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How to get started with an Instant Pot

Please tell me about it as though you're my nice neighbor and you happen to know a thing or two about this tool. What's a good first recipe? What should be avoided?? What are some good tips overall? What is your personal favorite thing to do with an Instant Pot? [more inside]
posted by knotty knots to Food & Drink at 11:13 PM on Dec 5, 2023 - 33 answers [59 favorites]

Is there a book/resource you keep revisiting to help be your best self?

I’ve been reading the book “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership”. It’s a mix of things I like and things I don’t. What feels very appealing to me is: It presents a pretty compelling set of principles which seem like they could be really helpful in just about any situation to help decide how to respond in a way aligned with your values. I’m curious if folks have books that do that for them? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit to Human Relations at 11:32 AM on Dec 6, 2023 - 15 answers [49 favorites]

seeking whimsical, quirky and magical decor ideas for a maximalist

what are some whimsical / quirky / fun items for your home that fits a maximalist vibe? I want my house to feel like a cross between a bohemian who finds cool uses for ordinary things and a wizard whose place just feels magical and makes you want to look and look. [more inside]
posted by benimaru to Home & Garden at 9:44 PM on Dec 3, 2023 - 12 answers [48 favorites (39 in the past 7 days)]

Cooking for one snooty woman

I’m looking for more resources like Jacques Pepin’s TikTok : simple, classic, filling meals for one person using mostly fresh ingredients. Or, bougie cooking for one. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Food & Drink at 6:42 AM on Dec 6, 2023 - 7 answers [35 favorites]

Friends, Romans, Countrymen; Lend me your Brothy Soup Recipes!

I'm in a phase where I'm craving brothy soups. I'll make a pot and keep going back and eating it thoughout the day and night and it makes me very happy. I have a very limited repertoire in this area, and have stuck mainly to various versions of chicken soup, Tom Kha Gai (yet another version of chicken soup), my version of minestrone, and Miso soup base with a variety of add ins. When I'm feeling fancy I will also make Giadas Cioppino, but that's more rare. A whole bunch of snowflake food preferences within. [more inside]
posted by newpotato to Food & Drink at 7:08 AM on Dec 6, 2023 - 30 answers [35 favorites]

What's your plan for fascist America?

You have a year to prepare before your country becomes a fascist dictatorship. What should you be doing now? [more inside]
posted by Naberius to Law & Government at 7:48 AM on Dec 4, 2023 - 30 answers [29 favorites]

How do I sheets

What are the BEST sheets?? [more inside]
posted by latkes to Home & Garden at 6:34 PM on Dec 5, 2023 - 27 answers [22 favorites]

Why does accepting help feel so scary?

Asking for help is hard for me. I have recently begun to understand that, for reasons, I don't feel like relying on others is safe. There are a couple of big things coming down that pike that I NEED help with. How can I better understand and change this fear/belief? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:57 PM on Dec 9, 2023 - 10 answers [22 favorites]

How to Spotify?

This thread on the Blue (as well as "best of the year" season in general) has me wondering: is there a way to make Spotify less of baffling ordeal? In other words, how do you use Spotify to: - Capture stuff you want to listen to (e.g., you hear about an album and want to check it out) - Listen to old favourites (albums and individual songs) - Discovery new music (songs, albums, artists, genres) - Organize everything? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche to Media & Arts at 8:06 AM on Dec 6, 2023 - 12 answers [20 favorites]

Your favorite DVD commentary tracks?

What are your favorite DVD commentary tracks?
posted by mbrubeck to Media & Arts at 1:05 PM on Dec 8, 2023 - 47 answers [20 favorites]

beyond consume vs create

Are there any writings / videos / perspectives you’d recommend showing alternatives to “consume or create” as a binary? E.g. the value of maintenance and care work; weaving and connecting; etc. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish to Society & Culture at 2:13 PM on Dec 10, 2023 - 3 answers [19 favorites]

Novels with past and present (but not time travel)

I'm looking for literary fiction in which the book is narrated in the present, but there is also a significant story that takes place in the past. Please no genre fiction or dystopian futures. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Media & Arts at 8:43 AM on Dec 6, 2023 - 59 answers [18 favorites]

Help me make a super charcuterie-style board for New Year's Eve

What the title says, snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Rumi'sLeftSock to Food & Drink at 6:15 PM on Dec 6, 2023 - 15 answers [18 favorites]

How do I spice?

How can I learn to use spices / spice blends more improvisationally - other than finding a recipe that literally calls for, e.g., za'atar? [more inside]
posted by catesbie to Food & Drink at 11:31 AM on Dec 8, 2023 - 19 answers [15 favorites]

Films similiar to The Thin Man series with Powell and Loy?

Hi all, I am a huge admirer of The Thin Man series with William Powell and Mryna Loy and I love detective films and tv shows as well. I am wondering are there any similar films or series that are kind of like The Thin Man? They both had wonderful chemistry on screen as well. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow to Media & Arts at 12:58 PM on Dec 9, 2023 - 16 answers [15 favorites]

What are your big mucus clearing tips and tricks?

At this point it's about an hour before sleep and an hour after waking of blowing and coughing to for me to clear my pipes. It's ridiculous. What special nasal knowledge do you have that may shorten this process?
posted by rileyray3000 to Health at 9:06 PM on Dec 7, 2023 - 23 answers [14 favorites]

Gifts that are things

What are some really great gifts you've given or received that are things? So no experiences, gift cards, alcohol, or food. Ideas for useful gifts are especially appreciated. Under $100 would be great, but more than that is OK. Not interested in thoughts about how giving things is bad. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Shopping at 8:53 AM on Nov 27, 2023 - 68 answers [74 favorites (13 in the past 7 days)]

Executive function / inattentiveness / distractedness resources

My ADHD-ishness and executive function problems are starting to get out of hand, which has prompted me to see a doctor. In the meantime, I am looking for YouTube channels, books or any other useful resources that will help me to cope. [more inside]
posted by iamsuper to Grab Bag at 6:36 AM on Dec 3, 2023 - 13 answers [36 favorites (13 in the past 7 days)]

Real Trauma-Informed Workplaces

I want to read, learn and hear about trauma informed workplaces, anywhere in the world, any field—particularly those that are genuinely walking the walk. Links, studies, anecdotes all welcome. This is to help shape the help I give (as a layperson) to trauma survivors looking for work. Thank you!
posted by The Last Sockpuppet to Work & Money at 12:42 PM on Dec 7, 2023 - 7 answers [12 favorites]

Women's waterproof cute shoes

I need a pair of waterproof/water-resistant women's shoes/boots that don't make me look like I'm about to go hiking. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:42 PM on Dec 5, 2023 - 16 answers [11 favorites]

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