Let's vent, shall we?

my future mother-in-law put green beans in the pressure cooker.

Show Us Your Best Cookie Cutters!

This reminds me, I never thanked you for showing me warpzone prints! I sent a bunch of them to one of my best friends as an Xmas gift. She was so happy.

Share Your Sweets: Valentine's Day

The most dominant flavor in the pastry itself is "eggy." Sort of like what you'd expect from a puff pastry. It's bready....none of the crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside you'd get in a merengue. Once assembled, the most dominant flavor is the whipped cream.
I'm so happy my recipe caught your eye!

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I love the juxtaposition of Kenji's amused face with Yuba's not-havin-it face.

Taste Test: All the Flavors of SeaSnax

These sound tasty. Do they come with complementary dental floss?

So This Exists: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Pint Lock

That's what I always thought, Sekkyo. I figured this was a self-control device, not a roommate control device. If you really want that ice cream, no silly lock is going to get in the way.

Happy New Year, Serious Eaters

It was a great year filled with wonderful food. Many thanks to everybody at SE!

Vegetable side dish for Friendsgiving?

I'm in love with these eggplant meatballs.
I ommited the cilantro and used more garlic than suggested:

I used a different method to make them:

1. steam the diced, salted eggplant for 20 min, let it get cool enough to touch.
2. dump the eggplant in a clean, thin kitchen cloth or cheesecloth. squeeze every bit of excess moisture out of it.
3. add the rest of the ingredients
4. roll into balls and bake at 400 for 20 min.

It would be easy to multiply the recipe for a crowd!

Cooking music

I usually enjoy silence. I don't want to stop to rinse my hands every time I want to skip a song. Also, my job is rather loud and when I come home I really just like silence.

So. How was Halloween?

We are the Boringsons. I tried to make a Seth Avett pumpkin based on Kenji's tutorial, but it came out like a zombie that didn't resemble anybody. My fiance ate all the candy meant for the trick-or-treaters that never showed and didn't touch his dinner. I spilled a beer even though I hadn't taken a sip.


Why Have I Never Tried: Chunky?

Greens in pasta dough

I tried this recipe once. It didn't work for me, but I'm pretty sure that's because I didn't roll it thin enough (I don't have a pasta roller, was using a rolling pin) and then I didn't let it dry enough.

What is that subway smell?

Maybe we really don't want to know.

I once tried to get pit stains out of a white shirt with vinegar. I washed and rinsed the shirt but after that it always smelled exactly like Subway. I remember sitting in class and thinking "Ugh, who smells like Subway?!" Me.

Food Halloween costumes!

This might be done a lot this year, but you could do any number of Breaking Bad foods. You could go as Pollos Hermanos with chicken suits or Pollos Hermanos with chicken bucket suits. Plates of eggs with 50, 51, or 52 written in bacon. Make the bacon from mailing paper and paint. The eggs would be cotton stuffing spray painted yellow.

We Try Every Flavor of Snyder's Flavored Pretzel Pieces

I usually don't like flavored pretzels, but I love love love the Hot Buffalo Wing ones. Like Elisa, I can only eat them occasionally. Once I get into a bag, it becomes a flush-faced red-fingered frenzy that doesn't stop until I roll over in a carb coma.

How To Make Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)

@Tipsy I love elotes. First time I made them for my Midwest born-and-bred fiancé, he said he liked them, but that he would prefer them with butter. I thought it was a terrible idea, but next time I made them, I made mine the traditional way and used butter for his. He loved them this way, so you might too. But I still think you should try them with mayo at least once. I'm normally not a mayo person (not even with tuna or egg salad) but the creaminess really helps balance out the heat from the chili and acidity from the lime.

How do you store Sriracha?

In my belly. wha-wah-wahhhh.

We Try the New McDonald's Dulce de Leche Caramel Shake

@illone that really irritates me too. I once saw a blogger make a caramel item and then refer to it as both cajeta and dulce de leche. They're three similar items, but they're still quite different.

Open Thread: What's One Food You Wish You Liked?

Barbecue. I don't really like meat in general, but BBQ smells so good. It's such a shame, especially since I live in North Carolina. And I don't like Texas, Korean, or any other kind of BBQ either.

Cereal Eats: If You Could Bring Back One Discontinued Cereal...

^ I didn't read my comment before I posted. Whoops. What I meant to say is that they concept is the same, but the taste is far different.

Cereal Eats: If You Could Bring Back One Discontinued Cereal...

Some dinosaur cereal that was trix-like. Only with dino shapes - the name eludes me.

@Adam L - I loved s'mores crunch! They have a similar cereal now, but it's far different.

Pet Peeves When Dining Out

You order an appetizer, but they bring it out at the same time they bring you your meal. What's the point? I don't want it anymore. It happened on more than one occasion. Now I just make it a point to say, "Can you please bring this out before the rest of the food?"

Diner food can be wonderful. Diner food can be terrible. They can make it worse by not letting you order off the kid's menu. If I want a smaller portion, and I'm going to pay, what's the problem?

What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid?

Wow. I'm incredibly boring compared to y'all. The only thing I can think of is slathering burnt tortillas with sour cream and salt. Not very imaginative I guess.

I also liked to mix my mashed potatoes, broccoli, and chicken into one big mess. My mom has this friend who was a foodie (though they weren't called foodies back then) and I remember telling her about my mash-mix and how good it was. She was unamused but gave me a little head-patting "that sounds great"

I had a friend who dumped ketchup all over hawaiian pizza. I had another friend who loved raw egg yolks mixed with sugar.

Cook the Book: 'Vegetable Literacy' by Deborah Madison

Do I have to pick one?
Cauliflower, sliced really thin so I get a lot of brown edges. Tossed (very gently) with garlic, thyme, S&P, olive oil), roasted. Eaten with either lemony tahini or parmesan.

need a blog name...

How about "Far East in the Midwest?"

or "Far East Eats in the Midwest?"

I turn my back for five seconds..

..and my boo mixes almond milk into tomato soup. It did not taste good.

Don't judge us for using canned soup, it was one of those long-day-at-work-to-tired-to-cook-real-food nights.

Anyone else have a similar story? I think we've all established we don't like other people in our kitchens.

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