After years and years of not getting the pasta right, everyone in my circle of friends and beyond seems to know that you need to finish the pasta in the sauce, including some of the cooking water. It's such a vast improvement. Do you know similar simple "tricks" or methods from other regional cuisines? I remember reading this thread about Japanese and Korean cooking with great interest, but I'm curious about other cooking styles across the World as well. [more inside]
I'm looking for vegetarian recipes, without beans, which scale well relative to the level of effort. By which I mean: when you make potato salad, you can double it, but you're going to spend 2x the time peeling potatoes. That's bad. Chili (unfortunately, has beans) scales well: you don't need to individually wash every single bean, you just chuck in 2x the number of beans. Any recommendations for recipes? [more inside]
I'm planning to make this croquembouche recipe. It calls for a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch wide tip and a pastry tube with a 1/4 inch wide tip. I need to purchase the supplies for making this and I'd love your help! [more inside]
I'm looking for children's books that incorporate the unexpected (food, especially) into their illustrations. [more inside]
I am looking for ideas on budget-friendly, healthy and easy to make meals for a single person. See inside for details. [more inside]
Last night I made this recipe for a creamy pork shoulder stew (which was delicious). Everything was thoroughly cooked as it was simmering for probably 1.5+ hours. I put the leftovers in a covered (but not sealed) container and forgot to put it in the fridge. I just found it this morning, so it was sitting out for about 12 hours. Can I eat this? I was thinking I could throw everything in a pot and boil it again, or perhaps microwave it.
I'd like to make them all in one dish, like a soup, but I can't find any recipes which use that many. They've been in the fridge for a few weeks and need to be used up. Creative ideas?
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]
I has new kitteh! Yay! She's a rescue, about 2 years old, a small spayed female tuxedo beauty in good health, with a shy temperament. I have not had a cat in years. I am sure I am asking a question to which there are many answers and about which MeFites have strong opinions, but here goes: What is the current "state of the art" answer on the best quality and healthiest commercially prepared food for an adult, indoor, younger cat? [more inside]
I live in Queens NY and regularly get to dine at all sorts of really tasty, authentic (as much as anything can be, but that's another conversation) ethnic restaurants, especially Chinese food. My girlfriend's family is from China, and while they certainly enjoy these places, they will always insist that the food is better in China... This is something everyone universally agreed with. [more inside]
I have an unopened (sealed) can of lump crabmeat that's been refrigerated. It expired about a week ago (best if used by date was a week ago on 10/5). Can I still eat this? Or should I throw it out?
Bear with me: can you help me identify a go-to vegetarian meal that would be satisfying to a dinner guest and meet the criteria sketched out below? I know there are many vegetarian meal threads here but I'm really fixated on finding a single utility dish that functions for a vegetarian the way pork tenderloin could for a meat eater. [more inside]
Most everything I cook has little or no flavor. It never tastes bad; it just doesn't taste. Like there is only texture. [more inside]
Looking for recipes to make in my cast iron pan. [more inside]
Tonight was a rough night in our house. My picky, small three year-old once again ate two bites of dinner and turned his nose up at what I'd made for him. I got upset and berated him. I feel bad about this and want to figure out what to do. [more inside]
My father bought a box of four mooncakes, the five-kernel type, containing mostly cashew nuts, but also sweet apricot kernels. Is this okay to eat? [more inside]
The internet seems to say that silica gel is safe to use in a food context. I have a jar of sugar that's pretty lumpy. Is there any concern about placing a desiccant packet in the jar for a while? Note that this packet did not come with a food item.
I never thought I'd ask one of these. Last night I poached some chicken breasts. I took them out of the water and left them on a plate on the kitchen bench, intending to put them in the fridge later. I forgot. So they've been sitting there for, call it 12 hours. Temperature I reckon between 17-14 C. Should they stay or should they go?
I'll be in the 11th in Paris in a week. I hear there's top shelf yums to be had there. Who's had them? Where should I has them? Bonus for good bars (not too swanky, not crowded, not loud, not smoky).
I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [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]
My recent blood work came back with a high fasting blood sugar. I need to cut out as many carbs and sugars as possible. A low GI diet that does not include animal products is the goal. This is a long-term thing, not a temporary diet [more inside]
We've moved and now have access to a kitchen larger a postage stamp, a gas range instead of an electric, and super-easy access to an international market that blows my mind every time I enter it. I'm a decent cook and have my food processor and kitchen aid mixer attachments at the ready. Can you give me your best-est recipes, cooking tips, and purchasing pointers that might help us out with this wonderful situation? [more inside]
I am in my mid twenties, eat pretty healthily and exercise regularly, but I wonder if there's any food(s) that I don't include in my diet that could help with my sleep. (There's a bit to write on my diet, so I have written that on the extended page.) [more inside]
My husband and I will be heading to Portland this week. We visited a couple years ago and had some amazing food thanks to some recommendations from Portland MeFites. We'd love some updated recommendations for where to eat over the next couple days! [more inside]
A year ago I asked this question about grain free cat food and have been feeding Bunny Cat Blue Buffalo Freedom dry food since then. Now she has bladder crystals and the vet wants me to change her diet. :( Help! [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a coffee cake like there is carrot cake, chocolate cake, etc, and maybe has a coffee-flavored frosting to boot? I'm not talking about the "good accompaniment to coffee" dessert, but cake where coffee is the main ingredient/flavor. *note - not looking for chocolate cake where coffee is used to boost flavor/add moisture
I'm hosting my bookclub's discussion of Under the Skin and per tradition providing dinner inspired by the food themes of the book. I'm looking for suggestions about what food to use to represent various comestibles mentioned in the text. [more inside]
I would like to make an amazing Rosh Hashanah dinner. What should I make? [more inside]
Where to eat in San Francisco? [more inside]
We are foodies going to Portland Maine next weekend for my wife's birthday. There are literally over 100 restaurants in this 70,000 persons town. Help us choose 2 great, affordable restaurants to make reservations at. [more inside]
I'm on a lazy/convenient no-cooking kick and have been eating just sandwiches with deli meats and sliced veggies, and fruit. Assume you could not use the stove/oven nor have any other kitchen equipment (no blenders, microwave, etc, but just a knife, can opener). What are some meal ideas besides sandwiches? I'm not looking for snack ideas like nuts, crackers, etc. but actual meals. I am a meat-eater if that makes a difference and prefer to avoid a whole lot of canned foods because of BPA. (also a tofu eater)
My girlfriend's family is from Shanghai, but her families recipes are informal and there are many common dishes that she'd love a good cookbook on how to make. Any suggestions?
I'm in Rhode Island for a business trip, with some but not all meals provided at the conference. I'm on my own for two dinners and one lunch, and I'd like to make the most of them. Are there any places (that aren't exorbitantly expensive) I shouldn't miss? Please recommend me some deliciousness!
I want to eat seafood by the water in Brooklyn. Where do I go? I'm talking non-fancy messes of crab and fried shrimp. [more inside]
I noticed that we've been going through kind of insane amounts of the Trader Joe's Greek-style yogurt recently. Since I'm already spending a small fortune on the stuff, I'd like to just try making my own. Any tips, recommendations, absolutely-best-yogurt-making devices EVAR? [more inside]
I'd like to get some tips for changing my diet to something that's based around a handful of core healthy ingredients, if possible. [more inside]
Going with a buddy to NYC next weekend to wander through the Eldridge Street Museum, the MMA Cloisters, and other beautiful things with stained glass, carved stone, and old wood. Where should we eat/drink that is also beautiful, but relatively low-key? (Not that I mind skyscrapers and we both love industrial-beautiful/abandoned places, but we both hate lines/crazy crowds)
I really need to lose 20 pounds, and I'm psyching myself out before I even start. Help. [more inside]
We're launching a food business/truck/cart/booth that'll serve vegan versions of standard American carnival food (hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, mini doughnuts, malts, etc.). It'll be in the context of other regular (i.e. non-vegan) carnival food vendors, serving a largely omnivorous crowd. But we can't come up with a name. We'd like the name to be relevant to our offerings, but we're finding it difficult to make any reference without it sounding potentially judgmental or self-righteous. Any ideas?
I need a grocery app that my husband and I can both add to/sync lists for iOS (web interface nice but not mandatory). We've been using Buy Me a Pie, but it's gotten glitchy for us and won't let me add him to lists. I've seen this post, and will check out the other recs, but it's a year old, which is forever in app development time. Possible complication: spouse beta tests new iOS versions on his phone for work reasons.
We'll be in San Juan for a few days next month and I'm looking for recommendations for eating out. [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]
What does non-disordered eating look like (and think like)? If you consider yourself to have no hangups about eating, and you are a healthy weight, what is your eating decision process like? [more inside]
We've been through all the applications, and tomorrow, we're getting a pair of 10-week old kittens from a local rescue. However, while I've had adult cats, it's been ~20 years since I had kittens. So, what should I feed them? [more inside]
Where, in Ventura County, is a good place to watch (and hear; keyword there) the NFL pre-season games live on TV and still manage to eat a reasonably priced meal? [more inside]
I'm curious about the pricing of Chinese restaurant food in various countries. Can you give me a price range for your country or area, for either delivered or in-restaurant dining, either in your country's currency or US dollars? [more inside]
I need help managing the food in my pantry, fridge, and freezer. [more inside]
What else should we do with a whole bunch of fresh raspberries before inthey mold? [more inside]
My wife and I are going on vacation early in September and would like to focus on fine dining. We live in the bay area and have been up to Sonoma/Napa many times as well as Portland and would like to broaden our horizons. Looking for both locations and restaurant recommendations. [more inside]