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Cook the Book: 'Yucatán' by David Sterling

Cook the Book: 'My Paris Kitchen' by David Lebovitz

moules et frites... technically belgian I think but definitely found all over Paris

Bake the Book: Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop

oatmeal cookie dough from ben and jerry's

Giveaway: Win a Pair of California Wine Country Prints

hook and ladder- great wines and fun people

Bake the Book: First Prize Pies

peach... unless it's mixed with something like blueberries

Cook the Book: 'Kitchen Confidence' by Kelsey Nixon

cornbread and various vinaigrettes for salad

Bake the Book: The Model Bakery Cookbook

all kinds of cookies with rotating specials and ice cream to make ice cream cookie sandwiches

Win Pop Chart Lab's 'Cooking Measurements Tea Towel'

Not necessarily a mishap, but a friend and I made the same cookie recipe but measuring the ingredients differently (by weight vs. volume) and they turned out very different. By volume was actually better!

Cook the Book: 'Spain' by Jeff Koehler

Bake the Book: The Irish Pantry

cereal and granola bars

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

medium rare with blue cheese/mushroom topping

Cook the Book: 'Daniel: My French Cuisine' by Daniel Boulud

Kenji's chili recipe

Bake the Book: Puddin'

Mississippi mud (ie. mocha with oreo crumbles)

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Deep fryer: wings, pickle chips, fried snickers

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: 17th Street BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

loooong roadtrip to lexington, NC

Bake the Book: Levi Roots' Sweet

hot fudge brownie sundae with all the toppings

Cook the Book: 'One Good Dish' by David Tanis

Cook the Book: 'Feast' by Sarah Copeland

Roasted carrots

Poll: What Do You Do With Your Crusts?

As I eat my pizza, I tear off parts of the crust to sop up any sauces, eat with any toppings that fall, or pull off any excess cheese/toppings to eat with. Makes it more enjoyable

Win Pop Chart Lab's 'The Various Varieties of Fruits'

Cook the Book: 'Lighten Up, America!'

Nothing food related... just to call mom more!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: High Road Ice Cream 6-Pack

caramelized banana with oatmeal and chocolate chips

Giveaway: Win A Copy of 'Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese'

velvety acorn squash melds into a good mac n' cheese

AHT Giveaway: VIP Tickets to the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle

Meat quality for sure. Needs a good amount of juice, medium rare, and salty/beefy flavor. Char is nice but not always necessary.

Win Pop Chart Lab's Worldwide Cheese Wheel Poster

Manchego because I see myself pairing quite nicely with a bold, spanish red wine.

How to celebrate July 4th abroad?

I'm living in Germany for the summer, and have been wondering how to have my own little personal celebration of July 4th. Big Mac meal? Buying all the "American" branded items at Lidl? (and yes, there is an entire half aisle covered in red, white, and blue that features frozen hamburgers and pre-packaged brownies, etc.) Home cooking of some sort? And yet, what would be considered an "American" meal?

Time on my hands- which recipes should I conquer?

Being a student, the summer months actually give me time to cook dishes that may be more challenging and/or time consuming. What dishes do you think are worthy of being considered a "challenge" to master? Doesn't necessarily have to be 30 steps long. It could be a simple two step, 3 ingredient sauce or dish, but I'm just looking for classics that people usually take short cuts around or don't attempt at home (traditional tagiatelle a la bolognese comes to mind, or maybe the perfect apple pie).

Small caveat: I'm currently living in Europe for about 2 and a half months on a summer internship, and am renting a dorm room from a local university. This means that I have the BASIC cooking supplies (i.e. basically just a stove/oven), and I'm less than willing to buy a ton of pantry staples such as flour, sugar, etc. that I won't be able to finish and will have to go to waste when I leave.

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