The Food Lab: Maximize Flavor by Ultra-Smashing Your Burger

@FMFats: Yes, we certainly cannot argue that the word "melty" is not in the dictionary but we can argue if you are intelligent enough to realize what "melty" means especially given the context.

Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers

Just made these with some fresh ground chuck from the butcher and they work exactly as advertised. Delicious, quick and easy!

Vegan Mayonnaise Taste Test Produces Surprising Results


Any rebuttal to Kenji's response to your accusations on the validity of their taste testing processes or do you just drop your troll bomb and run? I hate to be advertorial but I can't help myself.

Cream Potato Lefse From 'The New Midwestern Table'

We called this potetskake growing up. I just started making it on my own a couple years ago after being gifted the lefse iron, rolling pin and lefse stick. Unfortunately, I can't come close what my norwegian born bestemor could make. At least I can do a killer risgrot and kringle to make up for it!

Knead the Book: The Art of Baking Bread

We Try Every Barefoot Bubbly

@schnook: Maybe, on the other hand, this was a review for people who are interested in buying inexpensive bubbly without regard for fussy terroir endorsements.

How Do You Pay the Bill at Restaurants?

I tend to eat out in smaller groups with similar tastes (a drink or two with dinner and maybe share an app or two along with middle of the menu main courses) so splitting the bill is never a problem. If someone has an extra drink or a little nicer main I don't mind spending the extra $10-15 in disparity to spend a childless night out with good friends. On the other hand, if I feel my wife and I's share is more than it would be if split equally, I'll grab the check and put my credit card down and let the other couple(s) decide how it should shake out.

On the other side, if I feel like the other parties have rung up a bigger tab, I'll grab the check, decide what my share is and put the cash on the barrel.

From what I've read above, most of the problems originate with the choice of dining partners although sometimes we have to bite the bullet and share a meal with people we would rather not!

DIY vs. Buy: How to Make Sugar Cubes

My Norwegian grandfather would let me dip a sugar cube in his coffee and my grandmother would shove one in the end of an unpeeled orange and I would squeeze and suck the juice out through the cube. Funny how this article jogged those memories.

What Would You Ask A Bartender?

What is the tipping ettiquette on buy backs (I'm in NY and it is fairly typical to get a free drink on the third or fourth)? I typically drink beer and tip a dollar per pint (five bucks) and tend to leave about half the cost of a pint plus the buck I would spend otherwise on the buy back. Typical situation is I drink 4 pints, one is free ( so my tab is 15 instead of 20) and I leave 7 bucks for a tip. Am I doing right by my bartender? Cheers!

From Behind the Bar: On Tipping

What about tipping "buy-backs"? It is typical in my neck of the woods that the 3-4th round is "on the bartender". I will usually tip a dollar a beer plus half the cost of the free round but maybe I am doing it wrong. Any thoughts on tipping on the "buy-back" round?

Anyone Else Like Pork Roll?

The first time I had Taylor Ham it was on a breakfast joint in Vermont. As I had never heard of it before, I imagined that it must be some kind of magical ham that is cured in some obscure part of North Carolina or something. Anyway, the sandwich arrives and the ham tasted awesome and I knew my assumptions about this "Taylor Ham" must be true.

Fast forward a couple of days when I hop on google to try and source out this amazing stuff only to find that it is basically "fancy" spam...

Lets just say that what little food snobbery I had in me got kicked to curb that night and I'll get me a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese on roll anytime I can find it!

Lunch and Dinner in Cooperstown, NY: where to go?

First off, this is my first comment on SE so hello to all!

My wife and I just spent some time in the area about a month ago and I must recommend the Ommegang Brewery (about 10 miles south of Cooperstown) for lunch. The Belgian inspired menu was chock full of local and regional ingredients along with a good family friendly atmosphere. The quality and selection of their on-site brews and imported Belgians is amazing if thats your thing and the building and grounds are quite pretty. Anyway, I hope this helps and here is a link to their menu:

Cafe Ommegang

Will Gordon sighting

Just found a Will Gordon posting here:

The comment section at deadspin is not for the faint of heart but he has almost 3/4 million views with over 200,000 comments on this one article. Cheers Will!

Maple Walnut Graham Crackers

DIY graham crackers are incredibly easy. This recipe is based on one from Nancy Silverton's cookbook, Pastries from the La Brea Bakery. I've given it my own New England spin by incorporating walnuts and maple syrup. To make 1/2 cup... More