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jlweber

Recently graduated from Computer Science at the U of Windsor. Now I'm working on my Masters at the University of Waterloo, doing software engineering and human computer interaction. And making great food whenever I can!

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  • Favorite foods: Steak, Sushi, Pasta, Pizza, Stir Frys.... yeah I'm student.
  • Last bite on earth: Probably Some amazing Sushi roll.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Cook the Book: 'The New Midwestern Table'

Hot Dish for sure!

Book Giveaway: 'Pizza: Seasonal Recipes From Rome's Legendary Pizzarium,' by Gabriele Bonci

Butternut squash, sausage and caramelized onions.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

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

Thinly sliced around asparagus

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Camp Bacon Gift Box

With pancakes and accidental maple syrup on the bacon... :)

Memorial Day Grilling Giveaway: Win This Delicious Cap of Ribeye

Hamburgers, after I grind the meat myself!

Casual evening outdoor wedding reception...

Could be an appropriate time for a potluck dinner?

I am currently planning my wedding as well and although I love to cook. Everyone has cautioned against trying to make the meal myself. (I've never cooked for 80 people so I didn't really want to try.) There is just generally too much going on that day to try to do it yourself.

If you are trying to give caterers ideas, start with exactly the description you gave us and they may have some good ideas. You could just do a whole bunch of appetizers instead of a full meal. or you could do custom panini stations.

Participate in the Serious Eats Usability Study!

I think it's great that you guys are doing some testing! If I was in NYC (and not a usability researcher myself) I would totally sign up. Good luck!

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

anywhere and all the time but guac is still my favorite!

Graphics for Pizza???!!!

Oh good! Now we can get advertisements directly on our food. Just what I always wanted.

What Foods Have Been Ruined?

Kraft Processed Cheese slices and wonder bread.
Used to be the perfect comfort food grilled cheese but now I can't bring myself to buy either of them. As well as the green can parmesan cheese. Can't do it.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Recchiuti Chocolate Bars

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda's Big App For Meat, Released in Apple Store Today

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

I have two or three beautiful Santoku Knives I use every day!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

agreed ... as is

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Southside Market Sausage, Chicken, and Steaks

RedBones in Somerville, MA

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

New York strip!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Sriracha Lover's Ultimate Gift Pack

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Decaf, with Cream and Sugar.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Memory: First time I had real pulled pork from the south. Changed my world.

pizza math: 1/4, 1/6. or 1/8?

I used to work at a pizza place and one summer we changed the way we sliced pizza. Originally our 12in pizza was cut into 8 slices, we changed it to 12in cut into 6... I'm not sure why the change was made but we were told to do it. So many of the customers freaked out about it and it was impossible to explain that you were getting the same amount of pizza just larger slices. But when someone calls up they can't picture how big a 12in pizza is and only want to order by number of slices. It just never made any sense to me.

I think the 9in by 4, 12in by 6 and 15in by 8 still makes the most sense to me.

Cook the Book: 'The Big New York Sandwich Book'

I have to pick just one? Can't beat mom's basic BLT in the middle of summer. Fresh home grown tomatoes... nothing better than that!

One Meal in Los Angeles

So here is the situation...
Business trip to LA from Boston. Flying in late on Wednesday, Flying out early on Friday. Working most of the day on Thursday. (sounds great doesn't it?) However... Thursday evening I need a recommendation for dinner.

My colleague and I will be staying at the Intercontinental - Century City. I've never been to LA before and am up for anything. Sushi or vegetarian would be probably a good place to start.

I really don't even know where to start.... So if you had only one meal in LA where would you go?

Aging Wine

I'll admit I know very little about wine. It's always been something that intrigued me but the breadth of information has always discouraged me from learning about wines with any depth. I know that I generally like white wines better than reds. And sweeter wines better than dry wines. That usually gets me far enough that I can pick a wine for the weekend.

However, I am getting married next year and my guy and I would like to get a bottle of wine that we could open at some anniversary in the future. It would be cool if it was something bottled the same year. But, this raises a lot of questions for me, because I don't think you can just do that with any bottle of wine, right?

Do you have any guidelines or advice for something like this?
Will we be able to keep it 5, 10, 25, or 50 years?
Can I get something local (New England) or even from North America?
What storage techniques do we need to know?

Thanks!

Where to eat in London while on a Business Trip?

At the end of the month I'll be going to London for a business trip. This is also my first time in the UK so I'm pretty excited. I'll be there for a week while working and staying in soho. I'm looking for some great recommendations for where to eat.

Also I may get a brief chance to do some sightseeing so if there is anything I shouldn't miss let me know.

Thanks!!

Relocating to Boston!

Hey!

I've just accepted a job in Newton, near Boston. And I'm fighting to find a place to live and move my life there in less than a month. It's exciting but definitely exhausting. So I need some inspiration to keep me excited about the area... What great food should I be looking forward to? What great restaurants should I be trying out? How's the local food?

Thanks!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes

So, my best friends are getting married and I already have got their wedding present (which as a grad student I probably over spent on.) But Now I've been invited to the shower.... So what I was going to do was get them a BBQ-ing book, because they love to BBQ and then add to it with some homemade BBQ sauces... either one or a few for them to try out.

Having never played with making BBQ sauces myself I'm looking for some awesome recipes.

I would love to do like a classic BBQ sauce but also unique things that they wouldn't try on their own. Like, my cursory Google search came up with espresso chipotle BBQ sauce. Which sounds really interesting.

Thanks for your help!

Matching Biscottis and Teas

I was thinking of making biscottis for my mom as an extra Christmas present and also to practice my baking. I've made peanut butter biscottis for myself and currently cooking some chocolate almond biscottis. However, I got thinking that my mom prefers lighter and often herbal teas and I don't know how well the chocolate might pair with them. (But maybe I'm over thinking this.)

So I was wondering if there was any good way to pair biscottis with tea, and thought I would turn to all of you for suggestions.

Brussels Sprouts

So, I never grew up with brussels sprouts, I'm assuming because my parents didn't like them they never even tried to feed them to us kids. But now that I'm older and interested in all things food, I'm starting to wonder what they are like.

I know they are in season right now cause I've been seeing them all over the blogs and such. So I picked up a bunch at the store today, and I'm looking for suggestions...

What the best, most tasty way to cook brussels sprouts?

Vegetarian cookbook recommendations?

After a recent trip to the doctors I've been told I have high blood pressure and high-ish cholesterol... I'm only 25 and generally live a healthy lifestyle so it kinda caught me off-guard. (Genetics I suppose) But in an effort to be healthier and save the environment (just finished reading "Food Matters") I'm hoping to eat more vegetarian meals. But truthfully I don't even know where to start. I've got the salads and some soups going on but there must be more beyond that.

I'm looking for recommendations on good beginner vegetarian cookbook. Recipes that are easy and healthy and can help me explore different tastes and ideas... also I'm working with a grad student budget so inexpensive would be helpful too.

Thanks!

Pork Tenderloin On Sale!

So there was a great sale on pork tenderloin this week at my grocery store, which is pretty awesome. But. I want to be a little creative and I have no idea what I should do with it. I'm a student living on my own and as handy as I am in the kitchen, making meals for one is hard sometimes.

I need an idea for this pork tenderloin that will make a good meal for one person and can be reheated easily for lunch the next day.

Additional note: I don't have a BBQ. : (

My family bought wet scallops and wants me to prepare them.

My family went to the grocery store and found a good deal on scallops and hoped that I would be able to prepare them really well for them. My mom has tried before but was never able to get that great restaurant taste. Having never done scallops before I started looking it up online. Turns out they are wet scallops which seems to be a sin compared to dry scallops. What might be the best way to prepare them now? Anyone have any good tips for me? Thanks!

Relocating to Boston!

Hey! I've just accepted a job in Newton, near Boston. And I'm fighting to find a place to live and move my life there in less than a month. It's exciting but definitely exhausting. So I need some inspiration to... More

What Weird Family Foods Did You Grow Up Thinking Were Normal?

Nut-studded cheese ball from lisa_eglinton on Flickr There's a great discussion going on over at Chowhound about family foods that we thought were normal... until we moved out of the house. A few highlights so far: chili served with peanut butter, Cap'n Crunch with whipped cream, chicken soup with a side of mayo, Wonder bread with sour cream and corn syrup, and hot Jell-O. What weird family foods did you grow up with?... More

Vegetarian cookbook recommendations?

After a recent trip to the doctors I've been told I have high blood pressure and high-ish cholesterol... I'm only 25 and generally live a healthy lifestyle so it kinda caught me off-guard. (Genetics I suppose) But in an effort... More