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Step-by-Step: How to Make the Best Pie Crust

This looks flakey and gorgeous BUT when I blind-baked it (after resting the dough overnight in the fridge and the formed shell, in its pan, in the freezer for 20 minutes), the sides completely collapsed. I managed to save it, but only by sheer luck. Any thoughts as to why this happened?

The Food Lab: Here's What I'm Eating on Thanksgiving

CiciC, For what it's worth, I made the best piecrust of my life -- and some of the best i've ever eaten -- using Thomas Keller's Cup4Cup gluten-free flour, and the recipe on the Cup4Cup website. The mince pies last Xmas were seriously great, and NOBODY knew they were gluten-free.

I'm not a fan of Cup4Cup across the board -- don't really like it in yeast-bread applications, for example -- but piecrust, OH yeah.

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Airplane Foods

Sorry for the multiple-posts: It occurs to me that frittata would probably be pretty much ideal.

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Airplane Foods

Oh, and back in the day when I used to travel a lot on business, and was eating low-carb I used to make up a big pan of scrambled eggs with tomatoes, peppers, and chorizo, and pack that up. It was great at room-temp. Leftover stir-fry is also a favorite.

Staff Picks: Our Go-To Airplane Foods

I'm not celiac, but the combo of wheat products and stress can make me sick as a dog, and I have learned through extremely unhappy experiences that sandwiches are not my friends on airplanes. When I flew NY to Portland a few months ago I brought some Vietnamese-style fried rice, mixed with grilled chicken and a little peanut sauce, packed up in Tupperware, and another container of sliced bell peppers and cucumbers. That turned out to be a great solution.

Embrace the Wobble: Why I Love Jellied Foods and You Should Too

RECIPE for the braised tendon and brisket, please!!!! JEEZ do we have to tell you EVERYTHING??

I love tendon. And yep, all about the braised tripe, too.

Steamed Buns With Grilled Shrimp and Sriracha Mayonnaise

Kenji, how quickly we forget! Once upon a time, you too lived in a NYC apartment without access to a grill. So for those of us still grilless, how would you feel about cooking the shrimp in a grill pan on the stove?

Perfect Pan Seared Pork Chops

Must admit, I did a wet-brine (for 12 hours, then dried off the chops and let them sit, uncovered, on a rack in the fridge, for another 18). Followed Kenji's gospel and I'll be damned: These are certainly the best pork chops I've ever made, and possibly the best I've ever et. I have found the only chop recipe I need. THANKS!

The Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Man, these are just STUPID good. DIdn't top them with anything, didn't need anything, could have eaten the entire batch. I made them to go with pork chops, but they would be awesome with turkey, chicken, sausages...these are some killer sweet potatoes.

The Food Lab: Slow Cooked Bolognese Sauce

I am SO happy to hear that the cookbook is due out!

As for those who want different terminology, different measurements, why not just do what Americans do when using British or Australian recipes, and look it up? Google, it's a wonderful thing.

Sean Brock's Favorite Cookbooks

What a gracious and clearly intelligent fellow. A pleasure.

The Food Lab: How to Cook Mussels (The Easiest Choose-Your-Own-Adventure One Pot Meal Around)

During the summer, I cook up a mess of mussels and steamer clams almost every week, thanks to a lovely stand at the greenmarket that sells bags of cleaned, wild clams and mussels, ready to go. Because I am grit-phobic, I always purge them, even though I have read that it doesn't work; IME, if I purge the suckers, there's no grit. Do I know for certain there would have been grit if I hadn't? Nope. But it's a sort of Pascal's Wager situation, so I purge, most often with cornmeal, sometimes with flour, in three gallons of water mixed with 1 cup of sea salt. In the fridge overnight. I have read all kinds of things about how this will kill the clams; all I can tell you is, I do it, and they never die.

I love mussels and clams with just about anything, but I am lazy and hungry, so a wacking load of chopped garlic and onions sautéed till golden in the fat from some chopped bacon, plus about a third of a bottle of beer, is my standard go-to. Once in a while I'll make a thick tomato sauce, because summer tomatoes, and also because mussels fa diavolo is about the best thing ever.

The Secrets of Cantonese Cooking, America's First Chinese Cuisine

@big sugi: "his dad's Italian. If he wants to make "chow fun" with wonton skins, that's his right as an American, by gosh"

By gosh and by golly, he can make anything he wants. And he can call it anything he wants, just like I -- who am not Italian, and I'm not sure why that's relevant here, but ok -- would be entirely within my God-given, Constitutionally derived rights to pickle an eggplant and call it gelato.

But it wouldn't be. A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but the reverse is not true: I, who cannot eat wheat products, would be in deep ordure were I to order nice, friendly-sounding chow fun only to find it was made -- thanks purely to the whim of the maker, because it amused him to mess with the eaters -- out of wheat.

And you don't want to know how I would react if I ordered gelato and got eggplant instead.

The Secrets of Cantonese Cooking, America's First Chinese Cuisine

It's a good piece, but I got hung up in the third paragraph, with your dad using "wonton skin" to make chow fun. Chow fun are rice noodles. Wonton skins are made with wheat; they're essentially wheat noodles. Two totally different animals.

How to Make Buttery-Sweet Gluten-Free Corn Cookies

Marquise, as it happens, I have been diagnosed with celiac, so I'm now gluten-free. And for many years, I was a diabetic controlling my blood sugar with diet, which meant I was very definitely part of the "carb-cutting set." Just because you don't personally struggle with a given issue does not mean it's cool to demean those who do.

Requiem for an Egg Cream: In Search of a New York Classic

I'm a VANILLA egg-cream girl, and the best, for my money, was at the late and much lamented Dave's Luncheonette, on Canal Street. Hey, it was immortalized by Lou Reed. I spent one hot, sticky summer -- back in the paleolithic era -- working nearby, and the highlight of my day was lunch, which was invariably one of Dave's incomparable dogs, crisp and snappy off the grill, and a vanillucious egg cream.

Ideas in Food vs. Linguine alle Vongole: Part 2

FWIW, I really like this series, and I really like the Ideas in Food blog. And I have both of their books and am eagerly anticipating the next.

I don't think it's necessary to make the entire dish, as presented, in order to derive real value from the series, which at heart is about technique rather than particular recipes. Will I make the clam dish? Probably not; I don't much like spicy food. But I LOVE clams and hate shucking them, so learning about cryo-shucking is incredibly valuable for me. I have very definitely been disappointed by the wan flavor of the berries I buy, so learning how to amp up the flavor with dried berries is something I find really useful, whether or not I ever make the entire dessert.

I'm a "word" person, and I can well understand being irritated by what feels or seems like a misuse of language. In this instance, I'd say it would be too bad to allow that irritation to cut you off from the aspects of the series that you might enjoy or find genuinely useful.

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

Timberbt, a lot of old-school Chinese recipes use water-chestnut flour (sometimes called water-chestnut powder) rather than cornstarch. I would definitely give that a try; you can get it from the Evil Empire or a well-stocked health-food store (or a good Asian store, if there's one near you; I bought mine in Chinatown). Another option might be kuzu (or kudzu) starch, same sources; this is beloved of Paleo folks, and it's reputed to have some health bennies as well as making for crispitude.

How to Make Gluten-Free Fresh Pasta

I have a very bad -- as in, several days hanging out in the bathroom -- response when I eat more than a small amount of anything made with wheat flour. I have no idea if it's a sensitivity to gluten or a sensitivity to wheat, but it sure as hell is a sensitivity to SOMETHING and all I know is, many of my symptoms disappear when I stop eating that stuff. So, I don't eat it. Mr. Whatsit, the Father of Gluten Whatever, can kiss my grits -- the ones I eat with my eggs, instead of toast.

One-Skillet Crispy Salmon with Mustardy Lentils

Yeah, I would use lentils-cooked-from-dried as well, and straight Dijon (don't like whole-grain mustard, but could eat Dijon with a spoon). And possibly a little cream, because that's the way I roll. But this sounds delicious, and I think I'm gonna make it soon.

Wild Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Thighs With Fingerling Potatoes and Green Olives

Oh man, this sounds...this is going on the agenda, pronto. But I think I will use skin-on thighs, partly because I do love me some crisp skin, and partly because I think they'll look more appetizing.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes

I wouldn't discard the leftover dough, but man, those leftover HB eggwhites would be in the trashcan in a New York minute.

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Scallions, Ginger, and Teriyaki Glaze

I don't hate my apartment, but I do hate the lack of any outdoor space. Kenji, if you read this, do you think the Searzall will function like a grill for something like this? I've been trying to get an answer as to whether it will cook (rather than merely putting a sear on something already booked), but so far, no luck. And MAN would I like to make this puppy!

What are NYC's Most Overrated Restaurants?

Norma's USED to be great, though they always served ridiculously huge portions. But I remember pulling all-nighters and going there for breakfast and being incredibly happy -- delicious, perfectly cooked eggs, hash browns, great smoothies. I took a visitor there a few years ago, and was so embarrassed; it was awful. The eggs were overcooked, the toast was stale (clearly toasted ahead of time), the smoothie was nauseatingly sweet, and they don't even OFFER has browns any more; the only breakfast potatoes available are like, boiled. Who wants boiled potatoes for breakfast? Horrible.


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