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How do I make the green peppers in my Chinese dishes just amazing!?

In various Chinese dishes that I've had the green peppers are always in bitesized cuts and they are never over cooked or under cooked- they are just the right mix of crunchy and soft. How do I make that happen? I am cooking a Chinese saucy chicken dish in a couple of hours and would be thrilled if I could FINALLY get my peppers right! Thanks!
posted by misspony on Jan 29, 2014 - 24 answers

What are the easiest one [baking] pan recipes?

Looking for recipes where I can essentially throw just about everything - meat, veggies and/or starch - onto a tin foiled baking pan, cover it with sauce/spices, roast my dinner with sides and all and call it a night. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Portable food: travelling computer tech edition.

I'm a travelling computer tech for a school district in Cincinnati. Of the 12 schools in our district, I am a tech for 4 elementary schools. I work year-round and all seasons; and am on the move constantly. I have a flexible lunch schedule but I prefer to eat on the move because the district is 54 square miles and I cover a lot of ground on a daily basis. Currently I eat out just about every day because it's convenient and I need to get to my next building quickly (we're not timed but will be soon), but my husband and I are saving for a minivan so it's financial crunch time. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Jan 28, 2014 - 13 answers

What to do with vast quantities of ground ginger?

Due to a shopping accident I am now in possession of 3 standard size bottles of dried ground ginger (despite the fact that I almost always use fresh). I'm the type of person who absolutely has to use up what I have before buying or making something new (if there are leftovers in the fridge I Must eat them before making a new dish). So having a 3 year supply of ground ginger really bugs me. I have searched for recipes but no matter sweet, savory, culture, every one seems to max out at about a teaspoon or two. Does anyone have recipe ideas that require large amounts of ginger? I'm a good cook and willing to try anything to use up the ginger.
posted by boobjob on Jan 27, 2014 - 25 answers

Do I need a range hood?

Doing a major kitchen reno on a new old house, and the layout has no good spot to install a range hood. I've owned houses with a range hood and houses without one, and the only difference I've noticed is that the ones without one need a bit more frequent cleaning, although not really much. Actually very little. Maybe the kind of cooking I usually do doesn't require one? Do you have a range hood? Do you not? Is it merely a bright shiny status symbol? Do you think it's important to have one? Why?
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jan 26, 2014 - 28 answers

Stock Oversaving?

Settle an argument about making stock for cooking. One half says that you should save every odd and end from vegetables and keep them in a big ziploc bag in the freezer for when you make stock so it can get the most varied amount of flavor possible and "recycle" kitchen waste. Other half says that since we're not making vegetable stock and only ever make stock with left over bones you should just keep to the basic recipie ( carrots, onion, celery, etc) and not introduce all these unknown cauliflower ends and parsnip bits and it's a false economy anyway. Who is right? Is anyone right? Are they both right?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 25, 2014 - 20 answers

What is this, a bowl for ants!?!

Any ideas about bakeware/stoneware/cast iron serving dishes for one? Must be larger than 8 oz! [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Jan 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me save my bf's birthday dinner! Recipe ideas for an upset stomach.

Today is my boyfriend's birthday and I had plans to make a lovely, elaborate, and special meal but he is recovering from a stomach bug. Let's say there is no longer any serious diarrhea, but he is taking it easy for now. But now I am at a loss to figure out something special, vegetarian and gentle to prepare for tonight. So, please share your lovely vegetarian recipes that are good for a weak stomach.
posted by maca on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

If I Eat Any More Leaves I Am Going To Turn Into A Sloth

My gall bladder tried to explode three months ago, and the only thing maintaining its good behavior is a fat free vegan diet. DOESN'T THAT SOUND JOYOUS? I am so fed up with my limited dietary options it is all I can do to ask you, oh beloved Mefites, for what recipes and suggestions you can offer to allow me to taste a food again. [more inside]
posted by Jilder on Jan 18, 2014 - 32 answers

What else can I make in an oven/broiler safe French onion soup crock?

What else can I make in an oven/broiler safe French onion soup crock (pretty much exactly like this one)? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Jan 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Cookery books that don't have recipes in them

What are some books, cookery or otherwise about food, that contain stories about people's memories of/experiences with food and eating? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jan 11, 2014 - 60 answers

How should I prepare my sirloin tip roast?

I have a smallish (0.6kg/1.2lbs) sirloin tip roast. How should I cook it? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jan 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Which slow cooker should I get?

Are there any set and forget slow cookers 4 quarts and under? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jan 8, 2014 - 14 answers

New pescetarian filter: Is it unhealthy to eat canned fish everyday?

I am a healthy (BMI is well within the normal range) early 30s male. For my New Years Resolution I wanted to start working towards pescetarianism (vegetarian that eats fish). I have been cooking more fresh fish, but I have also started experimented with canned fish (mostly Sprat, Sardines, and Anchovies) (example meal) because of the price, shelf-life, and simplicity to make. Before this year, I normally never ate canned food (this basically describes my typical grocery store route), so I am a little weary about doing so (almost) everyday. Plus I keep reading things about mercury and such, of which I know very little. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Spurious on Jan 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Extra Plum butter

As one of my christmas cookies, I made Plum pinwheels (similar) this past christmas, and was left with a bit too much plum jam/butter. What else can I cook with it? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Jan 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Vegetable soup hacks?

It has literally been a couple of decades (maybe 3) since I threw a bunch of vegetables in a pot and made vegetables soup. What are your tricks and hacks for vegetable soup? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Dec 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Need easy weeknight family meal recipes

I know there have been many, many recipe questions on AskMe. I'm sorry to contribute yet another one. But I am in search of simple, quick meals that will actually be eaten by my small family. [more inside]
posted by barnoley on Dec 30, 2013 - 56 answers

Dreaming of Ottolenghi and Amada; stuck on frozen gyoza

I love cooking, but it's been a while since I've cooked on a regular basis (besides throwing together ingredients for salads and pastas) and even longer since I put together a proper meal with courses. I'm a pretty decent cook (and I have a list of favorite blogs, like Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks) but nothing's clicking, and I want recipes that are complicated and fun and delicious for a change of pace! And so I turn to you, AskMetafilter: help me find awesome, vegetarian, delicious, adventurous dishes to usher in 2014. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 29, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I save money on food?

How can I save money on food if I live in a place with roommates and an inoperable kitchen? Assuming that nothing in the kitchen works and that I work a full time job, study part time, and my roommates are overgrown slobs who I never see and don't really care about my opinions or thoughts.
posted by antgly on Dec 29, 2013 - 40 answers

Cooking with Asian ingredients, 101?

I recently made Smitten Kitchen's Miso Veggie Bowl for a holiday dinner, and it was incredible. (Seriously, try it.) But now I have quite a bit of leftover miso, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and sesame seeds. (Oh, and tahini, which isn't Asian, but I still don't know what to do with.) Help? [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Dec 27, 2013 - 27 answers

1000% of the US RDA of WHOOOOOOMP.

In an attempt to be all healthy and virtuous, I tried to make kale chips in the microwave. I nuked a small plate of plain, unadorned kale. The kale WENT UP LIKE A FREAKING FIREWORK (sparks, flames, scary noises). Multiple times (hey, I learn by doing). WHY?! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Christmas goose problems!

I have a beautiful, just shot wild goose! Except I didn't expect to receive a wild rather than tame goose, and I have no bacon or other fat to cover it in. How can I cook this without turning it into leather? Help? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Duck, duck, no goose

So, I got a couple duck breasts for our Christmas Eve supper, and was hoping for any and all helpful hints on how to prepare them. [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Dec 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for commercial kitchen supply store, north Chicago burbs

I'm looking for a restaurant supply/commercial kitchen supply store in the northern (near Gurnee) Chicago burbs. I'm setting up a business in Japan, and there are some things (like clothing in my size, certain specialized utensils) that are difficult or expensive to find here. I'm also interested in GFS/non-membership stores that sell bulk spices, if there are any in the area.
posted by Ghidorah on Dec 18, 2013 - 5 answers

What are the jazz standards of your kitchen?

I'm pretty recipe-bound in the kitchen. I'd like to get better at improvising. I'm looking for things to cook that are instantly identifiable and delicious despite major changes in the ingredients list, the culinary equivalent of a jazz standard that can be played a thousand different ways while still being itself. Dishes that have the weird recognisability of Benderick Cumblebatch's name. What have you got? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Dec 18, 2013 - 36 answers

Make This Into Salad Dressing, Please

A few weeks ago I had dinner at Oh Canada, Eh? and the meal included the most amazing salad dressing I've ever had. We asked for the recipe and the chef gave us the ingredient list, but did not include amounts because (he said) he always makes it in such huge batches. [more inside]
posted by kate blank on Dec 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Mushy Meatballs

I'm making a cocktail-sized version of these baked chicken meatballs for a party tonight, and my meatball mixture is super mushy. (Which I now know is a feature of cooking with ground chicken...) I need help in figuring how to stiffen these things up! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Dec 16, 2013 - 19 answers

The most amazing tomato soup recipe I can't find

A long time ago in country far, far away, I was friends with a dude from Bangalore who ran an Indian restaurant. He had this tomato soup, and he'd never tell me the recipe. Google fails me. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Dec 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Rice and Beans

I'd like to start preparing my meals for the workweek in a batch on Sundays, to be refrigerated and microwaved as needed. I'm looking for a specific rice and bean-based recipe (type(s) of bean, optimal ratio of rice to beans, cooking time) that's cheap and nutritionally complete. That is to say, I'd like to be able to eat this for about half of my meals in a week and remain healthy.
posted by phrontist on Dec 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Orange segment recipes.

I like making candied orange peels. This leaves me with 1-2 oranges worth of orange segments, but 95% of orange recipes are about zest or juice, or require way too many oranges (eg. marmalade, and previous similar questions). Do you have any recipes that only uses the flesh of an orange, and which is cooked or baked?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How can my cooking be less smoky?

Whenever I cook, my apartment fills with smoke. How do I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Dec 7, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I make spices the most packable?

My brother is a vagabond ski-bum, who lives in a tree house in the summer, cooks on a camp stove, and lives off of oatmeal, rice and beans, ramen, cans of tuna, and PB+Js. He does not like "owning things." I'm going to civilize him a little bit by sending him a selection of spices for Christmas. BUT they need to be able to kept in a backpack or in a shoebox or something, take up very little space and weight. Any suggestions on A. How to package them? and B) Which herbs and spices you think I MUST INCLUDE? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Dec 4, 2013 - 24 answers

Your IBS/Migraine Cooking Mission, should you choose to accept it!

Help me come up with new recipes! My partner has a VERY restricted diet... he has IBS and Migranes...It will be easier for me to tell you what he CAN eat, so here we go: Cauliflower, Carrots, broccoli, Swede, sour cream, butter and oils, garlic, stocks, mushrooms, pasta, rice, barley, pastry, tomatoes, corn, sweet potato, and courgette/zucchini and most meat- plus salmon and chicken.... and I can use a lot of herbs (but no paprika, chili or anything hot)... [more inside]
posted by misspony on Dec 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me win the office dessert bake-off

Our office is having a dessert bake-off on the 17th. I need to supply a baked good that will allow 20-30 people to taste it (sample sizes, not necessarily full servings). Have you won an office bake-off? What did you make? Please supply your BEST winningest recipes. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Dec 2, 2013 - 28 answers

Smokin' Hot (chili)

I have a basic cooking question. Big pot of chili -- too much heat. It probably has something to do with the amount of ridiculously hot peppers we put in it. We have no tomato products and are down to bullion cubes and beer. How can I make this edible, quickly?
posted by cedar on Dec 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Can't find peanut butter cup recipe

I can't seem to find a recipe I'm fairly certain I've seen in the past for peanut butter cups. I seem to recall that it involved not using any actual peanut butter, but starting with peanuts and grinding them up kinda coarsely with something else in them to get that weird, chunky, not-quite-peanut-butter consistency to the filling. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by DoctorFedora on Nov 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Recommendations for an online meal planner?

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.
posted by Decimask on Nov 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Why won't my carmel....carmel?

Two attempts to make carmel sauce have gone wrong. Hivemind, tell me what I'm doing wrong and lead me to Thanksgiving Pie Glory. [more inside]
posted by zara on Nov 27, 2013 - 21 answers

Advanced Home Cooks--What's on Your Wishlist? (Assuming You Were Good!)

Cooking is probably my main hobby these days. And, as a late-thirties professional, I have a fully outfitted kitchen. I'm being asked for gift ideas for Christmas, and I think I'll probably limit myself to 1) whisky and 2) stuff for the kitchen. Fellow advanced home cooks with fully stocked kitchens, what's on your wishlist this holiday season? Not looking for gimmicky stuff; rather something I'd actually use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 25, 2013 - 53 answers

My coconut flour pancakes taste like dirt and disappointment

In an attempt to embrace my gluten intolerance, I purchased some coconut flour. Things have not gone well. I've had problems with another GF flour mix I have. WTF is going on. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Smoked salmon + pasta ?

Is there a delicious way of combining sliced smoked salmon and pasta for dinner? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Nov 21, 2013 - 22 answers

Teach me how to cook congee.

I've searched previous instances of congee showing up in comments on the Green, but very few actual recipes. None of the recipes I've found online even agree on the rice-to-water ratio or cooking time. Recipes from any nation, savory or sweet and any serving tips or suggestions most welcome!
posted by digitalprimate on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Minimalist Thanksgiving

I need help finding some really easy, uncomplicated one-pot Thanksgiving recipes! I'll be hosting an orphan's potluck for 4-8 people at my place this year and I need to provide a couple dishes. Problem is, I'm a notoriously shitty cook which means I never cook which means I have a really understocked kitchen. And I'm kinda poor. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 18, 2013 - 33 answers

In search of decadent, divisible, freezable recipes

I’m looking for a specific type of recipe that will hit that right note of yummy hearty comfort food AND that I can make a decent quantity of so I can freeze the leftovers in one-serving containers for nights when I don’t feel like cooking and really shouldn’t order/eat out. I’m looking for stuff that is decadent and enticing enough to persuade me that I’ll feel just as “treated” as if I’d gone out. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Nov 17, 2013 - 28 answers

Days of wine and oxtails...

What's the best wine to use to cook oxtails? According to the recipe, I should"use a wine that [I'd] enjoy drinking." Ah, but I enjoy drinking a lot of different kinds of wine. I've googled and looked at previous AskMes, but all I really get are suggestions on what to pair with beefy dishes. Is that what I should be using to cook with, too?
posted by LynnDee on Nov 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Simple meals, low sodium, one skillet

What are some tasty low sodium meals I can make in a skillet? [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Nov 16, 2013 - 12 answers

I need to share this space somehow...

I like my housemates but hate sharing the kitchen with them. This is not good for housemate relationships. I can't move out. What can I do to mitigate things in the mean time? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Nov 16, 2013 - 14 answers

What do you wish you knew when you first started cooking?

I recently took the step from instant meals and dining out to to living a little more health-consciously by making my own meals. Although my creations thus far have all been edible, I get the feeling that I am making a lot of novice mistakes that I would be able to correct more quickly if I had someone more experienced guiding me. To this end I come to you, oh wise MeFites; please share with me a list of things you wish you knew or realized when you started out cooking. (Or, mistakes you used to make that made you much better when you fixed). [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Nov 15, 2013 - 56 answers

Pie

What's an easy pie to make? I don't really cook or bake, but I have to make a pie for Thanksgiving because of reasons. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow on Nov 15, 2013 - 58 answers

soup kitchen volunteers! can you lend me your recipes, menus, & advice?

I am part of a group that regularly gets together to cook and serve meals at a soup kitchen. Our amazing group leader of many years recently passed away very, very unexpectedly, and we have been struggling somewhat in his absence -- he always just kept everything in his head: set menus, what to buy and how much, where to get the best price on stuff, etc. Can you help us put everything back together? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 14, 2013 - 18 answers

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