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Cook the Book: 'The Glorious Vegetables of Italy'

Pizza with artichokes, garlic and thinly sliced zucchini with chunks of mozzarella. So delish!

Cook the Book: 'Rachel's Irish Family Food'

Hospital jello. :(

Study Finds Charbroiling One Burger Pollutes As Much as a Diesel Truck Driving 143 Miles

Plant more trees and fire up that grill!

Responses and reactions to your food...

I usually make awesome bulgogi. We were having friends over for Korean food and I realized I had forgotten to buy the meat! I thawed what I found in the freezer and did a quick marinade. The taste was not bad, but it was dry. Our friend's little boy said (while chewing) "Mmmm, you make good jerky!"

I'm really struggling with my slow cooker.

I'm assuming you're using a crockpot with removable glazed stoneware. I don't know what would cause a metallic taste (unless it's made in China or somewhere with less strict food safety policies). You certainly won't get al dente veggies, but some fare better than others. More fatty cuts of meat (such as pork shoulder) will leave a lot of grease, but you should be able to remove that by skimming it with a ladle or large spoon. You could try browning your meat as a way to render some fat. I usually remove chicken skin (but it's okay to leave on) and leave the fat on pork shoulders and later remove it when cooked. Unless you're making a soup, you shouldn't be adding any water. I use rubs and dry seasoning but not liquid seasoning (unless a recipe calls for it). If I want to add a sauce (for pulled pork, for instance), I remove the meat, drain out the remaining liquid, replace the meat and then add the sauce and/or add back some of the juice. I use frozen meats all the time and cook on slow for hours. Don't throw in the towel yet. See if you can borrow another slow cooker and give it a few more tries.

NYS Road Trip - Where to go?

Too bad you'll miss the Spiedie Fest in Binghamton! You can still stop by for Spiedies at Lupo's or amazingly delicious wood fired steak, prime rib or pizza at Moxie's in nearby Conklin. Venture downtown near the rivers if you can. There's a nice river walk and a little park at the confluence. Have a great road trip!

Portable July 4th Picnic Dessert?

Apple and cherry turnovers, lemon poppy seed muffins.

Any lime sherbet punch lovers out there?

Love it! I had it many times in Utah. It's like Mormon elixer!

AHT Giveaway: Omnomnomnivore T-Shirt from Threadless

Cook the Book: 'The Country Cooking of Italy'

Fresh mozzarella.

Memorial Day Grilling Giveaway: Win This Delicious Cap of Ribeye

Ribeyes and lemon rosemary chicken.

Memorial Day Grilling Giveaway: Win This Delicious Cap of Ribeye

Ribeyes and lemon rosemary chicken.

Any Utah foodies out there?

Utah now has a great variety of international cuisine, especially in the Salt Lake and Provo areas. If you like Thai food, Thai Siam on State Street is very good. The New Yorker downtown is a bit pricey but has great steaks and other entrees. Do try the burgers at The Training Table, Hires and Crown Burger. They're Utah originals.

Humpty Dumpty Omelet Question

@UrbanWino, I think the milder cheeses taste better with the strong flavored kimchi. Fresh mozzarella, colby jack, havarti and mild cheddar have been the best so far. I couldn't even finish my attempt at using chevre.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Put an Egg on it!

@boobird, I now need a rest too. ; )

Humpty Dumpty Omelet Question

@wandererfound, that is disgusting! The thought of cat hair in food gives me dry heaves.

I've made chopped kimchi omelets with cheese. They were surprisingly good.

Poll: How do you like your fries?

I usually like crinkle cut fries nicely salted and with fry sauce, but I really dig the spicy fries (cajun spice) at Five Guys.

High Calore, Low Carb Meals

Spinach artichoke dip with crudite, pulled pork with coleslaw, smoothies with whole milk and regular fat yogurt. Congratulations, btw!

Knead the Book: King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking

Cook the Book: 'Asian Tofu'

I love it stewed in kimchi chigae.

Cold Cereal - Favorites from Youth, Favorites Now

Lucky Charms forever! I seem to like all the oaty cereals but LC has always been my favorite.

Alternative to a Salad Spinner?

I can't remember who did this but I saw someone put lettuce in a clean pillow case (used especially for this purpose), knot it up, and put it in the spin cycle of the clothes washer.

I personally love my OXO salad spinner and would hate to go without. It's been great for lettuce and herbs. I found that I really don't need more than one large and one small colander anyway.

Pork ribs dilemma

I love my MIL's sauerkraut ribs. Season the ribs with salt and pepper. Brown the ribs in the broiler. Place in a casserole/baking dish and smother them with sauerkraut. Cover with lid and bake 30 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees. The kraut becomes more sweet and the ribs are extremely tender and tasty.

I can't believe I ate the WHOLE THING... :-(

Blueberries, spinach artichoke dip, jalapeno poppers (with cream cheese), and Thin Mint cookies.

Good recipes for someone with no sense of taste (literally)

I hope you feel better soon and regain your sense of taste. You could try savory and spicy meals (Korean or Thai soups). Then again, you can just focus on all the boring healthy stuff we should be eating if you're not able to taste it anyway. : )

On a serious note . . .

We're cleaning up a flooded basement here in the Southern Tier of NY. We have to boil water but we feel blessed that we still have power and didn't have to evacuate. Many are without power and can't get to the store because of road closures. Not trying to be an alarmist, but just a reminder that it's always a good idea to keep extra food and water stocked if you can. It's cliche, but I never thought this would happen to us. So glad we had supplies and were prepared.

BBQ: KC or Memphis?

I feasted on Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY tonight, and my hubby just bought me a smoker (which I have no idea how to use yet). Autumnal chill is in the air, and I cannot quit thinking about BBQ! So I have a question (many, actually, but maybe you can help me with one):

What is the difference between Kansas City and Memphis style BBQ - the rub, sauce, meat? i couldn't find anything on SE or the web that really distinguishes between the two. I'd love it if someone could enlighten me and possibly provide a link to some info, Thanks!

Freezer brining?

I was wondering if I could brine turkey and chicken breasts but seal them up in a ziploc and freeze them (in the brine), so that I could thaw, rinse and use later. Would freezing it in the brine adversely affect the texture or taste? Has anyone brined with aromatics?

Baltimore yummies?

We're headed to Baltimore's Inner Harbor this weekend. I intend to get my fill of fireworks and food! I can hardly wait! I'd like to take the kids (ages 10 and up) for seafood, and would really appreciate any suggestions for a good, reasonably priced restaurant. Any other food tips would be most welcome!

Silicone Bakeware - I'm not so sure

Anyone want to share their thoughts about this? A friend gave me a silicone cake pan that she was given but would never use (since she is a stranger to her own kitchen). Frankly, I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of using synthetic materials with high heat (even Silpat liners). Another friend thinks it's ridiculous to worry about and that it is perfectly safe. I get that they are light weight and flexible and baked foods can just "pop out", but what about 20 or 30 years from now? Will we unknowingly be poisoning ourselves? Is there undisputed evidence of its safety?

Would you ever eat dog meat?

With all the recent talk about kimchi, I was recalling my time in Korea. Although a lot of the younger people then were repulsed by dog stew, it was still pretty popular among some of the older crowd (the men in particular ate it for virility). I couldn't bring myself to try it. Oh, I don't know. I guess if we were in a famine and had nothing else. Despite our affection for these furry critters, is it okay to breed them for consumption? What about places that are just overrun with dogs? That said, I know some Aussies that think nothing of eating kangaroo. What are your carniverous limitations?

My resolution is to . . .

What's your new year's resolution? I know of few people who will not be making that new year's resolution to lose weight. Whether it's to lose weight or eat healthier, will you be changing your eating habits? Any particular foods you have decided to integrate into your diets? Or will you throw caution to the wind and eat whatever your tiny tastebuds demand?

I need me some bacon!

My ten year old daughter stood gazing into the fridge and proclaimed "Mom, I need me some bacon!" What the - ? Where did that come from? She just really really wanted bacon. After the bacon was prepared, she plated a good portion and opened up the bag of Kim (keem) - Korean dried and salted seaweed laver. That was what she had for dinner. Any of your kids have strange cravings?

Treats for your neighbors

Growing up, we always gave our neighbors a plate of cookies and candies we had made and also enjoyed receiving a huge variety of treats we were given. It was never a stressful thing to do, as we were baking anyway. When we moved eight years ago and took treats to our new neighbors they were very surprised and delighted. We have since given mixed nuts, cookies, and sweet breads. Last year, we gave them a round loaf of warm oat bread and a jar of honey butter. I'm not sure what to do this year. Does anyone else do things for their neighbors during the holidays?

Regarding cornmeal

Is there any difference between masa and regular cornmeal? Are they interchangeable in recipes or is masa more like a flour? I've seen fine ground masa at the store. Would that be more for something like tortillas and the regular ground for something like cornbread?

Buying figs

I would like to learn about figs. There you have it. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I have not a clue on what to look for when purchasing them, if they're ripe, what is a good deal. Is the skin edible?

A Good Set of Knives

I would like to purchase a good quality set of knives in the near future. I love food and cooking is a passion, but I'm no professional chef, so I don't really know what to look for. Does the weight and balance really matter? Should I just find something that fits comfortably in my hands? I would really appreciate some feedback on what to look for somewhere in the medium price range.

I need side dishes for Kalua Pig

I was shown a fantastic and easy recipe for homesyle Kalua Pig and wanted to serve it next time with some Hawaiian side dishes. Unfortunately, I don't have access to poi or ti leaves or some of the other necessities needed for authenticity. Hopefully, some of you will be able to suggest some dishes or at least point me in the right direction!

Frozen blueberries

I've had to freeze a lot of fresh picked blueberries so they wouldn't be wasted. I've added frozen berries to sweet breads and pancakes and have made syrups before, but I'd like to try something different. Anyone out there with great alternatives?

Emergency Food Storage

We've been trying to build up a storage of food for emergency purposes. (click on family home storage) is from a church site, but is an excellent resource for emergency preparedness. What sort of foods would you store to add a bit of delicious to the basics of grains and rice?