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How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Standing Before the Community Board

Your series is like a good book, I'll miss it when your done. Your restaurant will be a best seller!

5 Lessons I Learned While Writing My First Cookbook

I love cookbooks and had no idea how much work goes into them. Thanks for another interesting segment on the process.

The Food Lab's Emergency Cooking Kit: How to Fit All the Tools You Need in One Small Box

@akay1: May I interject a product preference? It would be great if kitchen tools: spoons, whisks, spatulas, were not heavier in the handle. It makes me nuts when my tools flip out of the bowl or pan. :D. Thank you!

@Kenji: Thanks for this list/article. Most interesting and helpful. To answer your question, my box is for hotel meals that don't involve a kitchen,it's more of a picnic basket.

Breadmaking 101: How to Mix and Knead Bread Dough Like a Pro

Ooooo! I get it! How very interesting about the autolyse and the enzymes. Thank you for this series and your fine explanation.

I wonder too, doesn't putting the salt and yeast in together at the same time hurt the yeast?

Manner Matters: A Spicy Food Lover's Conundrum

Apologies! It was @surcredibility who gets the credit for speaking up. Thank you!

Fingerling Potato Salad With Aioli, Pesto, Fried Shallots, and Pecorino

I am going to make this, this weekend. Thanks for this recipe!

(I could be wrong but it seems the vinegar ingredient list measurement is different than the instructions?). I'm going with the instructions...:)

Manner Matters: A Spicy Food Lover's Conundrum

I was taught that you can wipe your nose at the table but nose blowing is done away from the table.

Right on @Teachertalk! Thanks for putting into words what I think every time I read the unecessary negative commentary.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Decorating With Flamethrowers

This has been a great series. The changing murals are a wonderful idea.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: My 18-Hour Work Day

Thanks for another great article. :)

Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Bees and Producing Your Own Honey

Great article. I have pondered the idea of bee boxes for the same reason one would put out bat boxes. Would bees just move in and can be left on their harvesting of honey or artificial help?

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: On Writing a Menu

Always great to read your ongoing story. Thanks!

What's the Difference Between Jam, Jelly, Compote, and Conserve?

Thanks for this article. :). Now I know!

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: The Trouble With Contractors

Well, I LIKE your series, your humor and your candor. Looking forward to the next instalment.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Finding a Space is Just the Beginning

Again, so interesting! Thanks for another great article about your journey.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: My Lease Safari

Wow! I wish I lived nearby, I would love to set what you do with yhr place and enjoy a meal. Best wishes! I would be interested in reading about the renovation.

5 Rules of Hong Kong Dining That You Should Know Before You Go

Thanks, so interesting. I agree with @BillyZoom, more please.

Tales of a Cookbook Writer: What if a Dish Makes Me Gag?

Interesting dilemma. You are brave, I would not have been able to eat the tripe if I found it so revolting. Great series!

Why You Should Stop Boiling Your Oatmeal and Start Baking It

Baked oatmeal is great. We like a variation that is steel cut oats which are cooled, cut in triangles then fried in butter.

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Always Worth The Price?

I very much appreciate this article. There have been Heirloom tomatoes in my super market and I've wondered if they were any better than the standard selections. Thank you for clarifying.

I would agree that the people who squeeze are the most irritating. And the nose thing is just gross! I don't want your squeezed tomatoes (or avocados!).

What's the Best Way to Store Tomatoes?

Great article! Thanks! I've wondered over the storage of tomatoes for a long time. :)

Manner Matters: Guests with Chips

As you have stated, let the guest eat their chips if they want to. To me, good manners is wanting them to feel at home, rating as they wish.

I once had a reception and ran out of food. One of the guests then started in on what was in my cupboards! I was glad that he felt comfortable enough to do this under these circumstances.

I'm Writing a Cookbook. Now What?

Thanks for sharing your experience. It is very interesting. Best wishes for much success. :)

What's the Best Way to Cook Whole Grains?

Great article and very helpful, thanks! I want to start cooking more types of whole grains and it is nice to know that a pressure cooker would not be advantageous. :D

Manner Matters: Help, My Friend Chews With Her Mouth Open

Hopefully this article will open a few minds to their table behaviour. I was just subjected to open mouth chewing, food in the beard eating a few days ago while dining out with another couple. It was revolting.

Thank you for another relevant manners article.

Chilies Restaurant and Veterans Day

We were happily surprised today that Chilies had a free meal for a veteran or active service person. They had a special menu with various items, things to suit most diners.

We want to say thanks to Chilies for their 'give back' to our brave armed forces personnel.

Your favorite pancake/topping?

I just made pancakes: used half ww flour and half regular. After a spread of butter on the pan and then putting on some batter, I sprinkled some frozen blueberries on each and then a little granola.

Served them with some chopped walnuts over the top and regular syrup on the side (maple would have been better but I'm out of it at the moment).

Do you have a favorite pancake/topping?

Ice Crystals in packaged food

Some bread that I had in the freezer developed a large amount of snowy ice in the package.

Do the ice crystals form from the moisture in the bread?

What is your advice to prevent this?

Goodies in the mail?

Now is the time of the year that I plan my packages for mailing as gifts to friends and family.

These include toffee and a couple of different fudges, some cookies and maybe a sweet bread. Then something new and different that I haven't sent before.

Maybe you can give me some new ideas? What goodies would you want to receive in the mail?

Bruising the fruits/avocados rant

I am tired of bringing home avocados and fruit that people pick up and squeeze, pick up another and squeeze, again and again. When I end up purchasing such fruit, there are the bruises from this squeezing.

When shopping, I can tell when I pick up a fruit or avocado if it is ripe/soft without squeezing it and when I see people doing this at the market, I can only turn away, annoyed.

What bugs you?

Message font harder to see now.

Wow! Lively new look! :)

I see that title fonts are much larger than before but it also seems that the post messages are in a smaller font?

While you are getting the bugs out, is it possible to make the message font bolder or a bit larger?

Thank you for your consideration on this.

What are you eating on JULY 4TH?

I'm surprised no one has posted this yet, unless I've missed it?. So, Serious Eaters, what are you cooking up on the Fourth? I just got back from grocery shopping. I am making a low country boil with shrimp, mussels,... More