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mcwolfe

  • Location: DC Metro
  • Favorite foods: Everything except fish and okra.

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Special Sauce: Ruth Reichl on Gourmet's Demise and the Future of Food Journalism

@sommelier, I agree with you a thousand percent. Ruth Reichl singlehandedly ran Gourmet into the ground and the world lost a great magazine.

Eating America: A Coast-to-Coast Culinary Road Trip With Jane and Michael Stern

Please tell me the Sterns will be regular contributors to SE now! Love them and have followed them for years. We're heading to New Haven next month and I'm definitely going to try to clam pizza at Zuppardi's.

The Comfort Food Diaries: My Coke Habit

What a lovely piece! I too am a Coke lover although I now limit myself to one 12 ounce can every morning. I know, I know, but I don't care for coffee and the caffeine and the bubbles are the perfect way to start the day. I occasionally get a Mexican coke at the Salvadoran place near where I work but when I do, the pure sugar makes it taste even better.

Trial by Fire: My Life With the Culinary Director of Serious Eats

@srrsf, I totally hear you. We also have two daughters so I am generally the one who gets the food on the table in the most expedient way possible. You can't spend time arranging microgreens with a tweezer when you have two little ones hollering for their dinner. They are teenagers now and one of them cooks like a pro where the other struggles to make instant ramen but they do both have a great appreciate for good food. I guess the chef and I did something right.

Trial by Fire: My Life With the Culinary Director of Serious Eats

I've been married to my chef husband for 25 years this spring and although there have been many times over the years that I've been tempted to shove a boning knife in his ear but I've resisted the urge and here we are. There's a lot to be said for allowing your partner to be really, really good at something (in his case, it is cooking meat, something that is still hit or miss with me even now) . Good luck to you and Daniel, and keep up the not listening. I think it (along with separate bathrooms - probably not a possibility for you in NYC) is the secret to a lasting relationship.

Easy Vegan Pressure-Cooker Miso Risotto

Made this last night and it was delicious. Because we have two vegans and two carnivores in the house, I added a couple of handfuls of baby kale so we vegans would have something other than just rice for dinner. Seriously, SO good and flavorful. I didn't miss the Parmesan at all.

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

I am not cooking this year - we are going to my sister-in-law's. She is a lovely woman but can't cook to save her life. Seriously, we will have a Butterball with stuffing made out of dry cornbread, giblets and hard boiled eggs (even more horrible than it sounds) as well as Watergate salad, a godawful trainwreck comprised of pistachio pudding and Cool Whip. She is also making the pies, which kind of scares me a bit. The best I can hope for there is Mrs. Smith's.

I am planning a second, smaller Thanksgiving for the four of us the next day. I'm sort of vegetarian and one of my daughters is vegan so I will be making dairy free mashed potatoes (which actually turn out to be really good), roasted sweet potatoes with balsamic vinegar, stir fried shredded Brussels sprouts, and vegan stuffing along with turkey and gravy for the carnivores. Oh, and we'll have can shaped cranberry jelly. That is non-negotiable.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: One Year Later

@Tyson, this sounds like goodbye. I hope not! Your series has been one of the best SE has run in years. I wish you the continued success you deserve and hope we haven't heard the last from you.

Grilled Shrimp and Sriracha Mayonnaise Are Perfect Partners in These Chinese Steamed Buns

@Kenji, have you tried sriracha butter yet? WAY better than mayo! Based on a recipe I saw somewhere from Charles Phan of Slanted Door fame and so easy to make in the blender - 1/2 cup sriracha, juice of one lime, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon sugar; whirl in the blender and drizzle in 1/2 cup melted butter. Blend until it is fluffy perfection. You will end up putting this on everything. Seriously, I can't stop eating it and I'm thinking I would REALLY like to slather these grilled shrimp with it.

The Serious Eats Tomato Shopping Guide

Excellent information. As for supermarket tomatoes, don't discount Tasti Lee. I have had very good luck with these because they actually have some tomato flavor if you let them ripen for a day or two after purchase. My only beef is they don't keep as well as I'd like.

How to Make Cherry Clafoutis, a Dessert so Elegant, Your Guests Won't Know How Easy it is

One of my favorite desserts, mostly because I have no sweet tooth at all and this is only slightly sweet. We make it with plums quite regularly although I actually prefer it with cherries and I usually sprinkle some coarse sugar on top for a little crunch. Will have to try this version because everything of Daniel's I've tried has been fantastic.

Dim Sum Goes Deutsch: Pretzel Bao With Hot Mustard Pork Filling

These look fantastic. I have plenty of lye so will use that but I will definitely be making these this weekend.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Surviving the Off-Season

@Tyson, you are a poet and a philosopher. I truly wish you all the success you are able to achieve and will beg you again to please, please write a book. I just finished Aaron Franklin's book and while I will never build my own smoker, learning about his process and approach was fascinating. I'd love to hear what you have to say about whole hog as well as the challenges of opening and running the business.

Make These Savory Bacon and Corn Pancakes With Cheddar and JalapeƱo

I'm with you, Kenji - not a sweet lover at all. Do you put anything (butter, perhaps?) on these or just serve them as is? I could actually see a bit of maple syrup just because bacon + maple syrup = delicious.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: The Sounds of Being the Boss

Every time I'm tempted to give up on SE, I read one of your pieces and my faith comes back. @Tyson, you really are gifted - I'm sure your whole hog is fantastic but your writing is stellar. Please tell me you are going to put together a book about this experience.

And yes, we need a picture of Roland.

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

I'm a little grossed out at the inclusion of the Chicken McNugget on the list but I know this is personal. If your McDonald's has chicken tenders they are MUCH better (not as good as Chick Fil A in my book but still awfully good for Mickey D's).

On the other hand, I much prefer McDonald's fried to Wendy's. My best friend and I argue this endlessly because I have truly never had a good fry at Wendy's. Agree with those posters who wonder about the exclusion of Five Guys fries - their cajun fries are pretty fantastic (I order a little size and it is still ridiculously big).

And I might have to take a trip to Wisconsin for fried cheese curds. I've only ever had them in poutine but I think I need to try the fried ones. Now!

8 Must-Try Dumplings Across the Country

Wow! Two Youngs is literally less than a mile from my office and I never knew it was there. Will be making a field trip next week with my lunch crew.

The Ultimate Vegan Party Food: Fully Loaded Queso Dip

I've been doing something similar to this (minus the vegizo) since you published the original recipe last year. I already posted this on another thread but my kids actually requested vegan queso as part of their Super Bowl junk food dinner instead of the traditional Velveeta and Ro*Tel. I would have made them the other stuff but they preferred this. I consider it a huge victory and a testament to how really good this tastes.

Pump up the Party With Cheesy Poutine Poppers

I was so hoping you had found a way to encase the gravy in the potato as well, sort of like a soup dumpling, but this still looks really good.

Do you have a good source for cheese curds? They are not a thing where I live so I have no chance of buying them locally.

Our Vegan Month Progress: Week 3, Checking Privilege and Staying the Course

+1 again for lemonfair.

And savory oatmeal is my favorite. I haven't tried it with tofu but I often add roasted vegetables and top it with dumpling sauce (soy, rice vinegar, sugar and sesame oil). Great way to start the day.

Why My Fridge Is Never Without Shirataki Noodles (and Yours Shouldn't be Either)

Sorry, Kenji, I love you with every fiber of my being but I cannot do shirataki noodles. I have tried but the smell, even after rinsing, is too much for me. I respect your food chops but this is one time I will have to say, "To each his own." Noodle, that is.

The Food Lab: How to Grill or Broil Tofu That's Really Worth Eating

I know everyone loves to hate Thug Kitchen but their tofu marinades are delicious! I personally love the sweet citrus one for almost any use but their ginger-sesame is great as well. Will definitely be trying this cooking method, though.

How to Make Lemongrass and Coriander-Marinated Grilled Tofu Vietnamese Sandwiches (Vegan Banh Mi)

@mc1818, I loathe mayonnaise in any form so I usually use sour cream in its place. Doesn't have quite the same texture but the flavor is fine.

Our Vegan Month Progress: Week 1

@FreeRangeNan and @cschepers, one of the SE staffers (honestly can't remember which, sorry) recommended an app called Pepperplate to me some time back. I have been very happy with it since it interfaces with a lot of websites plus I can use it on both my mobile devices and my computer. Is it perfect? No, but I have few complaints.

The Vegan Experience: Welcome to Year 4

So glad you are doing this again, Kenji! I have been vegan before 6:00 pm (and often after) since September for health reasons and while there may be some challenges, it has really expanded my cooking horizons. For me, the biggest hurdle has been finding things that I can customize that meat eaters and vegans can both enjoy. I knew I had made some real progress, though, when my kids requested your vegan nacho cheese sauce and chips for our Super Bowl "junk food dinner" (the one meal of the year when I usually cave and buy things like mozzarella sticks and chicken wings for them). This year they also wanted zucchini zircles, not vegan but still vegetarian, although we did have the mozzarella sticks so it wasn't a complete health-fest.

Anyway, looking forward to spending another month making your delicious recipes.

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