If we assume the (increasingly accepted) view that sugar, in any decent quantity, is a highly unhealthy thing to eat, and that the main culprit is actually fructose, is there any good reason to not aggressively replace sugar or HFCS with dextrose? [more inside]
What was sugar like in Europe in 1631? If a recipe called for a couple ounces of sugar, was it conveniently granulated like it is now? [more inside]
I'll be accompanying a group of college students to a conference in New Orleans later in the week, and we're looking at going out to dinner Thursday night. Where should we go? We need somewhere on the cheaper side, maybe $15 max for entrees, with cheaper options available if they just want something small. Easy access from canal or the convention center area, and easy seating for around 12. [more inside]
We'll be in Rome for a short break in April. My wife and 10yo daughter are both vegetarians - I & my son eat meat. Can anyone recommend restaurants? [more inside]
The wife and I are visiting NYC next week, and we haven't been for more than 10 years. Unfortunately, we've only got one evening to spend before we move onto another city, but there are a lot of friends we'd like to see. I want to invite my friends to have a sit-down dinner with us to catch up, since there won't be time for anything else, but I have a few criteria... [more inside]
Can I use my mother's Falconware roasting dish on a gas hob without scorching the bottom? [more inside]
Short version: The family's primary cook and caregiver is in the hospital for an unknown length of time. It'll be two weeks minimum, could be a lot longer. Then she'll have a long recovery period at home. Her husband and I both theoretically can cook, though he's not very good, and I have medical complications. Between us we have to feed each other and a couple teenagers. Meal planning's fallen to me, but most of the shopping and cooking is on him. We need to survive until his wife's out of the hospital. Help? [more inside]
I am in the city for business tonight and will be left to my own devices for dinner. I would like someplace where I can sit at a somewhat quiet bar, read a book, and eat a reasonably priced burger. Help me Metafilter, I am paralyzed with indecision. [more inside]
I have left over slices of abs fab BBQ beef brisket from Franklin's BBQ in Austin, TX. It will have been at room temp for 12-16 hours, wrapped in plastic. I dearly want to eat this ... dare I?
I'll be in Toronto for project meetings. I'll be staying near the Eaton Centre, and likely on my own. Need some recommendations for nice noms at a comfortable price. [more inside]
I'm interested in food delivery services, preferably ones I can sign up for online. I'd like to try a number of them, whether they deliver from a restaurant ready to eat, a box of produce, deliver a box of food to make with a recipe, or to reheat, delivery a specialty item like booze or cookies or meals for particular diets, whatever. [more inside]
I'm looking for a recipe for a dish to bring to a Super Bowl party, but there are two complications: It has to relate to either the city in which the game is being played or to one the teams that are playing. In addition, we won't have time to do anything complicated on the day of the game. [more inside]
There are loads of similar questions already out there in the ether but I'm asking again because I have some dietary snowflakes and I'm the world's worst cook... [more inside]
Don't get me wrong -- I love em. Love the flavor, love the heat, such as it is. But they're not THAT hot, are they? [more inside]
What is the stuff in the middle right of this picture, looking kind of like pork rinds? [more inside]
I need to puree and strain 3 gallons a week of food for family members with various medical conditions. This takes a lot of time with my standard 6-cup blender and hand strainer. Are there wonderful machines that will make my life easier? Anything that will lead to less batches? Quicker blending? Mechanized straining? [more inside]
I'd love to improve my range of salads (or other things involving vegetables) to bring to work, but I'm finding just searching for recipes tricky because of a combination of foods I don't eat, a nut-free workplace, and the fact I live alone (so don't necessarily go through more delicate ingredients before they go bad.) I'd love your suggestions for things to try: special snowflake details inside. Recommendations for cookbooks, websites, etc. to mine also very welcome. [more inside]
I have an ethics question for fellow amateur radio operators who are also members of an active club. [more inside]
Hokkaido variety kabocha squash. I cut it in chunks and steamed it -- with the intention of eating it plain. It has lovely sweet chestnut flavor. But so dry and crumbley, like stale cake. Any suggestions on how I can repurpose this steamed squash? If I make soup, will the dry crumbles melt into the broth and make a smooth soup? Or I could mix it with mashed sweet potatoes. But again, I hope for a smooth texture without dry crumbles. Tools: I have only a standard blender. And a manual potato masher.
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]
Turkey defrosted for Thanksgiving. Sat in the fridge until yesterday, when it was re-frozen. If it safe to cook and eat? [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]
For the first time ever, my family is visiting Boston to celebrate Thanksgiving with my husband and me. I'm really excited, and I really need some help planning the dinner menu. [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?
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]
After years and years of not getting the pasta right, everyone in my circle of friends and beyond seems to know that you need to finish the pasta in the sauce, including some of the cooking water. It's such a vast improvement. Do you know similar simple "tricks" or methods from other regional cuisines? I remember reading this thread about Japanese and Korean cooking with great interest, but I'm curious about other cooking styles across the World as well. [more inside]
I never thought I'd ask one of these. Last night I poached some chicken breasts. I took them out of the water and left them on a plate on the kitchen bench, intending to put them in the fridge later. I forgot. So they've been sitting there for, call it 12 hours. Temperature I reckon between 17-14 C. Should they stay or should they go?
A local Asian restaurant makes a truly outstanding curry noodle soup with tofu. I'd like to figure out how to make the soup myself. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a coffee cake like there is carrot cake, chocolate cake, etc, and maybe has a coffee-flavored frosting to boot? I'm not talking about the "good accompaniment to coffee" dessert, but cake where coffee is the main ingredient/flavor. *note - not looking for chocolate cake where coffee is used to boost flavor/add moisture
I noticed that we've been going through kind of insane amounts of the Trader Joe's Greek-style yogurt recently. Since I'm already spending a small fortune on the stuff, I'd like to just try making my own. Any tips, recommendations, absolutely-best-yogurt-making devices EVAR? [more inside]
I really need to lose 20 pounds, and I'm psyching myself out before I even start. Help. [more inside]
I need a grocery app that my husband and I can both add to/sync lists for iOS (web interface nice but not mandatory). We've been using Buy Me a Pie, but it's gotten glitchy for us and won't let me add him to lists. I've seen this post, and will check out the other recs, but it's a year old, which is forever in app development time. Possible complication: spouse beta tests new iOS versions on his phone for work reasons.
We'll be in San Juan for a few days next month and I'm looking for recommendations for eating out. [more inside]
My wife and I are going on vacation early in September and would like to focus on fine dining. We live in the bay area and have been up to Sonoma/Napa many times as well as Portland and would like to broaden our horizons. Looking for both locations and restaurant recommendations. [more inside]
Thinking about heading to California for a week or so, starting out in Los Angeles then driving up to San Francisco. [more inside]
I have recently been put in charge of a small culinary library and would like it expand its selection of food/restaurant industry memoirs - I'm having a little trouble finding non-white authors. We've got Madhur Jaffrey, Jen Lin-Liu, Gillian Clark, and I found Eddie Huang. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
Can I order off menu at my local Chinese restaurants? If so, what is the best way to go about it? [more inside]
Currently visiting Seattle and went to Resto a few weeks ago and loved it. Can anyone recommend a restaurant that has a similar style of food, caters for a vegetarian and may have bookings available tomorrow (Monday)? We leave here in a few days so would like to fit in as much good food as possible.
I need to figure out how to make my cards useless at a few locations near me. [more inside]
My son wants to make rice balls that he made in his Japanese class and his teacher was kind enough to give him some of the seasoning they used. It looks like this (flickr). [more inside]
I've taken to making instant ramen with half veggie broth, half water or thereabouts — improves the taste and texture. But is using broth actually giving me any extra nutrients, or just doubling my dose of sodium? (I'm not deficient of anything, and my diet is otherwise pretty decent, this is just my go-to quick lunch at home)
How long does an open jar of minced garlic stay edible in a refrigerator? [more inside]
I'd rather buy organic food, but GMO and organic seem to be inseparable. Ignoring the question of whether GMO, organic, or any combination of these are good/bad for one's health, where can I find organic GMO food? I'd like to support biotechnology and genetic engineering, but not be subjected to pesticides.
Dig this jar of fermenting fennel in the style of sauerkraut. It's all bubbly and shit! But also the water at the top is all brownish and shit! Is this something I should be concerned about?
Will frozen veggies and rice work with higher-end rice cookers? [more inside]
I want to go out for a good meal with my family* for my 30th birthday, so I'm looking for a really good (but not too fancy) restaurant in London. Make me some recommendations! [more inside]
Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
As a Filipino-American living 1300 miles away from my mother's cooking, I would love to indulge my homesickness and eat Filipino treats in a restaurant. I live in a major metropolitan area, but can't sit down at a restaurant to eat adobo. Why is that? [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]
I'm trying to pick a fine dining restaurant on Orcas Island for my best friend's 50th birthday. It looks like the top options are The Inn at Ship Bay Restaurant and the New Leaf restaurant at the Outlook Inn. They both get great reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor, and they both have great views, and I need help choosing. [more inside]