Beginner Baker

Thank you all for so many great ideas, I can't wait to start baking! One other thing I was wondering about, do most people need that kitchen aid mixer to really make baking better? I see everyone on the cooking shows always using it.

Speaking of beef stew....

sheri1970, I cooked it on the stove top and didn't really cook it slow or low because I was kind of in a hurry and also since I needed to cook the potatoes I cooked it on high, I guess that wasn't right?

Perceived Food Passion vs. Actual Food Passion

Who cares? They're not hurting anybody! geeze...

Easter Brunch Dish

Wow, these all sound great! @AnnieNT, I would love that recipe!
@CJ McD, It's a potluck and I wanted to bring 2 dishes, one of which I want to be vegetarian.

Jalapeno burn

Thank you all for your suggestions! I was in pain until 4 am and I'm trying to stay awake in work as I type this. Not sure if its all gone yet, took my contacts out last night before I asked you guys for help and felt like a hot poker was in my eye!!!(threw them out!)I had to put my contacts in(had a spare pair, thankfully) with rubber gloves this morning (I know I should have used them in the first place). I only had milk and sour cream, worked eventually but wore off and I kept applying. Anyway, thanks everyone, I will NEVER do that again.

Pie Crust

They all sound like great ideas! I'm going to try them all!


Thank you! I didn't think to roast the vegetables first! I will try another batch tomorrow with all your wonderful advice. Thanks.


Wow, thanks so much, they all sound great!

New York City Wine and Food Festival: Ticket Giveaway, The Grand Tasting

I've always been a huge fan and I always wanted to taste his food: Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay!!!

What is the best store bought salad dressing?

I have always loved Marie's blue cheese, and NOW they came out with Marie's Blue Cheese VINIGRETTE!!! It is simply AWESOME!!!

What nut is next?

I just finished a whole bag, which I shared with my 3 year old!!!! She adores them, now I'm very nervous!!!

Slow going on Food Network website

I don't even bother with it anymore, it's not worth the trouble....

Super Bowl Food Swap Update

@Josdean, what is chipped chopped ham
@izatryt, I was screaming too (crying in my beer here in philly)

Great and Affordable in NYC?

Thanks so much, I feel so much better about our trip now, I thought we'd be have to make do with McDonalds!

Great and Affordable in NYC?

Thank you for all the advice! Keep it coming, she's attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 120 Madison Ave (I don't know if that's uptown or downtown)

What's your favorite candy-box chocolate?

What is See's? I live in Philadelphia and used to buy the Big Red Box of chocolate candy at Strawbridges every Christmas, but they have closed, sadly. Wish I could find that again!

I always make____for the holidays, because my Grandma did

@lakeloverhh, I'm dying to make sticky buns and coffee cakes, but have never made them before, can you share the recipe? Thanks

Kitchen Duty: My most dreaded and detested task is _____.

Cutting the fat off chicken grosses me out.

Beginner Baker

I would really love to start baking but it seems complicated. Any suggestions for a way to start that I can't mess up? I would love to bake bread!

Speaking of beef stew....

I also made a beef stew last week and used a small eye roast that I cut into pieces then seared then stewed but it did not come out as tender as my mom's.....what did I do wrong?

Ho/w do I make a good steak?

I'm always trying to make a juicy, tender, flavorful steak, granted I'm not using filet mignon since I can't really afford it. So how do I make a steak that's not tough? What kind do I buy and what do I do with it when I get it? Thanks all!

Easter Brunch Dish

Hi all, I need a dish for Easter Brunch that feeds about 50 people and that the kids (we have a lot in our extended family) will also like. Thanks

Easter Brunch -Something Different?

My family is having their annual easter brunch and I'm sure the usual egg, sausage, cheese casseroles will be served. They are all very good but I'd like to make something that is special for my contribution. Does anyone have a really great brunch dish I can make this year? Thanks

Blizzard Food

I am about to head to the supermarket here in philadelphia, and the blizzard is coming. What great "blizzard food" should I (or would you) make(recipes welcome) or buy?

biscuit recipe

I've never made my own biscuits before and would like to make homemade ones for Thanksgiving. Does anyone have a favorite biscuit recipe? Are biscuits always made with yeast? Thanks all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Jalapeno burn

I had to cut up jalapeno peppers and hot peppers and my fingers are burning and won't stop, what do I do? I cut them up before but I've never had this reaction. Thanks. (It really hurts)

Pie Crust

So there was a sale on pie crusts this week, graham cracker and chocolate pie crust, so I bought several thinking they would really come in handy for the holidays. I am however not much of a desert maker (trying to be though). What should I do with them? Thanks


I tried to make vegetable stock the other day for vegtable soup(daughter is vegetarian), filled a pot full of carrots, peppers, onions, turnips, etc. covered in water, salt and pepper, brought to a boil let slow boil (simmer) for two hours, tasted, and it tasted like boiled water! What am I doing wrong? Should I just buy stock? Pretty expensive for a big pot of soup though! Thanks for any and all advice.


Well, next week is supposed to be chilly in Philly and the Birds are playing tomorrow, so I would greatly appreciate a killer chili recipe! I love chili, but in the past I had to really tone it down because that's the only way my kids would eat it. Now I can't remember how to make great chili! I really need the best chili recipe in the world. Please help SE'ers.

Great and Affordable in NYC?

Next month I am taking my youngest daughter to NY City to see where she'll be going to college next year. We both love great food, but I don't know the city and I'm on a budget (she's my third in college, on a single mom's salary!) I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks!

Great and Affordable in NYC?

Next month I am taking my youngest daughter to NY City to see where she'll be going to college next year. We both love great food, but I don't know the city and I'm on a budget (she's my third... More