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What foods can I make with ~4 cups of homemade ranch dressing?

Last night I made 4 cups of ranch dressing out of 2 cups of buttermilk, 2 cups of sour cream, and 2 packets of Hidden Valley dressing mix. It'll probably spoil within a week, so unless I start eating it in bowls like soup I need ways to use it up besides condiment use. I think it would work fine as the liquid in my trusty buttermilk biscuit recipe, and be great in mashed potatoes. What else could I make with it? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 29, 2015 - 22 answers

Bay Area Om Nom Nom?

Awesome food in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Mar 26, 2015 - 37 answers

full meals from trader joes and costco

I'm looking for product recommendations from Costco and Trader Joes, with some very specific parameters. [more inside]
posted by peep on Mar 26, 2015 - 30 answers

6 Days in Portland/Seattle

This (very) recent question had a lot of good suggestions of things to do in Portland, but I'm in Portland and Seattle for several days each this weekend, and I'm looking for advice about what to do in both cities. Difficulty: like outdoorsy things, but don't have a car. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 25, 2015 - 9 answers

NY I need my fix.

Arirang, my go-to Korean spot on 32nd Street HAS CLOSED. What is a good replacement? How can my heart be satisfied? Any borough! Help me, mefites!
posted by whimsicalnymph on Mar 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Indian restaurant London (near doctor who shop)

A few years ago I was in London and I was at the doctor who shop and happened upon an amazing Indian restaurant a couple of blocks away. It was on 2 floors and as I recall family owned and according to the menu been there for a long time. I will be returning to London and want to go back to the restaurant, anyone know what it was? And the address? Thanx in advance.
posted by prk60091 on Mar 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Taking a client out to lunch in Beautiful Downtown Burbank

Just got a new gig, and want to take some potential clients to a nice lunch after a facility tour. The new gig is in Burbank, and in my experience cuisine in Burbank is limited to Frontier Wok, chain restaurants and Ikea meatballs. Please help me with suggestions of good Burbank and Burbank-adjacent restaurants for client lunches. Bonus points for healthy places where fitness-oriented clients can feel at home.
posted by infinitewindow on Mar 19, 2015 - 10 answers

What does wax mean in restaurant prep?

I'm reading/skimming the new cookbook/notebook Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton, which is printed to mimic the binders full of recipes from her restaurant. As such, it contains lots of marginalia. Awesome! But I can't figure out what she means by "wax." [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

What can I do with a spiralizer?

I have accidentally acquired a spiralizer and I'm not sure what do do with it besides make zucchini pasta. What else can I make with this thing?
posted by lalex on Mar 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I still make good Mexican food without nightshades?

I've been directed by my naturopath to avoid nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, chilies, and others) as a way to improve my eczema. It has been helping so far, but I'm finding I really, really miss Mexican food. I'm talking about the standard stuff: salsa, tacos, fajitas, chilli, YUM. Do you know of any good nightshade substitutes that could be used in these dishes? Or any alternative recipes for these items that do not contain the forbidden foods?
posted by figaro on Mar 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Please help me eat more!

Recently, I went on Zoloft for depression, and the primary side effect for me is that it kills my appetite. Nothing seems good. It's frequently an effort to convince myself to eat something, even when I know I'm hungry. Unfortunately, nearly all the suggestions I can find for issues with eating is either a) diet stuff or b) geared towards people with anorexia nervosa, which I do not have. (No body image issues here, thanks!) How can I get calories inside me more reliably? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Mar 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Get My GI Tract in Shape

So, lady in her late 30s and over the past year or so I have been having weird GI things going on. Some appear to be related to the menstrual cycle, others are just out of nowhere. I think my gut is out of whack and need help getting it back into shape. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Mar 11, 2015 - 19 answers

Getting ready for my Whole30

On April 6th, Mr Ruki and I will be starting a Whole30. What should I be buying now to prepare? [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Mar 7, 2015 - 13 answers

What is this white lemony-sweet powder in my pantry?

I saved it in a ziploc and I put it in the "sweets and baking needs" section of my pantry. I didn't label it, which is unusual. It's not jello, it's very acidic. I would think that it's drink mix, but it's in the wrong section and in a white paper foil-lined packet. Help me out here, what else could it be?
posted by domo on Mar 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Auto-feeders for a clever cat

Do you have a smart, food-motivated cat, and an auto-feeder that stands up to that cat? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Mar 6, 2015 - 15 answers

NYC eats for an Aussie

My friend is coming to New York City from Australia this weekend. I'm a local, so I don't have any idea what sort of restaurants I should take her to that both say "New York" and that she wouldn't be able to get in Australia. Thoughts?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 5, 2015 - 30 answers

Any non-perishable cooking ingredients I should bring to Japan?

Later this year I'm getting transferred to the parent company's operation near Tokyo for 1 to 2 years. As someone who loves to cook, are there any non-perishables I should be considering shipping over? (oils, spices etc?) [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Mar 5, 2015 - 18 answers

Shelf life of store-bought dorayaki?

How long does mass-produced dorayaki (red bean paste filled pancakes) keep on the shelf, unrefrigerated? Difficulty: just ate the last one from a package that was first opened 2 weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by phatkitten on Mar 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Nutrition app with customizable target macros

Looking for a diet tracker app or website with the following functionality: [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Feb 25, 2015 - 3 answers

How much should I chew?

Nutritionally speaking, does it matter how much I chew my food? And would the advice change depending on the type of foot it is (fruit, meat, carb, etc.)? On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being as little chewing as possible to get the food down, 10 being completely pulverized food in mouth), is there a number I should aim for?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Feb 23, 2015 - 9 answers

DC Restaurant Rec

Can you suggest a Washington DC restaurant for us? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Feb 18, 2015 - 15 answers

Not Harry and David

Where in the Houston, TX area can my sister call to have a food and wine gift basket delivered to a new single mom? She is looking to avoid a basket of almonds and spicy mustard. She is hoping more for fruit, crackers, wine, and possibly prepared foods that could be frozen. She is in New York, so again, delivery: 75-100$ range.
posted by oflinkey on Feb 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot...NOT!

Do you love spicy food? This question is not for you! I want to compile a list of the safest/mildest dishes to order when you eat out. If you don't like heat, what are your go-to dishes? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Feb 12, 2015 - 27 answers

SNAP benefits

Have you received SNAP benefits or do you know a lot about them? I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Feb 9, 2015 - 18 answers

Can you identify this food (?) someone left in my office refrigerator?

This uncovered bowl of mystery things has been sitting in the communal refrigerator in my office all day. At first glance, I thought they were shrimp, but... they are not shrimp. Link and more inside. [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Feb 9, 2015 - 10 answers

How useful is the low-pressure setting on pressure cookers?

I'm in the market for a new pressure cooker. I've noticed that some models, such as the Fagor Duo, give the chef the option of cooking at two levels of pressure -- 8-10 psi and the standard 15 psi. I'm wondering how useful this lower pressure setting actually is. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 8, 2015 - 12 answers

You can't make friends with salad?

I'm on a diet and eating a lot of green leafy salad. So much green leafy salad I might go crazy. Save me from green leafy salad. [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Feb 4, 2015 - 35 answers

Help me eat a healthy breakfast

Every day I make a cup of instant oatmeal at the office. This is the ideal breakfast setup for me - quick, easy, cheap, low-calorie, fairly non-perishable food that I can store in my desk drawer - except I'm not sure it's all that healthy. Is there a nutrient-rich alternative to this? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Feb 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Help Me Take Out Lower Manhattan

Does fabulous take out, more or less within walking distance of Battery Park City, exist? [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas on Jan 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Cheap Groceries in NYC?

I am currently visiting NYC and am moving here soon. I thought it would be helpful to know where to get cheap food - I won't be making too much money and am looking to move to Queens, Brooklyn or Inwood/ Washington Heights. Does anyone have any recommendations, even if not in those areas? [more inside]
posted by Coffee over Tea, till the Bitter End on Jan 29, 2015 - 25 answers

Food ideas for gluten/dairy free lunches that don't have to stay cold?

I need suggestions for lunches that I can take to college with me, in my backpack, that don't require an ice pack - I just don't have room. The lunch will be consumed within four hours or so. [more inside]
posted by DriftingLotus on Jan 26, 2015 - 31 answers

Best regional foods in Europe?

What are some of the tastiest, most interesting regional foods and food products in Europe? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jan 23, 2015 - 35 answers

What's Going on With My Heartburn?

Explain the progress of weird heartburn symptoms to me as if my body was a foreign and mysterious object that is staging a escalating and unpredictable revolution in my belly and affiliated areas. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jan 21, 2015 - 23 answers

a GMO a day keeps the doctor confused.

I'm a medical student and a few of my patients have come in with questions about the safety of GMO / transgenic foods. I have no background in food sciences, and it's been difficult to figure out the current state of research. A lot of what's easily accessible out there seems less than rigorous and highly editorial in one direction or the other. What are some well-respected, well-designed studies and/or books on the subject that I could start with?
posted by saturday_morning on Jan 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Best farm-to-table, healthy eating, and food news blogs like The Salt?

What are your favorite blogs about farm-to-table, food system, and healthful food news? (NOT looking for recipes) [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there real science behind fire cider?

Fire cider (basically apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic and hot pepper) is suddenly all the rage as a homeopathic panacea. Are there any actual science-based studies that validate any of its claims?
posted by mkultra on Jan 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Shopping-averse cook seeks pantry-friendly recipes

Most weeknights, I'm responsible for figuring out and cooking a dinner for two adults and a 1-year-old that is on the table by no later than 6pm. I am hands-down finding this the most unpleasant and soul-killing part of day-to-day parenting, as making it to the grocery store is extremely difficult during the workweek and the last thing I want to be doing on the weekends. I'm looking for recommendations of either a cookbook or specific recipes that use ingredients that are likely to already be present in my pantry, freezer, and/or spice rack. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jan 12, 2015 - 49 answers

Insert awesome 'stew' pun here...

I need to make a giant pot of stew today to eat all week long. What should it be? Challenge Level: Vegetarian or vegan preferred. Protein is a must. Healthy is best. Cooking time: Doesn't matter, I have all day! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jan 11, 2015 - 21 answers

What should I buy from a korean supermarket?

I now live two minutes away from a huge korean supermarket that has an amazing and cheap produce and seafood section. I have no idea what a lot of this stuff is, but I love Asian cooking, so what are some things I should buy, now that I have an opportunity? I'm particularly interested in any recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and depend on 'ethnic' ingredients that you can't find in most grocery stores, or fresh seafood or unusual cuts of meat (pork belly, chicken feet, etc)
posted by empath on Jan 4, 2015 - 19 answers

1-year-old wants food he can hold. What are the options besides bread?

He seems sick of finger food cut into little pieces. He wants to hold a big hunk of something an nibble it himself. Obviously a lot of those are choke hazards, but so far he's been good with bread (including pieces of PB+J), those spongy kid chicken tenders, and crackers. Any other options, preferably healthy-ish?
posted by malhouse on Jan 3, 2015 - 22 answers

Tips for reoccuring, family-style dinner parties?

What are your key tips to throwing a good dinner party? What do you do about that one friend who will. not. stop. eating? What do you think is a good price per head for a group meal? How many people do you think is ideal for a good dinner? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jan 2, 2015 - 37 answers

What are some strange (yet obtainable) aphrodisiacs?

I need to consume as many weird aphrodisiacs as possible by the end of January. Since I don't live in Shanghai I probably can't get my hands on Three Penis Wine, but I'm hoping there are some similarly strange ones out there. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Dec 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Platform for Food Diary, With Photos, iPhone edition

I'm doing a miserable job of logging what I eat, so I am trying to think of how to set the bar as low as possible and make it super easy to have a record of what I've eaten. The easiest thing I've thought of so far is just taking photos of what I eat with my smartphone (iPhone). Should I use a particular platform that integrates well with iOS8? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Dec 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Does anybody own both 'The Flavor Bible' and 'Culinary Artistry'?

Hi all - I have a question about these two cook-books / pairing guides written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. I have just received 'The Flavor Bible' as a gift. My question is: should I buy 'Culinary Artistry' as well? Are there different food pairings in Culinary Artistry? I ask because The Flavor Bible seems pretty comprehensive to me. Will I be missing out without Culinary Artistry? Thanks!
posted by aaronjames on Dec 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Good places to eat between Jersey City and Bristol, TN?

We'll be making a long car trip sometime later this winter from Jersey City to Bristol, TN. We'll pack a cooler, but any suggestions for good restaurants to eat at on 78 West to Harrisburg and then 81 South to Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Dec 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Best way to organize bringing lots of food to an office?

So as part of my (New) New Year's Resolution, I'm going to be doing the Men's Fitness 7% Body Fat Nutrition Plan. It's a more involved nutrition plan than I've done before, and it involves six meals a day, four of which I'll have to bring with me to the office. I'll be doing a ton of advance prep, of course, but how do my fellow office drones/fitness geeks on mefi organize and prep and store their food when they're going to the office every day and have to deal with four or five meals before going home? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Paleo and/or Whole30 "granola" bars

What is your favorite packaged whole30 and/or paleo snack bar?
posted by gocubbies on Dec 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Restaurants in NYC open on Christmas + Food Allergies

Hi! Looking for two restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day. I'd like one or both of these restaurants to be somewhat upscale. They should be able to accommodate vegetarian + no dairy + no shellfish + no fish. At more expensive places they're usually very helpful and willing to prepare me something off-menu, but I'm having some trouble narrowing down the field. Brooklyn ideal, Manhattan okay, Queens is probably pushing it. [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Dec 21, 2014 - 7 answers

I'm hungry. And bored.

Can you recommend any unusual restaurants in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question on Dec 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Bringing Home the Bacon Steak

I'm going to splurge on some Burgers' Smokehouse Thick Bacon Steaks for dinner tonight. What can I cook that will really take advantage of having super thick flavorful bacon? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 19, 2014 - 10 answers

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