I'm dreaming of the following: a friend or date comes over and I effortlessly whip up something delicious, simple, yet impressive, from scratch. The kind of meal that makes me looks casually on top of my life. Maybe something with a starter, main, and dessert. Challenge level: I'm a vegetarian and I travel a lot, so what I'm really looking for is a vegetarian menu that I can make just out of things from the pantry and the freezer (aka it doesn't involve anything that will languish and die in the fridge if I don't use it before I leave town for a few weeks). Is this even possible? [more inside]
There are loads of similar questions already out there in the ether but I'm asking again because I have some dietary snowflakes and I'm the world's worst cook... [more inside]
I have a 2+ lb. tri tip steak that's been marinating (soy, lemon, sugar, garlic) for 24 hours and I have to concede I can't consume it by tonight. Which will make for a less mushy and sad eating experience? Do I grill it today and freeze the cooked beef for later consumption? Or do I freeze it now, uncooked, still in the marinade, and then grill it later, thawed?
I'm working on creating a 2 hour class that focuses on cooking and nutrition for wilderness guides. These folks are generally 23-33, and they mostly have some of the basics down. What are your greatest tips and hacks that make you a good cook? What are your best recipes that can be cooked over a one burner camp stove? What nutrition science is true and not just a fad? [more inside]
I just finished "The Good Gut" by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, researchers of the microbiome at Stanford University. They have some delicious looking recipes at the end of their book, which are all high in microbiota-accessible carbohydrates (MACs). I would love a cookbook or website which has more recipes like this. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I was good at remembering that we ran out of bay leaves. Unfortunately, I was also good at forgetting that I had already bought them. Is there a good way to use a lot of bay leaves? [more inside]
Calling all meal/menu planners of AskMe! Any pro tips for planning weekly menus for your household that balance budget and diet? Especially with an eye toward low waste (i.e., better inventory management) and getting as much variety in as possible. [more inside]
I have a duck. I want to cook it. I don't know how, but I do know that I don't want orange duck. Give me your best savory duck recipes with details on the howto on cooking times.
I've been trying a no sugar/complex carbohydrates diet by dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with beans in a bowl, or dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with shirataki noodles in a bowl and then pouring in hot water. This gets old, fast. What are some ways to simply upgrade the taste of my meals, without added sugar, simple carbohydrates, or too much added salt? [more inside]
I cooked a 6 pound boneless leg of lamb. It was delicious. But I have a lot of leftovers. What can I do with it? We don't mind eating it cold as is, but can I make it into anything? It's already cooked, so I'm not sure how to make a stew or curry with it. What should I do? [more inside]
Can Mac and cheese be made up and refrigerated a few hours in advance, then put in the oven?. [more inside]
I've got a quart of skimmed oil from pepperoni simmering in tomato sauce-what can I do with it? [more inside]
What can I substitute in place of pearled sorghum? [more inside]
Question for the bakers of AskMefi: I'd like to tinker with the recipe for Venetians, the layered cookies, swapping out almond for peanut, but I have nowhere near the experience needed to know how to make this work. [more inside]
After asking some friends and family, I'm realizing that I may be spending way too much on groceries every week. [more inside]
Sometime in late March/Early April 2015, the NYT Now App ran a story that linked to a very long article on the definitive bolognese sauce. The story followed a reporter as he went from town to town in Italy in search of the true version of this delicious sauce. The story disappeared from NYT Now before I got to finish it, and my google searches return recipe after recipe, but not that story. Did anyone out here happy to read it and remember the source? (My efforts to contact the Times through customer service also led to dead ends, hence this post.)
I'd like to make a rich, creamy, queso dip for a holiday party, but have never made it before. Do you have any recommendations for a tasty recipe to follow?
A spoon was broken and there was much sadness. An old stainless steel serving spoon that hangs very elegantly on a pot rim finally snapped. It had been hanging on literally and figuratively for some time but now it is no more. I cannot manage to find a similar one to replace it. [more inside]
Please help me figure out ways to make Whole30 work for me, if at all possible. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Help me figure out how to make Brussels sprouts as a guest at a dinner party? [more inside]
We would like to eat less Seamless. Difficulty level: vegetarian in a studio apartment with basically no prep space. [more inside]
My brother and his wife just had their second child, and as a Christmas gift I'd like to be able to help out with some of the food prep. We have some great "take and bake" options near where we live, does anything like that exist near them? [more inside]
Hi all! For Christmas dinner this year, I am following through on a long-held dream to cook a Beef Wellington. Have you ever done this (successfully?) I'd love your guidance! [more inside]
I do all of the cooking in our house. Most of the time I'm just throwing meals together with what's on sale or in the fridge rather than following A Recipe, and I'd like to keep working that way if possible. My partner wants to start counting calories, and I want to start providing her with useful data. I think I get the basic idea of how to make this work (weigh stuff before you put it in the pot, write down amounts, do math) but I'd love any specific tips or tricks from people who have made this transition themselves.
Bought some sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes from local Korean megamart. Had never had them before. Internet said they'll taste nutty when cooked. Diced them and roasted - not nutty. Did I do it wrong or were my expectations off? [more inside]
My sister likes to cook, and I want to get her an interesting ingredient to experiment with for Christmas. However, she's taking a 2 month trip soon (Feb-April) and then moving cross-country, so whatever I get has to be easily transportable and can't go bad too soon. [more inside]
I am making frozen potstickers for several of my friends for Christmas, and I'm looking advice on fillings (in part because of food allergies) and what written instructions I should include with them. [more inside]
How do I keep my blender from cavitating when making thicker things? [more inside]
What would be a good/interesting food- or cooking-related gift for someone who would be happy eating chicken literally every day? [more inside]
Individual spices vs blends; ground spices in lieu of curry paste [more inside]
Where do I buy country ham on the internet? What type of country ham am I looking for? I've been watching Mind of a Chef on Netflix, and they show this dry aged ham that hangs out in the open air, and then the chef slices it ever, so, thinly, yumm, and you don't need to cook it further. You just eat it with breakfast. (Kind of like prosciutto?) [more inside]
Due to a newly diagnosed medical condition I have been given a list of food restrictions that has slashed the kinds of food I can eat by...a lot. I'm out of ideas, help! [more inside]
I want watch how people in professional kitchens clean, prep, and execute a service. I've already seen lots TV-chefs and youtube-wannabe-tv-chefs making single dishes, but I want to see cooking at scale. Any youtube channel/film suggestions?
USA-based sausage question: What's the difference between sausage and breakfast sausage? Can I use breakfast sausage in stuffing for a turkey? [more inside]
The gas oven in my apartment hasn't been working for the better part of three months. The light in the bottom turns on when I start it, and then turns back off when I stop. [more inside]
I'm returning to work from maternity leave, and my daily 2 hours in the car is the only time I'm guaranteed to myself. Help me make it the best time possible with podcasts! I'm looking specifically for podcasts on: yoga, running, cooking (bonus points for vegetarian or vegan), music, and history. [more inside]
So I screwed up. We're having early Thanksgiving this weekend. My wife picked up a local turkey, frozen, stored it in a refrigerator, and gave it to me to take home and do either a sink thaw or put it in our fridge. "Don't leave it in the car," she said. Guess what? [more inside]
My favorite part of the holidays is the FOOD. I love all the rich, sweet, and special seasonal eats, and I love to make them for my people. Unfortunately, this year, I Just Can't. Thinking about planning and cooking is stressful rather than exciting right now. How can I make nomming as low key as possible in terms of planning/effort, but still awesome? Wanting specific suggestions for Thanksgiving, periChristmas, and New Year's. Family will be visiting at various points. This is in the U.S., and we have a Trader Joe's and a Costco nearby.
due to unforeseen circumstances, i find myself having to prepare daily meals for older family members. they are adverse to anything vaguely unfamiliar, seasoned, or spicy and i'm looking for meal ideas/recipes. breakfast is taken care of. i try to have dinner leftovers around for lunch, so it can be scrounged from that, or simple sandwiches. [more inside]
I want to bake all the things. And by all the things I mean just pumpkin biscotti. [more inside]
I made took a simple chicken and noodles recipe and doctored it up a little bit with onions, celery, shallots, and carrots. Otherwise the same recipe (I added a like 2 ounces more broth than they called for, and cream of mushroom instead of chicken). I'm not sure what happened, but the result in my crock pot with ~2 hours remaining is very, very soupy, and doesn't look right at all. Is there anything I could do to salvage this and make it creamy?
Help me fatten my cookbook with recipes that create copious amounts of food that last a while. [more inside]
A newly vegan friend's birthday is coming up, and I want to assemble a gift box of four to six jars of high-quality spices and herbs for her. So, vegan cooks of the green, what herbs, spices, and blends do you find indispensable? [more inside]
They say you shouldn't rinse chicken before cooking because it just spreads bacterial contamination (and I agree). But how, then, am I supposed to deal with brining chicken, which involves both dumping out raw chicken water and rinsing the raw meat? (Assume I am not interested in dry brining.) [more inside]
I have a number of duck legs in the fridge, which need using over the next few days. Please suggest recipes. I don't need basic cooking instructions, just your best ways with duck legs. I don't particularly want to go down the confit route, as I don't have much storage space in this flat, and there doesn't seem much point if I don't let then mature. But if you think I'm insane to pass up the chance I'm sure you'll let me know. Thanks!
I am seeking the absolute most top-notch way to make popcorn at home. Ideally, it would be air-popped, though I could use a little oil if needed. Looking for recommendations on both cooking method/devices, popcorn types, and any other accoutrements. [more inside]
Do slow cookers have any advantages over pressure cookers, in terms of the final result? The differences in cooking process are clear to me -- what I'm trying to understand if there are results that you can achieve with one appliance over the other. [more inside]
I will be making individual pastries for 180 people. What tricks can I use to streamline the process, and what is the most efficient workflow? [more inside]
I'm looking for vegetarian recipes, without beans, which scale well relative to the level of effort. By which I mean: when you make potato salad, you can double it, but you're going to spend 2x the time peeling potatoes. That's bad. Chili (unfortunately, has beans) scales well: you don't need to individually wash every single bean, you just chuck in 2x the number of beans. Any recommendations for recipes? [more inside]
I'm planning to make this croquembouche recipe. It calls for a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch wide tip and a pastry tube with a 1/4 inch wide tip. I need to purchase the supplies for making this and I'd love your help! [more inside]