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Seekh Kebabs: The Grilled, Spiced Pakistani Meat-on-a-Stick of Your Dreams

One of these days, I should go to the trouble of figuring out good substitution ratios and then pros and cons of the various souring ingredients to easily design new recipes and get around my aversion to lemon and lime. In this case, it would be interesting to find out if the kabobs taste substantially different with sumac.

Video: Use Your Cast Iron Pan and a Tortilla for Extra-Crispy Pizza in Just 12 Minutes

If you want to double down on the quesadilla feel, replace the tomato sauce with that pepper puree you sometimes find in latin markets (it seems to be a Peruvian thing, going by the labels).

Video: The Food Lab's Foolproof Homemade Mayonnaise

Similarly to many people people here , I have had trouble with the recipe deciding to not work any more no matter what I do one day. Still don't know how that's possible.

Make Better-Than-Restaurant Thai-Style Chicken Satay With Coconut

@BadIdeasBureau: Try other irritants, such as black pepper, horseradish, and mustard.

What You're Really Getting When You Buy Parmesan Cheese in America

Sounds like the US needs to tighten its characterization and quality regulations to a similar rigidity as cheddar (another cheese that's named after a town in Europe that claims to have invented it despite identical cheeses being traditional throughout the region).

The Food Lab: Meet Barbecue Beef Chuck, Brisket's Cheaper, Easier Cousin

For next steps, do fish/clam bakes count as barbecue?
Also, will we be seeing a Jewish-style braised brisket?

Shake, Shake, Shake for the Frothiest Iced Matcha Tea

I don't suppose the shaking method also works for hot matcha? I may be looking for a method to give everyone at a traditional tea ceremony a stroke.

The Best Pressure Cookers and Multi-Cookers

How viable would it be to put the interior pot of the Instant Pot on the stovetop to sear and then put it back it the machine for pressure and/or slow cooking? Also, how is the slow cooking on the instant pot (I've never understood why slow cooking gets a bad rap from the very same people who promote sous vide)?

Japanese Oyakodon: Chicken + Egg + 15 Minutes = Dinner

Haven't you made a recipe for this before? I remember getting on the comment of the week roundup for joking that the "mother and child" name can't be kosher.

Mortar and Pestle + Food Processor = Great Curry Paste, Fast

Wouldn't it be faster to just throw the mortar and pestle in the processor with the food?

10 Ways to Host a Better Potluck

As an added note on safety, I'd like to highlight FAT TOM: food, acidity, time, temperature, oxygen and moisture. While it obviously lacks osmotic balance (salt and sugar levels), these are the first things health departments drill into inspectors and restaurateurs seeking certification because they are the main determinants of pathogen growth. Denying one or two of these elements is often enough to keep food safe. For example, cooked rice held at room temperature is often seen as the most dangerous foodstuff imaginable because it's well aerated, moist, and full of simple starches, but sushi rice, the same thing plus vinegar and some other flavourings to mitigate the vinegar, is widely considered to be perfectly safe because of the high acidity, and uncooked dry rice (is there a way to cook/eat rice that has never been dried?) is safe because it lacks moisture.

What Is American Cheese, Anyway?

For another note on rennet, I'm pretty sure paneer is an acid-set cheese.

What Is American Cheese, Anyway?

Is sodium citrate the same thing as the citric acid powder you see in a lot of early to mid twentieth century Jewish recipes, particularly sweet-sour stuff like stuffed cabbage?

Surprised that there isn't any flour in any of these, as I'd long assumed that processed cheese was just hardened blocks of mornay.

Muffin Myth-Busting: Don't Waste Your Time Tossing Berries in Flour

So why don't the berries all settle at the bottom of their layer, creating a distinct waistline in the middle of the muffin?

Gyudon (Beef and Rice Bowl) Is Japan's Most Foolproof Dish

Have you ever tried using powdered dashi as an umami bomb like marmite, fish sauce, or miso? How'd it work out? I have a jar of dried lizardfish (whatever that is) that I'm pretty sure is meant for that purpose.

Flavor Science: How We Taste Sweet, Sour, Salty, and More

Another issue is, of course, etymology and history. The words "salt," "acid," and "organic" originally meant "that thing/stuff that tastes like seawater/brine (sodium chloride)," "stuff that tastes like vinegar/sour," and "stuff related to life and living things" respectively and the field of chemistry appropriated them for semi-related uses much, much later. I don't know why people insist on one particular field's niche definition when anyone uses the more established usage.

New England's Greatest Contribution to the Hot Dog

This is extremely accurate, and the only people who disagree are New Yorkers who have yet to figure out that "like they make in my home town" isn't the same thing as "good" (you can see the same thing with how each border state insist that its particular style of Mexican-American food is "authentic" Mexican).

How the South Cornered the Soda Market

For their breaking into the north, one big factor is that Frank Archer, head of advertising for Moxie, created a huge appetite for tonics around the turn of the century, but the company let itself lose the market after his death, first slashing their marketing budget to almost nothing and running on the same gimmicks instead of trying to adopt contemporary methods and then, in the 1960's, changing the recipe to make it less distinctive and refusing to change it back until the 1980's.

A Matter of Construction: How to Make Great Reuben Sandwiches for a Crowd

Any preferred ways to kosherify it? Around where I am, "Cape Cod reubens/rachels" made with fried fish instead of been are fairly common, but I suspect some sort of smoked fish or figuring out a cheese replacement would also work well.

Easiest Summer Ever: How to Make Your Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Even Better

I've never heard of this before, so this whole article and the comments seem like some sort of over-elaborate prank.

The Big Green Egg and Beyond: The 10 Best Kamado Smokers and Grills

Are there any popular Japanese or Chinese brands? I wouldn't be surprised to hear none are available in the US, but it would still be interesting to hear about the market.

For Better Tuna Salad Sandwiches, With Mayo or Without, Add More Fish

I've also seen a diversification of species. Beyond the classic albacore, there is now skipjack and yellowfin. I think I like yellowfin significantly more the other two, but I tend to get the two non-albacore options confused (leading to tuna salad I don't particularly like).

How to Throw a Poke Party

Congratulations, Kenji, you just started the next big wedding fad: the poke bar. It may also show up as a brunch at tiki/Polynesian-theme restaurants.

Is sea bass the same as striper? Would snapper/bluefish be a bad idea due to its oily nature as short shelf life?

@DTurkin: are there any popular freshwater fish in your area? I'm not sure how fatty brook trout, shad, and whitefish are, but freshwater/running salmon is supposed to be incredibly fatty (although most of my sources are old enough that I'm not sure the fish is still legal).

Hamachi Poke Is Poke at Its Finest

Speaking of regional ingredients like avocado for California, anyone have any proposals for a New England themed poke? If memory serves, striper season is coming up.