I'm having surgery next week and I want to make some food I can take out of the freezer/fridge and microwave while I'm recovering. Must be easy to make and easy to reheat, and not spicy. I have normal kitchen appliances, including a crockpot. Things I don't own and am not going to buy: dutch oven, rice cooker, instant pot, blender (I do have a stick blender). NO SOUP or soup like things. [more inside]
I don't know how to cook very well. Cookbooks, even ones that claim to be quick and minimal bore me. Motivator? Maybe a magazine with recipes, credible interesting articles on food and nutrition (even a lttle wine) I read Eating Well magazine and it seems pretty good. Any other suggestions?
I've decided the New Year's Day meal will be a simple Hopping John because of its associations with luck and wealth and folkloric good fortune. I've read this on the history of it and why it doesn't usually tun out well because of the inferior ingredients used now. I don't have time to order artisanal gold Carolina Rice or heritage red cowpeas from here so where in NYC can I find thier equilvents? [more inside]
I'm trying REALLY, REALLY hard to go to the gym 5x a week and eat 1200-1500 calories of healthy shit every day. I am busy, depressed, and lazy. What are your tips for making this kind of lifestyle as painless as possible? [more inside]
I am bad at feeding myself. I've looked at a bunch of questions and responses here on MetaFilter and I know about Michael Pollen's books including Food Rules. And maybe it's my ADHD but it still seems too hard for me. [more inside]
Tried to make some spanakopita, it didn't go so well. I took it out of the oven after 45 minutes, it looked beautiful. I cut off a tiny corner to see if it seemed OK and... [more inside]
What's fun and interesting to sous vide? [more inside]
I'm look for some really nice and good value stainless steel tri-ply clad cookware. I'm replacing my old worn out teflon-coated nonstick pots and pans. I want tri-ply cookware that cooks evenly, is very sturdy, and can go in the oven and the dishwasher without problems. [more inside]
I am really good at making homemade pasta and marinara sauce but a novice at making it keep for a long while. I want to gift out lots of pasta and sauce this year but (Read: important) not kill everybody. Any tips?
I’ve decided that through 2017 I want to focus my home cooking experiments on sauces; can anyone point me to useful resources? [more inside]
A friend from the UK who is enamored with my buttermilk biscuits is coming to visit, and I'm making her dinner. What should I serve with the biscuits? [more inside]
I've been bringing in something for my grad students to snack on during our weekly evening seminar because it straddles the dinner hour. I'm tired of making hummus and tea sandwiches. Other ideas? [more inside]
Let's say you don't have access to a full size, traditional/convection oven. But you have a large toaster oven - large enough to rotisserie a chicken. What baked, broiled, roasted or braised dishes can you still make in the toaster oven? [more inside]
Help! My favorite go-to sauce looks like it might be discontinued or is on it's way to being discontinued. [more inside]
I have a large organic eggplant that I need to use up today. I am also nearly brain dead with kid-related lack of sleep. Tell me what relatively simple recipe I should make. [more inside]
The Chef John post on the blue reminded me to ask: what are your favorite YouTube cooking channels? I need some more subscriptions. [more inside]
I'm making bone broth and this is confusing me.... [more inside]
I am borderline obsessed by the Journeyman's Feast in this D&D-inspired menu, which seems to be a slightly less fancy version of a charcuterie board , and would like some suggestions on other food items I can use to make up my own 1-person board. [more inside]
I am a born-and-raised meat eater looking to cook up some tasty vegan meals. Difficulty: tofu/tempeh/fake-meats of various varieties freak me out. [more inside]
What are some good food/travel and HGTV-type home and design shows on Hulu? [more inside]
I eat rather plain food, and I eat the same things over and over again. I've started watching Chef's Table on Netflix, and it's made me super curious. [more inside]
For the next week, I'm staying in a house with people I would rather not see. I have a private sink, but no hot plate or garbage disposal. I need meal and snack ideas.
Food safety experts: how long will this glaze/dip/condiment last in the fridge? [more inside]
I'm looking for books similar to Delancey, Molly Wizenberg's memoir about starting a pizza restaurant with her husband. In other words, stories about food, cooking, baking, and restaurants that are written for adults but suitable for preteens. [more inside]
Are there any good books telling the story of imperialism/colonialism through food? [more inside]
I just opened a package of Florida Crystals Natural Sugar, and the odor is quite strong. It's difficult to describe, but it's kind of acrid/acidic. Can I Eat It? [more inside]
I am teaching a cooking class to smallish children at a summer camp next week. Help me figure out what do/make with with time constraints and young children! [more inside]
When you're grilling a good size piece of meat (a large steak, a pork tenderloin) - how are you supposed to measure the temperature? I have a good thermometer (http://www.thermoworks.com/Thermapen-Mk4), but the issue is that different parts of the meat will be wildly different. E.g., with a tenderloin - the narrow ends will be 140° while the thick center is less than 100°. When a recipe calls for 140°, for example - how do you decide when that is? When the coolest part is that temperature? When the average of several different spots is that temp?
So I made this "veggie chorizo-spiced chickpea" recipe last night and the results were... meh. The spicing was great but the texture was all wrong. I was expecting extra crispy on the outside, meaty on the inside but wound up with a very slight crispiness and a sort of mealy interior. Is there a way to vastly improve the texture or am I asking too much of my chickpeas?
I've started seeing a dietitian who has recommended a mindful approach to food and eating as part of my ongoing progress towards health. I'm a busy student and freelancer who is about 50/50 at home or rushing about town to uni, meetings, jobs and shows, but I love cooking: I'd really like to have some mindful snacks that I can have at home or carry in my bag on busy days. What do you recommend, Mefites? [Special snowflakes inside, produced and packed in Australia] [more inside]
I made a delicious caprese salad the other day, and was really impressed by the amount of tasty it was relative to the amount of prep work. I know lots of things that are easy to cook (or, in this case, leave uncooked) and lots of things that are delicious, but could use a lot more crossover. [more inside]
Please give me recommendations for cooking classes, wine tasting and bartending classes in the Boston metro area. [more inside]
I am looking for a very specific kind of cast-iron skillet: one where the outside is colorfully enamelled but the inside is just plain old cast iron. Do such skillets exist? [more inside]
I have a beautiful piece of flank steak, and I'm looking for something delicious and interesting to do with it. [more inside]
What is your favourite make ahead road food/snack? [more inside]
My experience in the kitchen is limited to pouring a bowl of cereal. But I'd like to become a decent cook. Are there any books or website guides that go from zero to chef? Something that would have me cooking basics one by one and build my way to actually making some dishes and knowing what I'm doing in the kitchen. Thanks!
What are your recipes for weeknight meals? What do you have for dinner that you make yourself in a relatively short amount of time and/or with relatively little effort? Help us figure out a variety of dinners to put on a meal-planning list! [more inside]
Can I use my mother's Falconware roasting dish on a gas hob without scorching the bottom? [more inside]
Short version: The family's primary cook and caregiver is in the hospital for an unknown length of time. It'll be two weeks minimum, could be a lot longer. Then she'll have a long recovery period at home. Her husband and I both theoretically can cook, though he's not very good, and I have medical complications. Between us we have to feed each other and a couple teenagers. Meal planning's fallen to me, but most of the shopping and cooking is on him. We need to survive until his wife's out of the hospital. Help? [more inside]
I'm dreaming of the following: a friend or date comes over and I effortlessly whip up something delicious, simple, yet impressive, from scratch. The kind of meal that makes me looks casually on top of my life. Maybe something with a starter, main, and dessert. Challenge level: I'm a vegetarian and I travel a lot, so what I'm really looking for is a vegetarian menu that I can make just out of things from the pantry and the freezer (aka it doesn't involve anything that will languish and die in the fridge if I don't use it before I leave town for a few weeks). Is this even possible? [more inside]
There are loads of similar questions already out there in the ether but I'm asking again because I have some dietary snowflakes and I'm the world's worst cook... [more inside]
I'm working on creating a 2 hour class that focuses on cooking and nutrition for wilderness guides. These folks are generally 23-33, and they mostly have some of the basics down. What are your greatest tips and hacks that make you a good cook? What are your best recipes that can be cooked over a one burner camp stove? What nutrition science is true and not just a fad? [more inside]
I've been trying a no sugar/complex carbohydrates diet by dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with beans in a bowl, or dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with shirataki noodles in a bowl and then pouring in hot water. This gets old, fast. What are some ways to simply upgrade the taste of my meals, without added sugar, simple carbohydrates, or too much added salt? [more inside]
After asking some friends and family, I'm realizing that I may be spending way too much on groceries every week. [more inside]
Please help me figure out ways to make Whole30 work for me, if at all possible. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
My brother and his wife just had their second child, and as a Christmas gift I'd like to be able to help out with some of the food prep. We have some great "take and bake" options near where we live, does anything like that exist near them? [more inside]
Hi all! For Christmas dinner this year, I am following through on a long-held dream to cook a Beef Wellington. Have you ever done this (successfully?) I'd love your guidance! [more inside]
I do all of the cooking in our house. Most of the time I'm just throwing meals together with what's on sale or in the fridge rather than following A Recipe, and I'd like to keep working that way if possible. My partner wants to start counting calories, and I want to start providing her with useful data. I think I get the basic idea of how to make this work (weigh stuff before you put it in the pot, write down amounts, do math) but I'd love any specific tips or tricks from people who have made this transition themselves.
Bought some sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes from local Korean megamart. Had never had them before. Internet said they'll taste nutty when cooked. Diced them and roasted - not nutty. Did I do it wrong or were my expectations off? [more inside]
My sister likes to cook, and I want to get her an interesting ingredient to experiment with for Christmas. However, she's taking a 2 month trip soon (Feb-April) and then moving cross-country, so whatever I get has to be easily transportable and can't go bad too soon. [more inside]