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Shop Once, Eat All Week

I had my life changed recently by a magazine article that showed me how to prepare a complete dinner for the whole week in 10-15 minutes per night with a few hours prep on Sunday, all for under $100. But it seems to be the only article of its kind! Please help me find more. [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman to Food & Drink at 12:27 PM on Oct 4, 2014 - 19 answers [281 favorites]

What is the best episode of the podcast?

I'm looking for interesting podcasts, but a lot of previous questions about them have recommendations for the whole podcast serieses, and I would like recommendations for SPECIFIC EPISODES. Think of your one or two or three favorite podcasts, and please link specifically to your ONE FAVORITE EPISODE of the podcast. I am looking not just for a Podcast name, but an easily-clickable link to your FAVORITE EPISODE of the podcast. Anything is fine - information, comedy, narrative, improv, whatever you like. Just your FAVORITE EPISODE. Thank you!
posted by Greg Nog to Media & Arts at 12:33 PM on Oct 3, 2014 - 76 answers [254 favorites]

I'm looking for real life food mysteries. Where would I find them?

I heard a story on This American Life HERE and it's a story about a sausage maker who inadvertently ruins their product by getting a new building. IN the end, it turned out the problem was they had shortened the route of the final delivery of the sausages and removed what was thought to be the unimportant work of a clerk named Irving. I thought it was fascinating and I want to find other stories like that. Where would I look for them?
posted by rileyray3000 to Society & Culture at 1:47 PM on Sep 26, 2014 - 33 answers [206 favorites]

Marriage hacks

You used to have a good, stable marriage. Now you have a fantastic marriage -- the kind of marriage where you are happy to wake up in the morning and see your spouse. How did you get to that point? [more inside]
posted by Librarypt to Human Relations at 10:42 AM on Oct 3, 2014 - 31 answers [187 favorites]

How do I adult?

I would like to adult better. I need to start doing things like eating healthily, actually going to the dentist, having a home that isn't a pit of filth and junk, going to bed early on a a school night, maybe even getting some exercise and having savings. What resources are good for working on this?
posted by curious_yellow to Health at 10:28 AM on Sep 24, 2014 - 27 answers [130 favorites]

Veggie dishes that hold well in frigde or freezer?

When I make have five to seven servings of veg a day, I feel great and lose weight, regardless of whatever other rich foods come my way. Standbys now are roasted cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus. These all reheat well (and are great straight out of the fridge) but I'd like to expand the options. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet to Food & Drink at 7:50 PM on Sep 24, 2014 - 26 answers [126 favorites]

What books can make you super excited about topics?

What books can take someone from "Say, that's an interesting topic" and turn that into absolute enthusiasm? I'm thinking of analogies in other topics to Martin Gardner's fantastic Mathematical Games publications (or even more examples from math!)
posted by LSK to Media & Arts at 9:15 AM on Oct 5, 2014 - 21 answers [99 favorites]

Feed me

I am poor and sad. What can I make for dinner? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Food & Drink at 3:32 PM on Oct 19, 2014 - 59 answers [90 favorites]

Examples of amazing but still accessible writing?

I'm not a smart man. But I do enjoy well written things. But well written books, poems, articles or whatever sometimes seem to be to hard to get into. Anyhow I would love to have examples of what people find to be amazing, creative and perhaps unique in the form of the written word. I don't care if it is famous or not. The best of the best of accessible yet amazingly written works. Thanks!
posted by tarvuz to Writing & Language at 9:03 PM on Oct 3, 2014 - 45 answers [87 favorites]

What are your go-to songs for making sweet love to?

Say you're getting hot and heavy with that special person in your life, and say you'd like to play some music while you're Doing the Deed. What's spinning on your record player? The sexier and more lust-inducing your suggestions are, the better. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto to Society & Culture at 11:49 AM on Oct 15, 2014 - 44 answers [86 favorites]

How do they do it?

What are some best practices that hotels use (housekeeping/food service etc) that I can use for my apartment living? [more inside]
posted by rippersid to Home & Garden at 10:31 AM on Oct 2, 2014 - 19 answers [84 favorites]

Fantasy novels with strong female characters

I finally have enough time to read books again. My favorite books to read are fantasy with magic. I don't dislike sex in books, but I'm specifically not looking for erotica disguised as fantasy. My favorites have been The Witches of Eileanan and the Rhapsody series. I prefer to read female authors- can't stand GRRM, and am not super into Sci Fi. Can you help me find interesting and fun things to read?
posted by Nimmie Amee to Media & Arts at 3:45 PM on Oct 5, 2014 - 43 answers [83 favorites]

Make me the pie crust queen

I want to make the best pie crust ever. ever. ever. Help me. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Food & Drink at 4:11 PM on Sep 29, 2014 - 41 answers [81 favorites]

Can you suggest a flavor profile?

I like to keep cooked or par-cooked food in the fridge, then throw together dinner. For example, I heat up some browned ground beef, cooked spinach, whatever other veggies, with taco seasoning and serve with guacamole, and I have "Mexican." I swap out the taco seasoning and guac for Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese, and I have "English." Swap it out again for Italian seasoning and I have.., um... Italian. But that's my entire repertoire for this kind of meal. Can you suggest other flavor profiles? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Food & Drink at 7:59 PM on Oct 1, 2014 - 26 answers [76 favorites]

What are the weirdest alcoholic spirits you know of?

I'd like to give someone a bottle of strange/rare/gross booze (it will be appreciated, I promise!). Do you have any suggestions? I'm NOT looking for unusual versions of standard spirits, like rare vintages of bourbon or gross-flavored vodkas, but rather liquors or liqueurs that are themselves weird or unusual. The recipient is very well-versed in booze, so things like genever and Fernet are not quite weird enough. I'm in a major US city and willing to go through some effort for this, so don't hold back!
posted by rhiannonstone to Food & Drink at 4:53 PM on Oct 14, 2014 - 117 answers [75 favorites]

Snack packs for grownups--the hangry (hungry + angry) kind

I'm a grown woman, but when I haven't eaten and my sugar drops, the "hangriness" starts. The anger, irritation, total irrationality. I've tried carrying luna bars, etc, (though that doesn't help a ton) but I think I'd like to throw together some snack packs (like,a ziplock bag with assorted goodies) for myself to toss in my bag when I'm out the door. I'll also be traveling a lot in the next couple months, and definitely need to be on top of this. I'd love some suggestions on what kinds of food to throw in my snack packs.
posted by namemeansgazelle to Food & Drink at 6:15 AM on Sep 27, 2014 - 26 answers [74 favorites]

Cheat like a fox.

I have always been really bad at really simple games, like the ones where there are generally sound mathematical strategies for playing the optimal game. I'd like to compile a little mental rolodex of simple games and their solutions so I can feel smugly superior to any small children who seek to challenge me. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:26 AM on Oct 1, 2014 - 16 answers [74 favorites]

Help me get my almond fix

I am a huge fan of that really intense almond taste you get in certain desserts. I like eating raw and roasted almonds, in granola, sliced in cookies - but that's not the almond taste I'm talking about. I mean that strong, sharp, sweet almond taste like you get from eating Good Humor toasted almond bars and marzipan and amaretti cookies. Ben and Jerry's Mission to Marzipan was basically my favorite dessert of all time. Does that specific flavor come just from almond extract? And what are your best dessert recipes that really highlight that awesome extreme almond flavor?
posted by Neely O'Hara to Food & Drink at 6:02 PM on Oct 15, 2014 - 24 answers [72 favorites]

Happiness in Daily Doses

What small steps/actions do you take to increase your daily happiness/contentment? I'm interested in practices that can be easily adopted in a full life of work, exercise, home & health care.
posted by CMcG to Health at 12:32 PM on Oct 1, 2014 - 24 answers [70 favorites]

Help me make a default meal plan

What are some things that are tasty AND healthy AND easy to make that you'd be content to eat every day? I'm trying to make a habit of eating roughly the same things at roughly the same times. I know your taste may be different from mine, but throw it at me anyway. I'm looking for ideas. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt to Food & Drink at 9:14 AM on Sep 24, 2014 - 36 answers [69 favorites]

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