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Wok, Meet Cucumbers: Your New Stir Fry Secret Weapon

Thanks for giving my pregnant self a new craving, and I haven't even tried it! Love the idea of shrimp in there too

How to Make the Best Fried Fish Tacos in Less Time Than it Takes to Read This Headline

@monopod, if you put the fish stick in a cabbage leaf, it's like having the slaw without the chopping, aka "lazy mommy's fish tacos" around here

Light and Easy 5-Minute Fruit Mousse

Just made this as a test run for a baby shower desert, and it was great! I used home pasteurized egg whites (doubled the recipe) and I still got the nice fluffy texture.

I was inspired by the buttercream post and figured if I could whip yolks to safe over simmering water, the whites would work too. Held at 145 for 10 minutes with a bit of sugar.

The Food Lab: How to Grill or Broil Tofu That's Really Worth Eating

Smoked tofu is pretty fun to play with later. I will put a block or 2 on after I pull of the whatever I was smoking (on a weber kettle) while we eat and it gets such a nice flavor twist for a meal later in the week

The Vegan Experience: Welcome to Year 4

I would love to see more vegan recipes which don't require mushrooms, cause I just can't stand them, or nuts, as we are a nut free home due to allergies. So many of your vegan recipes we can't have, which is rather frustrating.

Cherry Ginger Cookies

Made these and added about a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips as my husband was skeptical of just a ginger cookie. Very tasty. I will make these again.

Easy and Impressive Holiday Dessert: Chocolate Meringue Cake With Whipped Cream and Raspberries

Something tells me I will be messing around with this and a lemon meringue cake will be the result. And a well written article too!

Chocolate Chocolate Teacake From 'Huckleberry'

I'm in charge of deserts for SIL's baby shower, and she LOVES chocolate and coffee. Except she's GF due to celiacs, so I switched out to King Arthur's GF all purpose for a test drive. Tastes great, but the thing overflowed like crazy while baking (might have been related to letting a 3 year old help with the baking powder) I only had semi-sweet chocolate on hand, and it's still chocolaty, but I will make it again with the "good" stuff.

Butter and Sage Gnudi From 'Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food'

Do you think a basil and thyme combo would work instead of the sage? Sage and I just don't agree. . . which is a bummer

Tangy and Sweet Tomato-Bacon Jam With Onions and Garlic

Yum! Almost a BBQ sauce flavor I wasn't expecting, but SOOO good. Left out the brown sugar for a more tangy sauce, and didn't bother with the blender as I was worried my vitamin might over process. Topping for burgers tomorrow's dinner for sure!

Win a Copy of 'The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook'

Roasted radishes. My kiddo would eat a pound if I would let her.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Smoke a turkey breast, monitoring my temps with a british racing Green thermapen.

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Basil?

@kathleen: I like greek basil in grain salads. It's not as overwhelming a flavor as "regular" basil can be. I have a plant every year just for that purpose.

Does Refrigeration Really Ruin Bread?

Space permitting, I try to keep the sandwich bread in the freezer so Mr Ecca can pull out the 2 slices he needs and the rest stays fine. Defrosts by lunch and the rest of the loaf lasts longer.

I was making most of our bread from scratch, but then the kiddo happened, we moved (new place just not good for kneading) and he has more lunch meetings out/catered, so we aren't going through bread as fast. It's cheaper to have a freezer loaf which doesn't spoil than tossing half a loaf of homemade every week.

The Easiest Way to Store Grains is a Cheap Plastic Pitcher

The easiest way to store cut up watermelon/cantaloupe/pineapple is a cheap plastic pitcher. A 2 quart holds a pineapple or a cantaloupe and a 3 will hold about 2/3 of a standard seedless watermelon.

Knife Skills: How to Cut a Pineapple Like a Badass

I use the core pieces to infuse vodka. I don't like to eat it, so now there's less waste and more beverages


As it's hard to find here, I have to ration my Crabbies. This might be worth the splurge

Our Guide to the Friday Fish Fry in Wisconsin

Most VFWs have a Friday fish fry in WI. The night before my Grandma's funeral (Lomira, WI) we were at the VWF, where my parents' wedding reception had been almost 40 years ago, having their friday fish. It was like coming home. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but it was about being together with friends/family over good (fried) food and a great way to remember her. Also neat to teach my English aunt about fish fries. My now very urban uncle is still a farm kid at heart

Peruvian Style Grilled Chicken With Green Sauce

I used the marinade/rub on boneless skinless chicken breasts, and we have a Winner! Going to try it with pork chops too, at some point.

The sauce, my fault as I did a lot of substitutions, it was just a bit not our tastes. Going to try it as a spread for burgers tomorrow. Mr Ecca liked the chicken so much he didn't want to add the sauce.

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Add another vote against social media replacing talk. Not on social media, and SE isn't going to convince me to give it a go

Utensil Pot Clips Are a Great Alternative to Spoon Rests

Bought one before this review came out and it's really handy, especially when trying to keep gluten free utensils away from cross contamination (my SIL has celiacs, I want her to want to eat my food. . .)

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for People Who Don't Like Beer

Water. If we are at a beer place, I'm the DD. I've tasted, smelled, so many, I've found it's not worth the calories. I'll make up a cocktail at home later

Ask a Sommelier: Are Wines By the Glass a Good Deal?

If you are the evening's DD, married to a beer drinker, I appreciate a good by the glass. Since I'm only having one glass, it's portion control