• Location: Midwest
  • Favorite foods: I could never begin to think of just a few favorite foods a few categories would include: asian, italian, polish and most things my mother made when I was growing up.

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Manner Matters: Don't Cook at My Dinner Party!

I love this question. I have been in this position many times. Wonderful answer too. The most horrific example of this is when I was throwing a holiday party/open house. I told everyone that asked that they did not need to bring anything I was looking forward to all of the cooking. One friend insisted on bringing something -- crab rangoons. She had a new recipe that she knew would go over big. She showed up at my house about 45 minutes into the party with two bags containing all of the ingredients to MAKE crab rangoons. She even brought a deep fryer and a gallon jug of oil. The kitchen in that home was tiny with about 2 feet of counter space. I had visions of my entire (tiny) house and all of my guests smelling like a fast food restaurant. She was a close enough friend that I was able to tell her no way no how. without hurting her feelings. We laugh about it now.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Hanging out with friends and family. Lots of snacking will be invovled.

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

I just made ATK's english muffin bread last weekend. It is a quick and easy for a yeast dough and the bread was pretty wonderful.

Cook the Book: 'Lighten Up, America!'

I plan to have at least one meatless day a week. I also want to add more veggies and fresh fruit to my diet.

Best burger you have ever made?

I use Linda Scalla Quinn's recipe for a basic diner style burger. I guess it really isn't a recipe, more a technique. Use a very good quality of freshly ground chuck. Divide into 1/4 lb. blobs. put one blob between two sheets of wax paper and roll with a rolling pin. Salt and pepper the patty and put into a very hot cast iron skillet. cook until nicely caramelized on both sides.

I also love a good thick juicy burger, but this technique is great to use when it isn't grill season and you want a quick burger fix.

Hungry Hunk Dinner Suggestions?

I have found that homemade bread really hits the mark. Maybe a hearty vegetable beef soup with fresh baked bread. I also think smsingrams idea of a Hungarian stew would be sure to impress especially if you made homemade drop dough noodles (that is what we call them in our family -- to most they would be called spaetzel(sp).

What will YOU be cooking on Christmas Eve?

Homemade pirogies with browned butter and lots of black pepper, a huge salad and crusty bread with butter. Christmas cookies for dessert. The theme is butter.

Serious Eats Is Six: Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Birthday SE!
Thank you for all of the wonderful information, recipes, taste tests and for providing an outlet for all of us who are crazy about food and the science of food. It is a wonderful site!