• Location: Philadelphia
  • Favorite foods: chili, lasagna, tacos, cheesesteaks

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Cook the Book: Lonely Planet's 'The World's Best Spicy Food'

My own chili when I go overboard on my spices and peppers!

Cook the Book: 'Family Table'

Every Thanksgiving, especially now that I appreciate family more now that I'm older.

Bake the Book: Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook

My grandmom's vegetable soup, appropriately called "Grandmom Soup"

Food Ignorance Frustration

@loco_food_guy, you made my day, I couldn't agree more!

Do you knead bread in a mixer for the same length as by hand?

After you knead it with the dough hook don't you still have to knead it by hand? It seems like that's what a lot of recipes tell you to do(or I'm reading them wrong)

Cookbooks - What version is best?

Thank you all! I only asked since people seem to staunchly stand behind their favorite editions and I didn't want to pick the wrong one. I want to buy Joy of Cooking but want to get the most usable version. ( does this make sense?)

Baking up a 'storm' New Yorkers?

well, I'm in Philly, but so far I've made chocolate chips cookies, snickerdoodles, and a really good lemon cake I found on pinterest, and I still feel like baking more while I still have power, any suggestions?

What are you drinking in the storm?

Just had my first sip of blackberry brandy! Will probably have more!

Philadelphia is the food capital of the world !

Yes! A Philly column would be an excellent and timely addition!

Kid's Desserts

Wow, I love all these ideas!
@Erin_in_AR - there is no particular theme per say but it's at one of those "fun spots" with all the things to play on(you know what I mean?) I was thinking of the cake pops and the apple slices are a great change of pace!

Crispy Cookies

Thanks everyone, I tried some of these tips and they were first. Then after I stored them they softened up. I guess I better buy a glass container. I wonder why that would work? Thanks for the help!

Crispy Cookies

Thanks for the tip, I'll try that tonight. Do you know the best way to store them or doesn't that matter? I read somewhere that you should store cookies in a glass container as opposed to tupperware type container. Does this make sense?

Knead the Book: Fast Breads

Butter, or jelly or peanut butter or peanut butter and jelly......

Baking Challenge

Wow, thank you for all your great suggestions! You all made me feel a lot more confident. I guess my first thought was that I had to do some extravagant, fancy cookie display (which I am not even close to being able to do) but doing ahead and baking favorites is really the way to go! Let me know if there are any more tips you'd like to share, I need all the help I can get. Thanks!

Guacamole yay or nay?

I don't get what all the fuss is about - I don't think it has much taste at all!

Bake the Book: 'Joy the Baker Cookbook'

Smitten Kitchen is one I've always liked, but I think I'll check out all the others mentioned here too!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

can you use bottled lemon juice for this recipe?

Bake the Book: 'One Girl Cookies'

From my kitchen baked with love (and flour everywhere) by me and my granddaughter.

Easter Basket 2012: Why Do So Many Jelly Beans Suck?

@cookieparty, I completely agree! I love jellybeans and have tried them all! Just Born are the best hands down! Just hard to find.

I failed again!!!

Thanks for your comments! I didn't have access to my computer till today....I didn't chill the dough because the recipe specifically said not to, and I used a stand mixer. I didn't want to put any more flour down because I thought I had already put down too much and that was what was making it crumbly. I did eventually get the cookies I didn't ruin up with a spatula. I don't think I'll give up because I only recently discovered baking and I love it!!! It can be frustrating though. Does anyone have a cutout cookie recipe that they think is good? I got the last one off the internet, but not sure where. Thanks for your help!

Share Your Sweets: St. Patrick's Day Sweets

Yum, can I have the recipe? Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Help - Finger food for a young crowd - for Saturday!

How about soft pretzel nuggets, with an assortment dipping mustards and cheese? Always a hit with the kids at big parties!