I need to be better about managing my grocery budget and streamlining my time in the kitchen. I've just started poking around for options but I'm eager for hive mind recommendations. The main caveat is that I'm in Canada, which has ruled the promising foodonthetable.com. Something that allows you to cost meals fairly easily would be nice. Please pardon any typos--mobile AskMeing is a bit tricksy.
I'm a big fan of the cook-a-big-hunk-of-protein, turn-it-into-dinners-all-week thing. I need more ideas! [more inside]
Is there a way to make high quality youtube videos using a smartphone (Iphone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S2)? [more inside]
Chefing for two? What recipes/menus are good for a "cooking date" night, and will keep my boyfriend and I occupied for a couple hours on a Sunday evening? Frugality level: high. Dietary restrictions: none [more inside]
For the next month or two, I need to tighten up my already very small budget. I'd like ideas for easy-to-cook meals that I can make very cheaply. Complications: chronic illness, restricted diet, and an ineffective air conditioner. [more inside]
Going to be vegetarian by necessity soon. Teach me cheap and amazing recipes! [more inside]
How can I improve my (East Coast) Chinese take-out? [more inside]
I'm organizing a monthly event where I will be feeding appetizers to up to 100 people. I'm a good cook, who will have much of the food pre-prepared. Unfortunately, I have a negligible budget. I need what is prepared to be tasty and diverse crowd pleasers, using ingredients that are as inexpensive as possible -- possibly available in bulk -- while still containing some protein. Carbs should be fairly healthy, unrefined, inexpensive ones. There can be some items made with flour, but not to excess. There will also need to be vegetarian dishes. Extra points for food that can be frozen and prepared as needed. I am a good cook, have a wide variety of spices, etc., rice for basmati and sushi. I also have good access to Indian, Asian, and Mexican supermarkets. I'm fine with doing extensive cooking in advance, so long as what I have is both affordable and easy-to-serve on the night of the event. Any ideas / recipes?
I need to eat cheaply. Can I do so while extending my cooking ability in a specific direction? What cuisines, categories, or focuses can my home cooking pinpoint while living on a budget? [more inside]
Rice and beans for the inexperienced and time-pressed cook? [more inside]
What are your favorite, efficient, menu-planning sequences that use a limited set of ingredients in several different ways? [more inside]
How often/How much do you spend eating out, versus eating a home cooked meal? And what percentage of your net income do these categories end up being? [more inside]
Tips for planning home cooking menus? [more inside]
I need recommendations for a very cheap (<$5/750mL) but hearty, flavorful, and tasty red wine. This will be used as a braising liquid and then reduced to make a sauce for beef short ribs. [more inside]
I'd love to add more fish to my diet. But I can't afford salmon or tuna steaks or swordfish or any of that yuppie crap. I happen to live near a decent fish market. They sell all kinds of cheaper fish: spots and chubbs and mackerels and whatnot. Tell me about those. How do I pick 'em? How do I cook 'em? Which ones are the tastiest? Which are the best bargain?