I have a 2+ lb. tri tip steak that's been marinating (soy, lemon, sugar, garlic) for 24 hours and I have to concede I can't consume it by tonight. Which will make for a less mushy and sad eating experience? Do I grill it today and freeze the cooked beef for later consumption? Or do I freeze it now, uncooked, still in the marinade, and then grill it later, thawed?
I was good at remembering that we ran out of bay leaves. Unfortunately, I was also good at forgetting that I had already bought them. Is there a good way to use a lot of bay leaves? [more inside]
What can I substitute in place of pearled sorghum? [more inside]
My sister likes to cook, and I want to get her an interesting ingredient to experiment with for Christmas. However, she's taking a 2 month trip soon (Feb-April) and then moving cross-country, so whatever I get has to be easily transportable and can't go bad too soon. [more inside]
How do I keep my blender from cavitating when making thicker things? [more inside]
Where do I buy country ham on the internet? What type of country ham am I looking for? I've been watching Mind of a Chef on Netflix, and they show this dry aged ham that hangs out in the open air, and then the chef slices it ever, so, thinly, yumm, and you don't need to cook it further. You just eat it with breakfast. (Kind of like prosciutto?) [more inside]
USA-based sausage question: What's the difference between sausage and breakfast sausage? Can I use breakfast sausage in stuffing for a turkey? [more inside]
So I screwed up. We're having early Thanksgiving this weekend. My wife picked up a local turkey, frozen, stored it in a refrigerator, and gave it to me to take home and do either a sink thaw or put it in our fridge. "Don't leave it in the car," she said. Guess what? [more inside]
I made took a simple chicken and noodles recipe and doctored it up a little bit with onions, celery, shallots, and carrots. Otherwise the same recipe (I added a like 2 ounces more broth than they called for, and cream of mushroom instead of chicken). I'm not sure what happened, but the result in my crock pot with ~2 hours remaining is very, very soupy, and doesn't look right at all. Is there anything I could do to salvage this and make it creamy?
A newly vegan friend's birthday is coming up, and I want to assemble a gift box of four to six jars of high-quality spices and herbs for her. So, vegan cooks of the green, what herbs, spices, and blends do you find indispensable? [more inside]
They say you shouldn't rinse chicken before cooking because it just spreads bacterial contamination (and I agree). But how, then, am I supposed to deal with brining chicken, which involves both dumping out raw chicken water and rinsing the raw meat? (Assume I am not interested in dry brining.) [more inside]
I am seeking the absolute most top-notch way to make popcorn at home. Ideally, it would be air-popped, though I could use a little oil if needed. Looking for recommendations on both cooking method/devices, popcorn types, and any other accoutrements. [more inside]
I will be making individual pastries for 180 people. What tricks can I use to streamline the process, and what is the most efficient workflow? [more inside]
My vegetable soup is bland - can it be resurrected with additional seasoning? [more inside]
I'm abroad for a year and the crappy knife I brought along is getting to be a drag. I'd love to by a chef's knife for daily use that would also be a nice souvenir of Barcelona. Is there a good but not extravagant chef's knife made around here? If so, where should I buy it? [more inside]
Today, even the most obscure ingredient can often be sourced with the click of a few buttons, but back in the day... I'm looking for examples of recent (+/- last 100 yrs) groups of immigrants coming to the US and how either not having access to their usual ingredients or having access to new ingredients may have impacted their traditional recipes. [more inside]
There are many, many varieties of garlic available at my local farmers’ market. I decided to throw a garlic-tasting party. The general idea is to pick the best-tasting garlic variety(ies) to plant in my back yard this fall. I need your ideas on what to cook. [more inside]
My all-time favorite food is Mexican/Latin american food. I'm a pretty accomplished cook and I am semi-fluent in Spanish, as such, I am looking for your best, traditional Spanish Language latin american cookbooks/recipe websites. [more inside]
Can a blender reasonably substitute for a food processor? [more inside]
Looking for recipes and meal ideas for hosting (usually a couple of people) for dinner on weeknights with a bit of a wow factor. Prep around or under 1 hour, vegetarian, reasonable clean up time are all helpful! [more inside]
How long does an open jar of minced garlic stay edible in a refrigerator? [more inside]
Can you recommend a cooking course/program/class sessions for someone in the Northern Virginia area (or DC near Tenleytown metro)? [more inside]
I have this pie-in-the-sky idea that I can make an apple crisp in a smoker whilst delicious meats are also cooking. The temperature would be around 220F, and I'm thinking 2.5 hours would do it. Have I wildly miscalculated? [more inside]
We are trying to clean out our pantry in advance of a house move, and want to use as much as possible to make snacks for our goodbye-old-house party. One of the things in our pantry is a box of S&B Japanese Curry mix (medium hot). Given that a big pot of curry isn't really a good finger food, what would you suggest we make with it? (For those who are not familiar with this ingredient, it is not a powder, but more like a stew/sauce base.)
I have a digital kitchen scale. I use it for all the things. Lately I've been doing infusions and measuring cat food. It's a little wibbly and finicky. Sometimes it doesn't register small additions of weight (and you have to press it down and let it remeasure). It's not accurate to its lowest increment (0.1 oz or 1 gram). [more inside]
By mistake I bought a bag of parboiled white rice the other day instead of my usual basmati. [more inside]
Inspired by reading this post regarding acquiring and restoring old cast iron pans, I thought I'd check my local Craigslist for deals. And I might have found one! [more inside]
I have a major aversion to cooking, at least as an all-the-time thing. Is it possible to change this? [more inside]
I have come into possession of three varieties of coconut milk, an intriguing liquid about which I know almost nothing. Can you tell me how these three varieties are supposed to be used? [more inside]
What are things you know to do while cooking that is essential to success yet is not always explicit in a recipe? [more inside]
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]
My friend wants to give a surprise gift of schmaltz (rendered chicken fat, not the metaphorical kind) to a Jewish friend of hers who is from Chicago, and wants to know whether or not to use onions. So, does anyone have a strong opinion either way? Apparently with no onions it's more subtle and nutty. But is it better with onions? Which method would be her best bet?
I just made a quadruple batch of egg noodles (some to use tonight, some to freeze). I forgot to put salt in them (it's called for in the recipe). Will it affect the texture at all, or is the salt optional?
We have leftover roast beef and roast vegetables. I would like to make a stew with this but we have no plans to eat it right away in the next week or so. Should I make the stew and then freeze it and then thaw the stew? Or should I freeze the ingredients and thaw them when we are ready to make and eat the stew?
I am roasting a whole lamb leg for Christmas day. I would like to cook it most of the way at my house, take it out, transport it to my sister's place and finish it off in her oven, so that it will be hot and freshly cooked when we sit down to lunch. Is this a fool's errand? [more inside]
Back in the late 90s, I remember seeing in a catalog a Martha Stewart line of Le Creuset cookware. What I remember is that the pots were light brown on the outside and eggshell blue on the INTERIOR. Google image search is showing me nothing, but I SWEAR these existed. Does anyone else remember this? Do you own this? Do pictures exist of these? [more inside]
The weather where I live is very humid. Which type of salt is most likely to stay dry enough to use in a salt grinder? [more inside]
I have volunteered to bring a vegetable tray to my in-laws' holiday gathering this weekend, and I'd like to take along a few dips for the veggies beyond the usual suspects. I also have some constraints, detailed within... [more inside]
I threw out our microwave the other day in a fit of frustration over the amount of space it took up compared to how rarely we use it, and with its general unreliability. Did I make a mistake or is modern life possible without a microwave? [more inside]
My delightful and delicious farm share provides me with a sizable bunch of dandelion greens every week. I'm looking for recipes that mask the bitterness. [more inside]
After a great deal of deliberation, a thorough reading of Fosterhood, and an inconceivable amount of bureaucratic obstacle weaving, we are currently parenting two foster children. They're Chinese. We aren't. They need to eat more soups, more vegetables. I need help figuring out how to make things they'll like. [more inside]
Hi! I'm hosting a dinner party. One of the attendees is a professional chef. MeFi, what do I feed my guests? [more inside]
I like to keep cooked or par-cooked food in the fridge, then throw together dinner. For example, I heat up some browned ground beef, cooked spinach, whatever other veggies, with taco seasoning and serve with guacamole, and I have "Mexican." I swap out the taco seasoning and guac for Worcestershire sauce and Parmesan cheese, and I have "English." Swap it out again for Italian seasoning and I have.., um... Italian. But that's my entire repertoire for this kind of meal. Can you suggest other flavor profiles? [more inside]
I'm attending a Ghibli-themed potluck this weekend, and I've volunteered to bring fried egg on toast from Laputa. However, I have two reservations. First, 20+ people will be bringing food and a full slice of toast + egg per person is just too much. Second, egg-on-toast is only really good when hot and freshly made. So I'm looking for suggestions re: variations (in either letter or spirit) on egg-on-toast that a) are portionable, and b) will stay delicious past ten minutes! [more inside]
Soon-to-be-metal-mouth needs your best soup recipes, stat. They also need to be paleo-friendly (no dairy, no grains, no processed sugars) and I would really prefer they be easy/quick! [more inside]
My significant other and I don't live together, and haven't yet come up with a practical or efficient way to cook and eat a healthful dinner together on weeknights when we're both busy during the day and don't get home until late. Looking for suggestions from other couples in the same situation who have figured out tricks, systems, routines, or plans that will help us streamline our dinnertime process. [more inside]
So I'm cruising through my new Ball canning cookbook and they have recipes for herb jellies, bwee!!! They all call for a good dry white wine. I've never been a wine drinker, so I'm looking for suggestions. What are some good, dry white wines that you've drunk and/or cooked with that you would recommend for basil and rosemary jelly? Since I'm going to be canning in large amounts, I would appreciate suggestions that aren't $100/bottle.
I'm in my early twenties and new at cooking, but can follow directions so that's a start. I'm just wondering whether I should buy a kindle version of a cookbook or stick with the paperback. I have limited storage space, which makes a kindle version very appealing. On the other hand, slightest slickness of the finger might not mix well with flipping pages on an iPad, not that I'd be handling my paperback slick with meat juice or something either. Veteran homemakers/cooks/chefs/etc. what are your thoughts?
I'm a vegetarian who is trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, I never bothered to gain cooking skills so I don't really know what normal dieters do to feed themselves during the week. Recipe suggestions, por favor? [more inside]
Why do sriracha and harissa disagree with my digestive system, when many other spicy foods that also contain chiles and garlic do not? [more inside]