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The Best Slow-Cooked Tomato Sauce

This has been bookmarked forever but haven't had a chance to make it until now. PERFECTION!! I used cheaper tomatoes, and halved the red pepper flakes (knowing the brand I have has more kick than most). I also ended up giving it a quick spin with the immersion blending, as I am a failure at breaking tomatoes apart with my hands.

I always made homemade sauce that is "fine" but nothing special and not worth the effort. This is worth every second. I'll try it in the slow cooker next time, but all the caramelization from the oven is worth it. It's a nice size batch, so I can freeze and have for a while.

This Is the World's Easiest Biscuit Recipe

Fab! I have a pot of soup going right now and I was just thinking I wish I had some good bread to go with it. Problem solved!

Pasta With Chickpea Sauce

If using canned beans, why leave out the onion and garlic? Wouldn't I still want to add flavor?

Barbara Kafka's Tandoori Chicken

Anyone know how this sauce freezes? I just noticed that I also commented on this in 2012, but haven't made it since. My now 4 year old and 1 year old couldn't get enough. But I have a nearly full can of coconut milk leftover - I'd love to make a big batch and freeze to easily use next time.

How to Make the Best French Onion Soup

Dare I dream that if chicken stock can be used successfully, that a good homemade veg stock would work too??

Win a Copy of 'Baked Occasions'

For a special occasion I always have to try something new. My other copies of Baked books are very well loved (their caramel apple cake and pumpkin bread are requested over and over again), and it's time for a new one - this one looks perfect!

NY vs. DC for a Californian

NY. I'm a NYer living in DC. No contest.

Introducing Our New Etiquette Column, Manner Matters

This is always fun for the vegetarian, who just by nature orders a dish that's $10-15 cheaper, and doesn't share the shared appetizers that someone ordered for the table. Add in being pregnant and not drinking either. Usually someone notices the difference and automatically mentions I should pay less, but with larger groups it goes unnoticed and I end up paying close to double what I consumed.

What food would you miss most as a vegan?

Marshmallows. Please help me with a recipe Kenji! If anyone can help me, you can!

Petition for McDonald's to Add a Healthy, Meatless Item Reaches 90,000+ Signatures

Eh. I'm a vegetarian and have no desire to go to McDonalds - their fries are even made with beef based flavoring. It would take more than a veggie burger to get me to go there for any reason.

Craving Replacement Fail

OMG yes, the lemonade issue is a big one. I love fresh, and I make it myself all the time. When I was pregnant and craving it constantly, I would sometimes order it when we were out, or get it at a vending machine and it was awful. Made me want to cry. I only make it myself now.

Roasted cherry tomatoes

Never thought to freeze them...good idea! I like them for sandwiches and things, so it would be nice to have them on hand.
I roast them by slicing lengthwise, you can seed the bigger ones or if you're using plum tomatoes, face up on sheet, drizzle olive oil, salt, roast at around 200 for a couple of hours.

Start with a graham cracker pie crust....

I use them for apple pie when I'm in a rush - fill one with thinly sliced apples tossed with cinnamon and sugar and a little flour. Take another and crumble it completely, mixing it with honey until just moistened through. Use the honey graham mixture as a topping for the pie and bake.

How to make apple pie for a group? Individual portions?

You can do disposable mini pie pans, but making them that small might screw up your crust to apple ratio...

advice: a vegan at an omnivore thanksgiving

Also, have your bf ask around in advance about what's on the table - to make sure there's no butter or chicken broth etc hiding in things that look harmless. It's better to ask in the kitchen before hand or the day in advance rather than at the table, potentially embarrassing the host, and then you end up with nothing on your plate, which is always awkward.

advice: a vegan at an omnivore thanksgiving

I always bring something that can serve as my main, and a side dish for everyone (one recent big hit was lentil "meat"balls with pesto). I also bring along a few things that are my tradition to make, since I miss being with my own family (like cranberry sauce), but we've been married as few years now and they're used to me.

5 Coffee Myths Debunked

Biggest pet peeve ever - places that don't have iced decaf. I'm pregnant and could live on the stuff, but too many places don't have it at all.

Other uses for an Air Popper?

When I saw so many replies, I clicked on this thread, wondering if I would regret having recently ditched my popper. No regrets, but glad I clicked. Thanks for the laughs!

if you make your own vanilla extract...

Again, too logical. I swear I usually have more common sense than this!

if you make your own vanilla extract...

Oops... I guess that would have been the smart thing to do. :)

a chemical smell/taste?

What kind of packaging is it in? Could it be a type of plastic container that's used? Sometimes those smell a little off to me.

Fresh Tomato and Caramelized Onion Jam

You have left me speechless. I NEED this. NOW!!!

Montreal Dining with a Vegetarian For poutine.

Marche Jean-Talon for piecing together a lunch of fun market foods - cheeses, veggies, crepes etc.

We didn't go anywhere particularly fancy, and since we were only there for a few days I was content to have croissants and crepes and cheese and other snack-like lunches. And beer.


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