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September 4

What is, and is not, achiote rojo?

I have a recipe that calls for "achiote rojo." Which I've never encountered before. I did some googling but that term seems pretty loosely defined and I'm still pretty confused about what they want me to use. [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 5:29 PM - 6 answers

So Many restaurants, so little time (and money)

We are foodies going to Portland Maine next weekend for my wife's birthday. There are literally over 100 restaurants in this 70,000 persons town. Help us choose 2 great, affordable restaurants to make reservations at. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:32 PM - 9 answers

Delicious meals, animal products optional

Can you recommend vegan recipes that stand on their own, with the option of adding meat /eggs/cheese? [more inside]
posted by cost-cutting measures at 1:45 PM - 11 answers

How many times to try a recipe before giving up?

When trying a new recipe how many times should I cook it to completion before deciding I don't like the recipe? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 6:27 AM - 18 answers

Reheating 101

Inspired by this question, I'm thinking about putting in a couple of hours on Sunday to do a bunch of cooking healthy foods to eat throughout the week. But then... what? How do you learn how to reheat all the foods for maximum deliciousness? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 5:44 AM - 11 answers

September 3

Items to make for meal prep at the beginning of each week?

Lately we have been cooking a bunch of things on Sunday or Monday that can be assembled mix-and-match style during the week, and it has been awesome. We're getting a bit tired of what we've been making, though, so I'm looking for additional ideas that we may not have thought of. If you do meal prep to get you through the week, what do you make? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 4:07 PM - 20 answers

Pork Butt Snafu - Will this ruin our camping trip?

I put a (very expensive, pasture-raised) 6 lb. pork shoulder into my All Clad ceramic slow cooker this morning. I just went into the kitchen and discovered that although the slow cooker shows it's set to low and that 6 1/2 hours have elapsed, the heating element never turned on. Can I cook it in the oven? Is it safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark at 1:07 PM - 23 answers

Coveted American items for a Danish host?

I'm staying in an AirBnB in Copenhagen soon and I want to take our host some treats from the United States they might not be able to get in Denmark. I'm bringing some local cookies/candies from my specific region, but are there other things that might be a normal part of food life here but which a Dane would be excited to get their hands on?
posted by something something at 12:44 PM - 24 answers

Where can I find *fake* banana milkshakes in Boston?

A friend of mine has a craving for a banana milkshake from Steak and Shake. Unfortunately, there's no Steak and Shake anywhere close to here. Specifically, she wants the artificial banana flavor, and weirdly, it seems like it's easier to find real banana than fake. Is there an equivalent available in the Boston area that will help soothe her nostalgia?
posted by explosion at 10:54 AM - 10 answers

September 2

Dressed to kill a diet

Let's say you order a big, full-plate dinner salad at a restaurant and ask for dressing on the side. You are counting calories. They forget and it comes pretty heavily dressed. You are at a work event, it's busy at the restaurant, and you eat it because of the social awkwardness of returning food at this event. [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 7:09 PM - 22 answers

Rabid tomato sauce

Something has been taking bites out of my tomatoes... probably squirrels or birds. I washed them, generously cut off the affected area, and cooked the sauce for 30 minutes. Am I about to poison my husband and teens?
posted by LittleMy at 3:35 PM - 14 answers

What do you do with your sweet red peppers?

I've had too many sweet red peppers go to waste because we don't use them that often (more on that inside). Should I freeze them? What are your favorite recipes that feature these lovely things? [more inside]
posted by taz at 7:25 AM - 27 answers

Help me find this whiskey glass

I'm looking for a place where I can buy this style of whiskey glass. The glass is asymmetrical, with a heavy base that has several (I think five) smooth ridges on the bottom. [more inside]
posted by neushoorn at 2:06 AM - 5 answers

September 1

Ideas for no-cook meals besides sandwiches?

I'm on a lazy/convenient no-cooking kick and have been eating just sandwiches with deli meats and sliced veggies, and fruit. Assume you could not use the stove/oven nor have any other kitchen equipment (no blenders, microwave, etc, but just a knife, can opener). What are some meal ideas besides sandwiches? I'm not looking for snack ideas like nuts, crackers, etc. but actual meals. I am a meat-eater if that makes a difference and prefer to avoid a whole lot of canned foods because of BPA. (also a tofu eater)
posted by atinna at 9:54 PM - 25 answers

Tea me up

For various reasons, I need to stop drinking coffee (argh). As an alternative, I'm looking for a tea I bought a long time ago, that appears now not to exist. Actually it appears now never to have existed (as per Google anyway). Help me find it? [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 6:30 PM - 13 answers

I'd like the super retro-commercial combo pack, and a coke.

So some time in the 80's there was a commercial, I think for KFC, where they were comparing their restaurant to some dystopian all-things to all people fast food hell. Does anyone remember this? Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 9:42 AM - 3 answers

August 31

Anyone know of a good Shanghainese cook book? Ideal Eng, but Chineese ok

My girlfriend's family is from Shanghai, but her families recipes are informal and there are many common dishes that she'd love a good cookbook on how to make. Any suggestions?
posted by wooh at 3:53 PM - 3 answers

In search of baked goods that don't need baking

After a ludicrously protracted search, I've bought a house, and I'm moving soon. Hooray! But the kitchen is long past its prime, and in particular, the built-in oven looks to be pretty awful. Dealing with that is high on the priority list, but other things are higher, and realistically I doubt I'll be able to get to it before next year. And that's rather a shame, because I enjoy baking, and enjoy bringing the results to work for colleagues to devour. So, please help keep me sane by suggesting your favourite non-baked baked goods. [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 10:02 AM - 49 answers

Where should I eat in Newport, RI?

I'm in Rhode Island for a business trip, with some but not all meals provided at the conference. I'm on my own for two dinners and one lunch, and I'd like to make the most of them. Are there any places (that aren't exorbitantly expensive) I shouldn't miss? Please recommend me some deliciousness!
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 6:02 AM - 14 answers

August 30

What kind of candy am I stealing?

I have been swiping mystery candies from a dish where I work. They aren't mine and they aren't there for me to eat. But I find myself alone with the dish sometimes and they get eaten. [more inside]
posted by cellura p at 4:58 PM - 27 answers

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