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Meet Me at Moe's: 9 Fictional Restaurants and Bars We Wish Were Real

Are you KIDDING??? Inn at the Crossroads is where you go to get killed!

The Comfort Food Diaries: My Coke Habit

I don't drink Coke as a regular thing anymore, but for a hangover, there is nothing like a blisteringly cold can of Coke. And it's gotta be a can.

How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar

@edflanders: the chocolate chippers with the browned butter. OH yeah. And what else? How about spritz? I finally got my spritz recipe working the way I want it to, thanks to some tips from the nice people at the King Arthur test kitchen...now I gotta try this!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a kneejerk distaste for recipes that pronounce themselves the "best" or the "ultimate" or whatever. So, these cookies started off with one big irrational but nevertheless very real strike against them in my book.

But after making them, not once but several times, I have to say: they ARE the best chocolate chip cookies, and that's all there is to it. And I'm about to make another batch.

The Secrets to Perfect Spritz Cookies

dtremit: I got one of those on ebay, but fwiw, the trigger-operated press I just bought will do the same thing -- you squeeze a little or a lot, depending on what you need. The level of control is fine, and it's FAST!

The Secrets to Perfect Spritz Cookies

I bought a new press from King Arthur Flour this year, and got some tips from a helpful sales associate in their store. Mind you, I've been making these since I was a kid. My mom always refrigerated the dough, and I don't know (maybe she was sometimes using part margarine?), but this is a Bad Idea. Mix the dough and straight into the press with no refrigeration, and away you go. Result: the most successful spritz-making in years.

Slow-Cooker Pulled-Pork Chili With Cornbread Dumplings

Here's my planned substitutions:

- Pintos instead of kidneys, added later in the cook
- Masa rather than flour, also added later I think
- Something else hot instead of jalapeno, I'll see what's in the bucket from the garden
- No crushed tomatoes. Sorry, that's just too much tomato for me.

Looking forward to this!

Pulled Pork and Cornbread Make This Slow-Cooker Chili a New Favorite

@KevinMofM if it were me, I'd mix more batter, put the leftover chili in an ovenproof dish (maybe heat it some first), cornbread on top and bake at fairly high heat. guessing?

The Food Lab's Ultra-Gooey Stovetop Mac and Cheese

That's a lotta mac. Any problems with dividing this recipe?

Hot Dogs Here! My Day as a Ballpark Hot Dog Vendor

I've had jobs like this, and they do have a kind of magic to them. And yeah, I observed that the people who were rollin' in it were frequently the very worst tippers, probably because they've never had a job like that. Those who have, know how hard you're working.

Grilled Flatbread With Olive Oil and Za'atar

I don't get it, why isn't there any za'atar in the recipe?

6 New Must-Try Summer Beers

Honestly, most of these sound really unappealing. Summer beers now are what "harvest" or "Oktoberfest" beers became a while back, overloaded with unnecessary adjuncts that are supposed to represent a characteristic flavor profile. Bleagh. My favorite this summer is Long Trail's Partly Cloudy, a Belgian style without a bunch of added crap.

No Tools? No Experience? No Problem. How I Hacked an Ace Barbecue Smoker

Wow. Some serious punchbowl-pissers in here. It was a nice thing to do and his dad was happy with the results. You don't want it for yourself, then don't do it. But please stop raining on the parade. It wasn't written as a Grand Ultimate Guide to Barbecue as sanctioned by the KCBBS, for God's sake, lighten up people.

The Subtle Secrets to Making the Best Ice Cream Mix-Ins

So, with the swirl technique...how do you serve it? Do you just scoop it up out of the loaf pan?

The Tea Lover's Way to Make the Best Cold Brew Iced Tea

I just started cold brewing and could not be happier. Hoi polloi, I drink decaf black ;-)

A New Summer Favorite: Grilled Chicken with Za'atar

Thanks for this, I decided to add za'atar to my herb garden this year and have been looking for recipes.

For the Deepest, Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream, Add Cocoa Nibs

Strain them out? Strain them OUT??? Whyyyy would I strain the nibs OUT?

(the more nibs, the better, I say)

24 Quick Chicken Dinners

Now I really want a pressure cooker.

In Defense of Bluefish

Bluefish is fabulous if you can get it nice and fresh. It's one of my favorite fishes to put in the smoker.

Dim Sum Classics: How to Make Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf (Lo Mai Gai)

My favorite dim sum too!!!!

Or, next to favorite. Favorite of the dim sum that I can normally get I think my all-time favorite dim sum -- and I've only seen it once -- was a duck foot wrapped around a ball of sticky rice filled with goodies. Remark from a dim sum companion: "It looks like the duck is clutching its last meal." Yes, yes it does, and yes it's delicious.

Oatmeal and Brown Butter Pancakes

These sound so good it ain't even funny.

Kenji, enlighten me: a friend who used to sling da breakfast hash for a living once told me that making the batter the night before and letting it rest is The Trick to getting the perfect pancake. Was he right or just lazy? Or some combination thereof?