Roasted Cauliflower With Pine Nut, Raisin, and Caper Vinaigrette

I realize this is a pretty silly question, but a is there a decent substitute for capers, either in flavor or texture, for this or other caper-flecked recipes? my husband *hates* capers and pretty much won't touch a dish if he sees them, nor will he order a dish at a restaurant with them listed on the menu, but I know capers add good flavor and don't want to just leave them out entirely. thanks!

Hazelnut Maple Cookies With Orange Zest From 'Ovenly'

Bob's Red Mill makes hazelnut meal/flour...would this be an acceptable substitute? If so, how much of the pre-ground meal would be used? One pound, like the original weight of whole nuts?

Knife Skills: How to Prepare, Peel, and Cut Butternut Squash

A couple people mentioned contact dermatitis; it seems to me less of an irritation problem than a coating problem. There seems to be something in the cut flesh of the squash that adheres really well to the skin and is hard to take off. (that might explain someone above saying the squash contact makes their skin come off--intense scrubbing to take it off?) I try to wash/rinse my hands as frequently as I can when cutting squash to minimize the waxy/glue-like coating on my fingers, but would love to know if there are any ways to remove that stuff once it's stuck on! (I do find that using the knife to remove the peel, and not a peeler, does help a lot in this regard.)

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

Made this last night for dinner and it was delicious. I really like the suggestion of mashing up the ground beef, worked like a charm.

So You Like Flavor? Don't Soak Your Black Beans!

is there a general ratio of beans to water for cooking via this method? I think most recipes call for "covering the beans by 1 inch" or something like that but pan sizes vary. If I get a one-pound bag of black beans from the supermarket is there a standard volume of water (say, 2 quarts) that would be good to use each time, regardless of the pan, allowing them to fully cook while having just enough water left over to evaporate into the "gravy" at the end?

Recipes From Chiang Mai: How to Make Real Deal Khao Soi Gai (Coconut Curry Noodle Soup With Chicken)

I was introduced to Khao Soi at a new Northern Thai restaurant here in the Boston area and it's been a favorite ever since. So when you wrote about it recently I was looking forward to seeing a recipe!

Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With Pasta

Sarah, I like the idea of making/freezing the meatballs in advance and letting them cook in the crockpot the day of, whether it's a frequent or once-in-a-blue-moon occasion. Do you freeze the meatballs uncooked, and then drop them in from frozen into the sauce? Or cook them fully (or partially) and then reheat (or finish cooking) them in the crockpot?

Tangy and Creamy Macaroni Salad

You said the salad should chill at least an hour, but how far in advance can it be made? I'm having a BBQ Friday evening but won't be home Thursday night, so could I make it Wednesday? I worry rushing home to make it Friday right after work won't give it enough time to chill.

Cinnamon-Apple Baked Oatmeal

to ensure even mixing and avoid spills (since the pan is shallow), could I scoop the apples into a large bowl after taking them out of the oven, mix them with the other ingredients, and then dump everything back into the baking pan? Since you have to mix the butter, sugar, etc. in a pan anyway, it seems you wouldn't be dirtying any extra dishes...

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

marshmallows! and red (or any other color if red is not available, I'm not picky!).

18 Sweet Corn Recipes For Summer

What's SE's take on boiling corn? I can't seem to find definitive guidance on how long to cook it, whether to add salt and/or sugar to the water, etc. My friend swears by boiling it for about 10 minutes with salt and sugar in the water; my sister-in-law thinks that's blasphemy and says corn should only be boiled for one minute with nothing added to the water. And I know lots of people leave leftover corn in the hot water after cooking it. The complicating factor, of course, is that sometimes corn is really sweet and sometimes it's sat around and is a bit bland. Any guidance is appreciated!

Smoky and Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Kebabs

I assume full(er)-fat yogurt is preferred, but can nonfat yogurt work as well? it's hard to find full-fat yogurt in smaller portions.

Yogurt and Dill Crackers From 'The Nourished Kitchen'

Could the butter be brushed on the dough (and perhaps salt sprinkled on top) BEFORE it's cut into squares? that seems much easier/cleaner than brushing a bunch of individual squares.

Yogurt and Dill Crackers From 'The Nourished Kitchen'

Could the butter be brushed on the dough (and perhaps salt sprinkled on top) BEFORE it's cut into squares? that seems much easier/cleaner than brushing a bunch of individual squares.

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

can you gather and reroll the scraps, or would the rerolled dough be too tough?

Flourless Bitter Lime Coconut Macaroon Cake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

You note that the heavy cream is "divided" but you don't indicate how much cream should be mixed with the white chocolate in the microwave. I assume it's not much, but can you clarify?

How to Descale Your Automatic Coffeemaker, and Why You Should

Is there a formula for DIY citric acid descaling? Is it just plain ol' citric acid, with a certain amount used based on the capacity of the pot?

Falafel Waffles = Wafalafels

head on up to Newport RI and wash down the Wafalafel with an Awful Awful ;-)

Vegan Curry Butternut Squash Soup With Kale

I've seen recipes calling for rinsed quinoa, but how would you *wash* it?

Manner Matters: Hands off My Cake

My mom always took food off my plate (or just out of my hands) when I was a kid--partly because she didn't want me eating an entire ice cream cone/hamburger/etc. myseld, and partly because I think she didn't want to order a second item for herself (she ate, and still eats, like a bird). My freshman year of college, a big group of us were out at dinner and a floormate reached over to grab something off my plate (everyone was sharing). I smacked her hand away...part gut reaction, part realization that for the first time I could actually tell someone not to take my food without asking! She wasn't very happy about it, but too bad!

Vegan "B.L.A.T."s: Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, and Crispy Smoked Mushroom Sandwiches

Would smoked salt and/or liquid smoke, added pre-roasting, work instead of the smoked-wood process? While the smoking process seems fairly straightforward, I have both pantry ingredients at home and would love to find some more uses for them.

Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

(and if so, would the dry quantity--1.5 cups--be the same?)

Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

could pearl barley be used instead of regular wheat/rye barley or would it be too mushy?

Hasselback Potato Gratin

I made this over the weekend, doubling the recipe and cooking it in a 9x13 pan. I also tried the trick that one person suggested of doing the first two 30-minute baking rounds the day before, and reheating it with the cheese the night of. Unfortunately, the potatoes had a HUGE pool of yellow oil/fat at the bottom of the pan. (My guests still ate them happily, thank goodness.) I assume that the two-day process caused the cream to break--just like reheating leftover pasta with cream sauce will cause the oil to separate. While I was somewhat relieved to have less fat in my arteries, next time I make these I will do all the baking in one fell swoop. (Also, the potatoes were slightly undercooked, but that's probably due to me making a double batch in one dish.)

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