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Mandoline! Mandoline! Mandoline!

Just scored the use of a mandoline slicer for the next week, and I'm totally excited but don't know where to start. Can you good people hook me up with your best mandoline-using recipes? Potatoes! Carrots! Turnips! I'll slice 'em all! [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Mar 21, 2013 - 30 answers

 

What to do with 2 smallish pieces of pork belly?

Yay: I have 5 lbs. of pork belly. Boo: It's in two pieces. What can I do with it/them? Normally I use the recipe from the Momofuku cookbook, but it shrinks so much I'm worried that these two small pieces might shrink down so much as to be unusable, or overcook. And anyway, I'd like to try something new. So, fellow porkophiles, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Cooking my way around India

I want is to be able to start generating a variety of curries with the ingredients I have to hand, and have them be slightly more authentic than the old apple-sultana-coconut-yoghurt-and-contents-of-spice-rack 1970s British curry knockoff. Is there an internet resource somewhere with the Westerner's Introductory Taxonomy of Regional Indian Cooking? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Mar 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Small fish: whole vs "whole"

I'd been under the impression for many years that it was fine to cook and eat small (finger length-ish) fish whole; head, tail, AND guts. I can find a few articles on line supporting this, but they all use a different size standard, and there are virtually NO recipes I can find that suggest this practice. The recipes say they're for (e.g.) whole smelt, but the first step always involves gutting/cleaning them, which is a slightly different definition of whole than I thought. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

I need a new toaster oven. And a clever title.

Toaster oven needed. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Mar 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Meat 101

All my protein cooking is either baking or slow-cooking chicken breasts, or things made with ground turkey (chili, meatloaf). Help me learn how to cook other meats! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Mar 10, 2013 - 22 answers

Getting Started With My New Smoker

I just bought an electric water smoker on Craigslist. I am excited about the possibilities for DIY bacon and home-smoked salmon and brisket, but I have never used a smoker like this before and don't really know how to get started. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for a Vegan 101 Grocery List

I'm currently omnivorous, but have recently enjoyed some vegan meals. I'd like to learn to cook vegan, but have no idea how to build a vegan pantry. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Mar 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me not poison myself

I just made this recipe. It's been cooking for about 2 hours now. I went back on the site to check and see what the comments were like out of curiosity, and saw that the first comment directly recommended against using frozen chicken breast, as that can give bacteria the opportunity to build up as the crock-pot warms to temperature. I checked a few other places and they seem to agree that frozen meat in a crock-pot is a bad idea. I've already committed the ingredients to this meal, and I'd prefer not to waste them. Is there anything I can do to make this safe to eat?
posted by codacorolla on Mar 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Japanese Cooking?

I am in Japan. I can not read or speak Japanese. I am a beginner cook. I have a limited budget; I can experiment but my first attempts better be stupid proof & edible. I am also a goat in that I am willing to eat just about anything (squishy squid, large amounts of raw egg, & crayfish that stare back seem to be at or near my limit; however, I love raw fish of many types & I often eat mystery meat on the streets of Asia). Help me master a few Japanese recipes? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Feb 23, 2013 - 20 answers

What to make with a Le Creuset 3 qt. saucier? caveat: vegetarian

I recently recieved as a gift this beautiful 3 quart Le Creuset saucier. It's about 10 inches wide and 3 inches deep. It's enameled iron. It seems too fancy to use like any old pan. Are there specific dishes I can prepare only with this type of cooking tool? Vegetarian only please.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

Crock pot beef stew. Easy. Filling. Boring. Can you help?

I like to put cubed beef and chunked potatoes, onions and carrots in the crock pot and end up with dinner. I've tried lots of variations on liquid: water, broth, wine, coffee, beer. They all end up tasting meh, although the meat and veggies are usually delish. I'm tired of experimenting -- what do you use? One thing: I'm not going to dredge the meat in anything and sear. If I were up for that it wouldn't be a crock pot dinner. We have no food limitations except No Cilantro. Thanks!
posted by kestralwing on Feb 19, 2013 - 53 answers

Roast beast mixup: can thus recipe be saved?

My husband accidentally bought a pork shoulder instead of a loin for this recipe. It's now been marinated. Can we proceed anyway (I'm assuming with longer cooking time), or do we need to go back to the store for a loin? If the latter, what do I so with this mustardy shoulder?
posted by snickerdoodle on Feb 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Dammit, I freaking need to start cooking some stupid low carb recipes.

Doctor's orders, sadly. Does anyone know of any low carb cookbooks or websites (or just individual recipes) that would take the sting out of giving up my precious carbs? If there was a Cook's Illustrated low carb cookbook that would be perfect, but there isn't.
posted by malhouse on Feb 14, 2013 - 31 answers

Difficult cooking techniques or recipes

I'm a curious amateur chef looking for some challenges. What's given you the most trouble in the past? [more inside]
posted by Ephemeral10 on Feb 13, 2013 - 39 answers

How can I make my chocolate chip cookies come out flatter?

I made the same recipe multiple times, and have gotten different results every time. How can I maintain consistency?! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Feb 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Help us eat healthy and save money with an infant

Mrs. Thabombshelter and I have a four month old son and would love to eat more meals that aren't takeout. Plus, with a baby, money is obviously a valuable and precious commodity. Easy prep and inexpensive ingredients are a priority. So please, help us with some suggestions for easy-ish, healthy-ish, cheap-ish meals that can help us avoid Papa Johns or Chinese takeout. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Feb 8, 2013 - 25 answers

I'll Grind Their Cereals-and-Grains to Make My Bread!

Quick question for the food science-y folks out there: lately, I've been pulverizing a lot of my baking ingredients in the spice grinder before using them in recipes (oat bran, wheat bran, wild rice, wheat germ, buckwheat groats, etc.). Does reducing these ingredients to a fine powder change any of their caloric/nutritional properties? Obviously, they'll be denser and more caloric cup-for-cup, and I'd imagine they'll have a higher glycemic load (not that I especially care about that). But does super-fine fiber still ACT like fiber in the body? Is super-fine buckwheat just as healthy as the un-pulverized stuff? I like the finer texture of powdered ingredients, but if I'm making them less-healthy, I'll suck it up and leave 'em whole.
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Can you start a new business ( private cooking classes) in Asheville, nc

I am considering moving to Asheville and hear a lot about how hard it is to make a living there and how over saturated it is already with entrepreneurs. I am in my mid 50's and have been a successful private chef who is now teaching cooking in various small schools and in private homes. I am not thrilled with the northeast weather and thought of Asheville as a relocation spot. Having just visited there it seemed there is a lot of food buzz going on- I know it's a "foodie" town and think I might be able to succeed there. I am concerned about the rising cost of buying a house in the area and that I could find enough work there. Any input?
posted by privatechef on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Kitchen Idiots, lend me your unfuckupable recipes.

I need to make one (1) simple meal a week for two (2) people. This is not something I'm necessarily good at. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 6, 2013 - 59 answers

Bitter about carrots

I made some carrot soup. It has a slightly bitter after taste. Why is that, and can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Feb 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Salted rice

Is it common to add salt when cooking plain boiled or steamed rice? Specifically, is this widely done in India, China or Japan?
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Tofu makers, give me your tips

I have been making my own tofu for awhile now, with highly mixed results - some days it is great, other days it is an un-holy disaster. Help me make it great every time. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Feb 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me start making sushi with all this cool stuff my sweetie got me

As an anniversary gift, my girlfriend got me all this cool stuff to begin learning to make sushi with. But where to begin? What is the purpose of some of these things on the left there? I get the bamboo mat but some of the other things are throwing me for a loop. Also, what would be the very best way for a beginner to jump into this world? Difficulty: I really dont want to sent anyone to the hospital from them eating some sushi I made.
posted by Senor Cardgage on Jan 31, 2013 - 18 answers

Tell me your American versions of Scandinavian recipes!!!!!

Please help me compile some American versions of Scandinavian recipes. My american-scandinavian mom died a few years ago and someone stole or tossed her recipe tin. Now this california girl has found herself living in Norway, can recognize the foods mom used to make, but can't remember how to cook it!!!!!!! Please please help!!!!! [more inside]
posted by misspony on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Food/Cooking/Sustainability crash course

I may have an opportunity to teach a ten week class to ninth graders about food, cooking, and sustainability. These are topics that interest me and that I pursue in my spare time, but I'm realizing I don't know as much as I thought I did-- what books, resources, concepts do I need to study in order to get a real grasp on this so I can teach it well? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

End-to-end nutrition book

I would like to finally find a routine I can follow to eat healthy during the week and I am looking for book recommendations. Unfortunately, most nutrition/cooking books are very one-sided (only contain recipes, only discuss cooking skills, or only nutrition theory) and very biased towards some radical approach (vegatarian/vegan, very low-carb, very high-protein etc.). I am looking for the opposite - ideally a single book for learning about nutrition, cooking and planning your groceries and cooking so all the good advice is actually actionable considering having a 40-hour workweek; also without going into any dietetic extremes and based on sound science and actual practice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jarekr on Jan 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Fresh lobster, frozen, now what?

I was just gifted a fresh Caribbean lobster caught by my friend. It was put into the freezer. Now what do I do? It's whole and rather large. I've never prepared anything like this, and googling recipes isn't helping - half say I should thaw it first, half say I should stick the whole thing in boiling water. [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow on Jan 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I bake my own bread?

I absolutely hate baking. I really love good bread. No vendor in my area has good bread. Should I try making bread? [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Jan 23, 2013 - 51 answers

Ça me manque depuis 15 ans

Teach me how to make Cancoillotte cheese from things I can buy in an American supermarket or (unlikely) where to buy it for shipment to the USA (Nebraska). [more inside]
posted by jepler on Jan 22, 2013 - 12 answers

What is "stinky cheese"?

Help me find the name of this hard, pungent Italian cheese. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jan 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Monogramed knife bag?

My love has begun getting her foot in the door in the restaurant industry and working some kitchen shifts. Currently she brings her knives to work wrapped in a towel and rubber bands. I'd like to get her a nice knife bag/roll and have it monogrammed. I need advice on good brands/places to purchase this/what to look for! Any chefs/cooks out there have any recommends? Online stores or San Francisco shops preferred. Thanks!
posted by matt_od on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Can I do anything with pig skin after slow-cooking it?

I made some delicious slow-cooker pulled pork using this chow.com recipe. I cooked the pork shoulder with the skin on, believing it to add flavour. After cooking, it came right off, along with a thick layer of fat. I've looked up pork scratching recipes, but none of them take into account that I cooked it for 8 hours beforehand. I'd like to do something useful with it, but I'm not sure what. Is it destined for my tummy or the bin?
posted by Magnakai on Jan 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Emperor Wu liked cake, but not exploding cake!

I have a very utilitarian relationship with food. I want to have a sensuous relationship with food. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 18, 2013 - 34 answers

I wouldn't like a bag of beef or a beer or a cup of chowder...

I need some fast, easy, healthy meals that I can make while traveling. Difficulty level - ingredients often limited and I'm sick of sandwiches. Extra points for vegetarian. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Who's the Jamie Oliver of vegetarian cooking?

I'm well aware that this opinion is not shared by everyone, but I really like Jamie Oliver's style of cooking (and, I confess, presentation on tv): simple ingredients (but the best you can get), big flavours, lots of fresh herbs, very informal. The thing is, he's not that big on vegetarian recipes, and I'm making an effort to *not* eat meat 3 or 4 times a week, so could you recommend a vegetarian Jamie Oliver please? Note: I googled this phrase and google came up with Simon Rimmer, but I was kind of underwhelmed.
posted by Skyanth on Jan 16, 2013 - 30 answers

F'ing gas stoves, how do they work?

After burning my second pot and almost poisoning myself by not quite turning the knob off, it's clear that I need remedial gas stove cooking classes. [more inside]
posted by Neneh on Jan 12, 2013 - 29 answers

Light beer recipes: it's like a kitchen on a dock... cooking (with) near water.

I have 8-10 Bud Light beers in cans left over from my New Year's party. I'm not going to drink them... but can I cook with them? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jan 4, 2013 - 31 answers

best places to start for a beginner chef

Hi, I'd like to start cooking meals for myself more often, but I've been overwhelmed by the number of books and websites online. Does someone know a good place to find recipes for beginner chefs, whether it be at a premium or not? Eating healthy is a priority for me as well. Thanks!
posted by da_wump on Jan 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Ideas for fireplace cooking?

Suggestions for fireplace food for a NYE party? [more inside]
posted by emmatrotsky on Dec 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Oils and health: give me a primer, please!

I'm a little bit confused about whether oils (olive, etc.) are healthy, and in what quantities they belong in a balanced diet (given their high caloric content). Should I be aiming to add them into my diet (pour a couple of spoonfuls over salad, or cook with them), or should I be aiming to avoid them, substituting other things in their place and largely or entirely forgoing them. What nutrients or other benefits do they offer my body that other foods wouldn't, if any? If they are healthy, which are the healthiest? Which are the least healthy? Are some better for eating fresh and others better for cooking with? Help?
posted by UniversityNomad on Dec 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Next up, sous vide in your hot water heater

Cooking a rib roast in wood stove? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Dec 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Mmm...braised pork...

I picked up a pork shoulder for holiday cooking. I love braising, but have only done beef and lamb. I've dug up a couple of recipes, but none has really grabbed me yet. What is your favorite braised pork shoulder recipe? [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Dec 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Vegan Gift Ideas or Vegan Cooking Classes in Denver, CO?

I am looking for gift ideas for a vegan couple who live in Denver, CO. Budget is about $80. My first thought was to find a vegan cooking class for couples somewhere in the area, but I am not from Denver and my google-fu has failed me. I'm open to any and all suggestions other than cookbooks because we have already purchased one for them. Thanks in advance!
posted by adustum on Dec 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Bakers, why is this dough bitter?

I made a pie crust an hour ago and the dough tastes bitter to me. The ingredients: Gold Medal all-purpose white flour, lard, water, egg, vinegar, salt. I tasted each ingredient just now (except the egg) and they all seem fine. Does anyone know where if an interaction among some ingredients might be causing bitterness? Or are my taste buds wrong? I'd appreciate any relevant advice.
posted by wryly on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking For Not so Sweet Sweet Potato Recipes.

Help needed with sweet potato side dish recipes [more inside]
posted by wwax on Dec 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Make my honey a little less runny

How can I make honey stick to roasted chicken? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Dec 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Throw in some beans and let 'em go...

Looking for a quality crock pot for a family of 4. [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom on Dec 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Brunch: My Favorite Team Sport

I am having a New Year's Day brunch and I'd like to serve some fancy things that aren't typically homemade here in the US. [more inside]
posted by jph on Dec 11, 2012 - 19 answers

Gingerbread

Gingerbread baking: I hope to make some gingerbread today. Yum. However, all of the recipes I've come across tell me to bake it in a square pan. But I really want to bake it in some bread pans - for a nice little loaf of gingerbread. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Dec 11, 2012 - 11 answers

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