I work at a local bakery and enjoy all things pastry-related! I'm also a huge Simpsons and Seinfeld nut.

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  • Favorite foods: Ice cream, good pizza, good burgers, Chinese, lasagna, garlic knots made from Kenji's NY Style pizza dough!

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The Best Meatball Pizza

Not everyone has a baking steel. I think it's a perfectly logical question to ask, and it shouldn't be assumed that everyone has one.

The Better Fruitcake: Baking Stollen at NYC's Bien Cuit Bakery

I recently made my own stollen, but rather than go with the traditional loaf shape, I made small individial buns -- yes, stuffed with marzipan.

Entertaining Made Easy: Store-Bought Frozen Hors D'Oeuvres We Love

I seem to recall in taste tests of the past, the list would include the not-so-great options as well. Any reason you all stopped including the "losers" of the bunch? It might help the readers to know what to potentially avoid.

Seared Skirt Steak With Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Polenta

I just made this recipe the other day but substituted portobello mushrooms for the skirt steak and it came out fabulous! Check out my version here: Creamy Polenta with Gouda, Portobello Mushrooms + Tomatoes

Introducing the Ultimate Four-Layer, Candy-Packed Halloween Ice Cream Cake

I had planned on making an ice cream cake for my birthday this year, and I will be taking plenty of inspiration from this!

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Pumpkin Pizza

My favorite pizza at Federal Pizza here in Phoenix is a sweet potato, sage and ricotta pie. This is very similar, and it looks amazing! Now I want pizza for breakfast. Thanks, Kenji!

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: So I Failed My Construction Inspection

I'm loving this series, and I wish I lived in NY rather than AZ so I could try the place when you open!!

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

I'd never heard of American Chop Suey until my sister's New Hampshire-born boyfriend would make it with her. Growing up, "Chili Mac" was literally beef and bean chili with macaroni noodles thrown in. This looks really good though, whatever anyone calls it!

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I'm inclined to agree with @BillyZoom. 41 articles? Great. Yes, that's quite a bit of content. The difference between a lot of content and good content is in the quality of the writing -- if it stands out from the myriad other food-related websites out there, if it's engaging and fun to read, and if it's not riddled with random incorrect word usage or typing errors (which to me, would indicate a lack of sorely-needed proofreading before posting the articles to the site).

Shit, Tyrone, get it together.

The Food Lab Redux: How to Make Orange and Sesame Chicken at Home

Sesame chicken..... my absolute Chinese restaurant favorite!! I may have to make this recipe :)

How to Make Light and Tender Cream Biscuits

"In other words, it plays the roll of both a fat and a liquid..."

"With a cookie cutter, cut into 2-inches rounds."

Sometimes I wonder if the writers on this site re-read their posts before submitting them. Or, doesn't someone else proofread them?

The Best Sweets We Ate in May

I remember many a high school lunch hour spent hanging out with my friends and eating a strawberry cheesecake blizzard from DQ. I can still taste it, and man they're good. I didn't know they have a s'mores blizzard though!!

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Haha!! I love Ethan's sweatshirt. Bye Robyn! That doge card is the best. And good luck, Kenji, in San Fran!

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

I second @jedd63's comment. Because of no new content available on Saturday and Sunday, the majority of the site was dead to me except the Talk forums. For the SE reader who views the site regularly, new content gets absorbed pretty quickly, with nothing else to do but browse the Talk forum until new content is published on Monday. There may be the slim chance I would come over here for a recipe or something on the weekend, but generally it was to browse the Talk forums or post questions that I had.

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

I am extremely disappointed to see Talk go. Sure, we can venture over to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram to have discussions, but I don't feel that those platforms are as conducive to the type of community and thought-provoking discussion those of us who use the Talk forums enjoy. The move to a more social media-centric community, I think, is just going to increase all the noise and the bullshit from outside parties, rather than keep the discussion relevant to food and those of us who care about it.

Thanks for this ridiculous decision, SE. Major thumbs down.

why are food scenes important to the film industry?

@missmochi - I love the food scenes in the Little House books, too! They always made me hungry as a kid.

Two Pounds of Ground Beef- What to make?

Tex-Mex style tacos! Crunchy shells, browned and seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheddar cheese.

Share Your Sweets: Your Best Sweet Recipes

@shallot The recipes can be found when you click on the name/link of the submitter in orange, on each slide description.

Any love for soggy fries?

RE: All of you mentioning terrible fries from 5 Guys,
I've been to a few locations and it seems that the fries are hit or miss. Some locations consistently do them well, and they come out hot and crispy and well-cooked. A few other locations always turn out soggy, greasy fries with no crisp whatsoever. The good ones are like gold, though, so don't give up!


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