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Hard Taco Shells: Yea or Nay?

I definitely can't stand the hard taco shell on its own, but thought taco bell was onto something when they introduced the gordita crunch. Also, I do love me some soft tacos with a lightly toasted exterior

Taste Test: Apple Soda

I agree with the above - what about the apple sidra??

Cook the Book: 'The Just Bento Cookbook'

salad greens with tomatoes and cucumbers, topped with sesame ginger dressing, side of soba noodles with a splash of sauce, along with some fruit and cottage cheese

Thoughts on sharing recipes?

All interesting responses! Personally, I don't mind sharing recipes that have worked out well for me - I consider it good karma, especially since ones of the reasons why I've been able to progressively improve my cooking skills is from using recipes that others have freely shared, and experimenting with them to see how flavors and textures can be changed to suit my taste.

I can see how some people might want to keep a few secret recipes - ones in the family, or ones that you personally developed that took a lot of time to perfect - but witholding recipe after recipe? That's being a bit stingy. Besides, with everything that's available on the Internet and in cookbooks, it's only a matter of time before somebody who's determined to make the dish will figure out the way.

Serious Entertaining: Super Bowl Party

I'm surprised no one mentioned Eat n Park cookies

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

a mix of the sweet and savory - there has to be at least one thing that goes with maple syrup: pancakes/waffles/french toast with bacon/sausage and eggs

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Going to Taiwan with a tour group and having delicious fatty pork belly served at several meals

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

Ribeye ...but most of the time I'm just happy to have steak

Poll: What's Your Favorite Gummy Candy?

Haribo gummy frogs!!!

Where Do You Get Your Favorite Pizza?

The thin crust pizza from Oregano's in Arizona. Lucci's pizza in Pittsburgh. The margherita at Bertucci's is pretty good too.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

rocky road fudge!

Serious Eats Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificates from Threadless

War and Peas.
Food is serious business

Cook the Book: 'Rose's Heavenly Cakes'

Cake from an Asian bakery -- white cake with slices of fruit sandwiched in between, topped with a very light whipped cream and more fruit!!

Cook the Book: 'Italian Easy'

Serious Eats NYC-Boston Road Trip: Suggestions Needed

Some of my favorite Boston area eats:
Zoe's - best authentic Chinese food in Somerville MA
Punjabi Dhaba - great Indian grub in Cambridge MA (cheap, too!)
East Coast Grill - tasty seafood also in Cambridge MA

Not exactly world class dining, but if there's room for dessert, Christina's Ice Cream has quite the assortment of traditional and offbeat flavors - haven't found one that I didn't like yet

Home for the Holidays: What's Your Must-Visit Hometown Haunt?

In Phoenix, Saigon (for Vietnamese), Cornish Pasty (for some Cornish Pasty), and Angel Sweet (for gelato). Also, can't resist a bit of In-n-Out, for the Neopolitan shake, if not for the burgers & fries

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Culinary Adventure Society

grabbing aloe yogurts from the QQ (99 yen) store at the end of the day in Japan, often intending for them to last the week, but only to finish them in a couple days

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

chinatown dim sum

Cook the Book: The Southern Italian Table

Pasta carbonara!

Do You Have a Favorite Mustard?

I practically grew up on French's Honey mustard, and later became partial to Deli Mustards - Grey Poupon's always been good to me
Inglehoffer's another brand that I've tried and liked

Cook the Book: 'Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book'

Lakeside BBQ on July 4th: Asian style, complete with yams, fish, and kebabs

Cook the Book: 'Bite-Size Desserts'

Egg custard tart from dim sum

Cook the Book: 'Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes'

Fuddrucker's burgers - but also, burgers topped with pepper jack cheese and a heaping dollop of guacamole

Cook the Book: ''Wichcraft'

How bout a reuben

Thoughts on sharing recipes?

Does it irk you when friends keep their recipes a closely guarded secret? Or do you sympathize with their desire to keep recipes in limited circulation?

How do you navigate the friend-recipe sharing landscape? Is it a tit-for-tat thing; is there an unspoken understanding that you just don't ask each other for recipes; do you rummage through their bookshelves and kitchen drawers for clues to the secret sauce? Or are you the one with the recipe that you keep declining to share?

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