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smiths37

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

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Biscuits and gravy

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I just had a chance to try eggplant jam (it's sweet, not savory). I was skeptical at first, but now I've made it my mission to spread the word about how amazing this is!

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

@dorek - I'm from California and have never heard of this either. I guess it would be close to chili mac, but that was always mac n' cheese mixed with chili. In other words, two distinct dishes mixed together. I guess I'd just call this a beef and macaroni casserole...

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Why You Should Refrigerate Tomatoes and Ignore Anyone Who Says Otherwise

I've always been one of the "don't put tomatoes in the fridge" people, but with an asterisk. And my asterisk was what you basically describe in this article. Cherry and grape tomatoes seem to do fine for several days on the counter, but slicing tomatoes maybe get a few days and then I put them in fridge. In the cooler months, I probably can get by with longer on the counter, but in the summer my house is 75-80 degrees inside, so the fridge is a pretty good option. Sometimes I notice a "mealy" texture when tomatoes go in the fridge, but other times they are fine. Maybe it depends on how ripe they were when they got put in the fridge...

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Literally anything with pumpkin!

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

A grilled vegetable sandwich with goat cheese - you can use any combination of vegetables and it's perfect for summer!

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Ha, "melon" and "fiesta" are two words I would have never put together...

Eat This Now: We Try All 5 Flavors of The Better Chip

Yum! I'll have to find them and try them out!

12 Things You Can Do with Silicone Muffin Cups (Besides Bake Muffins)

Mind = Blown. I seriously never thought to use these for anything else but baking muffins in.

The Best Delivery Snack Packages in the U.S.

I subscribe to NatureBox and am overall pretty happy with it. There have been some snacks I wasn't a fan of (the masa chips were a little too salty and the chipotle lime chickpeas tasted like literally nothing - they weren't even good as a salad topper). Also, they aren't consistent about sending out reminder emails - some months I'll get one reminding me to pick new snacks and then other months I won't and I end up getting the same snacks two months in a row. I've been pretty happy with most of my snacks and I really like that you can pick what you want (and now save snacks so you don't have to go searching for them next month).

I'm interesting in Taste Trunk too - has anyone tried that?

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!

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?

Do you have a food project for 2010?

I got inspired by Julie and Julia and Noah (the guy who took a picture of himself everyday for a year) and decided to do a year long food project.
I am cooking (or eating) my way through a year's worth of food "holidays". I'm hoping I'll learn something new, make things I've never attempted to make before and, of course, have fun! Well, I guess I should also add that I hope to not gain a million pounds. Every day I'll cook the food for that day's holiday (today was National Cream Puff Day) and I'll post a recipe for and picture(s) of the food.
So, I'm wondering, do any of you have a food project that you started this year? Have you ever done a food project like this before and how did it turn out?

By the way, a little self-promotion, if you are interested in reading my blog, the website is: http://2010foodproject.wordpress.com/. But keep in mind today was the first day of the project - there is a lot of progress to make and I'm interested in all of your feedback on how I can make the project better!

25 Great Recipes for Camping

Got camping plans for the three-day weekend? (Or any weekend, for that matter.) Stock up that cooler with a few staples like granola, pizza dough, and make-ahead desserts and your camping menu just got way more delicious. Just don't blame us if you attract the bears. More

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