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The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

Cook a grilled cheese in a waffle maker (I use Belgian) and it'll change your life.

st louis bbq

Ah, the Go! St. Louis Marathon :D You will actually be running past Pappy's. If you go there, I suggest to keep running after crossing the finish line and head straight there. The lines get long really fast.

Sticky/waxy/glutinous corn on the cob

I eat it when I'm in China. It's pretty common there. Not too fond of it, though.

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

seasoned simply with salt and pepper, seared rare on a grill pan, and served with roasted fingerlings and asparagus

New Ways to Prepare Oatmeal

I like to mix in a 1/4 cup of egg whites to my oatmeal to add some protein. I first cook the oats in water until mostly cooked, then stir in the egg whites and cook for another minute. Then I add some cinnamon and chopped apples.

4 Foods of the Apocalypse

I'm going to be practical here. I need a source of protein, so I'm going to choose milk (and hope I don't develop an intolerance) and eggs. I need fresh foods, so I will choose apples, because I can (and do) eat them every day, and the whole sweet potato plant because I can eat the sweet potatoes and saute the greens. That's not cheating, is it?

Weekend in Philly and a Marathon

@Lorenzo- I had a great race and weekend in Philly! You can read about it here and here . (Not for shameless self promotion, but just to share my eats from my trip!)

I ended up mainly eating at Reading Terminal for lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. LOL I ended up eating mostly cheese steaks and roast pork sandwiches... For my post-race meal, I got the pork and broccoli rabe at DiNic's, ice cream at Basset's, and a Flying Monkey woopie pie to take home. Pre-race dinner was at La Fourno. I got the Putanesca, but my friend got the gorgonzola gnocchi and it was REALLY good! Pretty solid Italian food.

Weekend in Philly and a Marathon

@meatntaters- great race strategy! Nothing moves me faster than having to race to the bathroom

@CandiRisk- True, I CAN have alcohol after the race. I have to drive home (about 3 hours), but I could make my brother drive instead ;)

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Late-Night Snacks

My school had late night chicken n waffles starting at 10pm every day. I took advantage of that way too many times to count.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Fast Food Mash-Up?

@GrantK, hot churro + frozen yogurt sounds delicious! I hack the frozen yogurt by sneaking some soda from the soda fountains and making a float.

Share Your Sweets: Ice Cream Cake

Ha. I have a January birthday, but I get ice cream cake nevertheless.

Singapore Stories: How I Learned to Like Durian

Damn, now I'm really craving durian! I can only get it frozen in the States (either a whole fresh fruit, or packaged). I must visit Singapore one day during durian season! That crepe looks amazing :P

Favorite Brewery in Your State

I'm not too familiar with breweries in MD (where I now reside), but when I lived in St. Louis, man... so many breweries. Among my favorites are Schlafley, Urban Chestnut, and Boulevard.

Would You Try Water Made from Juice?

LOL! Water isn't organic. This is inorganic water that's been extracted from an organic fruits.

I would never buy this. I don't even buy bottle water (unless absolutely necessary)

Mac and Cheese..whats the secret?

I make my mac n cheese with less cheese to keep the sauce creamier. I start with a bechamel sauce, and then stir in about 1-1.5 cups of very flavorful cheese, like a sharp white cheddar. The sauce is pretty runny, but after stirring it into the pasta and baking, it's a perfect consistency.

Are Medium Rare Burgers Better?

I agree with @krose- I prefer my burger on the pink side, but only if it's high-quality, freshly ground beef. If it's questionable, I'll take it well-done, as long as it's not cooked-to-a-dry-hockey-puck done. If I had a McD's burger that was pink in the middle, I'd be frightened.

What's Your Favorite Hot Dog Topping?

Legit mustard (the spicy kind) and relish. Maybe a sprinkling of chopped op

Open Thread: Do You Eat in Bed?

I relish eating in bed with my laptop, watching TV shows and movies... in my own apartment as a college student. Now, not so much. I don't like to bring food upstairs into my bedroom. I do occasionally drink a cup of tea in bed, though.

Man I sound old, but I'm actually not -_-

What are your Essential Kitchen Items?

Haha, I like your priorities: ice cream, baked goods, and coffee.

I would have my French press, coffee grinder, basic utensils, plate and bowl, frying pan, small pot, knife, small cutting board. Maybe my Vitamix blender, cause ya know, I can't live without it.

First Look: Mixing with Maotai at Lao 18 in Chicago

My dad drank that stuff when I was a kid, and I used to sneak sips of it. We were gifted a few bottles, and I had no idea it was THAT expensive.

Using Chinese chives

For a more involved recipe, you can make jiu cai he zi, or chive "turnovers". The literal translation is "chive box".
Here's a recipe I found just googling it:韭菜盒子-jui-cai-he-zi/

Peach Recipes

omg peach shortcake! and frozen yogurt! SNICKERDOODLE COBBLER

These are great suggestions, they all sound so good. Haha I will be pretty busy in the next week or so, making tons of yummy peach goodies :)