Katie D.

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Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish?

Green Bean Casserole, the one on the back of french's fried onions. Have tried all sorts of fresh takes and other variations, but the uber-processed cream of mushroom soup, canned green beans, and toasty-crisp top variety is my fave... Runner up, mashed potatoes in all their buttery glory, oh and then the jellied cranberry roll!

Taste Test: Every Flavor of Combos

I always enjoyed the zestiness of the pizzeria style myself. Did like the tangy nacho version, was never a fan of the regular cheese nor the cracker crust. I would always pop one in my mouth, bite it in half and suck the filling out, and eat the pretzel… Like two snacks in one!

The Problems With Cinnabon's New Salted Caramel Center of the Roll Start With the Name

Give me some pillsbury monkey bread drenched in margarine/cinnamon/sugar, and bring back those 90's BBQ memories!! The center doughy parts were always the best!!! But the whole point of buying a cinnabon, is to eat from the outside in, slowly leaving yourself with the gooiest, sweetest part!!

Taste Test: Potato Chips

In terms of a potato chip with the perfect flavor, crunch, and texture, Martins are where it's at. I actually happen to like Utz's texture for sopping up drizzles of Franks hot sauce. Herr's is your typical greasy crispy chip, but Lays? Now they taste like a styrofoam pringle.

Open Thread: What Fall Dessert Are You Most Excited About?

Just-fried apple cider donuts, coated in cinnamon sugar!!! Never been a big pie person myself, but I do enjoy the yearly slice of pumpkin pie (surprisingly the uber processed shop rite variety suits my taste-buds well ;)

Bake the Book: Sweet

Ricotta Cannoli @ Termini Bakeries

Cereal Eats: I Need To Talk About Froot Loops

I love me some Froot Loops too; and agree with mnrobb about the dry aspect. Though a splash of milk does help break down the sugary exterior of each delightfully colored loop, I feel that risking the possible cereal mouth syndrome (upper palate scrape) allows one to savor the artificial fruitiness that is Froot Loops.

Cook the Book: 'Franny's'

fruity olive oil, spinach, garlic, salt, pepperoncino… it is amazing how simple ingredients can combine to form an addictive counterpoint to any italian meal.

Favorite Kitchen/Food Smell...

Love me some Sunday sauce, simmering all day on the stove.. Chicken cutlets too, oh and how could one forget chocolate chip cookies?

How do you like your potato salad?

Love an egg-tater combination, otherwise just a mustard/vinegar/sugar base if far too sweet for me. The richness of the yolks, paired with the creamy potatoes is just dynamite. And then that occasional crunch from celery, swoon!! I also adore a lighter version sold at a local lebanese restaurant. All they do is combine parsley, dijon mustard, lots of garlic, black pepper, white balsamic, and some high quality evoo.. So damn goooodd!!

A vegetarian + bacon= meltdown

A vegan myself, the taste of bacon is pretty predominant in terms of making up the flavors of a dish. Even just a sprinkle, and you can taste it. Though I highly doubt that she mistook that smokey flavor for paprika, which tastes different than bacon, I feel this woman was just trying to get a free burrito.. All in all, we are human, and we all cannot be perfect 100% of the time. Though it can be tricky eating at restaurants, particularly mom & pop type joints, flipping out over one meal after "20 years of devotion" would make me sick to my stomach, but I would just have to accept the fact or… barf up the remnants (KIDDING!!!)

Cumin-Free Hummus??

I may be wrong as to the cumin-flavor, but all I know is it doesn't taste good to me. I like pure, clean, chickpea, garlic, and lemon flavors… Not too heavy on the tahini, and bobbi's mild garlic, without any tahini, is surprisingly addictive..

@FatBaztard: I've contemplated buying aldi's, even though they are owned by Trader Joe's, but now I think I'll give it a go… Thanks!

Cereal Rant: Why Buzzfeed Is Wrong, These Cereals Should Not Be Obliterated

Never a big fan of oatmeal, grape nuts, trix, or all bran by themselves (but in cereal combos, delish,) but seriously, kix, Cap n' Crunch, Cream of Wheat, and Life? How do you mess with those classics. Oh, and rice crispy treats cereal is marshmallowy goodness…

What's with ice water after eating ice cream?

I'm the same way, ice water in a glass cup is seriously super refreshing post ice cream noshing..

Cumin-Free Hummus??

Sabra lists "natural flavors" on their label, ie: yuck!! Gingercookie, I have had bobbies and love it but its up there calorically speaking, anything lower-cal but equally delicious?

Where to buy meat

Don't do shoprite, my mom legitimately found a condom in her ground meat, no lie… Shoulda sued..

Food You Wouldn't Offer to Company

Whats wrong with hummus for company? Agree with jedd.. if they show up, some quick snacks, like chips and salsa, crudite and hummus, or a mini antipasto with marinated artichoke hearts, mushrooms, italian cold cuts, and cheese. Otherwise, there's always some homemade manicotti frozen in the fridge, and some cookie dough balls ready to be baked.

Confessions of us home cooks....

Not necessarily quality-control, but I pretend I have my own cooking show? lol, been doing that since I was little

Poll: Sugar in Tomato Sauce, Way or No Way?

Cooks Illustrated did a whole thing on the BRIX scale of canned tomatoes, I think Tutta Rossa ranked up there pretty sweet. It really depends on what type of "sauce" your making, gravy as we like to call it, is an all day simmer-fest, loaded with braciole, meatballs, and pork ribs. This is also made with the italian sofrito (carrot,celery,onion) and of course garlic. The carrot cooks down and imparts a natural sweetness. If you are using quality canned tomatoes, you shouldn't need to add sugar. With marinara, I find the best canned tomatoes that are sweet and delicious on their own are the 6 in 1 crushed. Absolutely a must, I even spo them online.

Secrets from the Host Stand: 10 Things a Restaurant Host Wishes They Could Tell You

I would also have included coming to a restaurant 10 minutes prior to its closing time. As a once-hostess, these by far the worst offenders.

Cereal Eats: On the Magic of Fruity Pebbles

Fruity Pebbles are definitely meant to be eaten with milk of some sort. Dry just doesn't suffice, the milk seeps into those sugary crevices and releases the utmost fruity flavor. Never tried the cupcake or marshmallow ones, but I think I'll take rodzillas advice and pick some up the next time they're on sale!


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