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Win a Copy of 'Vibrant Food'

Heirloom tomatoes.

Cook the Book: 'The VB6 Cookbook' by Mark Bittman

hummus + veggies! Or that delicious-looking avocado dip you just posted today.

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

A baguette and some cheese, please!

Win Pop Chart Lab's 'Cooking Measurements Tea Towel'

Attempted to double a recipe for gougéres, but seriously messed up somewhere. Came out like weird cheesy pancake-cookies.

Maple Syrup Switch, USDA's Pizza Stats, and More in Food Policy This Week

Grade B is more expensive than Grade A, right? Isn't that a pretty good tip-off to comparative quality? Not that more expensive always = better.

Cook the Book: 'Whole-Grain Mornings' by Megan Gordon

poached eggs smooshed on toast with a generous sprinkle of black pepper.

Thanksgiving Pie Countdown: Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

This looks great! What's the acceptable limit on booze in things that children may eat? Granted, I don't have kids (obviously... because I have to really stop to consider what is an acceptable level of booze. For children). But would my relatives with toddlers-to-youngsters really frown upon bringing this to a family party? Thanks!

US-101 from Astoria, OR to San Francisco, CA recommendations

I just spend a week at the norther Oregon coast. Definitely stop at Bell Buoy for seafood in Seaside-- I liked the fried oyster basket; the crab melt my sister had was also quite good. We stopped at Kelly's Crab between Manzanita and Tillamook (I think just north of Rockaway?) which has a really friendly proprietor and a giant inflatable crab on the roof. Oysters and fresh crab there. Ditto the suggestion for the cheese factory-- too much good eats there to spend at the Tillamook cafe.

There's a microbrewery in Seaside that was OK. But it's in an old jail, which is kind of fun. Their refrigerators are in the former drunk tank.

Waves Of Grain bakery in Cannon Beach was really good, too.

This gets you maybe through your first day-- sounds like a great trip! Have fun!

Graduation Dinner for 15

I had my graduation dinner at Quartino. They have a nice area upstairs for larger parties; it still felt lively and celebratory, and with really tasty food! Highly recommended!

The Vegan Experience: I Like Breakfast Once Again

I've been eating this for breakfast all week, but with some pickled red onions rather than raw onion. Yum.

Taste Test: Boxed Fudge Brownie Mix

Does anyone else like from-a-box brownies after they've "aged" for a few days? A warm brownie is good, but my favorite is always the forgotten brownie (preferably edge piece) that has been around for at least five days. So chewy. So good.

Betty Crocker mix was always my mom's go-to. I agree about them tasting oily.

The Vegan Experience: The Foothills Of Mount Ramen (I.e. Vegan Udon)

Kenji, I like reading your posts, because I always appreciate that you are well-versed in The Internet.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Just black. Always.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Chef Knife

Do You Agree with New York City's Soda Ban?

I really want this to work. Yes, people will still be able to drink as much soda as they want. But I think it's a powerful educational tool to make the action of purchasing another soda or refilling a soda to be more mindful of how much is consumed-- a consumer-focused "nudge". A tax on soda is just rolled into a slightly higher price, and there may never be the connection that the nominal greater expense is meant as a deterrent.

Let's hope it also elevates the debate about root causes of inexpensive sugary beverages (i.e. gov't subsidies of corn --> high fructose corn syrup in everything).

It's completely ludicrous that 7-11 is exempt.

Bake the Book: 'Joy the Baker Cookbook'

joy the baker & smitten kitchen are my favorites!

6 Chocolate Chip Cookies We Love in Chicago

This is probably a lame suggestion, but I LOVE the chocolate chip oatmeal cookie at Potbelly's. Something about how doughy it is just makes me crazy for it.

Food for Change: 5 Food Groups Doing Great Work

Check out Sisters Of The Road in Portland. They do wonderful work to source delicious, healthy, sustainable food to serve folks experiencing homelessness– like partnering with B-Line, a bike delivery service that gleans fresh produce from Whole Foods and other vendors. Their kitchen team is amazing.

(Full disclosure, I worked there for a year :)

Fresh Oysters, Delivered for Christmas?

I was inspired by the gift suggestion in the latest Bon Appetit (sorry, no link). My family always has oyster dressing, and therefore have started a tradition of saving some for raw oysters during our cocktail hour. Problem is, my family is in Illinois, and far, far from any ocean, so our oysters are delivered in a bucket. This was never a problem until I was inspired to consume oysters out of the context of our family tradition. Needless to say, it's less enjoyable to go back.

I'd love to gift my dad some super fresh oysters on the half shell to enjoy instead. Anyone have a good source of oysters that would ship for delivery on Christmas, that isn't outrageously expensive? Most that I've found ship 50 oysters... ideally, I'd have half that quantity. Thanks!

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