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December 6

Using a European expresso machine 220v in the USA 110v?

Any tips or suggestions on how to use a european appliance 220v (in this case an expresso/coffee drink machine) in a standard 110v usa kitchen? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 8:12 PM - 14 answers

Super quick and easy, low-to-no prep canned bean meal ideas!

Hello! Just as the title says, I’m looking for the quickest, easiest, simplest meal ideas using canned beans of any kind, with little-to-no washing/chopping/prep, mostly opening packages and dumping stuff in is preferred. We do make more involved bean meals fairy regularly but I would like more insta-bean ideas in the rotation. Weird stuff I may have never heard of is most welcome! [more inside]
posted by sweetpotato at 1:11 PM - 42 answers

How much beef can an instant pot handle?

I bought a 7.5 lb flat brisket cut and would like to cook it in the instant pot, but I can't find any recipe that calls for something larger than 4-5lbs. Can I double a 3-4lb recipe and expect quality results? [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 at 11:26 AM - 10 answers

December 5

RecipeFilter: Leftovers Edition

I work strange hours, and I’ve found that the best way to keep me fed is to cook a big batch of something on my days off and then have leftovers throughout the week. I’m looking for complete meal recipes that make good leftovers. I have a bunch of standbys, but I’m getting a little bored with them. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 4:01 PM - 20 answers

Wine tour suggestions for Santa Ynez

Partner and I are staying at the Chumash Resort for a little alone time while visiting CA for Christmas. We are inundated with Wine Tours! and are looking for some suggestions to cut through it all. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 7:53 AM - 3 answers

December 4

Caramel corn for gifts

I want to make caramel corn for gifts this Christmas. There are a million recipes on the Internet. What's worked for you? [more inside]
posted by invokeuse at 9:59 PM - 6 answers

Nanaimo Bars: Questions from an American

A Canadian friend of mine has a birthday coming up and has requested I make Nanaimo Bars for her. Being a lifelong resident of the US I have not had or made these and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by likeplus at 7:13 PM - 22 answers

December 3


I'm hosting a gingerbread cookie decorating party this week and I want to step up my game. I've always used the same gingerbread recipe but the flavor has always seemed too mild to me. What do I need to do to really amp up the gingerbread flavor level? New recipe? Special spices? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 2:05 PM - 11 answers

Pie/2 - leftover pecan pie goo

What should I do with leftover pie goo? (that's not more pie) [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate at 8:51 AM - 13 answers

December 2

Snacks for the Apocalypse

I'm looking for fun ideas for climate-change themed snacks, no link is too tenuous. [more inside]
posted by cholly at 2:36 AM - 20 answers

November 30

The lonely, lonely air fryer

I received an air fryer that's still in the box because I just don't know what to make in it. Lend me your favorite air fryer recipes and tips? [more inside]
posted by vers at 6:00 PM - 8 answers

Good portable food near Zurich HB and Paris Gare du Nord

I'm going on a couple of long railway journeys across Europe soon, and I'd like to buy myself some tasty things for each leg. Getting portable food around stations is easy, but tasty portable food can be harder. I'd like your recs for where to get the good stuff within a few minutes walk of either Zurich HB or Paris Gare du Nord. Baked goods are always a winner, but I'm interested in anything! [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur at 10:55 AM - 8 answers

Date night between Tewkesbury and Putney

I'm looking at a bunch of places that look like really nice options for a quiet and dimly lit dinner, but I don't know how comfortable they are with two dudes being romantically inclined in their company. It's not an easy thing to telephone up and ask. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 3:13 AM - 3 answers

November 29

What do I want for Festivus?

I hate cooking, food prep, meal planning, basically everything that must happen before food goes in my mouth. So do I want one of those newfangled electronic pressure cookers (Instapot, Ninja Foodi, etc)? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 7:15 AM - 19 answers

November 28

Cooking fail advice please

I screwed up and used a CAN of coconut milk instead of a CUP, in a pumpkin pie filling. Can I recover from this?? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 9:28 AM - 12 answers

November 27


Dear MeFi foodies! Every time I go nuts about food, it involves umami. Can you be a chef in my imaginary themed restaurant and create a two- or three course feast to let me revel in umami? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 11:19 PM - 14 answers

The easiest garlic chicken linguine recipe ever

Could somebody help me find, or just tell me, a VERY simple recipe involving linguine, chicken, and garlic, in the fewest number of pots & pans? I've looked at dozens of recipes and they all seem way overly complicated. I don't want to wing it because last time I did that it came out bad. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 6:21 PM - 5 answers

ThanksgivingFilter: Vegetarian lasagna

I need to help prepare today, for baking tomorrow, a vegetarian (not vegan) lasagna. I have never done so. HALP! [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:56 AM - 20 answers

November 26

What kind of stemware is this?

My wife and I have had these two glasses in our cabinets for years, and we have no idea what they are intended to be used for. Wine glasses? Dessert glasses? Some kind of snifter? Here's a photo.
posted by ErWenn at 8:27 PM - 7 answers


My boss gave everyone a Thanksgiving box. It contains greens. I've never cooked greens. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 5:11 PM - 21 answers

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