Prevent a Boil-Over Mess With the Kuhn Rikon Spill Stopper

Ooo! Going into the Amazon cart right now! Love that it has multiple uses, two of which are heavy uses for me: microwave cover and spill stopping.

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja With Black Beans and Rice

Looks like a plan for this weekend! :)

Do you have any thoughts on using chicken vs. beef stock here? I only have Better than Bouillon versions of both, so no homemade. I tend to find the beef ones too tinny, but not sure how chicken broth would change this dish.

Gadgets: Mastrad Minute Cooker

Thanks so much for the review! I will totally be getting one of these. I always heat up leftovers in the microwave and I like my food quite hot, so I've become resigned to the fact that I will melt plastic wrap. I guess the only down side with this is that I need to wash it after every use instead of just grabbing a new bowl.

Serious Cheese: What's the Deal with Raw Milk Cheese?

Highly recommend the Vermont Shepard if you like Manchego-like cheeses! It's incredibly complex and delicious...just a little bit on the pricey side.

Homemade Shin Cup-Style Spicy Korean Ramyun Beef Noodle Soup

Made this this weekend, and it was awesome! I did exactly as the recipe said (with beef short ribs) and used frozen fresh ramen. My husband said it was one of the best ramen he's ever had, and we've had a lot of good ramen including Ippudo and multiple places around Japan.

The Food Lab: This is How Hot and Sour Soup Should Taste

If I don't have a chicken carcass available, would it work to use something with lots of bones, like chicken wings?

The Food Lab: Black Bean Soup With Chorizo and Braised Chicken

Hmm...I bet linguica would be really awesome in this soup as well (and easier to track down in Portuguese immigrant-heavy East Cambridge). Totally trying it this weekend!

Snapshots from Hong Kong: My 14 Favorite Sweets

Oh my god, Tai Cheong egg tarts haunt my dreams! I miss them so much. I used to walk past the bakery on the way home every day. The best was going right at lunch when there's a massive line and they serve just out of the oven tarts. Mmmm....

Black Beans and Rice with Bacon

Great, easy recipe, but the proportions of beans to rice is a bit low. I did 2 cans of beans and 2 cups of rice.

A Tour Inside of Tokyo's Tsukiji, The World's Largest Fish Market

I have to admit that when I visited a few years ago, I felt like a jerk going into the inner market. People were clearly working there, and there was very little space for the workers, let alone gawking tourists. I basically just felt in the way the whole time. The outer market was great though!

Ancho-Rubbed Bison Tenderloin With Spicy Cilantro Sauce

How do you "truss" (is that even the right word?) the tenderloin like that? Not sure if you've covered it in previous articles, but some photos of the process or explanation would be super helpful.

By the way, Kenji, I made your Ultimate Turducken for Thanksgiving and it was a massive hit. The turkey was ridiculously moist and everyone was in awe when I cut it open! Thank you!

How To Ace Your Thanksgiving Pie

@Carrie: Thanks! I totally did not know there was Kenji post on pies and have it bookmarked now!

How To Ace Your Thanksgiving Pie

Here's the problem I ALWAYS have with pie (even when it turns out well in the end): There is no way I can get the dough to stick into a ball with the prescribed amount of water. I always end up using at least 2-3x the recommended amount before I can get the butter+flour mixture to form a ball. And then usually when I take it out of the fridge and start patting it down to roll it, bits of the ball fall off and I have to stick them back on again. Am I doing it wrong?

Thanksgiving Pantry Essentials: A Plan-Ahead Shopping Guide

Will brussel sprouts last 2-ish weeks in the fridge? I always suspected that they only last a week or so, but that's only because I love them so much I always eat them as soon as they're purchased!

I'm planning on doing my Thanksgiving shopping this weekend, so would be good to know if I can buy up 5lbs of sprouts!

Red-Wine Braised Turkey Legs

Looks delicious! I might have to make these as a Thanksgiving preview this weekend. I am tackling your ultimate turducken for the full-on meal this year!

8 Great Sweets to Savor in Montreal

Will need to check these out next time I'm in Montreal (croissants at Fous Desserts were AMAZING).

If anyone is ever up Quebec City way, I want to recommend what is perhaps my favorite bakery in the world: Le Croquembouche. The sheer diversity of products is stunning. I always walk out with at least 8-9 things!

Open Thread: What Do You Want to Know this Thanksgiving?

@FoodPorncess: It's not necessarily silly to cook all that for two people! :) My husband and I do a second Thanksgiving meal for ourselves every year. We make a ~12lb turkey and only the sides that we like (potatoes, sprouts, gravy) and an apple pie. There are of course tons of leftovers, but they are almost the best part!

Staff Picks: What's the Scariest Food You've Ever Eaten?

Pulque - this drink made from some kind of cactus in Mexico City. It smelled, tasted, looked, and had the exact texture of umm...a male fluid. :P

Dinner Tonight: Walleye With Roasted Grapes and Fingerling Potatoes

I totally miss walleye. I had it all the time one summer in MN and I cannot find it here in New England (although we do have our own selection of awesome fish).

Roast Lamb Sandwich with Tomato Chutney and Rosemary Goat Cheese from 'Flour, Too'

Oh god, this lamb sandwich! I am definitely one of the ones who dream about it on a regular basis. It is the only thing I will brave the Flour crowds to get.

Pizza with Fresh Clams, Garlic, Mozzarella, Romano, and Basil

As someone who just moved out of the New Haven area (to your old haunt in Cambridge), this is making me miss Zuppardi's so much! Best. Pizza. Ever. :)

Vegetarian: Mapo Tofu with Peas

Although I prefer silken tofu in mapo tofu, the dish is still delicious with regular or "soft" tofu, which is much easier to deal with.

Behind the Scenes Tour of a Sugar Shack in Quebec

Yay! Another thing to look for on our next trip to Quebec. I live in Boston and Quebec is our default weekend getaway. Anyone have recommendations for sugar shacks east of Montreal, maybe closer to Quebec City?

Drunken Chicken

I LOVE this chicken. It was something I would always order as an appetizer at Chinese restaurants in Asia. Thanks for the recipe!

Good Bread: Panera Bread

Okay, this makes me feel vaguely bad and embarrassed, but...I lose a lot of respect for people's food recommendations if they mention that they love Panera. And I still cannot understand how so many people seem to absolutely LOVE this place! It's so bland!

Turducken - does size matter?

I'm planning to do Kenji's Ultimate Turducken for Thanksgiving this year, but I was wondering: Will the recipe go wrong if I use larger birds?

The original recipe calls for a 10-13 lb turkey, 4lb duck and 3lb chicken. A local butcher sells deboned turducken birds but they only offer them in a 16-18lb turkey, 6lb duck and 4lb chicken combo. Since the recipe is so temperature/time sensitive, I am worried that larger birds would ruin the effect.

Should I just be less lazy, buy separately, and do the deboning myself?

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