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Raw chicken still within best-by date, is it still good to eat?

I purchased chicken thighs from a grocery store several days ago. They have a Best-By date that comes up 3 days from now, so according to the package they should still be good. They have been kept refrigerated (and chilled in the winter cold on the way home) and sealed in their original package. [more inside]
posted by Willz on Feb 22, 2015 - 24 answers

which whisk which whisk which whisk which whisk which whisk which whisk

What is this magical measuring whisk, and what possible uses could it have beyond the extremely specific one we just saw? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me find a gluten free option for this recipe

Calling all gluten free bakers to find the best alternative to my tried and true fortune cookie recipe [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Feb 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Is this a good deal for old cast iron pans in need of some TLC?

Inspired by reading this post regarding acquiring and restoring old cast iron pans, I thought I'd check my local Craigslist for deals. And I might have found one! [more inside]
posted by starscream on Feb 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me overcome my mental block: cooking edition

I have a major aversion to cooking, at least as an all-the-time thing. Is it possible to change this? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Feb 16, 2015 - 31 answers

If coconut milk be the food of love...

I have come into possession of three varieties of coconut milk, an intriguing liquid about which I know almost nothing. Can you tell me how these three varieties are supposed to be used? [more inside]
posted by Hellgirl on Feb 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Delicious Mexican food at home? (UK)

I love a fajita/taco/burrito - but I am shame-faced to say that previously these have only ever come from Old El Paso pack! [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 11, 2015 - 30 answers

Reading between the lines of a recipe

What are things you know to do while cooking that is essential to success yet is not always explicit in a recipe? [more inside]
posted by slipthought on Feb 9, 2015 - 73 answers

Make ahead food, sans freezer

I've read quite a bit on the world of make-ahead freezer food (including a lot of suggestions from this great recent question). Now that my mental freezer is full of imaginary delicious freezer meals, I wonder if there's something similar out there for non-freezer food? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Feb 8, 2015 - 11 answers

How useful is the low-pressure setting on pressure cookers?

I'm in the market for a new pressure cooker. I've noticed that some models, such as the Fagor Duo, give the chef the option of cooking at two levels of pressure -- 8-10 psi and the standard 15 psi. I'm wondering how useful this lower pressure setting actually is. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 8, 2015 - 12 answers

Less comfort food, more comfort cooking

When I’m dealing with a lot of emotional stress, my two main coping mechanisms are cooking and gorging myself on all the food I can get my hands on. I’d like to find a way to indulge the former and not the latter. [more inside]
posted by libraritarian on Jan 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Best way to reheat 2 lbs pasta without a microwave or boiling water?

I want to prepare some plain noodles ahead of time and then reheat them when I'm in a cabin with no microwave and no sink. I'll have two gas fire rings, a wood stove, and can bring whatever pots and pans are necessary. Advice? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jan 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Dry Beans

Soaked, now what? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Jan 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Shopping-averse cook seeks pantry-friendly recipes

Most weeknights, I'm responsible for figuring out and cooking a dinner for two adults and a 1-year-old that is on the table by no later than 6pm. I am hands-down finding this the most unpleasant and soul-killing part of day-to-day parenting, as making it to the grocery store is extremely difficult during the workweek and the last thing I want to be doing on the weekends. I'm looking for recommendations of either a cookbook or specific recipes that use ingredients that are likely to already be present in my pantry, freezer, and/or spice rack. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jan 12, 2015 - 49 answers

How staged/fake is MasterChef Junior?

On the recommendation of several friends I watched the entire last season of Masterchef Junior (US), and I was amazed at what 8-12 year olds on the show were doing, but part of me wonders how real the show really was. I've googled and can't find much beyond people saying it's fake and others saying it's real. Is there more info I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 10, 2015 - 30 answers

Actual schmaltz, with onions or not?

My friend wants to give a surprise gift of schmaltz (rendered chicken fat, not the metaphorical kind) to a Jewish friend of hers who is from Chicago, and wants to know whether or not to use onions. So, does anyone have a strong opinion either way? Apparently with no onions it's more subtle and nutty. But is it better with onions? Which method would be her best bet?
posted by oxisos on Jan 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find pans that can fit in my (large) toaster oven!

I recently got this oven for Christmas. I love the thing, and am starting to realize that my oven-less apartment is no longer oven-less. But much of my bakeware from my old apartment (with a full-size oven) doesn't fit inside. Can you help me find bakeware that would fit inside? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 5, 2015 - 14 answers

Kitchen range for serious cooking?

I'm shopping for a new kitchen range and I'm not having much luck figuring out what to get. I'm a pretty serious cook and I'm planning to pay for a nice range, but when I say serious I mean that I don't care about or want a lot of the features that (I think) sell ranges but aren't actually much good for cooking. Help! Excessive detail below the fold. [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Jan 5, 2015 - 21 answers

Did I just ruin these egg noodles?

I just made a quadruple batch of egg noodles (some to use tonight, some to freeze). I forgot to put salt in them (it's called for in the recipe). Will it affect the texture at all, or is the salt optional?
posted by brownrd on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

winter hibernation cooking

I hate grocery shopping so I like to buy a lot of food at one go. I went all doomsday prepper this week and may have overdone it this time on the perishable stuff. I need your help in using these things before they go bad: Gala apples, onions (white, red, yellow), carrots, red potatoes. Stuff I can freeze for later is the best. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jan 3, 2015 - 21 answers

To freeze before or after?

We have leftover roast beef and roast vegetables. I would like to make a stew with this but we have no plans to eat it right away in the next week or so. Should I make the stew and then freeze it and then thaw the stew? Or should I freeze the ingredients and thaw them when we are ready to make and eat the stew?
posted by like_neon on Dec 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Substitute for sambal for people who can't handle spicy food?

Planning on cooking Nasi Lemak for the family for dinner tonight, but most don't like spicy food.... [more inside]
posted by ryanbryan on Dec 27, 2014 - 9 answers

A lamb in two parts

I am roasting a whole lamb leg for Christmas day. I would like to cook it most of the way at my house, take it out, transport it to my sister's place and finish it off in her oven, so that it will be hot and freshly cooked when we sit down to lunch. Is this a fool's errand? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Dec 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Delicious non-starchy vegetable sides, easily scaled up for many people

My mom just called; I'm suddenly in charge of two vegetable sides for her Christmas dinner tomorrow, which will have 30 attendees. What should I make? Both dishes need to be vegetarian and I'd like one of the two to be vegan. She has the potato/starch end of things covered. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Dec 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Martha Stewart/Le Creuset

Back in the late 90s, I remember seeing in a catalog a Martha Stewart line of Le Creuset cookware. What I remember is that the pots were light brown on the outside and eggshell blue on the INTERIOR. Google image search is showing me nothing, but I SWEAR these existed. Does anyone else remember this? Do you own this? Do pictures exist of these? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Inspire a lapsed foodie to eat healthier

Ever since daylight saving time hit this year, I have gone from "eager and willing home chef who loves her grains, fresh veggies, lean protein, and fun but complicated recipes!" to a lazy, uninspired glutton of convenience foods. HELP. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Interesting Recipes using Prepackaged Gnocchi?

I have a 1 lb. package of tri-color gnocchi. I need to make some kind of dinner with it, but we're exhausted of red marinara-style sauces, and I can't handle eating an Alfredo-style cream sauce. What can I make for dinner with this? [more inside]
posted by PearlRose on Dec 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Stay-dry salt for a grinder/mill

The weather where I live is very humid. Which type of salt is most likely to stay dry enough to use in a salt grinder? [more inside]
posted by wryly on Dec 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Bringing Home the Bacon Steak

I'm going to splurge on some Burgers' Smokehouse Thick Bacon Steaks for dinner tonight. What can I cook that will really take advantage of having super thick flavorful bacon? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 19, 2014 - 10 answers

A good dip for raw veggies?

I have volunteered to bring a vegetable tray to my in-laws' holiday gathering this weekend, and I'd like to take along a few dips for the veggies beyond the usual suspects. I also have some constraints, detailed within... [more inside]
posted by Janta on Dec 15, 2014 - 32 answers

What do I need to know when buying a microwave?

I'm looking at buying a microwave. These microwaves list a whole bunch of features that I know nothing about. What one's are the most important? I'm trying to keep it cheap.
posted by casebash on Dec 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Vegan cooking classes in NYC?

Do you know of good cooking classes in NYC that are suitable for vegans? Classes that focus on how to prepare full meals, not just individual dishes, would be preferred (but I'll take whatever suggestions you've got). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Food? How?

I would like to be given a very specific grocery list telling me exactly what to buy in a week, as well as instructions on how turn the groceries into meals. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Dec 6, 2014 - 28 answers

How To Make Xmas Dinner, Sans Murder, Confusion or Smarm?

Buzzfeed has a post detailing the cooking schedule for Thanksgiving dinner. Does same exist for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 6, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the fancier version of this family recipe?

My grandmother took a microwave cooking class shortly after getting her first one many years ago and this was one of the dishes she learned. It's surprisingly delicious for being so humble and easy to make... is there a fancier dish that it is based on? Recipe inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Dec 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Best (and safest!) mandoline?

So, I want to make this for Christmas, and my knife skills are...rustic. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Nov 30, 2014 - 20 answers

What are the most complicated recipes you know?

What are your favorite super-involved, day-long recipes? [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica on Nov 26, 2014 - 38 answers

Red and yellow peppers froze on the vine

I thought that we had harvested all the peppers that were going to ripen. I was wrong. [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy on Nov 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Ideas for Thanksgiving-themed cocktail party food?

I am hosting a Thanksgiving cocktail/housewarming party on Wednesday evening, and I need ideas for festive, on-theme recipes that can stand up to sitting out for a few hours while people graze. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Advice on fresh vs. frozen turkeys, please

Trader Joe's near me is selling fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, both regular and (hey!) pre-brined at a good price. But no reservations and when they're gone, they're gone. Is it too early to buy a fresh turkey? Any reason not to get the pre-brined one? (same price, $1.99 a pound). Are there any advantages to thawing a frozen turkey? Would I get a better bird going to the old school meat shop (Gartner's in Portland)? Thanks!
posted by msalt on Nov 21, 2014 - 13 answers

If You're Tired of Breakfast Tacos, You're Tired of Life.

I love breakfast tacos! I eat them a lot. If I eat the exact same combination of ingredients every time it gets boring; thankfully there are endless combinations. Help me think of every ingredient that would be tasty in a breakfast taco. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 14, 2014 - 34 answers

I swore I'd never do a name that _____ question. Name this blog anyway.

I'm thinking of doing a blog of recipes found in very old public domain cookbooks. I will likely register a domain name. Can you help me come up with a good domain name/blog name? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Life Without a Microwave

I threw out our microwave the other day in a fit of frustration over the amount of space it took up compared to how rarely we use it, and with its general unreliability. Did I make a mistake or is modern life possible without a microwave? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 10, 2014 - 57 answers

Best way to design and print a DIY cookbook?

What is the best service or method for designing and printing about a dozen copies of a cookbook? Lulu? Amazon? iPhoto? Kinkos? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Too Many Cooks Is EXACTLY What I Need, Actually

Do you have a crowd-wowing recipe for a room-temp appetizer with citrus somewhere in the mix? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Nov 8, 2014 - 33 answers

Dandelion Mine

My delightful and delicious farm share provides me with a sizable bunch of dandelion greens every week. I'm looking for recipes that mask the bitterness. [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort on Nov 7, 2014 - 8 answers

To fu, or not tofu?

I'm working on making a few changes to the way I cook to emphasize vegetables and grains, and minimize the animal products which I totally love but need to cut back on. However, non-dairy substitutes are not always automatically healthier than the dairy option. I need your help playing a fabulous game: whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiich ingredient is healthier? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 5, 2014 - 32 answers

Help me cook for Chinese children!

After a great deal of deliberation, a thorough reading of Fosterhood, and an inconceivable amount of bureaucratic obstacle weaving, we are currently parenting two foster children. They're Chinese. We aren't. They need to eat more soups, more vegetables. I need help figuring out how to make things they'll like. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Nov 2, 2014 - 27 answers

How to cook without condensation?

Condensation pours down walls if I try and cook stews, risottos or even boil pasta in my small kitchen even with the (tiny) window and/or extractor fan on maximum. Can't get cooker hood vented to outside. How can I adapt my cooking to keep condensation to a minimum?
posted by janecr on Oct 29, 2014 - 11 answers

How do you organize your digital recipes?

What system do you use to organize your digital recipes from various sources? I often come across recipes from Twitter friends, Buzzfeed (20 ways to use mustard!), YouTube, Tumblr, Metafilter, etc and then I can't find them again. I know I could use a bookmarking system like Pinboard, or something more complex like Evernote, but I wondered what other people do.
posted by desjardins on Oct 23, 2014 - 45 answers

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