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January 22

Why is long ziti?

My housemate, inspired by this tumblr post, bought 12 pounds of long ziti. What do we cook with this? Why does it exist? [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky at 4:12 PM - 27 answers

Ice Cream Cone-undrum

This is an entirely different kind of "should I eat it?" question. Two pints of gourmet ice cream were delivered to my house on Wednesday evening, packed in dry ice. But! They are not for me, but the previous resident. Sno-coneflake inside. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 2:44 PM - 9 answers

Best prepared meal delivery service?

Looking for a good service that will deliver delicious, already-prepared, single meals that can be kept in the fridge or freezer for a few days and just need to be heated in the oven or microwave. [more inside]
posted by erst at 10:13 AM - 11 answers

January 21

Make ahead food for surgery recovery

I'm having surgery next week and I want to make some food I can take out of the freezer/fridge and microwave while I'm recovering. Must be easy to make and easy to reheat, and not spicy. I have normal kitchen appliances, including a crockpot. Things I don't own and am not going to buy: dutch oven, rice cooker, instant pot, blender (I do have a stick blender). NO SOUP or soup like things. [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 11:29 AM - 29 answers

January 20

Apparently we're now a Sunday Dinner family

I need MENU ideas. Over the holidays we had big holiday dinners with a main meat and several side dishes, at the dining room table on the fancy china, and my kids are SUPER INTO IT, even though they have to use extra-good table manners. Every day they don't have school they keep asking, "Is it Sunday? Can we have a feast?" They are even setting the table and have learned the proper placement of the utensils! They are strict about salad forks! Okay! So now we're doing Sunday dinners! Unfortunately, I've about used up my repertoire already. Halp. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:07 PM - 71 answers

January 19

Would you eat it? Plated edition.

I ordered a Plated delivery that was supposed to arrive on Wednesday and they say the food is good in its box until midnight on the delivery date. Well, my package got delayed and arrived at 6pm on Thursday. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 6:43 PM - 19 answers

Flaky pressure cooker

I've got an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot knockoff; I think it's this one) that came with a non-stick coating on the inner pot, which is now starting to flake off. Can I just pop in one of Instant pot's replacement inner pots? How forgiving of slight differences in dimension are these things? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 6:04 PM - 6 answers

PHO Disaster

Hi Metafilter Cooks- I need your advice. I was making a delicious looking Chicken Pho recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but adapting it to my instant pot. I put together the ingredients for the broth and set the pressure cooker and walked away...and afterwards produced a divine smelling stock that I really want to use. But [more inside]
posted by catrae at 8:05 AM - 9 answers

Baking up a storm

The weather forecast for the weekend includes a blizzard starting Friday afternoon and dying down sometime on Sunday. I'm a reasonably competent baker looking for suggestions to distract me from cabin fever and the inauguration. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by peppermind at 5:28 AM - 24 answers

January 18

C is for cookie question

I made an uh-oh and added an extra two ounces of butter to a batch of ginger snaps. Help? [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova at 8:39 PM - 9 answers

Help me with my noodles please

I am in love with the high protein bean pastas. Currently I pair them with marinara and feta. I'm looking for alternatives. Quick, veg'n-friendly, and both exotic as well as bland/basic additions are appreciated! [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 4:18 PM - 10 answers

January 17

Have dabba/tiffin carrier, trying to bring lunch to work more

As part of a general "Trying to change things up" (with bonus potential savings) push, I'm trying to bring lunch into work more. From a wedding gift, I am also now in possession of a dabba/tiffin-carrier. (Apologies if one term is preferred over the other, Google suggested they're interchangeable) One seems like a solution for another, so any suggested recipes/categories of food (or things to know/avoid in my use & care of this) would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 7:01 PM - 7 answers

Semi-homemade healthy

I really don't like to cook. My ideal meal involves pulling bags out of the freezer and pantry, dumping a scoop from each into a bowl, and nuking. For example, microwaved frozen wild rice + Indian Fare eggplant sauce + precut kale + local frozen meatballs is a tasty dish that takes less than 20 seconds to prep. Can you help me brainstorm some meals that are HEALTHY and made up basically entirely of frozen/packaged meats, carbs, veg and sauces? I have access to a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and regular grocery store.
posted by pintapicasso at 3:35 PM - 38 answers

Looking for a good how to cook and food magazine

I don't know how to cook very well. Cookbooks, even ones that claim to be quick and minimal bore me. Motivator? Maybe a magazine with recipes, credible interesting articles on food and nutrition (even a lttle wine) I read Eating Well magazine and it seems pretty good. Any other suggestions?
posted by ebesan at 8:42 AM - 21 answers

Vegetarian cooking projects

My wife and I like to take weekends to engage in more complicated (or just time intensive) cooking projects. The problem is that most of my ideas are very meat heavy. I'd like some ideas for vegetarian or just vegetable focused, cooking projects. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:20 AM - 27 answers

January 14

Food delivery / Senior services for rural parents?

My parents live across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, in the St. Tammany parish. Lately, neither of them has been able to get around much at all. Do any grocery stores down there deliver? Are there any Meals on Wheels type services? Any sort of senior services? [more inside]
posted by HighLowKitty at 5:02 PM - 3 answers

January 13

I cannot remember what I bought these food items for.

In a fit of Bulk Barn madness, I purchased the following items a few months ago (they've been living in sealed containers in my fridge) but have no idea why I did or what the hell I would use them for. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 11:22 AM - 14 answers

What can I make with leftover pork shoulder?

I make a pork shoulder in the crock pot about 1-2 times a month. My husband loves it and begs me to make it more often, but he dislikes leftovers and won't eat them unless they are made into something else. Frying the leftover pork and mixing it with veggies won't cut it. I can only eat so much pork by myself -- so what entree can I make with leftover pork shoulder? I can leave it in chunks or shred it. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 6:28 AM - 39 answers

January 12

Good bar for a meetup in NYC, around 48 and lex, on a friday after work?

I'll be heading for the city in a few weeks, a Friday night to Sunday morning jaunt. Looking for a bar that won't get overcrowded right away with after-work drinkers to call a meetup of old friends, people on a certain webforum I frequent, etc. Nothing fancy but quirky is okay. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar at 6:12 PM - 5 answers

What is this paddle-like silverware utensil for?

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook recently, and despite my usually-excellent Google-fu, I have been unable to figure out what this utensil was for. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 8:05 AM - 10 answers

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