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  • Favorite foods: Coffee. Dark chocolate. Red wine. Chili peppers.
  • Last bite on earth: As opposed to where, exactly? ewwwkay. Well, hmm. Your heart.

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The Food Lab: The Secrets to the Best Easy Homemade Falafel

I had the idea to make "falafel waffles" back in 2002 for dinner guests. It was a non-stick iron that didn't get hot enough, so the outside didn't crisp really, and it sorta just steamed them.

Still delicious tho. I'd totally do it again.

Knife Skills: How to Clean, Trim, and Prepare Artichokes

I agree these methods sorta waste the parts that always made eating artichokes such a joy for me ...picking off each leaf, dipping in garlic sauce/dressing, and scraping the "meat" off between your teeth! And trying to avoid pricking yourself working through the choke, daring to bite off the tender parts while not swallowing the thistle-y part. And finally, that prize heart when you get to the end.

Boil/steam the whole untrimmed thing until tender, is my easy way (still hurts my eyes to see alllll the discarded edible leaves)!

How to Make the Ultimate Poutine

Hey, yeah good effort but it is poultry based gravy(I'm from Que).

"Heavy beef or pork-based brown gravies are rarely used."

But the vegetarian gravies have the best umami and are becoming more standard, I've noticed.

Also, I bet y'all are saying pooo-teeen, but no, it's p'tsin where I'm from ;)

Fresh or canned/packaged?

Re: shredded cheese, thank you missmochi & spilk. Honestly.

Two Different Names

I've always heard, and referred to "chocolate bars" as such, but it's an interesting US-ism that these treats are referred to as "candy bars" or just generally "candy".

Candy, to me, is devoid of chocolate and every time i hear "candy bar", it hurts my Canadian brain.

Oh we'll. I'm sure I'll get over it.

Halloween Traditions?

Right?? And thanks for that interesting bit of Italian tradition trivia. I was not aware of such an occasion! What kind of goodies, Mr. Nick? I may need an excuse to celebrate again after nye :)

What are you drinking in the storm?

My main squeeze says this weather would be considered "a nice day" in Ireland. So, Guiness it is!

Fresh or canned/packaged?

Don't get me started on bags of pre-shredded cheese.

Okay, I'm started... It's USELESS. Expensive, over-processed, and doesn't melt right.

For me, it's the one product that makes me feel stabby.

Halloween Traditions?

A friend's two girls get a visit from The Great Pumpkin every year, the night after the Charlie Brown special airs.

This morning they woke up and found a gift basket each, containing the loot bags they'll use on trick o treating nite, a Monster Bratz doll, some "Hallowe'en bucks", and other treats.

If we had kids, I'd totally start this tradition!

Taste Test: The Best Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese


Here is what I tried to type. SIGH (also, amirite??):

Timely. During our Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, I was in a spa-like washroom that had me lingering over the basket of magazines.

The Walrus was on the top,about my beloved KRAFT DINNER:

My favourite part, vis a vis Canada?...

"This makes KD, not poutine, our de facto national dish. We eat 3.2 boxes each in an average year, about 55 percent more than Americans do. We are also the only people to refer to Kraft Dinner as a generic for instant mac and cheese. The Barenaked Ladies sang wistfully about eating the stuff: “If I had a million dollars / we wouldn’t have to eat Kraft Dinner / But we would eat Kraft Dinner / Of course we would, we’d just eat more.” In response, fans threw boxes of KD at the band members as they performed. This was an act of veneration."

Kraft Dinner, and NOT Poutine our national dish??? As much as I love Kraft Dinner AND Bare Naked Ladies (the drummer tyler stewart is a pal), this is sorta blasphemy.

Taste Test: The Best Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Timely. During our Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, I was in a spa-like washroom that had me lingering over the basket of magazines.

The Walrus was on the top,about my beloved KRAFT DINNER:


Quirky Eating.

Well this is weird: If I am in the company of others, I can eat like a normal person.

HOWEVER. If I had my rathers, I would eat every meal in a deep bowl with a spoon. Yes, even spaghetti. I think this is why I like short shaped pasta dishes so much. It's all so conveniently spoonable.

A bowl keeps the food temperature nice and hot as well. Plates cool the food down too quickly. Nothing worse than a plate of rice, peas, and / or corn going cold while forking up one or two kernels at a time. Especially when there are no mashed potatoes to glue the little things to your fork!

There was also a period where I needed to add hot sauce to everything, and not whimpy tobasco, but the xxx-sign-a-waiver hot versions! And I could not cook a dish without using either cayenne or chili flakes (I'm talking upwards of a 1/4 cup sometimes)...

Gosh. It all sounds a lot weirder, now that I am sharing it in typed words.

WTF: A Whopper Topped with 1,000 Slices of Cheese

Someone make a Spaceballs reference, please.

Thanks, don't mind if I do!

...that looks like Pizza the Hut's baby.

Taste Test: A Guide to Black Pepper

I think this is one of my favourite SE articles. I don't always use salt, but I grind pepper on absolutely everything. This is a thoughtful resource!

Worthless items

That's against my vice-principals.

Ha! T&s, you have given me a craving to rewatch season 4.

Worthless items

Oh, tea-and-syncope, INDEED it is. Ricky is my boy... Worst case Ontario. Etc. :)

Worthless items

Baby corn cobs in a stir fry. BLECCH.

I laughed at the parchment paper cutting debacle. I always say to myself, REALLY!?? after tearing a scrunched off sheet.

Sunday Brunch: Sausage-Stuffed Corn Muffins

Just when I've thought the internet couldn't possibly enhance my life any more, a recipe like this gets posted. Hurray!

Question about Potato Chips Styles

LEMONFAIR, I AM LOVING THAT IDEA! It might actually be a way for me to like the wavy chips... If I nibble one ridge at a time, I can make the chip last longer, and not eat as many! I may have to challenge myself to this test :))

Question about Potato Chips Styles

Heehee, I was going to fix it to "first world" when proof reading, then thought: Hmm, I'll just leave it and see if anyone notices.


Never heard of Gibble's, but holy cow.

And I have to make the distinction between crinkle cuts. The Main Squeeze came home with a "wide wave" Lays version, and I just can't get on side with those, even if there is a dip present. I like the smaller ridges of a Ruffles chip way better, I find them more addictive.... On second thought, perhaps it was just as well!)

Dinner Triage: Fixing "finished" dishes

Cady, you are a peach (call me whatever you want! :)

Thanks for those vinegar/herb ideas. I'll definitely try them out!

Dinner Triage: Fixing "finished" dishes

I like a fresh garnish to enliven my dishes. Usually chopped green onion, cilantro, parsley, or my new recent love: chives and their flowers.

And of course, some hearty twists of the pepper mill, always. I think my blood requires it now.

R. Kelly themed party - need to make punch that looks like pee.

Best question ever.

Lemonade and vodka? Pineapple and mango juice combinations would be tasty too, if people are okay with tropical flavours.

Cakespy: Hot Dog Cookies

Sweet!! If you didn't want to add food colouring, perhaps make a chocolatey dough for a brown wiener! (didn't intend for that to sound quite so lewd)

PS: lovin' the slaw dawg!