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Cook the Book: 'Ruhlman's Twenty'

Good knife skills are a must in my kitchen, I'm always making finger foods and they require lots of uniform dicing and slicing!

Cook the Book: 'The Japanese Grill'

Chicken and the BBQ done right is hard to beat!

It's Harder Than it Looks

Very nice follow-up topic. It's rice for me. Sometimes it comes out GREAT and sometimes.....mushy glue. And shortbread cookies.

I made a batch of Martha Stewart's thumbprint cookies for Christmas and they were AWESOME. Made the exact same recipe in the SAME oven with the same bags of flour & sugar for NYE....cooked it same amount of time....and ended up with little cement blocks. Or doorstops. Or paperweights if you prefer. I'm baffled.

Do you like getting a cone?

Always a cone! And always plain chocolate ice cream...I never understood the cup people...

It's really not that hard...

@Saria @lucylew for some reason getting consistent results with rice is a hard one for me! Sometimes it comes out perfectly, someties super glue-y, or mushy.....what's your method?

@omnomnom baking weirds me out sometimes...I can make a recipe and get the best cookies ever and make that exact same recipe a couple days later and end up with rock solid bricks...I don't get it!

Does anyone really like brunch?

@finsbigfan +1 - couldn't have said it better! lol

What's your preference?

@lemonfair putting bacon strips in the waffle iron first is an ingenius idea...hmm

@sarar - gingerbread waffles!!! Do you have that recipe?? Sounds amazing

@Cassaendra IHOP does breakfast pretty well, Ilove their corn pancakes...miles above their regular buttermilk (which are good, too!)

Cook the Book: 'Food Trucks'

Short rib tacos from Mr Chow ...perfect!

Cook the Book: 'Michael's Genuine Food'

I'd say genuine food is any food cooked with love :)

Dinner Tonight: Bocadillo de Tortilla

@mcanna Tom Colliccio made a version of a Calamari sandwich that I believe is available at 'wichcraft, it looks amazing!

Weekend Giveaway: 'My Father's Daughter'

kelis! fter seeing her on top chef masters...

Cook the Book: 'River Cottage Every Day'

Roasted chicken and potatoes. Just season, pop in the oven, remove when our house smells delish.

Whole Foods to Serve Humanely Raised Insects, Introduce Whole Paycheck Direct Deposit

Maybe he's just trying to alienate users with no sense of humor. Which in that case good riddance :)

Mike or Richard ?

Team Blais for sure. Mike had good dishes but Richard wears his passion for cooking on his sleeve and his dishes looked amazing and were VERY unique.

Top Chef All-Stars Finale: And The Winner Is...

This season was awesome!!! I'm sooo happy Blais won, I was rooting for him he clearly has major passion for what he does and the talent and creativity to back that up. It was a close season! Go Blais!

1 potato,2 potato,3 potato, 4, How do you potato?

Paula Deen has a recipe for twice baked potatoes stuffed with shrimp that has always been a hit for me.

I dice up a good amount of shrimp (sometimes crumble a little bacon to mix in, too), and add that to the scooped out potatoes, along with cheddar cheese, a little minced garlic, butter, and sour cream. Mix well and add back to potato shells. Sprinkle some extra cheddar and a little truffle oil if you want on top, bake and serve.

Who likes SPAM?

SPAM is awesome...thin slices pan fried with a little oil or butter...nom. or diced then fried and tossed into an omelet.

Need an entree that can "sit" a while...

Lasagna? You could keep it in a warm oven, and have garlic bread prepped so it just needs a quick blast under the broiler when your guests get there to be ready.

Grown-Up Ramen Noodles?

Great idea for a post! I was thinking about asking this question.

One of y favorites it to boil the noodles, drain when still toothsome, then fry in a pan with a beaten egg drizzled in, a clove of minced garlic, a few crumbled pieces of chicken or bacon, and a couple final shots of Red Rooster hot sauce.

Cook the Book: 'Not Your Mother's Casseroles'

I love enchilada casserole... aka enchilada pie