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Christmas pudding tips!

Just received a pudding mold, anything I should keep in mind about using it? I've heard one should make an Xmas pudding months in advance - do I start now? Other questions as well! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

What do I do with dried mushrooms?

What's the best, most foolproof way to reconstitute dried mushrooms? What recipes should I use them in? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

(veggie) burgers and other analog recipes

Which standard recipes, with meat as a key ingredient, have clear vegetarian analogs? Examples, to be clear: for every hamburger, there is a veggie burger (eggplant, cauliflower, etc). Chili con carne becomes chili sin carne. For meatloaf there is Neatloaf. What else should I be thinking of? "Buy fake meat" is not heading in the right direction; "google 'vegetarian [meaty food]'" is a realistic suggestion but which foods?
posted by whatzit on Aug 22, 2014 - 33 answers

Perfect Pork Chops?

I have bought the most expensive, most organic and local and mollycoddled pork chops in my life. I do not want to waste this experience. Please tell me how to make the perfect pan-fried pork chop in agonizing detail. I own cast iron pans and I'm going to serve it with asparagus - that's the only limitation. Otherwise anything goes. Teach me the wisdom of Pork Chopery.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 8, 2014 - 31 answers

Help me navigate the wonderful world of (the former Soviet) Georgian cooking

After stumbling across the blog Georgian Recipes (and specifically this recipe for Acharuli - Ajarian Khachapuri) I realized I've got a lot of eating to catch up on. If you know about Georgian food, please give me your tips, tricks, substitutions for hard to find ingredients, ingredients that should never be substituted, links to your favorite Georgian recipes, and basically everything you think I should know about it. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 31, 2014 - 7 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

Romantic / English Dinner Ideas?

Seeking ideas for plannning a multi-course, romantic, home-cooked meal for two that is also thoroughly, completely English. The more traditional the better. Looking for dishes in season, no seafood, ideally with a focus on lamb as a centerpiece and easy on the potato/bread. Other then that, assume a high level of cooking skill, endless time for fiddly bits, and acess to pretty much anything and a well stocked UK grocery importer store nearby. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 14, 2014 - 27 answers

Your Favorite Slow-Cooker Chicken & Rice Recipes

I have a slow-cooker, boneless/skinless chicken breasts and Royal Blend rice. Help me feed my work-travel-weary husband, a couple of hearty-eating roommates and myself a good, comforting meal with crazy-staggering schedules. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Feb 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Stock Oversaving?

Settle an argument about making stock for cooking. One half says that you should save every odd and end from vegetables and keep them in a big ziploc bag in the freezer for when you make stock so it can get the most varied amount of flavor possible and "recycle" kitchen waste. Other half says that since we're not making vegetable stock and only ever make stock with left over bones you should just keep to the basic recipie ( carrots, onion, celery, etc) and not introduce all these unknown cauliflower ends and parsnip bits and it's a false economy anyway. Who is right? Is anyone right? Are they both right?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Dreaming of Ottolenghi and Amada; stuck on frozen gyoza

I love cooking, but it's been a while since I've cooked on a regular basis (besides throwing together ingredients for salads and pastas) and even longer since I put together a proper meal with courses. I'm a pretty decent cook (and I have a list of favorite blogs, like Smitten Kitchen and 101 Cookbooks) but nothing's clicking, and I want recipes that are complicated and fun and delicious for a change of pace! And so I turn to you, AskMetafilter: help me find awesome, vegetarian, delicious, adventurous dishes to usher in 2014. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Make This Into Salad Dressing, Please

A few weeks ago I had dinner at Oh Canada, Eh? and the meal included the most amazing salad dressing I've ever had. We asked for the recipe and the chef gave us the ingredient list, but did not include amounts because (he said) he always makes it in such huge batches. [more inside]
posted by kate blank on Dec 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Can't find peanut butter cup recipe

I can't seem to find a recipe I'm fairly certain I've seen in the past for peanut butter cups. I seem to recall that it involved not using any actual peanut butter, but starting with peanuts and grinding them up kinda coarsely with something else in them to get that weird, chunky, not-quite-peanut-butter consistency to the filling. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by DoctorFedora on Nov 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a...vodka cream sauce?

I am cooking dinner this weekend for an old friend who has requested Italian, preferably pasta with a creamy sauce. I am not very well acquainted at all with cream sauces, apart from this very simple one. I have many extra hours to work on this, and access to several specialty markets and a Trader Joe's. Help me find a crazy delicious recipe! Special farfalle inside... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

And the sailors say, "Brandy, you're a fine girl..."

Can you recommend ways for me to use up this brandy? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Oct 26, 2013 - 19 answers

Sort of Short Soup Recipes

I've about an hour, maybe 90 minutes worth of patience, above-average kitchen competence, and access to most ingredients. I'd like to eat soup for dinner at the end of this 60-90 minutes, and I don't like shrimp. Share your favorites?
posted by ersatzkat on Oct 22, 2013 - 26 answers

Cocktail advice for gorgeous white raspberries

I have gorgeous white raspberries around which I would like to craft a cocktail to celebrate my lady-friend's return from a week abroad. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Sep 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Vegetable soup without immersion blender?

I'm looking for a recipe for a seasonal or all-season (for southern Ontario, and this week) vegetable soup recipe (potato, tomato, both, other--whatever) that does not need a blender (immersion or otherwise). Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Sep 16, 2013 - 14 answers

A few questions about my first curry.

Earlier this week, I made this 'Asian-Style Chicken Curry', and it was delicious. I just have a couple of questions on altering the recipe. [more inside]
posted by graventy on Aug 17, 2013 - 13 answers

What side dish should I serve with spicy sausage?

I'm looking for a side to go with spicy sausages. My imagined dish must be relatively inexpensive (I am a bit short at the moment) and easy to prepare (cooking is not my strong suit). Should serve two (leftovers are fine), and contain no fruit or fish. What's the first thing that pops into your head?
posted by Gin and Comics on Aug 8, 2013 - 44 answers

Calling liver lovers

Today I was given a whole beef liver from a hormone free, grass raised calf. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Aug 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Save me from bachelor cuisine.

Cheap/easy meals needed for someone helpless at cooking. Particulars within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Food contest for professional cooks

Help me organize a food contest for professional cooks! The goal is to gather a number of regional cooking professionals and have them cook their version of a regional favorite food (already predetermined.) There would be a few celebrity judges and a few people who are pretty knowledgeable about food. The contest would be public and there would be a few recipes. How would you suggest this be done? What should be included? What should be avoided?
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Apr 24, 2013 - 3 answers

What are your most delicious rhubarb uses/recipes?

So it's rhubarb season and I've finally managed to buy a big batch, yay! I love the stuff and have been waiting for this all year. I usually make crumbles/stews, but am looking to push the boat out a little more this time to get the most out of it, finding new recipes and also ways to preserve for when it's no longer around (jams, in alcohol, freezing?). What are your favourite recipes and what other things have you found pair well with it? Have you ever made booze with rhubarb? I'd be grateful for any tips, and thank you in advance!
posted by everydayanewday on Apr 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Online recipe organiser

I'm looking for a recipe organiser where I can write my own recipes and clip recipes from the web. I can google with the best of them, and I can see there are lots of sites that can potentially do what I need, but I don't want to create a gazillion accounts for testing, so please give me your tried and true recommendations. Details inside : [more inside]
posted by snakeling on Apr 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Cooking for Passover

I am hosting a dinner party and one of the guests is observing passover. I need to stay away from rice, beans, corn, and bread. I am looking for some awesome dishes / dish combinations to serve so everyone is happy. Bring on your tasty dishes.
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 29, 2013 - 11 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

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

Looking for recipes that use Sumac molasses

Does anyone cook with Sumac Molasses? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Dec 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Too many raisins!

What savory, no-oven dishes do you recommend for raisins? I have a lot of raisins, but I do not like them in sweet things (baked in bread, ugh!) and do not have an oven. They do make a great accent flavor in savory dishes. The raisins in question are golden, but I am Prime Minister of Substitution so it's rather academic what the recipe asks for.
posted by whatzit on Dec 5, 2012 - 41 answers

Vegan Cream Cheese Doesn't Start Out Expired

Adding recipes from a digital cookbook to a digital recipe universe: how to? (iOS 10 filter) [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Dec 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Please share your "dark and stormy" recipe with me!

Please share your "dark and stormy" recipe with me! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Oct 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me cook more

Looking for food/cooking blogs with very specific parameters [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Chicken Marinade

What are your favorite chicken marinades? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Jul 26, 2012 - 40 answers

Help us save our coconut rice

Recipe Rescue: Help us do something with this borked batch of coconut rice. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Jun 12, 2012 - 9 answers

In need of a cornbread recipe.

Looking for a cast iron skillet cornbread recipe. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Chalaw Sabsi and Kadu

Any recommendations on an Afghan cookbook? I love Afghan food and would like to recreate my favorites at home. [more inside]
posted by postel's law on Mar 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Passover challenge....

Passover meal all planned for my family, I am making brisket, matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish. Only problem is I want to include two dear friends who are vegetarian and one of them is stictly no dairy! Since I will be so busy cooking everything else, I want to find a FAST EASY entree recipe I can make for them-- no meat, dairy or flour--would love a make ahead casserole like matzoh lasagna, but everything good seems to have cheese! If you have a recipe that fits the bill, PLEASE share!
posted by Lylo on Mar 24, 2012 - 21 answers

Malted Milk Ball Recipe?

I'm on a quest for a malted milk ball recipe (like Whoppers / Maltesers) [more inside]
posted by brool on Mar 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Cream-whipper recipes

What are some cool things to do with an "iSi Mini Whip"? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Feb 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Food + Time x 2 - Money = Dinner

Chefing for two? What recipes/menus are good for a "cooking date" night, and will keep my boyfriend and I occupied for a couple hours on a Sunday evening? Frugality level: high. Dietary restrictions: none [more inside]
posted by itesser on Jan 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Better than PepperPlate?

Help me find a better alternative to PepperPlate for storing recipes. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Let's get corny

I'm participating in a Thanksgiving potluck this weekend. I've been assigned a corn based dish - possibly a casserole of some sort. I'm not a good cook, but can manage simple things. Does anyone have any favorite corn based recipes that are more involved than heating up frozen or canned veggies? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 16, 2011 - 31 answers

Sorry, Shari Lewis, but I've got to eat...

Best lamb shoulder recipe? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Nov 15, 2011 - 11 answers

It's like Chopped. I just don't want it all in the same dish.

We visited the local Mexican market today, and bought a ton of stuff...and I need some help figuring out what to do with it. I need recipes/ideas for what to do with: fresh guava, dried pasilla chiles, a massive pork cheek, frozen shredded coconut, cajeta, and a ton of limes (12 for one dollar!!!). [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Nov 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Plain granola -- no, really plain

Looking for a plain granola recipe. [more inside]
posted by liet on Oct 29, 2011 - 6 answers

chicken galangal lemongrass recipe

Give me a great recipe that uses chicken, galangal (fresh) and lemongrass. Other exotic ingredients OK. Probably on rice. Not too much chilli. Thanks!
posted by wilful on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Too. Many. Salads.

Dying of food boredom. Need lowish calorie dinner recipes! [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Sep 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Easy low-carb vegetarian snacks and meals?

Any recommendations for very easy low-carb ovo-lacto vegetarian snacks or meals other than egg dishes or tofu stir fries?
posted by shivohum on Sep 6, 2011 - 15 answers

So what can I make with this Le Creuset "french" oven?

[cooking filter] Simple but awesome vegetarian (or pescatarian) recipes using a Le Creuset french oven? [more inside]
posted by perkinite on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

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