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How to make the ultimate burger

They say that there’s no food more American than the lowly hamburger.

Web Watch can tell you that quite a few European countries have no idea what a proper hamburger is.  (Or how to put ice in your drink, for that matter.)

But if you really think about it, most Americans have a lousy idea of what a hamburger should be.

Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers by Hubert Keller
Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers by Hubert Keller

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The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Who doesn’t love a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie?

Web Watch tends to buy ours at the store, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the hard work that others put into baking us delicious treats.  In fact, as we type this we are anticipating our annual delivery of homemade cookies from some friends who pride themselves on making the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER… but only choose to do so once a year, in order to make them even more special for those of us who receive them.

Are they good? Definitely.  Could they be better?

Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share
Martha Stewart’s Cookies:
The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

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Year in Review: 2012’s most popular Web Watch articles and searches

Thanks to all of you who took the time to visit WEB WATCH in 2012.

For those of you who weren’t able to read Web Watch every day, here’s a quick look at what everyone took a look at while they were here.

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The best Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe

If there are two vegetables that tend to turn off carnivores at the very mention of them, two top qualifiers would be “kale” and “Brussels sprouts” (or “brussel sprouts”, if you’re into spelling it wrong).

Kale is typically used as a garnish rather than something you’d willingly go out of your way to make a salad from.  (And for those of you who’ve decided that pushing kale through your Mr Juicer because kale juice is said to help grow hair, it’s kinda gross from what we’ve seen our friends go through.)

And everybody knows that Brussels sprouts taste best when sauteed in tons and tons of bacon fat.


The 60 Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes

Have you purchased your Thanksgiving turkey yet?

In case you haven’t, here’s a helpful tip:  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRESH AND FROZEN TURKEY is negligible.  Some people would say that Fresh is always better… but if you’re one of those, you’ll need to keep in mind that a FRESH turkey must be cooked within 2 days of being purchased, according to the USDA’s guidelines on food safety.  A frozen turkey make take days to thaw properly (figure about 1 day for every 4-5 pounds) — so if you were to start your frozen turkey thaw now, you should be good to go for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As for those who thought they’d go out and have already purchased their fresh, unfrozen turkey — they may want to be sure to keep that thing on ice for another day or two before beginning the brining process.  Don’t want to give your Thanksgiving guests any food poisoning, do you?



The Secret to the Perfect Twinkie

Ah, Twinkies.

Whether the Hostess company goes away with all their products, or if some other company decides to purchase the brands and recipes and continue onward, that we will soon have a world without Hostess is sad in many ways.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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How to make the English Garden cocktail martini, a recipe inspired by Gordon Ramsay Steak

Web Watch was in Las Vegas recently, where we had the pleasure of dining at GORDON RAMSAY STEAK at the Paris Las Vegas casino.

Needless to say, famed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wasn’t there that night, but we’ll just offer a quick review of the place: in one word, “fantastic”.

Of course, it didn’t help that having Chef Ramsay’s name on the marquee led to a constant parade of tacky tourists with their camera phones, t-shirts, and flip-flops barging into the main dining area to take a photo or two of a place that they’re not spending a nickle in.  It was a bit disruptive to those of us with our own camera phones who were diving in to our own 2-hour dining spectactular.

But regardless of the lack of control the hosting staff had in preventing the riff-raff from interfering with our fine dining, Web Watch highly recommends Gordon Ramsay Steak for your next Las Vegas dining experience.

What?  You’re not planning on heading out to Vegas anytime soon?  Well – let Web Watch bring you a little bit of Gordon Ramsay to your kitchen…

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There are 4 different cinnamons, 3 of them are fake, and tasters can’t tell the difference

A few years ago, Web Watch wrote about how ARTIFICIAL VANILLA CONTAINS COAL TAR.

It ends up that there are many different artificial food products that contain ingredients that we may or may not know about.

Take, for example, the simple cinnamon stick.

Did you know that there really are three different products that are commonly sold as “cinnamon sticks”?

Did you know that only one of them is actually really considered “cinnamon”?