Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

brussel sprouts!

Book about urban gardening?

I don't know if you're using an Earthbox(es) or not but they are really great for growing vegetables or whatever with almost no effort. There are directions online for making your own earth box, which worked just as well as the name brand box. Try it out if you haven't already! Good luck!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: D'Artagnan Boneless Heritage Ham

croissant w/apricot and mustard glaze

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Edible Chocolate Box from Charles Chocolates

Definitely cake.

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

Pulled pork and rib BBQ at Bucky's in Greenville SC!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: D'Artagnan Boneless Heritage Ham

croissant, and apricot and mustard sauce

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

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

After moving to SC from Philadelphia, it has to be the first time I had Southern Barbecue at Bucky's BBQ in Greenville, SC. I always thought Barbecue was an event, not a food. It's delicious!

Cook the Book: 'The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook'

grilled salmon and baked sweet potato

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

Cook the Book: 'Baked, New Frontiers in Baking'

Peanut Butter Tastykakes or Sweet Potato Pie and unfortunately, I haven't outgrown either one.

Cook the Book: 'The Modern Baker'

My biggest baking disaster was when I made an Apple Cake in a bundt pan that was too small. It overflowed and burned and just made a HUGE mess. I was so mad I just chopped it up with a spatula like a crazy person. I was really disappointed because the cake is so delicious when my Mom makes it and at the time she lived 6 hours away.

Ideas for Breakfast Casserole?

I've had a breakfast casserole that had hash brown crust, grilled steak (tips are usually inexpensive), scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese. It's really good, quick and easy to make.

Self Cleaning Oven

I think it was the grill grates that did the major damage. The oven is only a year old and I only decided to use the self clean option because I made cupcakes that overflowed and made a big mess. I cleaned up most of the burnt cupcake batter, so I'm sure it was the grill grates. Oh well, the windows are still open, candles are burning and everything has been Febreezed.

Trader Joe's Favorites?

The frozen chocolate croissants are really good. There are 4 to a box for $4. Williams Sonoma has a box of 12(?) for about $40. You let them rise overnight, and bake them in the morning. I don't have a Trader Joe's in my area so I bought some items in Philly to take home with me on my road trip. The croissants rose on the long ride from Philly to South Carolina and were one big blob, but they were still delicious.

Favorite summer food- now and from childhood?

Definitely Rita's Water Ice or Vanilla cone from the Mr. Softee truck w/ rainbow jimmies, cherries and of course jumbo Freeze pops! I think I'm going to serve freeze pops at my 4th of July cook-out!

Neo Soul Food

Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm definitely going to make the black eyed pea salad and I really want to try the catfish cakes. They sound really good. I'm looking for a good recipe for fried green tomatoes with a good sauce to drizzle. I was thinking that chicken fingers w/ pecans and honey would be a good finger food too. This is fun but I need more time!

Foodie Movies?

Simply Irrestible
I know most people hate this movie, but I love the way the people respond to the food in the movie. I know, I know, they're actors but still. I wish I had a recipe for those little caramely cream puff things b/c I want to eat them so bad!

Cook the Book: The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Strawberry Shortcake with real cake and fresh whipped cream, or Yellow cake w/ cream cheese icing and pineapple or berry cobbler w/ vanilla ice cream. I think I have to make one of these items this week.

Disgusting Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

I had such high hopes. I found a coupon in a local mailer for a bakery that made cupcakes and wedding cakes. Since I'm getting married in May and I had a coupon, I thought I would check it out. Me and a friend got a vanilla cupcake and a chocolate cupcake. The icing was great. The vanilla was pretty tasty. The chocolate....not so good, but not inedible. Well we were having a girl's night so we decided to order a dozen ($32!!!!) of assorted flavors to test out for the wedding. Some of the flavors were blondie (tasted like dirt), cookies and cream (gray and clumpy), orange creamsicle (dubbed orange A**) and strawberry (indescribable). I'm not exagerrating when I say they were inedible. They were so bad that I wanted to call the lady that owns the bakery and tell her in a nice way that she shouldn't sell cupcakes anymore. What would be the best way to say something like that?

Pre-bake miniature pies/tarts?

I wanted to make mini sweet potato and pecan pies for our office holiday party. I'm planning on making them in cupcake pans. Should I pre-bake the pie shell, or just bake them all at once? Has anyone tried this before?

Self Cleaning Oven

Why would anyone use the self clean option on the oven? Has anyone ever used it without feeling like they were about to croak? Every window, fan and door is open and still suffering from smoke inhalation.
P.S. Whatever you do, do NOT put your grill grates in the oven while using the self clean option. The manufacturer says you can, but only do this if you are trying to commit suicide.

Philadelphia Restaurant for a 50th birthday Celebration

I am supposed to organize a dinner party for my Mom's 50th birthday party in Philly. I haven't lived in Philly for the last 7 years so I am not sure where to go. Everyone gave great brunch recommendations, now it's time for dinner. Please, not so pricey that I'll have to walk back to South Carolina.
Thanks for your help!!

Best Breakfast in Nashville

Does anyone know who serves the best breakfast in Nashville, TN? If you know of any good bakeries, coffee shops, or any combination of the three that would also be helpful.

Gourmet Gift Basket Ideas

Hi Everybody!
Does anyone have any ideas about what could go into a gourmet gift basket? I'm looking for a gourmet website that sells really unique items as well. I would like to make a gift basket for my best friend's birthday. She doesn't eat red meat or pork and is open to experimentation.

Neo Soul Food

Hi Everyone,
We're having a Housewarming Party/Memorial Day celebration this weekend and wanted to make Soul Food with a new twist. Any suggestions?

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