Jordan _M

One college girl, cooking and eating her way through life.

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  • Location: Washington, DC and New York
  • Favorite foods: Bagels, brownies, and champagne.
  • Last bite on earth: Bagel with schmear.

Open Thread: What Words Should Never Be Used to Describe Food?

Loose or chunky. Those words really send shivers down my spine.

Bake the Book: Say It With Cake!

Ice cream cake with fudge in the middle!

Macaron Mats-Do they Work??

Great idea. Thanks!

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

Wrapped around grilled asparagus, with some shaved pecorino romano.

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

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a bagel. Or a roll. Or a boot (who am I kidding?)

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

Bacon, egg, and cheese on a bagel. Preferably from the corner deli.

Cook the Book: 'The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook'

French vinegar chicken, haricots verts with sliced almonds, and Israeli couscous,

Cook the Book: 'Mr. Sunday's Saturday Night Chicken'

My favorite thing to do with chicken is make some stuffing, and put it under the skin of some chicken thighs. It's the perfect winter dish.

Bake the Book: 'The Sugar Cube'

Creme Brulee from the old Dessert Truck (NYC). God I miss that truck.

Knead the Book: Fast Breads

Nutella and sliced strawberries

Knead the Book: Kneadlessly Simple

Semolina from the Antique Bakery in Hoboken, NJ!

Bake the Book: 'Marshmallow Madness'

What food smell do you hate?

Eggs cooking. And tuna fish-does that go without saying?

Cook the Book: 'The Family Meal'

Big pans of roast chicken in delicious braising liquid with whatever extra vegetables are lying around that day!

Weekend Cook and Tell: You Say Potato

I love slicing potatoes very thinly on the mandoline and wrapping fish in the slices. This also works well if you tuck herbs underneath the potato slices, as they should very nearly be see-through.

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Cereals

I'm not a big fan of sugary cereals in milk, but I have to say that last year, I discovered Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and I feel as if my life had been lacking a little bit before that. It's amazing on top of lemon or plain yogurt with some fresh raspberries.

Cook the Book: 'Home Made'

This summer, I've become a huge fan of making my own barbeque sauce. I like to add interesting ingredients like espresso or peaches to create my own unique flavors. They're so good, you can use them on everything!

Serious Reads: Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

So excited to read this. I always admire the menu at Prune; while many restaurants are making food inaccessible to even adventurous eaters through ingredient competition and gastronomic techniques that may not actually improve food taste, Hamilton values taste above all to create a dinning experience that hints at past memories.

Instant Mashed Potato Reviews?

THE VERDICT....The instant mashed potatoes weren't half bad. They definitely don't replace the real deal, but in a pinch, they were perfectly acceptable. I took everyone's advice, and added 3/4 of water instead of the recommended 1 cup. With homemade meatloaf and caramelized onions, they were really quite tasty. I would not serve these to kids, due to the high preservative levels, but for a girl of my particular situation, they worked out just fine.

If you were going to The Strand tonight where would you eat?

Num Pang. I think Stand is a bit overrated, and will be filled to the rafters with university kids on a Saturday night.

Pork Shoulder + Crock Pot = ?

Chili Verde, of course! Just make the sauce separately, and add it to the crock pot. Check out the recipe on my new blog:

Instant Mashed Potato Reviews?

@Saucy Johnny, I don't know where you live, but around here, groceries are expensive. And it's a dorm room-where am I going to stow 10 lbs of potatoes. Normally, I would agree with you, but we're talking about practicality here!

Cook the Book: 'Not Your Mother's Casseroles'

The Torn Tortilla Casserole from Mollie Katzen's "Honest Pretzels"! I'm a college student and I make it at school all the time.

Short Rib and Barley Stew

Has anyone ever made vegetable soup with Flanken? That's always how I've made my soup.

What Foods Are Banned from Your Office?

@curiositykit-mind sharing the secrets of microwaved/air popped popcorn? I live in a dorm room and I my roommate hates the smell of artifical butter. I don't care for it much, either.

Macaron Mats-Do they Work??

I love making macarons! They're really not hard, and they make a great statement on any table. Lately, I've been thinking of investing in a macron mat so that I don't have to draw any more cirlces in sharpie marker on parchment paper. Has anyone bought one of these, and do they work? The reviews on Amazon are so mixed.

Instant Mashed Potato Reviews?

I am a college student, and was recently lured by the convenience and price of instant mashed potatoes. I bought the Idahoan roasted garlic and parmesan baby reds. Has anyone tried these or other instant spuds before? I am now too scared to make them for fear they will taste horrible!