I've never really been much of a cook, but since New Years I've been trying to change that. Lately, I've been making some soups, but I'm finding the leftover vegetables and chicken are pretty flavourless...though I feel a bit guilty just throwing out the leftover food. Is there any use to keeping it?
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]
Hokkaido variety kabocha squash. I cut it in chunks and steamed it -- with the intention of eating it plain. It has lovely sweet chestnut flavor. But so dry and crumbley, like stale cake. Any suggestions on how I can repurpose this steamed squash? If I make soup, will the dry crumbles melt into the broth and make a smooth soup? Or I could mix it with mashed sweet potatoes. But again, I hope for a smooth texture without dry crumbles. Tools: I have only a standard blender. And a manual potato masher.
I made a batch of soup a couple of days ago and it tastes a bit odd. I'm pretty sure it's because of the food processor. Will I die of plastic if I eat it? [more inside]
A local Asian restaurant makes a truly outstanding curry noodle soup with tofu. I'd like to figure out how to make the soup myself. [more inside]
At a restaurant called Toritama in Tokyo, I had the most amazing chicken soup ever. It was a really flavourful chicken broth, with shreds of very tender chicken - I would say poached, except that some of the bits had skin still attached and the skin was crisp as if it had been grilled. Also some well-cooked rice. The thing that I particularly remember is that the broth was so rich that it left your lips feeling sticky! It was called something like "Tokyo chicken soup". [more inside]
I've taken to making instant ramen with half veggie broth, half water or thereabouts — improves the taste and texture. But is using broth actually giving me any extra nutrients, or just doubling my dose of sodium? (I'm not deficient of anything, and my diet is otherwise pretty decent, this is just my go-to quick lunch at home)
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]
Settle an argument about making stock for cooking. One half says that you should save every odd and end from vegetables and keep them in a big ziploc bag in the freezer for when you make stock so it can get the most varied amount of flavor possible and "recycle" kitchen waste. Other half says that since we're not making vegetable stock and only ever make stock with left over bones you should just keep to the basic recipie ( carrots, onion, celery, etc) and not introduce all these unknown cauliflower ends and parsnip bits and it's a false economy anyway. Who is right? Is anyone right? Are they both right?
Looking for soup, stew, or casserole recipes where I can spend ten minutes dumping stuff in the crockpot in the morning and have a full meal ready when I get home. Something like this is ideal; the only prep is chopping an onion before setting it and forgetting it until dinnertime. No dietary preferences or restrictions, but some vegetables would probably be good. I'm seeing a lot of recipes online, but am having a hard time weeding out which ones are worthwhile, and would appreciate any favorites you care to share.
I'm good with winter soups, I'm good with cold summer soups, but can't seem to find a hot summer soup I like. Send me your simmering summer soup solutions. [more inside]
I am cooking a smoky, dark and delicious tomato soup for a friend of mine. Please suggest suitable savory side suggestions that don't involve bread or sugar - meat/cheese combos, odd things like dried figs/cheese, etc. [more inside]
Super Concentrated Soup? So I made split pea and pesto with pork soup two nights ago and I made too much. It also sat on low for a bit too long and is now a thick green paste. What do I do with it? Is it still safe to eat? Can i do anything to it besides adding water and making more soup? How best can I use these leftovers? [more inside]
What was this awesome Chinese fish soup I used to get in NYC? BONUS QUESTION : where can I find it in the Bay area? [more inside]
Where can I get good, simple, non-chewy takeout soup in downtown Montreal? [more inside]
What homemade or "real food" ingredient can I substitute in recipes that call for Cream Of Whatever soup? [more inside]
Can I Eat It: Part 7,934 in an ongoing series. In a fit of industriousness, I made Cannellini Minestrone this morning! I put part of it in a container for my lunch, and part of it in a container to store in the fridge. I realized once I got to work, however, that the container to store never made it to the fridge, and is still sitting on the counter in my apartment. The soup was made at 8am, and I won't be getting home until 8pm. Can anything be done to salvage the soup into something edible, or at least usable?
Please point me toward some extraordinary and odd soups & stews from the world of fiction. I would like to make some of them. [more inside]
I love the lentil soups and soup-like lentil side dishes I get in Indian restaurants and would love to make them at home, but I don't have the slightest clue where to start. Help? [more inside]
Can I buy self-heating soup cans or self-heating tea/coffee in the United States? [more inside]
What are some interesting, nontraditional things to do with French onion soup? [more inside]
I may be my own personal typhoid Mary. Food safety questions inside. [more inside]
When, why and where did people start putting crackers in their soup? [more inside]
I need recipes for tantalizing soups that freeze well. Bonus points for creativity. [more inside]
Pasta e Fagioli, I simply must have your recipe, my dear. [more inside]
Ramen Filter: I live in London. I desperately crave tonkotsu ramen, the pork-based variety popular in Japan's Kyushu region (sometimes known as Hakata ramen). I have found NOWHERE in the UK that makes or sells it. Have I missed somewhere? Is there anywhere online I can buy Tonkotsu soup stock? Help! [more inside]
I am looking for some tried-and-true broccoli-cheese soup recipes that don't include canned soup or evaporated milk. [more inside]
Foodies: Please help me ID this soup!! Also, what are some of your all time best soup recipes? [more inside]
Are there any restaurants in Texas where I can get Chinese soup dumplings? [more inside]
SoupFilter: Why do soups taste better after aging? [more inside]
When I was in Tunisia a few years ago I had this delicious red soup. What was it? [more inside]
I have three pounds of frozen chicken stew meat. What should I do with it? [more inside]
Recipe for miso soup wanted! Must be tried and true and fixable with ingredients available in the U.S. (or on the 'Net.) It's not as easy as it seems, evidently... (T'anks!)
At most Chinese restaurants in the U.S., there are a few soups that only come in servings big enough for two people. Why do they do that? And why is it so common at Chinese restaurants and so rare other places?