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Cook the Book: 'Vietnamese Home Cooking'

The first time I ate authentic pho in S.F.

Knead the Book: The Art of Baking Bread

If I could learn to make an authentic baquette I'd be thrilled.

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Beer 30 Light

I buy the ice variety in single tall-boys at my neighborhood liquor store here in AZ. Two or three of these along with a pint of bourbon makes for a nice, hazy evening.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Brush them with butter and grill them medium rare for my family and friends. No temperature requests!

What is your favorite brand of quality kitchen knives?

I'm Wusthof, Classic line, man myself and I love them. They're fantastic for my hands, which are large, so that may be a factor in the equation.

Cook the Book: 'The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook'

The Draper family picnic scene, litter and all.

Grilling: Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I would mix cooked chorizo and jack cheese, stuff pablonos with it and make chilie rellanos. I love to make these with tempura batter.

Grilling: Mexican Chorizo

I've got to try this one. Living in AZ this stuff is available in nearly all grocery sores, although I've never seen it in link form. I regularly use it to make breakfast burros and I love that orange grease dripping all over my hands!

Book Giveaway: Win A Signed Copy of 'Brewed Awakening'

I'm not drinking for awhile but I've got a couple of cans of PBR in the back of the fridge. I know, I'm fancy that way.

Fast-Food Fried Fish Sandwiches: Popeyes vs. Burger King vs. McDonald's vs. Wendy's

This article has me sincerely stupified. Until I read the article along with the comments I was certain that the only people who ate the FOF were musty smelling senior citizens. Accompanied by a small, weak coffee only and never after 4 PM. Could it be that the SE staff and many of the sites readers are really a secret faction of oldsters? This may be the AARP of the food blog world!

Bottom Shelf Beer: Bud Light Platinum vs. Bud Light

I find the negative comments as a good sign of sorts. I've found that in realms such as writing, that if everyone loves what you're doing, you're probably doing something wrong. This column evokes a visceral response in that the readers seem to absolutely love it or hate it, which promotes a heated dialogue at times.
There are many writers that I cherish which others absolutely can't stand. I feel this is as it should be. Did everybody love Celine? One example amongst many, many more. I, for one, look forward to this column each and every week.

Why baking soda is added to Iced Tea?

I just make a strong pot of tea and pour it over ice. Works for me.

What is the plural of 'Fish Fry'?

My instinct went with frys but a quick look at The American Heritage Dictionary proved my instinct wrong. It said it was fries. I also learned that a newly hatched fish is known as a fry.

Cook the Book: 'Masala Farm'

Amazing burger at Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert, AZ.

Cook the Book: 'Rustic Italian Food'

It was a fresh pasta with squid at Marcellino's in Scottsdale, AZ.

Knead the Book: 'The Italian Baker'

pasta w/ EVO, butter, capers, lemon and parm.