Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Cheesecake, British racing green or red!

Two Pounds of Ground Beef- What to make?

What will you make for Easter?

I feel like making scalloped potatoes too (have not had them for a very long time), love them but husband does not, however, kids (grown) do. We are having a roast beef, ham, and cheese ravioli this year, usually make lasagna, but have been hosting a lot lately so figure ravioli casserole is easier. Will make roasted potatoes, maybe scalloped as well, and asparagus. Will also be making cinnamon rolls, a fruit dip, FILO cheese and or spinach pie. Deserts will be carrot cake, pastel easter m&m's choc chip cookies, and either a lemon, lime or strawberry dessert. Only to host another party weekend after Easter, lucky me!

A Valentine's Day Ode to Strawberry Pop-Tarts

Used to love pop tarts, haven't had them in many years. I have to say frosted brown sugar/cinnamon are the best, followed by frosted blueberry then frosted strawberry. Never ate them toasted. I would break off all the unfrosted, unfilled sides and discard, then eat the remainder.

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

He is so hot, might just sear it on his body to a nice medium rare! He will add salt, nothing else needed for me.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Eat, drink, watch superbowl!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Need new microwave, considering convection

I decided to purchase a convection/micro, I will receive it in a few days. PoorOldMama, I am not that savvy and afraid I won't be able to operate it, but I better learn or my husband will have my neck as it was more than double the price of a regular micro. We host all holidays at our house so I'm hoping it will come in handy. Operating manual is available on line so I better start reading!

Would still like to hear from those who use one and any helpful hints. Thank you!

So. How was Halloween?

We have a big black Halloween bucket (20"w x 8"d) that we fill to the brim with an assortment of candies (m&m's, snickers, Reese's, kit kats, twix, dots, skittles, sour patch kids and many others). We let the kids take what they want, but the best part is watching their eyes pop open when they see the size of the bucket and they walk away saying "Wow, this is the best house! Always have a great group of kids, have plenty of candy, and give plenty away, it's fun! When the kids were very young we would have another basket filled with play dough, rubber snakes and spiders, some assortment of small Halloween toys, but only the little ones got to pick from that.

The Model Bakery Cookbook: Promo Code and Giveaway

Elephant ears!

Help! Incapable of thinking or decision making.

Wow! I feel bad, but I don't think SE is is where you should be seeking help. Good luck!

Should I buy lodge cast iron pizza pan?

Thank you boobird, and everyone else, for your advice.

Should I buy lodge cast iron pizza pan?

On a mission to get one now. I do have a stone but don't use it often any more. Lately, over the last few years, have been making a large focaccia style pizza but there are 2 of use now and it makes too much, although delicious, looking to downscale. Nachos sound great! Actually, the best nachos I ever made we're in my 12 in cast iron skillet on the grill (and they were bacon nachos). I cook bacon in, on the grill, for blt's or whatever. I don't eat it much but hubby loves it, and it's the best, no more cleaning grease off the stove.

Should I buy lodge cast iron pizza pan?

Went to get it earlier today and it's gone! Whaaah! That's what I get for procrastinating! They are usually relatively inexpensive so maybe I'll buy one at a later time. I do have other lodge pieces, use them frequently, and love them. What else do you like to cook on the pizza pan?

Cook the Book: 'Flour, Too'

Elephant ears, cinnamon sticks, cannoli, bread

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Baking Steel!

I think he would be a peanut butter and bologna pizza because that's the kind of sandwich he would make, maybe with some mayo. Today I would put a candle in because he would be 80 years old, gone for 18 years now. Happy birthday daddy! Love you, rest in peace!

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Jumbo Cowboy Chop Steak

Tomato and blue cheese salad, chive mashed potatoes, creamed corn casserole or grilled asparagus, nice crusty rolls, and a big bowl of ice cream with homemade brownies fo dessert.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Burgers, burgers, chicken wings and other things, sunshine and music, and more burgers later!

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

A char-broiled burger on a garlic buttered roll with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato.

Shrimp Ideas with not many ingredients

The other nite I sautéed shrimp in a pan with garlic and ginger, made a cooking sauce with cornstarch, water, little bit of soy sauce. Had some left over broccoli and brussel sprouts that I roasted in oven, tossed it all together with a squirt of sirracha and served over brown rice. It was awesome. Use any veggies you might have on hand.

You could also make buffalo shrimp if you have any franks. Grill or broil and toss in sauce as you would with wings.

Coffee and Chipotle-Rubbed Steak Kabobs with Stout Molasses Pan Sauce

Looks incredibly delicious and oh so easy! A must try!

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Five years ago when I made them myself and used to eat too much. Fifty pounds kept off over the last 5 years, I can afford to eat ribs again.

How Close to Closing Can You Start a Meal At A Restaurant?

Last night my husband went to a local, to-go-only, sandwich shop that closes at 6 PM. He was there at 21 min. of 6 to order an italian sub. The woman behind the counter said they were closed. He asked what time they started cleaning up. She said if you are here by quarter of you should be fine. He said it is 21 min. of. She said yea but we are closed. He asked again up to what time can he order. She repeated if you are here by quarter of you should be fine. Wow!, frustrated, he left.

Chafing dishes, need to purchase or rent

Hosting a party for 35pl, need chafing dishes and would prefer to buy from a party store. Does all food sit above steaming water (unless it's cold cold)? I thought you put the food in aluminum pan and over sterno. Any experience, would love advice. Thank you!

Should I buy lodge cast iron pizza pan?

I saw one at a local store clearanced to a great price. My pie Monday's pizzas cooked on this pan look great. Would you recommend? I've read the baking steel is superior but not ready to make that purchase.

Grilling: Naan

I was left in a quandary last weekend. My desire to have naan to go along with Indian kabobs on the grill clashed with my fear of bread-making. The battle was ultimately won by necessity. How could you have Indian... More

The Best General Tso's Chicken

If the British can proudly call Chicken Tikka Masala their national dish, then surely it's time that General Tso got his chicken in our national spotlight. Everybody knows the candy-sweet take-out joint version, but I firmly believe that it has the potential to be so much more than that. How great would a homemade version of General Tso's be, with a flavor that shows some real complexity and a texture that takes that crisp-crust-juicy-center balance to the extreme? Our version does just that. More

The Best Chicken Tikka Masala

The secret to our Chicken Tikka Masala is a salty yogurt-based marinade followed by intense charring on a hot grill. We purposely undercook our chicken so it can simmer in a creamy spiced tomato and cream sauce before serving. When done right, the sauce should be a multifaceted affair; a balanced blend of intense spice flavors with a gingery kick rounded off by the richness of cream and butter, with a splash of freshness and acid from tomatoes and citrus. As you bite into a chunk of chicken, the smokey char should work its way though to the forefront, to be slowly replaced by a new layer of spicing, this time intensified by its time on the grill. The chicken chunks should be juicy, moist, and tender. More

Chipotle Mayonnaise

Chipotle mayo is a pretty hot condiment, and I'll say its popularity is well-deserved. With just a few ingredients, you can create a complex mixture of spicy, cool, earthy, and smoky that becomes an excellent spread for sandwiches and burgers, or a dip for fries, chips, and veggies. More

Taiwanese Pan-Fried Rice Noodles

Perfect for feeding a crowd or fixing a solo meal on the fly, this simple home-style Taiwanese noodle-and-vegetable dish may look bland, but hidden within are layers of flavor, thanks to plenty of white pepper, black vinegar, and broth. More

Chinese Cooking 101: How to Marinate Meat for Stir Fries

Anyone who's read our Wok Skills 101 Guide knows that with a stir-fry, having all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go is of utmost importance. Meat should be sliced. Vegetables should be chopped, sauces should be mixed, and aromatics should be minced before you turn the heat up. But there's another secret that will improve both the flavor and the texture of your proteins: proper marinating. Here's how you do it. More

Easy Stir-Fried Beef With Mushrooms and Butter

It may not be traditional in the strictest sense of the word, but the combination of soy sauce and butter is quickly becoming a favorite both in Asia and here at home. One of my favorite ways to combine them? In a stir-fry, like this simple recipe with marinated flank steak, stir-fried with mushrooms. More

Pan-Fried Noodles with Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Carrot

Why go to the trouble of boiling noodles, draining them in a colander, rinsing them under cold water, draining them again, and then stir-frying them? Sure, sometimes I love making things needlessly difficult for myself, but this is not one of those cases. Instead, I was after a crunchy noodle base, which would maintain its integrity even after toppings and a strong sauce are poured on top. More