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Cook the Book: 'Vegetable Literacy' by Deborah Madison

Too many favorites. But if I could have only one vegetable, cooked only one way, for the rest of my life it would have to be roasted brussel sprouts with just salt and pepper.

Picnic location

That's our favorite and would be perfect but they don't allow food inside and close at 6 :(

Drinking Downton Abbey: The Drinks in Britain's Most Popular Drama

Really enjoyed this article, excellent view of the show!

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

My mouth. And I'm guessing someone here has a kid that has a better place they last put a thermometer.

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Just basil, please.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Sweet Recipes To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

I love that you noted parve recipes, thank you!

Good Bread: Challah To Seek Out for Rosh Hashanah in NYC

Porges is my husband's absolute favorite, but my father is a Chiffon's fan from his childhood. Zomick's is what I consider my crappy, guilty-pleasure challah. It's so good but nowhere near the quality of the real bakeries. I'm so glad you wrote about these great Jewish, Brooklyn-based bakeries!

Market Tours: Schwartz's Kosher Supermarket in Williamsburg

Go to Pomegranate, an all kosher "high-end" store. They have almost everything you can find kosher and great (and expensive) meat, cheese and specialty produce items. And all the foods made on premises are fantastic and always fresh.

Cook the Book: 'The Country Cooking of Italy'

Everything I thought of I pretty much already do. Pasta, check, tomato sauce, check. I have tried to make mayo twice now and both times it failed. So I guess a repeat of mayo.

What should I do with my Scharffen Berger chocolate?

Thanks for all the suggestions, although the comments saying that it's not as good as it used to be is a little disheartening. I'm thinking of going with some chocolate pudding and/or chocolate chip cookies. Still don't know what to do with my cocoa powder, but I'm sure I'll find some good uses :)
@cmtigger, I bought a bar of 62% cacoa and cocoa powder.

The Vegan Experience, Day 3: I'll Have That Without [X] Please

This is basically the same problem with eating kosher. I could make that recipe, but wait there's bacon in it, or wait there's chicken stock or just a teeny slice of cheese etc. etc. It's always that one small thing that makes it inedible to those following a strict diet. Mostly every recipe that I read that is not designed to be kosher has conflicting ingredients for my diet and I'm always finding new ways to reinvent things to become kosher.

Super Bowl Giveaway: California Avocado Gift Box for Guacamole-Making

Cook the Book: Molto Batali

My husband. Especially because he gives the best compliments and LOVES everything I make :)

The Secret Ingredient (Chipotle): Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

Looks great, but I want to know about the beans! How do you make them?

The Nasty Bits: Stir-Fried Liver and Onions

That was a beautiful article written for your aunt and from it I think I can see what you and your family will be missing.

Cook the Book: 'Ruhlman's Twenty'

Giveaway: Enter to Win This Panasonic Breadmaker

Has to be a regular baguette. Yum.

Garlic Dill Pickles

Is the apple cider vinegar for flavor is it necessary to use that kind of vinegar? I personally don't like it, was wondering what other vinegars I could use.

Cook the Book: 'Salad as a Meal'

Steak salad with fried onions and mushrooms. Yum.

Have you ever been so disappointed by a meal that you cried?

YES I made a whole meal the other night, all new recipes. spent my time and money slavin over the stovetop, waiting for myhusband to come home. And then I tried everything. In the garbage.

I cried.

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 8 - Getting Close!

My starter got frothy by day 3 and now seems kind of dead... What am I doing wrong?

Cook the Book: 'Good Eats 2: The Middle Years'

Chopped liver. It's not Thanksgiving without chopped liver before the meal, with different crackers while we watch the game :)

Picnic location

It's my husband's birthday in two weeks (April 24) and I really want to make him a really nice picnic in somewhere beautiful in NYC. Cute wicker basket, *real* plates and forks, champagne and glasses etc. Any ideas where I could do this? It would also be around 6ish. And of course menu suggestions would be incredibly helpful!

What should I do with my Scharffen Berger chocolate?

I went to my local grocery store and was seriously surprised to find Scharffen Berger chocolate. I've never used it and have never even tried it and decided to splurge on it for something special. Any ideas on what that something special should be? My first thought was to make truffles, but I want to use the chocolate to make something good, excellent. Any ideas?