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Mixed Review: Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Cookie Mix

I must echo ag3208. Mixed review is also my favorite SE feature! I don't even buy mixes, but I love these reviews!

24 Green Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

FYI - Step 1 is missing for your Spinach and Gruyere Strata recipe.

Help! My oven is broken!

@boobird - We already had our elements assessed - they are not broken (and they both stopped working simultaneously, which is another indicator that it's not the elements). It's an issue with the control panel itself, which obviously neither myself nor my husband can fix.

Mixed Review: Dr. Oetker's Organic Oatmeal Muffins

I love the Dr. Oetker's muffin mixes. They sell them at a Dollar Giant near my house for $1 each. I prefer the bran mix myself, but they are so convenient when I don't have breakfast for the week and don't feel like spending a bunch of time or energy coming up with anything.

They are easy to add fruit or nuts to, and take less time to throw together than it takes to pre-heat your oven. It's literally 1 minute of prep, and only 1 dish to bang out some muffins.

IHOP Adds Chicken: International House of Chicken and Waffles?

@Teachertalk - I think the review was appropriate, given the context. I think it's inappropriate for food reviewers (or any, for that matter) to blindly review food without accounting for the intended audience or context within which it was produced. This food is mass produced chain diner food, which typically costs less than $10 a plate. You get what you pay for, and you can expect a certain quality (and quantity!) for your money. Some people simply enjoy the occasional foray into processed fast food (I certainly do, from time to time). The review seems to provide helpful and relevant information to someone who would consider eating at IHOP and purchasing these items.

@aharste - Building on what I said above, I don't think it makes a whole lot of sense to hold all food to one standard, based on a past experience. I've had excellent burgers, but that doesn't mean that I don't occasionally want or don't enjoy a Wendy's burger. Different times, different foods, different quality, different price, different cravings.

Mixed Review: Dollhouse Bake Shoppe Easter Cupcakes

How many cupcakes did it actually end up making?

Angus Attack: Arby's Angus Three Cheese and Bacon

Is any of this available in Canada? I'd like to give it all a try. Loves me some Arby's!

Mixed Review: Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Doughnuts

I would also totally buy this; in these instances, you inevitably substitute some quality for ease of preparation. But for making donuts at home, it seems too good to be true!

Mixed Review: Barefoot Contessa Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Hearts

I agree with ctfoodcritic - this really was a well developed review of the mix.

Poll: Do You Eat Ice Cream In The Cold?

I just had a bowl last night, and the temperature outside was about -19 Celsius (-2 Fahrenheit) around the time I was eating it.

The Crisper Whisperer: Broccoli and Walnut Pesto

I'm intrigued and going to try this in the upcoming weeks.

Mixed Review: La Brea Harvest Blend Stuffing

With all the add-ins (celery, onion, olive oil, chicken stock) this mix probably comes in at $14 or $15.

I've got to wonder if you put all those add-ins into the Stovetop mix, if you'd get something with comparable flavor (maybe not the same, but pretty decent) except at maybe $3 or $4.

Mixed Review: La Brea Harvest Blend Stuffing

With all the add-ins (celery, onion, olive oil, chicken stock) this mix probably comes in at $14 or $15.

I've got to wonder if you put all those add-ins into the Stovetop mix, if you'd get something with comparable flavor (maybe not the same, but pretty decent) except at maybe $3 or $4.

Ad "Recipes" Diluting the Recipe Database

I've been reading these posts with delight all morning. Internet drama is much better than marking statistics assignments. ;p

However, I've also got to pipe in with my support of these ads. I actually prefer them to the standard "side of the page" advertisements. I don't know why everyone hates advertisements so much. They want you to buy their product. Sometimes, I want to buy their product. I like it when they offer suggestions about how to use their product in different ways.

Personally, I would never actually buy Campbell's soup and eat it straight up. There are much better canned soups out there. So showing me different ways to use them in easy, convenient forms is helpful if I happen to have one sitting in my cupboard (which I do!) or I'm feeling lazy and poor one evening (which is frequent!)

@cycorider actually makes a very good point as well. I'm never going to go out and find most of the ingredients listed in some of these recipes that are obscure. But Campbell's soup is at the supermarket I shop at, and is easily available for purchase.

On top of that, I feel like perhaps there's a bit of food elitism going on here. If somebody wants to use some (inexpensive) prepared products in their meal(s), so what? I admit that I use the Campbell's mushroom soup in some recipes, and I secretly love it, even though my food snob of a husband is appalled.

Ideas for using leftover gravy?

@CJ McD; @carmason - My house as well. Bread topped with gravy was a regular lunch, snack or even dinner at our house after my mom made roast. It never occurred to me as a child that it was "cheap" food; I just thought it was delicious!

My husband thinks this is the most disgusting thing he's ever heard of, but to me, bread and gravy is comfort food!

Cheap Buzz: Signature Cocktails at Red Lobster

I get the sense from your review that perhaps you are not the target audience for the "Signature Drinks." Sickly sweet. smoothie style drinks are for people who want to indulge, who dislike the taste of alcohol, and enjoy sweet, candy flavoured beverages. There definitely is a very specific type of individual who purchases these drinks and for them, it is certainly more than "tolerable."

I understand that food reviewing is subjective, but perhaps try to approach it from the perspective of the individual most likely to purchase those drinks? Your article suggests that not tasting the alcohol is a bad thing, however these drinks are likely designed with that exact idea in mind, marketing to a young crowd (“18-year-old sorority girls”) who have no desire to taste alcohol.

Mixed Review: Pillsbury's Halloween Funfetti Cake

@dmcavanagh - Surprise! You're right - you win a prize! According to this website:

the number 1 ingredient is sugar, followed by flour, soybean oil, starch and baking powder.

Serious Reads: Empty Pleasures, by Carolyn de la Pena

@dbcurrie; @lemonfair - It's not off the wall at all - in fact that exact theory is being tested right now by neuroscientists (such as Dr. Pierce at the link posted in my original comment).

Mixed Review: Vosges Caramel Toffee Chocolate Chunk Brownies

maztec - First off, this is a "mixed review," not a "recipe review" - thus, Lucy reviews mixes. If you want a brownie recipe, go to the recipes tab at the top and search brownies.

Second of all, I've never seen French sea salt kissed toffee at my local grocery store, so I'm actually pretty confident that it would not, in fact, be easier to make these brownies from scratch. Gathering together the correct ingredients would undoubtedly be a headache, and more work that it was worth if I could just pick up a box mix. Particularly for those of us who don't have any intention of making this sort of recipe frequently.

Serious Reads: Empty Pleasures, by Carolyn de la Pena

I actually work with a professor at the University of Alberta who is currently conducting research on the relationship between low-calorie content beverages (diet pop) and obesity among rats. It's research in its infancy, but very interesting nonetheless.

Mixed Review: Crate & Barrel Soft Pretzels

@dbcurrie - You got it, and with rhyming no less!

Pretzels are such a pain in the butt to make, but SO delicious that it's almost worth it. The baking soda bath is what takes them to another level, but also (at least in my kitchen) what makes the biggest mess, takes the most time and it's the most labour intensive part (putting them in 1-2 at a time, pulling them out, drying them off, etc).

Mexican Food You've Maybe Never Heard of: Mixiote

Oh my god, I want this!

Also, there should be some sort of regular weekly Mexican cooking/food spotlight on SE's. Just my opinion.


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