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The Food Lab: The Long and Short Paths to Chicken Paprikash

Looking forward to trying the easier version very soon (and the more complicated one later). I couldn't agree more on your comments about paprika as well. For 30 years I've had paprika from the regular grocery store and I always thought it was just meant for coloring food without actually having any flavor. I started getting my spices from The Spice House a couple years ago and was shocked to discover that paprika really DOES have flavor, and a good flavor at that. I now have 3 or 4 different paprikas in my cupboard that I use for different purposes.

@Travelducky2 I don't think that will ever happen with fish sauce. Sriracha became popular because it tastes good and is a good amount of heat. Fish sauce on the other hand is not very good if you can actually taste it. It just adds more savory/meaty flavors to a dish but you shouldn't know it is in there really.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Spanakopita Skillet

@Bugster Is it the texture or taste of Feta you don't like? If it is the taste you don't like you might try the Mexican cheese queso fresco. It is kinda the same texture and non-melting properties of feta but it is more mild tasting.

At $65, The Misen Chef's Knife is the Holy Grail of Knives

@I'll Do The Dishes Later You probably want to pay more attention to the Kickstarter updates. Nothing has changed about their timeline at all and they are still hoping to start shipping by March 2016 as originally planned. Because of the high volume of knives they have to ship now they are also giving themselves a buffer of a month or two for unforeseen problems.

(FYI, no I don't work for Misen at all, I'm just a frequent kickstarter backer who has seen many people complain when their unrealistic expectations are not met by the project creator)

Ounces and Grams: Why Mass Is Not the Best Way to List Ingredients

I just want to see the USA move to metric for everything! Your little ** note for reference shows how ludicrous the imperial measurement system is. The fact you need a note for reference just shows how many people don't remember the units very well. I've much preferred the metric system since I learned it back in grade school but many Americans seem to take pride in still using the stupid imperial system and don't even want to think about metric.

Get Yerself a Thermapen for $69 Before 11/1!

Is it still a scam if the Thermapen is pretty much universally accepted as the best instant read thermometer? That's not just by Serious Eats but also Americas Test Kitchen and plenty of other cooking shows (like Good Eats). Sure it's probably overkill for a home kitchen like you said but if you can afford it and want an excellent instant read thermometer then you can't do much better. It is also worth noting that Serious Eats has been a fan of Themoworks products for a very long time and I doubt they've gotten monetary support the entire time.

Get Yerself a Thermapen for $69 Before 11/1!

I was hoping this was the Mk4 model in which case I'd be all over it but I already have one of this model. I wonder if my parents would use this at all if I got one for them. All they have right now is one of the super-slow digital readout thermometers.

Taste Test: We Try Every Flavor of Cheez-It Crackers

@Snacky18 This taste test was posted more than a year before the Extra Toasted Cheez-Its were a thing. They are definitely really good though!

At $65, The Misen Chef's Knife is the Holy Grail of Knives

@KUpchurch They have updated their Kickstarter FAQ (linked below) to include more info about manufacturing. It is indeed made in China but of course there is nothing there about costs.

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Kitchen Shortcuts

One nice little tip I figured out recently was a way to salvage the rest of a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce after you've used 1 or 2 in a recipe. I just put them onto a plate individually and then divide up the excess sauce. That goes in the freezer for a while till frozen and then I just put them into a ziplock bag for use later. I can't even guess how many times I've wasted the rest of the can after using a couple then putting them in the fridge to be thrown out later.

At $65, The Misen Chef's Knife is the Holy Grail of Knives

@Kevin_B It is in listed in two of the graphics but not in any of the actual (searchable) text at all.

At $65, The Misen Chef's Knife is the Holy Grail of Knives

Wow, I think we need to start calling this "The Kenji Effect" where Kenji endorses a project and it is fully funded within minutes. I totally missed out on the $45 pledge level but I've been wanting to get a chef's knife that isn't a Fibrox. It's just too bad the wait on this knife is so long but hopefully they won't fall behind to badly as so many KS campaigns do (especially when they are highly over-funded as it looks like this one will be).

The Food Lab: The Book Has Arrived

Congrats Kenji! My book is currently on the old brown truck for delivery today. It had better be waiting on my doorstep when I get home! I pre-ordered back in February I think when it first went up on Amazon. I've been thinking about this ever since then every time I looked at my open orders list. Glad it's finally here!

The Right Way to Toast a Bagel

@FreeRangeNan That's my issue too. I've been meaning to try making the Cook's Illustrated recipe for NY Bagels that they published a few months ago but still haven't gotten around to it.

The Food Lab's Complete Guide to Sous-Vide Barbecue Pork Ribs

This is going on my definitely want to try soon list. I did some some pork ribs with a sous vide/grill finish a while back without these tips and they came out pretty great. They can only get better with Kenji's help. They were definitely missing the smokeyness I wanted but it never occurred to me to use a bit of liquid smoke.

How to Season and Maintain a Wooden Cutting Board

@Kenji Do these rules apply to bamboo boards as well or really just wooden boards?

@Ocean @Osomatic You probably already know about this but just in case you don't... You can actually keep up with the conversations easier if you turn on "comment response notification" on your profile. Turning that on will basically send you an email with the response every time a reply is posted on an article you replied to. It can generate a fair bit of email but I just have a filter in Gmail that sends all the Serious Eats messages to its own folder where I can read it whenever. It is also nice because it sends you an email if someone responds to a much older post as well as the recent ones.

Charcoal Versus Gas Grills: The Definitive Guide

I've never actually owned a gas grill but I've considered it a few times mostly for the reasons that Kenji says in the article. I like many aspects of charcoal grilling better but gas seems more convenient sometimes. I feel like I would probably grill more often if I had a gas grill actually. That being said, I won't spring for a decent gas grill over my current cheap weber grill until I get a house of my own. I'd be afraid of anything better than a cheap weber grill walking away where I currently live.

Sous Vide Your Way to the Juiciest, Most Flavor-Packed Corn on the Cob

@bdcbbq In the actual recipe, Kenji says to just trim the ends off the corn but not to shuck it at all. If TJBREW was following the recipe then he would have left the husk and silk intact. I probably will shuck and de-silk though next time I make it this way though since getting the silk off the hot corn is somewhat hazardous.

I wonder if the old trick my mother used to use might help at all with getting more flavor as Kenji is trying to acheive with cooking in the husk. She used to tell us to save some of the softer inner husks when we were shucking and de-silking the corn then she would put those husks on top of the water when boiling the corn. Transferring that idea to this recipe, I would save some of the inner husks and get rid of the rest and the silk and then put the saved husks in the sous vide bag along with the butter and other aromatics. It seems to me that would lend some flavor to the corn but at the same time you don't have to get rid of all the annoying silk from a rocket hot ear of corn.

Crimes Against Pizza: An Opinionated Guide to Not Messing Up Your Pie

Well you lost me from the 3rd paragraph. You talk about how diverse pizza can be then completely dismiss Chicago deep dish? While you may not like it much, at least admit that it is pizza. I've had other pizzas that are much less deserving of the term than Chicago deep dish but I doubt you wouldn't call them pizza at all.

The Food Lab's All-American Meatloaf

I made this last night for dinner and it was fine, but not great in my opinion. I followed the recipe pretty exactly including grinding my own chuck (but not the pork since I had some ground pork in my freezer). It was too easily crumbled in my opinion. The leftovers are a different story though, and really leftovers are the best part of making meatloaf. The gelatin and cheese solidified and made for a nice solid cold meatloaf which was perfect for sandwiches for lunch today

Sous Vide Your Way to the Juiciest, Most Flavor-Packed Corn on the Cob

If the butter flavor doesn't get through the husk at all, then why bother using it in the recipe then? same question about the aromatics as well I guess.

The Food Lab: The Best Meatloaf

@The Black Knight You do realize that you are actually using some of the flavors in your meatloaf that you're turning your nose up at right? Your A1 steak sauce has garlic and celery seed in it. Then your worcestershire has anchovies second in the list of ingredients along with garlic in the third spot. I'm sure the raisin paste, orange puree, molasses, and tamarind paste all contribute to the meaty flavors that marmite and soy sauce would give in this recipe.

I'm with you though on the carrots and celery not really needing to be in meatloaf. I think the buttermilk is more about adding more moisture to the meatloaf instead of fat which your breakfast sausage would do. I'm not sure that I'll like this recipe as much as my mom's meatloaf either but I'm willing to give it a shot just to try something different.

The Food Lab: The Best Meatloaf

What is this "reheat for sandwiches" thing you speak of?! My favorite part of meatloaf is the cold meatloaf sandwiches the next day made with cheap white bread and ketchup. (I'd also be interested in non-porky alternatives if there even are any)

Everything You Need to Know to Buy Better Shrimp

@bdcbbq Thanks for posting about the Hoosier Shrimp place, I never had any idea that there were any shrimp farms like that in the midwest. Unfortunately it is a bit too far for me to want to drive to for just shrimp though. (About 90 miles one way from where I am a bit inside Illinois) I'll have to remember it though if I'm in the area during those times for another reason.

Everything You Need to Know to Buy Better Shrimp

Another typo in the sentence "Formed or fresh, they can have a distinctly shrimpy flavor..." or at least I hope it's a typo. Formed shrimp sounds like something McD's might serve along side their "chicken" nuggets.

I can't believe that loophole about "processed" shrimp not needing to have origin and catch method. I have always assumed that if it doesn't say where it's from then it's probably from Asia and I try to avoid it. It's tough to find well labeled shrimp at the standard grocery stores, even more so because at least half of the shrimp I see is sold pre-cooked which has horrible texture as you said..

Chicago's Harold's is the Best Bad Fried Chicken on Earth

There's been a Harold's Chicken Shack in Kankakee IL for a while now but I've never bothered to go try it. The only reason really is the fact that there is no parking there. Maybe I'll give it a shot sometime though.