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Gigantic Winter Melon for Sale

by Steve 12 days ago

I was outside a small Vietnamese market near my home and snapped the photo below. These are winter melons. I have never seen these monsters before. A lady explained to me that in Vietnam a fami...

Sweet and Sour Walnuts

by Ciaolette 16 years ago

I would like to make a dish I remember having at a Vegetarian Chinese restaurant. It was battered and fried walnuts in a sweet sour sauce. I know how to make the sauce but I wonder what type of bat...

Am I the only one who doesn't eat fruit or a lot of vegetables?

by pariscatlia 14 days ago

So please tell me I'm not the only one. Now I'm not joking, but the only fruit I eat is raisins and olives. Yes olives are a fruit surprisingly (I've done my research). And pretty much the only veg...

Mushroom Identification

by kySafran 13 days ago

Just spotted these while taking the bins out. They look fine to eat but can anyone confirm or give me a lead as to what they are? They are pure white all over including the gills.

First do no harm

by Hawashingtonian 11 days ago

Just saw this last night. One of the most painful things I've read. Here's a preview: "My landlord needed to fix the sink handle or something and asked if I had a knife, then proceeded to grab m...

I let my dried beans soak too long. Are they fermented now? How bad would that be, anyway?

by Tartinet 12 years ago

Okay, so I had great plans to save money by soaking and cooking my own beans. I put them in to soak, and then got super-busy and kept putting off cooking them. It has now been two days of soaking i...

Why is tarama (carp roe) no longer available?

by billrosenblatt 2 years ago

I regularly use tarama (carp roe) in cooking. I'm talking about straight tarama, not taramosalata which is tarama mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. However, it's no longer available on store ...

South Indian vs North Indian food

by Morton the Mousse 14 years ago

A discussion on the SF board has left me wondering about this. Of course, there are hundreds of distinct, ethnic cuisines in India, but in California you tend to see Indian food labeled as either ...

CA Bay Area. What are you cooking during the blackout?

by seefoo 13 days ago

Trying to have some fun during all of this. I’m drinking all my beer for starters. I see a seafood blitzkrieg in my future. I have lots of tuna and salmon. I’ll be pulling out my two burner Cam...

Cranberry opened and unrefrigerated

by michaeljc70 12 days ago

So, I am going to be staying somewhere without a fridge. I like cranberry (vodka helps too). My question is, how long will the cranberry (Ocean Spray, not refrigerated when I bought it) last wit...

Seattle and Portland

by mboxermd 28 days ago

Three couples from New York traveling to Seattle - Portland and some of the coastal towns for seven nights. Trying to figure out the best way to fly in and out of the area - some great restaurants ...

What are enmoladas, entomatadas, and enfrijoladas?

by Chowpatty 13 years ago

I encountered these on the menu of a local Oaxacan restaurant and wasn't sure the owner would be able to describe them all in detail -- how do they differ? Other words on the menu I didn't understa...

Stock Options Fish Stock

by mrand 18 days ago

I used to get Stock Options frozen fish stock at Whole Foods but they have stopped carrying it. Any recommendations on substitutions? Will I have to make my own?? And if so, any good recipes? I...

Bugs in Rice-Is it still edible?

by iLoveFood 13 years ago

I have a giant bag of jasmine reice I bought a few months ago and it now has these tiny little gray bugs in it. Some are dead and others are alive and when I rinse my rice they float to the surfac...

Powdered milk vs. protein powder

by codmeister 22 days ago

I am trying to stop using expensive protein powder that claims to deliver 20 grams of protein per serving. It's just too expensive. I want to replace it with powdered milk. Can anyone help me wi...

Substitute for refrigerated crescent rolls please

by twodales2 11 months ago

As you must have noticed, many appetizer recipes use Crescent roll dough. I am not a fan. To me they have an artificial or chemical flavor. What would you suggest I substitute in their place? TIA

Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwiches a Baltimore Only Treat?

by placidothecat 10 years ago

My grandma used to make them for me, and I see them on the menu at some old school style delis downtown. My question: is this culinary delight a local Baltimore phenom, or is it more widespread?

Monk Fruit Sweetener - who's tried it?

by chicgail 6 years ago

I've noticed that there's a new sweetener being advertised that's made from monk fruit. I tried - and hated - Stevia. I bought the stuff on a friend's recommendation, put it in my coffee one Sat...

Pumpkin Patch

by Cityplace 20 days ago

Any recommendations for Pumpkin patches to take my son this Saturday? Looking for great homemade pumpkin pie, as well as the pumpkins themselves.

How long does heavy cream stay fresh?

by mctoft 9 years ago

Hi, I have some heavy whipping cream in my fridge, two cartons. Both have been opened. Both are expired (one a month ago, the other 2.5 months ago). But they smell fine! And I tasted the oldest one...