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  • Location: AZ to NH to AZ again.

21 Halloween Candies We're Hoarding

ooooh, goldenberg's peanut chews. i wish i could find them in AZ.

Use Your Cast Iron Pan and a Tortilla to Make World Class Bar-Style Pizza in Under 12 Minutes

i think it's funny, all of the people on this site who comment saying, "that doesn't seem like 'serious eats' to me," like there was some stipulation that every recipe or idea on here has to be highbrow and labor-intensive. anything kenji (or most anyone else who writes for this site) comes up with is bound to be good and have gone through quite a bit of testing to get to the final product, so just knock it off already.

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chilled avocado cucumber soup!

Celery Forever: Where America's Weirdest Soda Came From and How It's Stuck Around

i wonder if a place like BevMo carries this? i'm very far from NYC so i wouldn't be able to get my hands on some from there, but it sounds interesting and i bet it would be good with gin. (same goes for the cucumber soda the article mentioned, which i've seen at World Market.)

Kitchen Hack: Use a Guitar Mount to Store Your Pizza Peels

@nikov - if it's a severed head, i'm going to be very upset.

The Food Lab: Make Your Own Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles (and Make Your Coworkers Jealous)

this is a GREAT idea! i'm thinking some kind of thai peanut noodle flavor, with baked tofu. i need to get some of those jars, too!

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

growing up in AZ, we made something similar and called it chili mac, but that was legit leftover chili reheated with cooked macaroni. my NH native boyfriend introduced this recipe's style of american chop suey to me, except when he makes it he kind of adds a bit of everything, and usually doesn't include cheese.

The Picky Eater Challenge: Helping Kids (and Adults!) Try New Foods Without Tricks

give small children a choice between a few options that YOU, the ADULT, find acceptable or nutritious, and let them pick one. if they don't like any, they won't eat that night perhaps, but they'll certainly live. making a separate meal for a picky kid is outrageous to me.

Cast Iron Cooking: The Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots That Will Forever Change How You Entertain

@VeganWithaYoYo - maybe with tofurky italian sausage, chopped into bits? :)

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make Lighter Tuna Noodle Casserole With Just One Pan (and No Knives!)

@peekpoke - i for one wouldn't mind a recipe for an actually GOOD quality hamburger helper knockoff. if only i knew where to find those tiny lasagna noodles...


in regards to this recipe, i bet it would also be nice with canned salmon (good quality, without the skin and bones).

Where to Eat in Hyde Park, Chicago

of the accompanying photos, 4 of them show food items that aren't even mentioned in the blurbs. why no photos of things actually described? the photo with the article on the main page is of some excellent looking hummus, but not a word is said about it. kinda misleading.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

seconding the idea of more fridge and kitchen tours, for SE staff and perhaps even readers!

The Food Lab Turbo: How to Make Lighter Tuna Noodle Casserole With Just One Pan (and No Knives!)

oh yeah, you gotta have the potato chip topping.

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: My 18-Hour Work Day

this series is great. if there was a book about the process of opening this place (so, basically, a longer-form version of this article) i'd definitely read it.

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!

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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.

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.

...in 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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