Counter top Combi Oven?

Another vote for the Breville SmartOven. I actually just have the mini version (I have a convection oven in the wall), but I LOVE IT. It's amazing, I haven't had to turn on the big ovens since I got it!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: 'Round Things Are Tasty' Tote Bag

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

He never orders enough pizza!

Ask a Bartender: What's the First Bar You Ever Loved?

Mac's in Lansing is still going strong! Great comedy shows every Monday and great bands still coming in. Bar is fantastic!

"kid" food??

Lumps = raised areas one receives after a beating. Meaning, you've been hit. So "I've taken my lumps" means you've received your beating due (for whatever reason). Sort of like paying your dues, etc.

Tipping: My latest conundrum

If someone brings my food out, or busses my table, or it's a buffet type situation where people are actually doing things for you (getting beverages, etc.) then I'll throw in a couple of bucks (or a buck, if the order is tiny).

Brie and Nutella Grilled Cheese

Brie or Edam and chocolate sandwiches on baguette are a couple of my favorite guilty pleasures.

In Our Community Corner: Meet Devany Lister Aley (aka: MissMochi)

Ohhh MissMochi, I love this profile! I am going to Maui soon - anything I HAVE to try while on the island?

Grilled Cheese with Roasted Pineapple, Ham, and Swiss

I agree with Kimboinatl. I would totally eat this, but it's not grilled cheese. It's a grilled ham sandwich that has cheese on it.

Help with a big decision

Actually, law school sucks, so if you can take any joy in ANYTHING while in it, do it. If you like both schools equally, then go for a place that will make you feel the most comfortable/happy while you are immensely unhappy about being in law school :D

What is the Worst Food You Made This Week?

I nuked two off brand hot dogs out of desperation. I ate them on a plate with ketchup.

Reality Check: We Try Burger King's Four New Burgers

I'm sorry, but that top picture looks like a patty made with a corn poop.

Places to eat in DeKalb, Illinois

It was a HUGE deal with DeKalb got a Chipotle, which is sad. Also, there is this place called Pita Pete's which isn't bad either. I really liked their pitas when I was visiting my (now) husband. I forgot to mention there is a Portillo's out in Sycamore, which is good. It has decent college town food, just nothing super fancy.

Places to eat in DeKalb, Illinois

Tom and Jerry's is a solid take out joint. They have good dogs, gyros, italian beef, etc. Pagliai's pizza was also a favorite. It is a cracker crust/square cut pie type pie. Never ate in, always had it delivered. China House buffet was as fancy as we got out there, but itis a really good Chinese buffet, lol! I honestly can't say we went anywhere decent in DeKalb. There used to be a decent coffee shop downtown, but I can't remember the name. DeKalb is pretty much a college town out in the boons.

Cook the Book: 'Try This at Home' by Richard Blais

I enjoy variations of mac and cheese, especially with stilton!

Cereal Eats: Grape Nuts Flakes

I love Grape Nuts and Grape Nuts Flakes. The Flakes are really good with banana :D

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Egg Waffle Goodness from Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles

The last time I was in Toronto's Chinatown, I saw a stall furiously making these for a giant crowd of people. None of the signs were in English, and I had just eaten too many buns of various types so I didn't stop. Now I'm sad that I didn't try one! They smelled amazing!

Pricing Cookies

A friend bakes for the local farmer's market. I think she charges $1/cookie.

Video: How to Poach Eggs, the Foolproof Method (Really!)

I just simmer water in a skillet, plop the eggs in, skim off the whisps with my slotted spoon, and scoop them out once they are done to my liking. They look and taste great! I crack the eggs VERY close to the water and find that not creating a "vortex" prevents too many whispies. If the water is at a rolling boil it doesn't work.

Need help with nutless pesto

What about pepitas?

What is your favorite shape of pasta or noodle?

@Lorenzo - my favorite shape is radiatore and it is great for mac and cheese. It really grabs the sauce and has all sorts of nooks and crannies :)

Cook the Book: 'Classic Snacks Made from Scratch'

Swiss cake rolls!

If you had to eat one nationality...

We Spend Valentine's Day at White Castle

I love White Castle. There was a mourning period when the one in my town closed. We now have to drive a half hour. So sad.

What to Do With A Sodastream

I love my Sodastream. I never have problems with it losing fizz. I like the diet cranberry soda and the diet lemon-lime. Usually, we just add to the glass not the bottle. Also, we normally just drink plain soda or mix it with a few oz. of tart cherry juice or pomegranate juice. A lime garnish is nice.

Food Truck Favorites and Policies

I've had of my favorite dining experiences (in recent memory) come from local food trucks. From BBQ to tacos and bahn-mi, I'm really enjoying our growing food truck scene. Do you have any favorite food trucks?

Also, how does your city/town deal with food truck vendors? I learned today that our downtown retail district bans food truck vendors, which pushes them into the surrounding neighborhoods. Great for parking, bad for business. Seems like a bad policy when we need to help small businesses flourish...I may be going on a crusade to help my favorite tacos!

How do you organize your kitchen?

With all of the food-related gift talk, I'm guessing a lot of us Serious Eaters are looking for space in the kitchen/pantry to store new kitchen goodies.

So, how do you organize your kitchen? Are you in a small apartment with two cupboards? Do you have serious storage? Are you disorganized to the point where you buy the same item twice?

How do you store food, spices, knives, large pots and pans, huge platters, etc.?

Le Creuset on ceramic cooktop?

I was a little spoiled this Christmas morning with a couple of items from Williams Sonoma. My husband racked up $120 in free "bucks" from the store from his other purchases, and I'm thinking of putting them toward a Le Creuset dutch oven (which I could never justify buying without that serious discount).

My problem is: I've never used regular cast iron on my ceramic cooktop because the manual says it's a big no-no. I feel that the enamel on the Le Creuset products would protect the cooktop, but I wanted to see if anyone out there has used Le Creuset enameled cast iron products on their ceramic/glass cooktops with success (and without scratches!)

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all Serious Eaters!

Washington D.C. Eats

My husband and I are going to Washington D.C. for our third wedding anniversary this week. He's never been (and I've been a dozen times), so I want to make this a really memorable trip.

My brother lives in Foggy Bottom across from GWU Law and we'll be staying in the Rosslyn area (near Rosslyn metro) - does anyone have any suggestions for good, D.C.-only spots to eat at? I am not a fan of chains when dining on vacation. We're looking for a good breakfast, good burger, good pizza, and one great restaurant (that is reasonable) for a night out. Street food suggestions are also welcome.

I have a few places I like, but it's always fun to try something new!

Thanks for any leads!

Harvesting and Drying Herbs

I have a huge crop of tarragon, thyme, thai basil, lemon basil, and flat leaf parsley in my garden.

We just had our first frost, so I'm ready to bring everything inside to dry.

What are your favorite methods for drying and storing large amounts of home-grown herbs?

I do not own a dehydrator, but have convection, conventional, and microwave ovens...and a kitchen with a lot of windows.

I have successfully dried small batches on paper towel out on the counter, but I'm worried about mold, etc. with such a large crop.

Watermelon rind pickles...any ideas for use?

While visiting my 96 year old great-grandmother (go grandma!) in the heart of Tennessee, I hit up the local farmer's market and picked up a jar of watermelon rind pickles.

I'm not sure if there are better things to do with them other than eat them straight out of the jar.

Anyone have any alternative applications for watermelon rind pickles? They really are delicious, and I would love to bake or cook with them. They have a spiced, pear-like flavor and texture.

Has anyone else had any other experience with these pickles? My grandma said she never made them very often because they took too long to make compared to her other 20+ pickle recipes...

McDonald's New Maple and Fruit Oatmeal

Earlier this week, McDonald's officially launched their oatmeal. The little tub the Maple and Fruit Oatmeal ($2.29) comes in says "Undeniably Delicious Oatmeal" under the Golden Arches logo—not the case. It's just so disturbingly sweet; McFlurry levels of sweet. I'd rather eat an Egg McMuffin any day of the week. And with a whoppin' 290 calories, which is pretty high considering there aren't even nuts involved, you might as well. More

Your Go-To Pasta Dough Recipe

Do you make fresh pasta at home? I prefer a rich, eggy pasta such as this, which can be cut in half: 16 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 dozen large egg yolks 2 large... More

New Meat Grinder - What to do?

My wife got me a meat grinder attachment for our Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas! I've already made burgers and will have fun perfecting that, and I want to get into sausage making. What else can I do with it? I'm... More