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August 5

Another round of "Can I Eat It" - Goats Cheese edition.

Unopened package of soft goat's cheese got left out on the kitchen counter for about 20 hours. Safe to eat or not? [more inside]
posted by arha at 4:44 PM - 7 answers

Can I drink it? - Smoobucha

I bought an Odwalla Smoobucha (fruit smoothie + kombucha) with an expiration date of September 10th. It says it is pasteurized. It also says perishable, keep refrigerated. I took it out of the fridge and put it into my backpack to drink and then didn't drink it and didn't remember about it until two days later upon which I put it back in the fridge. Should I drink it now? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 9:20 AM - 7 answers

August 4

To roast, or not to roast...

I’m making a tomato-based salsa, and I want to include some leftover tomatillos. Should I roast them first? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 10:50 AM - 6 answers

August 3

Dinner Recipes for the Clumsy

This is a very specific question. Simply speaking, I am very clumsy and I need dinner recipes for my ability level. My fine (and gross) motor skills are very poor. Today I sliced my finger on the sharp edge of a can in an average day of cooking (normal for me). These things are hard for me: washing up by hand, difficult chopping, stir-frying in a shallow pan. Unfortunately, I do have to batch-cook for a family of three. Please suggest dinner recipes (preferably with protein) that are suitable for me. [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 1:06 PM - 22 answers

Slimy Watermelon Syndrome

Most watermelons are "crisp", with tiny corpuscles of water that burst as you chew. Some watermelons are slimy. They're just as moist, but water permeates the flesh evenly. More cantaloupe-like. Is slimy watermelon syndrome (SWS) just the result of overripeness? Or is it varietal?
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:31 AM - 8 answers

Summertime and the living is chickpeas

What are your favorite vegetarian chickpea salad recipes? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 8:52 AM - 21 answers

Spice up my legumes...

I'm looking for your best recipes using beans, lentils, rice, quinoa, couscous, polenta, oats, etc. cupboard staples along with spices and sauces to make easy flavourful meals. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:43 AM - 18 answers

What is this seven-bladed implement?

With a recent purchase of herb scissors, one of my housemates received this bonus implement with no information about its use. What is it? Our best guess is a garlic mincer but its suitability for that role seems dubious.
posted by solarion at 1:31 AM - 6 answers

August 2

Romertopf clay cooking pot has lid with a slight nick?

Do I need to glue a small nick on my Romertopf clay cooking pot lid? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:00 PM - 5 answers

As easy as frozen shrimp?

I've recently started cooking frozen, shelled shrimp for dinner a lot. I'm trying to branch out, but I hate to cook and want to spend as little time/effort as possible. Can you suggest some other dinner ideas that have the same properties? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 11:12 AM - 35 answers

August 1

Sourdough Starter Fail?

Following this recipe and using a local microbrewery ale, I was off to a good start(er), but missed day three feeding and put it in the fridge on day four. It's now day six... [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust at 6:31 PM - 4 answers

How do I find a close by option to recycle soda cans?

How do I find the nearest one of these can recycling machines to my apartment? I live in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NYC. (Or how do I find the nearest option to recycle cans? Doesn’t have to be a machine.)
posted by andoatnp at 9:33 AM - 5 answers

anniversary dinner near Booth Theater NYC?

Any recommendations for a fancy anniversary dinner that I could do before a 7pm (I know) show at Booth Theater? [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 6:37 AM - 15 answers

July 31

Paradox of choice: Food in NYC

I’ve been in NYC for one day already and the hardest thing about my trip (so far) has been deciding where to eat. How do I choose!?! Can I make this easier? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 7:03 PM - 25 answers

How do you store your unrefrigerated fruit (including tomatoes)?

A bin on the counter? A fruit basket? A hanging one? A tiered one? It's stone fruit season still in California for a bit longer, but the kittens have decided that all round-ish objects are toys to be batted to the ground or to be gnawed on. In order to eat the last farmers market haul, we had to cut out tooth and claw marks. I am skeptical of fruit baskets because they seem like the wire kind would bruise nectarines etc. Hope me save the fruit from the cats.
posted by spamandkimchi at 5:45 PM - 22 answers

Potluck: farm community edition

A neighboring farm does a “First Friday Potluck,” and I’m finally attending this week. Yay! I also work on a farm and am excited to get more into the community. But what dish to bring? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 7:54 AM - 11 answers

July 30

Refreezing shrimp

Hello friends, I'm wondering about a meal I cooked for dinner last night. I used frozen shrimp that I thawed at home before cooking. Can I safely freeze the leftovers and eat later? And have it taste decent? Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 11:56 AM - 6 answers

July 29

How to stop refrigerated foods getting condensation INSIDE the package?

We rapidly get a ton of condensation inside food packages in our fridge. Unopened or opened tortillas, cheese, hotdog buns*, everything. It seems to be getting worse. I would like to not have tortillas that are dried out yet soaked in water on one side. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia at 10:03 PM - 11 answers

Arran cheese in California on short notice

Where can I buy Arran cheese from the Scottish isle of Arran in the Los Angeles area to have ready for a midday event Wednesday July 31?
posted by infinitewindow at 1:52 PM - 5 answers

Easy vegan lunches for a toddler? Help!

The kid is starting a new daycare next week and we need to pack their food for them since the center's meal plan does not have a vegan option (vegetarian, but too much reliance on dairy to substitute one item a day, so we have to opt out). It's a nut free center. I would like to expand the kid's lunch and snack options, so help! [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 11:44 AM - 10 answers

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