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Give me your salads, just leave the greens at home

My personal recipe catalog is sorely lacking in salads. The one problem: I don't like lettuce/arugula/whatever spring mix is/kale/etc. Creamy potato salads? Love it! Tangy pasta salads? Absolutely! Fresh veggie salads? You know it! Sweet fruit salads? Sounds great! A delicious caesar salad? Sorry, not for me. If you can call it a salad and the main ingredient isn't a leafy green, I want to try it. So if you have a favorite greens-free salad recipe you can share, I'd love to try it.
posted by noneuclidean to Food & Drink at 4:24 PM on Apr 30, 2022 - 54 answers [99 favorites]

What are foods that made you say, "Where have you been my whole life?!"

Looking for dishes (probably from a cuisine different from what you grew up with) that blew your mind when you first tried them. Foods with flavor combos/serving formats/cooking methods/etc that made you realize the world of food is bigger than you ever imagined. [more inside]
posted by dede to Food & Drink at 6:52 PM on May 4, 2022 - 142 answers [99 favorites]

smart, funny, GENTLE, non-edgy comedy

Please recommend your favorite very funny but gentle comedy - observational humor, silliness, absurdity, with a minimum of meanness or contemptuous mockery. I'm especially looking for stand-up, but other forms (like sitcoms or radio shows) are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by kristi to Media & Arts at 11:30 AM on May 5, 2022 - 74 answers [77 favorites]

Need more variety for work-from-home lunches

Please suggest some lunches for a couple working from home. The main constraints are time and simplicity. We’d like to spend up to about five minutes preparing that day’s lunch, or about 20 minutes if we can make a batch ahead of time to serve us for at least a few days. [more inside]
posted by NotLost to Food & Drink at 10:48 PM on Apr 30, 2022 - 39 answers [64 favorites]

Find me gentle, fictional, happy ending TV

I am sick, and often am not able to concentrate enough to read. We have also been managing a sick pet. Please suggest lower-stakes, less-murdery, less-intense, less-loud, not-vet-related fictional TV shows that will work for me. What I've tried so far: Worked: Bridgerton S2. Didn't work: The Great, Peacemaker (usually love them but both are too loud and violent and angry rn). Considering: Leverage. [more inside]
posted by rednikki to Media & Arts at 10:51 AM on Apr 26, 2022 - 60 answers [63 favorites]

Best stirfry sauces

I’m in a rut with my usual tofu + vegetable stirfries and I want all your suggestions for sauces to make, especially ones that will work well if I throw some cooked rice noodles into the pan at the end. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink at 12:48 PM on Apr 29, 2022 - 18 answers [46 favorites]

Baby, I'm the whole damn meal

I'm looking for songs to fill out a roller-skating playlist. Right now the foundations are: Lizzo's "Juice," Dua Lipa's "Levitating," Megan Thee Stallion's "Sweetest Pie," and Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More." What other self-assured ladies' pop/hip-hop/R&B songs can I skate to? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake to Media & Arts at 12:21 PM on May 6, 2022 - 19 answers [44 favorites]

I want to have FUN with math and logic

Over a period of years, I've wrestled myself out of a liberal arts path into a math-and-logic-y career (software engineering). I know intellectually that I am smart enough to do this job, but on bad days I still feel like I'm weak at math and logic, and all of my hobbies involve liberal arts, community and culture. Are there games/puzzles I could add into my leisure rotation that would build math, reasoning and engineering skills? Bonus if they are not in front of a screen. [more inside]
posted by rogerroger to Education at 7:11 PM on Apr 24, 2022 - 31 answers [38 favorites]

Home maintenance workbook / checklist / calendar system?

About to step into house maintenance responsibilities for the first time. It seems like there's a lot of maintenance to keep on top of. What are good books, workbooks, calendars, software that will help us keep track of all of this? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes to Home & Garden at 7:34 AM on May 6, 2022 - 10 answers [37 favorites]

What sorts of food should you eat if you want to stay lean?

I've lost a lot of weight after working very hard for years to do so. However, this is an opportunity to make some changes to my diet and to stick to them for good. I'm not really aware of which foods are best for staying lean or generally just staying healthy. [more inside]
posted by Tarsonis10 to Health at 10:18 PM on May 8, 2022 - 22 answers [37 favorites]

Saving the world with the power of friendship! What to watch next?

Just finished watching She-Ra. Things I loved: it deals with intense and scary emotions without being grimdark and full of tedious psychopaths, it's got a rich and creative setting, problems have character-driven solutions, Friendship Saves the Day, lots of people are deeply fucked up but nobody is irredeemable. The thing where everyone's just casually kind of gay and genderweird didn't hurt. What next? It doesn't have to be soothing or cute, adult TV or movies are also fine, but I don't find a lot of adult media that scratches this itch. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone to Media & Arts at 7:14 AM on Apr 27, 2022 - 51 answers [36 favorites]

Our cat needs better toys!

We have a very smart cat. He needs toys. [more inside]
posted by pdb to Pets & Animals at 8:38 AM on Apr 20, 2022 - 23 answers [35 favorites]

Two great tastes that taste great together

Can you recommend two books that complement each other in striking ways when read at the same time, or one right after the other? I'm not so much thinking of books that refer or respond to each other explicitly, but rather books that have thematic or structural connections, such that your understanding of each is enriched by having read the other around the same time. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust to Writing & Language at 6:54 PM on Apr 28, 2022 - 35 answers [35 favorites]

Are There Any Good Magazines Left Out There?

I miss the analogue experience of flipping through a magazine and getting excited when a new issue was delivered in the mail. Are there any high quality magazines still left out there, and if so, could you recommend me some? Details of what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane to Grab Bag at 7:46 PM on May 7, 2022 - 29 answers [35 favorites]

How Can I Grow Old With Less Anger

How Can I Cope with Old Age? [more inside]
posted by SPrintF to Health at 7:03 PM on May 16, 2022 - 14 answers [35 favorites]

Easygoing mystery novels

I'm looking to get a couple of novels for someone who enjoys a good mystery/suspense read, without violence. They favor likeable characters, clear plots and resolutions, and a quaint backdrop to the story. [more inside]
posted by fies to Media & Arts at 1:48 PM on May 4, 2022 - 30 answers [31 favorites]

Looking for casual tops

I have plenty of t-shirts and work tops. I'm looking for tops to wear when meeting friends, going out to eat, a casual party, etc. when I want something a little more interesting. "Fancier" t-shirts or other tops, not too girly, sleeveless, short sleeve, or 3/4 are all OK. Size 6/8, small/medium, under $75, US-based. Would love some color, prints are fine too. Please presume I've looked at the usual suspects (Loft, Old Navy, Target, Lands End, etc.). Specific brands/websites/style recommendations appreciated.
posted by XtineHutch to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:12 AM on May 17, 2022 - 10 answers [30 favorites]

Quality, Smart Romance

I'm trying my hand at writing romance for fun and looking for examples of fantastic romance novels to show me the way! Within the bounds of the genre is ideal, but if there are books that have a strong romantic themes but don't quite fit, I'm interested in those too. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo to Writing & Language at 11:50 AM on May 16, 2022 - 26 answers [28 favorites]

Math themed books

I would love to find more books (hardcopy) along the lines of Zebrowski's A History of the Circle. It explores way more than I thought and makes a nice desk reference for someone for whom math has always remained a mystery. With more books like this the mystery may open up. [more inside]
posted by unearthed to Science & Nature at 8:50 PM on Apr 22, 2022 - 22 answers [27 favorites]

Colloquial expressions for chaotic or poorly-run situations

When something goes horribly wrong, what do you call it? I'm after colloquial expressions for chaotic, disastrous, or poorly-run situations—in the style of the 'goat rodeo', 'clown show', clusterf*ck or trainwreck. I'm particularly interested in obscure, older, professionally- or industrially-specific, or very local (and non-English) phrases, and much less in the obscene ones.
posted by Fiasco da Gama to Society & Culture at 5:19 PM on Apr 27, 2022 - 78 answers [27 favorites]

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