What's Your Favorite Cracker?

I like Triscuits and appreciate that they only have 3 ingredients!

Bake the Book: Cooking with Flowers

Cook the Book: 'Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking'

I'm working on Indian cuisine.

Whole wheat pasta recipe

Thanks, I figured it would need to be a mix of whole wheat and white. The pastry flour is a great idea and I already have semolina. I'm trying it tomorrow.

Help with hosting a high school party!

In California, we do giant taco bars. Make lots of meat beforehand and you can buy shredded veggies, cheese, guacamole and salsa. Easy,delicious and the food can be customized so vegetarians can be happy as well.

Your Personal Best

Homemade pasta with chicken and fresh asparagus. Also made a killer beet salad last night with goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinegar (it also looks so pretty on a white plate).

How To Make Matzo Pizza

You may have accomplished the impossible - making matzah pizza actually look good!

What is the most expensive/least used tool in your kitchen?

A breadmaker. In our defense, it was a gift from the in-laws . It's just not that hard to make it from scratch and the breadmaker bread always looks kind of unattractive.

Green Chile Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

I love the idea of green chilies with mac and cheese. Could you do this without the chicken?

12 of Our Favorite Food Movies

Tortilla Soup is a great food movie!

A Sandwich a Day: Traeger Smoked Prime Rib Dip at Norma's Burger in Olympia, WA

I am getting hungry looking at this!

Bake the Book: Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Sweets Gift Guide: Carrie's Picks for Holiday Gifts

I love the Pattern Press - so simple and smart.

Crispy Potatoes with Garlic-Parmesan Butter

Kenji has done it again. I am sitting at my desk drooling!

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

Chicken breast for dinner Wednesday night!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

I like artichokes and olives!

Ask The Pastry Chef: What To Eat At Azúcar In San Diego

I may need a trip to San Diego just to eat "Senor Peanut". That looks amazing!

Cook the Book: 'The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook'

I had Kabuli pilaf at a local restaurant that does incredible Afghani food!

Any requests? ....Oh, besides that....

I make excellent guacamole and cannot stand avocadoes. I live in Southern California where they grow in our backyards but the texture just grosses me out.

Old People Food

My mother in law when asked to bring fruit to an event always brought "Ambrosia Salad". This was canned fruit with marshmallows and a sickly sweet dressing. It was pretty tasty but it definitely was old people food

Bake the Book: Baked Elements

Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)

I made this the other night - it was delicious and good cold as welll as warm.

Knead the Book: The Bread Bible

For baking myself, it's a tie between challah and an olive oil based-bread.

Sugar Rush: Lady M's Chocolate-Banana Mille Crêpe

I want this now! Looks amazing.

Chocoholic: Chocolate "Dirt" Pudding Pots

Add some gummy worms for a fun touch - especially if kids are involved!

Whole wheat pasta recipe

I am looking for a good whole wheat pasta recipe. I've got the Kitchenaid attachment and have successfully made regular and spinach noodles but am worried about whole wheat coming out too heavy.

Whole wheat pasta recipe

I am looking for a good whole wheat pasta recipe. I've got the Kitchenaid attachment and have successfully made regular and spinach noodles but am worried about whole wheat coming out too heavy.

Whole wheat pasta recipe

I am looking for a good whole wheat pasta recipe. I've got the Kitchenaid attachment and have successfully made regular and spinach noodles but am worried about whole wheat coming out too heavy.

Do you trust recipes from home cooks?

I recently got an ad for a magazine featuring all recipes from home cooks. I know there are fabulous home cooks out there but I also know that when I cook at home I do a certain amount of improvising. I noticed a recipe that I make in this magazine and that the cooking time was way off. I like recipes that I know have been rigorously tested. Do you like the websites that feature recipes by home cooks and do you trust them?

Dried fruit recipes

We received a gift of a large and probably very expensive array of dried fruit. No one in the family is a huge fan of it. Any recipes or ideas in ways to use it creatively? There's apricots, dates, figs, prunes and I think apples. Thanks!

Need Great Brisket Recipe

We're not huge meat eaters but I want to make a brisket of beef for the Jewish New Year. I need to find a good recipe that will be moist. I'm open to a spicy version but don't want anything with fruit.


Grill Recommendations

I am looking at buying a grill. I want something fairly simple and not ridiculously expensive. I'm thinking of a Weber Kettle level. Any recommendations from grillers? Will I be happy if I buy a small one? Thanks,

Ravioli Advice

I am making my first attempt at homemade ravioli this weekend. I'm comfortable making pasta and I just bought a ravioli filler/cutter set. The main thing I'm concerned about is how thick to make the pasta dough and how to make sure it doesn't leak or explode in the hot water. Any advice or great ravioli recipes would be appreciated. Thanks!

Vegetarian Entree to go with Potato latkes

I will be hosting a Chanukah party for 15-20 people. Of course we will have latkes but I need some ideas for a vegetarian main dish. It needs to be able to feed everyone and hopefully can be at least partly prepared in advance. I was thinking of a lentil or vegetable soup or maybe even a veggie chili. I welcome any new ideas.

Favorite Kitchen Bargain

I love unusual kitchen bargains! I realized that my 2 favorite bargains of late were very different but both great:
1) a copy of "The Food Chronology" - a fascinating food timeline book that I picked up at the library for $2
2) A sombrero-shaped chip and dip set that plays the Mexican Hat Dance when you press a button. It was $1 at a garage sale. It's incredibly tacky but always makes me smile.

What bargains have you gotten that have made your cooking life more fun or interesting?

Slow cooker summer recipes

My slow cooker comes out regularly in the colder months for stews, soups and other hearty type dishes. It would be ideal for warm summer days but I'd like to make lighter dishes. Anyone have some suggestions for dishes that would be appropriate for summer? (We're not strictly kosher but don't eat pork or shellfish) Thanks,

Silipat sheets vs. Parchment Paper

I bake a fair amount and use a lot of parchment paper to keep things from sticking and to make clean up easier. I've been thinking about buy some of the silipat sheets to put in the pans instead.
If you use the silipat sheets - here are some questions:
Do you like how your food comes out?
Are they easy to clean?
How long have they lasted?

Any comments on which you prefer would be appreciated.

Cookies for a party

Hi - I'm hosting a combination 18th birthday/graduation party. There will be people ranging in age from toddler to senior citizen and lots of teens. I make pretty good chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars but I'd like to expand my repertoire. They need to be able to made in quantity and freeze well.

Suggestions, please!

Vanilla Extract without Alcohol?

I was in Trader Joe's today and they sold Vanilla Extract either with or without alcohol. You use so little vanilla in a recipe that I couldn't see the alcohol being a problem. I bought the one with alcohol because that what's I'm used to but I'm curious to hear if there's any advantage to non-alcoholic vanilla.

Homemade Pasta Tips

I just got my Kitchenaid pasta roller and cutter attachment. I've tried it once with good but not fabulous results. My first try was all-white flour but for the next one I want to do a combo of white and semolina flour.

I'd love to get any tips, tricks or special recipes that anyone has for fresh pasta.


Pasta Machine Advice

I've decided that this is the year that I make fresh pasta. If you have a pasta machine and love it, can you share what type it is and where you got it.

I do have a Kitchenaid so the pasta attachment is also an option if anyone can comment on that as well.


Middle Eastern Dessert (Not Baklava)

I've been invited to a Middle Eastern potluck and asked to bring a dessert that is not baklava. I'd love to get a recipe from someone for something delicious and somewhat authentic. It has to be transportable and able to be made in a good quantity. I have some Middle Eastern markets near me so I should be able to get some of the more exotic ingredients.