Originally from Duluth, MN. Lived in Seattle for a long time. Now in Scotland. Unemployed and too poor to buy food, so I look at pictures of it on the internet.

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Favorite foods: peanut butter cups, cheesecake, curry,

Tiny Ovens, Hidden Cranberries: How to Survive Thanksgiving in Paris

Not too far off from my experiences with Thanksgiving in Scotland, although here at turkey is pretty readily available. If only I could find canned pumpkin that didn't cost a fortune. I know I can cook my own, but I hate the smell of raw pumpkin guts. The British will put hot dogs, hamburgers and everything else in a can except pumpkin.

The Food Lab: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs

I tried this method for the first time tonight, and it was the fastest and easiest-to-peel hard boiled eggs I've ever made. They came out perfect. Also, another plus to the boiling water method: two of my eggs were slightly cracked when they went into the water, as evidenced by some leaking white. By the time they were done, I couldn't tell which ones had been cracked. The boiling water solidified the whites fast enough to kind of "heal" the cracks.

Taste Test: The Best Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

In the intro, it should be "rite of passage" not "right of passage." Sorry. Grammar nerd pet peeve. It is a rite as in a ceremony or tradition, not a right as in the bill of rights.

What's the Difference Between Tex-Mex and Mexican Food?

I'm from a Swedish northern Minnesotan family. When hard taco shells first came on the market in the 50s, my grandmother bought a package, and because she is used to mushy and bland Scandinavian food, she couldn't process the idea that they are eaten in a crunchy and hard state, so she did what any cooking-impaired Swede would do. She boiled them.

6 Puff Pastry Waffle Variations

I'm personally glad they used puff pastry. Pillsbury refrigerated dough is only available in the US, so every time there's a recipe with stuff like that it's a no-go for me. But frozen puff pastry is available here. I'd just need to find a waffle iron...

The Serious Eats Guide to British Sweets

I've tried most of these, after living in Scotland the last 8 years. For all the abuse the British get for their cooking skills, their cakes and sweets are actually very good. (Though I'll never understand why they insist on making apple pie without cinnamon. It's just wrong.) Hob Nobs are good, and recently they released chocolate chip Hob Nobs, which are the best yet. Being a lazy cook, I like to substitute the toasted oats in cranachan with broken Hob Nobs. But don't tell anyone I said that, or I might never be accepted for British citizenship.

Poll: What's the Farthest You've Gone for Pizza?

Third base. But only if it's a really good pizza.

Alinea and 'Babygate:' Should Babies Be Allowed in Fine Dining?

If the place doesn't have a kids' menu, leave the kids at home.

Grilling: MOINK Balls

They look good, but the name... Too close to "moist" for my taste.

Point/Counterpoint: On Dairy Queen Coming to Manhattan

Dairy Queen is one of the only fast food places from the US that I miss since moving to the UK. Although, I also consider Culver's a worthy alternative. I'd settle for either. The only option for soft serve here is McDonalds. *gag*

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Christmas Cookie?

Christmas cookies aren't really a thing in the UK, which is a shame. The ones I miss from growing up in the US are those peanut butter ones with Hershey kisses jammed into the top. I also love the ones my mom called "Hockey Pucks", that were just ritz cracker peanut butter sandwiches dipped in chocolate. We also used to have a friend who had a whole Christmas party around making Scandinavian deep-fried rosette cookies. She'd have the batter and hot oil and guests could make as many as they wanted to bring home as a party favor. It was awesome.

Extra-Flaky Scallion Pancakes

Has anyone ever tried a sweet version, substituting cinnamon and sugar for the scallions? In my brain that sounds good, but I haven't tried it yet.

Open Thread: What Words Should Never Be Used to Describe Food?

There's a peculiarly British made-up food word that I hate: "moreish" as in "makes me want more". It's not a real word, and to my American-raised mind it always sounds like "Moorish" which is not what they were trying to say, and depending on context, possibly racist.

Know Your Sweets: Funnel Cake

How could you forget to mention the Finnish version, Tippaleipä, also know as May Day cakes?

We Try the New Peanut Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts

@dlucas Peanut butter Kit Kat Chunky is pretty good. And British chocolate is generally better than American chocolate. But I still miss peanut butter cups and chocolate peanut butter ice cream. And even just jars of peanut butter that are bigger than a teacup. The British just don't know how to peanut butter.

We Try the New Peanut Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts

I live in the UK and this enrages me. Americans get all the best peanut butter stuff. I guess now I have to go and see if I can sell a kidney or a lung in order to afford to buy a box of these from an importer. Thanks to Reeses Puffs cereal, I'm already low on organs to sell.

Open Thread: What's The Weirdest Thing You've Ever Grilled?

Barbie, but it was more of a feminist statement than actual cooking.

American Medical Association Classifies Obesity as a Disease

This is ridiculous. To paraphrase someone on Tumblr, obesity is defined as a height/weight ratio. It is a physical characteristic, associated with some diseases. It is not a disease in itself. This is like noting that people with pale skin and blue eyes have higher incidence of skin cancer, and using that to declare pale skin or blue eyes a disease.

Soda: Have You Tried Irn-Bru from Scotland?

I live in Scotland, so yes I have tried it. I like it, though I prefer diet. I don't think it tastes like orange at all really. It isn't supposed to. It is a little more like a bubblegum and tonic (since it contains quinine).

We Try Every Flavor of Tillamook Ice Cream

It's posts like this that make me so sad that I moved to a country with no chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

A Pizza My Mind: My Weirdest Pizza Topping Ever

My dad's favorite sandwich of all time is swiss cheese and Jif, so I would be entirely willing to try a peanut butter pizza. But not very often. Dad stopped eating the saturated fat sandwiches after his first heart attack.

Look Who's Talkin': Comments, Quips, and Tips We Have Known and Loved

I have a love/hate relationship with the weekly Look Who's Talkin'. The comments are hilarious and fantastic, but then I hate myself because I'm never that clever or witty, and I'm supposed to be a professional writer.

Poll: Do You Shake Garlic on Your Slice?

I've never even heard of such a thing.

Grocery Clerk - What Would You Do?

missmochi is right that not all service dogs are large. There is a deaf woman in my village who has a tiny little yorkie as a hearing assistance dog.

Your Guide to a Full English Breakfast (Fry-Up)

I live in Scotland, and my husband always wants his fry-up with a big slab of fried haggis. I'm American, so I usually give him mine. Or trade him for a potato scone, my personal favorite.

Can you teach all the other sites how to do slideshows?

Since most of the feedback here is about problems with the site, I thought I'd take a minute to buck the trend and say that Serious Eats is one of the only sites on the internet where I will actually click on a slideshow and not end up annoyed. The two things that make Serious Eats slideshows better than any of the rest of them:
1. They open in a new tab, so when you finish, you can just close that tab. I love that. Most slideshows, you have to either hit the back button a hundred times or probe your browser history to get back to where you started.
2. No irritating ads taking up an entire slide in the middle of the show.

Thanks for making slideshows that don't suck.

Pine nut substitute?

My husband loves pesto, and I kind of hate it. I'm pretty sure the part I hate is the pine nuts. I was thinking of trying to find a substitute for the pine nuts, and giving pesto another try. What would be good? I was thinking maybe shelled pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds? I've heard of walnuts being used, but I hate those too.

I can finally cook, but now husband can't eat.

I go through long periods where I can't be bothered to cook anything in my crappy tiny British kitchen. I lost my job a while ago, and now that the depression has lifted a little I was finally in the mood to do some cooking. I bought a bunch of fresh veggies and meat and had a whole menu of meals planned for the next week or so. And the day after the groceries were delivered, my husband developed an ear infection, so he's constantly nauseated and doesn't want to eat anything that isn't bland and boring. (Keep in mind also that my husband is British, so at the best of times it's a struggle to get him to eat anything with flavor.)

Can anyone offer me some sympathy, empathy, advice, or recipes to combat nausea?

Your best "save" when a meal went wrong.

A few days ago I put a pork shoulder in the oven to slow roast to make pulled pork sandwiches. It cooked at low heat for 6 hours and when we went to have dinner, the pork just wasn't "pulling". It was tough and just not right at all.

When I was younger I would have cried and panicked. I'm starting to get a bit more experienced now, so I cut the pork into big chunks and threw it into the pressure cooker with some bbq sauce and cider vinegar. After about 15 minutes at pressure, it was almost as tender as I had hoped it would be in the first place. It wasn't perfect, but it was certainly tasty and dinner was only about half an hour later than I had hoped.

We have all had cooking fails. What was your best last-minute save for a meal that was going wrong?

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