This week we'll be embarking on a complicated task at work that will take about two days. The last time we did a couple of us brought junk food snacks, but two of the women in our group are perpetually dieting and spent the day looking longingly at the food, and then seeming very regretful when they eventually ate it. That makes me sad. I'd like to bring some food that they wouldn't feel bad about eating. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp
on Dec 7, 2013 -
I work nights in a facility that does not have refrigerators available for employees. I have a 7-cup electric tea kettle at my desk, and there are microwaves available in the break area next to my office. What simple meals can I prepare at my desk or in the microwaves with a minimum of hassle? I'm getting a little tired of ramen. [more inside]
posted by TrialByMedia
on Dec 5, 2013 -
Help me interpret a baffling description of how to cut poached pears into six "petals", leaving a core to be filled with frangipane. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs
on Dec 5, 2013 -
I can't seem to find a recipe I'm fairly certain I've seen in the past for peanut butter cups. I seem to recall that it involved not using any actual peanut butter, but starting with peanuts and grinding them up kinda coarsely with something else in them to get that weird, chunky, not-quite-peanut-butter consistency to the filling. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by DoctorFedora
on Nov 28, 2013 -
This holiday season I want to make a non-alcoholic eggnog and have some liquor on the side that people can just add to it. The question then is: bourbon, whiskey, rum, brandy...what's the best alcohol for eggnog? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Nov 28, 2013 -
I'm going to a friend's family's house tomorrow and want to bring something delicious. I have wine as a fallback, but am hoping you can help me combine my random ingredients into a delicious whole. Ingredients are in the [more inside]; what I need is something vegetarian, seasonal, that won't become too gross on my two-hour journey to their place. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs
on Nov 27, 2013 -
What is the richest hot chocolate recipe you know? I'm looking for something starts off, "grate baker's chocolate into a bain-marie of heavy cream..." and produces something so rich I can nurse a "small" serving for almost an hour because every sip fills my mouth with chocolate flavor. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang
on Nov 24, 2013 -
Recommendations for fish recipes that include a carbohydrate and a substantial vegetable component? Alternatively, what are your favourite vegetable side dishes/pairings for fish? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s
on Nov 22, 2013 -
I am making a birthday cake to serve to a bunch of kids, and I just did the first stage of the frosting recipe: I melted 125 grams of chocolate with 75 grams of unsalted butter. Then I realized the next step involves raw eggs, which I'd rather not use in a recipe for young children. (Especially because it will probably sit out for a while before serving.) But I hate to waste the chocolate and butter. Without using raw eggs, what can I do to transform this melted butter/chocolate mixture into a delicious chocolate frosting? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Nov 21, 2013 -
My aunt, uncles, cousins, grandma, and everyone else I know is coming to Thanksgiving this year, and they all love good food and my aunt and grandma may very well be the best cooks I've ever met. I am smoking a turkey on the Big Green Egg and I want it to knock their socks off. I've googled but what I've found doesn't give me any indication that the turkey is going to turn out GREAT. I need a great, great recipe. Anybody have one? I'd be forever indebted to you. Bonus question: anybody have an equally delicious bread pudding recipe?
posted by trandolph
on Nov 15, 2013 -
I am cooking dinner this weekend for an old friend who has requested Italian, preferably pasta with a creamy sauce. I am not very well acquainted at all with cream sauces, apart from this very simple one
. I have many extra hours to work on this, and access to several specialty markets and a Trader Joe's. Help me find a crazy delicious recipe! Special farfalle inside... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I just started a massage course and I'm looking for a good recipe to make my own massage wax. Any professionals out there that want to share their recipe? Thanks!
posted by Sourisnoire
on Nov 12, 2013 -
I have a bunch of bottles of probably not-super-awesome white wines. I'd like to make a punch for a party this weekend and am looking for a good recipe for a fall/winter punch. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia
on Nov 11, 2013 -
I'm hosting a casual dinner party this weekend, and my friend's favorite part of any dessert is whipped cream, the more decadent the better. What dessert recipes feature whipped cream as the star of the show? I'd prefer suggestions that are relatively easy/quick and not too expensive, and that don't have any hard to find ingredients (I've thought of icebox cake, but haven't been able to find the wafers for sale, and don't have the time to make my own.) Thanks!
posted by Neely O'Hara
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I've taken homemade butter mints
and homemade cheese crackers
to a couple of different parties among my friend group. Friend commented recently that she now associates me with unexpected tiny delicious homemade snack things. What other recipes should I know about? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander
on Nov 6, 2013 -
My kitchen is full of cabbage, and some dried Hungarian peppers (whole) and sweet Hungarian paprika (powder). What do you recommend I make?? Bonus level 1: South or Eastern Hungarian, if you know any regional specialty. Bonus level 2: vegetarian, but includes more than just the cabbage.
posted by whatzit
on Nov 4, 2013 -
What food is only good when done the "right" way?
I don't really like store tomatoes, but fresh garden tomatoes are AMAZING. I don't like store-bought packaged chocolate chip cookies but know that nothing beats a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie. What other foods are like this??
(I got to thinking about this when thinking about yucky canned baked maybe
they are good when they are homemade)
posted by beccaj
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I've about an hour, maybe 90 minutes worth of patience, above-average kitchen competence, and access to most ingredients. I'd like to eat soup for dinner at the end of this 60-90 minutes, and I don't like shrimp. Share your favorites?
posted by ersatzkat
on Oct 22, 2013 -
How do I cook the best turkey (and) and fixings meal for just myself (for a whole weekend)? I'm basically going to put on some Abba, and eat like crazy this weekend. So tell me how I can make the best Thanksgiving turkey and sides! Oh, this is anonymous because I am a vegetarian for moral reasons. Also, I prefer to limit it to just one type of animal, so no bacon wrapped shrimp. Probably no bacon wrapped shrimp. Recipes of good sides preferably not using just turkey.
posted by anonymous
on Oct 22, 2013 -
In an attempt to clear up freezer space, I took out a 4lb bag of frozen strawberries, and promptly forgot about them. I left them on the counter for a few hours, now they're thawed. The bag was a bit leaky, so I put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the refrigerator. Question 1) are they still OK to eat or use in a recipe, and if they are still OK, 2) what do I do with 4lb of unfrozen strawberries? Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 20, 2013 -
We cook a lot with our sous vide machine but it is invariably: meat (beef/chicken/pork) seasoned with salt and pepper in the bag, then into a hot pan to sear, possibly with a sauce added after. The results are great, but we've fallen into a rut, and it would be nice to mix it up a bit. Can you share your tried and true sous vide recipes--particularly for recipes that can be prepped and then frozen for later use?
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I have gorgeous white raspberries around which I would like to craft a cocktail to celebrate my lady-friend's return from a week abroad. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jrb223
on Sep 22, 2013 -
My fiancee and I recently returned from a vacation in Greece. We thoroughly enjoyed the food in Greece. We want to recreate some of the dishes we enjoyed. In particular, I want to know how to make "bifteki", the small hamburger patties served with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki. The few recipes I find on Google seem too simple to believe. [more inside]
posted by KevCed
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I'm looking for a recipe for a seasonal or all-season (for southern Ontario, and this week) vegetable soup recipe (potato, tomato, both, other--whatever) that does not need a blender (immersion or otherwise). Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Sep 16, 2013 -
Once a long time ago, I was a few hours outside Beijing during the mid-Autumn festival, in a pretty rural area. We were given these amazing mooncakes with nuts and vegetables that were way tastier to me than the sweet bean-paste/egg/lotus-paste/etc. ones you normally get. Help me find the name of them so I can buy/bake my own. [more inside]
posted by gemmy
on Aug 26, 2013 -
Call me a cheater vegetarian. I love vegetables and grains, and I love the juice and rendered fat from meat. The meat flesh, eh, I can live without. Most of the meat flesh I cook I feed to my cats and crows. Got recipes? Got tips for extraction of meat flavors knowing that the meat may be discarded?
posted by maggieb
on Aug 17, 2013 -
I'm looking for a side to go with spicy sausages. My imagined dish must be relatively inexpensive (I am a bit short at the moment) and easy to prepare (cooking is not my strong suit). Should serve two (leftovers are fine), and contain no fruit or fish. What's the first thing that pops into your head?
posted by Gin and Comics
on Aug 8, 2013 -
I have finally reached the point where I have more tomatoes than ideas. So, please share ideas for using fresh, misshapen, split-prone tomatoes in recipes. [more inside]
posted by mightshould
on Jul 21, 2013 -
I have a 2.6 lb tritip roast, all seasoned and ready to throw on the grill.... but just discovered that the grill is out of fuel. How should I cook this thing in the oven? I do not have a grill pan (until this exact moment they always seemed silly).
posted by Nickel Pickle
on Jul 12, 2013 -
I love love love the coleslaw at Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson, Ga. I have tried to find the recipe online with no luck. Is anyone familiar with this style coleslaw so that you can tell me how to make it? I cant ask the folks at the restaurant because they are far far away. Thank you!
posted by orangemacky
on Jun 16, 2013 -
silicone mold at the thrift store today. My guess is it's for making some sort of fruit-filled baked dessert. I'm imagining something similar to a strawberry shortcake. What is it for? [more inside]
posted by aniola
on Jun 7, 2013 -
My grandfather grew up an orphan around the turn of the century and remained very poor as long as I knew him. He made us something called "hot ice cream". I think it had milk, and vanilla, food coloring and corn starch.
I have googled but am not getting very far. Can anyone help with this recipe?
posted by beccaj
on May 25, 2013 -
I have a Cinco de Mayo potluck to go to in 3 hours. What festive dish can I make to bring with the following ingredients I already have on hand? [more inside]
posted by E3
on May 5, 2013 -
Our kombucha keeps growing! What do we do with the SCOBY? I hear it tastes like squid. [more inside]
posted by aniola
on May 3, 2013 -
Help me organize a food contest for professional cooks! The goal is to gather a number of regional cooking professionals and have them cook their version of a regional favorite food (already predetermined.) There would be a few celebrity judges and a few people who are pretty knowledgeable about food. The contest would be public and there would be a few recipes.
How would you suggest this be done? What should be included? What should be avoided?
posted by Bunny Ultramod
on Apr 24, 2013 -
I am making myself a custom recipe book with all my recipes out of an old journal. On the spine, I was going to engrave "From the kitchen of Jane Doe" but I feel kind of meh about that and was hoping somebody had a better suggestion! [more inside]
posted by skjønn
on Apr 19, 2013 -
So it's rhubarb season and I've finally managed to buy a big batch, yay! I love
the stuff and have been waiting for this all year. I usually make crumbles/stews, but am looking to push the boat out a little more this time to get the most out of it, finding new recipes and also ways to preserve for when it's no longer around (jams, in alcohol, freezing?). What are your favourite recipes and what other things have you found pair well with it? Have you ever made booze with rhubarb? I'd be grateful for any tips, and thank you in advance!
posted by everydayanewday
on Apr 10, 2013 -
A naive shopper sent to the Chinese market to buy dried tofu ended up with something labeled as dried tofu but it is not really dry and it is long and skinny. It smells a bit funny even in the packaging. What can I do with it? How can we eat it? The Chinese characters for it are 筍茸.
posted by whatzit
on Apr 8, 2013 -
I'm looking for a recipe organiser where I can write my own recipes and clip recipes from the web. I can google with the best of them, and I can see there are lots of sites that can potentially do what I need, but I don't want to create a gazillion accounts for testing, so please give me your tried and true recommendations. Details inside : [more inside]
posted by snakeling
on Apr 4, 2013 -
I'm new to bread making. I want to make bread that is not so dense and has regular, medium-sized air bubbles in it. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax
on Mar 30, 2013 -
I am hosting a dinner party and one of the guests is observing passover. I need to stay away from rice, beans, corn, and bread. I am looking for some awesome dishes / dish combinations to serve so everyone is happy. Bring on your tasty dishes.
posted by jasondigitized
on Mar 29, 2013 -
I've volunteered to bring an asparagus dish to an Easter brunch. The brunch is already way
heavy on meat dishes, so I want something light and springlike to provide a contrast. Anyone have good asparagus recipes? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert
on Mar 28, 2013 -
I LOVE the powdered cheese of mac 'n cheese. I don't need the whole box, and I know how to make tasty homemade mac 'n cheese. I just want to duplicate the powdered cheese with real home ingredients. Imitation Annie's, if you will. [more inside]
posted by aniola
on Mar 21, 2013 -