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there's a restaurant that i worked for that always calls the menu "seasonal yum yums" I hate the phrase "yum yums" its damn good food so just say so

10 Fun Toppings for Popcorn

there's a movie theater where i live that offers to put nutritional yeast and a secret spice blend on the popcorn


make some compound butters. fresh herbs (whatever you like) good on everything from fish to chicken, chipotle with honey is great on tacos and cornbread, one of my favorites is saffron and preserved lemon on shrimp. all you have to do is blend the ingredients into butter, roll it in plastic and stick it in the freezer. you can cut off rounds as you need

Graham Crackers with.....Butter?!

my mom used to make graham crackers with butter and powdered sugar frosting, a little vanilla and pop them in the freezer for treats. brings me back to childhood

Super Bowl Giveaway: 10-Pound Box of Pat LaFrieda Sliders

we have a 98 inch projector screen so buddies are coming to our house. probably potluck stuff-spinach dip, wings, pizza, etc. but sliders would make it easier on me!

First meal of 2012

We were on the way to the Rose Bowl at !:30 am so I think maybe beef jerky, crackers, and hershey's kisses. Also energy drinks because it's a 13 hour drive

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

I don't often drink coffee but my fiancee's aunt is obsessed. At her house I drink it black and strong

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

Either the 7" Shun for actual use, or the antique engraved sushi knife I got from a japanese friend who taught me the art of sushi making in Hawaii

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Filet Mignon Roast from Pat LaFrieda Meats

thinly sliced skirt steak for the taco nights with our friends. fillet for date night when its only us

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

For his birthday (April) I bought my boyfriend a Shun chefs knife knowing grill season was on the way. However I also kinda wanted it for me :)

That doesn't go together!

My dad puts condiments on everything but usually it's just whatever he reaches first. I've see soy sauce on spaghetti, hot sauce on pretty much everything, mustard on a burrito etc.

Cook the Book: 'Serious Eats'

Last Summer there was a ratatouille gratin recipe that I tweaked a bit to turn it into grilled little stacks for an appetizer with grilled haloumi cheese

Weekend Cook and Tell: Cranberry Confidential

every year, per mom's request- i make oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries, white chocolate chunks, and candied ginger. they're pretty tasty. I also like a spinach salad with feta, pomegranate seeds, tangerines, and a cranberry-white balsamic vinaigrette

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Recchiuti Chocolate Bars

Those dark chocolate lindt truffels. I used to put them in the freezer in college and have one a night for dessert.

San Francisco: 7 Turkey Sandwiches We Love

My turkey sandwich epiphany comes from my stepmom: Starts with salted rosemary bread like ciabatta, next a little cream cheese and mustard, then the sliced turkey, cranberry chutney, shredded lettuce slaw.

Need help: office party food ideas

What about little open faced sandwiches with focaccia squares and either olive tapenade, tomato-basil, caramelized onion with bacon etc. Then add some fun cheeses to go with them like gruyere, cheddar, or blue

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

I was a vegetarian until my first date with my now long time boyfriend. In the glow of love I didn't care what we ordered and he chose to share a stuffed pork chop. Pig epiphany! Oh I'm not vegetarian anymore...

Just wondering, do you feel okay eating alone at a restaurant?

Sometimes I relish eating out alone. It's usually kind of a breather and nobody makes fun of me when I order soup and salad. Having been in the industry I do though, seek out places conducive to single diners.

Quick Chile Verde

Ok might not be as sophisticated but when I was really poor and cold in Wyoming a staple chili was a can of black beans, chicken stock, a jar of salsa, and maybe chopped chicken and tortillas. Cumin and cilantro are a great addition but when you're 17 in -5 degree weather sometimes you cant get that stuff...


A friend brought over curried chickpeas with golden raisins to go with a raw kale salad. however, we had the leftover chickpea mixture so i figured why not blend it up with roasted peppers for added depth and moisture? seriously the most awesome hummus ever (as far as flavored kinds)

Your favorite frugal foods and dishes

Definitely get a whole roasted chicken and make meal of it for dinner, with maybe roasted potatoes and sauteed spinach or whatever. Then, take off the rest of the meat for chicken soup or chicken tacos or stock; whatever's left. This also works with anything you'd think of as chowder


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