• 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.

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.

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets scare me.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: 17th Street BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

We ordered them over the phone from the Rendevous in Memphis.

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.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Buttered toast sprinkled with parmesan cheese

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Secret Weapons Pork Kit

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Perfect Steak Set from Double R Ranch Co.

Rib-eye - seared well seasoned with Salt and Pepper served medium rare.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Secret Weapons Pork Kit

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.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

What's Your Favorite Bourbon Cocktail?

I am just an Old Fashion girl.

Celebrate Ham Independence, Win La Quercia Pork!

Ham and eggs for breakfast.

Giveaway: Win A Limited Edition "Zelda Collection" from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Bake the Book: Mad Hungry Cravings

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).

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

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.

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

With eggs and toast.

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

My Thanksgiving Turkey.

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!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

with a little half and half

No More Posts (again)

I am getting the "No More Posts" message on the main page. This was happening a while ago, but I thought it was fixed. I hate to miss posts. Are other folks having the same issue?

No more posts.

I used to be able to scroll through multiple days posts on your main page. When I would reach the bottom of the page I could click on "more posts" and see old posts for multiple days. This is handy when I haven't been able to get on for a while and want to catch up with the posts. Now I can only access the "more posts" option a few times before I get a box stating "no more posts." How can I access older posts? (I used the word post a lot in this post.)

What are your favorite mail order gifts?

I am going to be sending a few people on my list mail order gifts. What are some of your favorite places to order from or what are the best gifts you have received.

One of the recipients has small children so I was thinking of one gift that would please both the small children and adults. I am thinking of something in the $50-$60 range.

Help! I have tons of pears.

I have a pear tree that is loaded with pears. I am not a big fan -- it is a texture thing for me. I have given a lot away, but have so many I feel I really should make a jam, chutney or something with them. Do you have any ideas on what I can do with all of these pears. I would really appreciate any recipes you have. Thanks.

Food Blog Award Nominees Announced

Yes, another blog awards competition. But this time, it's the Food Blog Awards, which focus solely on eats- and drinks-focused sites and allow for a certain level of specificity when it comes to voting divisions. After the jump, the full list of nominees, with links to their attendant polling pages. Lots of old and new voices in the mix. But do you see any obvious favorites missing? [via Kalyn]... More

The Best Bubbles: A Guide to Affordable Holiday Sparklers

On Fridays, Deb Harkness of Good Wine Under $20 drops by with Serious Grape. This week, the best in bubbles. Photograph from Gaetan Lee on Flickr I can't seem to get my fill of bubbles this time of year. The holidays seem a bit more special with some sparkle in them. Just in time for pre-dinner sipping, post-shopping relaxing, holiday brunch mixing—and of course toasting the New Year—I've got my buying guide for the very best, affordable bubbles in the market. None of these sparklers should be hard to find, and they will add a festive note to whatever you're doing, even if it's just wrapping gifts. NV Soligo Prosecco Brut (find this wine for $11-$18) Really well made with... More