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help us replace boxed rice with rice cooker recipes

Hi, me and mrs.chasles and the two littlest chasleses all eat rice, and how! we cook a LOT of white rice in the rice cooker but for flavored rice (think uncle bens type stuff) we switch to the boxes. they are great and savory but very high in sodium and quite a bit more expensive than white rice in the cooker. so how do we migrate from boxed to recipes in the rice cooker (or slow cooker)? the flavors we usually buy are like chicken and herb, wild mushroom, that sort of thing. nothing cheesey etc. In other words is it as simple as "throw some mushrooms in with the rice" or do we need to get more complex? Now with the background out of the way here is the question distilled down: how do we get that intense creamy flavor in a rice cooker? we are both good in the kitchen, so complexity or make-in-advance are all ok for us! thanks for helping!
posted by chasles on Apr 11, 2014 - 18 answers

 

Armageddon tired of messy kitchens

What are your tips and tricks for keeping your kitchen clean while preparing and cooking? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia on Mar 3, 2014 - 23 answers

We need a battery-powered smoke alarm compatible with cooking.

Our current detector goes off even with fairly innocuous oven and range use. Surely this problem has been addressed by manufacturers...help? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 28, 2014 - 13 answers

MetaVinegar

I've seen lots of mentions on the blue, green and elsewhere saying how great vinegar is in cooking, how some people have 40 different kinds for all different reasons. Thing is, I've never really used it except as directed by a recipe, so I've never developed a good sense for how it interacts with other food -- I have no instinct for it. Can the hive mind point me at resources or otherwise fill me in on the role vinegar(s) can play in food?
posted by Decimask on Feb 19, 2014 - 20 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

Hiring a reliable friend

Let's say at some point in the future I need a doctor-mandated live-in caretaker - someone to drive me to and from appointments, keep an eye on me, and help me with keeping myself fed and keeping my house and life in order while I fight an illness or recover from major surgery. Normally this would be a friend or family member. What would I call someone whom I hire to do this? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Extra Plum butter

As one of my christmas cookies, I made Plum pinwheels (similar) this past christmas, and was left with a bit too much plum jam/butter. What else can I cook with it? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Jan 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Vegetable soup hacks?

It has literally been a couple of decades (maybe 3) since I threw a bunch of vegetables in a pot and made vegetables soup. What are your tricks and hacks for vegetable soup? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Dec 30, 2013 - 23 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

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

Christmas goose problems!

I have a beautiful, just shot wild goose! Except I didn't expect to receive a wild rather than tame goose, and I have no bacon or other fat to cover it in. How can I cook this without turning it into leather? Help? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate 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

What are the jazz standards of your kitchen?

I'm pretty recipe-bound in the kitchen. I'd like to get better at improvising. I'm looking for things to cook that are instantly identifiable and delicious despite major changes in the ingredients list, the culinary equivalent of a jazz standard that can be played a thousand different ways while still being itself. Dishes that have the weird recognisability of Benderick Cumblebatch's name. What have you got? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Dec 18, 2013 - 35 answers

Mushy Meatballs

I'm making a cocktail-sized version of these baked chicken meatballs for a party tonight, and my meatball mixture is super mushy. (Which I now know is a feature of cooking with ground chicken...) I need help in figuring how to stiffen these things up! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Dec 16, 2013 - 19 answers

Orange segment recipes.

I like making candied orange peels. This leaves me with 1-2 oranges worth of orange segments, but 95% of orange recipes are about zest or juice, or require way too many oranges (eg. marmalade, and previous similar questions). Do you have any recipes that only uses the flesh of an orange, and which is cooked or baked?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Why won't my carmel....carmel?

Two attempts to make carmel sauce have gone wrong. Hivemind, tell me what I'm doing wrong and lead me to Thanksgiving Pie Glory. [more inside]
posted by zara on Nov 27, 2013 - 21 answers

Smoked salmon + pasta ?

Is there a delicious way of combining sliced smoked salmon and pasta for dinner? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Nov 21, 2013 - 22 answers

Days of wine and oxtails...

What's the best wine to use to cook oxtails? According to the recipe, I should"use a wine that [I'd] enjoy drinking." Ah, but I enjoy drinking a lot of different kinds of wine. I've googled and looked at previous AskMes, but all I really get are suggestions on what to pair with beefy dishes. Is that what I should be using to cook with, too?
posted by LynnDee on Nov 17, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm dumb. How many cups of beans?

The recipe says "2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight". Does it mean 2 cups of the beans after soaking, or before soaking? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Help us up our taco game!

So the fiance (eee) and I are participating in a local food festival based around a particular brand of smoker. One of the recipes we'd like to try is detailed inside and I have a rough idea of how I'd like to present it but we need ideas for a sauce and/or slaw. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Nov 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Japanese (and Korean?) Home Cooking Techniques

Looking recently at home-cooked Japanese (and to some extent, Korean) meals, I notice again that they tend to be composed of several separate parts. I have trouble cooking multiple, separate pieces to a meal without creating exponential work for myself. I'm looking for videos demonstrating typical and/or efficient Japanese or Korean home cooking. Any language, with or without subtitles, is fine. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Oct 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Soup for Dummies

I love soup but stink at making it from scratch. Hit me with your best recipes and tips for making soup! [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Oct 14, 2013 - 47 answers

What are some savory vegetables that can be prepared like sweet fruit?

What are some savory vegetables that can be prepared like sweet fruit? And vice versa? [more inside]
posted by minerthreat on Sep 19, 2013 - 43 answers

Squashes, how do they work?

There has got to be a better way to deal with winter squashes than the hacking/swearing/brute-force method I'm using right now. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Sep 13, 2013 - 36 answers

Oh my darling, oh my darling mandarin

I have a small bag full of mandarins (clementines to you yanks) that are kinda past their prime. They're not completely off (ie not mouldy) and also don't have that semi-dessicated dryness that some mandarins get. They taste more like orange juice that is a couple of days past its use-by date: slightly fermented. I do not like this taste and don't want to eat them raw, which is what I normally do with mandarins. What can I do with them besides throw them away? I've never cooked with them before and also don't know what would work well to get rid of that slightly off taste. I don't have the equipment to turn them into mandarin marmalade even if I liked marmalade (which I don't) so I would appreciate non-jammy solutions.
posted by Athanassiel on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Source for myrtle leaves and berries

Where can I order myrtle leaves and berries online for delivery to the United States? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Sep 6, 2013 - 6 answers

When do you need to pre-heat the oven?

Is it always necessary to pre-heat the oven? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Aug 30, 2013 - 21 answers

I have time and tamarind paste

I would like to make worcestershire sauce in my kitchen. I have an extensive spice cabinet and I can get my hands on anything and everything else necessary. I'm willing to toast, mince, simmer, ferment, and strain for as long as it takes. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 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

Which Indian spices should I get to be able to cook Indian food?

I have a gift card for a fancy spice store, and the only spices that are missing from my kitchen are Indian food spices, which is a shame because I LOVE Indian food. What spices/herbs/seeds/nuts should I get to be able to cook complete Indian dishes? And what should I make with them? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Dishes without onions or garlic

Two of my close friends are allergic to onions and garlic, and I'm running out of ideas for food to make when they come over! Please help me think of some new dishes to try. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Jul 26, 2013 - 21 answers

What in the world do I bring to a Presbyterian covered dish dinner?

I have been racking my brain all week trying to figure out a main dish to bring to a Presbyterian covered dish dinner I have to go to this Sunday. Normally this would not require this much brainpower but of course, it has a theme: international. The other challenge-we are on a pretty tight budget at the moment. I need something edible, inexpensive, and with at least a tepid nod of the head to the theme. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 26, 2013 - 32 answers

Food and cooking on a budget in Manhattan?

How does one do food shopping and eat healthily on a very constrained budget in Manhattan? I'm looking for resources: specific stores that have 'dented' food items, websites for good local deals, etc. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 28, 2013 - 21 answers

ISO: Confit Reference

I have an immersion circulator. Confit is delicious. What's the best reference for making lots of interesting confits? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Jun 26, 2013 - 4 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

How can I learn to grocery shop and cook on a college budget?

I'm going into my senior year college and have relied on a fraternity meal plan and eating out often. What should I be buying at the grocery store regularly, and what are some quick and healthy meals to make regularly? [more inside]
posted by seandq on Jun 17, 2013 - 29 answers

Cake Storage Strategies: Whipped Meringue Frosting Edition

I just frosted a cake using Martha Stewart's whipped frosting recipe, and now I'm stressing out about how to store the cake until tomorrow. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jun 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Morel preparation for a n00b

I impulse-bought 0.2 lbs of morels at the market. Now what do I do!? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Jun 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Best practices for eating organic, minus the bugs

I get organic produce from either a local Whole Foods or farmer's market, and some items (especially lettuces) come with a fair share of bugs. I totally prefer this to ingesting a bunch of pesticides, but I would like to minimize my bug contact/ingestion as much as possible. Specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jun 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Does this even do anything at all other than turn the water brown?

Why do I put Worcestershire sauce in the water when boiling pasta? That is, when the water comes to a boil, just before I put the pasta in? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on May 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Can you save our pork chops?

We grilled boneless pork chops on the propane grill w/a bit of bbq sauce last night. Is there a way to cook it further to make it more tender? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek on May 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Cooking Classes in DC for my friends

My friends are moving from Brooklyn to DC and I would like to gift them cooking classes in their new area. Any recommendations? A place similar to Brooklyn Kitchen, with diverse classes with a foodie, hip bent is what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Apr 18, 2013 - 9 answers

So how do I clean my egg beater?

I just want to know if anybody has a tip about keeping my hand-cranked rotary egg beater clean. [more inside]
posted by cellura p on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 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

Freshly grated parmesan cheese - turns blue in a copper bowl?

My SO and I were having some italian-themed chicken wings, and had some fresh-grated parmesan cheese on the side in a copper bowl. After our meal, we were cleaning up and transferring the leftovers to the fridge for storage, and the cheese on the bottom of the bowl had turned a light blue. Does anyone know why this happened? Given that it happened over only a few hours to just the cheese in contact with the bowl, I'm thinking it was some kind of reaction with the copper.
posted by mikurski on Apr 3, 2013 - 10 answers

WHEY does nobody use powder for any savory dishes?

Does anybody use whey protein powder to cook anything savory, especially any dinner dishes? I realize this is a longshot question, but web searches haven't turned up much of anything. And again, I'm looking specifically for any successful recipes that use the whey protein powder, rather than fresh whey. Thank you, o hypothetical kitchen wizards!
posted by DeWalt_Russ on Mar 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Chicken Phobic

I have taken the fear of salmonella to new levels. Explain to me how to cook and store chicken please! [more inside]
posted by amycup on Mar 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Cooking With Mulberries?

It's Berry Season! On my kitchen ledge I have a enormous punnet of fresh mulberries - more than we can possibly eat fresh. I need to use them up before they spoil, but it's not a fruit I'm very familiar with. Please share your mulberry recipes! (Ones involving baking would be favorite!)
posted by tabubilgirl on Mar 23, 2013 - 15 answers

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