• Location: AZ to NH to AZ again.

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!

Meet the Italian Ice Cream Sandwich: Brioche Con Gelato

i can't imagine ice cream between bread. i can picture each texture separately, but i would sure feel weird eating them together.

Novelty Ice Cream Week: How to Make Your Own Klondike Bars

@VeganWithAYoYo - i can vouch for that vegan ice cream recipe, recently having made it into ice cream sandwiches. SO good!

How to Make Quick and Easy Drop Biscuits

BGEPizza - you're not going to eat the entire batch, are you?

Novelty Ice Cream Week: How to Make Your Own King Cones

@VeganWithAYoYo - from what i remember, the outside seemed like cake crumbs. that would likely be VERY possible with making an ice cream bar :) maybe get some of that freeze dried strawberry powder to mix with the cake crumbs, or, make a cake with that strawberry powder for flavoring, and then crumb it up for the outside.

drumsticks are the one storebought ice cream thing that i miss the most. i'm so excited to try this recipe out :)

How to Make Your Own Chocolate Dip (aka Magic Shell), Ice Cream's Most Magical Topping

i see vegan coconut chocolate-covered ice cream bars in my future.

7 Mexican Sodas You Should Know

even here in AZ, i can't seem to find the grapefruit flavor of jarritos. sad, because i hear it's really good.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

yuba's snaggletooth face in the mountain photo is SO cute. aw, doggies.

6 Fresh Drinks You Should Grill This Summer

that tomato one sounds realllllly good.

Essential Tex-Mex: How to Make Cheese Enchiladas With Red Chili Gravy

@monopod - now i want to make picadillo-filled enchiladas. that sounds GREAT!

Manner Matters: How to Share Food Without Being Rude

i like this article just fine. i don't know what everyone's problem is.

sharing glasses and utentils and double-dipping really grosses me out. (mythbusters did a segment on the instances of bacteria growth as a result of double-dipping, and i pretty much couldn't watch it.) even with family or my boyfriend, i dislike sharing food and utensils and the like. everyone gets their own portion, and if you're going to try a drink of whatever i have, use your own straw and i'll do the same if i want to try yours. if i have a jar of pickles that's JUST mine, i'll fully use my bare hands to choose one. but if it's not just mine, you bet your ass i'm gonna use a fork. and if anyone wanted a lick of my ice cream, they can gtfo, and on the way, grab a spoon to try a bite.

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Soy Sauce?

mm, i love soy sauce. a dash of it is great in a vegan mushroom gravy -- really helps the flavor :)

Taste Test: The Best Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

@JH Ford - and then there are the ones that are boot-shaped, which were always the best for dipping!

Taste Test: The Best Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

YES to honey as a dipping sauce. i haven't eaten chicken nuggets in years, but this was always my favorite. for home use, maybe a honey warmed with red chili flakes. yum.

The Best Barbecue Beans, Whether You Have 1 Hour or 16

regarding meatless bacon substitutes:

a while back, i made a pot of refried beans, which may be the best batch i've ever made. i had some tempeh bacon in the fridge, so i cut it up finely and sauteed it with onion and serrano chiles, before adding the beans and liquid and mashing. SO GOOD. i imagine it would work great in these recipes as well.

Just 1 Bottle: 14 Cocktails to Make With Rum and a Trip to the Grocery Store

that kale ginger drink sounds great, and also looks pretty f-ing rad.

i love a good dark and stormy. SkyBar on 4th ave in Tucson AZ does a good one, it's a little unconventional but they use their own housemade ginger syrup. i prefer it to the standard rum + ginger beer. (and when i make them at home, i use reed's extra ginger brew. and a lot of lime juice.)

What the Frappe? THIS is a Real Milkshake

haha, i love this. my NH born-and-raised bf calls them frappes and it always makes me smirk.

also, my stepdad is from massachusetts and he calls jeans "dungarees".

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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