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What are foods that taste better the longer you take to make them?

Chocolate chip cookies. No-knead bread. Even crepes! All of these benefit from rest time (and usually 12+ hours). Are there other foods that also taste better the longer you take to make them? [more inside]
posted by subversiveasset on Jul 29, 2014 - 34 answers

Bipolar Oven

My oven is bipolar: when I follow the instructions for frozen pizza, it's done in about 66% of the time, i.e. instructions say 18min, it's done in 12, usually less - 18min would burn it to a crisp. Thicker things, like pork roasts or heating a pre-cooked ham, are barely tepid in the center at the time in their instructions, i.e. instructions say 45min, takes over an hour to get to the recommended temperature. The oven is a generic, in-every-apartment-I've-ever-had kind of stove. What's it's problem? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 28, 2014 - 17 answers

BREAD ME! Easy and fast recipes using sourdough starter to eat today.

I have about 1/4+ cup of sourdough starter to use up. Tell me what I can make that I can eat today. [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot on Jul 28, 2014 - 8 answers

The logistics of parmesan on bolognaise.

I have made a lovely bolognaise. I think it would be even lovelier with parmesan. If I buy some parmesan I won't use up the whole wedge. Is there anything interesting I could use the leftover parmesan for? Or alternatively, something other than parmesan that is dynamite on a bolognaise sauce. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Jul 27, 2014 - 35 answers

Where can I get plain ramen noodles?

Where can I get plain (par-cooked) ramen noodles in NYC? I'm talking about frozen/refrigerated, not dried. I work in Midtown, so I'm near some Japanese groceries, but all I've seen are frozen packages that include soup- is there a better option than buying those and throwing out the broth? Also, are there particular brands to look out for?
posted by mkultra on Jul 27, 2014 - 8 answers

I need acid

It just occurred to me that the reaction that makes key lime pie doesn't actually depend on citrus, just on acidity. This means, hypothetically, one could make this kind of pie filling with things more interesting than lime or lemon juice. I need a sanity check on this idea, and some suggestions of delicious low-pH liquids. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 26, 2014 - 17 answers

How to make pulled pork from a tenderloin?

So I've got a two-pound tenderloin defrosting in my fridge, and I'd like to make pulled pork out of it. I've never made pulled pork at all, but I understand it generally calls for pork shoulder, so I feel like I need some extra-special hand-holding to help me figure out how to make it work with a totally different cut of meat. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Jul 22, 2014 - 29 answers

Can I substitute a New Mexican dried red pepper for fire roasted chilis?

I'm cooking this recipe and it calls for one 7-oz can of fire roasted chilis. Can I substitute a NM dried red pepper? I also have crushed red pepper, but I'm not sure if either would be a good option.
posted by onecircleaday on Jul 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help me use up some of my CSA produce! (Beets, fennel, zucchini)

My fridge is starting to bulge open with the sheer amount of produce I'm accumulating from my weekly farm box. Please help me come up with ideas to use some of it! Seeking ideas specifically for 1) beets 2) zucchini/summer squash and 3) fennel (possibly looking for help modifying a potato gratin recipe). More inside! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Jul 18, 2014 - 45 answers

Best way to ensure porky goodness?

I am planning to cook Hugh Fearfuller-Whittingstall's Donnie Brasco pork shoulder to be served tomorrow evening. [more inside]
posted by gabrielsamoza on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me not live off Trader Joe's and Lean Cuisine.

So I can actually cook, and pretty well. It's the rest of the logistics of getting food on the table (meal planning, figuring out how to make balanced meals, even grocery shopping) that I struggle with. I need help learning to feed myself better than the frozen foods aisle can! [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jul 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Should I eat it? Ground Lamb edition

I have two packages of ground lamb that I bought for making some spicy lamb burgers. I got them on Saturday, and the sale by date is for the 21st. I pulled them from the meat drawer just now and the plastic wrap sealing the top of each tray of lamb was very taut and bulging. I pierced the wraps and a really foul smell came from each package. The problem is- the lamb is still a healthy looking bright red and it is not past the freshness date. The meat does have an odor, but not as strong as the air that escaped the package at first. Would you go ahead and cook it up or toss it?
posted by catrae on Jul 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Can I eat this: Miso Paste edition

We have a container of this Miso paste at the back of our fridge, but it's straight shiro rather than shiro + aka. The ingredients are water, soybeans, rice, salt - 2% alcohol by volume. It looks fine and smells great, and the texture seems normal, maybe a little dried out. There's a "best before" date of 30 June 2013, but no "expiry" date. Is there any reason I shouldn't use this to baste roasted vegetables? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jul 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Helping a teen keep weight loss momentum going...

Help me support my teen daughter with her health efforts... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jul 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Little quiet vacation/retreat on my own?

It’s been a stressful year thus far and I really need to get away for a few days, but alas, none of my friends are available for a trip right now. I’d love to go somewhere in mid/late August. I have a bunch of requirements, of course! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jul 8, 2014 - 12 answers

If this is Armour bacon I'm going to the Food Network!

We're closing on a house that has a very nice and spacious kitchen. What are we missing to make it Chris Kimball approved? [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater on Jul 3, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me keep this kitchen appliance from being a dust collector.

I just got one of those round glass tabletop convection ovens. Now what? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Jun 26, 2014 - 2 answers

What are some good meal ideas for a houseboat vacation?

My family will be vacationing with another on a houseboat. Total of 4 adults and 5 kids, all good eaters (but the kids are kids, too). We are trying to optimize our food and seeking wisdom from those with experience. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for great dinner salad recipes

Give me your crunchy, your cool, your refreshing flavors yearning to breathe free. Favorite dinner salad recipes and ideas, please? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 23, 2014 - 41 answers

What cooking chemistry should I know?

What are basic pieces of kitchen science that would be helpful for me to know? I'm most interested in baking but cooking is okay too. Things like the effect of salt or liquid on a recipe or whether I want my bread dough to rise in a dry or humid area and why would be really great. I'm okay at following recipes but I'd absolutely love to know why different ingredients and combinations have different effects and how I can use that to my advantage. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 23, 2014 - 22 answers

morel issue

What can I do with common and grey morels?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Cooking Challenge: Ovenless Editon

I am going to a cabin in Maine for the summer. When I am in this cabin I like to spend many hours cooking and fussing over meals. The fussier the better. Problem: there is no oven. What are your best ovenless recipes suitable for two people in the middle of nowhere with lots of time on thier hands? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 19, 2014 - 31 answers

Marinades for Chicken

Recently I've been buying Trader Joe's marinaded chicken tenders, and using the bag throughout the week to prepare stir-fries, fajitas, and other simple dishes for dinner. I really like having a marinade I can pull from for a quick meal, but I'm getting tired of the flavors that Trader Joe's offers. What are your favorite chicken marinades that I could start at the beginning of the week and use throughout the week to make dinner? My taste is pretty wide, but I'd prefer stuff that uses fairly common ingredients.
posted by codacorolla on Jun 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Perfect Pork Chops?

I have bought the most expensive, most organic and local and mollycoddled pork chops in my life. I do not want to waste this experience. Please tell me how to make the perfect pan-fried pork chop in agonizing detail. I own cast iron pans and I'm going to serve it with asparagus - that's the only limitation. Otherwise anything goes. Teach me the wisdom of Pork Chopery.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 8, 2014 - 31 answers

Give me your hungry, your vegetarians, your omnivores.

Cooking for a group of 12 foodies whilst on vacation, three of whom are strict vegetarians. The other 9 people have expressed the desire not to eat vegetarian food all week. So I'm looking for entree recipes that A: can have meat added on separately at the end, but are also satisfying sans meat B: are easy to make for a large group aka not very time-intensive/time-sensitive/complicated and C: are super-duper tasty. Unimaginative casseroles aren't going to cut it, here. Difficulty: no appliances available other than stove and a BBQ.
posted by egeanin on Jun 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Food Recipes w/parameters

I have 6 free hours. Give me your most labour intensive yet ultimately compelling/yummy recipes. [caveat: I have access to all ingredients] [more inside]
posted by Dagobert on Jun 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me navigate the wonderful world of (the former Soviet) Georgian cooking

After stumbling across the blog Georgian Recipes (and specifically this recipe for Acharuli - Ajarian Khachapuri) I realized I've got a lot of eating to catch up on. If you know about Georgian food, please give me your tips, tricks, substitutions for hard to find ingredients, ingredients that should never be substituted, links to your favorite Georgian recipes, and basically everything you think I should know about it. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Recipes for a Bake Sale

I'm organizing a bake sale that will take place in a record store; we'll be selling baked goods while a couple different bands perform. It's a benefit for an all-ages nonprofit performance space, so the crowd is going to be more "denim vests and cheap beer" than "PTA fundraiser cake walk." I'd like suggestions for recipes that don't require me to buy an ingredient that I'm only going to use a small portion of, are fairly simple to make, and easy to make into sturdy single servings that don't require plates or forks. Bonus questions: vegan suggestions, jello shots, and savory items. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 27, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me organize my kitchen like a pro

The other day, I was at a restaurant where the chef cooks the food directly in front of customers. I realized that by watching her, I was able to observe certain things that I don't normally glean from recipes and cooking videos. I could see not only the techniques she used to cook the food, but also how she organized herself to make the process so efficient. This got me thinking of how I can organize my cooking for maximal efficiency, especially when preparing food for groups: [more inside]
posted by ElEmigrante on May 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Everything that kills me makes me feel like poop

Over the past 6-8 months, I've fallen into a lot of bad habits that affect how I feel in my body. I want to improve, but there is so much that needs improving that I'm not sure where or how to start, and I don't have a lot of motivation. How do I begin to turn things around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Slow cooked pork cooking conundrum

I've got a 9lb / 4kg pork leg which was set to cook at 225F /110C for around 14 hours (based on guidelines of 1.5 - 2 hours per pound). I discovered the temperature was wrong and now I'm not sure the best way to recover the situation. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on May 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommendations for a "grilling bible" for beginners?

The wife and I got a gas grill a while back, but have procrastinated with actually starting to use it, since we'd like to learn to use it properly first. What are the best grilling resources you know? [more inside]
posted by jklaiho on May 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me plan a fun girls night in - food questions

I am having some friends over to my house for chill night of catching up and watching movies. I very rarely socialize in my home, so I am somewhat clueless about hosting people. There will be four of us, and one person is breastfeeding so no alcohol for her. I am thinking about daiquiris since they are delicious and can easily be made with no alcohol. But I am stumped for food. [more inside]
posted by seesom on May 22, 2014 - 19 answers

pearl barley recipes

I accidentally cooked pearl barley instead of brown rice in the rice cooker. What can I do with three cups of cooked barley?
posted by wilful on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

You ARE My Country Ham Doctor!

We have two delicious 17 lb. direct-from-the-farm country hams to do up for our wedding in June, and are seeking advice on best ways to prepare them. Hams are frozen, cured, with hocks already taken out, and with the rind left on. Suggestions? Tips? Tricks? Glazing options?
posted by Lipstick Thespian on May 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me make Rillettes

I'm going to be making Rillettes following Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles cookbook recipe and everything is great except that I'm confused by one of the last instructions. It says to "Top each portion with a slice of two of pork fat to completely cover it, fold the mixture together a bit then . . .". That's the part that's confusing me. Am I supposed to use raw pork fat just cut into thin strips? What does it mean to cover and then fold the mixture? I'm just having a hard time visualizing that that means for me to do.
posted by Carillon on May 18, 2014 - 6 answers

"Bro-hens"?!?

So I just ran across this recipe in an older cookbook (the 1962 edition of Better Homes & Gardens); it's for stewed chicken, and specifies different cooking times for chicken and "bro-hens" --- it was printed just like that, with quotes marks and a hyphen: "bro-hens". What in the name of Betty Crocker is a "bro-hen"?!? Is it just another term for a capon, perhaps? Because I've gotta tell ya, I've been cooking for over half a century now, plus I spent several years living next door to a chicken farm, and I've never heard of "bro-hens"!
posted by easily confused on May 17, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I put a steakhouse in my kitchen?

I'm at the point in life where I can start affording some small luxuries, and one of my longstanding dreams has been to have the ability to cook restaurant quality steak and stir-fries indoor in my home kitchen via a proper commercial grilltop. What do I need to get, and who should I talk to? Has anyone ever done this before? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on May 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Extravagant dessert

Seeking ideas for stunning desserts. Please share with me your tried and tested recipes that impress! [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on May 12, 2014 - 26 answers

Enameled Cast Iron Teapot: Stovetop heating

Is it safe to heat water on the stove with an enameled cast iron teapot? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Favorite meals for a large group with a variety of dietary restrictions?

15 of us are planning our annual weekend trip in a few weeks. I'm responsible for menu planning. We have a variety of different dietary restrictions, and I'm looking for ideas for great meals that can feed these people. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on May 4, 2014 - 9 answers

I seasoned my cast-iron pan, and it feels sticky. Is this normal?

I'm new to cooking with cast-iron, and recently bought this Lodge pan. After the first use (scrambled eggs), I scrubbed it gently with warm water (no soap). I then coated it with vegetable shortening (this brand, which says it has a smoke point of 450°F), and placed it in the oven at 400°F. After about 15 min., I noticed smoke coming out (and smelled somthing burning), so I lowered the temp to 350°F, and left the pan in the oven for an hour. Now that the pan has cooled off, it has a very sticky residue. Is this normal?
posted by invisible ink on May 4, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I bake or make bread without using my oven during the summer?

Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 2, 2014 - 24 answers

Help me recreate the first salsa I ever had

The first salsa I ever had was delicious. Chopped fresh tomatoes, lots of coriander/cilantro. I was introduced to it in Petaluma in 1990. A plastic tub. It may have had a picture of a parrot on the top. I'm not sure if I bought it (regularly) at the Safeway or the organic/health food store. Do you remember this salsa? Have you re-created it? Know a close approximation? Please share.
posted by hifimofo on May 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Cracked Le Creuset Stoneware, Still Useable?

I was an idiot and added liquid that wasn't warm enough to my Le Creuset stoneware roasting dish. It now has a hairline crack in the glaze. Can it be saved? I can't really afford to replace it.
posted by ElliotH on Apr 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Delicious boiled milk

I was making yogurt, but forgot that I was doing it. Instead of heating the milk to 180, I heated it to boiling. And then...left it there for a while. I have almost a gallon of freshly boiled milk, and can't stand to throw it away. What on earth can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by MeghanC on Apr 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me to reverse-engineer this excellent tom yum soup

A local Chinese restaurant makes the best tom yum vegetable soup I've ever tasted. I'd like to make it at home, but I don't have the recipe. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Apr 24, 2014 - 10 answers

An awesome modern range cooker?

Looking for a new range cooker for our dream kitchen. I like Rangemasters, my wife likes FANTASTICALLY expensive Falcon ranges. Are they really that different? They're both made by Aga aren't they? [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Dinner for 10-12: for 5 days.

I have family coming in for a funeral this week. Our house is the hub, so I'm going to be feeding a group of 10-12 for 5 days. Any thoughts on comforting foods, that are relatively easy to prepare for that many? I am a good cook, but will have to spend some time at work this week, so I won't have tons of time to devote to this.
posted by sarajane on Apr 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Flower Power

After some great success with a lavender and blueberry sauce I was thinking it would be fun to have a whole party based around flower/flowering food and drink. I've got blooming flower tea and rose-infused vodka on the list, and my local market occasionally sells edible flowers around this time of year - but what are some other flower-based dishes I should be looking at? What should I be looking out for in terms of safety and not accidentally poisoning my guests? What kind of springtime courses would be in season? (For the sake of my sanity I'm going to try for buffet style small plates) And is there anyplace online or in the NYC area that specializes in edible flowers? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 12, 2014 - 31 answers

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