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The $7,000 Pizza Oven You Don't Need (But Really Wish You Had)

@pizza dr: I know a guy who build a brick oven in his back yard for doing pizza and breads. Set him back about $30K for materials and labor. Not sure what all he put in to it, and it is a very large oven, but if you are just looking at pizzas makes this a steal.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

When I use the paper bag method I cut vent holes in the bag to release steam. And in my microwave, at least, if the bag falls over - the popcorn burns. Not sure why.

The Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches in the Midwest

@Ingrid T - I have never heard of the River Rock Cafe, and I thought I had heard of all the good spots in SE Iowa. On the next trip to Ottumwa I will have to check that out. Thanks for the suggestion.

The Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches in the Midwest

@Brenda Johnson Then you can head on down 61 to Ft. Madison and get one at The Fort Diner. Actually quite a few good choices in SE Iowa.

10 Amazing Late Night Restaurants in Washington, DC

Old Ebbitt is a fantastic place to go late night. Holy cow we used to put down some oysters there.

Kenji's NYC Bucket List: What I'll Miss Most

When the time gets closer, let me know and we can try to figure something out.

Kenji's NYC Bucket List: What I'll Miss Most

If your travels take you across Kansas via I70, and you have a few hours to kill and want to get off the beaten path, let me know and I will buy you a pretty darned good chicken fried steak for lunch/dinner.

Ask a Cicerone: Which is Better, Draft or Bottled Beer?

To echo BeavisPeters, if it is a dive, observe what the locals are drinking. I used to frequent such a dive and the locals knew not to drink the draft beer because the bartender spit chew spit into the dishwasher.

Old Fries + Waffle Iron = Awesome Pull-Apart Waffle Fries

@Keios - in the initial picture I thought it looked like there was a Kraft Single melted in with the fries. I think that could also work.

Open Thread: What's The Unsexiest Food of All Time?

@Lorenzo - I once seduced someone by drinking gravy out of a coffee cup. Pinky raised and everything - it was formal gravy.

Add Vienna Sausages to the list of unsexy foods. Shudder.

Ask a Cicerone: What's the Best Hoppy Beer?

For those in flyover country, see if you can find Boulevard's 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat. A great combination.

What Are Your Favorite Croissant Hybrids (Real or Imaginary)?

I would so eat an entire package of cinnamon sugar Cringles. You had better trademark that quick.

What Are Your Favorite Croissant Hybrids (Real or Imaginary)?

Croissants mixed with a sheet of egg recipes = creggslist

Ok, that was just bad, sorry bout that.


Thanks - can't wait to try these.


Does is make a difference if you position the vent in the lid over the food, as to draw the smoke that direction and (hopefully) have more contact with the food?

Chain Reaction: Taco Bell's New Triple Steak Stack and Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla

@Cassandra Jane - you can find him over at writing about various things. Alas, no Drinking from the Bottom Shelf, but he is looking for a home for it.

Introducing the Serious Eats Edition Baking Steel and KettlePizza Backyard Pizza Oven Kit

Kenji, I think I remember you saying you could roast chickens on this set up too. It that correct? Anything else you could do on this thing besides pizza and pizza related items?

New J├Ągermeister Spice: A Kinder, Gentler J├Ąger

The best way to drink the original is in shot form, with a group of friends, after singing "Roll out the Barrel" at the top of your lungs.

The Best Dive Bars in the Washington DC Area

I lived at the Tune Inn for the year and I half I was out there. It was halfway between work and home so it was very easy to stop off for a pint or four after work. Matty would have one for me by the time I hit the end of the bar.

Two very good memories from the place - around Christmas one year and the place was packed, mostly with people that must have just come from a office party but also the usual variety of others. Sweet Caroline comes on and the entire bar, absolutely everyone, was singing along. The other great thing about the Tune is that I met my wife there. I knew she was good people just because she frequented the joint.

Introducing the Serious Eats Magazine!

I third the call for a non-Apple option.

The Food Lab: 3 Ways to Grill Corn

I no longer live in the area but the best sweetcorn I have ever had was from Grimes, Iowa. It was an exciting day when Grimes Sweetcorn was available.

The Food Lab: 3 Ways to Grill Corn

After grilling in the husk we usually let it steam in a cooler or brown paper bag for 10 to 15 minutes. I don't know if it actually does anything for the corn but I swear it tastes better, though this might just be in my head.