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Best nachos in New York

What? Velveeta + Rotel = queso. Queso != nachos. Someone's got their terms mixed up!

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Boxed Mix Trick?

My admittedly douchey answer is this: I've never found myself in a situation in which the 0.5 seconds "saved" by a box mix was worth it [considering it would require a trip to the grocery for me to even *have* a box mix it's likely adding time to the estimated time of completion]. If I'm obligated to bake something, I do it. If I'm not obligated and pressed for time, I don't do it.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

I like bacon best with something sweet. Syrup. Ice cream. Bacony.

Fruit You Loathe

Pears, cantaloupe, blueberries, a great majority of the varieties of apples, and any of the ridiculous frankenfruit crosses - pluots, apriums, etc. can take a hike to Grossville where they should live.

Cook the Book: 'Mac and Cheese'

The very best mac 'n cheese I've eaten is my own - it's my own signature dish which I've developed. It's *my thing*. "Ask her to bring the mac 'n cheese!" Outside of my own mac 'n cheese, the local gastropub makes one here that's pretty legit.

Decatur, GA: Thoughtfully-Designed Burgers at Thinking Man Tavern

burg"in (adj.)

1) Experiencing the intense need for a huge, gnarly burger. "Man, I'm

2) Passionately consuming a burger or burger. "Oh yeah, I'm burgin!"

3) Recovering from burger overindulgence. "Goddamn it, help me, I'm

Chain Reaction: Sonic

I live in the land of Sonic (there are 7 within a 10 mile radius of me). That being said perhaps it's market saturation speaking but Sonic food is disgusting. Only visit at happy hour for half priced fountain drinks. And since Braum's is a thing where I live I have access to hand squeezed real limeades and am not suckered in by the crappy sprite + maraschino cherry juice + half-hearted lime half that Sonic calls a cherry limeade.

Staff Picks: How Do You Eat Your Oreos?

Oreos are gross. My method for eating them is to not. :X

Hacking Store Bought Mac N Cheese

Mom always added tuna and green manzanilla trashy and good.

How many is too many Strawberries?

It's quite possible he works nearby at a smoothie shop or something similar. I also used to work in a grocery near the produce and a local Chinese restaurant would come in daily for vegetation.

Oklahoma City and North Texas: Where to eat?

If you're driving through OKC I recommend stopping in at Big Truck Tacos on 530 Northwest 23rd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73103. The place *is* cramped but delicious tacos (an other assorted Mexican-inspired items) await. I recommend the Flaming Lips taco (beef tongue) and the OMFG salsa is the best in my opinion though they have 5? to choose from.

Republic Gastropub is also in OKC and I'm a fan of it as well. A pretty good range of beers to choose from and pretty tasty nosh. It's located at 5830 North Classen Boulevard Oklahoma City, OK 731185830 North Classen Boulevard Oklahoma City, OK 73118

If you're wanting something from the rougher side of the tracks...Bobo's Chicken is a drunk person's dream! Chicken is first smoked, then fried, then covered in honey. It's only open Friday and Saturday from like 7pm to late. Located at 1812 Northeast 23rd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

The longest (?) running steakhouse here and iconic eatery is Cattleman's. People will direct you there for steak eating. Be forewarned it is located in the middle of the stockyards which is sorta creepy in my opinion. The steak is just so-so to me, I can grill a better one at home but it's a state favorite so: 1309 S. Agnew.

The Wedge Pizzeria is located in downtown OKC known as "Bricktown". They do wood fired pizzas and it's quite good. I'm a fan of the Truffle Shuffle pizza. Located at: 230 N.E. 1st Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104

There are a lot more tasty places to eat in OKC though the city itself is just recently going through an eatery revolution so chain restaurants still choke much of the city. It'd be more helpful if you could give clearer idea of the type of food you're after.

Would You Go to a Chain Restaurant on a First Date?

Ah! Swim in the sea of pretentious comments! How dare he/she even *suggest* we step foot in a chain restaurant! *snooty indignation!* Keh, you won't see *me* on a second date with that SWILL. Chain restaurant! PAH!

It's a first date. Isn't the most important thing the DATE? Y'know, that person you agreed to go with because you (hopefully - unless you were somehow forcibly kidnapped and pressured into this) share some equal interest in each other. Food is not always the only defining characteristic and end all be all of an event in your life. My parents shared the following for their wedding dinner and remember it fondly: a grape slushie and barbeque flavour potato crisps. This fine dining experience was purchased at a quickie mart and hasn't formed some scarring moment on their marriage.

[In the defensive of the several reasonable and non-knee jerk reflex people who posted on this - you're right it's the person and a good memory and relationship can be formed over anything. Even if it is that *stereotyped snooty French drawl* chaiiiiin restaurant.]

speaking of waffles -- what's the shelflife for the batter?

I second the vote for "just make the whole batch and freeze." It's a thirty second trip through the toaster in the morning and instant breakfast. School's starting soon too, so this would be a great time saver. :P

Red Velvet Cake questions.

You can of course freeze your cake overnight. It will do no harm to your cake. As for thawing, I'd imagine that's up to how much resistance you desire in your cake when splitting. I'd rather do it from defrosted myself, but I could possibly see the benefits of a partially frozen approach.

Here are a couple videos I found in 20 seconds of looking on the topic:

The second video really amuses me because that's how I do things in the kitchen. No real method, just experimentation and fly by the seat of my pants.

Panda Cake

Yup. Gonna have to make some panda bread after finals are over. As long as I survive.

Rubik's Cube Sandwich

Mm...blocks of pork fat. Think I'll take a pass on this one. Not to mention the great revulsion I feel toward cheese in cube format. Something about it makes it more gross than usual.

Tomato Thief!

Update: Today my human thief/destroyer was back. He summarily removed ALL the growing tomatoes and smashed them on the concrete.

Tomato Thief!

I'm positive it was a human thief. And I'm most suspicious of the neighbor who asked me if I picked my tomato randomly this morning. >:(

Egg in Toast: What Do You Call It?

We always just called it "egg-in-toast". I'm thankful to as I'm stuffy and cannot be asked to call things childish names.

Does anyone use the oil sprayers (or the misto)?

I enjoy my Misto, but as mentioned above, it requires frequent repumping.

confused nougat

My first instinct would be to ask if the original Chinese were available, then get a better translation. That'd be what I'd do before mucking around - that's just me though. :)


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