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 -
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 -
What's a good cooking class to go to in Oaxaca, Mexico in December, for people who can already cook? Or other food-related Oaxacan suggestions? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea
on Oct 11, 2013 -
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 -
Summer is coming and I'll have a lot of time on my hands. What are some of the tastiest spicy foods you've ever had? I'm thinking Indian, but Cajun, Mexican and so forth are all possibilities. I'm after interesting, involved recipes that can be spicy, but are above all TASTY. What should I make? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Oct 25, 2012 -
What are some good uses for my fleur de sel? What makes it so special, anyway? [more inside]
posted by Liesl
on Aug 6, 2012 -
MisterBen needs recommendations for a very specific kind of Indian cookbook – one that’s organized by technique, not by course or ingredient. Imagine if Alton Brown or Mark Bittman wrote an Indian cookbook. The idea is to learn reusable techniques and general concepts of what flavors are used together.
What he already has: Madhur Jaffrey’s classics, Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries”, and Vikas Khanna’s “Flavor First”, which are used as bibles. Almost all Indian ingredients can be found in our area, and he is comfortable at making his own masalas, so feel free to recommend books you might think of as advanced.
posted by matildaben
on Feb 6, 2012 -
Can anyone recommend any good restaurants in Lisbon which specialise in either (i) Brazilian cuisine (particularly meat heavy dishes) or (ii) Barraida style suckling piglet?
posted by biffa
on Jun 23, 2010 -
Quite a few times in recipes I've seen directions to put beans in water and discard any that float after a period of soaking (I've even heard this from you, AskMeFi
). Now, I like beans. My question is: why can't I eat those?
posted by evhan
on Jul 26, 2009 -
I'm lazy, impatient, and space constrained. But I really like food. Which cuisine should I master? [more inside]
posted by typography
on Jul 5, 2009 -
I need to eat cheaply. Can I do so while extending my cooking ability in a specific direction? What cuisines, categories, or focuses can my home cooking pinpoint while living on a budget? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome
on May 21, 2009 -
Winter's here, and I have a hankerin' for some good bean soup. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by dinger
on Jan 10, 2009 -
I want to become a better cook, is chef school the nuclear option?
As a child, my mother insisted that I do the eating and not the cooking. Despite her best intentions, I ended up quite clueless on how to cook. In college, I improved by cooking for myself and quite enjoyed it.
I just graduated from college and I'd like to pick up a tangible skill on the side and attend chef school. The reason is because I've only been cooking for 2-3 years and would like to improve faster than the oh-just-keep-at-it-and-it-comes-with-age-and-experience rate.
posted by bodywithoutorgans
on Nov 20, 2008 -
TravelinginFranceFilter: I know there have been loads of questions about France. We're looking for beautiful places in the countryside, great cheap food and reasonable accommodations. I'd love to have the perfect trip that matches my favorite things: [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on May 2, 2007 -
I'm looking for some premium, gourmet, fancy-pants spices (e.g., saffron, really good vanilla beans, etc.) as a gift for a food-savvy friend. I'm clueless about where to look, and Google turns up all kinds of shady e-commerce sites. Where do I go for the really nice, high-quality stuff?
posted by oissubke
on Aug 2, 2005 -
From the general
to the specific: What are your favorite recipes, the dishes you prepare when you want to impress? [more inside]
posted by jdroth
on Sep 28, 2004 -
I want to learn how to make preserves, jams, pickles, and other such things. But, I don't want to die from botulism. I have a fairly basic grasp of how the sterilization process works, and I'd like some pointers to/on techniques, supplies, cookbooks, whatever anyone who's got some experience in the matter might recommend.
posted by kenko
on Jul 11, 2004 -