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January 27

Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Allspice should also be a folk song

I have this sense that spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice have something in common in terms of how they taste and I'm wondering if there's any chemical or biochemical similarity between them that might go part of the way towards explaining that affinity. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 7:57 PM - 6 answers

Instant pot brown rice cooking time confusion

My brown rice package says it takes 25 minutes to cook conventionally, but most brown rice is supposed to take 40-60 minutes. I'm cooking it in an instant pot. I'm concerned about overcooking it, and wonder if I should reduce the cook time. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 6:42 PM - 5 answers

Make my chicken interesting.

I'm trying to modify my diet to low carb/high protein, and for various boring reasons my protein sources are essentially chicken and eggs. I've been having the eggs in boiled and omelet forms, and chicken (boneless) usually marinated in lemon juice/garlic/pepper/oregano. I like these versions, but I can tell boredom is around the corner. Can you suggest nice non-oven cooking styles for chicken and/or eggs that are healthy and not too complicated? Thanks in advance!
posted by Nieshka at 7:01 AM - 22 answers

dump it and forget about it recipes

I am seeking your favourite, single-step, 'dump it all into a pot' recipes along the lines of Marcella Hazan's famous tomato sauce. [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 4:58 AM - 19 answers

January 26

Where in DC can I get this specific style of Afghan/Pakistani kabobs?

I used to be able to find spicy Afghan kabobs when visiting DC but for the past few years I've only been able to find their milder cousins. Where should I try the next time I'm in the area? [more inside]
posted by Candleman at 7:05 PM - 7 answers

January 25

I falafel about this.

Can I bake falafel in one slab? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 4:25 PM - 19 answers

January 24

Big non-bready breakfast ideas

What are some recipes you love for a non-bready big weekend breakfast? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 10:01 AM - 23 answers

Can I eat this? The Costco chicken edition.

Bought a rotisserie chicken from Costco on Sunday. It was refrigerated immediately and has stayed that way. I think it smells fine, but there’s a three-day rule in our house regarding leftovers. [more inside]
posted by ohcanireally at 8:46 AM - 31 answers

January 23

Did we get high on this tea?

The parents took a trip to Hawaii. They brought back some kind of white tea in a canvas bag. They brewed it for us and we seemed to legitimately experience a moderate high. What happened? What did we drink? [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja at 2:19 PM - 9 answers

Diet Mt Dew - always by my side

Should I replace my morning Diet Mt Dew with a caffeine pill? Because soda is terrible for us, right? [more inside]
posted by kinsey at 9:25 AM - 32 answers

What kind of tacos should I make?

I have corn tortillas and would like to make tacos. There's ground beef and some pork loin in the freezer, and a ripe avocado on the counter. I'm a good cook, but need some inspiration. [more inside]
posted by serathen at 5:13 AM - 7 answers

January 21

Help me take a key lime pie to the next level!

I'm making a key lime pie for a fancy communal dinner party. What can I do to make it amazing? Either interesting changes to the pie itself or cool little ways to plate it up? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 11:04 PM - 25 answers

January 20

ChicagoFilter: Best lunch specials around the Lakeview area?

A friend and I really like going out for workday lunch - I work at home in Lakeview so it's nice to be able to get the lunch specials at local places. We're always looking to try new places; what are some of your favorite lunch specials in the area? It's surprisingly hard to search places by lunch special. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 3:05 PM - 1 answers

January 19

What should a vegetarian do to have a great hot pot experience?

What tips and advice do you have for vegetarian hot pot? This is the place. Assume they have any and every vegetable, noodle, or sauce. What should I do to have the best most delicious experience? I’m a total amateur and don’t know what I’m doing.
posted by andoatnp at 12:42 PM - 8 answers

fancy schmancy weekend brunch

We're getting into a routine of making weekend brunches that are fancier than our normal pancakes or waffles, but I'm also running out of ideas fast. What are your favorite fancy make at home weekend breakfasts or brunches (or not necessarily even "fancy", just fussier than normal, either because of preparation or ingredients)? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy at 9:16 AM - 36 answers

January 18

Muffin Madness

More baking questions from me! Y'all were so helpful in the past, I'm asking about muffins this time [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 10:39 PM - 6 answers

looking for recipes using lots of maple syrup

We were given a quart of NY maple syrup and we're looking for ways to use it up. We've used maple syrup in cooking lots of times, but it's generally in small quantities. Any ideas for using up a substantial amount of this quart? Complications follow. [more inside]
posted by maurice at 6:24 AM - 30 answers

Slow cooker base got wet! Can I use it?

Unfortunately, the based to my slow cooker got immersed in water by someone trying to be helpful and clean it. I came home to it drying upside down on a towel, having obviously been immersed or cleaned with a lot of water. I could tell a small amount of water was inside the casing. This was about 2 months ago and I haven't touched it since. Will I kill myself or a family member if I try to use it??
posted by schwinggg! at 6:23 AM - 7 answers

January 17

Tastiest. Decluttering mission. Ever.

I've had a habit of stocking my pantry with funky random ingredients on a whim - I'll be browsing in a little mom-and-pop Italian-foods store and pick up a weird flavored pasta, or I'l feel like I need to be stocked up with marzipan for some reason. And then I end up not using it because I can't think what to do with it. One of my resolutions is to finally eat some of the damn stuff - and in some cases I need suggestions for how. Ingredients giving me a hard time inside. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:08 AM - 37 answers

Is there a reverse nutrition database app or website?

I'm trying to count calories lately and often find myself with a certain number of calories left in my budget and no lunch ideas. Is there someplace out there where I can put in how many calories I want to eat and it spits out common things I can order/get at the store? [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja at 9:30 AM - 1 answers

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