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February 11

Walk and chew at the same time.

How do you chew a kola nut? I'm a bit of a food adventurer and I was in an African grocery this morning and at the counter the had a jar full of these. I asked the guy what they were and he told me they're kola nuts and you chew them. So I bought a bag full and headed out to the car and looked up how to chew them and found this, but it doesn't make any sense. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk at 11:35 AM - 3 answers

February 10

(Excellent) things to do in London when you're broke

Tuesday 21st Feb is my 10th wedding anniversary, and my wife and I have lucked in to having a babysitter for the night. However, we have been having a mixed year in terms of money, and can't quite bring ourselves to do something indulgent... [more inside]
posted by fizban at 8:48 AM - 9 answers

February 6

Baby's First Food - World Edition

In your country, what is the first food fed to a baby? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 10:29 AM - 31 answers

Vegan & Gluten Free Cupcake Disaster

I am trying to perfect a gluten free/vegan cupcake for my son's first birthday and keep having disasters. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 8:05 AM - 24 answers

February 5

Throw Me Some Snacks, Mister!

I'm throwing myself a mardi-gras themed buffet party on my birthday this year. But - I live in New York. Looking for Louisiana chip/snack options (preferably prepackaged) and online sources for same; and I also seek the best mail-order king cake source possible. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:54 AM - 22 answers

Meal I can prepare the day before with a really tiny kitchen?

I find myself unexpectedly responsible for cooking for five on Tuesday. My problem is that I have a very long working day on Tuesday, and am not home until one hour before the dinner starts. I am working at home tomorrow, so I can prepare things Monday evening. I have a typical Hong Kong kitchen-- this means, no oven, no crock pot. I have two burners and a rice cooker. Two of the guests are ovo-lacto vegetarian. I am an indifferent cook. Help? Recipe suggestions appreciated.
posted by frumiousb at 3:54 AM - 10 answers

Give me your crumbs, your huddled cookies yearning to be eaten

In my quest to become the world's leading expert on cookies (mostly by eating them), I'd like to find more cookbooks featuring ethnic or regional recipes for cookies. American standards like the chocolate chip need not apply. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 2:06 AM - 11 answers

February 4

Tracking my favourite flavours - there's gotta be an app for that.

With all the food and flavour choices currently available, I'm looking for an iPhone/iPad app that can track my ratings and reviews of specific flavours or brands within a number of categories. I know there are great beer or wine apps that do this but I want something I can use across categories. [more inside]
posted by scrute at 12:08 PM - 1 answers

February 1

Feeding a hungry crowd with food restrictions

Hey! I need to feed a film crew of ~15 a hot meal and two substantial snacks that meet the following criteria: No nuts, Vegetarian, Dairy free, Handheld (for the substantial snacks) I have to be able to make everything the day before and reheat the lunch on location. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 9:56 AM - 24 answers

January 31

A word problem based on yogurt

I am making yogurt in an Instant Pot. The entire cycle is 8 hours for a half-gallon of milk plus starter, which is held at 115F the whole time. Presumably the yogurt will continue culturing but very slowly in the fridge? I don't plan to eat this yogurt for several days. Can I shorten the yogurt cycle by an hour?
posted by blnkfrnk at 2:58 PM - 10 answers

Do you have a no-fail cookie frosting recipe?

I want to make frosted decorated cookies as favors for my baby's first birthday. I need a frosting recipe that will dry on the cookies so that I can package them in cellophane favor bags and the frosting won't smear. My dream cookie is a cut-out number one with a smooth frosting in one color and a piped border in another color. I don't have time to experiment (it's not like I knew he'd be turning one next month) so I'm hoping someone here has a no-fail, foolproof go-to recipe.
posted by erloteiel at 1:10 PM - 11 answers

January 29


I went to go check the plumbing at a friends place and have become trapped here with my son. This is a summer house so not much food. Doubt we'll see anyone else up here. What would you do with... [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 11:04 PM - 40 answers

Mussels without the... mussels?

I love the sauce that mussels are cooked in, but really don't like the mussels themselves. Recipes/substitutions that also have that buttery, herby, white wine-y juice, for baguette dipping heaven? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 8:54 AM - 17 answers

January 27

Help me find this amazing street food I had in Shanghai!

It was rolled out dough, fried on a flat-top with a cracked egg, shredded potato, cabbage and some pickled peppers. [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 8:33 AM - 2 answers

Japanese diner books and TV shows?

I just finished watching Midnight Diner -Tokyo Stories on Netflix and I loved it. What are other books, TV shows, and movies about Japanese diners? I'm not so much interested in sushi -- more these places that serve soups, noodles, and what seems to be a lot of fried meats... Also, is diner the correct term for this kind of Japanese restaurant?
posted by puckupdate at 5:58 AM - 11 answers

Tell me your cheesecake secrets

How do you get the perfect cheesecake base? Mine are distinctly lacking! [more inside]
posted by Nilehorse at 5:51 AM - 16 answers

January 26

Main dishes for small gatherings (6 - 8 people)

Having become parents just over a year ago, we have turned into hermits. I want to start inviting friends and acquaintances that I want to turn into friends over for dinner once a month or so. What are some dishes that we could put together that would work well for a small group of adults? [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 12:03 PM - 32 answers

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 - 30 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

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