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smiths37

  • Location: Reno, NV
  • Favorite foods: Pretty much any combination of bread, cheese, and meat.

Asian Cauliflower Fried "Rice" From 'Nom Nom Paleo'

I happened to make this last night along with some Thai marinated pork chops. We added bean sprouts and some chopped carrots. Also, because I had very little cilantro and no mint, I ended up using more basil than originally called for. I really liked this and even though I'm not on a paleo diet, it's something I'd make again!

Taste Test: Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces

We tried the Korean BBQ one. The word "good" never came out of my boyfriend's mouth, but I know he didn't mind it. I, on the other hand, choked it down. That experience has made me weary of the other flavors, but I might have to try the red chile one after reading this.

Staff Picks: What's Your Recipe Deal-Breaker?

Anything deep fried is out - unless I know there's an easy way to do it healthier. Off the wall ingredients or ones I know that will be hard to find kill it for me too (kaffir lime leaves and Gochujang are just a couple). Recipes that use expensive ingredients are usually out too (scallops, lobster, mussels, and certain cuts of beef). Also, recipes that call for multiple kinds of meat (I can't afford to put bacon AND chicken in something!)

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup

Oh, and also added the other half of the apple in at the same time as the potatoes and cauliflower. Also used bacon instead of pancetta.

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup

This was fantastic! Really filling, easy to make, great way to get in your veggies, and delicious! We served with some garlic bread made from some of the rest of the Italian loaf.

We Need Your Help With the Best Thanksgivukkah Recipes!

A savory kugel with turkey and green beans.
I wonder if you could shred green beans to mix with the potatoes for latkes. Serve with gravy for dipping.
Pumpkin pie doughnuts.
A cranberry or pumpkin rugelach.
Blini with smoked salmon, but make the blini out of mashed potatoes.

Reality Check: We Try Wendy's New Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

I loved it - definitely their best burger! But for some reason my boyfriend was just ok with it... Differing tastes I guess.

Cook the Book: 'New York a la Cart'

I'm happy with sandwiches, salads, and soups. Those are things I crave the most!

Cook the Book: 'Pati's Mexican Table'

Cook the Book: 'The Chinese Takeout Cookbook'

Mongolian Beef, Moo Shu Pork, Sweet and Sour Soup, Crab Rangoons, and BBQ Pork Fried Rice. EVERY.TIME.

Bake the Book: Mad Hungry Cravings

Any combination of cheese and carbs.

Taste Test: We Taste Every Instant Indian Bite from Tasty Bite

I've never even heard of these before, but I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for them next time I'm at the store.

Pecan Granola Bars

These are pretty good! Although cutting this into 24 bars leaves you with pretty small servings.

Beef and Stilton Pasty

Yum! Love pasties!

A Sandwich A Day: Duck Confit at Caviar and Bananas, Charleston SC

I read that heading all wrong - I thought this was a sandwich with duck confit AND caviar and bananas.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Chef Knife

I love chopping garlic and herbs. On the flip side, I hate chopping butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and nuts.

Gift Guide: For Beer Lovers

About the growlers - Ol' Republic Brewery in Nevada City, CA offers both glass and stainless steel growlers. I never seen a stainless steel one, so I had to get one!

McDonald's Testing New Quarter Pounders in Northern California

Ha, Nevada County and it's 1 McDonald's? What's so special about the deluxe burger?

Storebought Biscuit Sandwich Showdown: Jimmy Dean vs. Aunt Jemima

While not sausage or biscuits, I like the Special K Flatbread sandwiches with ham, egg, and pepperjack cheese.

Least favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Cranberry sauce.

It's Almost Thanksgiving...

I'd love to see menu suggestions, not just standalone recipes. Also, I would totally LOVE some healthier/lightened up versions of some traditional dishes.

Cook the Book: 'This is a Cookbook'

I guess that would probably be getting a Bahn Mi off of a food truck.

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Cornell University

Thanks! I was hoping you'd post one of these for Cornell! I'll be there for a few days the first week in October.

Five Guys Tops National Consumer Survey on Favorite Burger Chain

It was just announced today that the deal for Five Guys to come to Reno was finalized. I'm excited to try it!

We Try All Of The Flavors Of Extra Dessert Delights Gum

I have thought this whole line was really weird ever since I first saw it in stores. And while some of the flavors intrigued me, it was never enough to justify buying a whole pack. Someone gave me a piece of the Apple Pie flavor a while ago and it had to be about the worst thing I have ever tasted.

Must see things in NY

I'll be in Ithaca for work in October and since I can't imagine another time that I'll be on the East Coast in the near future, I'm taking the opportunity to spend about 3 days on my own in NYC afterward.
If you only had these three days, what would you do? What would you see? Where would you eat? If only I could fit it ALL in!

Gilt Taste

The beta of Gilt Taste was opened up today. What are your thoughts? Are you excited to have access to produce, meats, and cheese you wouldn't normally? How do you feel about Ruth Reichl being the "Editorial Advisor"?
I'm not promoting or affiliated with the site in any way, but if you want to check it out, here the address: http://www.gilttaste.com Just keep in mind it's still the beta!

Hawaiian Sea Salt

I have a recipe that calls for Hawaiian Sea Salt (pulled pork). Is this really necessary? Do you think it will be ok if I use regular sea salt or even kosher salt? Is there really a difference in flavor between sea salt and Hawaiian sea salt?

Visiting NYC? Where to Eat in New York, The Best Restaurants And More

Once a week or so, the question pops up in the New York talk boards: "I'm coming to the city for two days. Where should I eat?" It's a question so open-ended that it's tough to answer. But our fair city has so many visitors that we figured it was high time to put out a little guide. So here's our guide to eating in New York: whether you're traveling solo or traveling with kids, up for adventuring or not leaving Midtown. More

Let's talk mashed potatoes!

Ok, we all know (at least some of us think) that mashed potatoes are the most perfectest food on the planet. From the basics of milk and butter, to the wildest secret recipe you have, what's your favorite way to... More