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Help needed on making Ice Cream Cone CupCakes

@prterrell thanks for all the info. He decided at the last minute that it was too hot to bake but I definitely want to try making these soon.

Cook the Book: The Good Stuff Cookbook

In-N-Out used to be our favorite but now we've been converted to Five Guys.

How to Make the Creamiest Scrambled Eggs

I thought it was cheesy grits too. But I definitely want to try these out! Knowing they are eggs makes them even more appealing; although I would add cheese to make them cheesy eggs!

A Lasagna Showdown: Sandra Lee vs. Matilda Cuomo

LOL at "Semi Ho-Made".

I have to admit that hearing about putting canned tomato soup in lasagna disgusts me.

I will never watch (not that I do now) her show again.

How insulting to the great state of New York.

Help needed on making Ice Cream Cone CupCakes

Thanks for the advice so far.

I guess I wanted to make them a little fancier than just a Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade box mix (not that there is anything wrong with that). I was hoping for some good batter recipes (maybe vanilla bean or something else that would go well with the "theme").

The Melting Pot

Went there a few years ago for an anniversary dinner (in Tacoma WA). Not as good as an authentic Fondue restaurant (like La Fondue in Los Gatos, CA) but it was fun. Definitely very expensive but worth doing if just for the fun.

What's the story behind your SE screen name?

First name, middle (and actually last too) initial. 'nuff said.

Cupcake Wars: Food Network's New Cupcake Competition Show Premieres Tonight

Whoa! Loving the anger. I thought the show was fluff but cute fluff that I could watch with my daughters now that school was out. It was a cooking show that they could follow along and show some interest in. Perfect for a prime time spot.

Maybe the cupcake vitriol is well deserved from the "real foodies" out there but really it's a show about cupcakes, it can't be taken that seriously; it's just a guilty summer pleasure!

Favorite Potato Chips?

@ag3208 they have Miss Vickie's in the Albertsons' chaing here in Washington state.

My favorite chip at the moment is the Basalmic Sweet Onion (i think) from Lays. I can down a big bag of those in like 4 minutes flat.

Living and Eating in Germany

I have to second the spaetzel; love the stuff!

Teddy's Bigger Burgers Brings Hawaiian Flair to Washington

Ate there a few weeks ago and now I think that's going to be my lunch spot today!

What Lost Family Recipe Would You Like to Find Again?

Sweet potato bread. I really think my grandmother just took sweet potato pie filling that she made and cooked it in a loaf pan but I remember it so clearly.

Guide to Essential Kitchen Hand Tools, Part 1

Must have that utensil holder.... Am checking Amazon right now.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

Creme Brulee hands down.

Food Network Shows

LOL. My husband has a total crush on Racheal Ray. I swear his eyes light up whenever she is on-screen. He says it's because she honestly looks like she eats the food she cooks.

I really like Big Daddy's House. That is now my favorite show behind good eats. I like Aaron's food because it's like soul food favorites with a little bit of new interpretation. My mother in law (from Louisiana) will not watch the Neely's ever since she saw them put some white sugar in their pot of collard greens (LOL, I do that too but don't let anyone see me do it).

This has been a fun post!

Dairy Queen's Blizzard Turns 25

Nice to see someone else feeling the Sonic frustration. We've driven from Marysville to Puyallup for a Sonic fix until we found that there was one closer to us in Ferndale.

Or Chili's too. Not one of those near by either!

George Foreman grills: Serious Equipment?

Piggybacking off the frozen burger diatribe from yesterday....

We have multiple Foreman Grills (my MIL gave us one for Christmas). We use them indoors to cook frozen burgers, fish or anything else.

Seattle Road Trip: FROST Doughnuts and Mallard Ice Cream

OMG ! Thank you for featuring FROST! I am in live with this place.

They have the best donuts and the nicest staff.

Smokey Bacon Maple Bar FTW!

The Crisper Whisperer: Grilled Asparagus with Buttery Breadcrumbs

I can't wait to try this!

Cook the Book: 'Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Cookbook'

Well, living about 50 miles from a big city, your choices are limited to Taco Bell and McDonalds for late night cuisine.

Cook the Book: 'Forgotten Skills of Cooking'

Had Corned Beef & Cabbage for lunch at work. Probably nothing Irish for dinner though; it's $3 Margarita night at the Mexican place in town!!

Which is your Favorite/Least Favorite Culinary Herb?

I hate Cilantro with a passion. Loathe it so very much.

Chives would have to be on my favorites list though!

Conan O'Brien Tweets About His Favorite Frozen Veggie: Peas

I love Peas!!!!

On Big Daddy's House he has a recipe for Gnocci with Bacon & Peas that I can't wait to try!

Cook the Book: 'My New Orleans'

Strawberries! Our town is known for its yearly Strawberry Festival!

Piroshky Piroshky at Pike Place Market in Seattle

Loving the Seattle vibe! I've lived here for 6 years and haven't been to Pike Place yet but the recent articles make me want to rectify that sitiuation STAT!

Help needed on making Ice Cream Cone CupCakes

Hello All.

Was watching Cupcake Wars last night with the family and mentioned to my husband (before the guy from MILK did it) that you could even make cupcakes inside of cake cones.

Well, once he saw them, he decided that he had to have Ice Cream Cone CupCakes for Father's Day this upcoming weekend.

Now, I'm an Engineer, not a chef but with three daughters (ages 13, 7, & 5) I figured the 4 of us should be able to figure something out.

But I was hoping some of the gang here at SE could at least point us in the right direction: good flavor/recipe for batter, frosting ideas or how to get a ganache that replicates hot fudge. i'm pretty sure I can handle the cherry on top though!

Thanks in Advance!

~M

Food Network Shows

Well, it's apparent that many people here have nothing but disdain for Sandra and her Semi-Homemade show. My question is rather, what Food Network shows do folks on SE actually watch and enjoy?

My three girls and I are Food Network Junkies and we always can fall back on episodes of Big Daddy's House, Good Eats and Ace of Cakes on the DVR when there's nothing on. I think my 5 year old recognized Paula Deen before she even knew what a ktichen was!

So what's your guilty Food Network pleasure? Have you ever tried any recipes you saw on a show and how did it go? Personally, I've made Halushki that I saw on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives; red beans and rice from Big Daddy's House and Collard Greens featured on Good Eats.

Sushi for Dummies (or at least Beginners)...

Hi, I have a bit of a dilemma. I have never been exposed to a lot of sushi but at the new job I have, my boss is CRAZY about the stuff and often invites the team out for sushi with him.

The past few times I've had other engagements but I won't be able to hide out forever.

That being said, I need to some tips on how to start appreciating sushi especially since I've never been really exposed to it. I grew up in Georgia and rural upstate New York so sushi was not someting that was easily available or popular.

Any suggestions/recommendations would be great. I do love seafood (salmon, catfish, shrimp, fried clams, etc) but I would be completely lost as to what to order at a sushi bar. I'm not really big on heat in my spices so I know to stay away from Wasabi.

Thanks!

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