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Everything that kills me makes me feel like poop

Over the past 6-8 months, I've fallen into a lot of bad habits that affect how I feel in my body. I want to improve, but there is so much that needs improving that I'm not sure where or how to start, and I don't have a lot of motivation. How do I begin to turn things around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Slow cooked pork cooking conundrum

I've got a 9lb / 4kg pork leg which was set to cook at 225F /110C for around 14 hours (based on guidelines of 1.5 - 2 hours per pound). I discovered the temperature was wrong and now I'm not sure the best way to recover the situation. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on May 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommendations for a "grilling bible" for beginners?

The wife and I got a gas grill a while back, but have procrastinated with actually starting to use it, since we'd like to learn to use it properly first. What are the best grilling resources you know? [more inside]
posted by jklaiho on May 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me plan a fun girls night in - food questions

I am having some friends over to my house for chill night of catching up and watching movies. I very rarely socialize in my home, so I am somewhat clueless about hosting people. There will be four of us, and one person is breastfeeding so no alcohol for her. I am thinking about daiquiris since they are delicious and can easily be made with no alcohol. But I am stumped for food. [more inside]
posted by seesom on May 22, 2014 - 19 answers

pearl barley recipes

I accidentally cooked pearl barley instead of brown rice in the rice cooker. What can I do with three cups of cooked barley?
posted by wilful on May 19, 2014 - 10 answers

You ARE My Country Ham Doctor!

We have two delicious 17 lb. direct-from-the-farm country hams to do up for our wedding in June, and are seeking advice on best ways to prepare them. Hams are frozen, cured, with hocks already taken out, and with the rind left on. Suggestions? Tips? Tricks? Glazing options?
posted by Lipstick Thespian on May 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me make Rillettes

I'm going to be making Rillettes following Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles cookbook recipe and everything is great except that I'm confused by one of the last instructions. It says to "Top each portion with a slice of two of pork fat to completely cover it, fold the mixture together a bit then . . .". That's the part that's confusing me. Am I supposed to use raw pork fat just cut into thin strips? What does it mean to cover and then fold the mixture? I'm just having a hard time visualizing that that means for me to do.
posted by Carillon on May 18, 2014 - 6 answers

"Bro-hens"?!?

So I just ran across this recipe in an older cookbook (the 1962 edition of Better Homes & Gardens); it's for stewed chicken, and specifies different cooking times for chicken and "bro-hens" --- it was printed just like that, with quotes marks and a hyphen: "bro-hens". What in the name of Betty Crocker is a "bro-hen"?!? Is it just another term for a capon, perhaps? Because I've gotta tell ya, I've been cooking for over half a century now, plus I spent several years living next door to a chicken farm, and I've never heard of "bro-hens"!
posted by easily confused on May 17, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I put a steakhouse in my kitchen?

I'm at the point in life where I can start affording some small luxuries, and one of my longstanding dreams has been to have the ability to cook restaurant quality steak and stir-fries indoor in my home kitchen via a proper commercial grilltop. What do I need to get, and who should I talk to? Has anyone ever done this before? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on May 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Extravagant dessert

Seeking ideas for stunning desserts. Please share with me your tried and tested recipes that impress! [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on May 12, 2014 - 26 answers

Enameled Cast Iron Teapot: Stovetop heating

Is it safe to heat water on the stove with an enameled cast iron teapot? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on May 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Favorite meals for a large group with a variety of dietary restrictions?

15 of us are planning our annual weekend trip in a few weeks. I'm responsible for menu planning. We have a variety of different dietary restrictions, and I'm looking for ideas for great meals that can feed these people. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on May 4, 2014 - 9 answers

I seasoned my cast-iron pan, and it feels sticky. Is this normal?

I'm new to cooking with cast-iron, and recently bought this Lodge pan. After the first use (scrambled eggs), I scrubbed it gently with warm water (no soap). I then coated it with vegetable shortening (this brand, which says it has a smoke point of 450°F), and placed it in the oven at 400°F. After about 15 min., I noticed smoke coming out (and smelled somthing burning), so I lowered the temp to 350°F, and left the pan in the oven for an hour. Now that the pan has cooled off, it has a very sticky residue. Is this normal?
posted by invisible ink on May 4, 2014 - 18 answers

How can I bake or make bread without using my oven during the summer?

Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 2, 2014 - 24 answers

Help me recreate the first salsa I ever had

The first salsa I ever had was delicious. Chopped fresh tomatoes, lots of coriander/cilantro. I was introduced to it in Petaluma in 1990. A plastic tub. It may have had a picture of a parrot on the top. I'm not sure if I bought it (regularly) at the Safeway or the organic/health food store. Do you remember this salsa? Have you re-created it? Know a close approximation? Please share.
posted by hifimofo on May 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Cracked Le Creuset Stoneware, Still Useable?

I was an idiot and added liquid that wasn't warm enough to my Le Creuset stoneware roasting dish. It now has a hairline crack in the glaze. Can it be saved? I can't really afford to replace it.
posted by ElliotH on Apr 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Delicious boiled milk

I was making yogurt, but forgot that I was doing it. Instead of heating the milk to 180, I heated it to boiling. And then...left it there for a while. I have almost a gallon of freshly boiled milk, and can't stand to throw it away. What on earth can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by MeghanC on Apr 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me to reverse-engineer this excellent tom yum soup

A local Chinese restaurant makes the best tom yum vegetable soup I've ever tasted. I'd like to make it at home, but I don't have the recipe. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Apr 24, 2014 - 10 answers

An awesome modern range cooker?

Looking for a new range cooker for our dream kitchen. I like Rangemasters, my wife likes FANTASTICALLY expensive Falcon ranges. Are they really that different? They're both made by Aga aren't they? [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Apr 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Dinner for 10-12: for 5 days.

I have family coming in for a funeral this week. Our house is the hub, so I'm going to be feeding a group of 10-12 for 5 days. Any thoughts on comforting foods, that are relatively easy to prepare for that many? I am a good cook, but will have to spend some time at work this week, so I won't have tons of time to devote to this.
posted by sarajane on Apr 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Flower Power

After some great success with a lavender and blueberry sauce I was thinking it would be fun to have a whole party based around flower/flowering food and drink. I've got blooming flower tea and rose-infused vodka on the list, and my local market occasionally sells edible flowers around this time of year - but what are some other flower-based dishes I should be looking at? What should I be looking out for in terms of safety and not accidentally poisoning my guests? What kind of springtime courses would be in season? (For the sake of my sanity I'm going to try for buffet style small plates) And is there anyplace online or in the NYC area that specializes in edible flowers? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 12, 2014 - 31 answers

help us replace boxed rice with rice cooker recipes

Hi, me and mrs.chasles and the two littlest chasleses all eat rice, and how! we cook a LOT of white rice in the rice cooker but for flavored rice (think uncle bens type stuff) we switch to the boxes. they are great and savory but very high in sodium and quite a bit more expensive than white rice in the cooker. so how do we migrate from boxed to recipes in the rice cooker (or slow cooker)? the flavors we usually buy are like chicken and herb, wild mushroom, that sort of thing. nothing cheesey etc. In other words is it as simple as "throw some mushrooms in with the rice" or do we need to get more complex? Now with the background out of the way here is the question distilled down: how do we get that intense creamy flavor in a rice cooker? we are both good in the kitchen, so complexity or make-in-advance are all ok for us! thanks for helping!
posted by chasles on Apr 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Diet for H. pylori infection?

After losing 38lbs since January and suffering from various not so pleasing ailments I finally found out I have an H. Pylori infection. I will probably be starting on the standard treatment soon but is there anything I can do diet wise to help me along in my recovery? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 answers

How to form Wheat Gluten in to a more appitizing shape?

I've started eating vegetarian, but I've really been missing meat. Recently I ate mock duck at a chinese resturant and it was delicious. I looked up it's ingredients and found out it is made of wheat gluten. I looked up how to make wheat gluten at home and came across this article. I tried using this to make wheat gluten, but the end result looks unappitizing. Without being too crude, it looks like excriment. I attempted a couple of times to shape the gluten to be more like that of a strip of chicken or similar meat, but the shape would't hold and no matter how I shaped it the gluten ended up lumpy and slightly tubular. I assume there must be a way to form wheat gluten I make into a more appealing shape. How do I go about doing this?
posted by ArthurBarnhouse on Mar 31, 2014 - 17 answers

I'm a murderer... of probe thermometers

Please help me reform. I'm notorious for killing probe thermometers - you know, the ones that go into the oven and have a readout connected by wire? I go through about 4 of them a year. I'd like to stop. Does anyone have recommendations for a good, nearly indestructible, probe thermometer? I'm less concerned about accuracy - if it's off by a degree or two here or there, that's fine. Bonus points if it can be used with a gas grill as well as an oven.
posted by neilbert on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Recipes using a julienne peeler?

I just got a hand-held julienne peeler (it's this one), and I'm looking for recipe ideas. I plan to make a huge pile of zucchini noodles, of course, but what else can I make? And what goes best with a huge pile of zucchini noodles? Recipes and ideas (especially low-carb) are welcome! [more inside]
posted by grey_sw on Mar 20, 2014 - 14 answers

What should I know about different oven settings?

My oven has the following settings:"Circotherm" (IE, convection); top/bottom heat; "Circotherm intensive" (which seems to be convection + bottom heat); "Circo-roasting" (convection + grill); full-surface grill; center-area grill; bottom heating; low-temperature cooking; and defrost. I know that convection cooks things faster, so I need to reduce either heat or cooking time when adapting recipes. What else should I know to take full advantage of all these different modes? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 19, 2014 - 3 answers

once-a-week cooking ideas, vegetarian, low cal version, no freezer.

I'm looking for lunch and dinner ideas i can prepare on Sunday to eat throughout the week. Needs to be vegetarian and low calories (max 350 cal lunch and 450 cal dinner), and be ok to eat at room temperature, after spending half the day without refrigeration. Snowflake context below. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Mar 18, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me actually achieve a good chicken stock

How can I actually make a good soup/general use stock? I feel like I've tried a whole bunch of different recipes and none have ever been better than Swanson's from a box. Seriously I've made it 15+ different times, both chicken and veal. I'm pretty handy in the kitchen and can do most everything else, but not this, help me! [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Mar 14, 2014 - 38 answers

Please to Inspire and Educate a NOOB Cook!

Finally got over my aversion to cooking, and now want to make sure I'm not missing anything fun out there! Hoping you can recommend great websites that have intrigued you, any testimonials on cutlery brands you are in love with (assume I already know what a chef's knife/paring knife is), and hopefully share some "Wish someone had told me THIS when I first started cooking!" advice. To keep this thread more specific, I'm primarily interested in breakfast dishes and interesting dinners for two. My favorite tastes are in Thai food and hearty, rustic Italian. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Mar 14, 2014 - 19 answers

What to serve for dinner for ~18 people?

More people are coming than I expected. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Making the bottoms of my pastries crispy with a silicon muffin tray?

My SO doesn't cook and I travel a lot for work, so before each trip I typically make a week's worth of "breakfast cupcakes" (kinda like this but vegetarian) so she can have some homemade food while I'm away. The shell is store-bought puff pastry. I recently bought a silicone muffin tray, which I place on a cookie tray in the oven. It works wonderfully, except that even after 50 minutes at 350F bottoms of the "cupcakes" are barely cooked, certainly not puffy and not browned. The rest of the pastry is cooked to perfection. Any suggestions on how to make the bottoms of the pastries crispier and more cooked?
posted by Spurious on Mar 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Another "should I eat this?" question

I will preface this by saying I am extremely paranoid about food safety. I today purchased an organic whole chicken from the grocery store. The outside of the chicken smelled great; the cavity, where the giblets were just floating around loose with reckless abandon, had a very slight off-odor, like milk and maybe old blood. I rinsed it and still got a very faint whiff. The expiration isn't for 5 more days. In an effort to be brave, I have put her in the oven anyway. Shall I eat her?
posted by sandwiches on Mar 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Ideas for a large-ish dinner party (10 to 15)

I'm making a birthday dinner party for my sister (early 50s). The party is also to celebrate a significant achievement of hers so will include more than the usual family members; there will be anywhere from 10 to 15 people, half of whom I don't know well or at all. I'm a good and experienced cook, and I'm very comfortable in the kitchen, but I'm used to cooking for smaller groups. I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Mar 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Armageddon tired of messy kitchens

What are your tips and tricks for keeping your kitchen clean while preparing and cooking? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia on Mar 3, 2014 - 23 answers

What other podcasts should I listen to?

I listen to podcasts while driving and while cleaning. I currently have 3 on rotation: Welcome to Night Vale, Spilled Milk, and the Metafilter podcast. The latter two I like because I like listening to 2-3 people who get along well chatting conversationally about things I might be interested in, joking, etc. Night Vale I like because it's short enough to listen to in one go and it's a fun set of stories set in a consistent world that I enjoy. Please recommend me some more podcasts I can get on iTunes. Not interested in celebrity gossip, history, dry science, or story podcasts longer than 30 minutes per episode. Especially interested in cooking, parenting, self-improvement, and shows with big archives.
posted by Night_owl on Feb 28, 2014 - 26 answers

We need a battery-powered smoke alarm compatible with cooking.

Our current detector goes off even with fairly innocuous oven and range use. Surely this problem has been addressed by manufacturers...help? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Help us plan our themed date nights!

On Wednesdays Mr. Pterodactyl and I have date nights with dinner and a movie. We like to make some food and watch a movie that ties in to it in some way, however tenuous. Help us plan our future romantic engagements! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Feb 24, 2014 - 30 answers

Inherited Chicken Bricks

Roommate moved out, I inherited four 15-month-old boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer. I'm going to assume they won't taste optimal. Actually, I'm expecting them to not be very palatable to me without major work. What can I do to these chicken breasts to cover up any "old chicken" flavors and textures, without drying them out? Taking any and all ideas. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Feb 21, 2014 - 28 answers

What are the general principles for cooking with coconut milk?

As the years go by I find myself craving coconut milk more and more, but I'm not quite sure how to incorporate it into my diet. I'm pretty bad at following recipes, so usually I just use my past experience with ingredients to guide me in how to use them. I don't have much experience with coconut milk, however, so I'm hoping that folks on AskMe can give me some general principles to guild me instead. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms on Feb 20, 2014 - 24 answers

Great cooking show for Middle School kids

Can you suggest a great cooking show to entertain and inspire my middle school 'foods' class? No fake reality TV... [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Feb 20, 2014 - 25 answers

MetaVinegar

I've seen lots of mentions on the blue, green and elsewhere saying how great vinegar is in cooking, how some people have 40 different kinds for all different reasons. Thing is, I've never really used it except as directed by a recipe, so I've never developed a good sense for how it interacts with other food -- I have no instinct for it. Can the hive mind point me at resources or otherwise fill me in on the role vinegar(s) can play in food?
posted by Decimask on Feb 19, 2014 - 20 answers

Perfect Roast Chicken With Vegetables

I'm on a quest for the perfect roast chicken with vegetables. How can I achieve it? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Feb 19, 2014 - 35 answers

Cooking ahead for really nice dinner parties

My wife and I really like cooking elaborate multi-course meals for guests. We are advanced home cooks, and greatly enjoy being in the kitchen. However, our kitchen is not lavish, and of course time is limited. What are your go-to recipes that can be prepared in advance (ideally, the weekend before and frozen) and then finished or reheated for a really excellent dinner party? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Recommend low-carb or diabetes food blogs

My husband was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Can you suggest food blogs that focus on low-carb recipes, or cooking for someone with diabetes? I specifically want weblogs -- not books, magazines, tv shows or other kinds of websites. Thanks!
posted by OrangeDisk on Feb 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Romantic / English Dinner Ideas?

Seeking ideas for plannning a multi-course, romantic, home-cooked meal for two that is also thoroughly, completely English. The more traditional the better. Looking for dishes in season, no seafood, ideally with a focus on lamb as a centerpiece and easy on the potato/bread. Other then that, assume a high level of cooking skill, endless time for fiddly bits, and acess to pretty much anything and a well stocked UK grocery importer store nearby. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 14, 2014 - 27 answers

Your Favorite Slow-Cooker Chicken & Rice Recipes

I have a slow-cooker, boneless/skinless chicken breasts and Royal Blend rice. Help me feed my work-travel-weary husband, a couple of hearty-eating roommates and myself a good, comforting meal with crazy-staggering schedules. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Feb 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Help Me Jazz up baked chicken breasts!

As part of developing better eating habits, my new go-to dinner has become baked chicken breast and vegetables. Now I love me some chicken, but this can get pretty boring after a while. What are some good spice mixes, rubs, or marinades that you guys use to make chicken delicious? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 2, 2014 - 26 answers

What kind of (kitchen) pot is this?

Found this at a market stall ... forgot to check if it's a legit Le Creuset, but it looks right. I've never seen a pot like this before, though, and google-fu is failing me. Anyone have any ideas? What is this thing for?? [more inside]
posted by inmediasres on Feb 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Hiring a reliable friend

Let's say at some point in the future I need a doctor-mandated live-in caretaker - someone to drive me to and from appointments, keep an eye on me, and help me with keeping myself fed and keeping my house and life in order while I fight an illness or recover from major surgery. Normally this would be a friend or family member. What would I call someone whom I hire to do this? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 29, 2014 - 15 answers

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