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Jared Greenwald

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Perfectly cooked grilled chicken breast.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

cold veggie lo mein

Poll: How Do You Like Your Burger Cooked?

Definitely a no on the egg front. There's a time & place for an egg and "on top of a burder" is not one.

How to Make a 7-Layer Candy Bar Dip and Become a Halloween Hero

I wonder how something like 3 Musketeers or Milky Way would have fared. Also, No Reese's?

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Getting together with family/friends and a hot grill. Some cool drinks and some basic sides/toppings - nothing too fancy.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Best burger I've had was probably those that I make at home and unimpeded by what others in my house want. I usually make a nice thick burger with a huge pile of mushrooms, a thick slice of swiss, a few slices of bacon and some dijon mustard on a toasted kaiser roll. YUM!

Want Real Eggs at McDonald's? Just Ask!

I personally prefer the folded egg to the round egg. And for the record, at least in my area, they will not switch out round for folded.

Cook the Book: 'Classic Snacks Made from Scratch'

yodels - the chocolate on the HoHos was a little too dark for my tastes.

American Classics: Holiday Jell-O Poke Cake

We usually call this refrigerator cake.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Pork Belly Heaven Package

cubed/heavily browned in the pan with pasta

We Try Every Flavor of Hood Eggnog

Becka K-S: Hood is definitely a northeast regional thing. I'm guessing you probably don't have Garelick Farms milk around where you are either.

Hood Golden is my store-bought brand of choice for sure. I think they used to have a gingerbread flavor which wasn't too bad. My favorite is the quart glass bottles that my in-laws get from their local milk man (home delivery). I think that comes from Munroe Dairy out of East Providence though - not from the local dairy itself. Still very, very good.

Max and Eli Sussman's Korean-Style Short Ribs

Looks delicious. I'd have to scale it down to a single serving since no one in my house eats beef. I wonder how this would work with portobellos.

Saugus, MA: Pu Pu Platters, Wings, and Scorpion Bowls at Kowloon

I was with you till the Magic Mike stuff. Kowloon has been on my list for a while, but I live over an hour away. You should do a piece on Ziti's in Worcester. Some of the best Italian west of Boston.

AHT Giveaway: Omnomnomnivore T-Shirt from Threadless

Velociraptor.

Also, props to santiago Cardona. That made me LOL...

We Try Dunkin' Donuts New 'Artisanal' Bagels

I love the pumpernickel bagels. One of my local DD stores is one of the "test market" stores and they've had the Sun-Dried Tomato and Pumpernickel bagels for a while. Now, they have I think Egg and French Toast. I think they're trying to compete with Panera which also has half-way decent bagels (though their bread is the real star there I think...)

Cadbury Creme Egg Salad Sandwiches

@therealchiffonade: I think you mean Geneva *Confection*

This is about the only egg salad sandwich I will ever eat.

Cook the Book: 'The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook'

I assume you've not heard of this... https://www.houseparty.com/event/madmenpremiere

Anyway, I vote for the martini/oyster lunch.

Super Bowl Giveaway: 10-Pound Box of Pat LaFrieda Sliders

I don't have any plans for Super Bowl Sunday. My daughter has her birthday party late on Saturday night, so we'll probably be relaxing. Being from central MA which is the heart of Pats territory, we're all big Pats fans and will definitely be rooting for them to get back the upset from 4 years ago.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Cured Meat Experience

Used to wrap chicken cutlets with it and baste with BBQ sauce on the grill.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Filet Mignon Roast from Pat LaFrieda Meats

Ribeye for grilling/pan frying. Chuck roast for, well, roasting/braising.

Brookline, MA: Black Pasta, Squid-ink Linguine, at The Daily Catch

If you're ever out in the Worcester area there is a small place in both Westboro and Worcester called Ziti's. They always had the best squid ink pasta. They also know how to cook pasta properly with just the right amount of al dente. The one in Westboro is on Rt 9 right next to BJs Wholesale.

Sponsored Giveaway: Enter to Win Tervis Products

I have a pair of plastic kids mugs that I still use (I'm now 30+) and carefully hand-wash to ensure the screen printing . One I got when I was at summer camp as a cub scout, the other I got when Return of the Jedi came out and has Wicket on it. I never let anyone else use them - especially my kids.

Taste Test: Peanut Butter, Creamy

Agree 100% about Skippy. It's really the only kind I eat and my kids love it too. Also, I think you have a typo in the Skippy Natural review.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Honestly, given the option, bagels lox & cream cheese is a genuine fav of mine but very hard to come by in my area. Haven't been able to have it for a good 5 years or so. Always reminded me of summertime visits to relatives in Brooklyn.

I do love most breakfast/brunch foods as I don't get to indulge often living with a wife and daughter that are bother allergic to milk and eggs. I'm sure I could find a home for these treats though.

Poll: Four Loko, Ban or Don't Ban?

I tried one for "scientific purposes" after having seen it on the Today Show. Specifically, the fruit punch flavor. I have to say that the taste is really disgusting. I'm usually the type of person that like sweet/fruity drinks, but this had more of a pronounced flavor from all of the caffeine additives and alcohol. More so than any other "malt beverage" I've ever had. It was all I could take to drink one in about a half hour. The can is rather large and it's not until you get your first drink that you realize how daunting a task it is to finish a single can. It's definitely not something you can just sip and I could barely handle downing it in gulps.

It was mentioned on the Today Show that two per hour would get you so drunk that you would basically pass out. I imagine that depends on the person, but I can tell you that as a 250 lb adult male, just drinking one gave me quite a buzz.

Wild Duck?

I stupidly made an offhand comment that I would be interested in trying to cook a duck when my father-in-law recently mentioned duck hunting season was coming up. I got a call from him the other day saying he got one for me to cook. I politely passed on it, but I think the next one I'm going to have to actually attempt something.

I've done some searching around and it seems like it could be tricky due to the small size to get the cooking time right. Not only that, but with the "gamey-ness" of the bird, I'm not sure which recipes would be good to try.

Anyone have any good suggestions as to a good recipe or tips on preparing the duck? Most instructions on preparation I've found involve about a pound of parafin wax to remove pin feathers, etc. I'm sure its going to be an adventure.

booze advice

I'm sure this is a stupid question, but here goes. I was thinking about getting some booze for my father for Father's Day without spending too much money (less than $50). I've seen articles around the web that seem to indicate that there are some half-way decent bottles of scotch that could be had for this price range. I'm thinking of small distillery or up-and-coming quality brands that aren't off the chart expensive like Johnny Walker or something. I'm sure that there is some truth to the "get what you pay for" motto, but I gotta believe there is something out there. The only wrinkle is that I live in a somewhat rural area which makes finding some of these smaller brands tough. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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