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Don't Like Deep Frying At Home? Try the Philips AirFryer, a Convection Oven on Steroids

There are fryers that rotate the food through a much smaller fat reservoir. The catch is, it can only handle small loads.

It really does work, but oil is cheap, a lot cheaper than a fancy fryer.

My problem with deep frying at home is the smell and greasy steam.

Perfect Quick-and-Easy French Toast

Your plain sandwich white fell apart because you used too much milk. Try something closer to a dozen eggs to 1 cup of milk. That is enough for 18 small slices, which gives about 2/3rds of an egg per slice of bread.

It's tricky to handle moving a fully soaked piece of plain sandwich white from the bowl to the pan, use two hands or it will fall apart.

We serve it with butter and cinnamon sugar since maple syrup or preserves overpower the delicious slices of custardy bread.

Make sure you salt the custard mix!

Testing the Five-Second Rule, Lime Prices Skyrocket, and More in Food Policy This Week

The whole high fiber means less colon cancer was disproved FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. Nurses in the huge 1999 study who ate more dietary fiber did not have a lower incidence of colon cancer. Seems the followers of Kellogg, and his bowel obsession still can't let go.

Tales of the Blue Plate Special: Stories From New York's Short Order Cooks

Great stuff! MORE!

Real Talk: Stop Bashing Ice Cream Stabilizers

As for Breyer's, yes they have added lots of cheap flavors with assorted junk added to appeal to the 31 flavors sort of crowd. But the original flavors like Vanilla have the same ingredients they always had.... except for the addition of stabilizers which destroyed the clean mouth feel and melt.

Real Talk: Stop Bashing Ice Cream Stabilizers

This sort of article just makes me sad. Rather than teaching people about the fake mouth feel from added gums, and how the clean melt of REAL ice cream is being lost. We get excuses.
Look at the complete destruction of the Breyer's brand. How the only nationally available Philadelphia style ice cream, with a fantasticly clean melt has been turned into yet another marshmallowy "creamy" mess.

Gift Guide: High End Kitchen Tools

Will the Presto Pro get up to the same high pressure (and temperature) as the Fagor model recommended by Cooks Illustrated?

Trawling NYC for UK-Style Fish and Chips

Did any leave the skin on the fish? My favorite shops in UK fried with skin on, adds that wonderful bit of jelly making it all the more succulent.

Taste Test: Asian Shrimp(y) Chips

Thai labels are pretty cool because they list percentage of ingredients
Manora fried shrimp chips
45% Tapioca Flour
24% Ground Shrimp
18% Palm Oil
5% Garlic
3.5% Sugar
2.0% Salt
1.5% Pepper
1% Flavor Enhancer

Taste Test: Asian Shrimp(y) Chips

Manora (from Thailand) are WAY BETTER.

Try both the prawn, and crab chips.

They come in a cool can to keep them fresh and unbroken.

If you are going to fry fresh, I don't like the Indonesian, too sweet. I prefer the off Chinese brands. The stronger the funky dried shrimp flavor the better. They should look like hard, semi-transparent poker chips before frying.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Advice.... use one package of oreos, use salted butter (probably less than this recipe calls for), and add more salt. The salt makes up for the extra sweet icing. Then blend it in a food processor. The texture is different, but it's WAY LESS WORK!

Introducing the Serious Eats Magazine!

@Funghi Porcini:
Apple is 32% of Tablet sales.
Android is 79% of Smartphone sales.
Older versions of the platform, such as Android 1.6, 2.1, 2.2 and 3.2, now account for less than 5% of all devices between them.

http://www.digitalspy.com/tech/news/a503624/android-jelly-bean-extends-market-share-lead.html

3 Milkshake Recipes to Celebrate Berry Season

All those recipes have the same problem, they grind up the whole berries for a long time. This gives you can overpowering grassy/bitter seed flavor and gritty texture.
Either add the fruit at the last second, or pass it through a fine sieve before adding it.

Ask The Food Lab: Why Does My Noodle Soup Thicken As It Sits Overnight?

Some canned soups have firm noodles, they use very eggy thick noodles which are more stable.

In Our Community Corner: Meet Paul Maki (aka: Meat Guy)

Meat Guy is my favorite commenter on SE, particularly love his biting responses to the more elitist posts.

Glad you've stuck around!

Reality Check: The Egg White Delight McMuffin From McDonald's

Get the original without the nasty cheese, it's lower in calories than this new egg white one, and much healthier (yolk much better for you than synthetic cheese substance).

Only catch is you will have to add salt since a lot of the yummy salt is in the fake cheese goo.

We Try Häagen-Dazs's New Gelato Line

I tried a couple of the HD Gelatos, and they were both too sweet, like they replaced the butter fat with sugar.

Sugar Rush: McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, Santa Barbara

Their vanilla bean is the closest I've had to homemade vanilla ice cream.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Ground short ribs, charred on the grill, salty crust, soft bread cut out of a english loaf (from japanese bakery). Summer tomatoes, raw onions, mayo, enough iceberg lettuce to combat the yummy but heavy grease. Had it a few years ago at home.

Can You Recycle Pizza Boxes? Kinda Sorta Maybe...

Pizza boxes make excellent kindling for the wood stove.
Greasy would be better, but low fat cheese and precooked sausage bits are now the the default in common pizza.

Video: The Food Lab's Foolproof Hollandaise in 2 Minutes

Why use a pot on the stove and pour it into a measuring cup? Why not dump the butter in the measuring cup and microwave it briefly?
One less pot to clean up, less fussy.

Snapshots from Kenya: Eating Roasted Goat from a Nyama Choma in Nairobi

Excellent read, give us more, more pictures, more articles!

Steakcraft: Quality Meats' 'Butcher's Cut,' a 64 oz. Dry Aged Double Rib Steak

Even more of a crime is frenching the bones. All that succulent sweet meat on the bones is stripped away so you get a white handle? STUPID.
A big part of the attraction of a good steak is variety of flavors, if you cut away everything but the eye you end up with BORING.


Snapshots From Hong Kong: Red Bean Pie from McDonald's

I still remember the mixed fruit pie, it was cheap canned fruit cocktail thickened into pie filling, inside that fantastic fried crust. Mouth scorching canned green grapes in goo is not something I'd like to repeat. But the sour cherry pie was excellent, so sad it's not in USA anymore.

The Food Lab: 61-Day Dry-Aged, Sous-Vide, Torched-and-Seared Bone-in Ribeyes (AKA The Ultimate Steak)

Personally... I really don't like the taste of steak fried in oil, and butter hot enough just tastes burned. You'd think beef fat would be perfect, some it somehow has a off heavy flavor that is not nice once it gets really hot. If I'm going to use fat to cook a steak, my choice is clarified butter. Although my favorite is charbroil.

That side cooking looks like it ruined the cap (medium well), sad.

The Cooking Channel to replace Fine Living

Scripps is giving up on the "Fine Living" concept, which is no surprise considering it felt like a TV version of now failed Gourmet magazine.

Sort of like how MTV stopped showing music videos, and created MTV2 for the music. Scrips is creating a network for all the cooking shows no longer shown in the The Food Network.

Rather than start a channel from scratch, Scripps is using all the contracts in place for "Fine Living" to launch "The Cooking Channel" as a direct replacement.

Maybe we'll finally get to see all the old shows like David Rosengarten's Taste. Or those creepy episodes of James Beard's cooking show where he was surrounded by chirpy 1960s housewives? Sort of a bald fat version of Don Draper in a backwards universe.

http://news.google.com/news/story?cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&ncl=d367IFdjRFxbY_M17PHBvTPGfH9CM

Photo of the Day: Brain Slug Cupcakes

[Flickr: the small cat club] Artist Alicia Traveria made these awesome Futurama brain slug-themed cupcakes for a birthday celebration. Cherry buttercream brains...delicious. [via Craftzine] Related Photo of the Day: Ghost Cupcakes Photo of the Day: Pac-Man Wedding Cake Photo of the Day: Thanksgiving on a Cupcake Photo of the Day: Domokun Cupcakes... More

Video: ‘Taco Bell’s New Green Menu Takes No Ingredients From Nature,’ from The Onion

On The Onion’s morning news show video spoof “Today Now,” there’s a feature on Taco Bell’s new “100% Green Menu.” What makes it all green, you ask? None of the ingredients are taken from nature—so there’s zero environmental impact! “After all,” the fast food rep reminds us, “at Taco Bell, we have a long tradition of taking as little as possible from the natural world!” The video, after the jump.... More

A Primer to 'Star Trek' Food and Drink

To Seek Out Strange New Worlds ... and Eat Their Foods Spaceballs ... oh, wait. That was another movie. The J. J. Abrams–helmed Star Trek movie opens tomorrow. As I was reading up on the new installment, I came across this line in the Wikipedia entry: "Another reference to Abrams' previous works is Slusho, which Uhura orders at the bar she meets Kirk at." That reminded me that food and drink is depicted routinely in the Star Trek franchise—across ten movies and six TV shows. There's no doubt—or at least, I hope—that there will be food references in the 11th movie, which will feature Romulans, Vulcans, Orions. As a refresher, I thought I'd take a look at what passes for... More

Bon Appetit and Gourmet are slated to die?

Just read at Slate (KausFiles) that Bon Appetit and Gourmet are the next Conde Nast mags slated to die. He refers to this Newsweek article http://www.newsweek.com/id/195313 Can either of those glossies survive the decline in ad pages and problems at... More

In Videos: Taco Bell Drive-Thru Folk Song

The fast food drive-thru rap is so last year. Leave it to the musical comedy duo Rhett and Link to usher in the trend of 2009: the drive-thru folk song! ...Maybe? Here they place their order at Taco Bell in the form of a one and a half-minute song that the Taco Bell employee miraculously understands (my favorite item: "two taco salads for the ladies"). If you don't mind that the video has a Baja Blast tie-in, it's pretty entertaining. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Russian Food Styling

Русиан фуд стылинь ат итз финест. This gallery of Russian meat-product styling is pretty amazing. I don't know if it's a joke or not, but the backgrounds, embellishments, and props that accompany the sausages and such are really baffling. [via Fine Furious Life] Update: It looks like it's genuine. Here's the official site for the meat products.... More