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Can I eat this: Miso Paste edition

We have a container of this Miso paste at the back of our fridge, but it's straight shiro rather than shiro + aka. The ingredients are water, soybeans, rice, salt - 2% alcohol by volume. It looks fine and smells great, and the texture seems normal, maybe a little dried out. There's a "best before" date of 30 June 2013, but no "expiry" date. Is there any reason I shouldn't use this to baste roasted vegetables? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jul 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Ye Olde Weekend Getaway

Heading to Staunton, VA for a little anniversary getaway/Shakespeare nerd-fest in a few weeks. Aside from a show and tour at the reconstructed Blackfriars (which I am BEYOND excited about), what should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Jul 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Another Queens/NYC bar/restaurant question

I need a bar or restaurant for a small group on Sunday. One of our group however, is my puppy. Another requirement is that it is near the N train, or a quick transfer from the N train on this Sunday (are they still randomly shutting down the 7 train over the weekend?). Beyond that, it's not too picky. I know about the Bohemian Beer Garden, but I am not sure that they allow pets. Sidewalk cafes, anything outdoors should be great.
posted by kellyblah on Jun 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Suggestions for unusual, exciting condiments

I enjoy foods that have a great deal of flavor. But I'm getting tired of the standard condiments you're likely to find in North America (like ketchup, mustard, Sriracha, Tabasco, salsa, or mango pickle). What are some new condiments for me to try? [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Jun 18, 2014 - 61 answers

What are some delicious, easy-to-prepare savoury breakfast foods?

I have about 15-20 minutes to eat breakfast every morning, and when I walk into the kitchen I often have no idea what to eat. This is because I'm really sensitive to sugary things in the morning and the thought of eating cereal / toast with jam or pb or honey / pancakes / crumpets / pikelets / muffins / whatever makes me queasy. So I really crave savoury things! But I don't know many savoury breakfast foods, and often I don't have enough time to make them e.g. bacon and eggs. And there are only so many times a week I can eat toast without wanting to cease existing. If you have any great recipes for savoury breakfast foods that can be prepared and eaten quickly, or that can be prepared the night before and then be thrown together quickly, I'd love to hear them! Bonus points for hot foods. Caveat: I don't like eggs just by themselves. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Jun 8, 2014 - 48 answers

What to do with a mountain of somewhat questionable potatoes?

I just bought a 10-pound bag of potatoes for super cheap. Yay! On closer inspection, a whole bunch of them are about to go really bad. boo. Please give me your best recipes for quickly turning a whole lot of potatoes into something tasty! [more inside]
posted by Dante Riordan on Jun 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Food Recipes w/parameters

I have 6 free hours. Give me your most labour intensive yet ultimately compelling/yummy recipes. [caveat: I have access to all ingredients] [more inside]
posted by Dagobert on Jun 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Novelty Chocolate Recipes

Flavor my chocolates, please? Bonus points for uncommon. [more inside]
posted by aniola on May 9, 2014 - 34 answers

This is My Design

One of my bestest friends ever has completed several years of an insane schedule of schooling + two jobs to earn a Masters and is now moving on to a residency far far away. My wife and I had our schedule open up, and we're now hosting a last minute dinner on Tuesday. Help me plan the most over-the-top meal possible in less than 48 hours. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on May 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me dress my quinoa salad

I made a greek-inspired quinoa salad with red quinoa, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, red pepper, parsley, and red onion. Help me give it a dressing or a sauce! [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on May 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Nerdy Thirty Party Planning

How do I plan, decorate, and successfully pull off a "Nerdy Thirty" birthday party when I have very limited party planning and artistic abilities? [more inside]
posted by Poegar Tryden on Apr 29, 2014 - 12 answers

What are all the foods and drinks referenced in Firefly?

Some friends are putting together a Firefly-themed dinner. What foods and drinks are directly referenced or depicted in the Firefly canon? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Apr 28, 2014 - 32 answers

Help me to reverse-engineer this excellent tom yum soup

A local Chinese restaurant makes the best tom yum vegetable soup I've ever tasted. I'd like to make it at home, but I don't have the recipe. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Apr 24, 2014 - 10 answers

someday, yummy sundae

we are having a sundae bar at our wedding. what is the best (cheapest) way to get very large quantities of candies and chocolates for a sundae bar for 175 people? We're willing to spend money on delicious, but not on packaging. We are willing to ship stuff, but not to pay extravagant fees to do so. We are willing to buy at Costco, but it seems like cheaper should exist somewhere? Also, what are your favourite sundae toppings that you would be excited to see at a sundae bar? Also, if you have any tips about how we should lay it out in a cute way, please feel free to inspire us. thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 21, 2014 - 20 answers

Hack my diet

I'm trying to lose weight at the moment and could do with some help optimizing my food intake. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 4, 2014 - 17 answers

What is this herb/green?

Help me identify this food plant based on a picture. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Apr 3, 2014 - 13 answers

can I eat this, special lame-o edition

Made white bean and kale soup (vegetarian broth) with small chunk of parmesan cheese rind. Left out on stove overnight and didn't see it before running to work this morning (as I said, special lame-o edition). Now need dinner. Should I risk the soup?
posted by chicainthecity on Mar 31, 2014 - 19 answers

Best packaged gnocchi

What's your favorite brand of packaged gnocchi? Looking for something tasty without a lot of preservatives or weird ingredients. I live in Seattle so I have access to Fred Meyer/Kroger, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown on Mar 31, 2014 - 11 answers

What Did I Smell?

I opened a package of Nabisco Nilla Wafers and they smelled strongly of paint. What caused that? [more inside]
posted by COD on Mar 29, 2014 - 4 answers

The Search for Delicious: SF Edition

Where should I eat and drink in San Francisco? Specific parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine on Mar 25, 2014 - 33 answers

Stock my conference room

If you were stuck in a window-less conference room for 2 days, what sort of beverages or snacks would you like? [more inside]
posted by donajo on Mar 20, 2014 - 49 answers

Best of New Orleans

A friend and I are taking a short trip (about 3 days) to New Orleans. We're staying near the French Quarter, access to buses and bikes. Where should we go, what should we do? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Mar 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I steam a fortune cookie 'blank' to make it temporarily flexible?

I'd like to write fortunes and fold them into home-made fortune cookies. Can I make the cookies ahead and then reheat or steam them to make them flexible enough to fold? [more inside]
posted by wryly on Feb 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Degree of difficulty: No shawarma.

What Avengers-themed breakfast can I cook for my daughter's birthday this weekend? It doesn't have to be a recipe featured in the films, anything inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be fine. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Feb 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Atlanta's Best Eats

I'll be in Atlanta next weekend, and am looking for restaurant recommendations. I'm staying close to the CNN center but will have a car, and am willing to travel for good food. I'm a moderately lax pescatarian. All price ranges welcome. Shrimp and Grits is one of my favorite foods, so if there's a 'Best Shrimp + Grits in Atlanta!' place I'd love to hear about it. Also, if there are any craft brewers/brewpubs in the area making good beer, please tell me who those are as well.
posted by Fig on Feb 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Chicago/UIC-filter: What food donations to send to UIC Strike HQ?

What kind of food donations can I send to the UIC faculty strike headquarters? [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels on Feb 17, 2014 - 7 answers

A lost food blog?

There was a one-person food blog/website with gorgeous photography. At point, he went to France and came across a food that roughly translates to 'baby Jesus'. It was not a variant of a King cake. Does anyone remember this website?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 15, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I make sure I have enough food for a crowd?

I am organizing a dinner at a local charity. They just said to expect 100 people (about 30% more than the original estimate), and I want to make sure we've got enough food and hopefully enough to leave leftovers. I've never done this before, can you take a look at my recipes and see what you think? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Find me places to eat in Sydney

Visiting Sydney at the end of this month. When I'm on vacation it always gets to the end of a long day, I'm tired, hungry, but can never pick a place to eat dinner. Help me plan 8 great locations so that I don't starve! Also, any tips on general Sydney things to do would be appreciated (but mainly asking about dinner locations). Details inside... [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Feb 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Dinner near College of Charleston. Tonight.

Where should I eat dinner in Charleston SC tonight? I'm staying on the C of C campus. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Feb 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Help Me Jazz up baked chicken breasts!

As part of developing better eating habits, my new go-to dinner has become baked chicken breast and vegetables. Now I love me some chicken, but this can get pretty boring after a while. What are some good spice mixes, rubs, or marinades that you guys use to make chicken delicious? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 2, 2014 - 26 answers

Want cake right now please.

I have a Duncan Hines Angel Food cake mix that is several years old and a non-working oven. Can I make cake or something like it? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jan 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Lunar New Year (and more) in Houston!

I'm taking a trip to Houston this weekend, and as it's Lunar New Year, I'm quite interested to see if the good people of AskMe know of any cool stuff happening in relation to that this weekend. I found this event, but I'm hoping to be pointed to more! Also, I'm interested in any can't-miss sights/eats/events as well!
posted by Maecenas on Jan 30, 2014 - 4 answers

High Calorie : Mass ratio foods

What foods have the highest calorie:mass or calorie:weight ratios? [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jan 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Home cooking on windward Oahu (Hawaii)

I'm planning a stay in a guest cottage on windward Oahu (Waimanalo) and for once will have a kitchen and access to an outdoor grill. I'm looking forward to cooking and am gathering information about shopping, farmers markets etc. My budget is flexible and I'll be cooking for 4 people. I would love any recommendations for shopping from people who know the area. Driving some distance is not a problem. I'll be staying in Waikiki for a couple of days prior so could load up on stuff there, too. Any recommendations for fun places to eat would be welcome as well. Food we like? Pretty much anything, hopefully with an emphasis on local. (As an indication of our taste, we have always enjoyed buying poke at Safeway and eating it on the beach.) Mahalo in advance!
posted by BibiRose on Jan 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Applesauce left out overnight

This morning I found a container of homemade applesauce left out with the cover off on the counter overnight. Can I eat it? The house was at around 66 degrees.
posted by mkb on Jan 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Planning meals for a week

What are some tips and techniques for weekly meal planning? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

30-something lady still eating like my 80's latchkey kid self

Resolution time! I grew up eating junk food. Lots of it. My fruit/veggie intake is minimal to non-existent. Though my BMI is in the healthy range, I know I can't possibly be healthy with decades of this diet. Where do I even start to relearn how to eat? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Dec 31, 2013 - 33 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

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

New Year's break in Paris, on the cheap

My girlfriend and I have won a week's holiday in Paris over the new year period. Flights, bed, and breakfast are covered -- how can we stretch our food and entertainment budget? [more inside]
posted by pont on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Need a Manhattan Italian Restaurant

Need Epic Italian restaurant in Manhattan. This may have been asked before but restaurants change and close all the time. Relatives are coming into Manhattan this Friday from Texas (originally from Long Island) and seek "epic pizza and Italian food". I know places in Brooklyn etc so please only Manhattan. They have a family of 4 and subways to Bensonhurst would be prohibitive. Special "Awesome Points" for "hole in wall" tiny places. Mifi-ites don't let me down!
posted by donaken on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 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

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

"Cool" things to do in Reno, NV.

My girlfriend and I are visiting Reno to see my parents for Christmas. My parents are older (early 60's) and really enjoy doing "cool" things. We live in Portland and when my parents visit here they always have a great time and really enjoy doing the "cool" things we like to do. The thing is... [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Dec 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Do food sensitivities get worse if you remove the culprit from your diet

Over the last few months I have developed a food sensitivity (I believe the culprit is rice). It is merely annoying at the moment, but I was wondering what happens when you remove an item to which you are sensitive from your diet? Generally speaking, does your sensitivity get worse? [more inside]
posted by baniak on Dec 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Gummy bears and scotch probably won't cut it.

I'm so excited. I'm so excited for Archer. I'm thinking about hosting an Archer premier watch in January. Can you suggest some party foods? [more inside]
posted by superquail on Dec 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me stick to a healthy diet while on holiday

So I have majorly changed the way I have been eating over the past 6 months, and it seems to be working so far. (Yay!) I will be going on an all-inclusive week long vacation in Mexico with a large group of family at the end of January. They love to party and eat, and so do I, but I know that a combination of drinking a lot, eating too many carbs, and staying up late make me super tired, unhappy, and break out. I'm looking for specific strategies to stay on track while I'm at the resort. I intend to enjoy myself, but still not go overboard with the booze, and mostly try to eat well so I don't feel like crap at the end of the week. This is literally the first time in my life I have made significant progress on changing my diet and lifestyle and I don't want to fall back too much. Last time I was at a resort there was lots of food to pick from but most of it was the "standard american diet" with lots of carbs and way too few fresh veggies. What foods can I bring with me and things should I look for on menus to stay close to my healthy diet without making it too difficult to enjoy my all-inclusive vacation? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on Dec 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Good "homestyle" restaurant in Zurich?

I'm looking for a good homestyle restaurant in Zurich. By "homestyle" I mean good examples of local cuisine. The typical websites (tripadvisor, urbanspoon) haven't been particularly helpful. Cost doesn't matter. Bonus points for links to menus!
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Dec 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Trying to find a restaurant with dishes named after government orgs?

I remember hearing about a restaurant with dishes named after city organizations. For example, the "department of sanitation sandwich" or the "FDNY sandwich." It is probably in NYC. It may have shut down. Can you help me find this restaurant?
posted by yaymukund on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

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