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Another vote for the Swissmar set, it's great.

Can You Recommend a Julienne Peeler? Good Questions
7/30/14 07:44 PM

Ditto what the above commenters said, DO NOT leave your American grocery-store purchased refrigerated eggs at room temperature for several days and expect them to be okay. They have been "power washed", which ironically leads to them being susceptible to contamination at room temp.

Culinary School Makes Me Wonder Why I Refrigerate My Eggs Culinary School Diaries
7/24/14 07:35 PM

Umeboshi vinegar is a great suggestion. You can order it on amazon. It's not "fishy", but rather has an "umami funk" to it that would work well in most cases as a substitute.

What's the Best Substitute for Fish Sauce in Thai Dishes? Good Questions
7/22/14 12:55 PM

Honestly, a lot of this just comes down to time in the kitchen. Read a little, cook a LOT. Have fun, listen to music, get a friend or partner in the kitchen with you, taste things together (more salt? What do you think? Should we let this get even more browned next time?). Start with some basic recipes, perhaps from this very site, and then tweak them a little (hmmm, what about a splash of soy-sauce in the eggs for this mushroom omelette instead of salt, maybe that would give a tasty asian flavor?).

Another suggestion is cooking with a grandmother/mother/grandfather/father/older relative or friend who has spent years in a kitchen. Ask them to share a recipe they love, or something they make all the time. Those with long experience will be a great guide.

What Is the Best Way to Learn Kitchen Basics? Good Questions
7/21/14 07:05 PM

I think perhaps the author was referring to the most common mode of espresso consumption within Italy itself, which is indeed frequently quite a quick affair, at the counter of a coffee shop. People might come in on their way to work, and just sip a quick espresso and eat a pastry, all while just standing on their feet. 5, 10 minutes, max. Whereas a Turkish cup might perhaps (I don't know) be more typically enjoyed sitting down, over the course of an hour or so.

Coffee Around the World: How Turkish People Drink Coffee Smart Coffee for Regular Joes
7/21/14 04:56 PM

FYI - description of 2 and 4 are identical

6 Toppings to Make Your Grilled Corn Even More Magical Grill Your Heart Out
7/18/14 05:15 PM

Roll extremely thin, and bake until they are seriously toasty brown

Why Is My Rosemary Olive Oil Flatbread Not Crunchy? Good Questions
7/15/14 06:44 PM

Here's a good one, and you prep it all ahead of time:

Cut a slit into the side of a few large bell peppers, and carefully remove the core/seeds/pith. Fill the pepper cavity with a mixture of cooked rice, cheese, and seasonings (you can add additional veggies or some chopped nuts to the mix if you'd like), leaving a little extra space in each one. Now wrap each pepper up in foil and store them in the fridge. On the big day, just throw those foil packets on the grill and let them get nice and roasty!

This has the added benefit of assuaging any "contamination" fears from a shared grill because the vegetarians each get their own little foil packet. And, it's no work on the day of, other then throwing them on the grill and letting them roast alongside everything else.

What Vegetarian Recipes Should I Serve at My July 4th BBQ? Good Questions
6/30/14 07:36 PM

Yeah, actually, I'm with SabineAgain on this one I think. I think the grain should run in the opposite direction to the one in which you roll, since you'll cut parallel to the rolling direction.

Recipe: Balsamic-Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak Recipes from The Kitchn
6/19/14 12:48 PM

That sounds great, thanks for the idea!

Holy Guacamole! 5 Fun Ways to Jazz Up Your Guacamole This Summer Tips from The Kitchn
6/12/14 05:17 PM

Just curious...what is that between the food processor and blender?

Pantry Before & After: A Laundry Room Becomes a Super Organized Pantry Pantry Makeover
6/12/14 11:51 AM

Typo alert: under recipes for dandelion greens, I think you mean dandelion pumpkin seed pesto, not pest. Unless it's a very annoying dish :-)

Go Beyond Kale with These 5 Greens Tips from The Kitchn
6/5/14 06:27 PM

Awesome idea above on the backpacking recipes. Even just some ideas for "car camping" meals would be great. Maybe even a meal plan for like a two night backpacking trip? For example the first night could have heavier/more perishable items, the subsequent meals would get lighter/more non-perishable but probably need to be even more caloric/filling?

Also, I LOVE it when you guys post things that are healthy, freezable single-serving items that can be made in bulk and stashed in the freezer for easy lunches. And I don't mean burritos, we've all seen those suggested. I'm looking for a similar format but with some other textures/types of cuisines, like what you did with these two posts:
Those were really great and I'd love to see other ideas (maybe without sweet potatoes this time? Ha!)

Reader Request Week Is Coming! Tell Us What You Want to Read Reader Request Week 2014
6/2/14 02:27 PM

If you'd like some guidance for how to use it in a muffin, try this recipe from Nick over at Macheesmo:
It's technically for "granola" muffins but I don't think there's any reason it wouldn't work wonderfully for muesli too. The recipe also appears in his cookbook Love your Leftovers, which focuses on how to make a big batch of something once and reuse the food in a number of dishes. This is one from the granola chapter. You can find the book here:

What Can I Do with My Extra Muesli? Good Questions
6/2/14 02:03 PM

Use the stems as you would bean sprouts, in a stir fry, crunching up a sandwich, etc. They'll have a very similar texture/appearance to bean sprouts, but with just a bit more "kick".

What Can I Do With Watercress Stems? Good Questions
5/20/14 05:51 PM

Add a mint to any of the above, it's lovely!

I'm Allergic to Basil. What Are Some Alternatives for Pesto? Good Questions
5/14/14 06:43 PM

People have already mentioned spreads, but I'd like to call out two in particular that folks don't always think of: pesto and romesco. You can either make your own, or buy a nice jar at the store (TJ's will carry them)

What Are Some Tasty Sandwiches Without Cheese? Good Questions
5/13/14 11:45 AM

Depending on the application, I would suggest citric acid, sumac, mango powder, fresh ginger, tamarind paste or juice, pomegranate vinegar

I'm Allergic to All Citrus! What Are Some Good Substitutes? Good Questions
5/8/14 06:37 PM

Beans! Black beans rolled in a tortilla w/ hot sauce, warm lentils w/ a fried egg on top, hummus on a toasted bagel, leftover red beans & rice

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Breakfast Ideas for a Breastfeeding Mom? Good Questions
5/2/14 06:11 PM

Yep, I say feed 'em smoothies instead, if you're going this route. At least more of the fiber is left in there.

Best 100 Juices for Kids by Jessica Fisher New Cookbook
5/2/14 05:11 PM