The French Macaron?

while we're at it, and since I'm a rube, how does one pronounce "macaron"?

5 Awful Press Release Blunders To Avoid

I don't understand why this is here? Is Amex advertising with you guys?

Giving up anything for Lent?

Guess that's not food related....but you didn't say our answer had to be! :)

Giving up anything for Lent?

I am giving up facebook! Believe me, this is a big deal for me, haha. I did it a few years ago though, and it was wonderful. I didn't actually even want to go back, but I was afraid I'd "miss something", which of course I haven't.

Best bake sale recipes?

Magic cookie bars. You can make them a few days early and individually wrap them up tight and put in the fridge.

They are amazing, and not a lot of work.

Wendy's New french fries

I don't understand what "natural cut" means. Did they cut them with a cucumber or something? :)

Miracle Mixers, Got One?

I am a cranberry fan.

Stories of Astonishing Food Ignorance

I probably didn't know what lentils were until I was about 22 either.

It took us about a half hour to get to the grocery store growing up. Going to college and being able to run somewhere in 5 minutes was an amazing experience for me, so I think it's understandable that I didn't know about lentils. I don't think I've actually ever eaten them!

What do you eat that comes from the sea? Do you share or hog it?

don't let 'em keep you down Timotheos! :)

Your most memorable meal?

I once ate in Frascati, Italy, at a restaurant with sidewalk seating (though I think most restaurants in Italy has outdoor seating- love it!). I was in college, with a bunch of friends, wine, amazing roasted pork, bread, and lots of other foods. The pork was TO DIE FOR. I can't recall what they put on it, but wow.

Being Americans, we ate a bit earlier than Italians, so we practically had the street to ourselves, looking over the Italian hills.

it was lovely.

Do You Have A Family Dinner Hour?

@timotheos - I am really enjoying your posts, you are so friendly and encouraging! :)

When I was younger and lived with my parents we would have dinner at the table nearly every night, and if my dad was at a meeting, my mom, brother and I would eat. Sometimes we'd eat in front of the tv if we had pizza or something, but that was rare.

Now I live alone, and my boyfriend and I have dinner together a few times a week.

I do hope when I have a family of my own we will eat together every night we can!

Cookie-Stuffed Cookies

This is the best thing I've ever seen.

Wendy's Spicy Asiago Ranch Chicken Club: Long Name, Small Changes

I seriously love the spicy chicken sandwich. Thanks for the review, I'll have to try it next time I'm near a Wendy's.

Where to eat along I-75?

We always stop at this terrible/awesome place in Georgia called Plantation House. It is NOT a restaurant. It is a gas station/general that looks like a plantation house, but they sell awesome divinity and other tacky trinkets. Definitely worth a stop at least once.

The Burger Lab: Cheeseburger Dip

Sorry Kenji, if you've never heard of this, you are probably a bit too fancy. (or have never been to the midwest!) :)

Pastie recipe?

@honeybaby790 and Saria- thanks, will definitely check them out. Glad to see British cooks with recipes, I would feel more authentic that way, whether they are or not, haha.

@Lorenzo- no I haven't! Just googled it though- looks cool! I will check on Netflix. I love a good British TV show.

Have LOVED Downton. I think Bates may be the servants version of Mr. Darcy? :)

WHERE THE HELL DID _ _ _ _ _ _ _ GO?!

Magic Middle missers- Found something similar at Target. Their cheaper house brand. Not good or what I remembered at least, very disappointing.

Backyard Wedding Menu Planning--whaddaya like?

Cakespy: Funfetti Pancakes

whoops...make that Cakespy. :)

Cakespy: Funfetti Pancakes

Cakesky, I love you.

June's Milk Chocolate Pound Cake

p.s. love your comment about nuts, haha.

June's Milk Chocolate Pound Cake

woo hoo! Thanks!

Is it bad form to mess with someone's family recipe?

I think the real question here is, are you gonna give us this cake recipe? ;)

Make Vegetables Interesting

I luuurrrrve roasted baby carrots.

Edible DIY: Paula Deen's Homemade Kit Kat Bars

I actually looked at this this morning, and there definitely wasn't a link to any recipe. I am pretty sure they added it later. :)

Pastie recipe?

I was watching my man Rick Steves on PBS last night. He visited Cornwall, England and has some pasties.

Also, some girlfriends and I have loved watching this Brit Masterpiece theater series called Downton Abbey.

We are going to have a final episode party, and I would love to bring some pasties.

Does anyone know a good authentic recipe?

yeast to sourdough conversion

I've searched the interwebs and haven't really seen anything conclusive.

I have a sourdough starter, and would like to use it in a bread that calls for commercial yeast. How can I convert the recipe from yeast to sourdough?

I love stuffing!

Yes, stuffing, not dressing! I know all the "dangers" associated with stuffing a bird, but I still like it. I've never met anyone who got sick from stuffing either.

And personally, I would cook a turkey just to get the drippings and deliciousness cooked into my stuffing, and not care how dry the bird gets! Everyone else can eat that. Just give me delicious from the bird stuffing!

Good sourdough recipe resource?

My boyfriend and I recently made a sourdough starter. I love it (and am admittedly kind of proud of myself that it's going swimmingly), but am kind of struggling to find good recipes in which to use it.

I have made bread a few times, but wasn't super impressed with the results (however, it definitely could be user error, haha).

Do you know of any good books or online resources with sourdough recipes? Or anyone here have a good S-dough bread recipe? Or just any general advice?

Mac & cheese question

hi, long time lurker, first time poster!

This is probably a basic question. I made homemade mac & cheese for the first time, using Martha Stewart's recipe. The cheese sauce turned grainy after I baked it.

Is there anyway to fix that? Did I not let the sauce cook long enough on the stove?

I read so many reviews about how awesome this recipe is, but it was only meh for me because of the sauce.

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