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Fudgiest Espresso Cashew Brownies

These were tasty but at 25 minutes, came out TOO underbaked. I like fudgy but they wouldn't hold shape and had to be an at-home dessert instead of something I could take into the office. Next time I'll keep in the oven for at least 30 minutes.

Beyond Curry: Indian Masala Omelet

I grew up eating these omelets every Sunday morning. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Beer Lovers: Win a Pair of Tickets to SAVOR in NYC

Bell's for the win!

Cereal Eats: If You Could Bring Back One Discontinued Cereal...

Team Cheerios (I LOVE Multigrain Cheerios but they aren't the same).

Win Two Tickets to the Speedrack National Finals for America's Fastest Bartender

The Ward III guys always get it right!

Win Two Tickets to Taste of the Lower East Side, April 25th

Another vote for Shopsin's.

Win 2 Tickets to Sweetlife: A Music + Food Festival!

Avocado, gelato and berries in the sunshine!

Win Two Tickets to the Lucky Rice Cocktail Feast, May 2nd

Not particularly authentic (and the food is hit or miss), but I love the cocktail experience at Spice Market.

NYC: 10 Scotch Cocktails We Love Right Now

The Jack London at The Wayland is a favorite.

Win Two Tickets to the Smoke Experiment at SXSW in Austin

The I Hear Banjos drink at the Wayland.

Win Two Tickets to the Village Voice's Choice Eats on March 19th

Buka-- love their food but never make it out there enough!

Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

Also baked for 50 minutes and used a Honeycrisp apple instead, but the recipe came out very well and was a huge hit!

Win Two VIP Tickets to the 2012 Vendy Awards on Saturday, September 15th

Kwik Meal-- I miss these carts now that I'm not in midtown!

New Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Bars

Interesting-- I liked the Samoa ones the most because it didn't have the same texture of the cookie and elevated the coconut!

7 Can't-Miss Dosas in NYC

Have to give a vote for the Pondicherry dosa at Tiffin Wallah-- great food and I've had decent service, especially compared to other South Indian restaurants.

Cereal Eats: Cheerios Showdown Part I, The Basic Cheerios

Leandra, I used to constantly be made fun of by my friends for proclaiming Multigrain Cheerios to be the best cereal of all time. The fact that you include it in your top 5 and refer to it as "your jam" makes me feel SO validated!

Vegan: Brussels Sprout Fried Rice with Crispy Cauliflower

Made this last night with great results, and mixed in a scrambled egg with the leftover rice for brunch today! Thanks again for this series-- I'm not vegetarian or vegan but these recipes have really inspired me to get into the kitchen more.

Dinner Tonight: Braised Coconut Spinach with Chickpeas and Lemon

@MandyEats-- vegetarian/vegan food does not mean healthy, for sure, but at least for me, I find I need a nudge to incorporate more vegetables in my meals, which I think we can all agree should be an integral part of our diet. These recipes/Kenji's experiment have put a lot of cool ideas into my head of how to make vegetables exciting without falling into a rut, and that keeps my overall diet healthier. Just my interpretation!

Vegan: Pasta with Braised Broccoli and Tomato Sauce

I love this experiment of yours, Kenji! I appreciate that most of your analytical mind has been focused on meat processes (street cart food at home! amazing!), but I'm a veggie-focused eater and this has been a joy to read so far. Just wanted to let you know for every detractor/disappointed fan, there are excited ones too!

Chewy Maple Cookies

I made these and they turned out delicious! However when I put them away after cooling, I found the cookies stuck to each other. Did anyone else have that problem?

Holiday Entertaining- Is this Appropriate?

Almost every dinner party I went to growing up (and continue to go to) is a potluck, though no one ever calls it such, so the request from your GF's coworker doesn't stick out to me. But sounds like I'm in the minority for not getting offended!

To be honest, because of my upbringing, I find it odd if I'm not asked to bring a main and what I want to drink because that's just how I've always done it. (Full disclosure: I'm Indian-- curious if other Indian SE's also only know the potluck way for dinner parties!)

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Recchiuti Chocolate Bars

dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt. yum!

Berkeley, California: Celebrating Chez Panisse's 40th Anniversary with Some Pizza

I had that nettles pizza when I went to Chez Panisse in April-- it was fantastic.

I suppose I'm firmly in the opposite camp of the pizza purists-- bring on the toppings! Especially if they're of the caliber of Chez Panisse's. (Sorry to say, crust has never done it for me, it's simply a vehicle to deliver the goodness of toppings, sauce and cheese.)

What food smell do you hate?

Parmesan cheese-- I used to love it as a kid but now the smell makes me nauseous. Sometimes I feel the same way about goat cheese, but I love the way goat cheese tastes.

The smell of fish took me a while to get over as well.

Win Two Tickets to the 2011 Wines from Spain Great Match

Marques de Riscal rioja, and some solid pan con tomate. Heaven!

Quiet restaurant but also group friendly?

I realize I may be asking for the impossible here...

I'm having a high school reunion of 8-10 girls in a couple of weeks, so I'm looking for a group friendly, but inexpensive to moderately priced restaurant. The big catch? One of the girls suffers from some hearing loss, so noisy restaurants are a no go. Any place with live music is also nixed. However, we don't want to be in a place so quiet that a group of girlfriends can't chat and drink without offending people. Any suggestions?

Food-wise, we are open. Mexican is the biggest crowd pleaser but I feel like it's an especially difficult cuisine to find a quiet restaurant in the city.

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