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My wife has to go non-dairy for health reasons (severe heartburn). She's OK with the non-dairy stuff in baking. But when she spreads it on toast, she said it is awful. So far she has only tried the Country Crock stuff and Smart Balance. Obviously she is not expecting a real butter experience on toast/bagels but she would like something better than awful. Any recommendations?
I want develop a taste for coffee. I taste it and I'm like, ugh, how do people even drink this? But my wife drinks a pot of coffee every morning, there's a goddamn Starbucks on every corner, and in the office, there's a line at the coffee machine. Clearly, I'm missing something. Assume I'm a total newbie. Assume I could buy every gadget or type of coffee on the planet. Where do I start?
Romantic evening in London in mid-May. I'd like some recommendations on classy restaurants. [more inside]
In late spring, I will be taking a road trip with some friends through the southwest. We'll stop at grocery stores to get a cooler and provisions, and we'd prefer not to eat entirely in restaurants, but that will have to happen sometimes. One of my friends is mostly vegan, definitely vegetarian, and I am somewhat skeptical of dining options in small rural towns. Where can we find decent food on our route? [more inside]
For breakfast I usually have two multigrain wasa crackers with peanut butter. On some days I have hummus. On others I have sliced avocado. I am getting bored of these. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations on recipes that can be batch-cooked when I have the mental energy and frozen for when I don't. They need to be REALLY easy/fast to reheat, and will need to feed one walking garbage disposal (me) and my fiance, who might actually starve in a supermarket (see snowflakes inside regarding difficulty level....) [more inside]
I love milk chocolate, but all the milk chocolate I can find is too sweet. Does anyone know of a brand, available in the US, that's delicious and rich and fatty but not so sweet? [more inside]
What is the easiest way to decorate a very detailed cake made with this dragon cake pan? [more inside]
A local jazz bar has a one drink minimum policy. I enjoy jazz more than drinking. How can I respectfully ask if they have something else? [more inside]
My friend is getting married this week, yay! I didn't get her a present originally because it's a destination wedding, but I've changed my mind and really want to get her and her hubby something nice that would be an "experience" (like a night out or something). What London-based thing (i.e. gift cert to a hip restaurant) can I get her? Needs to be something I can buy online, as I'm not in London. [more inside]
RecipeFilter: My husband and I are hosting a family of four (two grown-ups, two kids) for a few days. What easy, quick things can we cook? One of the guests doesn't love cheese (a little is okay, but no mac-n-cheese type meals) and two are vegetarians; the kids are rumored to be easy eaters. We'll be touristing all day so will likely want something we can make fairly quickly before getting the kids in bed. We have a fairly small kitchen and oven, but are decent cooks and bakers. Please share your best recipes!
I'm looking for work lunch ideas that taste good both cold or hot, so I can choose whether or not to reheat them, depending on what the weather's like at lunchtime. [more inside]
I made a white bean/collard green soup in my pressure cooker yesterday. The recipe called for six cloves of garlic, and I used eight. The soup was good, but I couldn't taste the garlic. I used to make a 40-garlic chicken that I loved, but now I'm eating a vegan diet for Reasons, and I haven't figured out how to make my life more garlicky. (More inside - and please, no anti-vegan comments.) [more inside]
Where should we go to have Beef Wellington? Accessibility to North Oakland (walking, BART, and driving are all viable options) and price are factors.
We bought a bottle of gin. It is...not good. Can we turn it into something palatable? [more inside]
My niece has been having some GI issues and has just been put on a restrictive diet. She is at my house this weekend and I am looking for some recipes and possible restaurants that would have a lot of options for her this weekend and going forward? Cuisines that don't tend to utilize these elements? websites with recipes for people on restricted diets? [more inside]
What should I buy and cook from the Russian supermarket? [more inside]
I am looking for a very specific kind of cast-iron skillet: one where the outside is colorfully enamelled but the inside is just plain old cast iron. Do such skillets exist? [more inside]
A sandwich with white bread, sharp cheddar cheese and dry-smoked hard salami is left at room temperature in a ziplock bag for about 8 hours. Is it still safe to eat? Can it be put in the fridge after the 8 hours and be good the next day? I'm not concerned about taste, just safety.
I have one day a week in which I can spend some time cooking. Right now, I always cook up a big batch of spaghetti, mixed vegetables, and pork chops. None of it is flavoured or seasoned. It's what I eat all week, every week. What recipes would you recommend to make my life more interesting? [more inside]