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Chinese Velveting 101: Stir-Fried Chicken With Mushrooms and Oyster Sauce

Any thoughts on whether chicken breast or chicken thigh meat is better for this? I always go with thigh because I'm a dark meat fan, but something like this might mean the breast holds together better after slicing.

Gadgets: Make 5-Minute Ice Pops With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker

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Hmm...interesting! I will definitely have to experiment more with this then. Thanks!

Gadgets: Make 5-Minute Ice Pops With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker

What I've never been able to figure out about these Zoku things is: Does the quick freezing make the popsicle a different consistency? I really want something that can make them in the store-bought, almost sorbet-like consistency that you can bite into. Whenever I make them at home, they are always like ice cubes, lickable, but not biteable. Maybe it's the actual filling recipe?

Essential Buenos Aires: Where to Eat and Drink If You Go to Argentina's Capital

Also, just realized...you're the blogger at Pick up the Fork, right? I LOVED your blog. It was absolutely indispensable when I was down in BA last year. I'm pretty sure Rio ALba and Na Serapia were your recs. Thank you! :)

Essential Buenos Aires: Where to Eat and Drink If You Go to Argentina's Capital

Yay! Another one of my favorite food trips! Jauja gelato was pretty amazing. A couple to add:
Rio Alba for higher-end parilla (think nice steak restaurant atmosphere)

La Lechuza in Palermo for a much more laid back parilla/family restaurant feel. I had some dish there that was just named "matambre" which is just a cut of meat, but it was basically slices of meat in a cream leek sauce. SOOOOO good.

Na Serapia for a totally dive-y place, but amazing empanadas.

I want to be back in Buenos Aires so bad...

8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Rome

Just thought of a couple of additional things:

There is nothing wrong with a restaurant having lots of tourists if it still makes good home-cooked food. the problem is if they cater to tourists in the "hey come have a pizza and neon colored gelato" way. I used to be snobby about this too, but have found that since people care so much about food travel these days, most great places are filled with foreigners! The worst restaurant I during my Rome week did not have a single tourist in sight.

Another note on L'Archangelo: the tripe is DIVINE, even better than the one I had at Cecchino dal 1881 in Testaccio (which was already really good).

8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Rome

Granted, I was a tourist, but I am really excited to see L'Archangelo on this list! We loved this restaurant so much that we ate there twice in the week we were in Rome. I did a ton of research before going, too, and we ate at a well-researched restaurant every lunch and dinner that week. It's definitely not cheap, and sure, maybe it's a bit overpriced, but heck, I flew all the way to Rome, so don't mind the extra dollars for a nice laid back ambiance, great wine list, and great food!

Also, if any of you do visit, the owner/chef has his own cookbook which he sells in the restaurant. It's a good, simple rundown of classic Roman recipes (in Italian).

How to Carve and Serve Whole Cooked Fish

This is really helpful! I used your whole roast fish recipe last night with a white bass and it was delicious! I just sat there with a fork and my fingers and picked it apart though. :)

One thing you've left out though: Don't forget to eat the tasty "cheek" part once you take the head off! Use your fingers to "fish" it out. It's like a little bonus for the cook. :)

Where to Get the Best New England Clam Chowder in Boston

I find that like pretty much all "New England" food specialties, the best is always outside of Boston. Best lobster rolls, best roast beef, best fried clams, best ice cream, and yes, chowder. For thin ones, I like Petey's outside Portsmouth. For creamy, I like one in Ipswich...I think it's called Village Inn or something similar? It's down the road from Clam Box.

Where to Find the Best Chinese Food in Boston

Yay! So many choices for me to try here. I may be doing some dim sum this weekend!

On a related note, Bostonite - Do any of you remember Thailand Cafe in Central Square? I still mourn its passing. Incredibly tasty Sichuan food!

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for People Who Don't Like Beer

@AndroidUser Gotta agree with you here. I tried for years to like beer, but there's something about the hops taste that makes me feel physically ill. I have found that I can do Belgian tripels, though (Tripel Karmelit is one of my favorites), but even then, I start getting that too-much-hoppiness, nauseated feeling after 1 pint.

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!

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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