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August 27

Where to dine in SF Chinatown?
Four people need a satisfying meal in San Francisco Chinatown this Saturday evening -- where to go? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:33 PM - 3 answers
Nutritious baked snacks for my toddler
My 2 and half year-old takes a snack to pre-k every day. I would like to start to make his snacks, in the form of nutritious muffins or breads or brownie-like things into which I can integrate some fruit or vegetables. Help me out with some recipes? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 2:05 PM - 22 answers

August 26

What is the healthiest frozen yogurt brand you can recommend?
Preferably plain, preferably low fat, and preferably from Kroger. The yogurt is for an elderly family member, and the plan is to add fresh fruit. For bonus points, any suggestions for a natural fiber supplement to mix in would also be beneficial. I've heard flax seed is used for that purpose, though other/better suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
posted by Beholder at 11:03 PM - 17 answers

Where to buy Astra Beer in NYC?
Where can I buy Astra Beer in NYC? I'm sure it's available somewhere, but basic Googling hasn't turned up a specific store that has it. Before I start to make the rounds of all the beer stores in the area, I'd welcome suggestions of specific stores that are known to have it. Danke!
posted by rhythm and booze at 10:39 AM - 6 answers

August 24

What is a 'Wild Mushroom' ?
Eating at 'Cheesecake Cafe' and 'Tony Roma's', I see on the menu that they both have burgers that are garnished with 'wild mushrooms'. What are wild mushrooms? I cannot get an answer from the waitresses.
posted by Kilovolt at 7:57 PM - 12 answers

August 23

What modern beer tastes most like old-fashioned beer?
I was thinking about the Ken Burns Prohibition documentary today, and it got me thinking: if I wanted to find what beer tasted like in the United States a century ago, what would I try? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 3:01 PM - 22 answers

Freezing fresh pasta for future raviolis
Our bumper crop of veggies is coming on and our neighbor's chickens are producing eggs at an amazing rate. I don't have time right now to complete assembly on raviolis, but could make large batches of frozen pasta and filling. What is the best way to store the pasta? [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 10:06 AM - 6 answers

August 22

Best bottled salad dressings?
Please give me your best bottled salad dressing recommendations! [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite at 12:08 PM - 32 answers

Help me become a dessert queen.....
I need to make a dessert for a birthday party next week. There will be about 30 people there I think, but desserts are definitely not my forte. My dessert making experience includes: Banana Bread, Chocolate chip cookies, banoffee pie, fruit crumbles and a not great cheesecake. I did not bake ANY cookies as a child and in general, I love cooking but not baking. Also, I will not have use of an oven on the night, so I need to pre-make my dessert and bring it with me. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 9:52 AM - 29 answers

(veggie) burgers and other analog recipes
Which standard recipes, with meat as a key ingredient, have clear vegetarian analogs? Examples, to be clear: for every hamburger, there is a veggie burger (eggplant, cauliflower, etc). Chili con carne becomes chili sin carne. For meatloaf there is Neatloaf. What else should I be thinking of? "Buy fake meat" is not heading in the right direction; "google 'vegetarian [meaty food]'" is a realistic suggestion but which foods?
posted by whatzit at 6:35 AM - 33 answers

August 21

Inducing Lactation Is Not An Option.
Problem: every time I buy a quart of milk, it spoils before I can use more than a few tablespoons. Goal: be able to drink coffee at home on the weekends without wasting a gallon of milk a month. Solution: ????? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 4:08 PM - 57 answers

UK wine drinker wanting to save money!
Looking for somewhere online that sells cheap wine by the box. Anyone recommend a good website? [more inside]
posted by welovelife at 4:07 PM - 2 answers

Help me science! Finding bulk sources of lactobacillus
I'm looking for bulk sources of lactobacilli to use in fermenting vegetables, specifically L. plantarum, L. mesenteroides, and P. acidilactici -- help me science? [more inside]
posted by at 3:51 PM - 9 answers

Aspartame free diet soft drink in Canada?
Other than Diet Crush (orange), is there any other aspartame free diet soft drink available in Canada? (Nova Scotia to be more precise.)
posted by aroberge at 10:52 AM - 11 answers

August 20

Simple vegetarian weight loss recipes
I'm a vegetarian who is trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, I never bothered to gain cooking skills so I don't really know what normal dieters do to feed themselves during the week. Recipe suggestions, por favor? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast at 5:45 PM - 15 answers

Sriracha + Harissa: A Spicy Mystery
Why do sriracha and harissa disagree with my digestive system, when many other spicy foods that also contain chiles and garlic do not? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:22 AM - 21 answers

August 19

I want to hear about your weird yummy pizza orders!
My in-laws order pizza a lot. They love it. Some people pepperoni, some just cheese. No matter what I do, it's always dry bread with cheese and grease. I'm even getting tired of Hawaiian style, my favorite. Help me innovate more pizza ideas! [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 1:48 PM - 89 answers

A thousand reasons to toast to!
My friend is getting married. For her bachelorette's party I'd like to fill a tombola with reasons to toast to. [more inside]
posted by ipsative at 4:10 AM - 4 answers

August 18

How much food for an afternoon party for 2 dozen people?
We're having an Sunday afternoon (1-4pm) cheesecake reception for 2 dozen people, and also want to provide fruit, veggies, cheese, and crackers. How much non-cheesecake food should we provide for a group this size, if most of them are also eating cheesecake? What about beverages? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget at 4:23 PM - 7 answers

August 17

Looking for name of short film of Mexican woman's coffee routine, c '70s
This charming short film, maybe 15-20 minutes, is about a Mexican woman's morning routine of roasting her own coffee beans in frying pan, filtering coffee through a linen handkerchief, then washing the linen and hanging on clothesline to dry. I thought it was by Les Blank, but can find no listing for it. I also searched Werner Herzog, but couldn't find it. Film came out of the Bay Area food renaissance of the '70s, I believe. Think I saw it in '80s. Anyone seen it, can give me a clue to provenance? TIA.
posted by Berry at 3:54 PM - 7 answers

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