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I've noticed a specific taste/texture that I really like in chicken thighs prepared in restaurants - but I don't know what this quality might be called or how to make that magic happen in my own kitchen. [more inside]
I've started eating in a low carb way, not particularly aiming for ketosis or counting macronutrients, just avoiding bread, potatoes, rice and pasta (these are usually a fairly big part of my diet). The goal is weight loss - I'm in good general health, no diabetes or high blood pressure, but carrying 20kg more than I would like. My diet over the past two weeks has consisted mainly of meats of various kinds, full-fat yogurt, fruits and vegetables. I've noticed a few effects, and I'm not sure if these are temporary effects of the adjustment in diet, or potential deal-breakers. [more inside]
We have a tradition of eating the takeout leftovers from the night before as breakfast the next day (chilaquiles, cheesecake-stuffed waffles, spaghetti fritatta, etc.) However when we get pizza we always end up eating it straight as warmed up pizza for brunch. Anyone have any actually tested treatments for pizza in the morning? (Putting it on a bagel has been considered.) (Just slapping an egg on it isn’t beneath of us but that’s just about the only other idea I’ve had.)
Trader Joe's sells these delicious sesame honey almonds and sesame honey cashews that are great for snacking. At the end of the bag, there are significant residual sesame seeds leftover, along with some broken nuts. We're talking at least a quarter cup. What can I do with these sesame seeds so they don't go to waste? [more inside]
I have several packages of shelf stable Almond Milk (some are Almond Breeze and some are Kirkland Brand) that have a best before date of June 2019. I thought I remembered reading that some foods can be consumed long after their best before date, but I'm not sure if that mean 18 months after. Are these safe to drink? Or should I toss them? In case it matters, most of the cartons were in my basement but I think a few were in the garage.
I am trying to drink more water. I would like some of it to taste good. Please give me your suggestions. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Oops. I added dried lupini beans to soup instead of other beans. Is it possible to boil the soup to the point of edibility or should I toss the whole thing and start over? [more inside]
I mistakenly ordered 2 lbs of feta with my groceries this past week. What should I do with this abundance?
Do you have a flavored popcorn recipe you like? Will you share it with me? I'm especially interested in lower-calories snacks, but I'm open to any of your favorites! I make it on the stovetop, in case that makes any difference.
What can I cook with 1 pound quantities of ground beef or ground pork that doesn’t use tomato sauce or hot/spicy ingredients and isn’t “heavy?” [more inside]
I froze a big tub of Greek yoghurt because I was going out of town for a few weeks. I've now defrosted it in the fridge and it's gone from thick and creamy to a watery soup. Can I put it to good use? Perhaps in baking or in a curry or something... Or should I just throw it away?
We bake a lot and end up with a lot of stale bread. I've been thinking I'd like to use some of it to make croutons. What are your best recipes, tips, and advice for crunchy and delicious croutons? And how do you use them?
What is the best cookbook for Mexican food? I order a lot of take-out from the local taco trucks and I would like to start making some of this stuff at home. [more inside]
[colectomy filter] A friend is having his colon removed next week. I can look up dietary recommendations and recipes online, but if this was you, what kind of snacks or meals would you want in the fridge? What would be a special treat? [more inside]
I bought smoked duck breast about 6 weeks ago. It has been in the fridge the whole time. Can I eat it? [more inside]
About two hours ago, my shopper started shopping for food, then delivered it about ten minutes ago. I'm uncertain of the condition of some cold foods, including meat. Doesn't help that I'm a newbie at cooking. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
I hate Sodastream for various reasons, but I love fizzy water for all the regular reasons, so I'm thinking of making my own home carbonation rig. If I get a tank of CO2 from a welder's supply store or any other industrial source, will it be safe for consumption? [more inside]
I use my can opener mainly to open tins of tuna. This means the cutting wheel gets fish juice on it - and if it were any other kitchen implement I would always clean it thoroughly after use - but it's fiddly and hard to properly clean and if I soak it the cogs rust, so I haven't yet worked out the best approach. How often do folks clean their can opener, and how?
I started eating a frozen dinner the other day (Amy's "country cheddar" bowl), and had a potato in my mouth when I realized that it tasted terrible- rotten, maybe? I spit it out and examined the rest of the dish. Some of it seemed fine, but some of the other potato chunks also smelled bad. [more inside]
My early-70s dad is currently recovering from heart surgery in another state. My sister has been staying with him. When running down a list of what could be the most help for her right now (short of taking a shift with Dad; not safe in our high-COVID area until he gets his second vaccine dose), she suggested some zero-prep meals -- i.e. frozen foods or meal kits with no prep. Any suggestions of kits or meal delivery services that are (1) zero-prep; (2) heart healthy; and (3) available in rural New England? [more inside]