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May 14

Whole lemon in a can?

My wife is hooked on the Norwegian cooking show New Scandinavian Cooking. In this episode the host casually opens a tin can and pulls out a whole fresh lemon. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 1:42 PM - 15 answers

Botulism: not even once, banana edition.

Is this banana jam sufficiently acidified by two tablespoons of lemon juice to make it safe to preserve in a hot water bath per the recipe? Or am I flirting with death? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 11:24 AM - 5 answers

Can you recommend a great espresso machine that does it all?

Looking for recommendations for an espresso / cappuccino maker that does all the things, including also making regular coffee. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 11:02 AM - 6 answers

May 13

Cookies, cakes, desserts for 100

I stupidly agreed to bake desserts for a party of 100 this Friday. I'm a decent baker, a little rusty, but never for so many people. I also need to transport the desserts using NJ Transit and MTA. I need some help getting this organized. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 8:50 PM - 18 answers

Should I eat this: Yogurt edition

Asking for a friend: My friend is currently standing next to me eating Siggi's Icelandic Style Strawberry Yogurt, which might have expired two months ago. Or a month ago, if we optimistically assume the European date format (03/04/2016). Will he die or will he be okay? How long does yogurt last past expiry date? Does it matter that it supposedly have no preservatives? Does anyone know if the dates printed on the Siggi's yogurt cups are American or European format?
posted by Ender's Friend at 4:13 PM - 20 answers

Tiny little transglutaminase packets?

I want to use transglutaminase, but only for like one meal at a time, and possibly with large gaps in between. TGM inactivates very quick upon exposure to air. Is there any way to buy extremely tiny packets, like sugar-packet-sized packets, of TGM so I could just use individual ones for one-off things? Smallest size I found online is 2 ounces, which is still far too much.
posted by hleehowon at 2:16 PM - 5 answers

May 12

Know how to do one big cake, need to do two small cakes

Pretty simple: If I take standard out-of-the-box cake mix, make the batter, and put it in two small cake pans instead of one standard size one, what (if anything) do I need to change about how I bake it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 12:28 PM - 13 answers

May 11

What do I feed my first-grader?

Short version: I have a 7 year old picky eater. I just found out that he is allergic to the bulk of his diet-peanuts, almonds, dairy, and wheat. Difficulty is that he is a vegetarian by choice and he gags when he has meat. Good news is that he does eat an acceptable amount of fruit and veggies. I don't know how to get enough protein in the boy. Plus, snacks are challenging. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut at 2:49 PM - 36 answers


I love soup, but only SOME soups. I am very much a fan of a chunky soup in a broth where I can see each individual ingredient rather than blended soups (Except for butternut squash/ pumpkin or tomato soup which I do enjoy on occasion). Now I'm getting bored of the soups I have on rotation so I'm looking for more ideas of healthy soups that are chunky rather than blended. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 11:24 AM - 37 answers

Where to go for a lunchtime curry in London

I will be in London this Friday and am looking for a good place to go for a good, inexpensive curry for lunch, probably in the Brick Lane area, but could be anywhere central. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 9:47 AM - 17 answers

May 10

How long will homemade ranch keep?

I have recently begun making homemade ranch (and I will NEVER go back to that store bought crap! My eyes have been opened!). I was wondering how long it will stay good in the fridge? [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 8:02 AM - 16 answers

Can I eat it? Maybe-okay-egg edition

I made a batch of turkey meatballs yesterday. They included one egg, beaten. I used an egg that, upon further reflection, may have been past its use-by date. Keep the meatballs, or toss 'em? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:31 AM - 18 answers

May 9

I need to replace Diet Coke... but with what?

So my GERD has gotten to the point where I absolutely have to ditch the Diet Coke, but what do I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 7:45 PM - 35 answers

Large, casual group friendly bar/restaurant in Palm Springs

I'm looking for a bar that serves food (or a very casual restaurant that serves booze and splits checks) suitable for around 30 people to meet in Palm Springs on a weeknight in October. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by caek at 3:49 PM - 1 answers

MCU movies rewatch: what snacks?

My husband and I are going to rewatch the MCU movies in chronological order. To make this more fun, I'd like to have some sort of themed snack or dessert or drink to go with each of the movies. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by SeedStitch at 11:40 AM - 13 answers

Rock my crock pot

I want to make some mini hot ham and cheese sandwiches for Teacher Appreciation Week at my kids' school. Will this recipe translate to a crock pot? Please advise me! [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 8:43 AM - 13 answers

May 8

Should I go back to ordering takeout?

I have a new cast iron pan. Long story short, I tried deglazing with white wine vinegar because I don't really know what I'm doing in the kitchen. Now there's a stain on the pan where the vinegar was. Is this fixable? I've tried scrubbing with my cleaner brush but I don't think it's helping. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 6:01 PM - 21 answers

Good Mexican food in the Twin Cities?

So just recently one of my favorite authentic Mexican food places in the greater Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area closed up shop. I left me with a yearning void in my heart I've yet to fill since then. [more inside]
posted by surazal at 11:41 AM - 14 answers

May 7

Cake Pop Cake

A friend of mine requested a cake pop cake for her birthday. How can I make such a thing? [more inside]
posted by bassooner at 7:46 AM - 12 answers

May 5

Food Safe Filter: Home canned pickles

Home canned pickles from 2008 - yay or nay? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr at 5:25 PM - 16 answers

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