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The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I'm a college student, so sweet potatoes are a great budget friendly and fuss free component to a lot of my meals. Just roasted a batch of sweet potatoes per your instruction, and they are mindblowing. Thanks Kenji!

Lox, Whitefish, and Beyond: An Introduction to Appetizing

Oh my this could not have come at a better time - I've been trying to explore the New York "appetizing" scene (and just order some salmon with my gosh darn bagel) but I don't know what anything is! Thank you thank you thank you.

Seriously Seeking Fall Editorial Interns

You're living in NYC after all - a little extra money always helps

Japanese Ginger and Garlic Chicken With Smashed Cucumber From 'A Change of Appetite'

Personally I love spicy ginger - I imagine this chicken would be great for stomach aches. Food processor tip is pretty neat, too, thanks!

Win a Copy of 'A Change of Appetite'

Tripe pho. High protein, selenium, zinc, calcium, and vitamin b-12, low fat, and oh so flavorful. And the texture! I normally just skip the noodles or use brown rice noodles also, plus extra bean sprouts & thai basil.

5 Delicious Cheeses You Should Throw on the Grill

So is paneer too boring to be on this list of grilling cheeses? Because it holds up to a tikka-esque yogurt marinade on the grill pretty nicely, especially on kebabs!

Salmon Banh Mi From 'Vibrant Food'

Sardine banh mi is pretty tasty too! Also a lot of Vietnamese people go heavy handed with the herbs, so that's probably why you might think it's too much - just think of it like very assertive lettuce in a regular sandwich.

Cheese 101: Hard Facts About Hard Cheese

So does manchego and its sheepy cousins fall under hard cheese, or semi-hard?

West Coast Events for March and Beyond

what happened to these monthly pages? :(

Yogurt and Dill Crackers From 'The Nourished Kitchen'

2 things:
Can you use regular whole wheat flour?
Would nonfat greek yogurt be an okay substitute (or would I have to water it down/use full fat)?

I absolutely would love to try homemade crackers, I'm always so lazy or intimidated by the process!

Balinese Chicken Lawar

Could this go tree-nut free if I subbed peanuts?

The Best Barbecue Beans, Whether You Have 1 Hour or 16

Ok I'm just curious - what would a vegetarian person do to replace that bacon?

Knife Skills: How to Cut a Pineapple Like a Badass

@AndroidUser I chew on the core. Yes! It's almost as good as getting the last bits off the mango seed.

I think pretty much anyone who lives in a tropical country cuts pineapple this way. It's so efficient! Plus the eyes are unpleasant (they make my throat itchy).

Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites (Miang Kham) From 'Simple Thai Food'

I LOVE love LOVE this dish. It's so much fun to just sit around the table and chat with friends while assembling your own bite! I have seen some versions where people have used large spinach leaves, and also where chopped bell pepper was an added filling ingredient.

Salt-Cured, Soy-Marinated, and Fertilized: A Guide to Asia's Amazing Eggs

I've had almost all of these, with the exception of Balut (I have chosen to avoid this delicacy) and the elusive Tokneneng.

I must say tea-soaked is my favorite; it's gorgeous and simple to prepare. Salted eggs are great too because the white are almost like feta cheese (??). As for the thousand-year egg... no. I bought a box and got sick of them after the second one.

Star Wars themed recipes?

You guys are hilarious! I am thoroughly amused. Have a good one :)

Two Pounds of Ground Beef- What to make?

Thit Bo La Lot; Lemongrass beef, rolled in betel leaves and grilled - one of my aunt's favorite recipes, it's aaaahmazing!

Best stores for food souvenirs in New Orleans

-Cafe Du Monde for chicory coffee: yes it's cliché, but chicory coffee isn't that common!
-Central Grocery Co for pickles, cookbooks, spice mixes, and even bacalao: while you're at it order a muffaletta for some post-shopping fuel.
-I second Rouses above
-Pepper palace for hot sauces and spice mixes: slightly pricey, but most of the hot sauces they carry couldn't be find anywhere else

I believe all those places are in the french quarter. Have an amazing time!

When Breakfast Gets "Weird"

Normally I eat a traditional "healthy" breakfast of lightly sweetened oatmeal and cocoa powder. The oatmeal comes out looking unattractive but it's the only way I can get away with eating chocolate for breakfast nearly everyday and not feel bad. ;)

If I didn't live with my sibling I'd eat savory soup-like breakfasts (pho, congee, etc) but she abhors the smell of kimchi or pickles in the morning.

Generally my only rule is to go for the good carbs in the morning, since breakfast is my most carb-heavy (and filling) meal of the day.

Recipes for Cooking Demos?

@shoneyjoe GENIUS, what a great student appeal - definitely going to show off some twists with the quesadillas, too!

Recipes for Cooking Demos?

@bobcatsteph3 grilled cheese is actually a great idea. I will think about that one - thanks!