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Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

with melon and some bread to sop up all the juices. mmmm cravin' now!

Weekend Giveaway: 'The Food Matters Cookbook'

just got back from the farmer's market :) cooking at home is the most responsible way i can think of!

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey

my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner!! It's gonna have to be James Beard's roast turkey, Frank Stitt's Arugula Salad with Chanterelles and Pears, Daniel Boulud's Green-Bean Bundles (YUM), and Thyme-roasted Apples and Onions with a maple-walnut cornbread. holy moly I can't wait.

The Burger Lab: The Myth of The 12-Year-Old McDonald's Hamburger

I'm constantly disappointed at Serious Eats' posts that always seem to support McDonald's. It's like, to be a radical or interesting today you have to support conventionality. This post and most like it all smell like propaganda to me. And where's the science in this? What kind of meat did you use? Was it the industrial-quality, anonymous meat of 30+ cows that goes into one hamburger patty, or was it from a real farm? Did you use any organic products? Why or why not? And what's the deal with "nobody bakes their own buns?" and how is that claim scientific? What buns did you use? If you want to be taken seriously then cut the slander out of this post and be neutral and thorough in the reporting... Draw from legitimate research that looks at McDonald's holistically rather than just at these so-called myths. The facts of McDonald's business methods and complete disregard for environmental or ethical consciousness plays a part in whether or not their hamburgers are nutritious. Your reductionism seems like a waste of time.

Cook the Book: 'The New Brooklyn Cookbook'

Awesome post. I think the Brooklyn attitude and philosophies of food seem to be reflected pretty well in Atlanta... has been on the map for some time but has definitely been becoming responsibly hip à la Brooklyn in the past few years

Can't wait to read this book!

Sunday Brunch: Bacon Cheddar Broiled Grits

just made this. yuuummmmm! broiling the grits is such a good call

Cook the Book: 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

MMM wishing I could be in Italy now! I might transport myself there through food tonight now that I've been inspired :) Definitely a summery pasta dish with nuts (maybe almonds and pine nuts), some green onions, green garlic, mint, olive oil and lemon, and of course a delicious fresh homemade pasta. I've always wanted to try bottarga - add a little and this becomes a dream recipe! Yummmm.

A half roast chicken has 1500 calories?!?!

Aren't you glad the menu had the calories after all? :)

Although I really don't think counting calories is the best system. How can we eat-by-numbers? Having an idea is important, but we shouldn't base our diets solely on caloric intake! Enjoy food! Everything in moderation (with lots of fruits and vegetables :) )

What foods should my mom bring back from France?

paula, thanks for the awesome tip about toulouse lautrec! i am making sure she does this!! all of these suggestions are great, and really appreciated :)

Are you gonna try Burger King's new ribs?

why support burger king? :( make some ribs at home!!

What foods should my mom bring back from France?

awesome, sending this link to my mum at the moment... and I think I will definitely be asking for Herbs de Provence!

What is umami?

Also wanted to add that my idea of umami, mostly from reading this account, was something undefinable in one English word -- the right taste, at the right moment, with the right atmosphere, etc... like boobird said, enchanted - perfect... I don't see anything wrong with taking the concept and making it your own, even if you're not eating at super expensive places (I'm certainly not) :)

What is umami?

Ruth Reichl wrote a great account called "Looking for Umami" that's really a pleasure to read, and put it into perspective for me. I read it in American Food Writing, an anthology edited by Molly O'Neill, but I think it was originally published in her book, Garlic and Sapphires. Definitely check it out!

What foods should my mom bring back from France?

ohhh, a lot of these sound good. thanks for the advice!

Weekend Giveaway: Vienna Beef Hot Dog Kit for Your Memorial Day Party

Oh my God, before I was married I hated hot dogs.. then my husband introduced me to them Brazilian style, and they've become a guilty pleasure. We love to try different combos now that we're back to the U.S. -- never Chicago yet! My favorite remains Brazilian-style toppings: start with ketchup, mustard, then a layer of crispy delicious shoestring potatoes, mashed potatoes on top to keep it all together, topped with corn. Yum.

Video: Cat Drinking Water With its Paw, and Other Drinking Methods

these are so good. my cat loves to drink out of EVERYONE'S glasses, usually resulting in the displacement of their contents all over my apartment. i wish he was as funny as the faucet-lover in that video

Cook the Book: 'Seasonal Fruit Desserts'

I'm big on my mom's homemade coconut ice cream. Near the end of summer, late August to the beginning of September, the coconuts are so ripe they fall off the tree. We drink the juice right out of the shells and save the "meat" and a little juice for making the ice cream. Usually we serve it with a tart, maybe pineapple or three berry. So delicious.

Mother's Day Giveaway: Peanut Butter & Co. Chocolate Bonbons

Boiled grouper stew with grits and johnny cake for breakfast. A Bahamian tradition. My mom cooks it for the whole family. No one can match hers!

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

I love, love, love making risotto. It's so much fun. Homemade stock is really rewarding. My favorite is Deborah Madison's beet risotto from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. So delish.

Suggestions for cooking for many at the beach

If you're in the Caribbean, make a big batch of fresh conch salad! Dice up some conch right out of the water (after you crack the top of the shell and pull them out), dice them up right there and mix in a bowl with sour orange, lime, onion, the spiciest peppers you can find (in the Bahamas we use bird peppers), green peppers, tomatoes, celery - anything you want to add! So delicious and easy to make for a lot of people.

What is your worst cooking disaster?

The time riiiight after I got married - before I learned how to cook in any way - and the firemen had to come when I tried to impress my husband by making fish... he was sleeping and jumped out of bed stark naked as soon as they arrived...