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  • Location: Austin, TEXAS!!

Win a Copy of 'Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen'

Homemade ice cream and my grandmother's handcut pasta.

Win a Serious Eats Edition KettlePizza Baking Steel Combo for Father's Day!

Anything with lotsa meat and uber-cheesy.

Cook the Book: 'The Homesick Texan's Family Table' by Lisa Fain

Borracho Beans -- and Lisa's are absolutely fantastic! Definitely my go-to recipe!

5 Great Oyster Joints in New Orleans

Yep, the Luke's happy hour prices (and quality) can't be beat.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Co-hosting a party - my sister is providing the cleaning services and the pad, I'm cooking. I say it's a pretty fair tradeoff. :)

Best Steak in Austin

Fast Food Chicken Dippin' Sauce Showdown: Popeye's Vs. McDonald's Vs. Burger King

Yep - pretty sure Chick-Fil-A would have blown all of these out of the water (except for their weird Ranch). Chick-Fil-A Sauce FTW.

Cook the Book: 'The Catch'

anything with shrimp. ANYTHING.

The Best Happy Hours in Austin

Searsucker's happy hour has been just awesome in my experience - the "small plates" (which are 50% off their usual prices) are not small at all and every single one that I've tried is truly delicious. The infusions.....not so much. :)

First Look: Cocktails at Whisler's in Austin, Texas

Looks great - can't wait to check it out!

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a KettlePizza Pro 22 Kit

Forgetting about the frozen pizza dough I made for him and lovingly placed in single-serving pieces in the freezer -- upon discovery (3 years later) there was no hope for those things.

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a Baking Steel!

Supreme -- give him all the toppings in the world, and he's a happy man. Except olives. NOOOO olives.

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

Simple potato dish, some grilled veggies and ice cold beer.

Serious Entertaining: An All-Pie Menu for Pi Day

I had no idea we had the ability to share pictures in the comments....neat!

Is bundt cake the new cupcake?

Lemme guess: you saw "Nothing Bundt Cake" locations. (get it?) It's a new central-south Texas chain and I'm almost sorry to admit this but they're absolutely incredible. A family member brought one for my sister's birthday a couple of weeks ago and the leftovers on that thing stayed super-moist and fresh for a week!

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Serious Eats NearMe Preview: SXSW Edition

SXSW Guide: Where to Eat in Downtown Austin

If you're in Austin this weekend, you cannot miss Paul Qui's SouthBy-only curated "trailer park" = South Bites. Literally a one-stop shop for some of the best food trucks in not only Austin but all over Texas and beyond. No wristband required.
http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/food/2013-03-06/south-bites-food-trailer-court-line-up/

Win Two Tickets to the Smoke Experiment at SXSW in Austin

Pork ribs. From almost anywhere.

Hungover in Austin? Go To Torchy's Tacos

Torchy's Diablo Sauce (it's available by the bottle in all locations) is quickly becoming my my default condiment of choice. "May start mouth fires" indeed!

Travel + Leisure Ranks America's Best Pizza Cities

Umm...I'm from Austin (and dearly love this damn city)...but we have NO right to be on this list. Whatsoever.

Cook the Book: Food and Wine's 'America's Greatest New Cooks'

Uchi in Austin...life-changing.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Two words: Franklins Barbecue. Followed closely by any time my father throws something on the pit.

Open Thread: It's Cold Out! Where Are You Eating to Warm Up in NYC?

Down here in 75-degree Austin, Texas, I'm sitting on a patio, sipping a glass of white wine, munching on chips & queso, and soaking up the sun. (sorry!)

Dining along the I-10 corridor - Houston to LA

I looked for responses to a similar thread in early-January when we road-tripped from Tampa to Austin. LOOOONNNNNGGG drive. Didn't find anything on SE but there's a lot out there in internet-land that was interesting. Good luck!

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Just a head's up to the SE staff -- the "More Posts" button is not working on the SE homepage. If you try to click it, you get a "Sorry there are no more posts" message.

I'm using Firefox 19.0.2

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Just a head's up to the SE staff that the "More Posts" button on the front page isn't working. I'm getting a "Sorry, no more posts!" response when I try to scroll down.

It's Monday and I need more SE in my life....

Thanks!

Kenji's tempting salad recipe?

Maybe I missed it, but in the awesome Everything-You-Wanted-To-Know-About-Thanksgiving-From-Kenji series (thanks by the way!!), he mysteriously alludes to this amazing salad with roasted pears, bitter greens & pomegranates and that the recipe would be posted Wednesday. I've been searching for it but can't find the post - did I miss it?

Baking with olive oil or user error?

Last night I tried to make a special treat for my sweetie - the Olive Oil & Coconut Brownies from the NYT last weekend: brownies

However, even though I baked them twice as long as the recommended 25-30 minutes, and let them cool for almost 3 hours they were completely undercooked and raw. I love gooey fudge and coconut as well as the next person, but I'd love to know what went wrong.

I tried to run this baking scenario by my grandmother this morning hoping for an "a-ha!" solution, but instead she's convinced that you shouldn't bake with olive oil. Ever.

Is there something inherently different about baking with olive oil instead of other fats? Has anyone made this (or similar) desserts with moderate success? Should I chalk this up to a baking fluke and try again?

For the record - the "brownies" tasted incredible and they had this amazing crispy/coconut-y/texture when you first bite into them. I'm hooked.

Over-(insert spice here)ed, now what?

Last night I made Mario Batali's "chicken with green sauce" which I honestly believe is the easiest, tastiest verde sauce out there - I make it all the time.

Unbeknownst to me I ended up with the hottest serrano pepper the market had to offer - and realized it after I'd pureed it into the sauce. Now I L-O-V-E hot, spicy dishes, in all shapes and forms, but this was eye-watering miserable. After spending an hour tweaking, adding water, chicken stock, more cilantro, anything I could think of, I finally had it edible, and dinner turned out fantastic.

However, it got me thinking - is there some trick or remedy to counter-balance spiciness? What are other things you do when you over-salt, over-spice, or over-acidify(real word?) your foods, without tossing out the whole batch and starting over?

Chemo-"therapy" foods

My mom is staying with me for 3 1/2 weeks while she's in town taking daily chemo/radiation treatments and I need new ideas on what to cook every night. I figure she's going through something tough enough and the least I can do is take care of dinner and serve something tasty. We've had the whole mashed potatoes/mac-n-cheese/roasted veggies thing for the past few nights and I think its time for something new.

She gets pretty nauseous with strong smelling foods and only craves soft, comfort foods. Also, her appetite comes and goes so I need something that she can reheat at a later time. I need help SE-ers!!

Typos creating havoc?

I just read this article http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,412823,00.html
where a recipe misprint by a magazine actually poisoned several people!! (Let's not mention who would actually have the patience to finely grate 20 nutmeg nuts....)

Have you ever cooked/baked something according to a recipe, only to figure out that it was incorrect? Or, (I do this all the time!!) have you ever not read the recipe correctly and ended up with a disaster?? In light of Labor Day weekend, let's hear disaster stories!!!

Need to feed hungry movers--make ahead recipes?

I'm moving this weekend (tomorrow) and was hoping someone has a quick, never-fail, satisfying casserole recipe or some other type of recipe that I could throw together tonight and bake/reheat tomorrow. After moving all day, not to mention the endless unpacking/decorating, the last thing I'm going to want to do is work in the kitchen for an hour to feed my movers. Have I mentioned that these "movers" are my family members who request to be paid for their services in food? A brief flip through my cookbooks and google search hasn't left me inspired. Help SE-ers!!!

Thanks for all recipes and ideas!!

Salsas and Pestos and Nuts, O MY!!!

So I just received the mother of all food processors that I have been drooling over for MONTHS (the BF bought it as an 'I'm sorry,' long story.) and am desperate to use it for something other than chopping nuts. Does anyone have some great recipes/ suggestions for killer pestos and salsas??? Any other great tips?

Thanks in advance!!

Picnic Celebration

I'm planning a picnic this weekend for my boyfriend's birthday and was wondering if anybody had any fabulous recipes or tips so I can pull this off and look like I've done this before. (All I have is the basket!!) The weather is supposed to be fantastic and what a better way to welcome the summer?!! Drinks, appetizers, entrees, all suggestions would be appreciated!!

Edible DIY: Spicy Pumpkin Seed-Pecan Brittle

This brittle is a snap to make (the only special tool you need is a decent candy thermometer) and the flavors are pure fall: crackly pumpkin seeds, crunchy pecans, and warm cinnamon. Provided you don't devour the entire batch (trust me, it's happened), this recipe yields enough brittle for two large gifts or six small favors. More