Forget Totchos, Nugchos, and Spamchos; Steakchos are The Ultimate Nacho Hybrid

I hope that two handed good cradle shot is framed and on the wall in your home.

How to Make Dulce de Leche From a Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

Does this taste better than the dulce de leche that already comes in a can right next to the sweetened condensed milk?

The Vegan Experience: Welcome to Year 4

I'd love more info about making vegan dishes ahead of time and freezing them. I'm pretty good at figuring out which meat dishes are well suited to be made in a big batch and frozen, but out of my depths with a lot of your vegan recipes. (Mapo tofu, for example, sounds amazing, but cooking for one a lot of effort to put it into regular rotation if I can't do some level of saving for later/prep in advance.)

The Food Lab: The Secret to Perfect Beef Tenderloin? The Reverse Sear Strikes Again

I never understand the complaint that tenderloin lacks flavor. I find the fatty-ness of prime rib really off putting and appreciate the beefy flavor of tenderloin more because there isn't all of that fat to cut off and leave behind.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Changing the Menu and Considering Feedback

I would be excited to see Cheerwine on a menu, and I might even order it one time, but I doubt it would be a big seller There's a big difference between regional products I'm excited exist and might try when I'm in their home and stuff I'll actually routinely pay money for at a restaurant.

The Food Lab's Complete Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

We've always pulled the turkey and served the first course while it rests, then carved and served immediately. So most people are seated and out of the way and other dishes can be moved to the table to make room.

By holding the turkey you're essentially just serving leftover reheated turkey which just isn't awesome on it's own.

What's Better Than Cheddar on Apple Pie? Cheddar Ice Cream

We always bake the cheese into the crust!

21 Halloween Candies We're Hoarding

Toblerone? Not a Halloween candy at all! And where are Milk Duds?

Manner Matters: How to Deal With Lateness

I can't believe that you actually keep your other guests waiting and let the food get over cooked on account of one late-comer! Fix him a plate to microwave when he gets there and start eating.

I honestly couldn't handle the restaurant thing at all, so I'd make latefriend someone I meet for drinks, during the day, in a neighborhood I'm happy to spend an hour wandering around.

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous)

Genius. I'm curious if you tried any varieties with tofu?

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

I ate this all the time growing up in NJ but never gave it any sort of name beyond pasta with meat sauce.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Mustering the Troops

I didn't see anything particularly mean spirited! He's found the positives in everyone- even the coke addict who cycles in and out of employment.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Mustering the Troops

I love the penny decoration on the bar!

The Food Lab's Emergency Cooking Kit: How to Fit All the Tools You Need in One Small Box

I would skip the Thermapen, cast iron pan, immersion blender, and bench scraper (because I don't own any of these) and include a cheese grater, small pot, small frying pan, toaster, and cutting board.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Decorating With Flamethrowers

This looks fabulous! And might I suggest purse hooks under that gorgeous bar? They make such a positive impact on using the space.

Cheese 101: Why Imported Italian Mozzarella Isn't Always Better

I'm surprised to not read a mention of local local producers. I know I'm spoiled, but in northern nj all of my supermarkets carry fresh mozz made in store same day, often same hour, not to mention deli options.

Manner Matters: Can I Bring My Own Tonic Water?

To me, this is the same as bringing your own Heinz, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, and jarred salad dressing. Really rude. This is not something polite people do. I would be embarrassed to eat with you.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: The Trouble With Contractors

You wanted to leave selection of lighting to the electrician? I'm surprise you didn't hire an interior designer to make those decisions if you weren't interested in doing the work.

Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen's Favorite Cookbooks

If I'm going to have to scroll past ads for the latest greatest fungus to kill belly fat or some such to comment on food blogs, then heck yes cookbooks have a place in my life! There are some I read to be transported (Roast Chicken and other stories comes to mind) and others I read to figure out what to cook next week (deb's of course and Simple Fresh Southern).

Ideas in Food vs. S'mores: Meet the S'mores Cake

This is just a really boring recipe that's been done a dozen times. No explanation for why adding dulce de leche makes sense, what the advantage of making the cake in a food processor is, nothing to add.

@ananonnie I've made Deb's cake several times and get plenty of graham flavor.

This is a more fussy version with no justification for the fuss.

Ideas in Food vs. S'mores: Meet the S'mores Cake

Not exactly a ground breaking idea here. Smitten Kitchen's been making one for years, see also:

I miss this site having content instead of lists of 8 best this and 10 things we ate that.

Summer Grain Salads: Whole-Wheat Spaghetti Salad With Grilled Zucchini, Olives, and Feta

Srsly? It's only a week long feature of grain salads and you need to resort to calling pasta a grain? Why not just throw in a panzanella and call it a day?

What the Frappe? THIS is a Real Milkshake

@kaiza- my Australian mum always made milkshakes like that- milk, syrup or ovaltine, scoop of ice cream, shaken. But I preferred a spider.

A Love Letter to Ohio's Chocolaty, Peanut Buttery Buckeye Candy

Bake the Book: Lemon & Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Fresh Mango Topping

So does the book not include nutritional information or is that just omitted in the republishing. That's a disappointment.

Spur of the Moment in the City

After a rough and busy summer, I'm meeting a girlfriend for dinner Wednesday. Problem is I've forgotten my whole mental list of fun new places I want to try! Any ideas on something a bit new, a bit exciting, with great drinks, in the sub $100 total check range? Bonus points if it's on the west side below 34th.

Reservations Rant

If you have a tab on your restaurant website titled "reservations" that's where you should put info like : we only seat parties larger than 6 before 5:30 or after 8:45. So then I don't waste my time considering you as an option for my party of 7 all of whom want to eat at 7:30. I understand the policy, but not the secrecy.


Any tips for making hurricane with tinned passionfruit in syrup instead of commercial syrup? I'm not sure how to account for the different texture and sweetness while keeping the more assertive flavor.

Too much onion

Any tips for rebalancing an overly-onioned meal? My mushroom bourgignon was nice enough, but way too much onion to eat three more meals of. Bonus points for ideas that won't dramatically increase the volume of the final product.

Scallops- why no coral?

Why are scallops in the US so rarely sold with the coral (aka that orange bit) attached? Just returned from Australia where I was reminded they are my favourite part.

Foolproof Pie Dough

Nice to see the NYTimes issuing a correction on their Kimball article:

Foolproof pie dough "was developed by a test-kitchen team led by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, not by Kimball"

Buying a whole tuna

Does anyone have experience with buying an entire tuna? While pondering pig roasts I wondered if this is a thing you see at the type of uber-fancy parties I do not attend. I just have this image in my head of a Lehman Bros party circa 07 with a couple chefs and a massive fish carving tuna to order, but no idea whether this is a thing that happens in reality. You know, in case I win the lottery and need to host the best party ever, stat.

Traveling with Beer

Tips on traveling by plane with beer? Would love to bring some back from London, but fear the temperature differences in the cargo hold and change in pressure will be too much for the bottles to handle.

Manhattan Cocktail Classic?

Any other SEers going? Looks like our Michael Neff's Sunday event still has room, but I'm anticipating still being hung over from the Friday gala. I'll be the one in navy sequins scouting for gin.

$500 million- hire a chef?

If you win the lotto, will you be hiring a personal chef?

I think I'd like them in month long rotations, starting with Eric Ripert, and then a month of Rick Bayless, and then maybe Barbara Lynch.


Pondering ways to lighten up eggnog- has anyone tried adding seltzer? Does it make an eggcream-like beverage? Working with store bought here, I'm a Chipwich loyalist.

New Knives! Celebratory recipe?

I've never had a proper set of sharp knives before. Ideas for a chopping/slicing/dicing heavy recipe to celebrate? Am thinking stir-fry of some sort, but am distracted by the pretty pretty knives and can't focus enough to get creative.

Help Fleshing Out a Ribs Recipe?

I can only vaguely remember the family ribs recipe, and the box of recipe cards has vanished.

I know it involves pork ribs, marinated in a mixture that includes applesauce, ketchup, and brown sugar, and then baked in the oven.

I'm missing what else might be included in the marinade/sauce, and time and temperature for baking. I know they usually come out of the oven falling off the bone. Any thoughts on the missing pieces?

Let Them Eat: Chocolate Ginger Peach Icebox Cake

I recently worked on a video shoot making multiple Sacher tortes. Ingredients and snacks on set included apricot preserves, gingersnap cookies, and more bittersweet chocolate bars than Veruca Salt's father bought in search of the Wonka golden ticket. As I prepped, I assembled little gingersnap cookie sandwiches stuffed with chocolate and sticky with preserves. I knew I'd have to meld these ingredients in a cake. More