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Mature mefites: What did you wish you knew in your mid 30's/early 40's?

It's easy to know what you'd tell yourself if you could go back to age teens, 20's or even 30 because society puts so much emphasis on our foundational years yet.. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness to Human Relations at 8:21 AM on Oct 5, 2018 - 31 answers [195 favorites]

What is the best cookie recipe?

These are terrible times and I'm fixing to eat my feelings. Also, the holidays are upon us and I had a surprise success with cookie-based gifts last year. So what is the best cookie recipe? [more inside]
posted by Frowner to Food & Drink at 3:40 PM on Oct 8, 2018 - 54 answers [173 favorites]

Feminist romance movies for thirtysomething women sick of men's bullshit

I love romantic movies—they're one of my favorite types of escapism, and I've seen many well-known traditional romantic comedies and almost every time-travel or travel romance I can find. Yet after a few years of heavy feminist and queer reading, the emotional labor thread, #metoo, sexually predatory politicians...I'm finding it difficult to believe in the movies' heteroromantic vision. I still want to like romance movies involving men, though. What are some actually feminist, or even quasi-feminist, romance movies I might watch after a rather trying week? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire to Media & Arts at 4:42 PM on Oct 5, 2018 - 84 answers [141 favorites]

Help Me Eat Things, Preferably Plants

Looking for vegetarian or meat-light casseroles or braised dishes, preferably also low in saturated fat and processed grains/flour. Annoying further considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by lazuli to Food & Drink at 9:39 AM on Sep 30, 2018 - 31 answers [74 favorites]

Chocolate dessert that makes you go wow

When we have a lot of guests for a fancy meal, we have two different showstopper chocolate desserts as our go-to's - a chocolate mousse pie, a flourless chocolate torte, and a Concorde. I'd love to add another to our repertoire. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly to Food & Drink at 10:14 AM on Sep 28, 2018 - 19 answers [65 favorites]

Favorite Source for Logic Puzzles

We have a sudden mania for logic puzzles in our house! What are your favorite sources for logic puzzles? (Online, print, whatever.) I would double extra love a site with a "logic puzzle of the day" (or even week) that I could put in my RSS reader. A range of difficulties would be great.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Grab Bag at 5:32 PM on Sep 18, 2018 - 19 answers [64 favorites]

Lazy but presentable winter outfits?

Cold weather is coming and I need a master plan for a casual winter "uniform." Criteria: maximally warm and cosy, comfy and flexible (thus, no jeans). Looks put-together enough to not be embarrassing if you run into your boss at the grocery store. Not necessarily fashion forward, but not painfully dated. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:53 AM on Oct 8, 2018 - 15 answers [64 favorites]

How did you find your side hustle?

I want something to do outside my normal job, but everyone I know with a side hustle employs skills that they already have developed. My job (HR, yay!) and my past times (Learning new hobbies, drinking coffee, watching netflix) don't seem like things I could turn into money. But I know I'm not the first person who has felt this way! I'm looking for inspiring stories from YOU about how you figured you needed to find a side hustle, and eventually you got there.
posted by rebent to Work & Money at 1:51 PM on Oct 1, 2018 - 14 answers [55 favorites]

You loved Downton Abbey, now you love...

My wife just told me she's looking for a series that is "like Downton Abbey." I basically take this to mean a period drama that is juicy and fun. I'm open to all suggestions, because I know that there are people here who have trod this ground. (Incidentally, bc I'm not sure if she'd like it, how is the adaptation of Wolf Hall if you loved the book?) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise to Media & Arts at 1:35 PM on Oct 8, 2018 - 37 answers [52 favorites]

What are you dancing to lately?

It need not be new, and I'm genre-agnostic on this one, but it needs to be something that makes you want to dance (or run - gym music is fine too). Some very minor further comments inside. [more inside]
posted by Frowner to Media & Arts at 12:55 PM on Sep 17, 2018 - 27 answers [50 favorites]

She's Felix. I'm Oscar. Helpful hints from Heloise?

My partner and I have wildly different levels of comfort when it comes to cleanliness in the house. I have some major gaps in my housecleaning education. Can you help me come up with a list of chores and the frequency with which to do them? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss to Home & Garden at 6:03 AM on Sep 19, 2018 - 32 answers [47 favorites]

Meal plan lists/services that lean into efficiency and customization?

I am terrible at meal planning. I would like to be provided with a meal plan. I would like a site that takes our dietary preferences into account. I want to make a single grocery shopping trip per week with a pre-provided list. I DON'T want to buy 87 ingredients because no meals in the plan share ingredients or care about "using up" what you bought. Is there a website or app that can provide this to me? [more inside]
posted by FakeFreyja to Food & Drink at 9:40 AM on Sep 21, 2018 - 10 answers [43 favorites]

Great documentaries... streaming

What are your favorite streaming documentaries about ordinary people, communities, problems? [more inside]
posted by nantucket to Media & Arts at 9:52 PM on Oct 12, 2018 - 18 answers [43 favorites]

Favorite sour/acid recipes

Acid is basically my favorite taste. What are people's favorite sour (esp. dinner) recipes! [more inside]
posted by little onion to Food & Drink at 10:29 AM on Oct 16, 2018 - 52 answers [42 favorites]

What's your best Shepherd's Pie Recipe?

I make a very good Shepherd's Pie (although it's really a Cottage Pie because I mostly use beef mince, but that's beside the point!) but it's in need of an update or a change, so I'm wondering - what are your Shepherd's Pie secrets? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro to Food & Drink at 10:09 AM on Oct 5, 2018 - 28 answers [41 favorites]

all-inclusive boutique hotels? is that a thing?

Hi! Looking to go on a very relaxing vacation in February: we are usually very adventurous travelers but want to do a bunch of nothing some place beautiful. And we are considering all-inclusive except ... I hate all-inclusive and mega-resorts? [more inside]
posted by namemeansgazelle to Travel & Transportation at 6:07 PM on Oct 7, 2018 - 10 answers [41 favorites]

Need more feel good fiction

I grabbed Becky Chambers' first book based on a recommendation I saw here. Then I read her other two books at warp speed. Until she writes more, it's time to move on. Where do I go next? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous to Grab Bag at 2:52 PM on Oct 11, 2018 - 21 answers [40 favorites]

Best more-than-a-textbook online classes?

I'm working through Nand2Tetris (building a virtual computer from the components up) on Coursera and loving it. Instead of being textbook/lecture/quiz based, it is essentially a puzzle to solve each week, and a tangible result. Please recommend some other classes that are more like solving puzzles, or are more than just memorizing an online textbook! [more inside]
posted by lemonade to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:10 PM on Sep 25, 2018 - 2 answers [39 favorites]

Best food/cooking podcasts

What are your favorite podcasts revolving around food and/or cooking?
posted by noneuclidean to Computers & Internet at 6:21 PM on Sep 30, 2018 - 18 answers [38 favorites]

I Need Some New-to-Me Compelling iPhone Quest/Story Games

I'm an iPhone only gamer (with the exception of Stardew Valley on Steam). My two favorite games ever are World of Goo and Waking Mars. What else will scratch this itch? [more inside]
posted by kimdog to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:00 PM on Sep 30, 2018 - 11 answers [37 favorites]

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