - but my friends, not so much.

Where are the comments?

I have been attempting to read the 7 comments regarding the article, "Toronto - VPN Pie at Pizza Libretto" and I can't find anything in the comment area. What gives?

Help baking a frozen pie

There was a thread on rhubarb here that made me want a rhubarb pie. I have a good recipe for a sour cream rhubarb pie. I have enough to make two pies which means one will have to be stored for a later time. My question is, if I make up two pies and cook one for now, should I freeze the other unbaked, for later? Then how long and at what temperature would I cook the pie and would it be from the frozen state or would I thaw it? I have never done this before but my thought is that if I thaw the pie, it would be soggy before I ever cooked it. The pie contains uncooked rhubarb, a mixture of sour cream, sugar & flour to go over the fruit, then a "crumble" top made with flour, brown sugar and melted butter. Thank you in advance for any advice.

Is This a Worry?

I received this e-mail yesterday and I am confused. Is this something we should look out for or, is it just another incidence of "junk science" making something out of nothing? I hope some of our experts will weigh in.

Meat glue

The industry-wide secret butchers don't want you to know about: The special product called Meat Glue sticking your steak together.


http://au.todaytonight.yahoo.com/article/8989315/consumer/meat-glue

What the Heck is this?

I have noticed a pesky problem in the text of my, "Comments" section ever since they were working on it a couple of weeks ago. Very often something strange will appear, instead of the proper word. For instance, today I was reading the thread about browning flour and the word, "Québec" appeared in a post from M. Ghislain (obviously Quebec) and on another post from Saria, the word, "sablA@s" appeared. There are many other foul-ups, especially with measurements. I haven't seen anyone posting about this problem, so perhaps it is just a program in my computer (I don't know the first thing about computer related glitches, but if no one else is having these problems, I will look into it.) Thanks.

Crock Pot Reconstitution

I have a large bag of dried mixed mushrooms. The one time I used them in the past, I followed the directions of soaking them in boiling water and then I added them to soup I was making. They were tough and chewy and not tasty. Now that I have a crock pot and have a nice recipe for a spicy pot roast that cooks on low for 8-10 hours, I am thinking I could just throw the bag in with the other ingredients and they would surely be soft and delicious. Can anyone tell me if this will work? I seem to remember when I soaked the mushrooms and then cooked in the soup, it took 2-3 hours.

"Leathery" Vanilla Beans - Can They Be Rescued?

I have two vials of vanilla beans that unfortunately were lost (and forgotten) in the back of a cupboard. I wonder if they can be salvaged? They are hard and stiff. I would like to use them in recipes for ice cream as I just bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker. Will they soften in boiling water? If it is not possible to soften them enough to retrieve the seeds, could I use them to make vanilla extract with vodka? I hate to toss them. Any advice?

Need a #101 lecture on casseroles!

Let me preface this by saying my knowledge of casseroles is limited.My Mother was from Britain where mostly stews or Shepherd's pies were made for a quick nutritious meal and when we moved to Ontario, she was a little nonplussed at the "pasta-tinned cream soup-hamburg/tuna casseroles" that were so popular at the time and she never made them. Consequently, I never ate them and really didn't experiment with them as I should have.

My god daughter is expecting twins in two weeks. She shares custody of her 8 year old and it looks as though she will be handling these new babies without a partner. I would love to help her out with the stress of meal preparation for the first month or so.

They don't like cabbage rolls, so they are out. Some of the curries I was going to make are out as well, as she has requested very little spice as she will be breast feeding. I have always had a heavy hand with spice, so I will need some ideas - basically some recipes that I can make and she can reheat from the freezer. I have soups covered, thanks.

Also, I would appreciate instructions if casseroles are OK to take straight from the freezer and baked (at what temp?) or whether they will need to be thawed first. Also, can I cook some slow cooker meals and put them straight into the freezer? Any suggestions or recipes would be welcome.

Remains of the Day - Turkey Carcasses

Like most of you, I use the turkey carcass for making stock. This year I have two large carcasses and will be making more soup than usual as I want to put some up in my god daughters freezer as she is expecting twins in two weeks. I always boil the bones with water, onion, celery & carrots - but - I have read here on several threads that the turkey bones produce a much richer stock if they are first baked. My questions:- for two carcasses, how long should I bake them and at what temperature? There is still some meat adhering to the bones, do I have to pick all this off? Also, do I need to break the bones? I usually buy an extra turkey breast to add as the meat to my soup. Can anyone help in a hurry, as I everything ready to go into the oven? Thanks so much and I hope you all had a wonderful day.

Longest night of the year - what's for dinner?

December 21 is the longest night of the year - why do I know this? I was married on this day 42 years ago. To celebrate, I could have my pick of any restaurant in the city, but maybe the one I chose will surprise you. I live in Canada and good fried chicken is very hard to find beyond forgettable KFC. They have just opened a Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen restaurant here and I am hoping it is like the one I visited in South Carolina. Southern fried chicken is my absolute favourite and I only get to eat it once a year for health reasons, so, TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!

Can I salvage my chili?

I have been thinking about chili lately and today I grabbed some things from the fridge and made one - however, there was no chili powder! Instead of going to the store, I threw in a dry mix of "Old Mexican Spice Mix" that someone gave me, the kind that you mix together with sour cream and mayo for a dip. I love spicy food, but this was way too hot for me - my SO is not crazy about hot spice at all - other than go to the store and buy ingredients for another pot of chili sans any seasoning at all and mixing them together, does anyone have any ideas for salvaging my recipe? It is my fault entirely but I have just finished my hour on the treadmill and I don't feel like making a grocery run.

Freezing creamed soups

With ripe, cheap and plentiful vegetables in season, I am going to the Farmer's Market to buy produce so that I can make up soups and freeze them for Winter eating.

Most of the soups I make are vegetable based, but I have a recipe for a lovely, "Leek and Stilton Soup" that calls for some milk and cream. I would like to avoid the milk products from "breaking up" when reconstituted from the frozen state. Do you think it would be appropriate to substitute evaporated milk instead? The creamed soup still tastes delicious, but doesn't look good. I suppose the other thing I could do is make up the soup and add the milk products before serving, but that is a bit of trouble I don't need on a busy day, and also, I like to make up several batches of soup at a time, so knowing exactly how much milk is required might be a problem. Thanking you in advance for any help or advice.

Asheville, N.C. evening meal

I guess road trip season is well under way! We are making two overnight stops on our way from Canada to South Carolina. Our first stop will be in Berea, Kentucky. My sister is travelling with us and I wanted to show her some smaller, unique places. We will be eating at the Daniel Boone Tavern in Berea and visiting the craft shops. The second night we stop in Asheville, N.C. (actually in Fletcher, N.C. as it is the July 4th weekend and everything is booked.) My question is, can anyone recommend a nice mid priced restaurant with some good food for road weary travellers, preferably with an outdoor patio and located in the cental part of town? Thank You.

Roasted Leftover Pork - Ideas?

I have a fair amount left from the Easter roast. Tonight I reheated leftovers and it was as good as yesterday. However, I am at a bit of a loss with what to do with the rest of the meat. I am not familiar with Cuban or Mexican cooking and I don't think I would fancy a soup. Does anyone have any good ideas as to how I should use up the pork - it is from a leg.

BTW, this is totally unrelated, but I am having a minor surgical procedure tomorrow, which will keep me from keyboarding for about two weeks. However, I will be reading SE during this time and just wishing I could comment! See you soon.

My "Favourites" problem - fixed?

I was unable to "favourite" things for quite a while - when the new format came out, I was able to "favourite" things now and then. I notice that now I can "favourite" things if there are no "tags" underneath it - if there is a "tag" then I have to click on one of those before hitting, "favourites" - sorry, I am not computer literate so I don't know any of the proper terminology to use, but perhaps Alaina or Adam will figure out what I am trying to say here and for me, I can now save things to "favourites" if I follow the above step.

24 lb. leg of pork - the best cooking method

I bought this yesterday on impulse because it was 97 cents/lb. - I don't know about the U.S.A. but here in Canada that is a bargain. I will be putting it in the freezer until Easter (it was fresh.) There will plenty of people at Easter dinner to demolish this - the problem is, I need some serious advice on how to prepare it. I would love to leave the skin in place & score it for crackling and I would like to roast it low and slow so the meat is succulent and tender. I have two questions - 1. Will this cooking method work the same on a leg of pork as it would for a shoulder of pork?
2. How long will it take to cook a roast of this size? Also I would be thrilled to hear of anyone's experience with a similar roast(possibly from a restaurant kitchen) and I know this forum won't let me down. Luckily, I have a Calphalon roaster that will hold the monster!

Calling all Canadians.

I read in the a.m. paper that Chef Michael Smith, well known to most Canadians, will be featured on, "Iron Chef America" on January 31, and will be up against Chef Mario Batali. The article stated he was also headed to Vancouver to head up the kitchen facility for the Olympics.

"Whole Foods" Adventure!

I am making my first visit to a "Whole Foods" store, albeit, a Canadian edition. I found out that there is a store in Toronto from a thread right here on SE. I am so excited!! I am planning to buy a few things for my son's kitchen. He has an interest in cooking and I would love to buy a few things to stock his pantry - I read here that the house brand Olive Oil is good and I am wondering if there are some recommendations from SE shoppers, i.e. spices, oils, sauces, etc.? I don't want to spend a fortune but realize this will be difficult!

No more @GrumpyOldMan?

I was out of touch with SE for the first two weeks of July when we went on vacation and I did not have access to a computer. When we returned I tuned in again, but sadly, have seen no posts from @GrumpyOldMan. Too bad, I enjoyed most of his posts and he had plenty of knowledge to impart - he was always interesting. I know that just before we left in June, there was some problem with a post of his that many people took exception to (I can't even remember now what the topic was and I was unsuccessful in finding it in the archives - it may have been politically motivated.) At any rate, can anyone fill me in on what may have happened to him - I miss him. I think there should be room for dissenting opinions in a forum such as this and do hope he was not "dropped" from membership.

SIDES FOR CABBAGE ROLLS

Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up and our large family usually celebrates it at our house. This year though, a nephew is being married on that weekend and because there is so much to do, I announced there would be no Thanksgiving meal. I started to feel guilty almost immediately, so, as a compromise I said I would make up a couple of large trays of cabbage rolls (my Mom has a killer recipe using Savoy cabbage) and people could drop in and have some. I will serve Calabrese rolls and butter, but what is appropriate to eat with cabbage rolls (they are a meal in themselves with protein, starch & carbs), but somehow it looks a little cheesy not to have a few sides to serve with them. Any ideas out there? Remember, I have very little time to prepare anything elaborate and Mom and I will also be making homemade pumpkin pies, in order to avoid a mutiny!

Chiff's "Everyday Food Magazine" Recipe

@therealchiffonade - Just returned from 16 glorious days in South Carolina. I looked for your magazine in stores in Cinncinatti, Asheville and Charleston - every time I saw a magazine rack I tried to find it, but no luck - perhaps they pull the monthly issues early. Sorry I was looking forward to seeing it and telling my sister that I "knew' the author - well, you know what I mean!

Different Supermarkets

Our Canadian markets are different from American ones and I follow the posts concerning your favourite grocery choices. We go to the Charleston, S.C., area once or twice a year. I have established that there is no Trader Joe's nor Whole Foods in that location. However, there is a beautiful grocery market on the way to Folly Beach called, "Earth Fare." Are any of you familiar with Earth Fare and can you tell me if it is similar to a Trader Joe's? I know they have a Publix and a Wegman's, both of which I have read about on this site and will check out this trip. I know it sounds a bit crazy to visit supermarkets on a trip to the beach, but there is usually a rainy day and I enjoy looking at differents products.

Question for SE staff

I have been following the thread concerning @Italianfood with great interest. When I logged on this a.m. to catch up with this thread, I found I could no longer log onto it. I have tried many times. I am interested to know if you censor material or remove posts that you consider inappropriate, and, if so, what was your reason for removing the above post?

"Gordon Ramsey" brand of pots and pans

Does anyone have any knowledge of this brand of pots and pans sets? I ask because there is an ad in our paper saying one of the stores in town has reduced the price by $600! That is an extraordinary saving - I am asking myself, "Why?" If anyone has an opinion, I would love to hear it. If I get some positive feedback, I will go and check it out. The picture looks nice (but, you can't go by that and states they are stainless steel, heavy bottomed.) The same store has reduced all pots and pans by 25%, excepting AllClad - too bad! Perhaps, if you ruin your recipe, the pots will scream profanity at you.

The Food Lab: The Road To Better Risotto

At this late stage in the game is there anyone in the world beside hard-line Italians who doesn't know that you can make a perfect bowl luscious, al dente, perfectly mantecato risotto without preheating your broth or stirring constantly? That said, I've still got a ton of risotto questions left unanswered, so this week I decided to test just about every aspect of risotto I could think of to separate fact from fiction. Which type of rice is best? How much do you really need to stir? Is toasting necessary? And what about mounting with cream? 6.6 pounds of risotto later, I've got a few answers. More

The Food Lab: Homemade Mayo In 2 Minutes Or Less (Video)

If you've only ever known mayonnaise in the form of the quivering jellyish stuff that comes in the jars with the blue lid, you're doing yourself a disservice. Like switching from briefs to boxers or walking to Mordor, trying homemade mayonnaise is the kind of thing that will forever change your life (or at the very least, your sandwiches). Today, we do it in 2 minutes or less, with a 100% success rate. More

10 Must-Try Sweets in Paris

Paris is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth, but you already knew that. We spent the last few weeks eating our way through the city, exploring new shops and revisiting old favorites. From the big names like Pierre Hermé and Ladurée to the smaller spots like Au Panetier, the classics like Stohrer and Poilâne, and the gorgeous, jewelry boutique-like shops of Jacques Genin and Sadaharu Aoki, we found many, many desserts to love. Here are ten essential Paris sweets for your next visit. More

How to Make No-Cook Freezer Jam

With freezer jam you get to preserve the bounty of summer without the fuss, heat, equipment, and time that canned jams require. All you need is ripe fruit, sugar (or another sweetener), pectin, and about 15 minutes of easy kitchen time. Before you know it, you'll be proudly scooping up homemade jam for toast, smoothies, yogurt, or just straight into your mouth. More

The Food Lab: The Science of No-Knead Dough

I've never seen what I consider to be a really satisfactory explanation of the science behind the No-Knead Bread recipe, so I'm gonna try and fill that hole here. And what cool science it is. In 2006, Mark Bittman introduced the world to a recipe from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery, which had a whole bunch of home cooks opening up their Dutch ovens and exclaiming oh my goodness—I can't believe I just did that! It certainly had me thinking that. Even more interesting to me than that it works is how it works, because by understanding the how, we can then modify the recipe to fit many different baking situations, even improving its flavor. More

Got a Question for The Food Lab? Kenji Will Answer Everything

It's been nearly two years since The Food Lab first appeared on Serious Eats, and despite dozens of explorations into the deeper realms of cooking and food science, we've still only begun to scratch the surface of everything that goes on in the kitchen. So this week I'll turn the floor over to you, Serious Eaters. Here's my promise: from now until noon on Thursday, September 8th, post any question or comment you'd like, and on Friday morning's regular Food Lab post, I'll answer every single question to the best of my ability. More

Toronto: VPN Pie at Pizzeria Libretto

From the imported ingredients to fastidious cooking methodology, Libretto is dedicated to Naples-style authenticity. They claim to bake their pies in less than 90 seconds in a 900 degree wood-burning oven (hand-built by a 3rd generation pizza oven maker in Naples, then delivered to Ontario). The pizza had all the hallmarks of a striking Napoletean pie: a blistered, slightly speckled crust made with naturally leavened Italian Caputo dopio zero flour, topped with a translucent, vermillion layer of San Marzano tomato sauce. More

Snapshots from France: Nutty Sweets and Biscuits from Brittany

While traveling through northwest France, I was on the hunt for new, nutty discoveries in Brittany. Strolling through the tiny historic tourist village of Rochefort en Terre, I stumbled upon a tiny shop, L'Art Gourmand, and was blown away by all the nutastic treats. Almost every nut is represented here: almonds, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, even humble pignolis, not to mention one of the largest, most playful assortments of marzipan I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of marzipan). Puppies, dinos, bunnies, pigs, and an assortment of fruits—all in marzipan form. More

41 Recipes with Greek Yogurt We Love

Tangy, thick, and lusciously rich, there's a lot to love about Greek yogurt. While we love a bowlful of it for breakfast, one of Greek yogurt's many great qualities is its versatility. Throw it into a bundt cake batter to make it extra moist, marinate chicken in it, add it to mashed potatoes to make them ridiculously creamy, or just whip up a quick dip with garlic and lemon. Here are a few (no wait, a whoppin' 41!) of our favorite recipes using the stuff. More

Cherry Clafoutis

How this classic French dessert goes virtually unknown amongst many home bakers is a mystery to me. It is elegant, easy to make, and goes great with just about any ripe fruit—cherries are perfect for the season. Give it a try and tell your friends; I'm on a mission to give it the limelight it deserves. More

Seriously Asian: Velveting Meat

The Chinese technique of velveting meat is an oft-used yet underappreciated one. It refers to the coating of meat pieces in cornstarch, egg whites, wine, and other seasonings such as garlic and soy sauce, to make it more tender. Learning how to velvet meat is as integral to Chinese cooking as say, browning meat is for the French or Italian. More

In NYC for 36 hours...

I'll be in NYC for about 36 hours (morning on a Thursday to evening on a Friday) in a few weeks, and I'm staying near East 39th and Park. I have never been, and I'm solo. I'd love some suggestions... More

Essentials: Guacamole

Photograph from Mar Mar on Flickr Ten years ago, when I turned twenty-one, I had never fallen head over heels in love, and I had never cared for guacamole. Then I met a charming boy who urged me to spend... More

Sunday Supper: Rubbed and Roasted Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder is a luscious fatty cut that does very well in a low temperature oven for a long time. When picking out your shoulder, make sure that there's a nice piece of skin left on it so that once it's roasted, there is enough crackling for everyone to have a piece. The onions that the roast sits on become soft and coated in pork fat, so make sure to serve them alongside the roast. More

Crispy Shredded Hashbrowns?

Reading the comments on the recent breakfast burrito recipe post made me think... whenever I make hashbrowns from shredded potato, they never come out crispy. I'd say they end up being more of a soft gooey texture (it sounds gross... More

Protein every two hours!

I went to a homeopath today...my son asked my why I would ever want to visit a homophobe--no, no, a homeopath. She said that I need to have some protein every few hours. I already made myself a red quinoa/bean... More