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October 23

You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.

Can Metafilter please crowdsource our dinner tonight. I'm out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:59 AM - 8 answers

October 22

Stressing out about cooking mini-Thanksgiving tomorrow

I'm cooking a mini-Thanksgiving for six people tomorrow, occasioned by my birthday (yesterday) and realizing that I had a turkey in the freezer from last year. Turkey is now in the fridge, thawed. But I haven't cooked a turkey or mashed potatoes in a few years, and I haven't cooked for more than 4 people in a while either, so I'm kind of freaking out. Help me plan, and suggest mashed potato and turkey recipes! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 8:57 PM - 19 answers

October 21

Casual Michelin restaurants in Paris?

After a truly horrendous day of travel (missed flights, extra fees to switch tickets, navigating Chatelet- Les Halles at rush hour, then locking ourselves out of the apartment), I'd like to treat my dear, patient, flustered husband to a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. He's expressed an interest, but unfortunately forgot to bring anything but jeans and (nice enough) collared plaid shirts. A couple of other qualifications inside... [more inside]
posted by deadtrouble at 12:41 PM - 14 answers

Movie Night Nom Noms

What would you serve at a "Hunt for Wilderness" movie night other than twigs, whatever they eat in New Zealand, and Māori food? [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar at 7:47 AM - 15 answers

October 20

The Great Apple Cake Off

Give me you best apple cake recipes! My boyfriend just got a job, we are going apple picking Saturday, and I want to make him a cake to celebrate. I plan to make this a round layer cake, with pipeable frosting for decoration, so recipes simple and fancy - send them my way! The only requirement is that they must be delicious and use apples.
posted by DoubleLune at 10:46 AM - 13 answers

October 19

SF Filter: Best bar to watch debate?

SF Filter: Best bar to watch debate? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 5:12 PM - 1 answers

October 18

Unripe avocado question.

I bought an avocado to make guacamole. I thought it yielded to my touch at the store, but when I got it home and cut it open, most of it was really hard. [more inside]
posted by Bruce H. at 2:26 PM - 12 answers

October 17

How wasteful is a meal delivery service?

One of my friends suggested that we subscribe to Sunbasket, and we've tried them out for a few weeks. (I've got the next few weeks skipped). How wasteful is a service like that? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 1:28 PM - 21 answers

October 16

Toaster Oven Cuisine

Let's say you don't have access to a full size, traditional/convection oven. But you have a large toaster oven - large enough to rotisserie a chicken. What baked, broiled, roasted or braised dishes can you still make in the toaster oven? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 11:09 AM - 24 answers

To freeze or not to freeze

I made a delicious batch of zoupa toscana yesterday. The recipe has you finish with heavy cream. There's more than enough of the soup. Can I freeze the rest in containers?
posted by kathrynm at 9:01 AM - 6 answers

October 15

How to buy the most Hemingway possible rum?

I feel like this is a stupid question, and yet here I the United States, and wanting to buy my husband rum Saint James. But what is it, exactly? And can you point me to a place to buy it in the US? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 7:09 PM - 8 answers

Do you have a contact for a taco truck for hire in the Chicago burbs?

We are having a party for my wife's birthday in the western suburbs and I want to get a taco truck/cart for the food. I can find lots of Mexican food caterers, but google is failing me on proper taco trucks/carts. (It seems like most purveyors do not really have websites or facebook accounts or anything.) Do you know a guy?
posted by AgentRocket at 9:22 AM - 5 answers

October 14

Is this refrigerator beyond help?

Hi, AskMe! I recently received a refrigerator that was kept outside (through rain, in particular) for some time. The bulk of the mess is gone – trays and the interior are quite clean, though – but I'm concerned about everything we can't see. Will a little more in-depth cleaning of the gaskets and such help, or will it always be a food safety risk? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by a series of tube socks at 9:57 PM - 4 answers

October 13

You Shorted Me

What's a good way to politely handle a short pour? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 6:29 PM - 28 answers

Transporting hot sandwich - ORD to BOS

I'm in Chicago getting ready to fly home to Boston. If I buy an Italian beef sandwich (sold hot) right before I board the airplane at 7pm ET and manage to get it into my fridge at home by around 11pm ET is there any chance that it would be edible tomorrow with a bit of microwaving? By edible I only mean safe to eat -- aesthetics are not a consideration.
posted by duoshao at 3:27 PM - 9 answers

Low and slow? Or bacterial breeding ground?

Guys I've been trying to smoke a couple pork shoulders for the past four hours. Can't get the temp over 120F. Go time is in 3 hours and I'm about to just throw them in the oven, because they're totally smoked but barely cooked. But the question is, are they safe to eat?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:07 PM - 11 answers

October 10

What side dish/appetizer should I make with these ingredients?

I am going to a friend's house later for an impromptu, casual Thanksgiving dinner. I want to bring a little something to contribute, that would be tasty yet unconventional with turkey dinner. There are a few standout ingredients in my fridge, which include gorditas, flour tortillas, chicken breast, sweet potato and regular potato, refried beans, green onions, chipotle in adobo, salsa, and both mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I was thinking empanadas with the chicken, potato, cheese, and refried beans... but I'd prefer to not have to make dough from scratch. Is there another dish that you'd recommend considering what I've got? Thanks!
posted by to recite so charmingly at 1:05 PM - 11 answers

October 6

News & review site for coffee

I'm looking for a good online resource to stay up to date with the goings-on in the fancy coffee world so I can be a better informed and conscious online consumer of roasted beans. [more inside]
posted by shaqlvaney at 12:00 PM - 3 answers

October 5

Preserved Lemons

I bought some preserved lemons. Now what? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:23 PM - 21 answers

October 4

Japanese pantry staples?

I'm looking to expand my home cooking horizons in the direction of Japan (not sushi, everything else). What are some long-lasting pantry staples I should be looking to acquire on my first trip to a local Asian supermarket? So far I'm planning on Mirin, Hon-Dashi and dark and light Miso. What other specialist ingredients like these should I aim to stock my cupboard with?
posted by simonw at 11:45 AM - 30 answers

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