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Beef cheeks and other off-cuts - please give me your recipes for winter

Winter here and I've dusted off my slow-cooker. What are your favourite recipes for the inexpensive cuts of beef that are well suited to long, slow, low-heat cooking? Bonus Mefi-miles* for minimising the fat content. I tend to cook big batches on the weekend, freeze portions and microwave as needed of an weekday evening. *loyalty points, or favourites I guess [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on May 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Winter, we're coming

My wife has accepted a post-doc position in the University of Wisconsin system with duration of around two years. Where exactly in Wisconsin is slightly up in the air, but no matter where we end up, we have a host of questions to ask about moving there and Wisconsin life in general. Once we know where we're actually going, we may have more questions about the area, but right now I think our biggest concern is winter. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Apr 29, 2014 - 78 answers

What caused this ice formation in my mother's birdbath?

A few years ago, my mother sent me pictures of this odd ice formation that she found in her birdbath, wondering if I had any idea how it formed. I asked around on Facebook and none of my friends could identify it, but no such luck. I just occurred to me today to ask Ask. Here are the pictures: birdbath and close-up. Any thoughts on how that shape was created? This was winter 2010, in Connecticut.
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Why does the road salt (in the Northeast, anyway) come from far away?

With all these winter storms here in the Northeast (and Midwest and South), I've been hearing a lot about salt supply issues. Supposedly much of it has to come from Chile...but there are plenty of salt mines in North America, aren't there? What about solar evaporation from the ocean right here? Wouldn't such sources save on the costs and environmental impact of shipping long distances? Are domestic sources just exhausted by demand in the Midwest and parts of the South far from ports?
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Winterizing with cats

I live in a drafty old house and have recently winterized the windows using a kit from Home Depot. It works pretty well! But these bad cats really, really like to claw through the plastic. Is there a more cat-proof option?
posted by munyeca on Jan 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Remember back when you didn't like getting socks for the Holidays?

Point me to your favorite winter socks. Because it's cold here. Really, really cold, and every single pair of socks I own has holes. All of them. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jan 6, 2014 - 31 answers

Things to do in Denver when it's cold?

Besides skiing, of course. I think myself and Ms Jo will be in Denver area for 4 days or so within the next two weeks. We may ski one day, but prefer just being out of doors and walking and hiking. Is this too crazy given the season? I would love to go to a hot springs but the closest one looks kinda cheesy/expensive. We will have a car. I like beer. Suggestions for activities and accommodations are welcome. Basically, I am looking for a non-ski reason to go Denver area this month for 3 or 4 days. If the answer is to come back later (during brew fest and better hiking weather, so be it).
posted by J0 on Jan 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Power is out! So, how long until my pipes burst?

I have a small weekend cottage. I am currently 2 hours away from said cottage and the power there went out 3.5 hours ago. The temperature there is currently -2 F. Power company estimates return of power around midnight. Are my pipes going to freeze? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Jan 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Truck + plow blade. Snow-covered driveway ending in garage. Can it work?

Dumb question: can a pick-up truck with a plow blade clear a short straight driveway that goes from the street right up to a garage? By design, the plow is intended push snow in front of it—so won't the result be a pile of snow against the garage door? Or can the blade be raised high enough so that the driver can move it over a mound of snow, lower the blade, and drive backward to pull the snow away? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Where is the best man's scarf?

I don't want to find a good men's scarf. I want to find the best men's scarf. It should be non-wooly/scratchy, smooth to the touch, long enough and thick enough to be wrapped around the neck and draped over the front to create an insulation layer while waiting on cold train platforms and be in a "masculine" pattern/color that would suit most coats. It should also be durable and long lasting, I want a scarf you could wear without comment for 20 years and then be buried with it. Where is this scarf?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 11, 2013 - 31 answers

Woman's long dress coat

Help me find a Christmas present for girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Dec 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Best radiant/oil heater?

My apartment doesn't have central heating, and space heaters aren't doing the job. It never gets below freezing here, but does get pretty chilly (maybe 40ish at the lowest) after dark. I have a couple of space heaters, but they don't really heat the full space (two rooms, about 300 sq. feet each), and so I'm left with just sitting right in front of the heater, so there's hot air blowing right on me, which is uncomfortable and dries out my skin like crazy. A friend recommended a radiant or oil heater, but didn't know a lot of specifics. Has anyone used these? Are they better than the type of space heater that just blows out hot air? And, do you have any recommendations for specific brands?
posted by rainbowbrite on Dec 3, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I exercise in winter?

I have been running 3 to 4 miles every other day since about June of this year. It has become a very important part of maintaining my mental health, and now that winter has arrived it has been nearly impossible to run. What do I do now to stay active and sane? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Nov 30, 2013 - 23 answers

How to drive cross country - safely - in the winter?

I'm driving from DC to Washington State in a few weeks, and will take the northern route (OH, IL, IA, SD, MT, ID, WA). I'm concerned about wintry weather, and want to take precautions for a safe drive. What are some best steps or considerations to get there safely? What worked well for you in similar circumstances? [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Nov 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Understanding space heaters?

We have a large (~500 sq ft) family room which is not connected to our central heat. We'd like to use a space heater (maybe 2 *) to heat it in the winter. What's the difference between the cheap little ones and the more expensive ones? [more inside]
posted by mattu on Nov 9, 2013 - 10 answers

What's to like about having a fall birthday?

I’m currently expecting my first child, who is due around Halloween. I have some minor and probably totally inconsequential—yet nagging—worries about her expected birthdate, and would love if those of you who are late fall babies OR a parent of a late fall baby would come in and assuage my concerns. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Aug 7, 2013 - 75 answers

Sports cars for Canadian winters?

I want a sports car. I live in Winnipeg. This does not compute. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Mar 20, 2013 - 26 answers

What's the mid Florida coast like for winter rentals?

We are looking for a way to get out of the cold for at least two months during the northeast winter and have been trying to figure out if its possible to rent a small ( one bedroom) place in the coast of Florida. But not near the hustle and bustle of Miami or Boca. We are looking for a laid back sleepy and affordable spot to be and stay warm during Feb/March, any ideas?
posted by privatechef on Feb 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Okay to wear scarf with hood?

Can you wear a scarf with a hooded jacket or sweatshirt without looking like a jerk?
posted by rmttws on Jan 4, 2013 - 14 answers

DTMFSBA

This is the last straw. After a major blowout on Sunday morning I'm about to end a ten-year, majorly dysfunctional, very high-maintenance relationship. I'm dumping my Craftsman Snow blower for a new one. Tell me what you love about your snow blower. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Techniques for fighting the anxiety dragons?

This winter I'm having a lot of low-level anxiety. What methods have you found helpful in dealing with anxiety day-to-day? Any and all anxiety dragon fighting techniques appreciated. [more inside]
posted by oranger on Dec 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Hypothermia, be gone! XC skiing in Norway, seeking clothing help

Cross-country Skiing Outfit: I'm seeking clothing advice so that I don't freeze when XC skiing for the first time this winter (in Norway). [more inside]
posted by fakelvis on Dec 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Too small for tricks?

12" BMX bike for 12-year old? [NYcares Winter wishes filter] [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Nov 29, 2012 - 7 answers

A zombie's gotta keep warm donchaknow

What do you use for an outer layer when it's cold (0-30 F) but not raining? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Nov 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Dry Skin Solutions

My skin is really dry due to aging. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by valeries on Nov 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Help keep us on the road this winter!

Winter tire filter: Looking for new winter tires for a 4-door Pontiac Sunfire. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Oct 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Road trip from California to Chicago in late December. Are we crazy?

Is planning a late-December road trip from California to Chicago madness? Mr. Quince, our sweet pup, Lincoln, and I would like to take a road trip from Northern California to Chicago and back. We've done it several times taking I-80, but always during non-winter seasons. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by quince on Oct 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Car or no car in Aspen/Snowmass?

Should I ditch my car for the winter while working in Snowmass Village? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Dress nicely

FashionFilter: Help me find an awesome coat. This one on Etsy is the best one I've found so far, but I hesitate to buy something I can't try on before I buy or return if I don't like. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Oct 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I get a fatbike?

Should I get a fatbike? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Oct 8, 2012 - 18 answers

What is it like to live in Snowmass, Colorado?

I'm going to be bartending in Snowmass for at least the winter. Aside from already being acclimated, what do I need to know about living and working Snowmass and Colorado in general having only lived as an adult in Oregon and Arizona. [more inside]
posted by efalk on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Grounded Snowbirds need help

Snowbird can't fly south this year, help me make it through a Canadian winter, my first. Tell me all you think I need to know about keeping warm and sane. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Jul 17, 2012 - 39 answers

May in Nova Scotia. Cold? Buggy?

May in Nova Scotia. Cold? Buggy? Wet? [more inside]
posted by gyusan on Feb 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Strike up the music the band has begun - Groundhog Day Celebration

Has anyone here traveled to Punxsutawney, PA to celebrate Groundhog Day? Does anyone live there? What kind of stuff is there to do? What are the sites to see? Places to eat? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Feb 2, 2012 - 10 answers

On winter boots confusion

Do you own UGG boots ? Could you tell me a little bit more about your experience wearing them ? [more inside]
posted by Jireel on Jan 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Bad way to start the day.

The air is usually very dry in the winter. Why are my car windows always frosted over without exception? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

A Very Missouri New Years: what to do outside of St Louis for New Years

A Very Missouri New Years: what to do outside of St Louis for New Years [more inside]
posted by scrambles on Dec 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Switzerland in the winter without winter gear

What should I see and do in/around Zurich and Bern? [more inside]
posted by madokachan on Dec 15, 2011 - 5 answers

In-room humidifier experiences?

Tell me about your in-room humidifiers... [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Dec 13, 2011 - 27 answers

Need a non-wool, non-feather, hypoallergenic bedspread

Can anyone suggest a hypoallergenic blanket that's not wool or feathers? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 27, 2011 - 10 answers

What fictional holidays can we celebrate this year?

What are your favorite fictional holidays? This winter, my partner and I want to celebrate as many Christmas-like made-up holidays as possible. Our list includes Hogswatch (Discworld), Winter Veil (World of Warcraft), Crimbo (from Kingdom of Loathing), Festivus (which is increasingly less fictional), Life Day (from the Star Wars Christmas Special), and the Ice Festival (from Maria V. Snyder's fantasy books). Are there any more that we can add to our calendar?
posted by Tesseractive on Nov 23, 2011 - 27 answers

Trying to find new-type winter tires to fit older car

I know very little about car tires. Having problems finding a Blizzak-type winter tire, and retailer of same, for lady friend's older car. Advice gratefully accepted! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 11, 2011 - 13 answers

The Winter of My Herbs' Discontent

How do I not kill my herbs this winter? Container gardening in NYC. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Oct 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Winter heating confusion

How do I use a programmable thermostat/heater efficiently in the winter? Specifically, how cold should I let it get when no one is home? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Oct 24, 2011 - 9 answers

I need ideas for promoting winter bicycling!

Give me your great ideas for promoting winter cycling in frigid Wisconsin! [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Sep 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Please don't take my sunshine away...

What small rituals or activities prepare you mentally for the onset of fall and winter and then help you get through the bleak, grey cold? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Sep 9, 2011 - 54 answers

Ideas for a short winter break for two?

Long time, first time. Looking for travel ideas: want to take the kid (23) for a treat-holiday over Christmas break. Specs include a short-ish flight out of NY, cold weather, shopping and museums, coffee and cocktails, not too terribly expensive, two female travelers, maybe 5 days. [more inside]
posted by henry scobie on Aug 16, 2011 - 9 answers

winter fishing on Cape Cod?

So how's the fishing on Cape Cod this time of year? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me get to a quiet place in MA, NH, VT or ME

Looking for recommendations for a winter retreat in New England for as much as a month. [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Jan 4, 2011 - 6 answers

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