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Puppy Chow: The Must-Try Chocolaty, Peanut Buttery Midwestern Snack

i don't think i've had this stuff since elementary school... yum!

Curried Tempeh and Apple Salad in Radicchio Cups From 'Salad Samurai'

this looks great! similar to the dinner i had last night, which was curried tofu salad with raisins, on top of boring old lettuce. gotta try this!

Why It's Time to Start Making Your Own Sherbet

@VeganWithAYoYo - ooh, i'm envisioning a coconut lime or coconut mango sherbet. even coconut strawberry would likely be good!

Why It's Time to Start Making Your Own Sherbet

i agree with @sarahlizzy. see also the abomination of "literally" now somehow meaning "figuratively".

How to Make the Best Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

wow this looks good.

would it work to squeeze the tomato insides into a strainer before cutting up the tomatoes, so that you can keep the goo and leave out the seeds? by the photos, it seems that quite a few seeds still made their way into the sauce through the food mill.

a few weeks ago i had picked quite a few really nice tomatoes, and turned them into salsa and gazpacho... wish this recipe had been posted then, cause i'd have made sauce!

Win a Copy of 'Salad Samurai'

How to Make Extra-Tangy, Extra-Creamy Macaroni Salad

@SE Copy Editor - agreed.

How to Make Extra-Tangy, Extra-Creamy Macaroni Salad

dang, i wish this article was published a day early, because i made macaroni salad yesterday. it came out good, but not as good as this looks.

9 Lesser-Known IPAs You Should Be Drinking

odell's ipa (from colorado) is great too, but not sure how lesser-known it is.

7 Ways to Use a Cast Iron Frying Pan (Besides Frying)

ooh, that personal-sized pizza stone is a great idea! heat diffuser, too, for those of us not financially blessed enough to have excellent-quality cookware.

Where to Eat at Rockaway Beach

came for a ramones reference, and wasn't disappointed.

12 Addictive No-Bake Desserts for Summer

in regards to slide #10: remiss means at fault, or a failure to do something. i think you mean it wouldn't be out of place, or some equivalent.

Eating Soup Dumplings in Shanghai? Xiao Long Bao Are Only Half the Story

*homer simpson drooling noise*

Taste Test: 1 Day, 23 Pop-Tart Flavors

those oat ones sound really good! i was always a fan of the frosted strawberry, not toasted but microwaved for like 5 seconds so it's soft but not crunchy. try it!

Manner Matters: How to Order Pizza for a Group

hey man, pizza without cheese can be excellent as long as the crust, sauce, and toppings are good.

Where to Eat Barbecue (and More!) in Kansas City, MO

can one dredge something with gravy? i thought that word was reserved for dry things like flour or sugar.

either way, i'm surprised at how "cool" KCMO looks.

Finally, a Tool for Making Totally Clear Ice Spheres

$85 for a device that makes ONE ice cube at a time? ridiculous.

Ideas in Food vs. S'mores: Meet the S'mores Cake

@dashofginger - first thing i thought when i saw this article.

Footlong Lobster Rolls Near the Bronx Zoo: A Trip to City Island

lots of "goddamn"s here.

Gadgets: Breville's Smart Waffle Maker Produces Perfectly Browned Waffles

i have a vintage GE waffle iron that, while super heavy, always makes perfect waffles. i got it brand new with its cord still coiled (it's from the 1950s!!) in a thrift/antique store years ago for just $6, but i've seen similar on ebay in the $50 range. no bells and whistles, just an on/lightness and darkness lever, and damn good waffles every time.

Gluten-Free 2 Ways: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

can't wait to make these!

Where to Drink Outdoors in New York City, 2014 Edition

i love love love a bar with a good patio, and all of these look amazing. too bad i'm so far from NYC!

We Try all of Rick Bayless's Frontera Salsas

ooh, yum. these all look great! i know i've used one or two of them in the past, because i remember the lids of the jars, but not sure which i've tried. maybe it was the tomatillo.

i second @lawyerjen on the cooking sauce pouches! i've tried most of them (the ones that don't contain dairy) and find them excellent. i'd be curious what SE thinks of them!

We Try All 18 Kinds of Trader Joe's Trail Mix

whole foods has an "island hopper" trail mix that i really like, that sounds exactly like the above one with the almonds, macadamias, ginger, and cranberry. good to know!

i always want a trail mix with chocolate mixed in (or some of those peanut butter chips -- that "tempting trail mix" sounds great) but every time, they also seem to contain dairy. sigh.

Novelty Ice Cream Week: How to Make Your Own Ice Cream Pops

i say, add some ice cream to the bottom of the cup, place a fat slice of banana, top with more ice cream, then dip in chocolate when frozen and roll in chopped peanuts. banana split pops!

dishwasher vs. hand-washing dishes?

have been thinking tonight, and i far prefer hand-washing dishes. the apartment i currently live in has a dishwasher, but i hadn't had one since the place i moved out of in summer 2011, and fell out of the habit of using one. haven't used the one in this apartment yet, and i don't intend to.

it's kind of relaxing to put on some music or a podcast and wash all the dishes and wipe the stove and counters (and then realize that i'm hungry, but don't want to cook and ruin the nice clean kitchen!)

how about everyone else? dishwasher or hand-washing, and why?

advice: a vegan at an omnivore thanksgiving

so, here's the deal. i'm newly moved in with my boyfriend, across the country from my family. since going to my mom's is sadly not an option, i hear thanksgiving will be at boyfriend's grandma's house. before i moved, every thanksgiving dinner at my mom's was a non-issue, as i'd just bring my own vegan stuff over and cook things i wanted to eat. no problem, no awkwardness.

i am not about to do the same this year. so, i don't quite know what to do. boyfriend says i should just bring my own (i'm assuming ready-made?) things to eat, that his grandma is pretty easygoing. i'm concerned about making a bad impression or insulting her and whomever else may be cooking the meal. but i'm also concerned that there won't be anything there i'll be able to eat. if i eat little or nothing, that would also be awkward, and insulting to the hostess.

anyone been in a similar situation before? what shall i do?

vegan picnic menu ideas

hey everyone... on thursday i'm going on a picnic with my boyfriend. i'm vegan, and while he isn't, he's completely open to eating vegan food. i'm looking for recipes, aside from the typical veggies and hummus/hummus sandwiches/etc. i saw a recipe for a bbq tofu and corn salad that sounds pretty good to me, but, i'm trying to think of good and interesting things to make, as it's our first picnic. let me know your ideas! :)

gin & tonic with lemon

this is my standard drink when i go out. i know g&t is usually garnished with lime, but i'm not a fan in that instance and instead always request lemon to squeeze into the drink -- i think it's much better. (ideally i'd have a splash of fresh grapefruit juice, but most places seem only to have it from a can.)

does anyone else have a favorite drink that's a bit of a twist on the usual?

Have'a Corn Chips

has anyone else tried and/or loved these chips? they're made in laguna beach ca, and the company that makes them doesn't even seem to have a website. the co-op near my work sells them, and i've only started buying them as of recently, but i think they may be my favorite tortilla chip. they're interesting because instead of having salt as an ingredient, they have soy sauce, which gives them a really good savory flavor. super good!

biting off more than you can chew. regards to kitchen tasks.

my first try making hummus with dried chickpeas instead of canned. did the quick soak method, and when i drained the water to replace it and cook them, i decided to rub the skins off of the beans so my hummus will be extra smooth and awesome.

most tedious endeavor i could ever imagine. especially since it was probably close to 2lbs of chickpeas. it took a long time and a lot of rinsing, but i got probably 90% of the skins off. argh!

on what occasions have you all set out to do something in the kitchen that ended up being more than you bargained for?

golden beets!

what would you do with them?

i bought a few recently, on a whim, but i'm not sure how to use them, as i rarely cook fresh beets. other than cooking them as a side vegetable, in what recipes could they work? what are your favorites?

favorite cold soup recipes?

i made kenji's Andalusian Gazpacho recipe today, and, wow.

so, i'm looking for other great recipes for cold soups, as it's already getting really hot here in arizona. it's going to be a loooong summer and i need some good ideas -- vegan recipes would be ideal, but for the sake of the other readers, any recipes are encouraged!

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