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Happy Thanksgiving From Serious Eats

Thanks SE for all the helpful guides for the big feast. Was going to dry brine and spatchcock, ala Kenji, a 20 pound turkey but quickly saw that he was not going to fit into the large pan I had. Problem was solved when I remembered Jacques and Julie removing the back and breast bone for a turkey they were going to roast. Light went on and I took out the back and breast bone, which left me with two meaty halves of the bird that fit perfectly in the pan I had. It was done in an hour and a half and the breast was a piece of cake to slice as it had no bone. SE's dry brine and high temp spatchcock roasting made for a great bird feast. Thanks again!

An Embarrassment of Richness: Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

I have made a similar cookie using Jiff Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter, Trader Joe's Blistered whole peanuts and peanut butter chips. I don't roll them in sugar but they are do make happy little nut bombs. If I want to go the extra mile I swab their flat bottoms with a thin layer of bittersweet chocolate.

How to Export Your Recipe Box When Ziplist Shuts Down

Just got this e-mail from Ziplist...."As of December 10th, ZipList will no longer be supporting the recipe box and shopping list platform including your ZipList recipe box and shopping list on, the ZipList app, the recipe clipper, and our partner recipe boxes and shopping lists." I may just start cutting and pasting recipes to Word. Ugh

How to Export Your Recipe Box When Ziplist Shuts Down

I too am having problems with syncing, as in I just created an Epicurious account but cannot see a sync option and additionally, it tells me that I don't have any recipes in my box. Any wild way that Serious Eats can just e-mail out our recipe boxes? I am seriously terrible at navigating this sort of detail.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

I would use it to check my matahambre and it would match the chimichurri if it were British Racing Green!

Novelty Ice Cream Week: How to Make Your Own King Cones

Never heard of King Cone. I knew them as Nutty Buddys. Did this awhile ago with hazelnuts and coffee ice cream. mmm

How to Make Super Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Glad to see the article back. Read it, saw that there was no recipe, article then went missing....and am now happy to have it all here now.

We Taste All The Pillsbury Poppin' Fresh Biscuit Flavors

We had relatives from Argentina come to visit during Thanksgiving one year and my sis made the classic feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie....and Pillsbury biscuits. They were polite about the dinner but oh, did they love the "explotadoras". The "exploders" were aka the Pillsbury popping canister biscuits!

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make The Best Egg Salad

Add one more to using the pastry cutter but I only use it for the whites. The yolks I press through a sieve, which melds nicely into the mayo. Yes too to the green onions and a squeeze of lemon juice. No crunch beyond the onion. Nice and simple.

Knife Skills: How to Cut a Pineapple Like a Badass

My mom taught me to cut pineapple this way and back before the super sweet pineapple varieties came available, I could only eat the core of the pineapple. The flesh itself would make my lips swell, though not the core. Thank goodness for the "golden" varieties because now I can enjoy all of it without any swelling. A side note, my mom would dump the pineapple trimmings into a crock with her vinegar "mother" to keep our supply of pineapple vinegar going. It was floral and not too acidic.

Paris Restaurant Help

Bistrotters is a lovely small bistro with impeccably fresh and well priced meals.

Have You Ever Tried an Opal Apple?

Great apple, raw or cooked, and a good keeper too. That they don't brown made it an easy choice for an apple and arugula salad. Sliced paper thin with some candied walnuts...hope they keep stocking them.

What's For Dinner?

green chile stew and some home made tortillas

Tea Recommendations

Lady Londonderry is a delicious tea with notes of strawberry and lemon. For what it is worth, I was told it was Lady Di's favorite tea. It is equally good hot or iced.

Radish Greens

A whole bunch of radish greens, romaine, cilantro, poblano, jalapeno, tomatillo, along with pumpkin seeds, garlic and onion make up my mother's mole verde. She would simmer ox tails till tender then pour in the pureed mole and it would all simmer happily on the stove. It was the best dish
in winter.

Barcelona restaurants

Was in Barcelona last year so a big yes on Bar Pinoxto in la Boqueria but don't miss Quimet y Quimet, el Quim, Cerveseria Catalana,Canete (try the eggplant in honey sauce, and La Paradeta (amazingly fresh seafood)...great food at a reasonable price. Miss it terribly.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Judy Rodgers/Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken, in memory of her sad passing.

Video: How to Cook a Spatchcock Turkey (the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Cook a Thanksgiving Bird)

Fantastic video that I hope you run annually (so I can watch it along with Frosty the Snowman!). I have a 19 pounder and was wondering if I could spatchcock and actually split it into two halves, on two pans. If so, is the temp still 400? I am a little nervous about not knowing exactly how long to roast for. Suggestions?

Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey With Gravy

I have a 18 pounder. Have read the previous posts and I am wondering if I can spatchcock and actually split it into two halves, on two pans with veggies. Would temp be the same or should I lower it to 375? Do you tent with foil and then remove to crisp? Also, should I keep to your recommended temps for the breast-150 and thigh-165? Kenji, you are the turkey savant!

Chinese pickled greens

Pickled Chinese Cabbage is typically a nappa/mustard type of cabbage and it is sold in a clear plastic pouch. It is a yellowish olive green and should be rinsed well before using. Cut into slivers, it is a great addition to an oyster beef stir fry. Have never made the cabbage from scratch as the packaged cabbage keeps so well in the pantry and the amount in the package is just right for one stir fry dish (no leftover cabbage to stash in the fridge).

Cheap lunch ideas?

A potato or two, an onion, some eggs and some olive oil and you can make a tortilla espanola that will be a glorious dinner. A leftover slice cold or room temp is equally delicious for lunch or breakfast. Salsa is an untraditional touch but good too. No need to feel poor, just thrilled you finished grad school. Congrats!

Bernachon chocolate bar

I have a few euros left...time to start saving for a return visit. Thanks for the response.

Where is the best place in West LA for lunch?

If you like cuban, the Versailles on Venice, near Sepulveda. Go for the garlic chicken, black beans, rice and tostones. Carb heaven. Tito's is my all time retro favorite (think hard shell tacos with orange cheese and great burritos) and I have been going there since the 60's. Don't live in Culver City anymore but visit family and Tito's when I can. Johnnies Pastrami is eye shot of Tito's and has excellent but pricy sandwiches. Worth the splurge. Home cured pickles are a bonus. Enjoy the city!

Favorite BBQ/Picnic Appetizers/Snacks?

Just got back from Barcelona and tapas are a great small bite. Olives, roasted peppers, serrano ham, machego cheese and a room temp tortilla espanola (like a thicker potato, onion and egg fritatta). Whip up a quick romesco sauce, some sangria with white peaches and you are set.


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