I would really love to know if it is possible to make gelato/ice cream at home as good or better than the best brands you would buy in the store or high end ice cream parlors (in NYC, some of my idols include Ample Hills Creamery, Fresco Gelateria, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory). Are there any good books or resources out there? Is special equipment needed? Does anyone have any great methods and tools they would like to share?
As a follow-up to this question, can anyone tell me what medium I need to procure to mix with essential oil to make my own reed/bamboo/tatami scent diffusers? [more inside]
i have recently gotten into making natural homemade skincare products and i bought these cute jam jars. i may well go crazy and start giving them as gifts to people. since this is for cosmetics i'm wondering are regular 1-piece lids available to purchase somewhere? i haven't found any so far. or, is there a way to make the lid stick to the band so it works in one piece? i'd like to not permanently alter the lid in case someone wants to reuse the jar for canning. as i'm sure you can guess i don't make preserves, or even cook really. thanks!
I've been organizing and running a vegan bake sale in my city twice a year for the past three years. It's a pretty manageable affair; over the course of five bake sales, I've raised just over $5,000, met some wonderful people, and had a lot of fun. While I am lucky enough to have an incredible standing venue and an amazing group of regular volunteer bakers, I keep getting stuck on one thing: PRICING. I've run into problems with every approach I've tried to use so far! Can you help me figure out a solid, reasonable pricing method for homemade vegan baked goods that will be 'sold' at a fundraising event? [more inside]
Homemade Easter gifts. Preferably edible - my friends and family are, like me, wretchedly gluttonous fiends but prefer the not super-processed or over-sweet stuff, so if it's got token fruit or something in then even better. I just realised there's like a week to go and I have no idea what to make these people. HALP.
I absolutely hate baking. I really love good bread. No vendor in my area has good bread. Should I try making bread? [more inside]
Do you have any recipes for soup that don't require broth or stock? [more inside]
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]
Candy-making wizards, help me save this date candy recipe that didn't set properly (or tell me I'm screwed and should start over from scratch). [more inside]
Can I make aromatic oils that will diffuse through tatami sticks myself? [more inside]
Pasta from scratch and recipes that compliment it? [more inside]
Please give me your suggestions for homemade holiday snacks that I can make and give to my co-workers. (Sorry, kind of long.) [more inside]
We have quite a bit of homemade wine (esp. rhubarb and hawthorn) that is too 'rough' to drink, but we don't want to throw it away. Does anyone have ideas as to what we could do with it? I use it in cooking, but can only use a little otherwise it spoils the flavour!
What kind of gifts can we make that our nephews will enjoy? [more inside]
Help! My mayonnaise broke! [more inside]
Okay here's what I want to do. I have a plastic bin. I want to tilt it on a 45 degree angle, and fill the bottom corner with [insert substance here]. This substance would then dry, and I would repeat the process on the other side of my plastic bin. When both sides are dry, I would have a homemade sluiceway in the bottom of the bin that would be able to effectively funnel liquid out through a spout I would put in the bottom of the bin. That's what I want to do. I just don't know what would be a good substance to accomplish this. Ideally it would be light (concrete would be a pain), would adhere to the plastic bin, not absorb moisture and rot, and dry in a reasonable amount of time. I'm also open to suggestions that would approach this from a different approach.
I have a bad habit of buying lunch while at work. What can I make for lunch that will fulfill my super-strong cravings for huge burritos and greasy pizza? [more inside]
How can I estimate the nutritional values for homemade yogurt? [more inside]
Since London's fickle summer is in full swing, I need recipes for dishes that can be eaten either hot or cold. [more inside]
To all home brewers out there: Need help with a recipe. [more inside]
Home made bagels. Christmas bagels actually. [more inside]
I'd like nutritional advice for homemade dog food and maybe treats, using easy-to-find ingredients. I haven't been able to find high quality commercial dog food where I live, so I make most of her food myself, but I would like to make her homemade food as healthy as I possibly can with the resources I have, which are somewhat limited. Current routine, and many(!) more details inside. [more inside]
A big problem and a small problem with my home made ice cream ... [more inside]