Sunday Dinner: No-Holds-Barred Lasagna Bolognese

I made this yesterday and got lots of compliments. Like Kenji says, it is a long but not difficult recipe. If I made it again I would probably do a couple of things differently.
1) I would only put one egg (or maybe even none) in the ricotta. After spending all that time turning milk into cheese, why turn it back into a liquid again?
2) I would only soak the noodles for 5 minutes (or maybe not at all). Kenji says he doesn't like them to be at all al dente but I would prefer it if they stood out from all the gooey sauces a bit more.
Also, Kenji says you can replace the lamb with beef but I would urge going to the extra effort of finding lamb since it contributes so much flavor.
Finally I would recommend making quite a bit more of the bolognese than is called for here. Following the directions left me with not quite enough for the last layer and what's the worst that could happen- you have delicious leftover sauce for pasta?!

The Le Creuset Bi-Material Spoon Is the First Plastic Spoon Worth Owning

You guys do know Amazon is not the only place in the world to buy things right?

2 Vegan Cheeses That Anyone Can Love

I wish vegan alternatives weren't usually higher in calories than their carnivore counterparts. I would eat them a lot more.

6 Great Condiments to Complete Your Cheese Plate

Trader Joe's sells a really delicious mustard garlic aoli that could be cheaper and easier for some people to get than #1. It's so good I could eat it by itself by the spoonful.

3 (More) Great Vegan Ice Creams With 1 Easy Master Recipe

I wonder what these commenters are really getting so worked up about. It's not like you're being tricked if you read the title of the article. Is this like a gay marriage thing where it's very existence threatens the sanctity of traditional ice cream?

How to Make Lemongrass and Coriander-Marinated Grilled Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches (Vegan Banh Mi)

For anyone in Chicago, Nhu Lan makes a really awesome Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi. And their iced coffee is truly addictive.

Mexican Atole: The Perfect Winter Drink

Is champurrado always chocolate? The ones they sell on the street here on in Chicago don't taste particularly chocolate-y to me just like sweet corn-y goodness. I compare in to something like Malt-o-meal when asked to describe it.

Sorry, New York; Why Los Angeles is the Best Pastrami City in America

"while Central Americans (especially Mexicans escaping their war-torn country)..."

Mexico is in North America.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Stumbling Into the Beer Business

"2) There's nothing interesting about them.

Many of my local breweries make what's essentially available all over the country. At the end of the day, beer is like sex and nachos: Even when it's boring or bad, it's still pretty good. While I have a soft spot for beers brewed in my childhood home, many have nothing unique going for them except that they're brewed locally. "

In a perfect world this would be totally backward; it would be more efficient to get you basic session IPA (not everything needs to be a sichuan, saison, etc., etc. after all) from your local brewery than from across the country but the involvement of big distributors distorts that.

Your Beer Bucket List: 20 Must-Try Styles

@theace: Your holy grail comparison might be apt if he was recommending Dark Lord. Zombie Dust is readily available to millions of Americans. It's called the upper Midwest, come visit us!

7 Great Beers for the Christmas Beer Hater

@Justin Carroll: I just came to say Great Lakes Christmas Ale is one of my favorite beers period!
It's expensive but a good holiday treat.

How to Make 15 Minute Stovetop Roast Turkey and Mole Enchiladas

Yeah...a 15 minute recipe contingent on a 7 HOUR recipe.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that, Kenji. My condolences.

Forget Al Dente: Braised Green Beans Are Where It's At

I'm glad to see this since green beans are, like, the one green vegetable my husband will eat and I'm not a huge fan of super crunch half raw ones.

Toasting Nuts? The Microwave is Your Best Friend

This is good news for me cause I'm a total scatterbrain and I ALWAYS FORGET I'm toasting nuts!
Irradiated a bunch of walnuts just the other day.

Is it Really Necessary to Add Garlic After the Onions When Sautéing?

It's also more efficient to add it later. While you pan and oil are heating, you chop up an onion real quick and throw it in. Then while that cooks you peel and chop the garlic.

Manner Matters: Can I Bring My Own Tonic Water?

This letter is weird. The vast, vast, vast majority of restaurants would make your G&T with Schwepps. Why go to the ONE that makes its own tonic and order a G&T? Why not try any of the other, no doubt extensive, options such a bar would offer?

Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace on Where to Eat in Chicago

Nhu Lan's bahn mi are better the Ba Le's, imo.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago, 2014 Edition

Also- I think the fish is superior to the chicken at Parsons. Honey Butter beats them on chicken. But you're right- the hushpuppies are to die for.

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago, 2014 Edition

I love teasing my fellow Chicagoans about being so desperate for some sun that they'll eat on a crowded sidewalk with a bus belching fumes in their face, but some of these places look great!

Easy Home Bar: 5 Fun 2-Ingredient Drinks

Geez people, the article isn't that long. Try reading it before complaining about something already addressed.

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

Born and raised in Texas. Never knew what real Mexican food was until I moved to Chicago. Growing up we just called the cheesy enchiladas and stuff Mexican.

The Best Food to Order at Panda Express

@Ocean: Vs. the 3 comments on "Chinese Greens 101: Stir-Fried Choy Sum With Minced Garlic" directly above.
Wonder why all the highbrows haven't flocked over there to comment on authentic Chinese?

RIP Hot Doug's: A Love Letter

I too had the experience of ordering too much and not having enough cash. Needless to say I was embarrassed about holding up the whole line but Doug was totally chill about it and insisted that we get our whole order for what cash we had.

6 Puff Pastry Waffle Variations

Of course then we would have missed the epic frozen puff pastry thread.

Mr. G's In Logan Square Closed

Went by there for a dog today and there was an eviction notice on the door. The curse continues!
What with the Boulangarie closing too there are a few less choices for "Cheap Eats We Love in Logan Square".

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