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August 16

Lunchbox Lunches
I would like your suggestions for easy, portable lunches that meet the criteria below. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:13 PM - 12 answers
Oh, quinoa, how I love thee
Help me find more one-pot quinoa dinners! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 11:18 AM - 10 answers

Lunch in or around Richmond
I'm going on a work trip with four other people, and we'll be passing through the Richmond area around lunchtime. Looking for suggestions for a lunch spot, pretty much anywhere in the greater Richmond metro area (but should be highway accessible). [more inside]
posted by malthas at 7:12 AM - 9 answers

August 15

Meat Rubs and Spice Blends for a Gift
Please recommend me your favorite meat rubs and spice blends (pre-packaged, not homemade) that will make grilled or braised meat taste AMAZING. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder at 8:43 PM - 12 answers

Summon us a dinner genie
I have a baby, a preschooler, a commute, and a spouse who works late. I need dinner to magically appear on the table within minutes of walking in the door. I don't know if this will involve a genie, a person, a recipe, or "one easy trick restaurants don't want you to know" like those shady sidebar ads. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 10:51 AM - 51 answers

How to Cook Indian Cuisine
I know how to cook in general, and I know Indian food relatively well in terms know, eating it. But my attempts to cook Indian dishes myself have never turn out. Where can I find clear, dependable recipes for (primarily Northern) Indian staples? (By "staples," I mean ordinary dishes like: palak paneer, bhurtha, aloo paratha, dal. My favorite foods tend to be vegetarian, but I'm not a vegetarian myself, so either veg or non-veg is fine). [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 8:32 AM - 30 answers

Seeking Faygo in DC
No, I'm not a juggalo - just a guy living in the DC area with several friends from Michigan. I thought it might be fun to surprise some of my friends with Faygo redpop and homemade Superman ice cream at our next shindig. Problem is, I've had a hard time finding Faygo in the DC area. Any ideas? (The Faygo website has proven a dead-end.) [more inside]
posted by duffell at 6:36 AM - 7 answers

August 14

How do I food?
For the food challenged: How do I learn to plan for and cook deadly simple nutritious meals for 1 adult + 1 baby child? Recipes, advice, pointers all welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM - 26 answers

Best resources for buying spices? (Online or Seattle)
One of the things I miss about living in the big city is access to a Penzeys spice store. The other thing I miss is having enough money to afford to shop there. I am looking for any good resources on where to buy spices, either online, or within a few hours of Seattle, which is now my nearest metropolis. "The spice must flow!" [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 3:34 PM - 13 answers

not awful
I'm going to have the opportunity to expand my eating soon, and I'm looking for offal (not awful) recipies. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:47 AM - 19 answers

Meals that I can make ahead of time, freeze, defrost
I will be working for the next two weeks outdoors and for long hours. I would like to try and eat actual, healthy meals or snacks, but it will be hard because I won't really have access to a microwave. Therefore, I will need recipes for things that I can prepare ahead of time, freeze and then I can eat later without having to heat it up. It will have ample time to defrost (it's hot outside!), but I just won't be able to microwave it or anything. Are there any meals out there like this? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 9:31 AM - 8 answers

August 13

Healthy versions of top ramen noodles?
Are there any healthy meals available which are similar in convenience to the instant noodles? Something I could prepare easily using just a microwave and is healthy and tasty? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince at 9:32 PM - 10 answers

Help me level up my camp cooking
Looking for ideas of really great food to bring on a car camping trip. Bonus points if it involves cooking over the campfire. I am attending an annual family long weekend camping trip with my fiance in a few weeks, and am drawing a blank on what to bring foodwise. I'm looking for ideas of main courses suitable for dinner as well as side dishes or dessert, that will blow people's socks off. [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita at 2:14 PM - 15 answers

Buying my first and last (?) cookbook
Help me choose a Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen cookbook. [more inside]
posted by Zelos at 12:26 PM - 19 answers

I want to get stoked on vitamins and nutrients.
What are your favorite healthy plant-inclusive dinners that you actually get excited to shop for, cook, and eat? I'm looking less for "I put onions in my sauteed spinach" or "I cook lentils into a flavorless gruel," and more for something like "I roast chicken with garbanzos and cherry tomatoes, then serve it with a smokey yogurt sauce." [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:12 AM - 41 answers

August 11

Accommodating the non-gluten crowd.
BurningManFilter: I need to buy a few prefab, gluten-free meals for a small subset of my camp. By Friday. What's good? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:58 AM - 11 answers

August 10

Canadina Whiskies Filter: where to start?
I am a bourbon-drinking girl living in Toronto. I'd like to get to know Canada by way of its mash-- what are some great Canadian whiskies? Nothing too expensive- say, around or under $50 for a 750ml bottle? I like smooth whiskies with complex flavors that are not too peaty.
posted by atetrachordofthree at 10:45 PM - 8 answers

PieFilter: Double-crust optimization for fruit pies
I've just baked my first two fruit pies from scratch, and have a few questions about the process, namely about prebaking and getting a good top crust. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 6:56 PM - 22 answers

Do you have a favorite vacuum sealer you can recommend?
We're looking to get a good vacuum sealer to assist in dry aging steaks. We had a cheap vacuum sealer a few years ago that created packets that leaked - sometimes after an hour, others after a day or two, but always leaked. Is there an affordable vacuum sealer that anyone has had good experience with? I've seen this but am hoping that there may have been some updates in the last three years,
posted by arnicae at 5:57 PM - 3 answers

What do I do with raw cocoa balls?
I bought a few boxes of raw cocoa balls in mexico. As far as I can tell, they're just pure cocoa and just enough honey so that they stick together. They don't dissolve and they don't seem to melt that well either in boiling water. They're a little bit bitter just eating them out of the box. Any suggestions for what I can with them?
posted by empath at 12:23 PM - 7 answers

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