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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 - 31 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

I'm cooking! (With a catch.)

Hi! I'm hosting a dinner party. One of the attendees is a professional chef. MeFi, what do I feed my guests? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Oct 22, 2014 - 26 answers

Winning meatball recipe wanted!

Hi there. Each year at the mikedelic family holiday party we have a food throwdown. We"ve done lasagna, mac & cheese, chocolate desserts and others in previous years. This year we are doing meatballs. Please help me out with your winning meatball recipes. It doesn't have to be Italian style meatballs, maybe a Asian style with a nice dipping sauce. Thanks!
posted by mikedelic on Oct 22, 2014 - 26 answers

Winter is Coming: Thyme for Some Sage Advice

I have seven days to use my herb garden harvest before prepping the plants for winter. Ideas needed! [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Oct 19, 2014 - 20 answers

Creative, vegetarian dishes for a newly picky eater?

Hi all, Please help! I am a newly picky eater, meaning I used to love all things rich and spicy, but due to recent medication changes, I absolutely can't stand the thought of so many once-loved foods. Alternatively: starch+veg+bean combos that taste good are also being sought! Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by eggs on Oct 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Seeking ideas and recipes to use in an after-school cooking club

What things can I cook with children in an after-school club setting? Difficulty: no actual cooking possible. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Oct 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Spices are the spice of life

I ordered a bunch of exotic spices from Penzeys. Recommend some dishes/recipes so I can play with them! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Oct 9, 2014 - 22 answers

Not so much should I eat it but rather does anyone else eat it?

There is a dish that my family grew up eating that I still make today (as do my siblings) that none of us have ever seen served anywhere else by anyone else, or heard speak of anywhere else in the world ever. [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Oct 3, 2014 - 51 answers

Can you suggest a flavor profile?

I like to keep cooked or par-cooked food in the fridge, then throw together dinner. For example, I heat up some browned ground beef, cooked spinach, whatever other veggies, with taco seasoning and serve with guacamole, and I have "Mexican." I swap out the taco seasoning and guac for Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese, and I have "English." Swap it out again for Italian seasoning and I have.., um... Italian. But that's my entire repertoire for this kind of meal. Can you suggest other flavor profiles? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Oct 1, 2014 - 26 answers

Kind of a lot of tamarind paste

I accidentally ordered 3 pounds of tamarind paste, thinking it was prepared tamarind chutney/sauce. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Sep 25, 2014 - 23 answers

Fun variations on fried egg on toast?

I'm attending a Ghibli-themed potluck this weekend, and I've volunteered to bring fried egg on toast from Laputa. However, I have two reservations. First, 20+ people will be bringing food and a full slice of toast + egg per person is just too much. Second, egg-on-toast is only really good when hot and freshly made. So I'm looking for suggestions re: variations (in either letter or spirit) on egg-on-toast that a) are portionable, and b) will stay delicious past ten minutes! [more inside]
posted by brieche on Sep 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Snowflake Soup

I've recently been on a soup kick. However, my meager store of recipes I'm good at cooking has been exhausted. I'm looking for soups that are relatively easy to prepare, are healthy, and are cheap to make. I'm not really interested in cold soups at the moment. No particular restrictions or considerations beyond that.
posted by codacorolla on Sep 23, 2014 - 52 answers

Pork Belly Recipe Ideas

I have a magnificent piece of pork belly- about 2 lb/ 900g of succulent swine flesh... and I'm looking for some inspiration on what wondrous meal I should create with it! [more inside]
posted by Philby on Sep 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Silence of the lambs - 3 legs 1 oven - Calling all cooks

Dinner Party with fresh Leg of Lamb on the menu. Have 3 legs of lamb, each approx 3.5kg with only one oven to prepare for 16-18 guest with a 7pm start time. The oven itself is a standard one that can hold two legs (2 racks) but nothing more. Calling all Mefi chefs for help with this timing issue - any advice is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Christmas pudding tips!

Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Best easy paleo-friendly soups

Soon-to-be-metal-mouth needs your best soup recipes, stat. They also need to be paleo-friendly (no dairy, no grains, no processed sugars) and I would really prefer they be easy/quick! [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Sep 15, 2014 - 16 answers

What do I do with this herring?

I thought about switching up my breakfast routine this week and decided to hard boil some eggs and eat some fish with it. At the store, I bought a package of "smoked, salted herring". After breakfast this morning, I realized they are not really edible as-is. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 15, 2014 - 9 answers

"The" tarte au citron of my dreams...

There's heaps of tarte au citron recipes out there in the world, and I've tried a couple, but I wonder, Metafilter - what's your canonical recipe? While delicious, the texture of my filling is rarely the same as that I get in really good patisserie places, and sometimes the flavours seem a bit askew and imbalanced. Please hope me.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Sep 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How to eat together, at home, with two different households?

My significant other and I don't live together, and haven't yet come up with a practical or efficient way to cook and eat a healthful dinner together on weeknights when we're both busy during the day and don't get home until late. Looking for suggestions from other couples in the same situation who have figured out tricks, systems, routines, or plans that will help us streamline our dinnertime process. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Sep 9, 2014 - 22 answers

What do I do with dried mushrooms?

What's the best, most foolproof way to reconstitute dried mushrooms? What recipes should I use them in? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Chicken Karaage Variations?

I've discovered I love making Chicken Karaage. It's boneless fried chicken in corn/potato starch but ready in just about an hour and has simple, straightforward steps. What kind of variations could I try out? Different flavors/marinades? Different coatings or flavored coatings? Different chunks of meat? Novel dips that pair well? Other ways to fancy it up? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 5, 2014 - 12 answers

I don't drink... wine: Making Herb Jelly Edition

So I'm cruising through my new Ball canning cookbook and they have recipes for herb jellies, bwee!!! They all call for a good dry white wine. I've never been a wine drinker, so I'm looking for suggestions. What are some good, dry white wines that you've drunk and/or cooked with that you would recommend for basil and rosemary jelly? Since I'm going to be canning in large amounts, I would appreciate suggestions that aren't $100/bottle.
posted by headspace on Sep 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Should I get a cookbook on Kindle for iPad or stick with paperback?

I'm in my early twenties and new at cooking, but can follow directions so that's a start. I'm just wondering whether I should buy a kindle version of a cookbook or stick with the paperback. I have limited storage space, which makes a kindle version very appealing. On the other hand, slightest slickness of the finger might not mix well with flipping pages on an iPad, not that I'd be handling my paperback slick with meat juice or something either. Veteran homemakers/cooks/chefs/etc. what are your thoughts?
posted by maykasahara on Sep 4, 2014 - 23 answers

How to do South Beach Diet, phase 1

My partner would like to try Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet for two weeks in order to jump-start losing 10-15 lbs. I typically cook in a Phase 2/Mediterranean diet style in general, so initially I figured this would be an easy enough task -- throw out the pasta and bread for a couple of weeks, and voila! But a couple of challenges are presenting themselves. [more inside]
posted by scody on Sep 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Cooking food in advance for an immunosuppressed person

I am organizing (and cooking) meals for my boss and his wife. He was just diagnosed with cancer and has started chemo. I need ideas for the kind of meals I and others can prepare for a person with a compromised immune system. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 22, 2014 - 9 answers

(veggie) burgers and other analog recipes

Which standard recipes, with meat as a key ingredient, have clear vegetarian analogs? Examples, to be clear: for every hamburger, there is a veggie burger (eggplant, cauliflower, etc). Chili con carne becomes chili sin carne. For meatloaf there is Neatloaf. What else should I be thinking of? "Buy fake meat" is not heading in the right direction; "google 'vegetarian [meaty food]'" is a realistic suggestion but which foods?
posted by whatzit on Aug 22, 2014 - 33 answers

Best food processor for peanut butter, and other uses.

Tell me about your food processor, especially if you use it to make peanut butter. Our food processor's bowl is cracked, and rather than replacing the bowl, we're thinking of upgrading. Consumer Reports recomments a Cuisinart ($180-$300) or Breville ($400), but the high end of that price range seems too steep for us, considering how much we use the thing. That said, we're willing to pay around $200 for a good machine. I'm interested in your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Aug 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Simple vegetarian weight loss recipes

I'm a vegetarian who is trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, I never bothered to gain cooking skills so I don't really know what normal dieters do to feed themselves during the week. Recipe suggestions, por favor? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Aug 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Sriracha + Harissa: A Spicy Mystery

Why do sriracha and harissa disagree with my digestive system, when many other spicy foods that also contain chiles and garlic do not? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 20, 2014 - 22 answers

Meat Rubs and Spice Blends for a Gift

Please recommend me your favorite meat rubs and spice blends (pre-packaged, not homemade) that will make grilled or braised meat taste AMAZING. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Aug 15, 2014 - 12 answers

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