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Win a Copy of 'Salad Samurai'

greens, walnuts, blue cheese, apples, dried cranberries and cherry balsamic vinaigrette

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

I'd make fresh mozzarella. Red, green, blue, orange, any color is really great.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

I'd make fresh mozzarella. Red, green, blue, orange, any color is really great.

Enter to Win a Ham Independence Day Package From La Quercia

Why do pigs never recover from illness? Because you have to kill them before you cure them!

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

Living in central Germany, took a 2 hour train ride to a US Army Base, which you used to be able to walk on with a US Passport. Scoured the roads for a man named Whistlin' Pete (or Whiskey Pete depending on who you ask). Found him in a garage. He didn't have the smoker up for the day, but he gave us some burnt ends and chicken wings. Not the best bbq, but some of the most fun to eat.

Must-visit vegetarian spots in NYC

wow - thanks everyone! Those all sound amazing. We were looking at Dirt Candy, but'll probably have to pray for a random walk-in availability as they're pretty booked.

I hadn't thought about Per Se for vegetarian, but that ones been on my 'before I die' list for some time. I think this might be the time :)

Again - thank you everyone for the suggestions.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

In a dream, I'd probably say five guys / or shake shack. Not too many options where I live.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

In-N-Out, Five Guys and Shake Shack - all fresh, at the same time.

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

straight up whole milk mozzarella and lightly seasoned crushed tomatoes.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

fontina / whole milk mozzarella cheese, broccoli and crushed tomatoes

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

I would have to say my favorite is a Victorinox Forschner 7 Inch Santoku. It's light, nimble, quick and razor-sharp. It was also very reasonably priced and easy to re-sharpen when needed.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

I know that this is sacrilege, but I will be doing what I have done for every super bowl since I've been born - not watching. But, that doesn't mean I should be excluded from winning these tasty treats. I'm not much of a sports guy; I'll probably end up making a special sunday dinner - burgers sound good ;)

Cook the Book: 'Appetite for Reduction'

chickpea and spinach stew with potatoes has to be one of my favorites.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

I'm definitely going to make the Acorn Squash Lasagna with Béchamel Sauce - sounds absolutely amazing! I'm always on the lookout for lasagna recipes with bechamel sauces. I find them to be luxurious and a perfect part of a thanksgiving meal.

Street Food in Germany: The Döner Kebap Sandwich

Oh my! That brings back the memories. Used to live in Marburg, DE and loved, loved, loved Doeners. Turgut 2 had by far the best doeners in town, though Ali Khan's could put out a mean one too. Always asked for mine "wahnsinnig scharf" (insanely spicy) and then they'd bring out the secret blend of peppers, herbs and spices that they'd sprinkle liberally on top. Here are my tips for a good doener shop -
1. Look for a place where you can actually see the layers of meat on the kebab - some places use meat mush for lack of a better word that's then shaped into a cone. A proper kebab should be layers of marinated lamb that are smeared with a marinade and then stacked on a giant spit and roasted.
2. Pitas are ok - but fresh baked turkisch fladenbrot (flat bread) is better. Kind of like a giant round foccacia. A wedge is then cut off and toasted in a sandwich press. I think this one is personal preference because I just like the airy, but bready texture of the flatbread over the pita. Plus the press gives it a nice textural contrast.
3. Always look for a place where they cut the meat off the spit with a knife - never an electric shaver or knife. The electric knives get it too thin and the ratio of juicy meaty bits to crunchy exterior suffers.
4. Fresh crispy veg and a good sauce are key as well. These two can really make or break the doener.

Wow - I haven't thought about doener's for years! Anyone know of a good Doener place (not gyro joint) in the US? I gave up looking a few years ago, but was wondering if anyone else has been able to find one? Oh - and for those who want to go one step further - try a lahmacun. It's basically like a thick tortilla or thin pizza crust, smeared with a tomato and minced lamb mixture, topped with the doener meat, veg and sauce and rolled like a burrito. That one's definitely tops in my book as well.


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