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Simple Pleasures

You'll all think I'm nuts, but I'll often finish off lunch with an unadorned egg and onion Matzo from Manischewitz.
Yes, I'm in my glory now that its matzo season!

Cookie-Cutter Cookie Dough Recipe Suggestions

@Zinnia1: Thank you for all of the helpful advice - they turned out great!!

Multicolored carrots - Easter recipe ideas?

Pick another vegetable in the same color family, like beets, and roast them very simply to serve on a pretty platter in rows separated by the color. That way, you and your guests can appreciate the flavor and color.

Suggestions for dessert tasting menus

Thanks for all of the awesome ideas!

I think I'm definitely going to go with some sort of mini tart, like the one suggested by @BakerRB. I like that idea a lot - or any involving a fillable dessert - because I can make the components in advance. Thats an awesome suggestion from lots of you, thanks!

I picked out a couple of cookie recipes, too, @Traveller, because again, they're easy for now and down the road with being able to pop 'em in the freezer.

I'm definitely in favor of the theme idea, and I'm going to keep it in mind for when I have a bigger crowd. This crowd is pretty classic with their palettes in that Sriracha with marshmallow creme might not be a hit. But when I'm cooking for other friends, I'm going to do a sweet/spicy theme. There was a recent post with desserts of that nature that would be a great starting point.

Thank you very much, everyone, for the awesome ideas! I really appreciate the feedback!!

What To Do With Leftover Pork Roast

You could use it for….
-Empanada/egg roll/pot pie filling
-BBQ sandwiches, as mentioned by @Jofy7 (I did this once and stuffed the pork into big corn muffins to serve)
-A pork hash, with onions and peppers, for a good ol' fried egg to sit on top of on Sunday morning, or
-A quick and easy layer in a mason jar salad for a work lunch (toss with vinaigrette or leftover juices and then throw into your salad)


Cookie-Cutter Cookie Dough Recipe Suggestions

@Zinnia1: I am definitely going to try that recipe. It seems very highly recommended! Thank you very much for providing the link.

Thank you everyone else for the awesome suggestions!! I'm going to try this out this weekend, as these cookies are eventually going to wind up going into Easter baskets. I want them to be pretty and perfect!

I LOVE almond extract, and use it frequently. I'll definitely add that. I have citrus at home, so I can definitely add some zest as well, and @Traveller, I'll look for the confetti sugar cookie recipe.

I'll check out the Martha Stewart and NPR recipes, too. I don't mind having a variety of cookies, and having the recipes on hand is always better than not.

Thanks for the responses, everyone! I love how helpful you Serious Eaters always are!

Open Thread: Do You Lick Your Beaters?

No better way to test your creations!

Baking with Almond Milk

@luckychickpea: Good to know. This was the first time for me, and I wasn't sure if I needed to make any major adjustments because of different fat levels, or the viscosity. I really enjoyed the results, and I'm eager to keep substituting with it in other recipes!

I used up the last little bits to make some french toast for breakfast the next day for my family. Delicious.

Baking with Almond Milk

@Tipsykit37: Thanks! I actually tried a red velvet recipe from Betty Crocker with my almond milk, and made some really nice cupcakes. I appreciate the input!

Bake the Book: The Model Bakery Cookbook

Good old-fashioned Italian cookies - Rainbows, black and whites, and pignoli to name a few. And then maybe a few modern spins on those old favorites, just to keep things interesting!

Tea Recommendations

@Zinnia1 - I've heard a lot about Harney and Sons. That's definitely on my research list.

@jenjen1124 - I picked out a couple of the Good Earth Teas to try - their website is too fun. Thanks for the rec!

@pepperhead212 - I do enjoy a good Thai iced tea, but have never tried making one myself. After I explore some of the newer stuff out there, I might get adventurous and try making my own!

Again, thank you everyone for all of your help. I really appreciate the feedback!

Ideas for egglant puree other than baba ghanoush

@heddylamar - Thanks for including the link. That looks great!

Ideas for egglant puree other than baba ghanoush

What about as a filling for another stuffed vegetable? Like a Caponata-inspired filling for a pepper, onion, or zucchini?

Surviving Vegas

I agree with @finsbigfan - don't try to cram all of the sights in, as you'll just be too exhausted to appreciate anything. Congrats to your boyfriend!

If you do run yourselves rampant and have never been, In-N-Out is a MUST. The Du-Par Diner in Downtown Vegas is also a staple for the town. They're both cheap-eats type places that are quintessentially Vegas.

The Bacchanal buffet at Caesar's Palace is also one of the best buffets in Vegas. I've heard great things about Wicked Spoon Buffet (at the Cosmopolitan), too.

While SeriousEats provides good Vegas restaurant updates, Eater Vegas (http://vegas.eater.com) is also good to check out closer to the time of your trip for up-to-date restaurant news.

Tea Recommendations

Wow - I have lots of website-visiting to do. Thank you, everyone!

Fun With Elephant Garlic

You could roast the entire head and keep the paste to add for flavoring. Or to just smear on crusty bread! This is a good start:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/guacamole-with-roasted-garlic.html
Garlic Confit is also a good thing to keep on hand:
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/08/french-in-a-flash-grilled-lamb-chops-port-syrup-garlic-confit-sauce-vierge-persillade-recipe.html

I would think that garlic chips would be great, especially as a textural element in a nice salad.
Enjoy your plethora of garlic - I'm jealous!

Dinner Tonight?

Sounds like a nice meal!

When I went to the grocery store, they accidentally gave me a pound of swiss cheese instead of the 1/3 lb. that I ordered. So I think I'll treat the family to swiss macaroni and cheese with caramelized onions and mushrooms! (And a side tomato-cucumber salad, so we can pretend to mitigate the damage done.)

Enjoy your curry and your day off!

I feel a little dirty...but oddly, not guilty.

Whenever I stay with friends in the Bronx, we go to Stew Leonard's, and I get a decent stock of favorites…but one night a friend and I took down a loaf of italian bread, several balls of freshly made mozzarella, and several sticks of dry salami and sopresatta. And then he ordered Chinese food three hours later for dinner.

I don't remember, in my food delirium, if I partook in that as well….

Ideas based around a risotto dish- for a "special someone" meal?

I agree that a nice bowl of risotto with mushrooms and the broccolini on the side works as a main - if its V-day, the last thing you want is to feel weighed down and stuffed to the gills. If your friend appreciates good produce and a simple, well-done meal, there's no need for a protein with the mushrooms on the risotto, especially if you're not skimpy!

If you definitely want a starter, though, I'd say stick with something really fresh and bright to offset the creaminess of the risotto. Maybe a nice mix of herbs chopped for a salad with citrus, like blood orange, and something a little salty…olives, perhaps?

Best of luck!

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

@Zinnia1: I'll add it to my list of things to try out - thanks! I would imagine that the process of kneading can be very good for letting off steam!

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

@Traveller: The perfect solution would be a Mocha Latte Donut!

@Lakeloverhh: I was debating baking bread this weekend. Now I'm torn between the english muffin bread, a good ol' quickbread, or several other possibilities. I'll check out the recipe!

Leftover Pizza + Waffle Iron = Delicious Crispy, Gooey, Cheese-Stuffed Snack

Pizzini?

I'm a fan of @Pterodactom's 'Belgian Roadkill', admittedly.

Almost as much a fan as I am with Serious Eats' willingness to waffle almost anything, it seems. Those stuffing waffles that were posted during Thanksgiving were a huge hit at my table this past November!

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

Wow, wow, wow. Those are all amazing suggestions! Glad to know there are lots of people who understand the idea of a good stress bake!

@kristin314: Thank you! I saved the recipe for the cranberry orange quick bread for this weekend - I think it'll be nice for a good Sunday brunch. I actually made wontons when I got home and had wonton soup for dinner - I agree that stuffing pasta, or pasta-like foods - is uniquely comforting.

@Traveller: I hope your work stress dissipates soon! I have a mini-donut pan that just saw some serious usage with Shutterbean's espresso donut recipe. Too easy, too delicious! http://www.shutterbean.com/2013/baked-espresso-glazed-doughnuts/

I'm with @merstar, though. I'll bring the coffee for all of those donuts!

@vg3oe: Do you have a recipe for chocolate beer cake? I'd definitely substitute the coffee, but it sounds really yummy. I'd love to try it out.

@ OatmealEater: I have a great family recipe for rainbow cookies. Great suggestion - they're very popular in my house!

I took everyone's advice on going the chocolate route and wound up making triple chocolate spice muffins, with milk, dark, and white chocolate chunks and a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. Definitely made me feel better!

Thanks again, everyone! Let me know if any of you partake in some stress-baking of your own, and what you wind up whipping up!

Avocado's Can Be Heaven

As is, alongside of almost any dish!

Or if you're feeling fancy, cubed and tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, corn, tomatoes, and cilantro. With a bit of a chill, its very refreshing!

Suggestions for leftover jams?

Well, the marmalade supply has certainly decreased thanks to all of your awesome ideas.

A good amount went into a BBQ sauce that made for some pretty delicious pulled pork sandwiches, and some wound up as a layer in an impromptu, family-style eton mess with vanilla meringues and plenty of whipped cream. Another hefty serving made its way into muffins for breakfast for the week. Hopefully we don't turn orange over here!

Thanks again, everyone!

Suggestions for dessert tasting menus

For Easter, I thought it would be fun to do a dessert tasting for my small crowd of 4. I just don't want to be locked in the kitchen all day and exhausted for the main meal and entertaining!
Any suggestions for pretty make-ahead desserts or easy day-of preparations? Or tips for making it easier on myself in general? I was thinking to do 3 or 4 desserts, one of which will definitely be coconut macaroons (I've had a request for them).

Thanks in advance!

Cookie-Cutter Cookie Dough Recipe Suggestions

Does anyone have any tasty cookie dough recipe fallbacks that they rely on for use with cookie cutters? I NEVER have luck when I try to use cookie cutters and roll-out cookie dough, and want something that's relatively easy, reliable, and not bland (also a problem I've had).

Suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Baking with Almond Milk

Does anyone have any good dessert recipes that use almond milk? I wanted to use up a carton before it gets funky, and was wondering if a cake would turn out big, fluffy and moist when using a dairy substitute (pardon my ignorance!)

Any almond-milk-related baking or dessert-making advice is appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

Tea Recommendations

I recently found an Apple Cinnamon tea from Celestial Seasonings that I really, really enjoy, and I was wondering if anyone has any favorite teas that are nice and flavorful, or any teas that they've tried and particularly enjoyed?

Also, has anyone tried any "dessert" teas that they've found particularly tasty? I can't fathom what something like "white chocolate mocha tea" would taste like, but if anyone's tried it, I'd love to know what you think!

Thanks in advance!

Recommendations for a rotisserie cooker

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good brand or model of rotisserie cooker to pick up for the kitchen.

I purchased a Ronco from a wholesale store, but while it made a nice chicken, it clanked and made some pretty terrible mechanical noises, so I did not keep it.

I don't need or want anything huge, and don't want to spend a ton, but I was wondering if anyone has any advice on purchasing rotisseries at all?

Thanks in advance!

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

Just a general query for the Serious Eats Community!
Baking is absolutely a stress relief for me, and sometimes you just need a quick baking project for an evening to vent! What do you bake, or have baked lately, to beat the blues?

Thanks in advance!

Suggestions for leftover jams?

I have several jars of leftover, homemade orange marmalade from a stockpile of edible gifts that were deemed extras for the "oops - we forgot to give ___ a gift!" scenario, but they're cluttering my kitchen now. Any suggestions for using the marmalade in sweet and/or savory ways?

Thanks in advance!

Desserts to Deconstruct

Hello Serious Eaters!

I just un-earthed an adorable set of multi-colored shot glasses in a cabinet, and had an idea to serve deconstructed/parfait-style versions of a couple of different cakes, pies, or other desserts at my annual holiday party.

I would really appreciate some unique inspiration from the community!

Thank you in advance!

Helpful hints for make-ahead gravy?

Hello and an early happy holidays to the Serious Eats Community!

I am deep-frying my turkey this year (and I've read countless articles on techniques and pre-cautions!) but I wanted to make a gravy for my tradition-loving father. I would greatly appreciate any tips or hints for making a great gravy ahead of time!

Thanks in advance!

Advice for tasty soup broth

In preparation for fall and soup season, I was hoping to amp up my stock-and-broth preparation skills.
I know that my best bet is to make my own stock, which I usually do; however, especially when I make soups in a large quantity, the broth never has any taste.

Can anyone offer some good tips to making the broth itself delicious, so I don't wind up with veggies and proteins simmering in tasteless stock?

Thanks in advance!

Any ideas for a lightened pie crust recipe?

A relative of mine is a diabetic with an extreme love for coconut cream pie. His birthday is coming up, and I'd love to make him a coconut cream pie that isn't as sinful as a traditional version may be. I've found several ways to make the coconut filling a little healthier, but Im struggling with ideas for a crust that's light and delicious.

Any suggestions out there (so he can have his pie and eat it, too)?

Thanks in advance!

Suggestions for a glaze/baste for ham

I'm making one of those bone-in pre-cooked hams for dinner, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a spin on a glaze, or a rub, or a baste of some kind that doesn't involve the usual sticky, gloppy, cloyingly sweet stuff they package with the ham. I'm open to trying some unique flavor combinations!

Thanks in advance!

Where can I find yucca, guineos, and other root veggies in NJ?

I was recently introduced to how delicious guineos, yuca, and yautia are, especially in soups--and we all know its soup/stew season! Are there any good supermarkets in Southern or Central New Jersey where I can find them? I've seen yuca at the local market, but the other two still evade me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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