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What is your favorite dish from your country?

I’d like to try food of the world, and I’d like to make it myself. Please give me recipes for the favorite food from your country. Preferably something I can make without having to order ingredients online, or burying a fish for six months; but I’m open to that as well if the dish is worth it. Main courses preferred, but again I am open for anything, and I do not mind several suggestions from the same country. Thanks!
posted by Agent X9 to Food & Drink at 12:18 PM on Sep 29, 2017 - 55 answers [142 favorites]

Life as you know it

Recently I've been reading a lot of nonfictional accounts of various cultures, and I realized I have a preference for a specific type that is hard to search for. There is one snowflake. [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend to Media & Arts at 9:26 AM on Oct 1, 2017 - 23 answers [100 favorites]

What are your favourite dance videos to watch?

I love watching dance videos on youtube. Please recommend your favourites to me! [more inside]
posted by just_ducky to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:12 PM on Oct 3, 2017 - 76 answers [92 favorites]

Lend me your delightfully tedious hobbies

I love anything that is repetitive and keeps at least my hands busy. I knit repetitive sampler afghans; I buy wool sweaters from goodwill and dismantle them; I get $20 in pennies from the bank and sort them for wheat pennies. I LOVE to tear up a garden bed. All are mindless and require 1% of my attention so I can devote 99% listening to a podcast. I want MOOAR!
posted by pintapicasso to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:13 PM on Oct 11, 2017 - 55 answers [92 favorites]

Favorite standalone SFF novels

I'm starting a SFF book club, and we'd prefer to read and discuss standalone novels (if only to avoid hearing 'well maybe they wrap it up in Book 2!'). What are your favorite standalone SFF novels? [more inside]
posted by palindromic to Media & Arts at 6:37 PM on Oct 10, 2017 - 55 answers [85 favorites]

How to Work from Home

What options are available for me to work from home to earn some extra income? I am looking for work I could do that would let me earn between a hundred to two hundred dollars per week. I have an idea of some of the options, but I need more info that's from people and not google. What are reputable (not scam-ridden) means to find such work? What such work would you recommend to someone with a pretty generic skill set? [more inside]
posted by Crystal Fox to Work & Money at 1:04 PM on Oct 2, 2017 - 11 answers [83 favorites]

Looking for gripping non-fiction

I know such a thing exists, but I'm having a hell of a time finding any I haven't already read. I also have one particular requirement: no love stories. [more inside]
posted by O Sock My Sock to Media & Arts at 11:20 AM on Sep 26, 2017 - 58 answers [81 favorites]

Simple high-protein calorie-dense vegetarian food!

I'd like to eat a lot less meat, for various reasons. (I'm still fine with dairy and eggs.) I'm a runner and weightlifter with a "high motor" sort of metabolism; previous attempts at eating less meat failed because I didn't plan properly and wasn't getting enough calories or protein. I'm also not much of a cook. I'd love your simple, go-to recipes for high-protein, calorie-dense veggie meals (suitable for Sunday meal prep a plus!). [more inside]
posted by Stevia Agave to Food & Drink at 1:12 PM on Oct 7, 2017 - 24 answers [76 favorites]

Beyond vision boards

My therapist recently had me make vision boards showing the life I want to create. So I cut a bunch of stuff from magazines, got out the glue, found some old heavy cardstock posters from a dumpster behind Gamestop for grounds...and it was really satisfying, and fun, and actually inspirational. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago to Grab Bag at 1:57 PM on Oct 10, 2017 - 19 answers [73 favorites]

strategies for cheap eating

I've been unemployed for awhile so I've had to radically tighten my grocery budget. Since I was used to just buying whatever I felt like, I need to know how to be more responsible. I am not looking for recipes, I'm looking for general tips such as "buy toiletries from the dollar store, but produce at Aldi" or "download coupons from example.com." [more inside]
posted by AFABulous to Food & Drink at 10:05 AM on Oct 17, 2017 - 62 answers [65 favorites]

Eerie, wonderful, classic, not too upsetting - fantasy recs sought

So I loved The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe - I bought it last month, have read it twice and may well read it again. It had some qualities - enumerated within - that tend to define my very favorite fantasy novels. I am looking for additional recs. [more inside]
posted by Frowner to Media & Arts at 10:07 AM on Sep 26, 2017 - 22 answers [64 favorites]

Dinners to keep me from the drive-through

Looking for fast, well-balanced meals that don’t require much prep or produce a lot of dirty dishes. [more inside]
posted by the sockening to Food & Drink at 7:00 PM on Oct 4, 2017 - 37 answers [63 favorites]

A fairly short and cheerful literary novel

My book club is burnt out on doom and gloom and is looking for something uplifting. Not too long either as we're all exhausted. And it should be a novel that could reasonably be described as "literary". Please help?
posted by hazyjane to Media & Arts at 11:32 PM on Oct 9, 2017 - 40 answers [62 favorites]

Tips to declutter when depression has made you neglect your apartment

My flat/apartment has got very neglected this year due to having a few months of depression. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky to Home & Garden at 1:59 PM on Oct 11, 2017 - 38 answers [62 favorites]

Period dramas, but not those rich folk

I'm looking for the anti-Downtown Abbey, does it exist? I feel like I'm looking for a unicorn [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel to Media & Arts at 5:34 PM on Sep 25, 2017 - 54 answers [60 favorites]

Vegetarian recipes that don't use meat substitutes.

I hate "fake meat" products. Give me your ideas for great meals that don't rely on those products. [more inside]
posted by monospace to Food & Drink at 10:47 AM on Oct 9, 2017 - 36 answers [58 favorites]

What normal thing from your childhood would be considered strange today?

I recently remembered that in elementary school, for a kid's birthday, the teacher would spank him/her over her* lap, and the number of spankings was how old the kid was. We would all sing along and cheer "and one for good luck!" at the end, with accompanying bonus spank. We may have also gone up and each spanked the birthday kid, but my memory on this is hazy. This seemed totally normal then (early 80s, Midwest), but I can't imagine it happening now. What other normal childhood things from way back would be considered really outrageous today? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Society & Culture at 8:20 AM on Sep 29, 2017 - 234 answers [57 favorites]

One Weird Trick to Save Money

I've made a fair few lifestyle changes to save money, but I've still got a ways to go before I pay off my debt. What's the one lifestyle change that saved you the most money? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 to Work & Money at 4:42 AM on Oct 17, 2017 - 43 answers [57 favorites]

Good translations of ancient classics

A couple of years ago a professor introduced me to incredible translations of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Even though I had always found legends, epics, and mythology boring, I was completely hooked by them. Now, I'm wanting more- but instead of sticking to the Greco-Roman classics, I want to expand to the equivalent in other cultures. But I'm not sure what they are, or where to find good translations for them. [more inside]
posted by perplexion to Media & Arts at 8:33 PM on Oct 7, 2017 - 29 answers [53 favorites]

Help me make a good, basic pizza at home.

I am a decent home cook and I would like to improve my homemade pizza-making skills. Can you recommend the techniques and equipment (and, perhaps, the ingredients and recipes) that will best help me do so? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay to Food & Drink at 10:04 AM on Oct 13, 2017 - 37 answers [53 favorites]

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